Precious Morning Moments

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We’ve blogged about our love affair with mornings a couple of times. We’ve mentioned on numerous occasions how much we just adore our morning cup of Joe and how ridiculously early we get up. Even on Sundays.

 It is also quite obvious how much we love breakfast. We take it so seriously. I mean honestly, who wants to rush out of the house with a stale piece of toast when you can take the time to enjoy warm buttery organic sourdough with avocado and parsley. I mean, really.

But since being out of home, moving house twice and adapting to city living, we’ve started to develop an even deeper love for the early hours. So many feelings about this topic. I’d like to share these feelings with you all so that you may feel inspired to create your own morning routine. A morning routine that sets you up for the day ahead.

 I’ve actually researched the power of morning routines. It’s quite a fascinating topic. Some people become extremely ritualistic with their early hours. Having a set schedule that you abide to each morning can become somewhat therapeutic, almost like a moving meditation. I know for me personally, if my morning activities are altered in any way I feel ‘off’. I am very pedantic about this time of the day. These hours are precious to both Mel and I.

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 So what do we like to do in these precious moments? Well, depending on whether it’s a work-day or a day off, we always wake up between 5:30-6:30 am. Upon waking, I’ve found it’s so important to rehydrate my body from a night of sleeping. We’ll drink around 750 mL of warm water. Usually out of a washed leftover sauerkraut mason jar. We are yet to own cups. Sometimes we take our water back to bed and do some reading. Sometimes we meditate. Well, attempt to meditate. I’ve found that reading or even just relaxing in bed is good enough for me. Mel likes to read magazines. Magazines are also nice. She says they give her a bit of inspiration for the day.

 Next up it’s coffee time. The best time. If it’s a work day, we’ll be out of the house around 7:30, even earlier, so our morning coffee will be of the stovetop sort and showering usually takes place beforehand. We buy our ground coffee from various places but recently it’s been from Wide Open Road roasters and we only buy organic unhomogenised full cream milk. Shulz, Demeter and La Latteria are great dairy farms that we love supporting.

 For us, stovetop coffee isn’t just regular coffee. It’s so much more. There is something so utterly special about having to wait for the coffee to rise. If I’m getting ready in my room, I just love coming down the stairs to the sound of the bubbling hot coffee. The sound and the smell both bring me back to the flat that our Nonna and Nonno use to live in in Switzerland. They made stovetop coffee daily. Mel and I were basically raised with the smell so each time we make it; it brings us back to the months we spent in Europe. Literally our most favourite smell.

 If it’s a day off however, we’ll usually skip on the stovetop and instead, we’ll walk down to a local café for a takeway. Extra hot flat white. Totally delicious. At the moment our go to local is Industry Beans in Fitzroy. Great coffee. They don’t use organic milk though. We feel a little funny about this. We are yet to find a local café that serves coffee with unhomogenised organic milk. The hunt continues. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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 Anyway. After coffee time is done, ‘The best time’, it’s breakfast time. Also the best time. Being creatures of habit, we tend to stick to the same sort of breaky theme. We eat a diet high in protein and fat. It’s satiating, nourishing and delicious. (It shouldn’t be news to anybody that the low fat diet trend is flawed, full fat is the way to go – will blog about this in the future). Eggs of some sort, either boiled or scrambled with turmeric and wakame, generous servings of avocado, organic butter, himalayan salt and home made buckwheat loaf (recipe by one of our biggest inspirations Jacqueline Alwill), sprouted bread or an organic sourdough loaf are staples for us. We also occasionally dabble in Ayurvedic porridge made savoury with plenty of ghee, carrot and spices. We’d also like to start making macrobiotic breakfasts with basmati rice, buttery fried eggs, sea vegetables and sesame – when we can be bothered cooking the rice that is. We never eat sweet breakfasts. Instead, we load up on healthy fats like butter, eggs, avocado, almond butter, olive oil, cheese and ghee. Obviously not all of these at the same time, we just pick and choose what we feel like on the day. Today for example, it was butter, almond butter and Himalayan salt on sourdough rye with half an avocado drizzled with olive oil eaten by the spoon.

 Whilst eating breakfast and drinking coffee, we’ve found that playing a soothing track on the CD player and burning a candle also sets a peaceful tone for the day. We’ve recently bought a candle that we’re completely obsessed. Like obsessed. Scribbling in our diaries and updating ourselves with the happenings of social media also usually take place at the breakfast table.

