It's been a while since I last wrote about food around here. So let me invite you into my kitchen for a day of meals.
I'm always super excited to wake and get up on Sundays because this means I get to go eat croissants! Those delicacies are very rich so I try to only allow myself to eat them once a week. So, as soon as I'm up, I trow on a cozy outfit and run to the bakery while Octave warms up a cup of hot cocoa.
My favorite: a plain croissant.
His favorite: an almond croissant.
We might sometimes spice things up with a pain au chocolat or a bear claw, but tend to stick to classics.
As freelancers, we too easily forget to take time off and slow down, so I figured that a Sunday morning tradition would be a tasty way to make our Sunday mornings a little special (we also eat breakfast out on Wednesdays at our neighborhood café).
And let's not forget that we are both French and that we're lucky enough to have a bakery that sells delicious viennoiseries in our neighborhood. Their employees are also the nicest, usually know what I'll order before I do and always mention how much they love that I bring my own cloth bag to carry my croissants back home.
We alternate between a chai latte and hot chocolate. I usually have a bottle of homemade almond milk ready so all Octave has to do is pour a little milk in a saucepan and add chai or cocoa powder.
After such a fat-rich breakfast, we should have upped our fiber intake and balanced our diet with a vegetable-based meal but opted for a quick and easy meal: a quinoa bowl.
This is a staple in our household. And Octave likes to cook a big batch so we can eat leftovers of the following day, usually wrapped in a tortilla (yum!).
Quinoa, tofu, avocado and a hint of sriracha. These are 4 ingredients that were not part of our diet at all before we moved to the US. Now, I don't think we could do without them (we're slowly building up our tolerance to spicy food).
This is not particularly noticeable but the water we're drinking here is actually sparkling water. We recently purchased a Sodastream) and are very happy about it because: a/ we only have to bring the gas bottle back to the store every other month to exchange it for a full one - so this means no glass bottle or metal cans! b/ we drink way more water now than before. Sparkling water looks so much more appealing than still water. I'm famous for serving it in a wine glass #fancydrink c/ we experiment much more with natural flavors and ditched our usual drinking vinegars, which contain too much sugar.
Time to eat veggies!
My favorite Oregon farmer, Andrea Bemis, published a book last year and not only have I read it like it was an autobiography, but I also dive back into it on a regular basis when I want to try a new dish with seasonal ingredients.
My favorite recipe in the beet butter. And I just realized that it's on page 84 - my birth year. Coincidence? I think not!
I've switched a couple ingredients with ones I had in my pantry and whipped up this delicious and beautiful dip in no time.
Beets, cashews, maple syrup, toasted sesame oil and a pinch of salt is all I used to make it.
Then I sliced a carrot and added a little parsley for the picture.
Not only is Octave an amazing photographer, he's also an awesome chef! This is how we share chores at home, he cooks, I wash the dishes.
Last year, we made 2 major purchases for the kitchen (a food processor, a pasta attachment set for our KitchenAid and and have not regretted them a single second.
We use them several times a week - if not daily. They save us a lot of time and make cooking an even more enjoyable task.
I cut the mushrooms and shred the parmesan with the food processor while Octave mixes the dough and shapes the pasta with the KichenAid.
He's gotten really good at it and it now takes him around 30 minutes to make pasta from scratch!
I personally could live on a pasta diet...
We rarely drink alcohol (I especially, because, migraines), but when we do, trust us, it's the good stuff! Octave's father is a cider producer and hooked us on natural wines (no sulfates, no sulfites, no bad stuff added). We have a pretty solid selection at home so if you ever come over, bring dessert!
Talking about dessert, unless we have guests, we will not prepare something special. According to our mood, we'll either eat a piece of fruit or a square of the darkest chocolate (bonus points if there's a salted caramel stuffing).
Event though we try to reduce our carbon footprint and the amount of trash we produce by shopping local, organic and in bulk, we still purchase certain products packaged, like cheese. Oh, and yes, we (still) eat animal products, such as cheese, meat, cheese and honey though those occurrences are getting rarer and rarer and one might call us semi-vegetarians or flexitarians.
Check out what fellow Ethical Writers & Creatives eat in one day over here:
What I Eat in a Day | Going Zero Waste
How Much Do You Think About What You Eat and WHY? | Honestly Modern
What Sustainable Bloggers Eat In A Day | Leotie Lovely
What Eco-Influencers Eat | My Green Closet
What I Eat in A Day as a Paleo Vegan | Model 4 Green Living
How To Eat Sustainably: Being “Vegan” and Other Decisions | Sustaining Life
My Week of Meals – Food Inspo for Health Nuts | The Wasted Blog
Eating Sustainably: What I Eat in a Day and Why I’m Not a Vegetarian | World Threads Traveler
How much do you think about what you eat and its impact on the environment?
Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.