As it is my first year of blogging which means sharing my cooking adventures with few more people than my family, there is quite a bit of room for reflecting at the end of this year. But even though there are definitely things that I think I could’ve done different, things that didn’t go very well (ehm, my first attempt for flax-seed flour goodies?) and things I could’ve improve, I prefer to think mainly about the good stuff. Why should we beat ourselves for something we didn’t achieve just because one year is ending? There is gonna be plenty of room to do our best the next year too. So let’s just cast aside the “unsuccessful” days (things are usually for a reason, right?) and focus on the bright side. What are your achievements this year? What are you really proud of? I would love to hear from you.
I think that now it’s the perfect time to start prepping the Christmas sweets. So we won’t have to go nuts just few days before Christmas and actually enjoy the holiday mood. Hopefully. Because that’s something I’m really aiming for this year. How is it in your household? Do you stress about Christmas and try to do everything last minute? Or do you stay completely calm and let things be? I have to admit that I’m usually trying to do everything just few days ahead (as I usually work till the last day). Clean our home, shop for all the food, then prep all the food, get the gifts, decorate the tree… It can be quite a lot if you are working (taking care of your family, … you name it) to do all the extra stuff in just few days. So why not make it easier this year?
Today I’m going to share a recipe for another delicious Christmas-worthy side dish with you. Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Tarragon, which also happens to be Paleo, Whole30 friendly and Low Carb. How good is that? And did you know that pumpkin is a great substitute for almost any potato dishes? I can’t really have white potatoes as they don’t agree with my stomach. And I don’t like to eat sweet potatoes frequently because of the many carbohydrates in them. But I would have pumpkin almost every day. No joke. It’s definitely one of my favourite vegetables. What is your veggie pick? Anyway, back to the Roasted Pumpkin Salad With Tarragon (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). Not only pumpkin makes it lower in carbs than potatoes would, but it’s also more nutrient and makes the taste of the salad satisfyingly on the edge of savoury and sweet.
When it comes to Christmas, there is one thing that almost everybody loves back home. The Christmas sweets and cookies. Almost every family would have a plate of these little goodies on their Christmas table. These days lots of people buy them in bakeries or from enthusiastic individuals as the baking requires a lot of time. But some Czech women would still “compete” – who will make a wider variety of them, who will have more of the difficult ones to make etc. Some stick to the time-tested family recipes and some try something new every year. My mom used to make at least 12 different types of these little sweets when we were kids. And we just could’t wait to finally test them with my brother…
So, this might not be a typical Christmas dish. Not even back home. But it’s not so far from the Czech tradition either (in a way). As I already mentioned in the recipe for Traditional Czech Potato Salad, the typical meal at Christmas is fried crumbed fish and potato salad for us. But since I have a fish allergy there won’t be any recipe for the fried fish coming from me any time soon (sorry). Maybe I will figure out something with prawns or other shellfish which I can have. However in the meanwhile here is this simple recipe for Oven-Baked Coconut Chicken Strips (Paleo, Whole30, Low Carb). But how did I get from fish with classic bread crumb crust to a chicken breaded in coconut? I know, quite a jump forward. But there is a slight similarity.
Is it too early to start posting Christmas recipes? I hope not. Because I’m getting really excited. My first Christmas in Australia. However, I decided to share a Czech recipe today. Because I’m still going to stick to a few traditions even if overseas. So let’s start the holiday season with this Traditional Czech Potato Salad (Paleo, Whole30). And read a bit about the traditional meals below 🙂
I already said it here several times, but I just can’t stress enough about how my relationship with food changed over last few months. And how impressed I am by that. Mostly that I’m grateful to the Whole30 for this change. Yeah, I think I just need to say it few more times. But it’s funny because during the program I didn’t feel like there is a difference. I felt like I was already eating healthy before that anyway. Yet now, six months after, I wouldn’t even look at some things I used to eat before.
This recipe always takes me straight to my childhood. Because I just loved all the types of spreads and remoulades as a kid. Especially the ones with mayonnaise. Czech people would actually spread almost anything over their slice of bread. My husband still can’t believe how many different spreads, remoulades, relishes, pates etc. we have. But some of them can include quite some nasties, especially when store bought. Luckily that’s not the case with this homemade Celeriac Remoulade. I don’t have to remove it out of my diet even as a food conscious adult. Because it needs only few whole ingredients, actually making for a very healthy treat. Combine it with my Grain Free Pumpernickel Bread and light meal can be served in matter of minutes.
In the middle of the week you might be probably too tired to even think of cooking. But what about just something simple what would uplift your dinner to the next level? Something that would fancy-up even meals as simple as sausage and veggies? Yeah, of course it’s mayonnaise. Because mayonnaise goes with almost everything. The other option is hot sauce. Now I’m not sure which one I like better. But since I started this article as a recipe for Homemade Smoked Garlic Mayonnaise I might as well finish it.
Did you ever try to make homemade mayonnaise?
Happy Monday people! I know, it’s a bit rainy here in Brisbane, not very happy. But I’ve got the solution. Because what can cheer you up better than a good hot soup on a rainy day? And if you follow my Instagram a bit, you will notice that I started a new little Monday tradition. Because the beginning of the week is usually when we have our days off. And as much as we both love cooking at home and working in hospitality, sometimes we like to relax a little from both and go out for lunch or dinner. We are still humans, right? Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that all of this and our love of Asian cuisine combined with my obsession with soups led to a thing I started called #phomonday.