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Kitchen Therapy Calling all those who have found a sanctuary in their kitchen.

7th June 2020

My Kitchen is my sanctuary where I can enter into a flow state of creativity or just cook for contentment. Pottering (love the pun) around in the kitchen, rearranging things just so, or unpacking lovely fresh ingredients or prepping and trying new dishes always brings more contentment and a sense of purpose to my day.

That kitchen feeling has inspired my next book; ‘Kitchen Therapy’. I would love to feature others who find working in their kitchen’s therapeutic. Calling all of those who find solace in their kitchen with cooking and baking. If you have created a cooking space that is your sanctuary and creative hub – I would love to chat more as it’s an integral part of the 3rd book I am working on. The requirements are not ‘fancy’ kitchens’ or that you are an amazing cook…your kitchen can literally by a tiny space or really cluttered…or really minimalist. It really doesn’t matter, as long as its your sanctuary and a working kitchen – please get in touch!

Pictured below is me (and my littlest munchkin)  feeling especially happy and smug after just serving up a simple fruit salad and a ‘fresh from the oven’ sourdough loaf.

Wellness + Nutrition

Immune-boosting back to school snack ideas! Snack Ideas for good immunity

6th June 2020
Hello Yoga Kitchen TribeNow that schools are slowly starting to re-open it more important than ever to boost children’s immunity with the right kind of foods.

Yogurt. Yogurt contains good bacteria (probiotics). You may already know that these critters live in your gut and can improve the way your body uses food. But they’re also important in helping your body fight sickness. Adding some fresh frozen berries and raw honey to yoghurt makes a great pack-lunch smoothie in winter. 
What type of yogurt should you get? Choose brands that state live cultures. If it’s separated when you open it, and there’s a little liquid on top, that’s a good sign,

Kefir, similarly to yoghurt contain lots of healthy probiotics. While the biting taste can be a tart, you can buy ready made goats-milk yogurt drink deliciously flavoured with all natural ingredients from most supermarkets these days 0 my favourite brand is Oxenburg – available from health shops and most SPAR’s.

Walnuts have healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for you in lots of ways. Experts believe that omega-3s help your body fight illness. One small study found omega-3s cut the number of respiratory infections in kids. Walnuts are easy to sprinkle into a snack mix or on cereal.

Fruits and veggies. To help your immune system, choose easy to pack choices such as red pepper slices – high in vitamin C, or winter fruits like guava’s and citrus. Sweet potatoes are also high in Vitamin C – consider adding some lovely crunch to a lunchbox with some sweet potato crisps.

Foods rich in Zinc such as roasted pumpkin seeds are great for lunch boxes too. Zinc is extremely important for good immune function, as is a good Vitamin D supplement such as Cod Liver Oil.

Lean meats such as chicken breast strips keep hunger at bay – sufficient protein s important for proper immune function.

Hope the above inspires some lunchbox ideas, or even for home-school healthy snacking.Thank you for reading & stay well!

Marlien x

Salad, Wellness + Nutrition

Healthy Brain Beet Salad Beet as a Superfood to protect your brain

1st April 2020

Beets and walnuts for your brain, all combined in a really delicious salad.

Scientists say beets may be the new superfood. A new study suggests that a daily dose of beet or beet juice boosts blood flow to the brain, sharpening your mind and potentially creating a safeguard against dementia as you age. In addition walnuts – also found in my ‘clever’ salad is exceptionally high in Omega 3 – and we can all do with a boost 0f Omega 3

It may be just a coincidence that the shell of a walnut looks like a tiny brain, but research suggests that this nut may indeed be good for your mind.

Animal and test-tube studies found that the nutrients in walnuts, including polyunsaturated fat, polyphenols and vitamin E, may help reduce oxidative damage and inflammation in your brain.

 

Despite the surreal and scary time we are living through, I am grateful for the quiet, slow days I can spend with my girls.
I am finding tons of contentment and peace in preparing meals and this one was for lunch.

