Author: asphaire

Brunch galettes (savoury crepes)

Galette is the French word for savoury pancake or crepe made with potato or buckwheat flour. Those that I’ve had so far in France and French restaurants are usually made from buckwheat flour. Here’s the really simple recipe for the pancake. After that, you’re free to put toppings of your choice. 

How I got my latest dream job

I’ve had many dream jobs. They change as time goes by and I achieve Level 1, unlocking the next stage. I upgrade and tweak my dreams, so to speak. Before I get into the how’s, let me separate my actions into two parts: sustained actions which I’ve done over a long period of time and continue to do so, and tactical actions which specifically target a goal—in this case, a specific job.

Poached eggs with fruit bowl

Eggs are one of my favourite ‘superfoods’ – yes, I consider it as such. I love them poached, cooked in a shallow pan with a teaspoon of vinegar. Takes just a few minutes and it tastes amazing with avocado, pine nuts, green onions or just plain old salt and pepper. Breakfast for one

Chocolate fudge bars (no-bake)

This is truly one of the fudgiest, gooey-est, and most indulgent chocolate cakes I’ve made and bonus, it’s made of one of my favourite healthy foods: avocado. Even the pickiest chocolate cake lovers would love this. When it comes to dessert, my husband doesn’t like too much experimentation—a simple, basic chocolate cake is all he wants. So when I gave him a slice of this fudge cake, I thought he’d find it strange and refuse to eat it. But he did! Try it and let me know what you think. Makes 10 to 12 pieces

Pancakes smoothie combo

Is it just me, or do you also feel an incredible surge of freedom in being able to cook whatever you want, whenever, how-ever you want? When I was a kid, I often wished there was more chocolate frosting on my cake, and now? I can put a triple layer of frosting if I wanted to. But of course, I don’t. 😉 So I made this breakfast during one of those days when I couldn’t choose just one thing, so I decided to have both! Hah. Such freedom! xx Serves 2 (or just for you!)

Taking stock

It’s that time of year again where we get to look back on the year that was and resolve to do better and be better in the year(s) to come. While changing for the better is ideally practiced every day and at every possible moment, there is something romantic about doing a yearly ‘one-time-big-time’ exercise of taking stock of our lives and doing a ‘life cleanse’. Getting rid of physical things Often, sorting out what’s in our heads can be difficult and overwhelming. What helps me get in the right frame of mind to ‘sort’ life out is physically clearing out my closet, cabinets, boxes, luggage, and getting rid of anything that brings no added value, meaning or joy into my life. I’ve always been averse to owning many things, but for one reason or another, I’m not completely spared from the annoying human habit of inadvertently accumulating all sorts of useless stuff over time. I actually did it, I threw out more than a dozen trash bags full of old receipts, packaging, useless brochures, …