It’s December!!! Let the festivities begin. I absolutely love Christmas – the smells of cinnamon, pine trees, and cookies baking, singing carols at church, and all the beautiful snow we get LOTS of in Canada! It’s a very cold time – by the way, secretly, Canadians think it’s hilarious when Californians say it’s freezing down there – but I absolutely love snow and all the fun that comes along with it! I have fond memories of when I was younger and could play in the snow for hours with my little sister. We’d make snowpeople and snow angels and collect snow to make maple taffy, and then we’d come in and drink hot chocolate and read a whole stack of books to each other, cozied up by the fire.
I have a passion for creating beautiful, nourishing foods. I love spending a gray Saturday in the kitchen, not keeping track of time, allowing my hands and palate to transform whole ingredients into a flavourful dish. Unfortunately, with homework, chores, and to-do lists, I don’t always have the time anymore for such relaxed cooking, but when I do get the chance, I savour it as much as I do the finished plate.
Today, after yoga class, my dad and I went to the grocery store and picked up some staples for the week. I saw a package of four Ataulfos mangoes on the reduced rack and had to scoop them up – how could someone let those little golden gems go to waste?! We also got some tiny, locally-grown sunflower micro-greens. I wasn’t planning on combining the two until I got home and sliced the buttery mangoes. They seemed destined to be together with the micro-greens in a spicy salad! Hence, this recipe was born as I added macadamia nuts to give some crunch and drizzled on a homemade sesame vinaigrette for a flavour-packed, whole food salad. Yum!
Raw Peach and Fig Tarts!!! Can I get a cheer or at least a double-thumbs-up?! Guess what, friends: I’m featured on my lovely friend Sadie’s blog… and that’s where you can find the recipe for these tarts! I’m sure you’ve heard on GoodiesAgainstTheGrain.com, the Paleo recipe site created by Sadie, a fellow teenage blogger. I’m honoured to be posting this recipe on her amazing website!
When I think of Sadie, I think fun and cheery, just like these tarts. I also wanted to make a treat for her site (hence its name!). Here are some sneak-peak photos, but for the recipe, head on over to GoodiesAgainstTheGrain.com and check it out!
Yum. Yum. YUM!
I’m still in a banana-induced state of yum after making this Cookie Dough Nice Cream. Wow. I think the pictures speak for themselves – look at that creamy banana goodness laced with gluten-free cookie dough made with almond flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)! My little sister (who is very anti-real food) and I couldn’t stop eating it. This is definitely a sweet treat. Though bananas are fruits and considered quite healthy, they can still raise your blood sugar and contain a lot of fructose. Therefore, this is best enjoyed for special occasions or when you need to treat yo self. 😉
Have you heard about the amazing benefits of fermented foods?! I sure have, but at first I thought that fermenting would be a confusing, complicated process. Though I still haven’t tried making my own kombucha (it’s a very delicate process… and I don’t have a SCOBY 😉 ) I make my own homemade sauerkraut as a staple food in our house. I can eat it at every meal: it’s perfect with eggs and greens for breakfast! Sauerkraut provides a tangy and crunchy bite – full of flavour, yet made with whole ingredients and Whole30 and vegan approved – and is great for gut health. In case you haven’t heard about some of the healing properties of raw fermented foods, here is a nice little list to get you started!