December to do list.

It’s mid December already, the new year is nearly here, I feel like I’ve done so much already, yet, there’s still so much to do! I definitely have a traditional list of things which naturally has become a habit to complete over the years, I feel like it makes December ‘Christmassy’, spreads amazing energy and fills us with gratitude and love for the rest of the year. Below I’ll list all the things I do before the year ends.

  • Do an act of ‘charity’. Whilst many of us are fortunate, emotionally, physically and financially, it seems to become more obvious the older we get that not everyone is as lucky as us. And whilst we celebrate there are those around us who don’t get the chance. Christmas is about loving and giving so I make it a MUST to give. It doesn’t have to be money necessarily, an extra act of kindness, a hug to those who need it, acts of sincerity, they go a long way.
  • Write Christmas letter with the kids. This is a TOTAL WIN/WIN activity, as writing Christmas letters is definitely a fun activity (the more glitter the better) and at the same time I have it in writing what the kids want from Santa! Clever right?
  • Christmas Markets by night and sweet mulled wine. I’m not an alcohol drinker, nor your typical ‘wine’ kinda woman, however, I just love the Christmas lights on a cold winter evening, the cozy atmosphere, love and laughter found at the heart of a Christmas market with a glass of warm wine in my hands as I enjoy these beautiful evenings.
  • Putting up the Christmas tree, of course everyone does this and it’s one of the most beautiful moments of the month.
  • Reflecting on the year that has just passed. Reflection I find, is my healer and a way of bettering myself. I like to think of the good and maybe not so good things I have done throughout the year, identify them and hope that the good which I have done, to complete and enforce them as much as I can, whilst identifying the bad helps with changing. You can’t change what you’re not aware of right?
  • Writing New Years resolutions. Really not ONE year has passed since I learnt how to write where I didn’t write a New Years Resolution, funny enough for me, my resolutions actually help keep me on track!
  • Christmas shopping, but not to the extreme. I feel honestly, that for a lot of people, Christmas has become more about presents and less about the act of giving. In my family and extended family we love to give presents that are cute, funny, fun to open but not necessarily an emphasis on physical value. Christmas Day is always full of laughter!
  • Celebrating my son’s birthday, my sweet little boy is born just 10 days before Christmas so of course every year it becomes that little bit more eventful organising birthday plans in the month of December.

Anyways, here’s my list for now, let me know how do you like to end your year? 


Acai berry protein smoothie bowl || vegan 🌱|| sugar free ||gluten free ||


 C 37.5g F 4g P 12g Fiber 11.9g – 235 kcal/serving without toppings


Like I promised on my social media, I’ve made for you guys an amazing protein smoothie  bowl recipe. It is sooooo simple and easy to make, but at the same time so creamy and fluffy delicious that after eating it, you may rethink about getting an ice cream. In order to make this deliciousness all you need is a food processor (or a big blender) and a some basic ingredients as following:

  • 1 big frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries – I really love raspberries so I used them
  • coconut milk – for a super creamy consistency you can use canned coconut milk, but if you are calorie conscious like me use Alpro Coconut
  • 20 g Organic hemp protein powder
  • 1 tsp Organic acai berry powder – the powders we got from MyProtein

Asa cum v-am promis pe social media, v-am pregatit o reteta de smoothie proteic ce se serveste in bol. Este atat de simplu de facut si in acelasi timp atat de cremos si delicios incat dupa ce il mananci s-ar putea sa-l preferi in favoarea unei inghetate. Pentru a-l prepara tot ce ai nevoie este de un robot de bucatarie sau un blender mare si de cateva ingrediente de baza:

  • 1 banana mare congelata
  • 1/2 cana de fructe de padre congelate, eu prefer zmeura asa ca am folosit-o pe aceasta, dar e la fel de delicios in ambele versiuni.
  • 50 ml lapte de cocos – pentru un produs final super cremos sugerez pe cel la conserva, pentru cei ca si mine care se uita la cate calorii consuma se poate folosi bautura de cocos gen Alpro Coconut.
  • 20 g praf proteic din seminte de canepa organic
  • 1 lingurita de praf de acai organic – eu am ales aceste produse de la MyProtein


Simple, right?

Next just throw in the ingredients, like the frozen fruit and the powders…and

Simplu nu?

