Real Life Food

Posts about healthy eating, sustainable eating and my very own carefully crafted recipes.


Creamy Vegan Broccoli Soup

June 18, 2017

Healthy Broccoli Soup by Of Houses and Trees | Thick and creamy vegan broccoli soup... without the cream. Safe for vegans, lactose-intolerants and calorie counters alike. And it's delicious too!Mmmm... soup. I am definitely a fan. Winter or summer, day or night, I'd eat soup seven days a week if I could. And I can. Because I'm an adult and although that comes with all sorts of annoying "responsibilities" it also comes with the freedom to eat whatever I want, whenever I want. (Within reason... and often not within reason at all. Hello, leftover pizza for breakfast.) And sometimes I want to eat thick and creamy soup... without the cream.

Yes. That's right. No cream. Which means no dairy. Which means safe for vegans, lactose-intolerants and calorie counters alike. How is this possible, you say? It's creamy, but there's no cream? Well, my friends, let me tell you about a life-changing cooking technique called "roux." Some of you may already be familiar - particularly if you've made gravy before. I myself had used it many a times to make gravy in the past before discovering it actually has a name. But, honestly, I thought it was just a gravy thing and didn't realize until the last year or so that it can be used in so very many applications. Including the creation of a healthy broccoli soup... that's also creamy and vegan!

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Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry

March 6, 2017

Simple Teriyaki Stir Fry by Of Houses and Trees | A super simple, super delicious, super nutritious version of a healthy veggie stir fry that's easy to customize. Let the sauté-ing begin!

It's... finally... HERE!!! You may now be asking, "What in tarnations are you so excited about?" Why it's my first recipe, of course. A healthy veggie stir fry recipe, to be exact. When I redesigned Of Houses and Trees about a year ago, I was faced with a major life decision. I'm talking should-I-buy-the-regular-or-the-eco-concious-but-expensive-toilet-paper major. The question: Do I start blogging about food and posting my recipes? I wrote about this conundrum in my inaugural "Real Life Food" post, but essentially I didn't want to further saturate the already soggy mess that is online recipe sharing.

Don't get me wrong. While I mean "soggy mess" in the most kindhearted and least disgusting way possible, there are just so very many recipes on the internet, ranging from "yum!" to "not bad..." to "are these cookies or dog biscuits and do I even care?" So who am I to add to the smorgasbord?

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5 Food Additives to Avoid

February 11, 2016

Food Additives to Avoid | Once you learn the five food additives to avoid there's no looking back. Somewhat bad for your tastebuds, truly amazing for your health.
To paraphrase the Alice in Wonderland inspired ditty "White Rabbit": "One additive makes you larger and one additive makes you small..." (Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

I have been feverishly working away on a new design for my blog (and I'm not being metaphorical about the fever as I have been sick, sick, sick). After debating long and hard over the course of this little blog's life (three years and three months to be exact), I've finally decided to include a section on my new site where I can share recipes and write posts on food topics I'm passionate about (so, basically, everything – as I love all the foods).

The reason I hesitated for so long over including recipes and such on this blog is because it seems like the interwebs is absolutely dripping with recipes. Seriously, it’s like food and porn and that’s it.

Then I started thinking – many of my own recipes were initially inspired by something I found online. I may have heavily adapted them to my specific likings, but where would I be without the initial inspirations and the people who took the time to share them?

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Of House and Trees Blogger Archive

Of Houses and Trees Blogger Archive
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If you're looking for my older posts (or just trying to navigate away from this site and over to Pinterest... you know, where the real magic happens) they are currently still hanging out on my old Blogger site. After much trial and error, it turns out the best way to import my previous posts to my new site is to do so manually. As in reconstructing them one at a time. Good thing I wasn't a very prolific poster in those days as it is time consuming work! So the old posts will be gradually moseying their way over to their new home on the new and improved Of Houses and Trees site, but in the meantime try and drop by to say hello – even blog posts get lonely in their old age.

And while you're there don't forget to comment as your lovely and thoughtful words will be imported with each post...

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