Raw Imitation “Fried Rice”*

* Or, “Nothing Like Fried Rice, Really, But Still One Darned Tasty Cauliflower Salad” [Sorry about the blur.  I may need to return to my old point-and-shoot until I finally read that new camera manual!] For those of us fascinated by the topic of food, December is more or less highjacked by baking projects.  Cookies for the cookie […]

Sweet Potato and Ginger Salad

[Sweet Potato and Ginger Salad–recipe below.] Ah, yes, life is sweet.  Not so much in the “I’m a celebrity, I haven’t a care in the world, I’m revoltingly rich, beautiful and vacuous” kind of way; but more in the “every which way I turn I see or think ‘sweet,’ most recently the chocolate chip blondies I devoured last week” kind […]

On Being Mindful

I know I said I’d relegate comments about my Total Health program to a coda each week, but last night’s class spurred such a barrage of ideas that I wanted to set them down (despite last week’s blathering about eating styles–we all know how well that one went over). So be warned:  this entry features […]

Pudding is a Virtue

  Both our dogs contain a generous sprinkling of Border Collie, a breed known for its patience. As a working breed, BCs were meant to guard sheep all day; and since sheep are not exactly what you’d call wild and crazy guys, the BCs must be willing to sit still for a very long time. Moreover, they exhibit what’s known as the “Border Collie Stare”–that […]

Soba Noodles with Ginger, Chard and Walnuts

The other day, I got to thinking: some ostensibly odd couplings do actually work well together.  Sonny and Cher, purple and mustard yellow walls (but only for the previous tenant, not us), Elsie and Chaser, paisley and–hmmn.  Well, Sonny and Cher, anyway. This pasta dish, a favorite in our house, is one of those weird couplings: rhyme […]

Juicy Cuisine and Crunchy Granola

Part I:  THE JUICE SEGMENT (feel free to skip to Part II) We’re having some down time today at the DDD household, as today is the first-ever Family Day holiday in Ontario (I’ve always thought it only civilized to have a day off in February–the gap between New Year’s and Easter/Passover is just too long).  Everything government-related […]

Looking Ahead: Five-Year Plan

Well, I hope everyone out there had a Happy New Year.  Ours would have been very pleasant and laid back–after all, we were guests at my friend’s 8000 square foot “cottage” (you read that right–were we lucky, or what??), we were in a pastoral wonderland of snow, lake, birch trees, rare birds and other wildlife prancing past the […]

Yet Another Chocolate Tofu Pudding

The snow here in the GTA this morning is relentless–curtains of white, ice pellets grazing your cheeks as you attempt, vainly, to walk the crunchy path to the local park to appease The Girls.  It was Chaser’s first experience with snow, and apparently (so my H.H. tells me), she loved it, bouncing and prancing and pawing at […]

How to Lose Weight Without Even Trying

It’s simple, really: Decide to move house four months in advance; ask honey to begin packing that day. Draw up a list of all the tasks that need to be completed, and review list with sweetie so you can each pick key tasks and assign due dates.  Smile with self-satisfaction when the list is done. […]