Hello and welcome to Broccoli and Muffins!
My name is Andreea and I`m really excited that you are here, but most importantly, that you`ve decided to check out the About page.
During the day I`m a lawyer, who drafts briefs with a pretentious language, while speaking eloquent. In my spare time (which is not that much), I enjoy cooking and lately, taking snapshots of the results. Also, I have developed a strong, long-lasting relationship, based on faith and attachment with literature- for the past years Japanese ranked high in my top, Star Wars, Muffins and last, but not least-Christmas!
Why Broccoli and Muffins?
Choosing the name of the blog was a long process. A long and painful process. At the first glance, one might think that how complicated cand it be, right? You know what you want to do, you have a clear idea, a concept, in my case “I want to start a Clean-Eating food blog”, so what can be that hard? I was amazed to discover in the past month how important each step is, from the moment the idea is born to actuall launching the blog-which, as I write this post is still not online! Ablog name is not just a blog name. It has to be visualized, it has to be funny, catchy and appeleang.
After an extensive brainstorming that lasted 2 weeks and brought me at the edge of my patience, I was exhausted and angry. I wasn`t even blogging yet, and I was innefective. Frstrated, as I was talking toa friend, I said “That`s it! I ca`t find anything I like, So I`m just gonna name it…. Broccoli and Muffins!” And there it was….The NAME I was expecting and hoping for! The one that reffered to Clean-Eating, but also at the fact that this diet was delicious as a muffin. The Name I was searching for was one nervous breakdown away!
How did I come up with this idea?
I was never a fan of diets. There! I said it. Even tough, during high school, thanks to some not-so-pretty fattening tendencies, I “almost” gave up on sodas, fried food and all purpose flour. I say almost, because my favorite food until today remains pizza (just that I now prepare it with cauliflower, while dreaming at Pizza Hut), I occasionally fooled around with french fries and every time I cooked something, I made sure that I used up all the butter and sugar in the perimeter. Just to make it fluffy and soft, right? Thanks to a young and healthy metabolism, I succeeded to maintain a normal weight and everything was alright.
Until I met Gabi, my partner in crime for 5 years now. At the beginning of our relationship, just after we quit smoking together(as I mentioned, it was the beginning, I was trying to impress him, otherwise I would have never done it), Gabi started working out. At first, he hit the gym 2-3 times a week. Then, he started running. A lot. Like… a lot! That turned into 5 workouts a week and before you know it he started a very nice love story with Snowboarding (I don`t mind-Sharing is caring!), and Kite-surfing. That meant a complete lifestyle change. From cutting out traditional cooking to steaming, grilling, boiling to the current Clean Eating meets Flexible dieting.
Although I supported him all along, my only regret was that I could not share with him my biggest passion, Cooking. Every time I cooked something, he would pass, because let`s face it, I would have probably poisoned him with an 800 k cal muffin. So, about 3 years ago, I decided to make a change of menu, so that he could enjoy my dishes. It was Christmas time, in my book that starts in November, and as per usual, I was baking 5 batches of muffins, just in case! I decided that one of the 5 (actually I might have made 6 that year, because I did not know which recipe to set aside) to be especially for him, clean and healthy all the way.
I read, and researched for days. That`s when I first found out about substitutes, about how the get the same results but with healthy ingredients, about counting calories, macro-nutrients and so on. Of course, at that time, this stuff didn`t really presented much importance, as I was preoccupied with the Christmas theme that year, how much butter do I have to buy for that last batch and other nonsense. The result? 10 muffins (not 12 like it was supposed to-I have no idea what went wrong) that were…how can I say…BAD. TERRIBLE. The liners were glued to the actual muffin, so we had to use knifes to unwrap it. They were so hard, that dropping one could have been the end of the kitchen tiles. Gabi was really nice and actually ate 2 in front of me. The rest, although they dissapeared, one by one, something tells me they were thrown into the bin while I was not watching. That is, the only rational explanation to why someone would succumb to such torment.
Me, the Muffin Master, had succeeded to bake the worst muffins ever recorded in the history of mankind. That was a life changing experience. I started researching, finding recipes, compiling and adapting, cooking more and more healthy dishes, until I started thinking in substitutes.Now, I can not read a normal recipe without imagining with what I can swap that plain four or butter. Also, the more I read, the more I realized that Clean Eating is the answer to all my nutritional problems since my teenage years. By applying the principles of Clean Eating, combined with keeping track of my calories, I have accelerated my metabolism and improved my body, inside out.The truth is I never felt better in my life.
I said it before and I will say it again. I am not a fan of diets. Clean Eating is a lifestyle and not a diet. And, through this blog I want to convince you of this. I want to show you all that you can feel and look great without letting go of your favorite dishes. All you have to do is to prepare them in a healthy way, and I will show you how to do that without making compromises when it comes to flavor. Together we will discover that a healthy, balanced diet does not have to exclude a great taste, but combine them in harmony, so that this becomes a lifestyle and not a passing diet.
It`s very important to give you the following Disclaimer. I am not a NUTRITIONIST, nor a DOCTOR. All the posts I write and publish are based on personal experiences and although I research extensively, I am not specialized in giving professional advice on this subject. So, if needed, search for the services of a Nutritionist or Doctor.
Also, I am not a CHEF. I learned to cook by my own, though trial and error. I do not have the audacity of claiming I know how to cook. I started this blog because a lot of peple showed interest in my recipes and I decided to make them public, instead of just emailing drafts that were clogging my email folders. I enjoy inventing new recipes, get inspiration from other bloggers or just adapting family recipes by substituting the unhealthy ingredients cu nutritious and delicious ones. So if you want to learn how to hop onions like a masterchef, look somewhere else. And if you find good resources, be kind and let me know where, I`m trying to learn that since forever.
All this being said, I want you to challenge yourself to join this project, and start making healthy choices with me, step by step, one day at a time.
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May the Force be with you. Or in this case, the Broccoli and Muffins!