For the last year or so, I’ve been working on a cookbook: fig & fennel. I am just about done with the production stage and entering into the graphic design stage. It’s been such a fun “job” and I hope to release it early 2011. I thought it would be beneficial to have a blog to promote the cookbook, with some sneak peeks of recipes and photos. The spectacular Kristy-Anne Swart of Up and Away Studio has been the photographer for this entire project. I am always moved by her photography and ability to capture the beauty around her.

Over the last few years, my family has made some pretty drastic lifestyle changes to reflect our desires to be healthy in our bodies, healthy in our minds, and to do as little harm to the earth as possible. We have yet to arrive at any spectacular destination, but have found the journey to be life changing. Shopping locally(at least in the summer), teaching our children how the food we eat gets from earth to plate(hard lessons for city kids), and being mindful that our bodies run smoothly and happily if they are fed food as close to natural as possible. These have become things that are highly valued in my life. I want to use this blog to highlight some of the local places we go to for this kind of inspiration and some of the people who make this healthy lifestyle possible.

I think the organic, green, healthy-eating micro-world has a bit of a reputation as being judgmental and hardly attainable. I hope to be able to present recipes and ideas that are simple steps to a healthier life. I believe that every day we make 1000 little decisions about our health and our impact and our power to change our lives is in those little decisions.

The cookbook! The cookbook is full of recipes that are healthy, fresh, and feature food that is as close to nature as possible. It is chock full of healthy baked goods: scones, muffins, cakes, cookies, and one dish meals that are family friendly and easy to make. I’ve been working on them for a long time. They are recipes I cook, recipes we eat, approved by my Picky Princess (4 year old) and a panel of strict critics (you know who you are). I’ll keep you posted as it comes together.

The Picky Princess Herself


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