I am cold. Very cold.

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Water colour painting by Wayne Roberts 

So here I am writing from my cosy room in my aunts apartment in Neuchatel, Switzerland. It’s raining outside and very much icey cold, but hey that’s what you expect when you choose to come to Europe for the winter months. I spent my morning with the usual yoga and meditation followed by a coffee (Americano style) & avocado on wood fire fresh dark sourdough. This bread is next level good, I literally haven’t had a bread better than this one in a very long time. God I love you Europe.

Due to these cold winter months, I will be cooking meals that compliment the season. Of course I will be enjoying meals with my family most of the time however when I find myself alone Ill be experimenting in the kitchen trying to come up with some nourishing oatmeals, spiced rice, dahls, stews and soups. Many, many soups. Oh and can’t forget the chai lattes that Ill be brewing myself in my aunts tiny kitchen. So stay tuned kids because Ill be posting the recipes up here!


If you’re interested in Ayurvedic medicine than here are some ideas you could implement in your diet in order to feel your best if you’re feeling un-steady and disconnected:

– Spiced basmati rice with raisons, cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh grated ginger and ground turmeric. Add a teaspoon of ghee just prior to eating.

-Coconut and sesame oatmeal. Cook you oats in almond milk and coconut oil, then simply add some toasted coconut and sesame seeds on top. Sesame seeds are beneficial for female hormones, so if any of you ladies have any issues in this area get onto the sesame seeds!

-Morning Poha. Either savoury with carrot and zucchini or sweet with coconut milk.

-Vegetable Dahs with brown rice.

-Coconut milk curries.

-Golden Milk (ground turmeric with pepper and raw brown sugar). Drink before bed to ensure a restful nights sleep.

-Kitchari. If you’re feeling slougish than this is the perfect meal to give your digestive system a well deserved rest.

You can find varying recipes of each of these dishes online if you suss out some blogs or reliable websites. My go to woman is Jody VassalShe knows her stuff.

I find myself researching Ayurvedic principles for hours as to me it’s extrememly interesting and I can personally relate to most of it, but hey its not for everyone. But I assure you if you start researching you will most likely become hooked, like sarah & I. I also recommend seeing an Ayurvedic practitioner if you want to take it that next step further.

Much love from my little corner of the world. Its now time for more coffee.

 

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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

Broccoli and Pea Puree

WINTER WARMER SERIES

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We have one month off uni and boy have we hit holiday mode.

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Quick 5am workouts at home before a quick breakfast and then quickly out the door to quickly get to uni by 8 am is thankfully behind us, for one month at least. Our mornings now consist of a slightly longer sleep in, a longer yoga session or workout and a slower, more relaxing breakfast.

We don’t only have more time for relaxing mornings, now we can also cook a wholesome lunch at home. Look, this may not seem all that exciting for some but for uni students who have spent three months eating packed quinoa salads out of glass containers, home lunches are kind of a big deal.

Today for lunch we opted for our usual of quinoa, spinach, roasted root vegetables and poached chicken. However seeing as today was a ‘home lunch’ (yes!), we whipped up a broccoli and pea puree to dollop on top.

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This green puree is so versatile. You can have it as a side to meal like how we’ve done today, you can smear it on paleo toast, have it as a snack mixed with a handful of nuts or eat it as a soup by adding a little more bone broth. Options are endless!

Ingredients

– 2 heads of broccoli

– The stalks of one bunch of kale

– 1 leek

– 1 cup of frozen peas

– 2-3 cups of beef or chicken bone broth. we used homemade 48hr beef broth.

