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Maria L.

I'm a Finn living in Sydney, Australia. My food philosophy is heavily influenced by my Scandinavian background and I specialise in healthy, feel-good food.
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Blue Mountains Road Trip by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking As it happens, we don't get out of town very often and our last trip to Blue Mountains (about 2 hours out of Sydney) was more than 7 (!) years ago. With my cousin ... Read on »
A Glimpse Into My Daily Diet by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I thought I'd share a little snapshot of my daily diet, although you may have a pretty good idea of it already based on the recipes I've shared here over the years ... Read on »
Protein Smoothies by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  Strawberry Protein Smoothie (serves 1) a few fresh strawberries 250ml almond milk (recipe here ) a few ice cubes 2 tablespoons pure pea protein isolat ... Read on »
Roasted Beets with Black Rice and Kale by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I just can't get enough of kale, so here's another delicious little meal I made the other day. Beetroot are a great source of iron (as well as other nutrients) and ... Read on »
Greenlicious Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It's been a busy weekend at home, catching up on housework and everything else that has piled up during the past few very busy weeks. With warmer weather I have be ... Read on »
Green Juice by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking This green juice has become an absolute favourite, and a daily obsession of mine in the past few weeks. I simply love its freshness and all the flavours just see ... Read on »
Blooming Wisteria by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Stunningly beautiful wisteria is blooming everywhere in Sydney at the moment.  I just love this time of the year! Read on »
Creamy Salmon Soup by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking One final winter recipe before we flip the calendar page over to September (and spring!) tomorrow. This past winter in Sydney has been exceptionally warm with temp ... Read on »
Featured in Oxfam Vegetarian Cookbook by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I'm honoured to be part of the new Oxfam Australia Vegetarian Cookbook , where three of my recipes are featured. In the book, which will be available for purchase ... Read on »
Normann Copenhagen Love by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking New book case arrived from Normann Copenhagen. For now it will house all the bits and pieces in our dining area. I love finally having shelf space to display some ... Read on »
Bedroom Make-Over by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We finally had a bedroom make-over this past weekend. Our bedroom was painted green by the previous owners and ever since we moved in I've been wanting to paint th ... Read on »
Tomatoey Salmon Soup by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I am enjoying a day off work and treated myself to some fresh flowers and a loaf of sourdough this morning. What better to accompany a slice of such bread than ... Read on »
Featured on Rom123 by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking This DIY ladder, built by my dad whilst visiting us here in Sydney, was featured on a Norwegian interiors magazine Rom123 this past month. Needless to say I w ... Read on »
Jewelled Couscous Salad by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I am no stranger to couscous salads of all sorts. You can find some of my previous versions here , here and here . It's hard to get tired of something that's so qu ... Read on »
Grapefruit and Fennel Salad by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Meillä on ollut ihanan aurinkoinen ja lämmin viikonloppu. Pitemmän kävelylenkin päätteeksi teki mieli vähän kevyempää lounasta ja tässä salaatissa yhdistyi ... Read on »
Easy Apple Tart with Vanilla Custard by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We finally had some sun after a few days of rain and it was really warm sitting on the balcony soaking up the rays. A quick and easy apple tart with thick vanill ... Read on »
Juhannuksen raparperipiirakka - Midsummer's Rhubarb Tart by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Finland and other Nordic countries are celebrating Juhannus (Midsummer) this weekend. Although we are in the middle of winter here in Sydney, I felt like making ... Read on »
Vegetarian Quiche by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I realise I've posted a number of vegetarian quiche recipes over the years, but since I always use a slightly different recipe, I like to add them here as a remind ... Read on »
Synttärileivokset - Birthday Cakes by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking We celebrated husband's birthday today with these little cakes. A simple Swiss roll filled with raspberry and apple jam, topped with vanilla flavoured cream and fr ... Read on »
Ruisleipäset - Small Rye Bread by Maria L. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking To be honest, I get quite fed up with the bread selection at the supermarkets and most bakeries here in Australia. It's mostly sliced bread (toast) or white bread ... Read on »