What a week! I've barely cooked. Renovations are tiring! I didn't realise this for so long but this week I started to 'itch'. I wanted in on my hazard zone of a kitchen! The biggest part of the reno is almost finished so I got into my kitchen this afternoon to whip up this hearty, healthy and oh-so-satisfying chickpea cacciatore with super soft polenta.
Growing up, I always remember the standard kitchen bench top items always included a sugar jar, a box of tea bags and a jar of Nescafe Gold for my parent’s daily coffee. As time went on, I began having a cup with them too and even adding it into my recipes. Now that I have my own home, I always keep a jar in my kitchen as well which is why I’m really excited to partner with Nescafe to announce the launch of their newest family member, Nescafe Gold Organic.
Some of you guys may have seen that for the better part of the past year, I've been buckled down in my creation den formulating, testing and photographing dozens of brand new recipes for the Body by Gilles program.
This is a winner of a cake. Like an absolute, total, hands-down winner. A few ingredients, loads of healthy olive oil, magnesium-rich cacao and heaven in a mouthful! After visiting the olive groves at Cobram Estate last week I really wanted to try out an icing similar to one that the chef made for our carrot cake. I've always loved chocolate and olive oil together so it seemed fitting that I'd use it instead of water to make it!
Did someone say figs?! Haha you guys know they're my favourite! Especially in this almost-savoury cake. It's the kind of cake you can have a slice of with an espresso for breakfast (Italian-style) or for a mid-afternoon snack and not feel heavy or sick.
Yep that's right! Pancake Sunday just became that much easier! Healthy blender pancakes for the win this coming Easter weekend. After all we all need something healthy to balance out the chocolate right?!
This week really let me know Winter was coming. Thunderstorms, super freezing winds, end of day light savings and very cold temperatures. All of that with NO HEATING. Not that I'm complaining, I've always opted for putting on a jumper (or my dressing gown in the day time!) before putting the heater on but, it's so so so cold in the mornings and in the evenings.
I have made these for my sister-in-law to help out with her milk production since our little cutie pie nephew was born. They are such a hit! Even with Isaac's brother, who obviously won't be needing to breastfeed! They have brewer's yeast in them which I buy from my health food store. It's full to the brim of B vitamins, protein and iron and it's perfect for keeping mum's energy up as well as to help convert carbohydrates into glucose for the body to use as energy. Other foods thought to be milk-stimulating or, the technical term, 'galactogogues', include oats, fenugreek and fennel. Do you guys make lactation cookies? What do you put in them?
Today, in the final part of my series on the Health Star Rating system, I'm sharing with you an easy Cherry & Almond Butter Breakfast Muffin recipe as well as a quick comparison with photos on how you can choose a product with the best Health Star Rating when shopping.