In the beginning of 2014, which feels like just moments ago, it never occurred to me that I would be cooking and blogging about my experience in the kitchen. This seemingly whimsical idea has unexpectedly taken root in me somehow. I’m not sure what exactly is driving me to do this. Angela and I started this experiment in an attempt to make our family eat more mindfully. But what sustains me in the daily practice is perhaps my impulse to make things, and my desire to learn things. I have learned and am still learning how to prepare more healthful and more delicious food. In the process I have also discovered a deep pleasure in cooking, and in looking at all the familiar edible things with the newness of a baby.
I have always loved food, but the past two months have taught me to eat more deliberately, and to taste the flavors instead of simply pigging out. The past two months are also wonderful because the kitchen has become not only a sanctuary for me, but also a warm place where we find joy as a family. The children are now more involved in cooking their own food — Audrey has turned out to be quite talented in everything breakfast — smoothies, French toast and pancakes, you name it. As a matter of fact, she is making healthy-fied blueberry pancakes for dinner as I’m writing. And writing. I have also been learning to better express myself in the language of my adopted country. Words and sentences come too slowly and are never adequate enough to capture the grinding of my brain, but the practice does calm and focus my mind.
Today I want to share with you twelve of our family’s favorite recipes from the blog. Most of the dishes I have cooked are relatively simple and quick to make — something accomplishable on a daily basis. I have completely done away with butter, and in most cases with simple carbohydrates. Almost all of the breads, muffins and cookies were made of almond flour or coconut flour or both — something I hadn’t known one could do before this blog.
Thank you for reading. Have a happy 2015!