A few years ago Eleanor Ozich, and her family left the city to live a calmer life. Since then Eleanor has started a successful cooking blog, My Petite Kitchen as well as publishing three cook books. Now she’s about to release her fourth book “The Art of Simple”. This time as well as sharing delicious and wholesome recipes Eleanor gives tips and advice on ways to live a life more simply.
We got in touch with Eleanor to find out what you can expect from The Art of Simple . As well as her best tips on how you can live more simply everyday.
What can we expect from The Art of Simple?
Inside the pages of this book, you’ll find recipes and ideas I’ve embraced in my quest to cherish life’s simple pleasures. Alongside recipes for nourishing meals, it includes tips to de-clutter your home, calming night routines for children, and ideas for bringing order to your day. There’s also methods for making natural beauty products and household cleaners. Which will cost you less and be kinder to you and the environment.
Where did the idea for this book come from?
A few years ago, my family and I moved to the outskirts of the city, and set about enjoying a calmer way of life. Shedding unnecessary clutter and adopting a simpler style of living, I found myself with more energy and time to appreciate my family, friends and the small pleasures in life. This experience inspired me to put my thoughts on to paper, and share them with you.
Why did you decide to change your lifestyle?
After the success of my first two books, what followed was a whirlwind of a couple of years. I was working long relentless hours, and losing sight of the everyday things that mattered to me. Even though I had a career I loved, I felt as though I was being pulled in too many directions. Each day I was becoming more detached from the simple lifestyle that I desperately yearned to live.
So we decided to move from the hustle and bustle of the city to a little 1950’s beach house nestled among native bush and beautiful birdsong in Titirangi, Auckland. It was here, in our little piece of the world, that I discovered a beautiful kind of happiness that had eluded me. The slowness and simplicity spread its magic through our home. It encouraged us to shed the unnecessary layers and allowing us to live in a more beautiful mindset.
What are a few of your favourite simple pleasures in everyday life?
First would be the simple task of preparing tea. The ritual begins from the moment I pop the kettle on. I love to relish in every step of the process – appreciate the delicious aroma, sip slowly and take long, deep breaths right into my belly as it warms me up. In the morning, I make matcha tea with coconut milk and a touch of vanilla, it’s a wonderful alternative to coffee if you’re thinking of cutting down. To prepare myself for a good sleep, I’ll enjoy a mug filled with creamy chamomile, honey and nut milk tea. The recipe is in my book if you’d like to give it a go.
Secondly, would be the time I spend in the kitchen. I love to cook and believe that making food should not only be about the end result, but the small, gentle, joyous movements along the way. There’s a certain beauty to the rhythm of cooking. The gentle drum of the knife, slicing beetroot on an old wooden board, hot oil in the pan, sizzling and shimmering among fragrant herbs, onion and a little garlic. These little, meaningful moments can infuse your food with love and deliciousness, so long as you allow them to do so.
How do you come up with recipes?
Fruit and vegetables make up about 70 per cent of our diet. So seasonal, locally grown produce is essential to inspire the meals I create. I’ve come to find so much pleasure in simple, healthy food, the kind of food where you can taste all the flavours because of the quality of the ingredients. It’s paramount for our food to still taste incredible, because after all, I love to eat! That’s why I try to find the perfect balance of health and deliciousness.
What are the benefits of living simpler?
When you live a life that’s less complicated, the world seems to have a beautiful way of opening up your opportunities for you. You can find joy and meaning even in the most ordinary of things. Once the virtue of simplifying becomes ingrained in your everyday living, it becomes a lifestyle that is by nature, continually adapting and evolving. Just like the seasons around us. I believe deep down, we all crave simplicity in one form of another. I hope that my new book might help to spark ideas and inspiration for those who read it.