Pumpkins and Squashes are here – yellow and orange friends

img_3399The season for pumpkins has been running already since August but now these wonderful vegetables are in their prime. They can be still resting outside until first frost ready to pick up and prepare yummy dishes.

The easiest way to prepare a pumpkin or a squash is to simply put it in a hot over for about an hour, depending on the size. That way you have all the seeds awakened and ready to eat as well. The pumpkin will need hardly any seasoning, just cut it in half and scoop up the flesh with a spoon. You can suck on the seeds later on, excellent alternative to popcorn while watching a movie.

Of course you can also cut any pumpkin or squash into large chunks, season wit salt and pepper, sprinkle olive oil or coconut oil and roast in the oven, medium heat, for about 40min. turning the pieces from time to time.

There is also a pumpkin soup and many variations of it. I will make a separate post about this delicious soup.

Happy eating!

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The Joy of Discipline

2014-11-18 06.09.27Discipline is often regarded as hard working and painful way of being. It doesn’t have to be that way. Changing the perspective can easily change the attitude towards the hardest and most enduring form of discipline. How can this be done? Well, first you need to find your passion. Doing something you like will alter everything including your perspective. The joy of working on something you really like has the potential to make you a master. Once you recognise what it is, cooking, gardening, writing, the list is long, you need to devise a discipline around it. The discipline will push you further and make your dreams come true. To begin you need to devote minimum 60 minutes a day of your time. Remember this is playful time, even if it seems hard or you don’t really have much energy for it to stat with. One little step will make you feel really good, as the accomplishment of this daily task will elevate you and bring you closer to your goal. I know that sometimes it is difficult to find an hour in the day. See that hour first, locate it in your daily routine, you may want to get up an hour earlier, devote your lunch time to it or do it before you go to bed. Something needs to give. You will see the results straight away and once you on your path, don’t break the routine, whatever the excuse.

Keep it to the same hour every day. Good luck!

Warm Tomato Salad

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We enjoy tomatoes all year round and we eat them in many different forms. Raw tomatoes are excellent in salads but I have designed a salad with cooked tomatoes. Cooked tomatoes activate carotenoid lycopene, a valuable antioxidants which plays a vital role in boosting our health. Eating more cooked tomatoes prevents our bodies from cancer and heart diseases. Recent studies discovered that lycopene is connected to our bone health protecting the bone tissue. This valuable antioxidant is fat-soluble, so needs to be eaten with oil. However, raw tomatoes are also rich in vitamin C and potassium.

Ingredients:

2 cups of chopped favourite salad leaves

½ cup fresh corn

½ cup chopped cucumber

1 avocado

2 tbsp hemp seeds or 1tbsp pine nuts

1tbsp chia seeds

Dressing:

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1 small red onion, chopped

1tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp cumin

1tsp garam masala

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper

Mix the salad leaves with fresh corn, cucumber and avocado. In the pan melt the coconut oil and add chopped tomatoes and onion. Add the spices and sweat for 5min on moderate heat. Pout the warm mixture over the salad. Sprinkle with apple cider vinegar, hemp seeds, chia seeds and add a pinch of sea salt and cayenne pepper.