Saturday Brunch

Our sleepover guests were lazy little oversleepers so we decided to use the time to start preparing an elaborate brunch. We started with fresh butter croissants slightly toasted in the toaster oven. We sliced ripe Haas avocados, vine tomatoes, red onions and Parma prosciutto arranged on a serving platter. We tossed a large green salad (spinach, arugula, watercress, fresh dill) and a vegetable salad (avocados, tomatoes, red onions, orange, red and yellow bell peppers) accompanied with homemade dressing (freshly squeezed lemon and orange juice, apple cider vinegar, 1 clove of garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and agave). For dessert, it was fresh bananas, molasses and what else? freshly whipped cream! Of course finished with freshly ground coffee beans brewed in a traditonal stovetop espresso maker (we use this Bialetti stainless steel model).

By now you must be thinking we must be tipping the scales but we’re actually pretty fit. My husband is 6’3″ and 185 lbs and I’m 5’9″ and 125 lbs. (though post-holidays we should probably add 5 lbs). But not because we exercise excessively (actually we could do with a little more) nor do we diet (against our religion… seriously). No, we follow the regimen of eat what you want when you want IN MODERATION and with discipline. For instance, my husband has a weakness for whipped cream so he only polishes off a quart of heavy cream once or twice a year. On the other hand, I have a thing for Italian prosciutto from Parma (the kind that literally melts in your mouth). So I proceed to buy myself a couple of lbs during the holidays of which I may go through in 2-3 days. Not very healthy but it keeps us sane and satiated in what is an otherwise very healthy lifestyle.

Our everyday consists of pretty simple and healthy food. And I’m not talking about only eating organic and free-range either. We choose not to eat a lot of red meat or carbs. Instead we eat a lot of fresh greens and salads, beans (our favs are mung, lentils, black eyed peas and chick peas) and quinoa — all home-cooked. We never eat out because we’re always disappointed that we could have done a far better job cooking the meal. My husband loves to cook and I love to eat so we’re a match made in a foodie’s heaven! More food sharings to come in the near future…

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