Friday, March 15, 2013

Miso & Strawberries on Greens

My posts aren't very creative lately.  I could go on a rant about the 5:2/Fast Diet rubbish, but we all know what I think of that.  I could plug Goodlife gyms and let you know they have promos where you can use any gym membership to go in and try them, but I doubt I'll convince you to join a gym (and hey, it's not everyone's thing).  I could tell you about the many healthy benefits of some of the foods below, but you can Google them if you want.  I could talk about my quest for calcium tablets without vitamin D and why I care, but you probably don't.

In the end, photos are prettier than text and I'm not much into pleasing others.

Snapshot of home.
I love home.

Lentil/Eggplant/Tomato/Mushroom bake.  The eggplants and tomatoes were from the garden.
Have I told you how much I love having a vege garden?

Healthy dins.
Fried egg on a bed of rocket/asparagus/broad beans with toasted mountain bread covered in lemon & pepper.

Put strawberries on your rocket!  So yummy.
I've never spelt that kind of rocket before.  I assume that's how you spell it.

Healthy dins for boys/non vegies;
Chicken in spent flour, paprika, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper squeezed with lime juice
(it wasn't that black in real life!)
Tomato & Basil from the garden.
Pumpkin mash with chives.

Start of a thai green curry.  Sometimes the unfinished meal is so pretty.

Salads totally make awesome dinners with they contain haloumi, avocado and pomegranate.
Add smoked salmon if you need more bulk.

This was the first time I'd cooked mussels.  I did them in a broth of fish stock, garlic, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, white wine and fresh tomatoes.
I added some other seafood in case I wasn't a fan.. and some pasta, as the broth totally needed to be soaked up by something.

M isn't a mussel fan due to the texture so these empties are my doing.

Just add water for amazing miso soup.
(It was 37 degrees this day and there was a heat wave in Melbourne, but nothing stops me eating my miso!)

Little healthy chocolate puddings - adapted from here.  I basically added cocao and used dark agave instead of honey.

Work has been busy & I'm glad it's the weekend.

Enjoy yours & stay well,
Nat x


  1. Can you please come cook for me?
    Glad to see you're posting again!!

    1. My favourite thing ever in life is cooking meals like the above for someone who loves them as much as me, so I would love to!
      Much to my dismay all M wants is a girlfriend who will make him schnitzels and mash.

  2. Fruit/vegetable gardens are the best! I also share your love for miso. :D

    1. They are indeed. I need to grow some miso-appropriate vegetables I think. I wonder how easy it is to grow broccoli..

  3. i love 'before' photos of my food sometimes more than the 'after' pic!
    can you share your eggplant/lentil/mushroom bake recipe please?

    1. Oh I always hate this question as I am terrible with recipes, but.. I made a basic tomato sauce (garlic, onions, sautee. Add diced tomatoes, a little tomato paste, loads of fresh basil, salt, pepper, some water, cook forever), layer grilled eggplants and mushrooms with canned lentils (rinsed to get that horrid extra salt off) and fresh tomatoes and bake. Add grated parmesan cheese for the last 5 minutes of cooking and place until the grill to brown it needed.
      Not super complex, but nothing is after work!

    2. this is my kind of recipe :-) thank you!

  4. I so agree - photographs are the best :) Nice to see the recipe adaptation! & more mussels for you - excellent.
    Heidi xo