Ingredients:
3 quartered and sliced beetroot
1 loosely packed cup of kale chips
1/2 wedge of goats-milk feta cheese
1/3 cup of cracked walnuts

Dressing:
1/3 cup of avocado oil
1/4 cup of white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of honey
Sea salt and black pepper to taste

Boil or roast your beetroot, then simply sprinkle/ crumble the rest of of your ingredients over the top and then add your emulsified dressing – I like shaking mine in a jar.

Happy cooking & nourishing.

Marlien x

sweets, Wellness + Nutrition

Buckwheat Flour Banana Loaf Benefits of Buckwheat

1st April 2020

Hi everyone

I hope you guys are all staying safe and healthy during the very scary and uncertain times we are globally living through. Apparently too many of us has been posting recipes for Banana Loaf (according to some :)) – I have decided to go ahead share mine anyway as its a lovely gluten & wheat free version. And as always easy.

Buckwheat may sound like a wheat related flour, but in fact its entirely unrelated to wheat, its gluten-free and in fact classed as a pseudo seed. But it makes for a great wheat flour substitute and its very easy to get hold of from your local supermarket (in the health-food section), or a nearby health store. Should you however struggle to find buckwheat flour – buy whole buckwheat and turn it into ultra fresh flour in your food processor.

You can substitute the buckwheat flour for ordinary flour off offcourse, or any other wheat flour alternative of your choice – I use bicarbonate of soda as my raising agent – so just check whether your flour is self raising- in which case you can omit the bicarb.

Here is why buckwheat is good for you:Buckwheat is mainly composed of carbs. It also boasts a good amount of fiber and resistant starch, which may improve colon health. What’s more, it offers small amounts of high-quality protein.

The most abundant minerals in common buckwheat are;

  • Manganese. Found in high amounts in whole grains, manganese is essential for healthy metabolism, growth, development, and your body’s antioxidant defenses.
  • Copper. Often lacking in the Western diet, copper is an essential trace element that may benefit heart health when eaten in small amounts.
  • Magnesium. When present in sufficient amounts in your diet, this essential mineral may lower your risk of various chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Iron. Deficiency in this important mineral leads to anemia, a condition characterized by reduced oxygen-carrying capacity of your blood.
  • Phosphorus. This mineral plays an essential role in the growth and maintenance of body tissues.

Ingredients:

2 large (or 3 small) very ripe bananas
3/4 cup of (buckwheat) flour
2 eggs
1 heaped tablespoon of ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup of crushed walnuts
1/2 cup of live full fat yoghurt or buttermilk
1/4 cup of macadamia nut oil or melted butter (avocado oil will also do)
1 heaped teaspoon of bicarb
1 teaspoon of fine sea salt or pink salt

Pre-heat your oven to 170 degrees Celsius
I make things simple by adding the bananas, eggs, yoghurt, oil, flaxseed powder sugar & salt to the mixing bowl and just whizz it all together with my hand blender.
Once smooth I add the flour and bicarb and walnuts and then mix it well.

Pour it into a greased small bread tin and pop it in the oven for 30 min. Test with a fork or pin and should it come out clean you can take it out to cool – otherwise give it a few more minutes.

Serve with butter, ghee and a lovely cup of tea 😊

Happy baking – and hang in there everyone.

Salad, Wellness + Nutrition

Sunflower Seed Spread Vegan & Paleo Friendly

29th January 2020

If you are looking for a plant based/ dairy-free spread or simply a delicious dollop of good fats and fibre to add to salads you must try this recipe.

Before I dive straight into the recipe details, here is a few more reasons to incorporate sunflower seeds int your diet; Sunflower seeds are especially high in vitamin E and selenium. These function as antioxidants to protect your body’s cells against free radical damage, which plays a role in several chronic diseases.

Additionally, sunflower seeds are a good source of beneficial plant compounds, including phenolic acids and flavonoids — which also function as antioxidants  – read more on sunflower seed’s health benefits here 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of lightly toasted sunflower seeds
  • the juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup of cold pressed olive oil, or macadamia oil
  • 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast flakes
  • a generous grinding of sea-salt

Simply add all the above ingredients to your blender and whizz until you have a smooth consistency.

Storage: it keeps in the fridge for 7 days.

 

Happy cooking & nourishment

Marlien x