Food and Life Lately: March 2021

I’m hoping things are beginning to make us feel better with the prospect of longer and lighter days ahead.


Being able to see family and friends and share travel and adventures is what we are longing to return to in a couple of months.

Lockdown isn’t fun, is it? I’m definitely feeling a little caged in and lonely and anxious some days, but as always, I’m trying to find joy in the little things.

Some days I’m getting out for a walk or I’m doing a Yoga session on YouTube. I really recommend ‘Yoga for Seniors’ with Adrienne, as it’s a really gentle practice, and I feel so much better mentally after I’ve completed the session.


Throughout this pandemic we have all renewed our appreciation of food and its therapeutic role in coping with a pandemic. I have been trying new recipes as well as going back to the Be-Ro cookbook that was my Mums.


I thought I’d share with you a couple of my March successes:

I made this morning drink with lemon and ginger tea bags from Hoogly. Starting the day with a citrus and ginger morning energiser has helped to get me motivated as well as a boost to the digestive system.

Ingredients

4 tea bags Hoogly Lemon and Ginger

1 piece (1 Inch) fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced (I substituted frozen ginger)

1 litre of water

60ml freshly squeezed orange juice


Directions

Steep 4 tea bags and fresh ginger in 1 litre boiling water for 5 minutes

Remove tea bags and ginger

Cool completely

When ready to serve, stir in the orange juice

I’ve been making nourishing soups, stews and pasta which also offer comfort on the bleakest of days. If you like a bright pasta dish with a hint of Greek sunshine, I would suggest this fab recipe from my friend Kiki at Cardamom and Dill.

Greek Kritharaki with lemon, herbs and pine kernels

I loved the orzo or kritharaki (kριθαράκι). I call it baby pasta!!

And that’s how I’ve been living simply throughout January and February, eating good seasonal food, getting outdoors for gentle walks when the weather permits and engaging in some mindful activities.

Have a peaceful and gentle March all.
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