My dad is Portuguese, and the Rooster of Barcelos was always present in my home growing up. I particularly remember having a wooden letter holder, and several china ornaments. When I first moved out of home, my brother gave me this Portuguese-made rooster as a housewarming present. It lives on the glassware shelf in my kitchen and reminds me of my heritage.
With my recent interest in raw food and higher protein, lower calorie snacks, I found myself stocking up on a whole host of interesting ingredients over the last few weeks. I bought some quinoa flakes to make a quinoa porridge. Quinoa is a complete protein source, so it contains a whole set of essential amino acids. It's also low GI which is great for sustained energy needed for lots of exercise and chasing my little lovelies.
I love cranberries and like to throw them in muesli bars or biscuits, but struggle to buy dried cranberries that haven't been sweetened. I thought I'd try some goji berries as an unsweetened replacement. That and they have a very cool name.
My girls both love dairy and thankfully have no intolerance to cow's milk protein. They eat a lot of yoghurt and about a year ago I bought an Easiyo System for making "our own" yoghurt. I put that in quotations because it's not really our own. I buy the sachets of yoghurt powder and let it do its thing in the big plastic insulated container. It makes beautifully smooth yoghurt. I mostly make natural yoghurt which gets used in baking, cooking and dressings, or flavoured with fruit puree, but occasionally we indulge in the boysenberry flavour sachet which is really quite nice. My Easiyo System is a well loved addition to my kitchen.
Hopefully next month I'll be able to show case a new appliance in my kitchen, then in May my kitchen will change dramatically. Stay posted.
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