Let me tell you how I came to make this Ethiopian Spiced Cabbage Recipe.
This dish was a result of my fridge being pretty much empty. I had some cabbage, a few carrots, and not much else. Sad, I know. Maybe I am exaggerating a little but believe me, it was pretty bad.
However I did manage to take this sad state of my fridge and turn it into something delicious. At first, I lacked inspiration. Stuck. Couldn’t come up with much. There is always a way though…
Chocolate, mmmmmm! Everybody loves it, well, almost everybody. I certainly do.
Chocolate comes in many many different forms. Some good, some, not so much.
People love to grab a chocolatey snack in the afternoon. Some people grab a Kit kat, and some people, like myself, grab one of these chocolate almond energy balls.
This is a much healthier option of course, and a whole different type of delicious.
Sunday nights during the winter meant one thing when I was growing up, and that was roast dinners. Gathering around a fire before dinner and then around the table “en famille” to enjoy a serious feast. Without fail, roast potatoes were part of these memorable Sunday nights.
I am not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point, while I was still pretty young, the potatoes changed. Changed for the better that is. What happened?
My dad had picked up the trick from Lucy Waverman ( in the Globe and Mail) about how to make these roast potatoes.
In my mind, this trick is the key to the best basic roast potato recipe. I say basic, because in the recipe I present to you, there is no added flavour, such as garlic or rosemary, but you could easily make that happen.
So what’s the trick you ask?
Cold and flu season. Ugh. Many of us fall victim to it at some point or another. I have had a cold for the past week now, and it is the first time I have been sick since last November. I used to get sick several times a year, so this is quite an improvement.
I happened to come across this garlic soup recipe last week. I was not looking for a particular recipe to boost my immune system, but the timing couldn’t have been better. I found the recipe in Annemarie Colbin’s book Food and Healing. Food and Healing is probably my all time favourite book that I have read on nutrition. If you are interested in learning more about nutrition, this book is really interesting and informative.
When I am hungry, really hungry, I need to eat ASAP. When we get to this point when we absolutely need to eat something, we tend to go for whatever is easiest and closest. This is often when we grab something less than ideal health wise just to satisfy our hunger.
A very common solution while at work is to head over to the vending machine around 3 pm for a little pick me up to get through the rest of the day. I know I used to do this when I worked in an office.
This energy bar recipe or others like it are a great way to avoid falling into that trap. When you are prepared for the hunger you can reach for something healthy that is still delicious! And I promise you that these coconut cashew apricot energy bars are just that.
You may be asking yourself “a Jerusalem what?” Or maybe “a what kind of artichoke?” Not the most well known vegetable, but let me tell you that roasted Jerusalem artichokes are the bomb! Sweet and sticky goodness.
Based on the picture below you may be very confused because they look nothing like artichokes. And yes you are right, they are nothing like artichokes. Continue reading
It’s that time of year again. The time for hearty comforting food. A sweet root vegetable mash is just the thing.
It is a great alternative to mashed potatoes. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some mashed potatoes. Who doesn’t?
I also love this root vegetable mash. And I mean love. It just makes me feel good inside, especially on a cold fall or winter’s night. Continue reading
Yoga has been an important part of my life for the past 3 years now. I began regularly in October of 2010 and have been hooked ever since. Although I have been practising several times a week (most weeks) I am still a beginner, all things considered. There is so much to learn and so much to discover. It truly is a lifelong practice, and I think it’s amazing.
How I feel when I come out of class truly is something special, a natural high that I will admit is a little addictive. I am so thankful for everything that yoga has brought to my life and want to share what I believe to be the benefits of a regular yoga practice based on my personal experience.
Note: Although I have practiced at many studios around the city, most of my practice has been at Moksha Yoga NDG and Moksha Yoga Montreal which is HOT YOGA. Most of the benefits listed below apply to both hot yoga as well as yoga practiced in a non heated room. However I do believe that some of the benefits are enhanced due to the heat.
The hot room is not for everyone. You have to try it to know, and be sure to listen to your body and be hydrated.
Another important note is that to truly experience these benefits one must give yoga a chance. I did not experience all these things the first few times I practiced in the hot room. It takes time. So, if you are interested in any of these benefits, be patient and stick with it.
Benefits of Hot Yoga
Vegetables for breakfast? Why not?! Breakfast doesn’t have to be toast or cereal. It can be real food! Like a whole bunch of vegetables.
We have been conditioned to think that we must eat certain foods for breakfast. If it’s not toast or cereal, it’s probably bacon and eggs. It doesn’t have to be!
My go to quick breakfast, especially when I am short on time, is a green smoothie. Give this Kale, Peach and Mango Smoothie a try for yourself. Continue reading
This simple dish of sweet roasted tomatoes with spaghetti squash is a perfect marriage of summer and fall. It represents the transition of the seasons, the fresh tomatoes marking the end of summer. This is the same time of year when the farmer’s markets are flooded with a vast array of different kinds of squashes, marking the arrival of the cold weather.
The sweet tastes of summer joining together with the comforting taste of fall. Both sweet and even sweeter together, flavoured very simply with garlic, a little thyme, salt and pepper.
This dish is very easy to make, but roasting the tomatoes does take a couple of hours. This is the perfect time for reading a book, watching a movie, or going for a refreshing fall walk. Use the time to do something you really enjoy doing. Take a break! We don’t always need to be rushing around. Continue reading