One of the reasons I most love blogging is becoming part of a community which encourages your ideas and champions the strength it takes to put yourself out there – leaving the fear and anxiety of potential judgement behind. When I first began this little blog, it was pretty daunting, but over the past couple years I have found a real sense of enjoyment and escape as I get lost in creating beautiful food and writing in a capacity which allows me to share my thoughts and experiences. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers (mostly other bloggers) who believe in my recipes as much as they do my stories – offering up words of encouragement to me along the way.
I love to read how other people ended up at a recipe, I love to know where it comes from, why its special to them and how its impacted on their life. Blogging for me isn’t some selfish ambition to become internet famous – its about self-expression and enjoyment. It gives me an outlet to use my creativity and love of writing, which in a very corporate job is often overshadowed. So when a friend – or a complete stranger – let’s me know they recreated one of my recipes or just enjoyed one of the stories I told – I am always at a loss for words, which for me is an uncommon situation.
So when I stumbled across Australian website Tucker, I immediately fell for their honest food and easy recipes, and their goal to “encourages great home cooking” – it really resonated with me. Here is a couple of people who are just doing what they love and encouraging others to do that same along the way. I find it really inspiring.
So over the course of a couple months I have tried a few of their recipes and am yet to have anything but complimentary words to say about them. In particular, we’ve fallen head over heels for their Granny’s Apple Bircher recipe, which has since become a staple on our household’s breakfast menu. So thanks to the team for encouraging me to become more of a morning person – with the effort of making breakfast eliminated by having a big bowl of bircher ready to go in the fridge for me when I stumble from my slumber. Now I have no excuse for missing breakfast.
This bircher keeps for a good couple days and is perfect to make ahead of time – being prepared in the morning with breakfast ready made is a real advantage to yourself by starting the day full and satisfied – ready to take on the world.
So here’s to sharing, cooking and inspiring – let’s hope the trend continues!
2 cups rolled oats
½ tsp ground cardamom
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp sesame seeds
¼ cup golden sultanas
¼ cup buckwheat kernels
1 tsp maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt
½ Granny Smith apple, grated
1½ cups water
½ cup natural yoghurt
¼ cup pistachios, shelled, roughly chopped
Extra yoghurt to serve
Green apple, sliced, to serve
- Combine the oats with cardamom, cinnamon, sesame seeds, sultanas, buckwheat, maple syrup, salt, grated apple, water, and yoghurt. Place in the fridge to soak overnight.
- In the morning, add the zest of ½ a lemon to the Bircher and mix well. Divide muesli between serving bowls, top with an extra spoonful of yoghurt, some crushed pistachios and slices of apple.
*Recipe sourced from the good folks at Tucker