Summer Sippers to Keep Your Cool!

[Clockwise from large photo: Watermelon-Basil Cooler, Four Sustainable Seasonal Smoothies, Spectacular Summer Smoothie, Frozen Matcha Latte.] Hot town, summer in the city. Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. . . Ah, remember that one? When that song was blaring from every convertible cruising the city or wailing through every back-yard transistor radio, I […]

Green and Yellow Split Pea Salad

When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Along with a blessed relief from winter, the sun’s rays on my forearms, hair getting incrementally lighter between June and August, skin getting incrementally darker between June and August, reading the paper and sipping my morning matcha on the patio, The Girls enjoying their beloved swims […]

Caramel Ice Cream with Apple-Cinnamon Topping–No Ice Cream Maker Required!

Years ago, I saw a cartoon in a women’s magazine.  In the frame were two girls aged about 5 or 6, facing each other. Girl One (self-satisfied smile on her face): My mommy lets me eat candy every day. Girl Two:  (scowling): That’s not candy, stupid.  That’s broccoli. Girl One (crushed):  You mean. . . broccoli […]

Oxymoronic Pasta Salad

  Y’all are familiar with oxymorons, right? (no, I’m not referring to your  neighbor who fires up that buzz saw at 6:30 AM all summer; or your coworker who spilled coffee all over your crucial report; or your Aunt Edna who practically yodelled the news that you were pregnant even before you told your best friend–those are all […]

Cabbage (or Broccoli) Delight

[Ah, if only I were truly still enjoying my salad days . . . in reality, I am firmly ensconced smack-dab in the middle of my “main course” days.  But you can enjoy this salad at any age!] Now that summer is undeniably underway in these parts (nothing spells “summer” quite like a week of temperatures soaring beyond 33C/92F),  heavy duty […]

Rhubarb Swirl Ice Cream

Ah, the crazy, lazy days of summer. Well, at least I got it half right. 😉 Ack!! I’m going nuts over here!  Bonkers!  Batty! Off the deep end! Loco!  Folle!  Verrückt! Whack! Or, as Susan Powter used to say, “STOP THE INSANITEEEEEEEE!!”.  Well, really, it’s my own fault.  I mean, it’s crunch time at my job, […]

Vegan Overnight Oats (Anti Candida Incarnation)

[Just look at that peachy color! ] Don’t you just hate it when your regular routine is disrupted? Well, maybe it’s just me.  As a Libra, I tend to be perhaps a little too attached to routine consistency boredom equilibrium in my life (Libra is represented by the scales, after all).  When the calm of a […]

Nava’s Cool as a Cucumber Soup

Well, it appears that summer has finally arrived in Toronto (gee, only two months late!).  Under normal circumstances, July and August herald brilliantly sunny days with lush green lawns, a profusion of garden flowers and lazy swishing leaves on tree branches overhanging our suburban streets.  The temperatures hover around 30-32C (86-90F), more like 40C (104F) with […]

So Long, Summer: Chilled Avocado Soup

Who could have ever guessed that our summer would FINALLY arrive on Labor Day Weekend?  The weather this past weekend was glorious: brilliant sunshine, sky entirely unsullied by even a speck of cloud, so blue even the dogs seemed able to perceive its piercing azure, colorblind or no.  The temperature’s been hovering at around 28C (that’s […]

Dog Day: Dog Days of Summer

The Girls love the glorious sunshine and heat, but spending too much time frolicking outside can take its toll. . . . [“Oh, Mum, I just adore summer–especially getting sprayed by the garden hose!”] [“Really, Chaser,  how puerile. Personally, I prefer to keep my distance from the hose and hang here by Dad’s foot.”] [“Ooooh. . . maybe I […]