Smoothie Fever

My sister introduced me to the miracle of smoothies several years ago. Never a veggie fan, I learned that smoothies are a delicious way to consume nutrient packed spinach, kale, celery and cucumber (to name but a few). Smoothies are unlike juicing in that you are getting the benefit of the whole fruit or vegetable…

Eggs in YEG

Although my parents, and my parent’s parents all grew up on farms with chickens roaming free and happily laying eggs, I grew up with grocery store eggs. I continued to buy grocery store eggs well into my 48th year on this planet. My first experience with non-grocery store eggs was done with some apprehension. A…

Chutney’s Indian Grill

Craving Indian food but don’t feel like the mental wrestling needed when visiting a buffet? You know what I mean. You go in thinking “I’ll just pick a little bit of this and that and call it a night”. Nuh-uh. Next thing you know you are trying to discreetly unbutton your fly to allow for…

Narayanni’s

Tucked off Whyte Avenue at 10131 81 Avenue is Narayanni’s, serving gourmet South African Indian cuisine made by the Naidoo family. The restaurant is located on a street with plenty of free angle parking. The building was built over 70 years ago as Adndt’s Machine Shop. From the outside, it has that classic Old Strathcona…

Hotel Kitchenette Cooking

Fellow travelers, this post is for you. Especially those of you who frequently travel for business. Back in the day I traveled away from home at least one or two nights a week. Nowadays I’m lucky if I travel twice a year for work. Some people love traveling to try new food. Of course I…

Easy Tomato Sauce for Pasta and Picky Eaters

Every person knows one. A picky eater. I used to be one (except overripe bananas, oysters, octopus and Marmite are still problematic).  I’m married to a picky eater (no nuts in his food). I am friends with one (no onions except red onions). I work with one (tomato sauce without bits of things in it)….

Rostizado

I’m not saying this is correct, and I mean no disrespect if I got it wrong, but I pronounce it Roast-eee-zah-dough. It does mean roast, as in roast chicken, or roast pork, or roast beef. All served with a side of roasted potatoes… wait for it… in pork fat. Oh my god, those very words…

Patricia Street Deli

Wherever you are right now, whatever you are doing, stop. Start planning your first/next trip to Jasper, Alberta. Jasper has mountains: Jasper has humour: Jasper has trains: Jasper has snow in May: Jasper has tourists: Jasper has trails to hike in those mountains: Jasper has wild animals: Jasper has rare orchids: Jasper has more mountains:…

Glow Juicery – Raw Food + Juice Cleanse

Just recovering from another cold, it seemed a good time to do a top to bottom spring clean of my body by feeding it nutrient dense, raw, vegan food and juice. For three days. For three days, quinoa, cabbage, tofu, miso, squash, nuts, seeds, and leafy greens. For three days. I’m done. I plead mercy, and bow…

Mug Meals

Mug meals. Make your meal, in a mug. In the microwave. What could be easier? I was approached by Robert Rose Inc. a publisher of cookbooks and given a choice selection of cookbooks to review. One of the choices, and I’ll admit the least appealing of my selections, was one titled, “250 Best Meals in…

Rice Cooker

I’m an easy sale. I was talking with co-worker and rice fanatic, Zerlina, at work the other day, and the merits of a rice cooker came up.  She mentioned how delicious the rice is from a cooker, how the fragrant jasmine rice will make the house smell good, explained the versatility of the machine and…

Easy Spicy Coconut Lentil Soup

Bet you didn’t know May is Love your Lentils Month. It is. Chef Michael Smith says so. A call was made to food bloggers and home chefs to get creative and submit a recipe, so I did – after I took inventory of my spice cupboard to see what I had in there. You probably…