Knowing how to cook is an invaluable part of having a healthy lifestyle. Not just because home cooked meals are much healthier than eating out, but also (and perhaps more importantly) because it really helps you understand what goes into the food you are eating.
I mean, I can go on and on about how much saturated fat is in cakes and biscuits but nothing quite gets the message across like seeing blocks of butter going into your cake batter. And then a couple more into the icing.….
For me, working in a Chinese restaurant took this one step further. I was absolutely fascinated during the first couple of months waitressing at my local Chinese. I loved the way that everything was cooked to order but was on the table in 5 minutes. Even the hot plates were heated methodically, popped onto the burner as soon as the meal started cooking, so that they were just the right temperature once it was ready.
If you’ve been reading this blog over the past couple of months, you’ll probably notice that I’ve been really into recreating things that I’ve tried (or in some cases haven’t even tried). So given how much I enjoy the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls, it was only a matter of time before I had to recreate this one in my own kitchen!
If you haven’t tried the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls before, you need to get yourself to your nearest IKEA and buy a pack! It’s essentially a rolled chocolate truffle, but better. Packed with coconut and oats for substance and a strong hit of coffee for that extra kick, what’s not to love?
We didn’t really have much dessert growing up.
Don’t get me wrong, we weren’t deprived during childhood. There were plenty of sweet treats in the form of chocolate bars (a lunchbox staple back in the day!) and of course birthday cakes. But things like pastries were most foreign.
With limited disposable income, the choice between spending $5 on something like this fruit tart which could feed one or on a supermarket mud cake which would last the family a week, it’s not hard to see why.
You won’t see an awful lot of potato salad photos on social media.
In this day and age, where bright and eye catching content rules, the creamy white colour scheme of potatoes is hardly going to catch your attention – when there’s plenty of the rainbow coloured smoothies and OTT burgers that floods our social media streams. And just like how people may often choose menu items at cafes on the basis of how ‘Instagrammable’ they are, I too am sometimes guilt of selecting recipes which look pretty in favour of other less photogenic ones.
But most of my favourite recipes are infact, the not so good looking ones.
Just like this potato salad.
When I was a student starting placement as a dietitian, I was keen to quickly jump straight into it. This meant teaching everyone on all the healthier alternatives they could be having:
• Having butter on your toast? Why not try a vegetable based spread?
• Drinking coffees with regular milk? Swap it for skim!
• Burger for lunch? How about a sandwich?
Of course, most didn’t take on the advice.