Good things come in small packages – especially when it comes to My Petite Kitchen Cookbook. Penned by wholefood guru, cook, writer and columnist, Eleanor Ozich, this cookbook has quickly become a fave of mine, with a ton of the recipes hitting our dining table.
Founded on the belief that food doesn’t have to be complicated, difficult or expensive; My Petite Kitchen is all about cooking with simple, seasonal ingredients and lovingly creating dishes that are both delicious and nourishing. But perhaps the bit I love most about this book is that all the recipes come from Eleanor’s own kitchen and are part of her family’s ‘road to simple eating.’
To find out more, I recently caught up with Eleanor who explained…
My philosophy to food in three words is…simple, wholesome and delicious
Our family’s road to simple eating began when…our 4 year old daughter Izabella, developed what was seemingly incurable severe eczema. After countless visits to doctors and specialists, nobody could shine light on her condition, nor explain the impact it had on her behavior. In seamless despair, we visited a Naturopath, who explained to us that Izabella was suffering from Gut and Psychology Syndrome (also known as GAPS), which is an imbalance of bad gut bacteria causing toxins, which was resulting in the eczema and her extreme mood fluctuations.
We decided to take a very close look at what we were putting in to our bodies, and began to eliminate grain, sugar, additives and preservatives from our diets, and adopt a simple, clean way of eating that our generations seemed to have lost sight of.
It has been almost 2 years since we have changed our way of eating, and I am happy to tell you that our little girl is back. Her eczema and her behavioral problems are now a distant memory. Not only has this change in diet helped our little girl in a way I can’t even explain, the impact it has had on my husband, my one year old son and of course myself, have been almost unbelievable. Energy, positivity and a new lease on life now graces our home.
My Petite Kitchen Cookbook is about…wonderfully delicious and wholesome recipes which require very little steps. Most recipes use everyday ingredients which you most probably already have in your pantry or fridge. I have annotated each recipe, indicating wether is it gluten free, dairy free, suitable for vegetarians, or for vegans, or a combination of these. When a recipe is not gluten or dairy free, I have suggested an alternative ingredient to make it so. The book includes breakfasts, light meals and side dishes, main meals, delectable desserts, dainty nibbles and snacks, smoothies, juices, warming drinks, and a fantastic basics section with a handful of simple recipes which I use in my day to day cooking.
My favourite recipe is…an incredibly moist and delicious spiced Chai Carrot Cake with Honey Mascarpone Cream. It has the perfect balance of spices, natural sweetness from honey, and a beautiful texture. Perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon.
At the moment I’m working on…my wholefoods cafe that I recently opened along with good friend and business partner, Hannah Horton. Opening a cafe has always been a lifelong dream of mine, and it’s wonderful to be able to meet and share my passion of love and food with our customers. This is keeping me pretty busy at the moment, and of course continuing to develop plenty of new and exciting recipes and content for my blog.
I think that the one change that will have the biggest impact on your health is to eat…less processed and packaged food. I have found that since starting to make my own food from scratch, not only does it taste a million times better, you know that what you are putting in to your body is going to nourish you from the inside out.