So I had a shameful craving the other day. As a personal trainer and, ahem, role model, I give lots of advice to clients about healthy eating. And certainly, here on SPC, we’re always trying to lovingly nudge in the direction of the most nutritional (but still tasty) stars of the produce aisle. Some are clear standouts (have you eaten broccoli yet today, if not, it’s been nice knowing you) and some just don’t make the cut (winter tomatoes, you have exactly 30 seconds to explain yourself). So I do try to walk the walk. Plus it would be tres awkward to run into a client at the grocery store with a cart full of diet coke and Pringles. So, back to this craving. Oh, the shame. Read more
Good morning, lovely people! Laura and I have been talking for ages about journeying into the way back of our archives to re-photograph old recipes that we love (but which had our own amateur pics, which we don't). And we're finally doing it! It's so nice to have great shots to go along with these golden oldies. Today's recipe goes back to June of 2010! Which was about three months into this wacky project. I'm sad to report that 7 year-old Esme is as spice averse as 3 year-old Esme was. Sigh… In happier news, this mild curry is still a winner with the whole family. I'm going to call it a win. And now, I'll hand it over to… me. That's so weird.
Esme thinks she doesn't like spicy food. Her belief is so strong that if someone uses the word spice at the table she won't touch her dinner. But if you don't say anything and present her with a bowl of curry, Thai noodles or Spanish chick pea stew she'll happily eat it up. I just don't push my luck. Tonight's dinner was one of my favourite not spicy spiced dishes — Apple Chicken Curry. Read more
I love to make a big pot of chili on a cold weekend day where lying around the house in your flannel pajamas and cozy thick socks is the only item on the agenda. Chili is one of those one pot meals that can be as simple or as complicated as you care to make it. I have recipes that require nothing more than canned beans, tomatoes, shredded chicken and seasonings and everything is dumped in a crock pot for a couple of hours and you’re off. I have others that I’ve spent years developing. Read more
Do you think Laura scared winter away with her angry outburst the other day? I like to tease that her temper can run to horse-head-in-the-bed extremes (which is actually almost never true, Cutie!). But this time I'm not laughing, I'm applauding. I'm just saying, she lost her mind on winter on Monday and today I didn't need my parka. Just in case winter retaliates I'm going to slide you another chili recipe. Can you believe this is our seventh chili recipe?!
I love this version, made with lentils. I found the recipe on Men's Journal and then I played around with it. Their version has bacon and chicken stock, which I'm sure tastes great, too, but I wanted a vegetarian chili. I mean, if you're going to add lentils to a chili — which, hello genius? — why not go veggie? Lentils are packed with fibre and protein and they add a nice texture whatever you use them in. The kids loved it and there was enough left over for Esme to take a thermos of it to school the next day. It's definitely going to find its way into my Sunday batch cooking routine. Read more
I'm not even pretending any more. Did you get that? I'M NOT EVEN PRETENDING! I'm so tired of winter that I can no longer try to be chirpy about it. (Was I ever and, speaking of, don't you miss the birds?) I've lost the ability to see beautiful, peaceful purity when looking out my window at freshly fallen snow. Same with the nesting thing. My silver lining of being able to stay inside to cuddle and play board games–because it's far too cold to go outside–has been tarnish by just too many damn board games. I am fantastically over winter.