Acum punem toate ingredientele in robot, fructele congelate si prafurile si….

then blitz….and add your coconut to get it going to a smooth consistency (don’t add to much because you will make it to thin and then you will need a straw, which is fine…it will taste just as good 😊)

pornim….adaugand cate putin din laptele de cocos pentru a obtine un continut cremos (avand grija sa nu punem prea mult, deoarece il transformam intr-o bautura si vom avea nevoie de un pai, iar noi urmarim o cosistenta unei creme…oricum va fi super gustos 😊)


After it is all well combined into a yummy cream pour it into a bowl, top it with your favourite fruits, nuts and seeds and enjoy a super heathy breakfast, desert, or snack!

Dupa ce e combinat bine intr-o crema delicioasa, o punem intr-un bol si adaugam topingurile favorite, cum ar fi nuci, alune, seminte, granola, fructe proaspete sau uscate si savuram un mic dejun sanatos, sau un desert sau chiar un snack!



Good appetite! Bon appetit! Or as we say over here in Romania…Pofta Buna!

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Spaghetti bolognese – vegan 🌱 soy free – gluten free 


C 65g F11g P 14g F 10.6g – 412 kcal/serving with the wholewheat pasta


  • spaghete integrale Barilla/ fara gluten pentru cei cu intoleranta
  • 2 cepe roșii medii
  • 2 morcovi
  • 2 bete de apio
  • 100 g ciuperci champinion sau salbatice pentru o savoare mai puternica
  • 1 cățel de usturoi
  • 1/2 cub instant supa legume
  • 1 pahar de vin roșu
  • 1 cutie de roșii cuburi
  • 1 lingura de pasta de roșii
  • 1/2 mana de pătrunjel verde
  • 1 băț rozmarin verde sau 1 lingurița de uscat
  • Busuioc verde pentru plating
  • Ulei de măsline extravirgin si presat la rece
  • Sare si piper dupa gust


  • – Barilla spaghetti / gluten free spaghetti for those with intolerance
  • – 2 medium red onions
  • – 2 carrots
  • – 2 sticks of celery
  • – 100 g chestnut mushrooms or wild mushrooms for a stronger flavor
  • – 1 clove of garlic
  • – 1/2 cubed instant vegetable soup
  • – 1 glass of red wine
  • – 1 can of tomatoes
  • – 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • – 1/2 hand green parsley
  • – 1 green rosemary stick or 1 teaspoon dried
  • – Green basil for plating
  • – Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • – Salt and pepper to taste


Totul începe prin pregătirea legumelor si anume tăierea acestora in cubulețe mici, cu cat mai mărunt cu atât mai bine. Un hack ar fi trecerea acestora prin răzătoare, asta nefiind valabilă pentru ciuperci pentru care trebuie totuși folosit cuțitul 😊 dar nu disperați e acestea nu trebuie extrem de mărunt fiind ca odată ce se călesc in tigaie si pierd apa, pierd si drastic din dimensiune.

It all begins with preparing the vegetables, mainly cutting them into small cubes, the finer the better. A hack would be getting them through graters, which is not applicable for mushrooms for which the knife must still be used, but do not despair. You don’t need to chop them to fine, as once they shrink  in the skillet, with the loss of water, they lose drastically size.



Pune o oala la foc mare si odată ce asta s-a încins adăugăm circa 2-3 linguri de ulei de măsline, eu am folosit de sâmburi de struguri de data asta, dupa care adăugăm trio-ul de legume tăiate cubuleț.

Put a pot on the big fire and once this is spiking hot, add about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, I used grape seed because I ran out of olive oil, then add the trio of chopped vegetables.


Le lăsam la călit amestecând din cand in cand pentru ca acestea sa nu se prindă de oala pentru circa 8-10 minute, la foc mediu.


Intre timp intr-o tigaie tot așa dupa ce aceasta e încinsă adăugăm ciupercile fara ulei si le prajim. In felul acesta scoatem toată aroma pe care acestea sunt capabile sa o ofere.

Let them cook by stirring occasionally so that they do not stick to the bottom of the pot for about 8-10 minutes, on medium fire.

Meanwhile in a pan, just after it’s hot, add the mushrooms without oil and fry them. In this way we get out of them all the flavour they are able to offer.


Peste cubuletul instant de legume punem circa 1 l de apa fiarta pentru a face supa de legume. Daca aveți supa făcută de casa o recomand cu drag pe aceea, variata aceasta este una rapida si utila celor pentru care timpul este limitat.

Pour about 1 l of boiled water over the instant vegetable cube to make the vegetable stock. If you have a house-made stock, I highly recommend it, this is a quick and useful one for those who have limited amount of time.


