Hey guys! Back again with September’s guest blog post for Bitte, a small batch and artisan children’s online store that offers clothing and toys that are unique and built to last. Run by mother and daughter duo, Maia McDonald Smith and Sara McDonald, their store and blog embody many similar values as Nyssa’s Kitchen, and I’m thrilled to be connecting with their audience. I’m also incredibly excited for you to explore their beautiful and sustainable goods – their shop is always the first place I look for gifts for little ones, and I think you’ll see why when you check them out!
Today I’ll be sharing a recipe for curried coconut leek soup.. Continue reading for the first part of the post, and then click the link below to get the full recipe on their blog!
Have you felt it? I happened to notice it last week here in the PNW. It was right around the time that we got our first rain in months – all those rain dances finally paying off, finally quelling some of the raging fires that have taken over the end of our summer. With the rain the sun suddenly seemed to be setting earlier, there was that distinct crisp chill in the morning air that is best paired with a warm cup of coffee, I began the quest to find the perfect pair of slippers, and I made my first batch of soup. Curried coconut leek soup to be exact. Autumn has arrived my friends, and while it’s always a little sad to say goodbye to the sweet sunny days of summer, this season always ushers in such a feeling of comfort and familiarity.
And there’s nothing better to maximize comfort than with a cozy bowl of nourishing soup.
This one that I’m sharing with you today is pretty simple. As many great soups are. Because while it ultimately provides warm comfort, another great virtue of a pot of soup is the ease of which it can be prepared. This is one of those soups that came together rather organically because of an oh-my-gosh what am I ever going to do with 5 leeks before they go bad moment. Finding a delicious destiny for vegetables that would otherwise be compost bound is quite an awesome feeling.
Well hey lovely people! How are you DOING?! Hope your week is off to a great start. Some of my favorite players are making an appearance in today’s post – turmeric, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon are all a part of this amazing bedtime turmeric golden milk bulletproof latte! And why should you be excited?
because golden milk is The perfect tonifying remedy for winding down at the end of the day.
I’ve been getting home late since starting my new job, like 10 or 11 at night (if I’m lucky!) and while I’m SO grateful to have my days free to work on this site and take care of myself, it’s been a little bit harder to wind down and get to sleep once I get home.
Sometimes I stay awake for a little while to bust out some work in the quiet and dark house, as it always tends to be a pretty productive time for me – there’s something about that stillness that allows me to focus like no other. But I don’t like staying up so late that I’m dragging to get out of bed in the morning. When I fall into that bad habit it always has a way of killing my morning yoga routine. Which if you can relate, tends to start a waterfall cascade of feeling like my day has totally fallen to bits and that I’m in no way living up to my potential. Yikes! that sounds pretty harsh when I write that down here.
I’m working on that whole self compassion thing.
I’ve known for awhile that golden milk can aid in relaxation, and therefore promote a good night’s sleep, so I decided to give it a try. Boosting this turmeric latte with an extra dose of healthy fats was this sort of intuitive thing that I started adding to my own little recipe to have an even easier time falling and staying asleep.. Come to find out after some research, having a little bit of fat before bed isn’t just some random thing. It really can help you fall and stay asleep by keeping your tummy is satisfied, and giving you that cozy sleepy feeling you get after finishing an especially satisfying meal.
I love it when my intuition is confirmed by scientific facts! Makes me feel like I’m tuning into my body in the right way. Our bodies have lots of messages to share with us if we create the space to listen!
Raise yo hand if you love a good smoothie! I’ve been suuuper into whipping up all sorts of fun combinations lately. There’s something so amazing about packing so many vitamin + antioxidant + mineral rich ingredients into ONE glowing cup! Should we talk about one that packs a serious dose of nourishment like this probiotic turmeric mango carrot citrus smoothie?!
As you guys may have seen if you follow me on instagram, I’ve been diving into making my own water kefir lately and I’ve totally fallen in love with the process and end product! Especially when you add a second ferment to the process to make delicious bubbly water kefir soda. It’s basically a probiotic soda pop that HELPS your microbiom // overall well-being instead of harms it. And the flavor combinations are endless.
So far I’ve made:
Lemon + Lime
Lime and Orange Bitters
I’ve got a grape version lined up for my next batch, and may even try one made with fresh mango, too!
You guys have been asking some questions about the process so I’m thinking about writing a little tutorial series on how I make water kefir. Is this something you would be interested in learning about? If so let me know in the comments below or over on my instagram or facebook page!
So the base of this smoothie starts with water kefir. But don’t turn away now if you don’t make your own at home! There’s lots of amazing store bought options that you could use here, or alternatively equally probiotic rich kombucha would be amazing. I haven’t tried kombucha with this recipe but I have been indulging in a kombucha smoothie at our local natural foods store occasionally and it’s AMAZING! So I have no doubt that your favorite citrusy kombucha would be perfect here.