In case you can’t guess from my jaunty post title (!) I am just back from an uhhhh-maz-ing family holiday in Mallorca! I honestly had no idea what a truly beautiful place it is and after a week spent basking in perfect temperatures, swimming in warm turquoise blue, crystal clear seas and exploring the stunning coastlines and hills, I am definitely ready to start planning a return visit!
We opted to stay in a private villa, mainly for the fabulousness of a private pool (oh-SO-fabulous!), and also because we wanted to be able to cook and prepare our own food. Since starting on this journey, my priorities have definitely altered and whereas the old me would have been looking forward to eating anything as long as I didn’t have to make it (its supposed to be a holiday goddamit!!!!) this time, I was really keen to make the most of the amazing fresh fruit and veg that was available in Mallorca. I also didn’t want to return from holiday feeling bloated, fuzzy headed and as though I would need a monumental effort of get “back on the bloody wagon”.
On our first morning on the island, we headed to the local market in the old town of Pollensa where we were greeted with phenomenal stalls chock full with the most amazing fresh, colourful produce.
We went slightly OTT and spent a fortune on fruit, veg, olives, local honey and cheese, but it was worth every penny because it all tasted totes amaze and lasted us for the rest of the week. I had also brought a few bits and bobs with us (pre-soaked black beans, quinoa and freekeh, veg stock) and I was able to use those as bases to add to the market haul! Now don’t get me wrong, I did not cook every single meal we ate. In fact, we ate out a lot (mmmmm, paella!) but even then, we always searched for the places which were selling freshly caught fish and amazing veggi dishes rather than the pile them high, sell them cheap joints.
Do you know something……..It’s only when I stop to write this down that I realise i just how much my mindset has shifted over the last 6-12 months. My whole attitude to and relationship with food has changed dramatically and I LOVE IT!
Anyway, getting back to the food that I prepared, I thought that it might be a nice idea to share with you the sort of things I made. Now as I’m still getting used to this blogging malarkey, most of the time I totally forgot to take photos of the food that we ate (mental note to self- stop scoffing, start clicking!) but I did manage a couple and thought you might like to see them along with a list of the basic ingredients I put in each.
- Cooked and cooled quinoa and freekeh mix
- Red pepper
- Medjool dates
- Sundried tomatoes
- Cashew nuts
- Halloumi cheese
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Sea salt
- Fresh basil
This salad was a TRIUMPH! I had no idea what I was going to do for lunch and so basically went through the fridge and added whatever took my fancy. The sweetness of the dates and nectarine worked so well against the salty cheese and all of the different textures were wonderful too – crunchy cashews, creamy avocado. Yum, I could do with a hefty bowl of this right now! This is one I will definitely attempt to recreate.
- Tomatoes (as many different varieties as possible!)
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Leftover sweet and salty salad from the previous day
Tomato and mozzarella salad is a firm favourite with us, which is odd, because as a rule of thumb, I’m not mad keen on uncooked tomatoes! However there’s something about the combination of sliced toms, good olive oil, basil and creamy mozzarella that makes this irresistible and its one of our regular summer lunches whether at home or on holiday.
One morning I also made a huge breakfast fruit salad which went down a treat with everyone and although I don’t have photographic evidence, I’ll try to remember what I put in it!
- Water melon
- Medjool dates
- Plain natural yoghurt
- Unsalted mixed nuts
- Local honey
I basically chopped the fruit into manageable bite sized pieces and topped with the yogurt, nuts and honey. Simple and so delicious!!!!
None of this food prep was difficult or particularly time consuming. I didn’t follow any recipes and neither did I weigh or measure any of the ingredients. And yet, the food that we ate was so tasty and made us (I think I speak for the rest of the family too!!) feel brilliant.
Although many people will try to convince you that there are complex rules and regulations that you must follow in order to gain the most amazing health benefits from your diet, I believe that the reverse is actually true. The most amazing thing that you can do for yourself (and your family) is just to stop eating processed food! Its that simple!! I think that it is very easy to feel overwhelmed by the cult of clean eating. It can feel a bit like a cult or a club which you can only be a part of if you know how to make perfect pesto or have untold hours available to prepare a complex meal with ingredients which you can only track down on-line! I guess that what I’d like more people to realise is that as long as you buy fresh ingredients that you like the look of, you can’t really go wrong. Experiment. Throw things together. Remember what worked and what didn’t. And eat what lights you up and makes you feel vibrant!!! Its not about right or wrong, good or bad, naughty or saintly. Its not about calories, points or syns. It’s about gorgeous fresh food that you enjoy preparing, eating and sharing.
Oh and talking of freshly prepared food, check out what we found in a tiny roadside cave in the middle of the mountains……..
Without a shadow of a doubt, the sweetest, most beautiful, and certainly the freshest orange juice any of us had ever tasted! Bonkers but totally brilliant!
Anyway, let me know if you’d like me share some of my other concoctions. I always seem to be faffing about with food and I’m more than happy to show you what I’ve been eating. I even promise I’ll try to get better at taking food photos!!