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healthy & yummy homemade green mash

HEALTHY & YUMMY HOMEMADE GREEN MASH

Each time I go to France, I love stocking up our fridge with frozen vegetable mash but I’ve never managed to find it in any supermarkets in London so I’ve started making my own. I usually double or triple the quantity to freeze several batches so I have plenty. If I have fell off the health wagon and feel tired or nutrient-deprived, I usually put myself back of track having my daily green smoothie in the morning and eating this with grilled chicken, steamed salmon or smoked salmon at lunch time or in the evening.

My daily green smoothie. Recipe on www.karinecandicekong.com

My daily green smoothie

Last year, I asked a Nutribullet for Mother’s Day. Since then, I’ve been making this healthy and delicious green smoothie which is very easy to make, very refreshing and packed with vitamins. One glass of this delicious green smoothie will give you the recommended daily fiber intake (25g of fibers/day for women) to favour a good transit. Update: I used to drink a glass for breakfast and take the left-over to work and often had the other half of the avocado for lunch in a salad. However, despite eating healthily, I was still bloating which I found hugely frustrating considering how many dietary changes I have made since 2013. That was until I had a consultation with a Nutritionist specialised in FODMAPs who explained to me that avocado was not FODMAPs friendly and should be restricted to 1/4 per day. There was also a few other “healthy” things I was regularly eating which are still healthy but just challenging for sensitive guts. Since then, I have reduced the amount of avocado and now, I have …

10 favourite cooking books

As you can see from this photo of me when I was 2 years old, I’ve always loved food… Not only that but I love big, happy gatherings with friends and family and I love pinning beautiful imagery of food and food styling and inspiring cafés from around the world on my Pinterest. I started working on a post of my top fav interiors books and cooking books and realised that I had so many cooking books that they deserved a post of their own. //BOOKS I OWN It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow. One of my favourites. Recipes are easy, the whole book has a feel-good happy vibe and it has opened up a lot for me when it came to changing my eating habits and learning more about food allergies like gluten, finding out where our food is coming from etc and taking care of my body inside out. I know some people get annoyed with her, personally I like her …

Gwyneth, Quinoa, banana cake & the Kale project | FOOD

After being proud of myself for making all theses healthy changes to my diet without too much of a struggle (I actually felt my new way of eating was better and tastier), I was told yesterday that I had to leave dairy out for a while which really p$$&8*d me off.Luckily I received some great advices on Twitter (thanks Tina) and Instagram and managed to find some nice alternatives so I’m all set for this week before heading off to New-York (read comments here if you want more info on alternatives).To cheer myself up, I baked this gluten-free banana cake for the second time: 300 g (10  1/2  oz)  smashed ripe banana3 free range / organic eggs60 g ( 2 oz / 2 tablespoons) raw honey or organic maple syrup1 teaspoon vanilla60 g (2 oz/  1/4 cup)  macadamia nut oil or cold pressed olive oilhalf teaspoon ground cinnamon1/2  tsp baking soda ( bicarb soda) + 1 tbsp lemon juice200 g ( 2 cups/ 7  oz) ) almond meal (I still don’t have almond meal in my panty so I’ve …

Awesome spicy prawn salad | Healthy eating

Yesterday Francois & I was styled & photographed a collection of prints for a client in my home so I made sure we had a healthy, filling salad at lunch time.Once recipe I have been doing for a long time (long before embarking on this healthy eating journey) was the Spicy prawn salad by Michele Cranston from her Seasonal Kitchen book. Her book and Donna Hay’s Seasons are by far my two favourite cooking books (the styling in Donna’s book is amazing) and as general rule, I’m much prefer the relaxed approach of Australian Chefs than French Chefs. I’m not much of a cook and for me, cooking is all about entertaining, having friends and enjoying good foods so I like it when it’s all relaxed, easy to make and super yummy.Oh and I almost forgot!! Here is an example of how I use cotton bags to store Mila’s things as mentioned in my post yesterday.{Spicy Prawn Salad recipe}20 cooked prawns (shrimp), peeled and deveined1 large red chilli, seeded and finely chopped (this is too hot for me so I …

French toasts | recipe

challah french toast Baked entirely in the oven, this is a cinch to prepare for a crowd—and no slaving over a hot stove cooking two pieces at a time. SERVES 10 2 tbsp. butter, at room temperature1 dozen large eggs3/4 cup milk1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon1/8 tsp. salt2 tbsp. dark-brown sugar2 loaves challah bread, each cut into ten 1″-thick slices Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter two nonstick sheet pans. In a bowl, beat eggs, milk, cinnamon, salt and sugar. One by one, dip 10 bread slices in egg mixture, turn to coat well on both sides and place on a sheet pan in a single layer. Bake for 9 minutes, then turn slices and bake for 8 more minutes, or until both sides are golden brown. Repeat with remaining 10 slices in the other pan. Serve with maple syrup. Tote the French toast to the table on the sheet pan to minimize dirty dishes. Via here http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/UxVs

Styling from the weekend

How was your weekend?? I woke up with a nice sense of relief on Sunday, you know the kind of mood you feel after you’ve managed to put to bed a few big projects…The photoshoot I styled with Michael Paul was done. He has taken some beautiful shots and I’m very excited to attend his “Sweet Paris” book launch on Tuesday evening in Notting Hill (I’m secretly hoping that Australian Chef Bill Granger will be there).Our Spring Summer catalogue is being sent out this week to UK customers and that was a massive project in itself!!So basically there were two more things to do:  Mila’s Birthday party and another photo shoot with MILK magazine in June and that’s it, I could relax…So bright & early on Sunday, I made some pancakes for breakfast for Mila and her friend Clara and then bake a chocolate coconut cake for Mila to take to school.OK I was one week behind schedule but as we say in French: “On ne peut être à la fois au four et au moulin” which means that you can be in …

Jamie Oliver’s 30-minute Spinach & Feta filo pie

Last weekend, we went to Bristol to celebrate Mother’s Day with our friends. While Mila was having the time of her life playing with 5-months old Isla, the boys were watching rugby, my friend Mandy fed me with this gorgeous Spinach & Feta filo which frankly was to die for. Apparently it is also really easy to make, still had a WOW factor and the taste was beyond this word…so here is the recipe for you my dear… SPINACH & FETA PIE  100g (3½oz) pinenuts 5 free range or organic eggs 300g (10½oz) feta cheese 50g (1¾oz) Cheddar cheese Dried oregano 1 lemon A knob of butter 400g (14oz) prewashed baby spinach  1 x 270g pack of filo pastry  Cayenne pepper  1 whole nutmeg Get all your ingredients and equipment ready. Turn the oven on to 200C/ gas 6. Put a medium (approx 26cm/10½in diameter) ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat. Put the standard blade attachment in the food processor.  SPINACH & FETA PIE:   Put the pinenuts into the dry ovenproof frying pan to toast, tossing …