How to navigate a dinner party with special dietary requirements

When I first went full-time vegetarian (for me it was a process that took about 10 years), I found it difficult to attend dinner parties. I felt guilty when my friends went through so much trouble to cook a beautiful meal, which I wouldn’t be able to eat. I used to keep myself invisible and filled up on potatoes. As you can imagine, this tactic didn’t go down well…

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I feel like having some soup

My sister and I sat at a kitchen table yesterday, working, and at lunchtime she said: “I feel like having some soup”. Simple enough, but there was no soup to be had.

Those, who know me well, know that saying something like this means a call to action. So action I took and I am quite proud of this one. It has just enough spice to balance the sweetness of the…

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When life hands you lemons, come to my kitchen

When life hands you lemons (or you bring some from Italy), you definitely want to preserve some of them.

And yes – I brought lemons from Italy. And yes, I know, I can easily buy them in the supermarket down the street, but I always bring food back from my travels. Consider it a practical and edible souvenir.

Today I invite you into my kitchen and together we are preserving lemons. Fun!…

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I stuffed my inner 6 year old with ice cream

I spent last week in Southern Italy, breathing in the incredible scents of nature, taking in the views and enjoying the sunshine. And, of course, I ate.

This time I went with an open head about my diet. Yes, I generally avoid dairy, don’t eat meat and keep away from gluten. Not that long ago I would have stressed and tried to pre-plan and control everything. This time I just…

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Greetings from Krakow!

When I travel I always look for local specialities and my recent trip to Krakow (Cracow), Poland was no different. Only in Krakow you can eat Obwarzanki which have been made there since 17th Century so they must be good!

If you ever find yourself in Krakow make sure you try some; they are being sold from carts all over the Market Square and Wawel Castle. If you are not…

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And so it begins

This is when it all starts. A new beginning, one might say. Which by the way always makes me wonder – can you have an old beginning? But I digress.

Friday was monumental, I didn’t believe the day would come. I walked out of my office for the last time. After four years (and 8 years in the building) I left with a bunch of flowers, presents, memories, experience and…

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Fear? Who is talking about fear?

Six weeks ago I made a big decision, took a gamble, and resigned from my well-paid, secure job. Did I mention the holiday package and a pension plan? And by the way – I don’t have a new, better job to go into. In six weeks’ time (after I finish serving my 12 weeks notice) I will be unemployed.

From a newsletter I’ve just received from Jacob Sokol:

Growth comes from…

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Breakfast challenge – week 6

This is a bitter – sweet week as this is the last week of the challenge. As much fun as it was, t’s time to move on, which doesn’t mean going back to having porridge for breakfast every morning. I don’t think I would be able to do this ever again. I have come up with 41 different breakfasts! Impressive, even if I say so myself. And to think…

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Breakfast challenge – week 5

Week five… I am a little proud of myself for going this far, I have to say. I’ve never knew there are so many possibilities that open up as soon as I step out of the box.

Here are the stars of this week:

  • Coconut milk yogurt with baked figs and toasted almonds
  • Raw bread with humus and tempeh
  • Egg fried millet
  • Quinoa porridge with cooked apples
  • Rice porridge with coconut milk, vanilla and strawberries
  • Chickpea…

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