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.
I have to say this is my favourite sugar-free but sweet recipe I made so far. A total must have this Christmas. And it’s so easy. And so much better for you than the store bought version. Which is full of refined sugar, palm oil, skim milk, whey powder and artificial flavours by the way. Not nice. Definitely not healthy. Anyway, why not to try something healthier this Christmas? These no baked Coconut Snowballs are super simple, free of gluten, sugar and dairy, but still delivering the desired taste of holidays. You can make it for a little treat after the Christmas meal or even as a healthy gift for your friends. Continue reading
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.
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.
In my family Sundays are usually saved for a big family lunch. We would get together and spend hours talking and eating and simply having a beautiful day. The meal would almost always include some nibbles to start, then good healthy soup, hearty main meal and of course a dessert. And that’s why I chose this day to share a new dessert recipe with you guys. Because even if I am halfway around the world now, I’m always thinking about my family and amazing days like these. And all the good food we had together 🙂 However, as you probably noticed already, this blog is mainly about real food and healthy choices. So these Paleo Custard Tarts are no exception. They would make for a perfect treat after a Sunday lunch which won’t make you feel bad, because they are low in carbs, high in protein and also dairy free.
I’ve already admitted here several times that I have a weakness for baked goodies. Especially bread of any kind. But now more than ever I am aware of what I’m eating and how often. And I am thankful for this awakening to the Whole30 I did this May. When I did the programme I had a feeling that nothing changed. But when I look back there is so many things that changed for me. Not only I am a bit leaner (nice bonus) and I have almost zero stomach aches (very usual for me before) but I know what I can afford and what is just too much for me. And I’m even more interested in nutrition than before. So yes, I would have normal bread every now and then, because I know that small amounts of gluten doesn’t upset me. But I also know that there is not much nutrition in those baked goodies. That’s why I made this Grain Free Pumpernickel Bread to accompany my favourite spreads. It’s full of Omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, fibre, protein and other nutrients and of course tastes great, especially when slightly toasted.