Paloma loves to eat. In that way, we are very fortunate. It’s quite a rarity for her to turn down food, and she’s always eager to try anything I put in front of her. I’ll never forget an impossibly bitter dandelion smoothie that I made. No one could drink it, except for Paloma, who joyfully slurped down a whole glass. I dearly love to cook and feed people, especially family and friends, and her approval makes me one happy mama.
Our days usually start with me cooking breakfast and impatient Paloma sitting at the kitchen table, spoon in hand, narrating my preparations and hurrying me on. It’s quite humorous. She is not the calmest of children (a little tornado to be exact) and becomes very excited when food is in sight.
This is where the idea for the edible puzzle stemmed from. I imagined a game that would occupy Paloma, and, since she puts everything in her mouth, be safe and tasty to eat. I thought about the obvious educational qualities of puzzles such as teaching about shape, colour, size, structure, and included two more – flavour and nutritional value.
“This was certainly a new concept for me. A sweet tropical kind of “sushi”. Rice made out of macadamia nuts, and topped with delicious fresh fruits and a fruit dipping sauce. No nori, no soy sauce, no real rice and certainly nothing fishy here. It was a refreshing twist on sushi though with cute little chop sticks and dipping it in a zesty raspberry puree. I really enjoyed it. It was a bit on the higher fat side with the macadamias and quite filling, but also very healthy. It was like a fun naughty desert.” – Indulge
Tim VanOrden hits the road with his digital camera and heads down to Florida. In this adventure he finds free baby coconuts falling the trees and ending up in the trash. He shows us how rescue the coconuts how to easily get to the fresh juice inside. Plus he takes us to the Veggie Magic Cafe and checks out the Tampa Grass Roots vegan cafe. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Whether you grow your own food or shop at your farmer’s market, eating what’s in season will assure you the freshest produce–picked at its peak and brimming with flavor.
July being the middle of the summer, brings us the most variety of fruits and vegetables at their peak or just coming into season. This is the time that the heirloom tomatoes, red bell peppers and cucumbers will start showing up at your market in abundance. I can’t even stop thinking about all the uses for jalapeno now. I want to put it in everything! Expect to see a lot of recipes from me soon with jalapeno and cucumber and tomatoes and other summer produce in season. : ) Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
It’s that time of year again. Just as all the trees burst forth with flowers and brilliantly colored buds open wide to catch the warm sun, I, in turn, blossom into a sneezing, watery-eyed, allergic phlegm-ball. Nature can be so cruel.
Seasonal allergies are the result of excessive immune response to substances that are not normally harmful — like pollen. Daniel Gagnon, the medicinal herbalist for Herbs Etc., puts it well: “Think of it as having a fly in the house. Instead of using a fly swatter to get rid of it, a shotgun is used to dispose of the intruder. You may get rid of the fly, but the damage to the room will be extensive.” The damage Daniel is referring to is the unfortunate result of a stressed out immune system, often leading to compromised immunity and weakened adrenal glands. Annoying sniffles aside, fighting allergies often leaves the body tired and more exposed to new allergies as well as illness.