Traveling New York, I can’t tell you the number of times I craved just a good hearty salad. We ate well on our recent trip, but it always goes that a few meals in and I’m gently reminded by circumstance that I’m not on a ‘foodie-only’ holiday but on a family holiday, one where I’m bound to roll with what the collective group feels up to, and ensuring we all get to do and eat what we want. With four of us in the family, and with a span of ages and food preferences, we’ve a few safe zones and restaurant styles we frequent when traveling. It means there are times when it’s another pizza joint (woe is me in NYC right?), or a simple bite that has to happen now – to hold steady another blood sugar crash while stuck in an unknown neighbourhood – instead of what I’d really like to do, which usually just involves quality greens, delicious dressing and a few grains or beans thrown in for good measure (and good nutrition). I’m sure you’ve all been there too, as such are the joys of traveling with a family.
Enough is a feast.Buddhist Proverb
Oh, summer. It’s pretty hot and dry around here these days, as I’m sure it is for many of you in other parts (unless it’s your winter!). It’s been one long, hot, dry summer so far and truth be told, it’s a little strange for us here in Vancouver. With all the wet weather we are used to here in these west coast parts, it’s definitely alarming when the water restrictions come in to full force, with bans on things like car washes, or sprinklers in the garden. The rains really can’t come soon enough and we’re watching every drop we consume cause it’s just something we have to do. A first. And I’m sure not the last, either.Read More
Unlike any other form of thought, daydreaming is its own reward.Michael Pollan
I can’t tell you the number of hours I spend drooling over recipes – day dreaming of elaborate spreads of food and beautiful, delicious combinations. Bookmarking, taking iPhone pics from recipe books, even tearing out magazine pages (sometimes stealthfully like say, at the dentist’s office or gym). Colors, textures, compositions. Flavours, contrasts, and just plain loveliness. I mean, who doesn’t love to get lost in a gleeful creative daydream where possibilities are endless and there are no limits or constraints of our everyday lives? In the end though, I’ve a pretty good idea (and I bet you do too) of just HOW many of those daydreams ever really come to light, but that’s really not the point of day dreaming now, is it? 😉 Read More
Well, that was sure a fun one! Pardon me, but I’m still reeling here from a much needed little break from busy life to get out and live: in my fave city of all time. The family and I just returned from my longest ever stay in New York, complete with our two lovely ragamuffin daughters in tow – their first time and boy did they love it as we thought they would. To say they are ragamuffins isn’t exactly accurate though – my eldest is already (gasp) on the cusp of full adulthood, and this trip was part of her high school graduation celebration. The family is growing up, so the pressure is on a little to make the years really count.
So I’m pretty excited about this one.
A few weeks ago, if you’d told me I’d be happily crafting my own crackers right here at home, I’d likely have dismissed such a statement as well, pretty silly. I mean, crackers – those snacks we all crave that you buy in a box at the store? Boxes and boxes and rows and rows of them. Mary, Leslie, Ms. Christie. They all seem to have it going on in the cracker department already, no? And really, who has the time to fuss about cooking, mixing, rolling, scoring, etc., when the plentiful (tasty) options and convenience wipe out the need completely? Turns out I do. And what fun these are to make and eat! So take my word for it on this one: you’ll make these and you will want to right away make them again. They are easy, they don’t make a mess, and they make you feel great – 100% vegan, free of gluten for those with sensitivities, and chock full of fibre and protein. Plus, they taste utterly delicious!Read More