So, How Was Your Day?
Hot water with lemon juice. Soaked overnight oats with wild blueberries, bee pollen & hemp hearts.
Raw beet “pasta” with lots of greens and herbs, olive oil and fresh lemon.
Black lentil and fennel soup.
Wake up, boil the kettle for my morning water and lemon tea - I am completely hooked on waking up my body this way. It feels so good! Eat breakfast 30 minutes later. Get dressed and bike over to the Nordic Food Lab to continue working on my “Scandinavian tofu” recipe, made from locally grown yellow peas. Happily, it’s a success. We also experiment with creating savory candyfloss to create the exterior of an edible “silkworm egg”. It sounds gross, but tastes delicious - I promise.
Check and write emails. Over lunch I connect with a new friend in Lima and discuss the possibility of hosting a week-long wellness workshop in the Peruvian jungle next February. Start brainstorming/formulating the next recipe for My New Roots. Tidy up the kitchen at the food lab and cycle to the university where I’ve been invited to speak to a group of students about the importance of a whole foods diet. I lecture for about an hour, hold a brief discussion and wrap up.
Cycle home and stop at the market to pick up a couple things for dinner. I decide on the spectacular-looking fennel bulbs and some particularly fragrant parsley. Arrive home and put some black beluga lentils in water to soak. I get on my yoga mat for a cherished 60 minutes of silence and deep stretching. My husband arrives home and invites me to join him to show his parents around the apartment we just purchased across the street – I am too blissed out and decide to make dinner in peace. While the soup is simmering away I check in with my own family back home in Canada, and Skype with a girlfriend. When hubby gets back we have a simple meal together and plan the dream kitchen we’re building in the new place. Cozy up in bed, and pore over my stack of cookbooks until my eyes close. Wake my husband up while talking in my sleep about food, again.
Three Last Things…
1. What’s up with having the coziest nook of all time?
Well, I do live in Denmark – this country practically invented cozy! When I moved here from Canada, I really got into the whole pursuit of “hygge” (cozy), and bedtime is a particularly enjoyable time to put this idea into practice. I like to curl up at the end of the day with my stack of cookbooks in the glow of beeswax candles under a crispy duvet. Heaven.
2. So, what do you say to a newbie that is intimidated by your superwoman nutritional ways? What are realistic ways for them to get started?
The three easiest ways to improve your health without taking a trip to the health food store, are:
1. Chew your food.
2. Drink more water.
3. Stay positive.
3. But if tomorrow Little Caesars Pizza and Sour Patch Kids sprouted up in your garden…would it be cool if we ate them then?
If something “sinful” is really what you’re after, just do it. Depriving yourself of something you really crave can drive you even crazier than actually indulging. You’ll catch me at the bakery some Saturday mornings grabbing a pastry now and again. The Danes may have invented cozy, but they perfected the Danish, of course. I would have to be a robot to resist them.
Sarah lives with her husband in Copenhagen, Denmark where she is currently on special assignment at Noma Test Kitchen, the Nordic Food Lab. With her pretty face and even prettier approach to life … it won’t be long until she has everyone drinking the quinoa kool-aid. mynewroots.com