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.
So I’ve just created the best meatloaf ever. Da Best! At least the best one I’ve ever had. Well, I had a feeling that combining cheddar, bacon and jalapeno can’t go wrong. But it ended up even better than I could ever imagine. I could just keep eating this thing. It’s so juicy with so many flavours, it almost feels like I’m cheating on the healthy lifestyle with a huge badass cheeseburger. Well, I do every now and then but at home I try to eat as healthy as possible. Because I still believe that the balance is pretty important too. Anyway, if you are looking for an easy recipe for the busy week days, this is it. You can make one big meatloaf and enjoy it for several days, just switching the sides. At least that’s what works for me.
I’ve became obsessed with pumpkins lately. I could have pumpkin as a part of every meal. Because it’s such a versatile vegetable and it’s so savory and filling. Which is probably what I like about it the most, that I’m not starving half an hour after lunch. However, my husband unfortunately doesn’t seem to be so thrilled about pumpkin as I am. He actually said that he can’t see anymore pumpkins in our kitchen. Challenge accepted. I just had to prove him that pumpkin is awesome. So I decided to come up with this Roasted Pumpkin Gnocchi recipe. Well, he is still not jumping with joy when I come from the shops with another pumpkin in my bag. But he certainly loved the gnocchi. So I hope you will too.
I can’t believe the weekend is almost over again. Last month and a half just flew by, I swear. But I love it. I’m quite busy with my new job and settling in the new life, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. It feels so right at this moment. However I still don’t post as much as I would like. But I’m getting better with my schedule these days. I think that what also helps is that I try to make as much food prep and batch cook during one of my days off. So I can make sure that we will still eat healthy during the week, even when we are short on time. And that we can use the precious time we have left to enjoy ourselves. Or write a blog post 🙂
Weekend is almost knocking on the door and for those lucky of you it means a well deserved time off. I will save myself this privilege for Monday and Tuesday. Which is actually a really great time to be off as there is less people everywhere. Which really suits my introverted self. However, back to the weekenders. I’ve got a great recipe for you to try this weekend for Kangaroo-Beef Burgers. Because it looks like I’m adapting to the Aussie lifestyle slowly. Well, certainly when it’s about food and BBQ. But what is better than a BBQ with friends and family when the weather is so good? And what is better than a decent juicy burger? Continue reading