Friday Frittata

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At the end of 2 very busy, long but completely wonderful weeks back at work (and one week back home), the last thing on my mind was cooking dinner, so I needed something quick, tasty and made up of the contents of my fridge. Enter frittata!

I don’t think I’ve ever actually made a frittata before tonight. I didn’t see the point in keeping it all together when I could be making scrambled eggs. But there’s something more together and more dinnery about this dish, it would also keep wonderfully for work lunch.  (more…)

Where I’ve been

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Hi all,

Just wanted to write a quick note to explain my lack of recipe posts.

Last week, I had my final surgery to fix up my/build me a new digestive system. In the lead up to the surgery I’ve had a bit of a case of the sads. I lost a lot of motivation- I guess from being scared?- and wasn’t really cooking well for myself. In terms of surgery, everything went perfectly and after getting out of hospital I’ve been staying at my parents house being taken care of. So all up I haven’t been spending much time in my kitchen at all. I’m hoping as I get my strength back, I’ll start cooking again and posting lots of good things here- I have a bunch of stuff planned once I get my shit together.

In lieu of a recipe post, I’ve put a list of other food blogs I love on the resources page. I hope you find something yummy to cook there!

Rhubarb and Chia Seed Jam

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I haven’t really settled in to a breakfast routine since coming home from my parents. Last year I was big into Sarah Wilson’s Bacon and Egg cupcakes but I think I made them too many times and got over them (though they are amazing). I’m on a kind of constant lookout for a good weekday breakfast. Last week I discovered this incredible yogurt at the eveleigh farmers market, so yesterday I popped down to the market again (a block away- I’m very lucky) and bought some more yogurt and some rhubarb to make this yummy rhubarb and chia seed jam.

The cool thing about this jam is the way the chia seeds soak up all the rhubarby goodness and go all gluggy, giving this its jam-like texture. It also helps that chia seeds are crazy good for you. A relative of celery, they are high in omega-3s, fatty acids, protein and fibre. They also help fill you up because of the amount of water the absorb. Good all round! (more…)

Broccoli and Chicken Soup

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Broccoli might just be my favourite vegetable. It’s picked up a reputation as a ‘superfood,’ (aka marketing spin for ‘food that is good for you’) because it’s crazy high in vitamin C and protein, has anti inflammatory and cancer fighting properties, and is said to pack the highest nutritional punch of any vegetable. I just think it’s the yummest. After both my surgeries, it was the first non-starchy vegetable I reintroduced to my diet and I’d been so so excited when digesting it worked.

Tonight is the first night I’ve spent in my kitchen since my second surgery. I’ve just moved back from my parents house and am settling back in to my home. I really needed to cook something nourishing and warming, that made me feel like I was home. My kitchen welcomed me back with open arms and this soup was perfect. (more…)

Kale and Pancetta Baked Eggs and a health update!

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Apologist for the delay between posts, I’ve been busy lying on the couch watching heaps of Law and Order: SVU. But also recovering from the surgery to build my j-pouch. My surgery was about 3 and a half weeks ago and everything went perfectly. It took about 5.5 hours and I was in hospital for 7 days. I’m still pretty sore and my body is having a hard time adjusting to food. I have pretty much no appetite so I’m kind of eating when it’s time to eat, like ‘oh its 2pm, better eat some lunch’ and eating small amounts. I’ve also been eating a really small variety of starchy and safe foods- pasta, rice dishes, yogurt, eggs- in small quantities, which is why I haven’t been putting together posts.

But I’m getting there. I’m hoping to get back to work in a week or so, i’m trying to do some gentle exercise everyday AND yesterday I had 2 small moments of appetite which was really exciting. I’m really missing the sensations of being hungry and enjoying eating. I’m hoping to make some congee this weekend and slowly start getting more nutrition back in to my diet, instead of just eating things that wont make me nauseous.

Here’s something I put together before my surgery. A really yum weekend breakfast to eat with a newspaper and a coffee, or an easy dinner.  (more…)

Homemade chicken stock + ginger and sesame rice with poached chicken

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I am off to hospital tomorrow for my second of 3 surgeries. Once I return home I’ll have to go somewhat back to basics with my food, slowly reintroducing foods all over again. In preparation for coming home from hospital, I’ve made a bunch of chicken stock. It’s an amazing way for me to get in nutrients I may struggle to get eating a post surgery diet of mushy veg, starchy carbs and well cooked protein.

Sarah Wilson’s blog introduced me to the benefits of making my own stock and I love it. It tastes so much better than any store bought stock and I love to cook it. There’s something really soothing about having a big pot of stock on the stove on a lazy sunday afternoon. A list of amazing benefits of chicken stock can be found here and of bone broth here. (more…)

Sweet potato, pancetta and feta skillet

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Last Friday I had my surgeons appointment and locked in a date for surgery number 2. March 11, exactly one month away. It’s weird to be excited about getting chopped open but it means I’m moving forward and so here I am, doing somewhat regular little excited dances around my house. In my excited state, I went home and made this excellent dinner.  (more…)