Monthly Archives: July 2013

Simple Summer Fruit Salad

3 ingredients: nectarine, strawberries and raspberries

2 salads:

  • Add a tbsp of orange juice and 3-4 basil leaves and you have the perfect refreshing summer desert

Simple Summer Fruit Salad + basil

  • Add 2 spoonfuls of organic plain yoghurt, mixed seeds and a Brazil nut (crushed) and you have the perfect summer breakfast or mid-morning snack.

Simple, isn’t it?

Courgette Slices and Goat Cheese in Tomato Sauce

Last week I found a delicious-looking recipe on this blog: http://marcelamatallana.com/2013/07/15/meatless-monday-recipe/ : Eggplant Cannelloni

It inspired me to make the recipe I am blogging about today with what I had available in my fridge / cupboard. It was the 1st time I made such thing and, you know, it takes a bit of practice to master a new recipe, so I’ll give my feedback as well.

Courgette, goat cheese, tomatoINGREDIENTS (for 1 to 2 servings)

2 courgettes

125g soft goat cheese

olive oil

1/2 onion

rosemary

pepper

SAUCE:

half a can of chopped tomatoes (approx. 200g)

2 shallots

basil leaves

olive oil

1 garlic clove

salt

pepper

(If you have time to roast or steam a pepper, try adding one in the sauce for more flavour)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1st things 1st: Preheat your oven to 180 C (350F / Gas 4)

Start by making the sauce:

  1. Fry the shallots in 1 to 2 tbs of olive oil
  2. Add the chopped tomatoes, chopped basil leaves, crushed garlic and salt and pepper
  3. Cook for 5 minutes, then put to rest on the side

Then, the filling:

  1. Fry the onion in olive oil, until soft and lightly brown
  2. In a bowl, mix the cheese, onion, rosemary, and pepper together

Cook the courgettes:

  1. Slice the courgettes, about 3 to 5 mm thick
  2. Then, either spray them with olive oil and cook them on low heat in a pan or steam them until soft for a healthier version. Olive oil is the healthy oil, sure, but we’re using a lot of it here!

Finally, put about a tsp of filling at the end of each courgette slice and roll. Empty the bowl of sauce in a baking tray and add all the courgette rolls. Cook in the oven for maximum 15 mins and finish with the grill if you would like them to look nice and brown.

When serving, if you have a bit of filling left, why not crumble it all over the plate. Looks nice and if like me you love cheese, you can never have enough!

Feedback: The extra cheese filling mixed in the tomato sauce tasted really good but maybe I’m just a cheese addict! I will definitely try again with a red pepper and maybe some chilli pepper too next time. If you do make this recipe and add your own twist to it, I would love to know how it turned out!

My French Tabbouleh

French TabboulehSummer is here, I want nice, refreshing food. Tabbouleh is a good one!

INGREDIENTS FOR 2 (preferably organic):

150g wholegrain couscous

1 to 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

3 tomatoes

2 mini sweet peppers

a bunch of mint

3 spring onions

the juice of 1 lemon

salt (unrefined sea salt or Himalayan salt are best because they contain lots of minerals)

black pepper

Ingredients tabbouleh

INSTRUCTIONS:

Boil some water and pour over the couscous in a bowl, to the point where the water just covers the cousous. Cover and leave for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, finely chop all the ingredients, including the mint.

When the couscous has cooled down, add the ingredients to the bowl, with the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and put in the fridge for a couple of hours to allow flavours to develop.

Serve at a BBQ with home made burgers or sausages, YUM!

Bon Appetit !!

Lemon Water With Mint

What more than water can refresh and hydrate you on a hot sunny afternoon? And look like a cocktail to drink at a BBQ in the early evening?

Just add the juice of half a lemon, lots of ice and mint to still or sparkling water and you’ll get a fantastic summer drink with no calories!!

Running to clear your mind

There was a day last month when I received bad news. That evening, I felt agitated and didn’t want to go to bed. It was 10pm, I decided to go for a quick run. When I left the house, my mind was filled with sad thoughts. But as I carried on running, went through a new and unknown route, saw the full moon, felt the cool evening breeze, I started to feel better. Lots of thoughts went through my mind as the landscapes rolled past, but I let them go. It was like I was sweating my sorrow away.

Running helps me get closer to my feelings, it helped me relax and sleep that night.

Just thought I’d share my experience. I always like to read about people’s tips to deal with whatever people might have to deal with: food craving, stress, etc. And it just seems that running is a helpful tool to help with our little worries and bigger problems.

So… if you feel the need, put your trainers on and don’t hesitate any longer: go!

Good night

Catching up on New Year’s resolutions: being busy and stressed means I forgot about them for a few weeks…

Stressed? How do you deal with it?

Stress? How do you deal with it?

Busy, stressed, how do you manage to focus on time management and meal planning?

I wrote this in May but got distracted doing other things and forgot to post it. This illustrates well what is written in this post. I also feel like I have abandoned the blog in the past couple of months. I’m back now though. I will try to cook some fun and tasty recipes and post them throughout the summer. For now, here’s what I wrote a month ago:

As much as I want my health to be a priority, and as much as I would like to have a great beach body this summer, I feel that I need to have more time and be a bit more relaxed to be able to focus on a healthy living.

Work, exams, and side projects seem to have taken over my life in April and May and old habits have come back. Because old habits, no matter how unhealthy they are, do not require any thinking or planning, when busy and tired, they inevitably come back.

However I have learned what makes me feel worse and what makes me feel better food-wise so I am not going back to a totally unhealthy lifestyle. But bread and butter (my favourite of all times, I mean, country style bread with butter and salt crystals) is an easy combination when I’m tired.

I am dreaming of a life where I take time to do an hour of gym in the morning, eat a healthy breakfast, then get on with my day. But I must say when I’ve got too much going on, I can’t find the time or energy to organise it. I feel stressed and just want to get my jobs done and over with so that I can move on to the next task.

I am hoping the summer months will be quieter and that I will manage to get back into the healthy lifestyle that I’m dreaming of at the moment.

But for now, I need to get jobs done and there is only so much I can focus on at once. One thing I try to remember is that no one is perfect, no need to beat myself up about not managing to follow my resolutions these last couple of months. It’s not about perfection, it’s about keeping the good health in mind and if it has to be on hold at the moment, it doesn’t mean I failed. It means I am human, dealing with things as best as I can, and I haven’t forgotten about my resolutions. I always said it was a life change, not a short term thing. I’m still working on it, life changes don’t happen over night. Maybe in the future I will find a way to combine busy life, stress and healthy eating. I’m still learning.