The feeling of cooking

A quick throw back to 2012 in Moniaive, Scotland. The days when Jas ran a restaurant and I ran the house kitchen 😉 This photo brings back so many good memories and it goes without saying that yes, I do love cooking!

Jas asks this amazing question to himself: What’s nice about being in the kitchen?

It’s hot, washing dishes (yes we still wash our dishes, no dishwasher intended to make an appearance in our kitchen), getting burnt, maybe cutting your fingers and the list goes on and on…

Ok so forget all about that and let’s focus on the beauty and satisfaction that it brings. It brings a sense of relaxation, family unity, learning and excitement in trying new things. For us, all of these overcome the hard bits and make us keep wanting to produce more.

It is not the easiest task in the world when time is restricted but we do give home cooking a priority. We love to plan in advance, turn some music on, sometimes a good glass of wine and start preparing dinner for everybody to enjoy. This can be the simplest dish on earth, still one can enjoy the making of it and bring a happy feeling to the table.

From another point of view, the fair truth is that cooking can become a boring routine that we HAVE to do every day. I see it happening out there, at times it becomes so dull that one just turns away and either head straight to the nearest take away or simply skip meals. Not justifiable at all!

We wish to encourage taking control of our eating habits and routines. When we’re in control and choose that what we feed ourselves becomes a priority, then this makes it so much easier to know what to cook on an everyday basis. The dull feeling disappears and is replaced by eagerness to eat what my adventurous little hands have prepared for me. Yum!

Rob

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Brazilian Fresh Salad

Ingredients – Serves 4

  • 75g Cucumber
  • 6 Spring Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 2 Celery Sticks
  • 4 Radishes
  • 75g Lettuce (we used Romaine)
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh Mint

 

Dressing

  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 150ml natural Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper thumbnail_img_2172

Method

  1. Start by roughly tearing the lettuce into chunky pieces with your hands. Watch video at 00:20 to see how. Place it in a large mixing bowl and fill with cold water to wash thoroughly. Leave it on the side for now.
  2. Peel the outer leaf of the spring onions, take the ends and heads off and slice them. Place them in a large plastic container on the side.
  3. Wash the tomatoes, remove its eye, quarter them, deseed and slice. Watch the video at 4:08 to see an easy way how to deseed tomatoes. Add to the spring onion container.
  4. Wash the peppers, slice a portion of each pepper and remove its fat and slice. Watch the video at 6:04 to see how to remove the fat. Add them to the plastic container.
  5. Half the celery cut them into strips and give them a wash. Add to container.
  6. Remove the end of the cucumber, half it, quarter it and cut into strips. Add to container.
  7. Wash thoroughly the radishes, chop off the end pits and quarter them. Add to container.
  8. Wash the mint and give it a quick rough chop. Leave on chopping board for now.
  9. You can drain the lettuce now and leave it in the colander so it can drain properly.
  10. In the meantime we can start preparing the dressing.

Dressing – Prepare a small bowl and add yogurt, olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and garlic very finely chopped. Give it a whisk and dressing is done.

11. Put the drained lettuce into a large serving bowl and add some dressing. Give it a mix with your hands and plate. Add more dressing to it and the rest of the ingredients on top. Add more dressing and sprinkle the salad with chopped mint.

Tip: Do not dress the salad until just before serving, otherwise it will turn soggy.

Happiness is homemade

I saw this clock at a local coffee shop and it immediately struck my eyes, of course whatever’s homemade does!

Then I go without hesitation and say that home is where the heart is.

One of the things that really makes our tiny flat a home is the actual gathering around the table and eat a good home-cooked plate of food. For this reason we spend a lot of time in the kitchen and this was inherited from our families. Whether it was for a cuppa, a sandwich, lunch or dinner; everyone ended up in the kitchen. We love it and still do it with our own family.

So how can we make our kitchen as hospitable as we can?

Jas remembers at around 3-4pm, just after his dad returns from work and siblings return from school, mum would make tea and bake cakes like apple pies or the maltese traditional qaghaq ta l-ghasel (honey rings) and he recalls these moments as special ones. Everybody brings his own day to the table, chatting about what happened and what’s next, it’s amazing! His family still carries on the tradition and Jas misses this dearly.

Now having a family of our own it is great to share that simple little cuppa together, at least we try our best to find that time, because we know that our children will come one day, open the fridge and ask for that beautiful tea and get ready for a catch up.

We truly believe that the more hands on we are in the kitchen, the more we can learn and create beautiful family moments together.

How do you make family time worthwhile? Send us your own on our facebook page. We’d love you to share beautiful family moments with us 🙂

Rob