Today Australia celebrates Anzac Day and honours all the men and women that served in all wars.
Originally ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during in World War I.
But today it’s a National remembrance of all the men and women in wars and conflicts and commemorative services are held across the whole country. First services are at dawn, which is the time of the ANZAC army (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) first landing in Gallipoli in 1915. Then later in the day former soldiers take marches in many places.
Have you tried Chicken Larb, the traditional Thai chicken salad yet? If not, you definitely should. Because it’s an embodiment of freshness in a dish. It will awaken your senses with it’s tangy, yet savoury taste, leaving your lips pleasantly tingly from the chilli and your belly nicely full. Close your eyes and transfer yourself to the busy street stalls of Thailand.
Easter is around the corner (even though some shops here in Australia started selling hot cross buns and carrot cakes already at the end of January!) and I’m starting to think what food to make this year. Because same as other holidays, Easter usually comes hand in hand with lots of food in our household. I love meeting with my family and friends over good food. But I also like to stay healthy and away from foods that are simply not worth it. And with the Easter goodies most of the times the store bought cakes and pastries are really really far from healthy and good for us. Which means they are not worth it for me.
I know, I said that I don’t like sweet breakfasts much. And it’s true. Most of the mornings you could spot me stuffing my face with eggs and vegetables (or simply just some leftovers). But sometimes I need a little taste switch. And a little break from the proteins. And that’s when a nice bowl of warm porridge comes in handy (it’s also great to make ahead and have on busy mornings). But as you’re probably guessing now, it’s a bit different than the porridge as we know it. There are no oats or any other grains. No sugar. No dairy either. There even might be one very unexpected ingredient. Yet it still has the same effect. So if you are looking for a breakfast inspiration which won’t mess with your eating style, you are in the right place. Read about the Chocolate Cashew Porridge (Paleo, Low Carb) bellow.
I know this recipe is not a brain cracker, but I can see it on the social media or when talking to friends and colleagues, that lots of people still don’t know what the heck is the cauliflower rice? What do you have it with? And how do you even make it?
Well, here is the most verified process of how to make a cauliflower rice from our household. I think we are actually almost pros in making cauli rice. Because we honestly have it with our meals at least once a week. It’s stupid easy to make. I just can’t praise this side dish enough. Whoever thought about it first is a genius. Because this is just one of the best sides you can have with your curries, stews, stir-fry etc. when maintaining a healthy life style.
It’s been really hot here in Australia the last few weeks, which means that even somebody like me is eating lots of salads lately. To make a point here. I used to hate salads. Because all I could imagine under that expression was raw vegetable with boring vinegar dressing. I always liked vegetables, don’t get me wrong, I just hated this combination. But then I found out that salad doesn’t necessarily have to be just raw carrot, cucumber and tomato. That you can make a more interesting dressing than vinegar. And it won’t make you to gain 10 kilos by eating one tablespoon… So I started playing with the ingredients a little and found my favourite ways how to make a salad an enjoyable dish which doesn’t need company of garlic bread to be good. Like this Chicken Salad With Apples And Cranberries (Paleo, Whole30).
I’ve decided to do another round of Whole30 a couple of days ago. No, not because of the new year – new me. I don’t really believe in this stuff. Even though I do have few plans and resolutions including food for this year, I am pretty happy with the eating habits I adopted during the first round of my Whole30 and after and don’t need any big changes in my diet. But I think that January still is a great month for Whole30 after indulging a little more and moving a little less over the holidays. And I’m super excited about it because my husband decided to do this round with me, seeing the great impact it had on me last year. So wish us good luck and hopefully we will finish these 30 days together.
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.