Spicy Roasted Broccoli & Sesame Noodle Salad

January 25, 2017
Spicy Roasted Broccoli & Sesame Noodle Salad
Spicy Roasted Broccoli & Sesame Noodle Salad

Progress is discovering what you can do without.Marty Rubin
This recipe is another goodie from Bon Appetit a few issues ago, and it’s a perfect example of what I need more of in my life: tasty, easy, cold noodle salads. It’s also a great example of how much I appreciate my ever-evolving ‘recipe selection system’ which over the years basically amounts to clearing the fog on what I daydream about making, and what will actually get made in my home kitchen, which my husband lovingly refers to as our ‘production kitchen’. And he wouldn’t be that wrong really. Between everyone making meals for themselves, to family meal times, to the creation of content for the blog here and also for GRAIN, it can be a little hectic around here. Have I mentioned I’ve also started baking sourdough? Yeah, it’s a thing now. And it’s also another layer of activity happening in my well-used and equally well-loved kitchen. These are definitely good problems to have.
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GRAIN x Abeego | Get a FREE Abeego Variety Pack!

January 18, 2017


First of all, it’s rare these days that I don’t post recipes, but this is really something I think you all should know about. Most of you know that my company, GRAIN, is now available online, in addition to the retailers we also have stocking our premium line of Canadian dry goods. We offer 6 items in total so far, all of which are regular pantry items I use in my recipes here. Of course I am biased, but these are really the best quality beans and grains you will find anywhere, and trust me I’ve had my fair share of these foods in my day!

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Celebrating Global Pulse Day: 26 Top IPOM Pulse Recipes

Celebrating Global Pulse Day: 26 Top Pulse Recipes
Celebrating Global Pulse Day: 26 Top Pulse Recipes

Life must be lived as play.Plato
Back when I started this blog, I could never have imagined the satisfaction of looking back on 5 years (yes, it’s been 5 years!) of work, all spread out through the many pages of this blog, and through changes of all kinds – both internal and external (of course!). Searching through the archives here can be at times just a tad painful, as those early years of taking pictures remind me of how far I’ve come with this project in the look and feel of the posts, mostly the photos. Sure, I’ve definitely put some effort into improving the finishing touches on presentation, but the underlying motivation has always stayed the same since those early days of ‘authentic’ looking iphone shots: to help anyone who is keen to eat better, with sound nutritional options that require less cost, less time, and less hassle to prepare. I just don’t believe food needs to be complicated to be good, ever.
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Fresh Herb & Green Salad with Baked Sriracha Tofu

January 12, 2017
Fresh Herb & Green Salad with Baked Sriracha Tofu
Fresh Herb & Green Salad with Baked Sriracha Tofu

Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants.Epictetus
Ok, so this salad was a little bit the result of one thing: I don’t really do Thai or Asian flavours all that well, and when I do it’s somewhat rarely. It’s not that I don’t love them, (I do!), but I am not very tolerant of garlic or super spicy foods, and in the case of this recipe, I have zero experience with fish sauce or what to substitute for it. Regardless, I was totally drawn to this beautiful recipe as I love fresh herbs in all forms, and I especially love the three included here together. I found this recipe in a book I have by Donna Hay, whose photos I could stare at all day and whose style I just admire so much. As much as I’ve perused her books, this is the first time I attempted one of her recipes. It was just so lovely and simple – definitely my kind of food. But the catch here? The recipe I was attempting was a Thai Beef Salad. With fish sauce and beef to substitute. Two kind of important ingredients in this classic I would say?
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Silky Squash & Leek Soup

January 2, 2017
Silky Squash & Leek Soup
Silky Squash & Leek Soup

Stop trying to fill all the moments of your life. Just let the moments fill you.Unknown
And then just like that, we switched the page to a whole new year. Happy 2017! It’s been cold in these parts ~ like, really, really cold for us, not to mention all the snow and ice. A good time to stay inside and read all those books you might have picked up over the holidays, or to make any notes on intentions for the coming 365 days (actually 362 now). We’ve been purging the house (once the tree goes out it creates a purging high we like to chase for a while). We hosted dinners, drank all the champagne, and are still polishing off the last of the holiday chocolate (well, mostly my husband is doing that now). It’s back to school and work and soccer practice and worrying tomorrow. And away we go.
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