 We then clean up, possibly prepare lunch if we haven’t already got it organised the night before and then head out for our day. We both have to walk around 35 to 45 minutes to get to work so this is how we fit in our morning movement. It’s a lovely walk as well, through the Carlton Gardens. Long gone are the days of 5 am runs and yoga sessions. Now that a great yoga studio is literally down the road from us, we opt for the afternoon or late morning sessions. They’re normally ‘stronger’ classes where we can feed off other yogi’s energies. If you are into yoga then you would understand this.

 These precious morning moments are how we turn inwards and reflect.

 Honest feelings from me to you.

 I hope now you feel inspired to create your own precious moments in the early hours.

 Sarah

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Spring Salad Series #6

Olive Oil Spelt Penne with Sautéed Greens 


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Who doesn’t love pasta? (no one…)

Spelt pasta teamed with organic greens and olive oil go perfectly together. This dish is super simple and takes only a few minutes to prepare, ideal for a mid week lunch or dinner

* Due to our gluten intolerance we tend to opt for spelt or buckwheat pasta as our bellies can tolerate these grains a lot better


Ingredients

Organic Spelt Penne (enough to serve two)

One small organic broccoli head

Three large organic leaves of silver beet

Half a cup of frozen organic garden peas

One tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil

Pepper (to taste)

Himalayan salt (to taste)

Fresh organic parsley (to garnish)

One heaped teaspoon of nutritional yeast


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Method

Put on a put of water with some himalayan salt and bring to a boil

Once boiling add the pasta, we usually cook our pasta for around 10 minutes however this will vary on the type of pasta and how cooked you like your pasta to be. We prefer it more on the al dente side!

Meanwhile, break the broccoli head and finely chop the silver beet leaves. In a large wok add these vegetables and the garden peas with a dash of water. Sauté for around 3 minutes, our until the frozen peas are no longer frozen

Once the pasta is ready, drain out the water and put the pasta back into the pot. Add the olive oil, pepper, salt and nutritional yeast and mix all together. Then you can add the vegetables and give it another good mix

Separate into two bowls and top with parsley. It really is as easy as that kids! A simple, satisfying and beautiful dish that can be enjoyed at any time of the day

Now were off to enjoy this spring sunshine, Ciao!

Spring Salad Series #3

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It’s the middle of the week which means it’s Spring Salad time!

After a morning spent watching the french news, eating a version of our famous breaky boards and swimming laps at our local pool, we came home and made a ‘Herb Salad Party’. We call this a party as we literally added so many herbs from our garden! Well only parsley and mint were actually invited…

Anyway, in went these herb babies with the rest of our ingredients and the end result tasted like sunshine and gardens.

So good, so spring.

Oh and we leave for Europe in 10 weeks and we are so damn excited. 

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Ingredients 

Serves two hungry twins after a swim

-1 small organic avocado

– 1 cup of peas

– 1 cup of cooked quinoa (we cook up a big batch at the beginning of the week and store in the fridge for quick and easy lunches)

– 2 cups of shredded spinach

– 1/2 a cup of finely chopped mint (and a few extra whole leaves for garnishing)

– 1/2 a cup of finely chopped parsely

– 1 can of organic sustainably caught mackerel in olive oil

– 1/3 cup of fresh blueberries

– Himalayan Salt to taste

– Pepper to taste

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Method

1. Heat up the quinoa and peas either in a saucepan with a dash of water or in a microwave if you’re short for time. Again, as mentioned in the ingredients – we pre-cook our quinoa.

2. As the quinoa is heating up, start finely chopping your spinach, mint and parsley. Also, slice your avocado into small cubes.

3. Add the greens and the avocado to the warm quinoa and pea mix. Thoroughly mix with your hands and evenly distribute onto two plates.

4. Now for the toppings! Add half the can of mackerel to each dish and drizzle the oil evenly between the two. Finish with topping with the freshest and plumpest blueberries you can find!

5. Garnish with the last couple of mint leaves and a tad of pepper and himalayan salt.

All done, ready to gobble up.

 

 

Spring Salad Series #2

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We’re off to Europe in exactly 10 weeks. It’s no secret that we are completely, 100% obsessed with everything to do with the European culture. The fresh food, old buildings, their train systems, cute bakeries, red wine (lots of red wine), the coop (only a few people would understand this), friendly people and most importantly our family in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Our love for Europe has come to a stage where we are trying to set up camp over there, permanently. This means a lot of research, visas, Italian passports, what do we do with our clothes?! how much money do we need? etc. It has been quite a headache. But so worth it.

