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The Quinoa “fever”

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Quinoa is a highly nutritious food from South America which was
considered in the past , the Inca's Gold. Quinoa was considered sacred and was used by the Incas in their rituals ( because I am fascinated with the Inca culture, I had to write this).
Quinoa is a type of grain, rich in protein and amino-acids that can 
easily replace any type of cereal. Covered with saponin which gives the grains a bitter taste, it should be washed before cooking. What I consider very interesting is the fact that Quinoa can offer an important source of calcium for bones teeth and skin. This type of grain can be consumed by those who are allergic to wheat.


For today, we tried 2 recipes with this magic, sacred Quinoa.

The first one (for greedy toddlers) is, of course, for my daughter and as I could not help myself, I added a lot of green yummies... because it's cold and I miss Spring.

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For this, you will need:
- 1/2 leek or 1 spring onion
- 1 garlic clove
- a bunch of parsley leaves
- frozen peas (or fresh ones...yum)
- olive oil
-  1 cup Quinoa
For seasoning and garnishing you will need ~ lemon, yogurt, pink  Himalayan salt and any king of herbs, such as basil, rosemary, etc.~

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 Tip: try not to spill the quinoa
 (like myself), these little 
 ones will "dance" all over the 
 kitchen...
 they're unstoppable...really.  







You start by chopping the leek (or spring onion), garlic clove and the parsley leaves into small pieces. Heat the olive oil in a pot and add all the ingredients mentioned above. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they are softened After this, you can add the quinoa and the peas and cover with water. (I reckon you should use 2 cups of water). Leave on medium heat,for 15-20 minutes, until the quinoa starts sucking up the water.

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Then add the seasoning you want. 
For the seasoning I used a mix of condiments:          

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turmeric, sage, basil, oregano,
garlic powder, 
ginger powder and rosemary. 
You can purchase it online from the
www.pastaidevanilie.ro website (it's called FOOD BRAIN)
Also, I always add a bit of pink Himalayan salt  to my daughter's meals beacuse Himalayan salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body, that alone is quite impressive...

When it's finished, serve in a bowl leave it to chill, add a spoon of yogurt on top (I used homemade yogurt) and a couple of dashes of lemon juice. Enjoy little ones!
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Tomorrow I will reveal the other Quinoa recipe...but this time, spicier,more colorful, more... for adults.
I'll give you sneak peek (pic) of it. 

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Until tomorrow...
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Back in Business

It’s been a very long time and I do apologize for not writing for such a loooong period of time….but we are back and we have some exciting news and very interesting new projects.

Mummy’s been very busy with work and Little Miss Sunshine’s been very busy with growing up…and learning so many new things, so fast! She can count, she can sing, she recognizes her favorie music videos, and we recently learned to jump.  Yesterday she turned 17 months and Oh My, we still wonder where the time flew?!?!

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We cannot wait for Spring, to be honest I kind of had enough of this cold winter. Besides, Hessy has many S/S outfits that need to go out of the closet…and they need to be worn fast… size 12-18months is turning dangerously slim fit.

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As we passed the puree period, struggles with the finger food and crunchy, munchie recipes appeared. Because I am a sucker for everything that’s called, or thought to be healthy, I tried a variety of recipes for toddlers.

So, for today’s lunch we tried a really great half invented- half taken from a book recipe.

Red Lentil, Sweet potato & Apple quick stew.

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You will need:

Soybean Oil (chiefly a poly-unsaturated fats rich vegetable oil. Linoleic acid (omega-6) is the major poly-unsaturated fatty acid found in it. Additionally it is low in saturated fats, and free from cholesterol; making it as one of the healthiest cooking oils.

1 apple, 1  small size sweet potato, 1  small cup of red lentils

1 garlic glove

1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger

Seasoning & Spices ( I used: pink himalayan salt, cardamon,  cinnamon, basil,

Cooking method:

Leave the cup of lentils to soak in cold water, for 20-30 minutes

Chop the sweet potato and the apple in small cubes.  In a cooking pot add a little ( 1 tablespoon) of soybean oil and heat it. Chop the garlic clove in small bits and add it to the oil for aproximately 1-2 minutes at low to medium heat. Add the chopped ingredients in the pot over the garlic and drain the lentils from the water they’ve been soaked. Over the ingredients, add 300 ml water into the pot.  Add the lentils, the grated ginger and the spices you want. Leave it to boil on medium heat for aproximately 15 minutes ( until the lentils are cooked).

Enjoy and let the Toddlers get messy. 🙂

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Who doesn’t like Sundays? Fun with your infants.

Because the weather was really bad, this Sunday was all about cooking and family fun time. I decided to call my new recipe for my almost 7 months old daughter: Basil Blast

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We are used to taking long walks everyday, but when the sky looks like this

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we considered staying in is a better option… So for the easy recipe you will need the following:

  • 5-6 fresh Basil leaves
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 2 small sized zucchini cut in cubes Image
  • 10ml of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Pink Himalaya salt Image

As usual the preparation of this is really easy and quick. First you cook the garlic and the cubes of zucchini in the olive oil. After 5-6 minutes you add water, around 200 ml,  and a bit of Himalayan salt (I usually put 2-3 crystals). After the water has evaporated a bit and the zucchini is soft you can add the basil leaves and leave it another 3 minutes. In the end blend everything and Enjoy!

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So what can you do to keep your baby entertained when there is no possibility of walking in the park, visiting grandparents or enjoying the sun? I noticed that every time my baby sees a book she starts screaming and laughing. Last night I was reading in my bed, listening to some music and she was right by my side. The second she saw my book she just grabbed it and started looking at every inch of it. She turn it around and started laughing. What I find interesting is that she never takes a book to her mouth like she does with everything else…

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So as a fun activity, every time I read she “reads”. I give her all sorts of books, the more colorful the better.

Another fun activity we had this Sunday was the baby hand and foot print in clay. Clay impression kits make taking your baby’s footprint or handprint in super soft impression clay so quick and easy. A beautiful memento for any new parent, the clay handprint kit allows the memory of your newborn to stay with you forever.

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You can easily find them on-line just search for “baby handprint kit”.

While playing, It may take your newborn several seconds to respond to you or he or she
may not respond much at all. Be patient — you may need to keep trying
or wait a while for your baby to enter an alert, responsive state.Three to six month olds begin to pay more attention to the world around them. Positive interactions, filled with language and sensory exploration, are beneficial to your baby’s learning. If your baby is interested and involved in an activity—and having fun—he/she is learning!  It isn’t necessary to “teach” very young children. Treasure these early days of playing and cuddling with your little one—it is exactly what he/she needs to grow and learn.Six to nine month olds are explorers. They like to try things to find out what happens (cause and effect). They are beginning to move with some skill, sitting up, crawling and even beginning to stand. Babies of this age are interested in new things and people but, at the same time, often are afraid of strangers. They enjoy watching and responding to the things going on around them and like to repeat sounds and actions. I usually explain everything to my baby girl even though I know she does not understand yet…but she will and I do not want to let these beautiful moment slip away.

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