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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Winter Chickpea Minestrone

December 13, 2016
Winter Chickpea Minestrone | in pursuit of more
Winter Chickpea Minestrone | in pursuit of more

Love is the only engine of survival.Leonard Cohen
Well guys, it has truly been a minute. I just counted today it’s been a month since I last posted, hot off the results of the US election, and reeling from the loss of our great Leonard Cohen. If there’s one thing I know I will recall from that time in history was that while the world seemed to be spinning in ways terrifyingly unfamiliar, I was personally feeling connected to family near and far and enjoying connections and affirmations in ways that I hadn’t for years. A short month ago I was in Toronto to attend the Taste Canada awards alongside the lovely Sophie from the gorgeous blog The Green Life, among other wonderful talents. It worked out almost too perfectly to have a family wedding to attend within a day of this event, and an almost too-perfect opportunity to re-connect with people I adore on both sides of my husband and I’s collective family. It was a really, really good trip, and I am still a little floored that I was honoured with a truly humbling piece of hardware — the Gold Award for Best English Food Blog, as selected by a truly impressive list of accomplished food writers and food personalities. Sophie’s The Green Life was honoured with the same award for Best French Food Blog (though her blog is impressively bilingual), and it was so, so fun to experience that together!
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Open-Faced Toast with Crispy Chickpeas & Dukkah

Open-Faced Toast with Crispy Chickpeas & Dukkah | in pursuit of more
Open-Faced Toast with Crispy Chickpeas & Dukkah | in pursuit of more

There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.Buddha
This recipe just may be the new avocado toast (bold, I know). I know it looks a little more complicated than the classic mash-with-a-fork snack that we all love so much, but with a very small amount of effort, I promise you’ll rejoice with this tasty new go-to toast (and another excuse to enjoy your favourite bread). I made this recipe on a dark rainy day, after returning from a trip to Victoria for work. One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to a friend’s bakery, where I banished all restraint and loaded up on a few of his amazing sourdough breads. My family had no problem helping me devour them, and a few days later, I was left with only a few slices of Byron’s amazing whole grain rye loaf. Not a bad consolation prize at all.
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Golden Quinoa Mushroom Burger

Golden Quinoa Mushroom Burger | in pursuit of more
This burger was a major hit in a lot of ways and I just had to share it with you all here. Judging by the recipe list here on the blog, it’s clear that burgers are not a major staple in the house, but anytime I can get my husband to eat quinoa, then I consider the recipe to be a major winner.
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