Cinnamon, cardamom, clove, pepper and anise, all spices that embrace you like a blanket. They whisper comfort and warmth while still being tantalizing and sexy. Maybe it’s because they feel exotic. When the weather turns grey and the air starts to nip, I turn to chai tea inspired spices. Whether it’s in a cup of tea, a bowl of quinoa porridge or a comforting bowl meaty of stew, a combination of a few of these spices are sure to make an appearance on my table. It’s no surprise that I heart Chinese 5 spice, and this braised chicken dish so darn much. I’ve since used that recipe, substituting lamb and beef. Both versions were fab! Continue Reading →
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The real beauty of cooking in the summer is that it is almost effortless. There are so many vegetables and fruits to be enjoyed at the peak of their vibrancy, that very little cooking, prepping or fussiness is required. Don’t get me wrong, I love a braised beef recipe or slow cooked Bolognese. But I revel in the effortless masterpieces one can create with simple seasonal ingredients. It’s vibrant food at it’s best, doing all the work! There’s no need for heavy sauces or complicated salad dressings to mask the taste of “less than fresh” vegetables.
Take this summer strawberry quinoa salad for example. With summer still clinging onto every cell, the peas, strawberries and dill come from a local organic farm I recently stumbled across in this neck of the woods (the boreal to be exact). They had a bounty of fruits and vegetables for me to pick from, I literally could NOT take a selection of everything home. Since strawberries were just coming off their second field and the peas looks ready to eat on the spot they were my first choice and in essence the inspiration for this effortless salad.
This time of the year is tricky, because it is CRAZY. Crazy busy!
When things get nutso, I make this quinoa salad. It’s like your favorite convertible bra, except with food. With a few easy switches of a strap it can go with any outfit or in this case, a few veggies or sauce.
When time is short, I make one hardy, flavorful “thing” that I can eat at breakfast, lunch or dinner. In this particular case, a salad. Yes, salad for breakfast. Stick with me, I’ll explain.
On May long weekend, when the camping season officially starts, forest fire potential goes up. Mostly because as humans we can be a little dumb. It’s true. In Canada at least, people want to get out in the back woods, go fishing, camp, have fires (no explanation required), drive quads (they do indeed start fires) through the forest, which in turn means higher potential for fires. Mostly because the grass is still dead and the stuff lights up like cheap whiskey.
I received a book called the Superfood Kitchen by Julie Morris. I had agreed to review it and would only post a review if I liked it. Well, to my surprise it wasn’t only a superfood cookbook, but vegan too! I actually didn’t realize it at first with the absence of terms like “vegan cheese” and “butter substitute” but after spending a couple of hours with the book I realized I was going to be in for a real treat! Don’t let the price tag fool you (less than $10.00) it’s absolutely packed full of great recipes and information in a 200 plus page hard cover book.
This cookbook is going to really come in handy for my new adventure I’m going on. No I am not going vegan…but I will have to eat vegan for a short time. I’ll tell you ALL about it soon.
So yes, I’m still a meat lover, egg lover and cheese lover. But I really do feel its important to buy it locally and from a farm that raises their animals ethically and sustainably. I told myself that if I couldn’t buy it that way…I wouldn’t buy it at all. Of course I made that promise to myself not knowing I’d be in a situation where I wouldn’t be able to source it! Now I am going to be in a situation where the likelihood of getting ethically raised animal products are slim to none.
My best friend in the whole wide world is visiting me this week and I’m super excited. We have a camping trip planned to check out Salt Spring Island and I’m really stoked. As a result we need easy no fuss breakfast solutions. What better camping breakfast food (and anytime breakfast food) than granola?
Why I love granola:
- It pack easily
- Keeps well in an airtight container
- It is nutritiously dense
- The ingredients are really flexible
- Its easy to make
- Can be eaten as a snack as well as for breakfast
- It taste freaking amazing