Saturday, May 23, 2015

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette for Greens and Grains



Honey Dijon Vinaigrette for Greens and Grains
Honey Dijon Vinaigrette is delicious on tender greens and hearty grains
I was always an early riser and when I was living at home after university I was usually the first one to the kitchen. One early morning I was startled by a spider in the honey pot.

It was a plastic spider but had the same effect as a real spider at 6:00 in the morning. It was a dad joke and I knew it right off the bat so tucked the spider into the tea tin. 
Then the spider appeared in the yogurt so I put it in the peanut butter. For months the spider traveled around the house and then there were more spiders so you couldn’t go a day without finding one, someplace -- in a shoe, under a pillow, in the pocket of a suit jacket. Even mom’s bridge ladies were finding them.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Why Kids Need Good Food Education #FoodRevolutionDay



Why Kids Need Good Food Education #FoodRevolutionDay
How do you grow healthy kids? Teach them about good healthy food and the lost art of cooking.

 

How is this for a sobering statistic:


By 2030 it is predicted that 41% of the world’s population will be obese. Considering that, as of 2013, an astonishing 42 million kids under the age of five were overweight or obese that long-term prediction could very well come to pass.



How do you reverse the trend?

According to many health promotion specialists we need to teach people, especially kids, about good healthy food and the lost art of cooking.
 

Friday, May 8, 2015

Healthy Protein-Packed Granola Cookies



These healthy Granola Cookies are protein-packed and loaded with fibre. And they're delicious.
These healthy Granola Cookies are protein-packed and loaded with fibre. And they're delicious.
We were the first kids in our school to bring granola for recess. I can’t recall what was in it aside from rolled oats but I do remember it was very sweet and buttery. That was in the mid-1970s, when kids still played marbles at recess.

Friday, May 1, 2015

How to get kids to care about the environment


How do we get kids to care about the environment?
 
How do we get kids to care about the environment, and understand the concept of carbon footprints so they grow up to consider environmental stewardship a normal way of life?
 
We can teach children to turn out the lights and recycle and we can teach them about global warming, but if they haven’t developed a connection with the earth, it turns out they’ll remain detached from nature and will be less likely to truly understand their role in the health of the planet.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Paula's Buckwheat Sponge Cake with Rhubarb Compote


Buckwheat sponge cake
This buckwheat sponge cake is a perfect cake for spring, delicious served with whipped cream or rhubarb compote.
When we were little and spring weather finally arrived we couldn’t wait to picnic. Even before the snow had completely melted mom would pack us little lunches in bread bags and my twin brother and I would march off into the back woods to look for a sunny place to sit and eat. Our lunch usually consisted of a peanut butter sandwich, an apple and a jam jar filled with Strawberry Quick-flavoured milk. 

Sitting on a sunny rock we could pretend it was summer and would go about our day doing warm weather things despite the chill in the air. (I have always admired children’s ability to make the weather more of a state of mind.)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Beluga Lentil Mediterranean Lettuce Wraps


Beluga Lentil Mediterranean Lettuce Wraps
It was Margaret Begner who introduced me to lovely beluga lentils.
She and her husband ran two of my favourite restaurants in Saint John, Dufferin Inn and Opera Bistro.

Margaret had a gruff warmth that drew me in and was one of those what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of people. Margaret is no longer with us but her memory is alive and well in the vibrant culinary life of our little city.

Beluga Lentil Mediterranean Lettuce Wraps

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Earth Day Challenge: 7 Ways to Green Your Ride


7 ways to green your ride
Get inspired on Earth Day

When I read that a local school (Sussex High School) won a $25,000 technology grant for their sustainability initiatives I was inspired.

The school was awarded the prize in the Staples Superpower Your School contest in recognition for all sorts of in-school eco projects. They grow a school garden (and donate the produce to community groups), students completed an energy and environmental impact audit and developed recommendations for improvements based on their findings, and they have substantially reduced students’ consumption of bottled water. These students and staff are what Earth Day Canada calls VGPs – very green people.
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