– 1/2 small onion

– 2 cloves of crushed garlic

– 1 tsp of cumin

– 1 bay leaf

– 1 tsp of turmeric

– 1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt

– Pepper to taste

– 1/2 – 1 tbsp of coconut oil (for sautéing leek)

Method

1. Heat coconut oil in a pan. Once warm, sauté the onion and garlic until tender.

2. Dice the leek and add to the pan. Stir through for a few minutes, then add the spices and a dash of water.

3. Saute until leek is tender.

4. Add the broccoli, peas and kale stalks and thoroughly mix with the leek for a few minutes.

5. Add your broth, salt, pepper and bay leaf and bring to a gentle boil (basically simmer)

6. Lower the heat and cover for about 20 minutes)

7. Once the kale stalks are tender-ish, remove the puree from the pot and add to a blender. Pulse on high until smooth.

8. Serve!

M + S x

Maple Carrots with Bone Broth Greens

WINTER SALAD SERIES

Sauteed  organic Silverbeet, Leek and Kale stems in 48 hour Beef Bone Broth, topped with Maple Syrup grilled Carrots, Goats feta and Pepita Seeds. Soft boiled eggs and fresh parsley also go brilliantly with this winter salad.

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As we are  now in winter we have adapted our diet to match the cooler season. We tend to not eat raw foods, opting for roasted or lightly sautéed vegetables. Lots of dark leafy greens, root vegetables such as pumpkin and sweet potato and an endless supply of bone broth are now staples in our kitchen. 

Although this may seem strange to some (sorry vegans) –  we absolutely love coming home from a long day at work/uni to a mug of steaming bone broth followed by a nourishing and warming meal. *We’ll be posting many more winter warmer recipes so stay tuned!

Make sure you take the time to give your body the attention it needs during these cooler months – maybe make a stew or have a crack at making your own broth. Your body will most definitely thank you for it.

Raw foods, fruits and juices can go on hold for just a bit, they’ll have their time to shine in summer and spring! 

Ingredients: Serves two as a main or three as a side dish

– 2 cups of kale stems

– 2 cups of roughly chopped silverbeet

-1/2 cup of finely sliced leek

– 1-2 carrots sliced (we used pre-roasted carrots that we had on hand in the fridge)

– 1 cup of cooked quinoa

– 2-4 boiled eggs (…depending on hunger status)

– 1/4 cup of goats feta

– 1/3 cup of beef bone broth (48 hours homemade)

– 2 tsp of pepita seeds

– 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

– 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

– 1 tbsp of maple syrup 

– Pepper

– Himalayan salt

Method

1. Chop all greens (leek, kale and silver beet) and sauté in a wok on high heat with the bone broth. We have a big batch of beef bone broth in the freezer that we keep in the refrigerator to have on hand for cooking and drinking (so nourishing). If you don’t have bone broth, sauté in olive oil or water)

2. Whilst the greens are sautéing away, slice your carrots and drizzle them with the maple syrup (we didn’t use fresh carrots, we already had roasted carrots in the fridge so if your carrots are raw, they’ll need longer under the grill). Place your already roasted or raw carrots under the grill on a high heat. You want them to sizzle so they gain that caramelisation.

3. Place your eggs in a saucepan with a tad of salt to boil. 

4. Now that your eggs are boiling, your greens are sautéing and your carrots are sizzling, start by assembling your plate. Layer your cooked quinoa (again we have a big batch of already cooked quinoa in the fridge that we add for quick mid-week lunches) in a shallow bowl. and drizzle with a tsp of olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

5. Your greens should now be ready, with a ladle, scoop the greens and place them nicely onto the bed of quinoa. 

6. The carrots should be pretty much done now. Take them from the grill and add to your pile (remember, if the carrots are raw they’ll need longer)

7. We leave our eggs to boil for 5:20 minutes – this is the perfect amount of time for hard boiled eggs. Soft boiled eggs will just require about 4 to 4:30 minutes. When you have the desired consistency for your eggs, place them delicately onto your nourishing plate.

8. Now you’re ready to garnish. Add your goats feta, pepita seeds, pepper, himalayan salt and possibly even some fresh parsley. 

9. If you do have homemade bone broth, an extra table spoon onto the eggs would tie the meal nicely 

10. EAT

Winter salads are always a lovely option on a cold afternoon. Make a large batch and share with loved ones 

M + S xx