This recipe has been a rather long time in the making. It started with a feeling of nostalgia, evoked from photographs of our travels in Austria. I can still recall the sublime beauty of that country as if I had just returned this morning. I remember the overwhelming awe and gratitude I felt in the presence of the vast mountain range that surrounds Salzburg, and the sense of wonder, of having travelled through time, while exploring the ruins of Durnstein castle, once home to an imprisoned Richard the Lionheart.
I am a food blogger, an ethical eater, and a health-conscious person. I am also a flexitarian. And I hate that word.
Perhaps because it has yet to earn a place in either the public consciousness or vernacular, or perhaps because I ascribe to it a collection of perceived negative connotations – whatever the reason, it feels decidedly unflattering. It’s certainly not the hat I put on when introducing myself at parties. Between blank stares or outright hostility, it appears there is no more room for a middling reaction than an ethical middle ground when it comes to food.
This recipe marks a pretty monumental achievement. I have a new favourite smoothie. This might sound fairly humdrum to those of you living outside of my head (which I guess would be all of you, with the exception of Conor, on occasion), but I can assure you, a new smoothie entering my breakfast rotation is not a frequent occurrence. I alternate between a couple favourites during the week and enjoy my Chocolate Almond Java Shake on the weekends when I know I have the time to hit the gym extra hard and need a little boost, but that’s about as adventurous as I get on a busy morning. But this smoothie… it’s like a cool burst of spring air. Not only is it completely satisfying, it’s absolutely invigorating. Designed to help aid digestion using a few key ingredients, I can guarantee this will wake you up at least as well as coffee and stimulate your digestive system to start producing all those gut-friendly enzymes in the process. If I could sum up the taste in one word, it would be vibrant. Between the tartness of the lemon, the kick of the ginger, and the freshness of the parsley, it really tastes like a happy garden in a glass. Scroll down for a full breakdown of the health benefits of this smoothie! Let’s show our tummies some love, shall we? Continue reading
Happy day-before St. Patrick’s Day!
Whoever first thought to combine chocolate and mint deserves some kind of lifetime achievement award, at least in my books. It’s one of my all-time favourite sweet pairings, so much so that I was rarely found without a box of Junior Mints in my purse during my high school years. These days, I eschew those high-fructose corn syrup droplets of yum in favour of more natural alternatives. I have found some pretty fantastic organic dark chocolate + mint bars over the last few years that satisfy the craving and taste infinitely better, but today I wanted to give a nod to the Irish side of my heritage and celebrate the holiday in a healthful way.
Sometimes you just really need a quick sugar fix, and sometimes, you don’t want to wait 50 minutes and wash 10 dishes just to satisfy that craving. Yet the alternative – a manufactured, chemical-laden, and nutritionally void candy bar – is equally unappealing.
What’s a girl to do?
The fruit of rebellion often bears the sweetest yield. There is something tangibly more enjoyable and exciting about engaging in an illicit behaviour – even if it’s something you’ve done a million times before. I just never imagined that rebellion could take the form of a salad, or that it would taste like some ambrosial gift from the gods. One never knows what the future holds in store is the lesson I’m going to take away from this experience.
Coleslaw was a frequent dinner companion when I was growing up, and despite being a really picky eater, it was always a winner in my books. My parents made it simple and light, with an olive oil and lemon vinaigrette, and for a long time that’s how I thought all coleslaw was prepared. Then one day I discovered that thick, goopy, green mess they call coleslaw at fast food joints and chain restaurants. I thought to myself, “What’s the point of a salad if you’re going to drown it in mayonnaise?”. Well, that question has never been satisfactorily answered, but fortunately I have come across much more pleasant variations on the coleslaw theme since then. My favourite for the last year or so has been kale slaw – who knew you could slaw (and verb) anything? Continue reading
Guacamole is a dinner host’s best friend. It’s always a crowd-pleaser, takes almost no time to prepare, and staves off appetites long enough for you to get things done in the kitchen without feeling rushed. It’s also easy to present in an appealing way; the vibrant green of the avocado just needs a clean white bowl to really set it off.
Guacamole can also, however, be a little predictable. Sure it’s satisfying and delicious, but we all know what to expect. So why not get a little playful? Avocado has a mild enough flavour that you can pair it with practically anything and it will work. And since summer is a time for bright, exciting colours and beautifully sweet and ripe fruit, it’s a great place to take your inspiration from. Continue reading
A lunch that’s super flavourful, won’t leave you feeling sluggish or bloated, and is ready in 5 minutes? Yup, that sounds pretty awesome to me. All you need to do to make your day run this smoothly is make the pesto ahead of time. It keeps in the fridge for about a week, so you can make this pasta multiple times or use the leftover pesto for something equally awesome. Your choice! Continue reading
I will refrain from a long prelude today, and simply let your eyes feast and your mouth water. This dish is a perfect example of why Mediterranean cuisine wins my heart every time. A few simple, fresh ingredients married together in a way that creates something bigger than the sum of its parts. The creaminess of the eggplant, the vibrancy of the herbs, and the salty tang of the capers work together to create something really special. Continue reading