Celebrating Global Pulse Day: 26 Top IPOM Pulse Recipes

January 18, 2017
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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Barley & Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

December 28, 2016
Barley & Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Barley & Lentil Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.William James
Every year I gripe at the sheer craziness that takes over come December, and every year, once Christmas morning arrives and the world takes a much needed pause, I relish in the the quiet time we get to spend together with friends and family. This year was no exception, as we did what we always do come December 25th. A morning of opening stockings and presents, followed by family breakfast around the table. Christmas breakfast is always crepes, served with canned peaches and stuffed with all manner of goodies: nutella, jams, fresh fruit, whatever I happen to have on hand. This year I forgot maple syrup so we poured ‘poor man’s syrup’ over our plates, a mixture of honey and butter (this year we used coconut butter), and a pinch of salt ~ this is a recipe passed on from my folks, and it’s pretty much all I recall having as a child with pancakes, and our Christmas crepes are really just a personalized version of the cast iron skillet sized pancakes we grew up eating as kids. Always whole wheat. Always stacked as high as could be on one of our largest second hand plates. Christmas growing up was simply always my favourite time.
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20 Favourite Holiday Recipes

December 23, 2016



The next message you need is always right where you are.Ram Dass
Can we believe it’s already the end of another whole year? I know this is said every year but I can’t help but feel that somehow time is speeding up even more in this new age we are living in. I sort of blame technology, but in recent weeks have come to the conclusion that this fleeting feeling we have might be more within our control than we realize. As we look to 2017, I am making little mental notes of my resolutions, with the goal this year of making a series of small but positively minded decisions rather than any grand, sweeping declarations of how I might be a better person next year. After all, I’m pretty in love with my life as it is. What a grand notion! No major changes, just small adjustments that will make savouring all that is wonderful simply more meaningful and more satisfying.
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