getting back to my roots: my journey in true health and natural living

Snacks & Sides

Easy Herbed Cucumber Salad

Easy Herbed Cucumber Salad

I don’t know about you, but I have cucumbers coming out of my ears this year. Not only are they producing profusely in my garden, but every week they arrive in our CSA box as well. And trust me, I’m not complaining! I love slicing fresh cucumbers and dipping them in hummus or running them […]

Goat Cheese Pepper Poppers

Goat Cheese Pepper Poppers

Party apps are some of the most fun and creative recipes out there. And you know that if something has goat cheese in it, I’m all about it. Such was the case when the hubster and I went to a friend’s house for dinner and a documentary. On the big completely normal sized television screen […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts: My New Obsession

Roasted Brussels Sprouts: My New Obsession

That Brussels sprouts have been epitomized as that ‘nasty health food my parents forced me to eat before leaving the dinner table’ could possibly be the biggest injustice in the world of food right now. (Well, that is if you don’t count CAFOs and HFCS and GMOs and all those other acronyms that stand synonymous […]

Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese

Make Your Own Ricotta Cheese

Ricotta cheese. The words immediately conjure up images of a gorgeously ooey-gooey cheesy lasagna. It’s melt-in-your-mouth wonderful and I’ve just discovered how incredibly easy it is to make your own! The hubby and I are staying in Hamilton, NZ (1.5 hours south of Auckland) right now on a farm. We feed the chickens every day, […]

Salmon Polenta Muffins

Salmon Polenta Muffins

I have a new addiction. It’s known as Pinterest. I’m usually not one to jump on the bandwagon right away when it comes to new trends. Case in point, it was only a few months ago that I broke down and finally learned what in the world StumbleUpon even was (it’s pretty nifty too, by […]

No-Knead Gluten-Low Bread

No-Knead Gluten-Low Bread

Um. Wow. I have to say I’m pretty darn impressed with this bread. You might remember me hating on bread a few months ago, but this is not your superstore white sliced bread. This is homemade, moist, flavorful, nutrient-rich gourmet bread. If I had sprouted my grains and ground my own flour, would it be […]

I-Could-Eat-This-Every-Day Hummus

I-Could-Eat-This-Every-Day Hummus

It’s true. I could probably eat hummus every day for the rest of my life and not get tired of it. Granted, 2 and a half years ago I hadn’t even heard the word ‘hummus’ before and was curious about this exotic health food that my co-workers at Starbucks kept mentioning. Thankfully I am no […]

Savory Onion & Apple Muffins

Savory Onion & Apple Muffins

I have been itching to try some savory muffins for a while now. It’s actually kind of amazing, what with my muffin fetish and all, that I haven’t delved into these already! But I have been collecting recipes, and when our host at Lake Tekapo Luxury Lodge suggested I make some muffins (or something, but […]

Minty Pea Puree is ‘Kiwi As’

Minty Pea Puree is ‘Kiwi As’

I think you would be hard pressed to come up with a more traditional Kiwi meal. Lamb, kumara, and minted peas are all Kiwi as! (If you’re confused here, I’ll clue you in. ‘Sweet as’ is a very common New Zealand slang expression meaning, in effect, ‘I concur that what you propose is good by […]

Kumara Chips

Kumara Chips

What is kumara, you might ask? Kumara could be called the newest addition to my list of favorite foods, but really it’s just a variation of one that’s already on there–kumara is New Zealand’s sweet potato! And in New Zealand, what I have always known as french fries, they call chips. So Kumara Chips? Otherwise […]