Amongst this research, we have been taking our time in the kitchen, cooking and creating beautiful recipes to share with the world. As we have started our Spring Salad Series, this week we had to come up with salad number 2! Feeling a bit sluggish today, we opted for a lighter salad, bringing us back to our European summers.

Hope you enjoy this meal! Make sure to share it with family and close friends, no one likes eating alone.


Fennel, Celery, Rocket and Sardine Salad with black Sesame

Organic Ingredients

Serves two

Half a fennel

One celery stalk

Two handfuls of rocket

Two small oranges (we picked these from our garden)

One can of sardines in olive oil

One teaspoon of black sesame seeds

Few sprigs of fresh parsley

Two teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil

Himalayan salt (to taste)

Pepper (to taste)


Method

 Quite simple, no need for the stove or any other appliances

– Wash fennel and celery thoroughly

– Roughly (julienne) slice the celery and fennel

– Prepare two plates, and place one handful of rocket on each. Then top with the fennel and celery

-Peel the two oranges, and slice into thin circles (we’re not too sure how to explain this but we’re sure you will understand what we mean..). Place oranges onto the plates

– Divide the can of sardines in half and top onto the salads

– Sprinkle with black sesame, EVOO, pepper and salt. Oh and don’t forget the parsley!

– Serve with fresh dark bread (we had ours with some wholemeal organic spelt crackers)

– Bon Appetit!

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Spring Salad Series #1

Sautéed Greens with crispy skin Salmon. 

Spring is all about spending time with family and friends on weekends, cooking and eating in the garden. It’s about frolicking amongst the freshly blossomed flowers and drinking rose in the sunshine. It’s also the perfect time to prep yourself for summer. By this we mean, starting to cook with lighter, fresher and more vibrant foods.

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How wonderful is spring?

We definitely love it so we thought what a better way of celebrating then introducing a new spring salad every week to share with you all. Salads make up about 2 to 3 of our meals everyday, so you know, we kind of know how to make a bloody good one. 

This recipe is a staple in our diet as we make it on a regular basis. Salmon is one of our favourite foods, and who doesn’t love green veggies?  Oh and cheese is also a winner.

Make this salad and enjoy it with your family outside in the sunshine. We would absolutely love to hear any feedback from you so please don’t be a stranger!

Ingredients 

*Try to opt for organic vegetables if possible. Spring is for detoxing the system so reducing your chemical intake is ideal. 

– 1 broccoli head (and stem)

– 2 handfuls of brussel sprouts

– 1 cup of frozen peas

– 1 leek

– 1 zucchini (ribbons)

– 1/2 an avocado

– 2 Atlantic Salmon fillets with the skin on

– 2 slices of cheddar cheese (optional)

– 1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar

– 1 Lemon

– 1-2 teaspoons of olive oil

– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

– Pepper and salt to taste

Method

1. Thoroughly wash all vegetables before roughly chopping. Chop all vegetables except the zucchini as you will need to use a peeler to obtain the ‘ribbon effect’.

2. Once vegetables are prepared, heat your coconut oil in a wok and sauté the leek until slightly brown and tender. Meanwhile, squeeze half of your lemon onto the salmon with a pinch of salt and pepper.

3. Once leek is ready, add the remaining vegetables with a dash of water and apple cider vinegar (sauté for a maximum of five minutes as green vegetables should not be cooked for too long as they loose their nutritional value)

4. As your vegetables are cooking, heat up a another pan with some coconut oil for your salmon fillets. Salmon should take about 4 minutes each side depending on how you like it.

5. Once the fish and vegetables are cooked, distribute the greens onto two plates. Top with the salmon, avocado and the cheddar.

6. Finally, a dash of olive oil, some pepper, a tad of apple cider vinegar and parsley (if you have it) will top this dish off perfectly.

Cauliflower Couscous with Lentils and Spiced Quark

Winter Warmer Series 

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Ingredients: Serves two as a main with leftovers!

