Weekend Update* and Food Four Ways

*Really more like a “beginning of February update,” but since the HH and I watched Saturday Night Live yesterday (love that Mike Myers!), I’ve got that phrase on the brain. 

[Gillian (of Confessions of a Young Woman) and me at Fresh on Bloor.]

I. Shared Food (with a Fellow Blogger)

One of the things I love about blogging is getting to know so many people, either through your comments here on the blog, your emails, or–when the stars align just right–in person.  Yesterday, one of those alignments occurred when I met up with Gillian Young at one of my favorite restos, Fresh on Bloor. From our many conversations on twitter, I already knew that Gillian and I had similar ideas about eating healthfully.  With her interest in the ACD, Gillian had asked if she could pick my brain about the diet, and of course that kind of conversation is so much more fun in person!

Gillian is just as energetic, enthusiastic and full of positivity in person as she is on her blog.  Even at her age, she’s already managed to live in a variety of places around the world (I am so envious of her stay in Paris!), work at a variety of interesting jobs, and write a series of travel guides.

[My “California Salad”: greens with avocado, grape tomatoes, pecans, and pesto-coated white beans.]

After greeting each other with a warm hug and ordering our lunches (hers: wheatgrass shot and Big Salad; mine: Detox juice and California Salad), we gabbed nonstop for over two hours. We did talk about the anti-candida diet, of course, but our conversation also wandered toward blogging, working in television, living with a meat-lover, yoga and meditation, being too busy, writing, and much more. Gillian brought me a gift of organic chia seeds (my faves!) from a company called Running Food that I can’t wait to try.  Thanks so much, Gillian, for your company and warmth (and thanks for sending over these pics–darn that point-and-shoot of mine!). 😀

II. SuperBowl Food (ie, Mandatory SuperBowl Mention)

Today is the SuperBowl, right?  Okay, I’ve mentioned it.

III. Ebook Tester Foods (Mine and Lindsay’s) and Last Call for Blogs

I’m now about midway through the testing for my upcoming ebook, Top of the Morning: Breakfasts without Sugar, Gluten, Eggs or Dairy. Many thanks to all the dedicated testers who’ve been working so hard to try out the recipes!  I’m really excited to be bringing you sugar free, gluten free, vegan recipes that are all ACD-friendly for pancakes, waffles, grain-free granola, scones, and much more! There will be many savory options, too.  The ebook should be available by the beginning of March.

Here’s a peek at the most recent recipe that was tested, Wholegrain Waffles (this one is topped with some Coconut Ice Cream):

These were a big hit with testers!

I also had the opportunity to do a little testing for Lindsay (of the Cook.Vegan.Lover blog) for her upcoming ebook. Here are just a couple of the dishes I tested:

Vegan Sloppy Joes (with an unusual twist):

No fake meats in these babies!  The sandwich you see above was the HH’s (since it’s just a regular kaiser roll), but I enjoyed the mix over zucchini “pasta” and it was delectable!

Baked Artichoke and Spinach Dip:

This dip was spectacular–creamy without tofu, and almost fat-free as well! We both loved it, and when I served it to guests at a dinner party, it was gobbled up in no time flat.

If you’re interested in learning more about the recipes or Lindsay’s other ebook, check out her blog!

As you may recall, a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I’d be updating my Recipe Index and Blogroll, and asked for suggestions.  Thanks to everyone who submitted your blog URLS for consideration. If the blog is updated regularly and fits the category, I’ll include it.  I am finally getting the page updated and will be adding new URLs every few days until I’ve incorporated them all. (You can still sneak in under the wire by leaving your info here).

IV. DDD Food In Your Kitchen:

I love when readers make my recipes and tell me about it.  And wow–you folks have been busy! Here’s a list of the culinary creations you’ve made in the past few weeks based on DDD recipes.

If you’ve tried a recipe and I miss it here, please let me know about it in the comments and I’d be happy to add it next time.  (And now that I’ve got my Recipe Index up to date, I’ve finally started updating my Blogroll, too.  There’s still time to add yours to the list before I’m done!)

And some other mentions–thanks to each one of you:

Thanks so much, everyone!  I love hearing about what you’re cooking. 😀

V. And Finally. . . Food for Review (and a Giveaway!)

[Banana Coconut Cream Pie from Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts]

Finally, I had the pleasure of trying out some goodies from Kelly (of The Spunky Coconut)’s new cookbook, Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts.  See that pie just above?  That’s from the book.  And I’ve been enjoying it this past week almost every day for breakfast–it’s that full of healthy ingredients! 

Stay tuned for a review of the book and fabulous giveaway tomorrow!

Mum, did you say something about a “super” bowl?  Is that like an extra large dinner bowl?  In that case, we’re all for it!”

Last Year at this Time: Apple Pumpkin Crumble Bars

Two Years Ago: Flash in the Pan: Grown-Up Fig & Walnut Baked Apples

Three Years Ago: Dog Day: If Vodka is an Elsie, then Beer is a Chaser (how Chaser got her name)

© Diet, Dessert and Dogs

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  1. Was so nice meeting you Ricki!

  2. Oh my gosh I want that creamy spinach dip right now!!

  3. oh my, you’re certainly making me hungrY!! and now i’m craving that artichoke dip 🙂

  4. Please, post more of your cute dogs pictures! I love them soo much! They are soo sweet! Thanks in advance!

  5. Love all your great info and photos, Ricki! How wonderful that you got to meet Gillian in person. You both look beautiful and like you were having a blast, which I know you did. 🙂 I caught SNL this weekend (and, yes, as soon as I saw your title, that’s what I thought of!) and I thought it was one of the best shows in a while. Dana Carvey hasn’t lost his touch. Church Lady was good and I sort of longed for one of his impersonations of George Sr. 😉 Anyway, congrats on all the goodness in your life! Super yum on Kelly’s pie!


    • Thanks so much, Shirley! And so happy that you’re also a fan of SNL! I agree–Carvey was in fine form. And yes, there’s (almost) nothing better than pie for breakfast. 🙂

  6. So much great food! Everything looks amazing 🙂

  7. You are amazing lady! I can’t wait for your next ebook, so exciting! If you ever need another recipe tester, just email 🙂

  8. Aww, thank you for the mention! Dairy-free, gluten-free breakfasts? I might have to purchase that e-cookbook as soon as it hits the internet… 🙂

  9. Haha thank goodness for a superbowl mention! I let that day slide by unnoticed 🙂 Luckily my husband doesn’t care either!

  10. Hi Ricki!

    My husband just bought your ACD cookbooks for me, and I have already tried several recipes that I love! The carob fudge completely satisfied that sweet craving. I just started the ACD diet a week ago and practically freaked out when I realized how much I couldn’t eat and how much thought had to go into each ingredient at every single meal. I have already been vegan for a year so that helped, but I didn’t realize how much everything I was eating had either yeast, sugar, or vinegar in it. As an ACD beginner, it’s taking a lot of time to plan out my meals and snacks for the week. I was wondering if you have a quick link where I can go to in order to view all of your Stage 1 recipes? Or maybe a sample of what a week of meals would look like for someone beginning the diet?

    Any other advice for an ACD beginner would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much Ricki! I really enjoy reading your blog.

    • Thanks so much! 😀 I think a menu is a great idea–I will work on a post like that. I’m also reworking the recipe index to include those kinds of tags, but for now, if you do a search of “Phase 1” or “Stage 1” you might find some more recipes. Also, I began the diet on March 9, 2009, so anything for the next month or two after that is Stage 1. 🙂

  11. I’ve meant so many smart and fun people from blogging too. p.s also love blueberry waffles.


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