Posted at 2:45 pm , on August 2, 2016
I’ve been making an effort to get out and visit the local farmer’s markets lately and I have completely rediscovered the meaning of fresh! Eating local is beneficial for so many reasons but you simply can’t beat food that was plucked from the berry bush or pulled up from the soil just hours beforehand.
Local berries are super soft, incredibly juicy and have the most beautiful and vibrant colouring.
Many local farmer markets also sell more than just produce. I came back today with fresh produce, grass-fed beef, pastured eggs and this gorgeous applewood board as shown in the photos above. I instantly fell in love with it! The board is food safe so I can use it as a serving dish, a centre piece or as a food photography prop. If you’re in the Greater Toronto Area, you can purchase a similar board at the Waterdown Farmers Market from Rogue Custom Milling + Woodwork. My wood is lighter than pictured as the photos have been edited darker. The directions I received were to spread a small amount of walnut oil to keep the wood in pristine condition for years to come.
Summer is quickly passing us by and there in no time like now to get out, support your local farmers and enjoy some unbelievably fresh food.
Posted at 1:54 pm , on February 9, 2016
I wasn’t planning on making these muffins. If I remember correctly, I wasn’t in a baking mood.
It was pretty early in the morning, but my daughter had woken up full of energy. I felt a little tug on my arm with her cute little voice saying “let’s make muffins mommy!” She’s lucky she’s so darn cute!
Our kitchen was pretty much bare. You know the feeling you get the day before grocery shopping when you swear you see tumbleweeds in your cupboards? I really had no idea how we were going to bake muffins.
I first thought bananas but of course we were out of those. Apple sauce? Nope, out of that too.
I popped my head into the fridge and found the golden ticket: leftover soup! My Roasted Tomato + Carrot Soup from last week’s post.
The texture was close enough to a mashed banana consistency so we went with it.
I’m glad we did because they turned out amazingly well! The aroma must have been pretty great as well because as soon as the muffins came out of the oven, the rest of the family began crawling out of bed. Isn’t it interesting that they just happen to wake up right after fresh baked muffins come out of the oven?
Savoury Breakfast Muffins Continue reading
Posted at 2:02 pm , on February 2, 2016
Well, you might have been wondering if I had dropped off the face of the planet. It’s been over two months since my last post so, yeah, I guess you can say I’ve been MIA.
Sometimes we all need to take a step back. The world is very busy and it’s a great re-energizer to spend some time away. I practiced being totally present in the moment and engaged with family and friends. I also had time to collect thoughts, and let’s be honest, focus on real world stuff!
Today I’d like to talk about the Instant Pot and share a recipe for Roasted Tomato + Carrot soup. Have you heard of the Instant Pot? Let me say…it’s totally and completely revolutionized my time spent in the kitchen. I’m actually quite in love with it. I make delicious soups like this one below. all. the. time.
So what is the Instant Pot? If you’re not familiar, it’s an electric pressure cooker that also happens to serve as a slow cooker, steamer, and yogurt maker with quick modes like soup, meat/stew, poultry, rice and porridge. You can also sauté and brown your meat right in the pot. I LOVE the sauté function. Say hello to one pot meals and goodbye to additional pots and pans. Yippee. Continue reading
Posted at 6:42 pm , on August 4, 2015
I was recently reminiscing with my husband about some of our favourite childhood foods. With 5 kids in the house the majority of his school day mornings consisted of toast and jam or boxed cereal. Occasionally, he awoke to a warm bowl of peaches and cream oatmeal. He loved those mornings.
Instant oatmeal is still a staple in many households. Let’s face it, a tear away bag of flavoured instant oatmeal is totally delicious and very convenient. My favourite flavour by far was Maple and Brown Sugar!
As an adult now, reality does set in however and I can recognize those little bags are not filled with healthy ingredients. The flavours are mostly artificial. Instead of maple flavouring, I’d much prefer a real ingredient like pure maple syrup.
We all love tapping into our childhood. Enjoying some of our favourite childhood comfort foods again does sound great! Wouldn’t it be so good to enjoy those flavours again but with real, whole ingredients?
The next time I went shopping I looked down the instant oatmeal aisle as I was curious to see if they still sell Peaches and Cream flavour. They don’t. It’s officially now a thing of the past.
I wanted my husband to re-experience his beloved peaches and cream oatmeal so I set out to make my own. Continue reading
Posted at 9:28 am , on April 27, 2015
Preparation is the key to success. Why not apply that golden principle to grocery shopping?
Once you’ve mastered a few skills you will be able to greatly reduce your weekly grocery bill and still bring home healthy food in the process.
First, you must get a general sense of what items cost. I always try to look over the weekly flyers to get an idea of the baseline prices for each grocer. It also keeps me in tune with how prices are adjusting for seasonal changes. It might seem like common sense, but shop at the store with the best deals that week.
Also, some stores promote price matching and you are missing out if you are not taking advantage of this! You could fund a family vacation with the savings you recoup from price matching each week. It takes a little practice, but this extra step will save you a lot of money. I’m not ashamed to say I try to price match often. I’ve come up with a great system that works really well and keeps me organized. Perhaps I’ll detail it in another post!
Sadly, healthy food can be expensive and we need to be smart shoppers in order to feed nourishing food to ourselves and our families.
Here’s a great healthy soup my family loves and won’t cost you a lot to make!