Recipes

A Wintry, Nostalgic Chicken Brodo Recipe

There’s something about chicken bone broth (or ‘brodo‘ as my family calls it).

I can’t seem to go longer than 2 months without asking my mum to make it for me. ASAP.

I think there’s something nostalgic about it. Mum would always make it for us in the winter, just like her mum used to do for her, letting it simmer all afternoon long.

Every time we were sick, the soup would arrive, steaming hot like a warm hug.

I’m slowly trying to learn it (even though it will probably never be the same as my mums) so I thought I would document the recipe here.

You will need…

  • 6 chicken drumsticks and 4 Chicken wings (any meat with bone will work as this is a slow bone broth)
  • 6 carrots
  • 6 stalks of celery including leaves
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 garlic 
  • 1 turnip
  • 1 swede
  • 1 parsnip
  • Big handful parsley
  • Seasoning salt and pepper 
  • Parmesan cheese and chilli (optional)
  • Pastina

First you will want to wash all veggies and chop them roughly. Set this aside.

Add chicken to a pot and cover to the top with filtered water. Bring to a boil. As it reaches a boil, skim scum of surface

Then you will need to add all veggies to the pot with a bit of salt to taste.

Add parsley at the 1 hour mark and simmer long and slow for a minimum of 2.5 hours.

You can then strain the broth so that just the broth remains. Or you can include the veggies and chicken if you would like to keep them in the soup.

Cook pastina to directions in separate pot of salted water.

When just cooked, strain the pastina and then add the soup broth to pastina to bring it back to a boil. 

It is then done.

You can serve with salt and pepper and Parmesan cheese. A sprinkle of chilli also goes well.

What’s your favourite wintry, nostalgic meal?

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How To Create The Dreamiest Flower Wall

I love a fresh bunch of flowers. What I don’t love is the exorbitant price tag that often comes with it.

It’s hard to convince the people around me that they are a worthy purchase.

“They’ll just die,” is the common remark. And I know they do. But why dwell on the negative.

Let’s just celebrate them while they’re here with us, spreading their flowery joy all around the earth.

(That’s how I justify my occasional splurges anyway).

When I saw this post from @taramilktea on Instagram I was immediately obsessed, because there is now another reason to buy flowers.

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brought the outdoors indoors 🌸

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Tara Milk Tea has created this flower wall by repurposing a bouquet of fresh flowers. She let them dry for three days and then, by the looks of things, taped them to her bedroom wall… and the rest is history.

The effect is so gorgeous and something that could easily be re-created.

I’ve read hanging the flowers upside down in a a cool, dark place for a few weeks is the best way to dry them. Spray with a bit of hairspray, and voilà!

Dried flowers can last for years, so long as you treat them with care, avoiding direct sunlight, wind and keep them away for humidity.

Let me know if you re-create this dreamy flower wall (or just use it as a successful excuse to buy the damn flowers!).

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A Quick and Easy Açai Bowl Recipe

Laying down in bed for a proportionately longer amount of time than usual, eating endless bowls of pasta and drinking a few too many hot drinks is dreamy, don’t get me wrong.

But so is the feeling of going for sunny walks and filling your body with deliciously healthy snacks.

It’s true that the store-bought Açai Bowl is often marked with a high price tag.

And while this is usually enough for me to say no, today I decided it was time for an isolation treat. So I walked down to my local market and splurged.

It was glorious.

And best of all, you can make it from home.

Here is a tried and true quick and easy recipe:

Blend…

  • 1 and a half packs of frozen Açai berry puree. (I usually buy this one)
  • Half of a frozen banana and half of a fresh banana
  • Coconut water

…together in a blender. Then top it with:

  • Peanut butter
  • Granola
  • Strawberries, blueberries and banana
  • Dried coconut flakes
  • Coconut yoghurt
  • Mint

The bowl I bought today had a sneaky little chocolate down the bottom, similar to a Freddo.

It was the ultimate surprise and I don’t know if it was intentionally or accidentally there, but the combination was beyond (and I would recommend this if you’re feeling like you deserve a treat).

And there you have it. Your cute little bowl of berry goodness.

Enjoy!

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