Thursday, December 29, 2011
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
I've been hanging out in Burbank, California for the last week for the holidays. Sharing a home with my sister, her husband and four children ranging from 2 to 14 years old is a complete turn around from the independent, child-free, cooking for one lifestyle I lead at home. Juxtaposition like this is exactly what makes life interesting. And cooking for a family is exactly what makes me happy.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
There's not much one can say about breakfast. For myself, it's a joy to break fast in a habitual way each morning, boiling water for tea, getting out my blender to prepare a smoothie to start the day. But we all come across those mornings that call for a little something out of the ordinary. A few days ago was one of those days. While lying in bed, I made a mental list of the food I had in my fridge. With plans to leave my apartment for the Christmas holidays in just one day my fridge was sparse. Even so, I calculated a block of tofu, sun dried tomatoes, olives, onions, garlic and carrots to be in my kitchen.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Well well. Here I am, sitting in beautiful Burbank, California, shielding my eyes from the sun, feeling the heat accumulate on my forehead to what may become a tan, all in the name of Christmas. It's my annual California vacation, spending time with family for the holidays. Sitting here I have a few things on my mind including finishing up some shopping for the kids, but mostly my focus is on food- food of the future (holidays, cooking for the family, gingerbread house making), and food of the past (vegan chocolate cake!). I have a feeling this cake will be floating through my brain for weeks to come.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
There's a little something that happens in Canadian Farmers Markets in the fall and winter: slowly... produce...dwindles...
The good news is that we're still in a decent season to get kale, carrots, apples, beets, potatoes, brussel sprouts, cabbages and squash. The bad news is that when all this holiday season hoopla comes to an end, we'll find sparsely stocked veggie stands lacking even a hint of chlorophyll infused veggies. But, more good news! With enough creativity, this doesn't have to be a bad thing.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
I always love birthdays, if for nothing else, to have a special day where everything's just a little sweeter. This year I turned 30 on the 30th- even better! For dinner, my parents and I went to a beautiful local restaurant called Brooklyn Warehouse where we indulged in a succulent vegan meal. We enjoyed a carrot-parsnip soup to start, vegan carbonara pasta with smoked tofu, green beans and grilled portobello mushrooms with a balsamic reduction sauce for our main course- delicious, and for dessert, a locally made fruit sorbet. All paired with a Nova Scotia Tidal Bay wine from Jost winery. Fantastic! It was such a treat to eat local food, drink local wine, and spend time with my wonderful parents on a special birthday.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Let's start with a lesson: If there's one thing I learned in my time away, it is to try not to imagine, control or assume anything about the future. Whether it was the 4 planes I had to take to reach my destination, a weekend at a cottage, hiking the Tongariro crossing, a spiritual retreat, river kayaking or backpacking the South Island- every situation presented to me was first imagined, evaluated and assumed in my head before ever setting foot out the door in action. In all cases, the experiences were far better and always different than any thoughts I conjured up. Pretending to understand the future is a waste of time. Be open, observe negative or fearful thoughts and rely on action over thoughts for truth. My lesson, to you.