Starting a New Chapter and The Restless Palate


Some of you might be wondering where the heck I went for the last 10 months…or maybe you didn’t notice. But it’s been quite the adventure. This adventure is what led me to give Beyond The Peel a makeover and a fresh new start! Allow me to explain.

The Year 2014….

Over the course of the last 4 years I had been battling Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Something I have kept from all of you up until a year ago in my farewell email. Of course it took 3 years of seeking advice from doctors, practitioners, naturopaths, testing, specialized diets and specialists before I received any real diagnosis. In all honesty a diagnosis is essentially useless, because it’s one of the blanket statements that doctors use to say  ‘all tests are negative…it’s not that we don’t believe you… but to make you go away will call it CFS. Oh and there’s nothing we can do to help you’. I’m not the type of person to roll over and just say ‘this is my fate’ and life as I know it will never be the same.

I will NOT lead a partial and half hearted existence! A quick google search will tell anyone looking that they are not alone. There HAS TO BE a solution.

I knew something had to change. Drastically. I didn’t know WHAT the change needed to be, but I knew I needed to try and try again until I figured it out. Moving out to an isolated cabin in the middle of the boreal forest was the first of these attempts. Along with a test trial of a Vegan diet, gluten free, dairy free, egg free, soya free….you name it! This triggered a few months worth of posts highlighting the trials, the successes and tribulations of that little experiment. By the time I booked my trip to Vietnam, my health, my energy and my will to fight was at an all time low. After leaving my cabin in the woods at the end of September I knew I couldn’t give up. I turned to acupuncture, rest, chinese medicine and some drastic life changes instead of giving up. Some of these life changes were out of my control but maybe a blessing in disguise (the jury is still out on that one). I won’t bore you all with the details. Needless to say it was and still is a long process, with a big life change all smashed in between. This ultimately has led me to the long road to recovery. Let’s just say, I have a renewed sense of fight, my mental clarity is back, my energy levels are increasing and I’m feeling better than I have in 3 years.

If you are suffering from CFS and would like to know more about how I’m managing the recovery process, simply email me at beyondthepeel [at] g mail dot com. 

A New Chapter

This new chapter comes at a time where I now feel this renewed sense of energy and stamina. Its’ a glorious feeling. Glooohhhriousss!

Now is the time to start blogging again! Whoohooo!!!!! I’mmmmm baaaaack!  My creative outlet and passion is my love of making and creating delicious recipes and meals and working on the craft of food photography. Beyond The Peel was a husband and wife endeavour, but for this new chapter it was only fitting to create something that was truly my own. I wanted a site and project that was of my own making, something that was uniquely me.


Enter… The Restless Palate!

Why the Restless Palate? 

Those that are close to me know I have this need to explore and discover isn’t just related to my physical whereabouts as I do love to travel, but can be seen in many facets of my personality. Food is no exception! After all, there’s so many ingredients and combinations yet to try!

What stays the same?

You’ll find the same quirky fab girl, the same healthy, flavourful and simple recipes (except for the occasional treat). And the same quirky sense of food babble, off beat sense of humour and positive outlook on life.

What’s changing?

The first big change and of course the most obvious is a brand new look! Some of the changes in design will make the site more user friendly and some of the bugs will be removed (along with that annoying subscriber pop up! Thank gawd). I just have to tell you all that I’m so pleased with the new design. Only 6 more days to go before the unveiling. The site will look beautiful thanks to Kristy Gardner of You can visit her beautiful portfolio here. You’ll also see the addition of a few of my favourite cocktail recipes, more giveaways, some travel photography and a new page entitled LIFE where all the goodies that don’t pertain directly to food can be found.

If you are a fan of Beyond The Peel, feel free to share the big news on facebook, twitter or pinterest. I can’t wait to launch this new site and hope to have you all on board. You’re support is super duper appreciated so thank you in advance.

PS. The site might be down for a day or two as we prepare to launch the new site but don’t worry, it’s temporary!




I haven’t seen most of you in ages and miss you all dearly. Please come say hello in the comment box!

24 Responses to Starting a New Chapter and The Restless Palate

  1. Marianne Kay October 17, 2014 at 1:48 am #

    Welcome back! I have often wondered how you were and I’m so glad you are doing better. I wish you continued success in your health journey and look forward to lots of new things on your blog :)

    • beyondthepeel October 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      Thank you. I’m so happy to be back!

      • Norma Holt November 3, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

        France, good luck to you. Please go on this website for some great info on cfs.

  2. Laureen Fox October 17, 2014 at 1:56 am #


    Glad to have you back! My mom, brother and a co-worker were diagnosed with CFS. It can be a debilitating condition but can also be beaten into remission and it sounds like you’re on the right path. Excited for your new beginning and looking forward to the launch of your new site. Kristy does good work.

