Category Archives: Food

All along it was a fever

So for the month of April, the Hubz and I gave up eating meat and I went on a self imposed shopping ban (where I told myself I wouldn’t buy clothes, shoes, accessories or make up/cosmetics).  The not-eating-meat bit was just to change up our diet and do a cleanse (or a fast per se) and the not shopping was just to practice some self restrain.  We had numerous reasons to take this on, but it was really about discipline, challenging ourselves and trying something new.  All in all it was a great experience, I would love to do it again (maybe we’ll make it a quarter annual exercise.

Some of the learnings I made during this process were:

1) Vegetarians/Vegans have to plan their dinning outings in advance!

2) It’s not easy to change something you take for granted

3) I appreciate my current wardrobe (shoes, accessories, clothes & purses) more

4) Self discipline = self realization

5) We need a new fruit/veggie blender (vitamix or some other overly priced juicer)

6) Whole and raw, is better than, over cooked and mashed to an oblivion

7) I can actually sprinkle chili flakes on my food (not sure what I was so afraid of), I like grapefruit and I learned how to pop popcorn in a pot

8) It might be time for a nail polish cleanse

9) Vegan is what I am when I don’t eat meat

10) How to bake without eggs

What I’m wearing: Spring Booties | Smart Set Shorts and Shirt | Talula Trooper Jacket


Dill and Bulgor Soup

This was my first attempt ever at making a soup (ok Indian Daals aka Lentils aside).  It was made on the stove top so it was quick enough to make after I came home from work.

I loved this meal because it used fresh ingredients and it was actually fun to make.  I added a few slices of whole wheat baguette on the side.

Chopped Onion, Chives, Cilantro and dry Dill Weed

I’ve been watching a lot of sports with my husband (which also can be interpreted as I don’t mind it when he hogs the remote control :P)  But in all honesty – sports can be a lot of fun to watch.  Especially when the city-you-live-in’s team some how makes it to the play offs!  The one thing that irks me about sports is how these grown men/athletes play to the point where they may end up injuring themselves!   But I do find it inspiring how they can come back to their game so quickly.  I did some quick research on the idea and found some interesting pointers:

1. Maintain a healthy balanced diet: with your regular workout weeks or months away you have to be more careful of what you put into your body, that said…

2. Eat anti-inflammatory foods: something I would never think of but makes total sense! flax seeds, omega-3, turmeric all are good options

3. Keep up with cardio and exercising the non injured area: I’m sure professional athletes have a large support system and team of trainers but still worth while to note

4. Get rest: ie sleep enough so the body can do its thing

5. Stay focused mentally: I would think not working and having a six figure contract hanging over your head would be hard to handle so it makes keep your mind active and engaged.  Also it helps to keep your mind off feeling sorry for yourself

Cooking in the heat

Bulgar Wheat (uncooked)

Red Lentils being inspected by the Hubz

Toss both into the sauté

In goes the water and vegetable broth

Add white chickpeas and spinach, and let simmer…

And voila!

Eggless Whole Wheat Banana Bread Muffins with Dark Chocolate Centers

Whoa that is a mouthful – and so are these delicious and healthy sweet treats! (That said I only made 12 – so even IF we ate the entire batch in one day I wouldn’t feel guilty we’d eat one portioned muffin a day :P)

Some of the ingredients, note I substituted eggs with Apple Sauce (because we are not eating meat this month – which for us includes eggs, fish etc)

I actually freaked out while I was mixing the batter, because I accidentally added the melted butter to the dry ingredients and I couldn’t get the above consistency.  However this was fixed as soon as I added the apple sauce (and some milk).

Making the chocolate centeres was just a matter of filling the batter half way, putting in a handful of dark chocolate chips, and then filling the rest of the cup with batter.

Something new that I tried, I took thin slices of banana and placed them on top of each cup of batter – it’s a cute decorating idea that I saw on Pinterest.

Glass of water with pieces of lemon, lime and cucumber. A refreshing drink, while I waited for the oven to do its thing!

And voila the finished product!  The Hubz loved them – he even said he felt they tasted better than banana bread made with eggs :)

Baking Bend: Dark Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

I kind of got inspired this weekend to pick up on my gym workouts, considering I was taking it at little easy.  But a healthy lifestyle is as much to do with eating clean as it does with training mean. I have a major sweet tooth, that I’m constantly battling – but I figured a healthy home made cookie is better than a store bought processed cookie.  I found this recipe and just had to try it.  I did also use walnuts (not included in original recipe linked above) but I figured it would be an easy add in.

Had some Pomegranate Green Tea in between batches.

Next time I make this I’ll try not to scarf down a dozen cookies before offering any to the Hubz I will use whole wheat flour, extra dark chocolate chips (couldn’t find them this time) and ground flax seed.

Cause when you never see the light it’s hard to know which one of us is caving

Last week we had the absolute pleasure of dining at Splendido.  It was actually a Winterliscious resto I read about on BlogTo.  The Winterliscious gods were on my side the day I made the reservation…This place is seriously hard to get a table at.

The food was absolutely amazing.  Not your normal steak frites and cornish hen.  Flavours and food items to teach my palette a lesson.

Shot of the snow storm from our window.  I don’t remember a storm being this intense in the last few winters  I braved the cold, and ended up slugging through the snow to run a few errands.  It was actually kind of refreshing.

Brunch and Linner

Lately we’ve been moving away from outings to new dinner places and moving towards morning strolls to brunch places.  Brunch is my favourite unofficial meal of the day.  A few weekends ago we decided to check out Saving Grace.

It’s a quaint little brunch place on Dundas west.  Food was amazing and I loved that in one meal…I could have feta on my salad and nutella on my rye toast.  Aptly named one of Toronto’s best brunch places on blogto.

Sunday Brunch

Just some photos from a brunch outing a few weekends ago at Prague Deli.  The place is under new management but well-known in the neighbourhood as european delicatessen famous for their perogies.

They kindly substituted my rye bread for a portion of cooked veggies.  I know very uneuropean but I missed a workout and knew I wouldn’t have enjoyed the extra carbs.

I truly adored the beautiful decor: bird house wall clock, make shift table from a barrel and these cute shot glasses with flowers.  Adorable!