This jam has me hooked! No sugar (just a few tablespoons of maple syrup), no need to cook and it still tastes damn fantastic and thick with chia seeds. I still can hardly believe that it worked because most jams without sugar means a liquid mess, but the chia seeds are the perfect healthy ingredient to make the jam thicker. I was amazed when I stumbled upon the concept of adding chia seeds to the jam. Like why didn’t I ever think of that before?
The plums I used were from our plum tree. This year we have way too many so I’ve been making everything from plum pie to plum apple crumble to this easy plum jam. But I can’t complain because I would rather have too much fruit than none at all.Read More »
Surprise! You might have noticed that I’m posting on a Wednesday instead of the weekend like I normally do. Well it’s all due to the great outdoors. My family and I are going camping for the weekend so I won’t have access to internet, which is why I’m leaving you guys with this easy dinner idea before I go. I got this idea from a recent episode of MasterChef where I saw all these really yummy looking bowls of bibimbap being made. The contestants on that show are so talented! (I’m cheering for Dan by the way. Love him!)
Let me first explain what bibimbap is. A Korean dish, literally meaning “mixed rice”, it is usually served in a hot stone bowl with rice (the stone bowl is so hot that there is a delicious layer of crispy rice on the bottom) and topped with vegetables, meat and an egg in the middle. The most traditional dishes use raw eggs and raw meat which should get cooked as it is mixed in the hot rice before eating. I, sadly, do not have stone bowls and had to content with these colourful Moroccan bowls that my dad picked up from one of his many travels all over the world. And since I couldn’t heat my bowls over the stove top, I couldn’t get a crispy layer of rice on the bottom, but it still tasted delicious!
My version of this Korean dish leans towards the healthier side, with delicious pan-fried chickpeas, minced turkey and lots of vegetables.Read More »
These summer days have felt so long with my Spanish class. But now I can say I’m officially done as I went to pick up my report card today. This leaves me with only three more weeks to enjoy the break and sunshine before going back to school again.
The previous summers, my brother and I were always enticed by the free juicy blackberries hanging in the prickly bushes alongside a sparsely used road next to our house. We would always go with a large container in each hand and pick blackberries until the containers were overloading and our fingers stained purple. There were times where we would turn the blackberry-picking into a mission, seeing who could get past the thorns and reach into the deepest places and pick the most blackberries. I usually won🙂. We were always disappointed though, because the biggest and shiniest blackberries would be just out of our reach, no matter how much effort we put into our jumping and stretching.Read More »
The other day, in my Spanish class, I had a discussion with my substitute teacher about food, and more particularly, eating healthy. She made one remark which really interested me. The teacher told me that she wants to enjoy life and all of its perks, such as food, so if she was presented cupcakes, she would go for it, but then she told me that eating one cupcake is not the same as eating three of the same.
This conversation prompted me to think about what is truly healthy eating. I have been thinking about it for a very long time and I have discovered a lot of different opinions.
When there are no fats in the recipe.
When you eat the right amounts of food from all the food groups.
You know those apple chips that you can buy at the store? The bag you buy when you feel really guilty looking at all those delicious salty chips in all different sizes and flavours? Well you can make it way cheaper at home by just using apples and a slicer/really good knife skills! We first made these a few years ago but it took so much time and sweat using a vintage mandolin slicer, as we had to move the apple back and forth across the blade to create thin slices of apples. Which was even harder to do in the summer heat. And the end result was tiny shriveled apple chips, that although tasted really good, disappeared too quickly for all that effort.
So we didn’t make them again until now. My mom decided, after buying a few expensive bags of apple chips, that it was time to attempt making apple chips again, but this time not with the vintage mandolin slicer. Read More »
I recently started using Pinterest, mainly because every time I see something interesting on the website this annoying pop up appears and I can’t see what caught my eye. So I made an account. I didn’t understand why people would take hours just pinning stuff, but now it all makes sense. I love putting everything in boards. It feels like I’m organizing my life. And it’s so easy. That’s also where I found the inspiration for these healthy delicious brownies.
Nowadays, you can hide veggies in anything and it will still taste good. Like these chocolate zucchini brownies. I am insanely in love with this. The chocolate just oozes in my mouth and afterwards my hands are covered with sticky chocolate, but it’s worth it! (Although having chocolaty fingers in Spanish class is not ideal when we have to write stuff down.)Read More »
2 ingredients. That’s all you need. Estoy en amor con esta receta! (I’m taking Spanish in summer school so I couldn’t resist adding that tidbit.) This is really great to use for hummus or as a dip. And it’s super duper smooth and lip smacking delicious.
So I didn’t get the chance to post this during the weekend because I went to a friend’s Quinceanera. A Quinceanera is a celebration marking a girl’s fifteen birthday in Hispanic tradition. It was awesome. There were pink and white decorations everywhere and even metallic gold balloons with the numbers 1 and 5! We ate a lot of good food and danced until the stars came out. It was a pretty cool experience.
Okay, so for the tahini, I started browning the white sesame seeds and it wasn’t long before the sesame aroma wafted throughout the house, which meant that everyone came of course, in the kitchen and asked me what I was making.
Did you know that sesame seeds are proven to reduce blood pressure? And its various minerals and vitamins are linked to a reduction of risk of cancer. Read More »
So the chia seed pudding at the bottom is completely optional, but it does look nicer and don’t forget, chia seeds are loaded with fibers, Omega-3 fatty acids and proteins. The blueberries give the smoothie that particular bright bluish-red colour naturally. I’ve also seen Spirulina, a blue-green algae, used in smoothies for a light blue look, but I’ve never tried it myself. How did they even turn algae into a powder? Mind blowing.
Really loved how this turned out! This was definitely a pleasant change from my usual avocado and banana smoothies in the morning.
On another note, I’ve been trying to find a project for my Projet Personnel (a very important project!) I’ll have to do next year in school but I keep changing ideas because I keep thinking it’s not good.Read More »
The simplest crumble recipe ever! I used Gordon Ramsay’s method I picked up somewhere on the internet where he slightly cooks the apples before baking it in the oven and this technique adds much more flavour. But aside from all that technique mumbo jumbo, it’s finally summer! I finished school a few days ago and I feel so relaxed. The only thing I did was read Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (it’s a really good book but read The Mortal Instruments first!) in one sitting for the entire day. Then I had some ideas brewing so I randomly wrote a short story.
And then I saw that my library had a comic contest, so naturally, I started drawing a comic (for the first time ever which is super hard, you have no idea). Read More »
Ahhhhh! I am so in love with this. The sweetness of berries and maple syrup with coconut milk and chia seeds all rolled into one popsicle. Then drizzled with melted dark chocolate and coconut flakes and more chia seeds. These pops are a definite yum in my book.
I found these cute little blue popsicles molds in the bottom of a containers drawer and they had little green bear sticks attached to them. I remember my mom using them every once in a while when we were younger and we would always jump up and down in excitement when she took them out of that drawer. My mom stopped making sweet things a while ago, giving us the task instead and we totally forgot about these popsicle molds.Read More »