Dupa ce vedeți ca ciupercile au scăzut considerabil si încep sa se prindă de fundul tigăii adăugați putina supa pentru a le desprinde iar apoi opriți focul si le puneți deoparte.

After you see that the mushrooms are considerably reduced and caramelised on the bottom of the pan, add a little stock to remove any of the mushrooms that are stuck to the pan (deglazing), then turn off the fire and set them aside.


Revenim la legumele noastre care ar trebui sa fie bine călite acum si adăugăm cam o lingura de pasta de roșii, un cățel de usturi razalit si rozmarinul tocat fin si amestecam câteva minute.

We turn our attention back to our vegetables which should be well cooked by now and add a tablespoon of tomato paste, the minced garlic and finely chopped rosemary and mix for a few minutes.



Dupa ce am incorporat bine si aceste ingrediente vine si momentul cel mai frumos. Luați acel pahar de vin si dupa ce l-ați gustat sa vedeți daca e bun 😁 adăugați-l peste. Nu va faceți griji in privința alcoolului deoarece acesta se va evapora si tot ce va rămâne este aroma unui vin de buna calitate. Eu cand gătesc cu vin mereu ajung sa beau un pahar si sa pun o muzica buna pentru a crea o ambianta plăcuta.

After incorporating well these ingredients comes the most beautiful moment. Take that glass of wine and after tasting it to see if it’s good 😁 add it in. Do not worry about alcohol because it will evaporate and everything that remains will be the flavour of a good quality wine. When I cook with wine I always drink a glass and put on some good music to create a pleasant atmosphere.


Nu e un ingredient absolut obligatoriu, cei cărora nu le place sau nu il au, il pot exclude dar nu indic acest lucru deoarece aportul la aroma si gust e foarte mare. Odată redus…

It is not an absolutely mandatory ingredient, those who do not like it, can exclude it, but do not recommend it because the flavour and taste is great. Once reduced …


Adăugăm conserva de roșii cuburi, pe care o reumple cu supa de legum si o adăugăm si pe aceasta.

Add the canned tomato cubes, then refill it with vegetable soup and add it in.



Iar pentru următoarea jumătate de ora lasati  preparatul sa fiarbă la foc mic, timp in care puteti sa savurati acel pahar vin, verificati rețelele de socializare, poate faceti niște poze sau insta stories in care va mândriti ca ați făcut un preparat foarte gustos si imi dați si mie un tag sau folosiți hashtag-ul #lcgfood 👊🏼

And for the next half hour, let your simmer over small fire, while you can enjoy that glass of wine, check out social networks, make some pictures or insta stories to show everyone how proud you are of what you have made add the hashtag #lcgfood so I can see your creation too. 👊🏼


Nu va relaxați prea mult ca am uitat de paste 🤦🏽‍♂️

Puneți intr-o alta oala câte un litru de apa pentru fiecare 100 g de pasta la fiert cu o lingurița de sare si doar dupa ce aceasta fierbe adăugați spaghetele pe care le lăsați conform instrucțiunilor de pe pachet.

Dupa ce sosul s-a redus substanțial adăugați o mâna de pătrunjel si daca morcovii nu sunt inca moi adăugați si restul supei si mai fierbeți.

Do not relax too much because I forgot pasta 🤦🏽‍♂️

Put in another pot a litre of water for each 100 g of the paste to boil with a teaspoon of salt and just after it get to the boiling point add the spaghetti. You leave it to cook according to the instructions on the package.

After the sauce is substantially reduced add a handful of parsley and if the carrots are still not soft add the rest of the soup and reduce it again.


Cand ajungeți la consistenta aceasta pot sa va felicit pentru ca ați realizat primul vostru ragu vegan! Booom 💥

When you get to the right consistency, I can congratulate you for having made your first vegan ragu! Booom 💥


Amestecați spaghetele cu sosul ragu si puțin apa de la paste, presărați câteva frunze de busuioc iar apoi indopati-va gurile, glumesc! Trebuie sa mâncam frumos, sa mestecam fiecare gura de mâncare cat mai mult si mai bine, sa socializam cu familia sau cu cine luam masa, sau cel puțin sa incercam! 😂

Pofta buna! Bon appetit! Enjoy!

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Mix spaghetti with ragu sauce and some pasta water, sprinkle a few basil leaves and then stuff your mouth, jokes! We have to eat nicely, chew every mouthful of food, socialise with the family or eat, or at least try! 😂

Good appetite! Bon appetit! Or as we say over here in Romania…Pofta Buna! Enjoy!

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Yours faithfully Mihai xxxx