My lovely girlfriend, Leah, has been extolling the virtues of organic and healthy eating to me for as long as I can remember. I am not entirely against eating healthy or organic, but my pocket book just isn’t exactly equipped for such a lifestyle change. Heck, I don’t even remember the last time I went to an actual shopping mall to buy my clothes. Lately I’ve been grocery shopping at Superstore and heading to the Joe section to check out what they have. You just can’t go wrong with buying super cute tops for $3,99. Buying/eating organic vs. buying clothes made in Bangladesh/Thailand/Peru… Hmmm… Kind of a disconnect, non?
The brand goodies we decided to check out were from Yummy Earth, Navitas, and Nature's Path.
One of Leah’s places to purchase organic is Eat It – “Winnipeg’s 1st & Only Online Organic Store!” It’s one of the places in the city that I’ve been meaning to visit and finally took some time to go check it out with my sister. Admittedly, it’s not as big as Whole Foods (we don’t have one here in Winnipeg) but it isn’t as small as Organza and Vita Health. Maybe it’s just the dim lighting that gives off a less lacklustre appeal. Besides the dim lighting, and somewhat narrow aisles, the store is jam packed with lots of great produce and products.
Self-portrait with All-Bran box.
I don’t know about you, but I log into Foodbuzz only every once in a while these days. Sometimes to submit a blog post, sometimes to check out what other people are doing. The latter has been less and less. Even though so many people are submitting great stuff I simply do not have the time to read everything I’d like to. Sadly, this means my inbox is as beautiful as an unruly English garden. Is there even such a thing??? Yesterday, I had about…. let’s just say 300-something posts, comments, requests, that I had to weed through. YIKES!! Quite the chore.
I cursed my lazyness and whilst archiving stuff I wanted to read in future, I stumbled upon Brown Eyed Baker’s “Raisin Bran Muffins”. Hey, I like Raisin Bran! What’s this business all about? Well, it’s a recipe that features putting your favourite cereal in muffin form. ”Great zombie Jesus!” [Professor Farnsworth, Futurama] ~ I need to make this. Continue reading
I have been feeling under the weather for the past five days. Everything came to a head yesterday morning. After the alarm went off I wasn’t feeling so hot. Today was slightly better and spent most of it sleeping. My appetite has come back but my tastebuds are not quite to par. I needed soup but I didn’t have any meats thawed about. What to do…? What to do? I pondered.
I remember before feeling sick that Denise from Quickies on the Dinner Table had conjured up a wonderful chilled minted cucumber yoghurt soup. YES!!! This should be the remedy. I actually had everything except for the mint, much to my chagrin. Instead, I substituted for the ubiquitous dill. Now I love dill as much as the next gal, but I also didn’t want a-typical flavours. I wanted that mint with its refreshingness. What’s a girl to do?
Cucumber and Dill and Lemon.
Into the food processor my pretties. Buwahahahahahahah!
Lovely chilled soup with extra dollop of yoghurt.
Ok Mr. Dill, you win this time. You were a lovely, spot-on substitute. But next time, next time I call on Ms. Mint because she’s so saucy. Wonderful, wonderful soup. No word of a lie, I could barely taste before but now I can taste the garlic, the dill, the cucumber… *sigh*. Thanks for your help on this Denise, not only am I feeling better but I can taste again!!! *mua*
P.S.: Reading/replying/commenting will resume later this week, possibly on the weekend. Going back to bed now. Night night.
The year is two-thousand-ten. It is my fourth month of blogging under the incarnation of Defunkt Gourmet. The love is in and I am humbled, extremely grateful, and surprised.
The Circle of Friends Award
Cyber love from Laura @ SoCal Sustenance
The Circle of Friends award is given for the connections and friendships you make through the blog world. This lovely award was passed on to me from Laura at SoCal Sustenance *gulp* on MARCH 22, 2010. OOPS!!!!! Obviously, this mixed bizness (intentional misspell – Beck reference) hasn’t been dealt with in a timely manner. She currently lives in California and understands the love of cold weather while trying to adapt to West Coast living. We’re both in the same boat where our day job has taken over our out-of-office lives. Her posts are always informative, well-written, and captured with photography that telepathically tells you that what you’re about to make will be fantastical but most of all, delicious.
I actually don’t know what the rules are! I gather that…
- Copy and paste the award on your blog.
- List who gave the award to you and use a link to his/her blog (or hyperlink).
- Pass the award on to other bloggers and visit their blog to let them know about the award.
This past weekend, the kitchen offerings were weak and burnt at best. Melted gummi bears running amuck, melted, and rather bitter. A mango madness that fizzled and left me in near tears. What to do to get me back on my game? Probably something simpler and more comfort-foody.
I had eyed Stella’s Quick Pastry Dough and decided with her magical abilities, I could make cherry turnovers. Ideally, I would have loved to have gotten my hands on some guava jelly, but I was in comfy yoga pants and didn’t want to venture out into the real world. I wanted to make something that I could consume while watching The Blindside.
Here’s how it went down: