Favorite recipe of the week #1

Favorite recipe of the week #1

As promised, here is our family favorite recipe of the week:

Pasta bolognese (our way):

Every week, I ask the kids what is the one recipe they want to see on the menu for the coming week, and without a doubt they’re both asking for pasta bolognese!

So here is our quick and easy version of it:

Ingredients (for a family of 4 with 2 adults and 2 kids):

1/2 lb of ground beef (and / or ground pork, you can even uncase a couple of sausages if you’d like)
2 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 can of tomatoes (whole or diced)
1 medium sized onion
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp. of sugar

Instructions:

PASTAS:

– put 4l of water to boil in a large pot + add a pinch of salt

– add your spaghetti (or favorite type of pastas) when it comes to a boil and cook for 10 minutes (or as instructed on your pasta packaging)

– strain and pour a fillet of olive oil on top so pastas won’t stick

 

BOLOGNESE sauce:

– mince your garlic
– chop your onion
– heat a pan with 1 large tbsp of olive oil in it
– sauté garlic and onion for 5-10 minutes
– either remove or add your meat in the mix to brown it
– when the meat is cooked, add in your tomatoes (crush them with a wooden spoon or fork if they are whole)
+ I like to add a tsp. of sugar to make sure it isn’t too acidic! (grandma’s tip!)

 

Let me know how it goes if/when you try it!

 

Episode 20 – Summer favorites

Episode 20 – Summer favorites

Hello, everyone, and welcome to episode 20 of what gets you Cooking!

If you’re wondering, what we are going to cook in the next season.

If you want to get inspired by the different produce / colors / smells / and good memories… listen to this episode!

Today I wanted to share a super simple episode about my favorite summer produce and recipes:
I feel very lucky to be in a region (the Bay Area) where I get access to a lot of food variety and extra lucky that a lot of the produce is the same as what I had as a kid in the South of France.

My 5 summer favorites are all fruits:

  1. Cherries, because I remember picking them in my grandfather’s orchard or at friends’,
  2. and
  3. Peaches and apricots that I used to get in boxes from my grandma’s orchards
  4. Watermelon
  5. Tomatoes

For the lucky locals, I want to share where I found the best tomatoes I had tasted in years:

  • Pie Ranch – in Pescadero (close to Santa Cruz): they have some by the case and that’s what we use to freeze or can at the end of summer. I LOVE their products + I LOVE the project around it: I first heard it from a non profit consultant who was helping them fundraising and they are amazing! Pie Ranch’s founding partners shared a vision “to create a regenerative farming and food system education center to build community; provide a space for healing our relationships with ourselves, each other and the earth; steward the land and the environment; sequester carbon through climate friendly farming techniques; empower young people; train new farmers; make healthy food accessible to Bay Area communities; leverage privilege to address systemic racism and oppression; and build strategic partnerships”.
  • Mariquita Farm – in Watsonville (close to Santa Cruz too) does a drop off in SF in the East Bay, in the Peninsula and in Santa Cruz and cities around. Their promise is this: “We promise you fresh, organically grown vegetables and fruits. We promise you good recipes and an interesting newsletter that will inform you about the production of your food. We promise you fair prices and a commitment to quality. And we promise we will do our best to make you happy.”

Those 2 places are really my favorites for tomatoes + I love the project they have around growing food + I (as a lot of others) am a fan of Andi’s newsletter!

RECIPES: (I’ll add to the website)

  1. Cherry custard Clafouti
  2. Roasted peaches and goat cheese / almonds balls salad
  3. Tomatoes and watermelon salad: I first heard of at a farmer’s market in NC. (I have to admit, I wasn’t convinced on paper but fell in love with it as soon as I tried it.)

I’ll talk to you in 2 weeks !
In the meantime, have fun in your kitchen!

 

Episode 19 – Grandmas Project, sharing grandmas’ recipes and stories around the world

Episode 19 – Grandmas Project, sharing grandmas’ recipes and stories around the world

 

Today in episode 19, Jonas Pariente is sharing his perspective on food and telling us about his project: “Grandmas Project”, a collaborative web-series sharing the recipes and stories of grandmas around the world, filmed by their grandchildren.

It all started in 2013 when Jonas realized he could tell more than his family’s story. Not only could he share his grandmothers’ food, recipes and cultures, but also those of dozens others who shared his love of food and cultural heritage. Capturing the diversity of the cultures and the unity of families, around food, is universal. So the Grandmas project was born.

I hope you enjoy the episode and I’ll leave you with Jonas’s and his grandma’s words of wisdom: “cooking takes time” and “the more I cook, the happier I get!”

Click here to learn more about his story.

Watch the first 12 videos on the website.

Follow them on facebook – twitter – instagram

And support them if you want more!

 

Episode 18 – How mothers inspire

Episode 18 – How mothers inspire

Mothers’ day is right around the corner so I wanted to talk about the inspiration our mothers and grandmothers can have on us, and us on our children.
Today I wanted to share a few thoughts on what cooking brings to children, having them around in the kitchen…

 

Links to what chefs are sharing about their mothers and their passion:

Episode 17

Episode 17

Today I want to talk to you about how cooking can help your mental health.

We’ve already seen that eating healthy helps nourish your body but cooking is also good for your mind. There is more and more research being done saying that cooking is as beneficial as meditation. And there is also therapy cooking, or culinary therapy (also referred to as Culinary Art Therapy).

Of course in these times on confinement, our mental health is more important and probably more at risk than usual, but I believe it’s also about self care, no matter when.

Talking to my friends and family for these past few months, I’ve seen this topic of how people cook and why they enjoy it so much coming back at me. Most of them told me they enjoy cooking because it relaxes them. Some of them cook a wide variety of meals, some like to stick to their favorites, and some follow the recipe of the moment. But what they all have in common is that they love to be able to focus and let go of their thoughts. And they are giving their love to the people they’re feeding through these home cooked meals.

Wether you know it or not, cooking is a great activity to focus and to express your creativity. And both are tremendously beneficial to your life balance.

Starting this week, I’ll share with you my family’s favorite recipe of the week.

Stay tuned and HAVE FUN in your kitchen!

 

Episode 16

Episode 16

Today, I’m sharing my perspective on the book “French Kids Eat Everything” by Karen Le Billon.
On this Valentine’s day I wanted to bring a lot of compassion to all parents, and especially to those who have so-called “picky eaters”.
In her book, Karen Le Billon presents 10 rules around food and children that she put together after her year living in France.
I’m giving you my take on it, as a woman brought up in France, who became a mom in the US.
Happy listening!

Episode 15

Episode 15

Episode 15 – Dinner Under 10 Minutes! Thx 52 weeks, a meal prep guide by Kelly E. Powers

Today I interview Kelly E. Powers from 52 weeks, a meal prepping guide to cooking with the seasons.

Kelly is going to share with us her perspective on food and how to reclaim our power around food.
We’ll talk about Italy, eating with the seasons, the importance of breakfast and she’ll share many tips to make your cooking simpler and more enjoyable at home!
Happy holidays everyone!

Episode 14

Episode 14

Healthy food for a healthy brain?

Today I’m going to share what I gleaned about how food affects your brain.

It impacts all of us, from the womb to our older age and some of the research is pretty scary about how it could impact our daily behaviors.

Episode 13

Episode 13

Today we’re going to talk with Lisa Murray about La Cocina, a food business incubator for women.

 

Episode 12

Episode 12

Today in episode 12, my guest is Patta, founder of Bite Unite, a co-working kitchen. She is going to share her vision and why it helps young food entrepreneurs to have a place like Bite Unite in the heart of the city.