– 1/2 a head of organic cauliflower

– 1 head of organic broccoli

– 1/2 a cup of organic peas

– Four stems of organic black kale

– 1 cup of organic lentils

– 1 teaspoon of coconut oil

– 1 teaspoon of cumin

– 1 teaspoon of turmeric

– 1 tablespoon of raw buckwheat

– Spiced Quark (refer below for recipe)


Method:

1) Wash hands and vegetables

2) Place one cup of lentils with three cups of water in a saucepan and bring to boil. Once boiling, turn down heat and allow lentils to simmer with lid on. Keep an eye on the lentils, adding small dashes of water if needed

3) Meanwhile, break apart the cauliflower and place into a food processor. You want the cauliflower to resemble ‘rice’

4) In a large saucepan or wok place the cauliflower with a teaspoon of cumin and a teaspoon of turmeric. Sauté the cauliflower for a few minutes and then turn down the heat and place the lid on

4) Cut up the kale leaves into smaller segments (also cutting and using the stems – no wasting food!) and break apart broccoli head

5) In another large saucepan or wok with one teaspoon of coconut oil, sauté the kale with the broccoli and peas. We like to salute our greens with bone broth that we pre make and leave in the freezer. Adding a dash of water will also work. Sauté for a few minutes then turn down the heat and place the lid on

6) In a small pan, lightly toast the raw buckwheat until golden

7) Grab a large mixing bowl. Combine 1 cup of cauliflower rice, the sautéed greens and around 2/3 cup of lentils. Mix all ingredients well. Feel free to add more cauliflower rice or lentils if you wish, there will be leftovers in the pan!

8) Place onto two plates and top each with one generous tablespoon of spiced quark and one teaspoon of toasted buckwheat!

Enjoy!

M + S


Spiced Quark 

You can buy Quark at any grocer or healthful store. We use biodynamic/organic Swiss style cottage cheese quark from B.-d.Farm Paris Creek

– 2 heaped tablespoons of cottage cheese quark

– A pinch of pepper and himalayan salt

– 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

– 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric

– 1 teaspoon of organic tahini

– Water (this will depend on the consistency you want – we added around 3 tablespoons)

– In a small mixing bowl, combine spices with quark and mix gently

Mum’s Magnificent Muffins

Savoury Muffins by our lovely Mother 

We love you mum


Our lovely mother had us all set for snacks over the busy exam period and end of semester. Being able to devour a savoury muffin for morning tea or an afternoon – pick-me-up was what got us through study and folio finals.

As we’re not much sweet tooth’s, these savoury muffins are perfect for any meal/time of the day. We had them for breakfast, lunch, snacks or as a side to a winter soup.

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Roasted Sweet Potato and Chives 

– 2 organic eggs

– 2 cups of lactose free milk

– 1 cup of roasted sweet potato

– 1/2 a cup of sun dried tomatoes

– 1/2 a cup of roasted capsicum

– 200 grams of feta

– 1 cup of organic white spelt flour

– 1 cup of organic wholemeal spelt flour

– 1/4 a cup of organic corn flour

– 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarb soda

– 2 teaspoons of baking soda

– 1/4 a cup of grape seed oil

– pinch of chilli flakes

– 1/2 a cup of chives

– 1/4 of a teaspoon of himalayan salt and pepper

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Method

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

2) Chop up the sweet potato and roast them in the oven for around 35-40 minutes (until you can easily place a knife through)

3) In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, grape seed oil, bicarb soda, baking powder, salt, pepper and chilli flakes

4) Finely chop the semi dried tomatoes, roasted capsicum and chives

5) Add these ingredients to the egg/milk mixture

6) Stir in feta and the roasted sweet potato to the mixture (you do not need to mash the sweet potato prior)

7) Add all the flour and carefully mix all ingredients together

8) Grease with coconut oil a 12 hole muffin tin (medium-large sized muffins)

9) Bake for 35-40 minutes!


Caramelised Leek and Feta 

– 2 organic eggs

– 2 cups of lactose free milk

– 2 cups of organic caramelised leek

– 300 grams of organic feta

– 1 cup of organic white spelt flour

– 1 cup of organic wholemeal spelt flour

– 1/4 a cup of organic corn flour

– 1/2 a teaspoon of bicarb soda

– 2 teaspoons of baking soda

– 1/4 a cup of grape seed oil

– pinch of chilli flakes

– 1/4 of a teaspoon of himalayan salt and pepper

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Method/ingredients for caramelising the leeks

1) 2-3 leeks (depending on size) need to be halved and thinly sliced

2) To a pan add, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 20 grams of butter

3) Add the leek to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes or until golden

4) Add 1 tablespoon of water, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

5) Saute for 1-2 minutes

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Muffin Method 

1) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius

2) In a large bowl mix the oil, eggs, milk, bicarb soda, baking powder, salt, pepper and chill flakes

3) Add the caramelised leek and the feta a stir gently

4) Add the flour and stir gently… again

5) Grease with coconut oil a 12 hole muffin tin (medium-large sized muffins)

6) Bake for 35-40 minutes!

Love M + S

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