    ((( HUGS )))

    — Laureen

    • beyondthepeel October 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

      I can’t wait to meet you today. I’m very excited. We’ve been chatting for so long now. Can’t wait to give you a big hug!

  3. Janine October 17, 2014 at 2:19 am #

    Welcome Back, France! while you were gone, I finally made the switch to whole foods. Due to some very bad side effects to medications, I dove in with both feet to get to the point where I can be medication and side effect free. I went wheat free, most dairy free and consumed mostly fish, eggs and nuts for protein sources. End result was a loss of 45 lbs, no more meds and feeling better than I have felt for as long as I can remember. What started as a 3 month experiment left me thinking there is no other way to eat. I don’t “think” I have any true sensitivities to wheat or other foods so I’m not hyper diligent about it…but, I am hyper diligent about getting rid of processed anything in my diet (okay, I sometimes succumb to the bad coffee creamer and an occasional diet pepsi…but we can’t be perfect, right?) You were one of my first exposures to real, whole foods and I remember thinking I could never eat kale or beets….guess what….I was wrong! Welcome back and can’t wait to see the new site unveiling and try your new recipes!

    • beyondthepeel October 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      It is SOOOOO wonderful to hear from you Janine. How amazing to know you’ve made the switch. It was life changing for me. I could never go back to processed now. I’m happy to hear you’re on the ‘Beet Wagon’ too. I freakin’ love them!

      • Janine October 18, 2014 at 4:04 am #

        haha…thanks, France~! So glad you’re feeling better!!

  4. Carmen Jones October 17, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    so glad you are back i struggle with ibs and candida albicans n always cook from scratch i have also found Chinese medicine tcm treatments etc very helpful ,great that you are back x

    • beyondthepeel October 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

      When nothing else worked the tcm and herbs have been a life saver. I seriously considering disability at one point because I couldn’t do anything. I still have limitations but I’m feeling like I can lead a half normal life again. I’ll always be a little crazy. lol

  5. Teresa October 17, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    Glad to hear u r back! Hope and pray ur health is improving:)

  6. Kristie M October 17, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    I have been wondering how you were! I used to have chronic fatigue syndrome. It is one of the reasons I started my blog because I wanted to help others. I am so glad you are doing better. :)

    • beyondthepeel October 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

      Lovely to hear from you. I still have a long road ahead. I still have to be so careful, but things are so much better. You should leave your blog address so those struggling with CFS can find you and learn. Please do!

  7. Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva October 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    welcome back France, it is so good to ‘hear’ your voice! it is so great you are giving a voice to so many people through your new endeavor, i look forward to following you!

    • beyondthepeel October 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Oh Tessa! I missed you. So wonderful to ‘see’ you again. I’m attending the canadian food bloggers conference right now and it is absolutely renewing my passion for this. It’s truly a fantastic feeling. I thought I’d lost it! But no…:)

      • Tessa@ Tessa the Domestic Diva October 17, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

        amen to that! so glad you are feeling more yourself!

  8. Laura H October 17, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

    I was so excited to see your email in box my box France! Welcome back! I have cooked many of your recipes over the last several months, and each time I find myself praying for you while I cook, and hoping you are doing well. So glad to hear you are getting a handle on things and feeling more “normal”. I’ve missed your wonderful recipes and perspectives on food. Looking forward to seeing more of you again.

    • France Morissette November 13, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Dear Laura,
      Thank you so much for the warm welcome back. I’m sure all the prayers helped immensely!

  9. Linda October 20, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    Hi France! So excited to see you back…and healthy! I’m looking forward to following along with the new you! Love the look of your new site too. You’ve been on quite the in a cabin ? I love your strength and refusal to quit or accept less than what you so deserve. All the best to you xx

    • France Morissette November 13, 2014 at 10:13 am #

      Hi Linda!!!! Goodness gracious it’s wonderful to see you pop up here. So looking forward to being part of this wonderful community again.

  10. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles November 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Welcome Back France! So happy to see you return at a time that was right for you and just look at what you’ve created here… love the new look, name and logo. It suits you perfectly. May each day on this journey find you stronger. Cheers to a happy and healthy you! Keep shining your light.

  11. Chaya December 2, 2014 at 5:58 am #

    I am thrilled to see you again and I am glad you are on the road to recovery and your brightness, is once again, shining at all of us.

    I opened your Taste Book, this morning and although, I could only look through it, I picked up some hints, just from that. I can’t wait to read it thoroughly. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  12. Shelley Alexander January 11, 2015 at 2:15 pm #

    France, I’m so happy you’re feeling better and starting a new adventure with your fabulous new site! I missed your blog posts and delicious recipes and I can’t wait to feast and share your new journey as The Restless Palate! I wish all the best to you! xoxo

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