Once upon a time, in a snow dusted home called Dove Cottage, a family connected at teatime. They shared delicious delights and took small, little bites, telling stories in between each serving. Sipping warm licorice tea and cozy hot cacao cinnamon carob drinks, they snuggled and gazed up at the fluffy, falling snow. They couldn’t get enough fresh salad greens, and grew them on the windowsill. Playing teatime with dolls and woodland animals is fun, but the real thing is even better. Here are a few of the teatime meals and snacks from the past few months. Hope you have a lovely week, Dear Ones. ~Amor
All of our food is made of non-GMO, organic, fresh, vegan ingredients.
Something sweet: Little crispy phyllo dough pies and tarts, filled with anything you please. Here are cinnamon apple, shallot spinach mushroom, hazelnut cacao, raspberry, and apricot.
Adding in some nuts, seeds, and bread and butter chip pickles enriches a lovely little salad wrap.
Growing herbs near the windows allows us to expand our savory and sweet cooking options. Roasted sage potato and sweet potato fries dipped into dill mustard is our weekly must have, along with beet/parsnip/turnip/carrot fries, too. Dip, dip, dip! So many mustards to try. One day, in the garden, I’d like to grow our own mustard seeds. Amor Milagre Home of Love Logo Artwork prints are now available in our SHOP.
Each week inspires a new twist on our basic recipes. This little lemon cake is refreshing, along with all of the white cloaked trees in our windows. (I used lemon juice and zest. Works well with oranges, too!) A warm treat after a snowy garden walk is comforting and fun for all ages. Raisins, dried cranberries, cauliflower, celery, and cucumber taste amazing mixed with various lettuce greens and light dressings. Oranges, on the side or in the salad, are sweet and juicy. Fruit is our regular dessert.
Colourful, bright yellow peppers, mushrooms, and broccoli make a great snack. Little ones love the interest of colourful foods and creative arrangements and designs. Garbanzo and cannellini beans are added to almost every kind of meal. They’re great on their own with fresh herbs, cooked al dente from dried beans, added to salads and soups, and smashed with a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Ginger lends our vegetable soups a beautiful aroma, taste, and a healthy boost that is calming for the whole body, senses, especially the stomach and throat. As any parent or caregiver knows, for little ones to learn all the amazing things each day, it takes a lot of gentle communication and repetitive explanations. Making a ginger root tea is easy and, I find, immediately beneficial. For non-verbal communicators, ginger tea is still very calming, along with an arm massage and a soothing pampering of the hands. Our weekly soup style varies, but a go-to is carrot, onion, ginger, potato, garlic, celery, and anything else we have like parsnips, turnips, and shallots. Having a little soup a day is a nutritious habit.
Avocado, pear, cranberry is one of our favourite and very healthy snacks. Thanks to Mother Nature, for her clever food packaging, it’s easy for our senses to tell when food is ready and ripe. Avocados are soft, bananas brown, and pears spot. Little ones like picking out their own selection each day, sensing for ripeness, and learning about what kind of plants each grow on.
Broccoli, lightly steamed or raw, is a lovely, sweet, and healthy snack. I’ll be posting info and a little film about our Winter Tree very soon.
We write new ideas for everything, especially for new books, as we eat our meals. Our handy notebook and pencil is always on the table next to the plates. Just a few weeks of watering, and our lettuce seeds have grown beautifully. We opened a holiday gift and found seeds and a pretty dish. We got started right away, and soon we can enjoy these in a salad. Salad wraps are our fun, occasional snack.
Cashew butter and banana seed toast is delicious and filling before resting time. Apricot and raspberry (sugar-free) fruit spreads are a good accompaniment for nut butters, too! Goji berries are fun toppers!
Sautee up some shallot, garlic, salt & pepper, a tiny splash of Marsala wine, and mushrooms in olive oil for a scrumptious pasta sauce. Roasted peppered sweet potatoes and dill mustard are a bi-weekly treat. Roast sliced vegetables on a baking sheet at 350 or 375 degrees until crispy and tender. Turn if you like during roasting time.
Playgrounds look so different covered in snow. Shadows become dramatic, and new kinds of adventures, like skating on top of icy snow as you swing, become new muscle memories.
Warming up some unsweetened coconut milk with cinnamon fills the home with comfort. Add cacao and/or carob powder, and whisk until heated and smooth. For children, we use just carob. If you want to sweeten your drink, add a little natural fruit, like a sugar-free fruit spread such as apricot or cherry.
Cinnamon equals love in my food memory. I add cinnamon to most things. It’s healthy and enriches natural flavours. This week we’re painting our atelier/office/schoolroom. Stay tuned for the interior design reveal!
Soft, fluffy, organic toys rest, as we sit and laugh, enjoying teatime together. Creating traditions and designing your routine to suit you are the themes of our new, upcoming book, and are woven throughout amormilagre.com . Happy winter days! We hope you enjoy your new year, designed purely for you!
Music of the Moment: The Fox in the Snow, Belle and Sebastian