What happens when a member of your family needs to change their eating habits? Quite a lot of things really .... We all snack ... salami slices, cedar cheese slices, French fries, chocolates, cakes, all sorts of crisps and other yummy things we are so used to having in the fridge. It is part of our normality and we don't even know how it is to live without them. Habits have very deep roots ... very, very deep. So .... overnight ... by, by salamis, by by salty olives and so on .... the fridge looks really empty and ... you have to start to rethink your eating patterns. Easy? Hard?... both!
So of course me being me, I went to Waterstones and bought a special cookbook ... low carb, sugar free ... perfect ... I have a starting point! Luckily for me ... I love cooking and ... I love cooking in particular new things ... I love new recipes ... so this is really not hard for me. The difficulty comes with the taste .....as ....yes .... our taste buds are so so used to the strong sugary flavours and also salty ones ...
What I do know is that for a while .. food will seem a bit strange and it will take time to adjust ...... but also, I am delighted to try new flavours and I know that some are going to be delicious.
The first delicious recipe I want to share with you is ... Beetroot and cauliflower soup .... (I love beetroot and you will find in my previous blogs another beetroot soup recipe .. but different). The taste is not only lovely but the colour is strong, uplifting, full of positive vibes (yep ... I do believe that when you cook with love ... the food tastes better and also ... when in the background you have great music ... it is really, really fab)
Here we go ...
1 tsp olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves chopped
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1.5 - 2 tsp cumin (it's up to you)
3-4 raw beetroots - peeled and sliced
1/2 cauliflower head
750 ml vegetable stock or chicken stock
a bit of salt, a bit of pepper .. maybe chilli if you like it
400 ml coconut milk (I only added 250 ml but again ... it's up to your taste)
The method is really easy .... heat the olive oil, add the garlic, onion, fry for 3 minutes, add the spices, beetroots and cauliflower and fry for 4 minutes while stirring continuously. Almost there ... add the stock, salt pepper, chilli, cover with a lid and let everything simmer for 30-40 minutes. Remove from the stove, allow them to cool for 20-30 minutes and using a blender, blitz the soup until it is smooth. Next ... return to the pan .... add the coconut milk and stir. Once it is bubbling nicely ... you know you are done ... you can start serving. I liked it with a teaspoon of sour cream and a bit of lemon juice and ... a slice of seed bread .... yum yum indeed. I will also post the recipe of the seed bread in a future blog as it is easy to make and it is pretty tasty. Enjoy your soup and ... yes resilience ... we all need to be resilient in many aspects of our lives ... we build it up in many ways ... for example ... in saying no to things we like but .. are not good for us anymore. It is sometimes hard but .... it can be done! Be resilient!