Friday, August 25, 2006

Big day

jae can't come to the blog this morning.

She's writing the big fat exam that finally gives her the official designation of Registered Holistic Nutritionist. 18 courses worth of material, three hours to get it all out on paper.

Is something in your life stressing the hell out of you, too?
Consider upping your intake of B vitamins. They're found in nutritional yeast, mushrooms, cantaloupe, avocado, sea vegetables and spirulina.
Friday, August 18, 2006

Sprouts and roots

Necessity is the mother of invention, yes? (I'll admit, I first learned that turn of phase because of Frank Zappa - strange because I'm not sure I could recognize his music if I heard it, but his daughter Moon Unit Zappa and I do share a birthday - September 28. It's funny, things that you remember and think to say, hey?)
Anyhow, Monday night Lindsay invited me to dinner saying that she was going to make a lentil salad on a bed of greens (gotta love fellow holistic nutritionists who're obviously making food I can eat!) and that I should bring a side. I looked through my fridge and couldn't think of what to bring that wouldn't also include either greens or a legume. And then I remembered the adzuki beans I'd just sprouted (ah, another tutorial to deliver at some point) and the beautiful beets I'd picked up at the farmers' market the Thursday before.

Root and Sprout Salad

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Is this a salad, or is it a slaw? (What is the definition of a slaw, anyway?) Whatever it is, it's nice to come up with a sweet raw dish that includes both the contractive quality (translation: grounding) of roots (beets, carrots and ginger root - you can see that because they grow in the ground, yes?) and the expansive quality (translation: opening-up) of sprouts. This could also be nice with some fresh chopped parsley (like 1/2 cup?), and maybe a tablespoon or two of fresh lemon or orange juice. Try it out and let me know!

1 fist-sized beet, grated (about 1 1/2 cups grated)
3 medium carrots, grated (about 1 1/2 cups grated)
2 cups bean sprouts (I used home-sprouted adzuki beans)

the dressing
2 tbsp. flaxseed oil (ooo, try Omega Nutrition's Orange Flax Oil Blend)
2 tsp. freshly grated ginger root
1 tsp. honey or agave nectar
1/2 tsp. sea salt

In a large bowl, toss together the grated* beets
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and carrot with the sprouts.
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Mix the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl and drizzle over the vegetables. Toss again. (What's nice is that the beets will stain the adzuki skins a strong pink colour.) Allow flavours to meld for a bit before serving on a bed of fresh (raw or lightly steamed) organic greens, or maybe in a sandwich, on a burger even... I'm sure there are lots of options.

* Okay, can I just take a moment here to sing the praises of my Ikea grater? It's so much more practical than those box graters that you have to prop up on a plate or cutting board where they may slide around and make a mess. I'm not usually too into Ikea kitchenware, but the idea of a grater fitting right on to a tupperware container, that you could just cover with a lid when you're done grating, is just so smart. And it comes with a finer grater too for things like ginger root.

Oh and I cannot forget to thank you all so much for your lovely comments from last week. So sweet of you. I ask, and you deliver. I love it! Keep it up! Merci bien!

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Rich n' raw

To start I'll admit that with the low number of comments here on the blog over the past few weeks, I feel like there are only five people in the whole entire world who're reading. Which is fine, but you know how I get pumped up by comments. I feel like it's a fair trade you know? I give you a recipe, you say "hey, looks good" or "I don't get it" or whatever you're inspired to say. So, moving right along...

I think I've mentioned to you before the benefits of raw, living foods. They provide us with the digestive enzymes we need to break down whatever it is we're consuming. Foods cooked at a temperature over 118oF start to loose those enzymes. I can't remember if I mentioned this raw foods article I had published a few months ago on a site by a fellow holistic nutritionist.

Alright then, on to the recipe!

Raw Cocoa Mousse

Oh-ho! Have I got a rich dessert for you! This creemy treat whips up in just a minute or two - all you need is enough patience to let it cool in the fridge. Avocados, so's you know, are a great source of B vitamins, folic acid, potassium, tryptophan and zinc.
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1 ripe avocado (about the size of larger fist), peeled and pitted
1/2 cup coconut milk (good quality, not 'lite')*
2 tbsp. raw agave nectar (or raw honey)
1 tbsp. cocoa powder (dutch processed preferred)

Throw all the ingredients into a blender (I used my handblender) and whirl until smooth - about 30 seconds. (You may need to stop the blender, scrape down the sides with a silicone spatula, and whirl again.) Scrape mousse into two bowls and allow to set in the fridge for an hour or two. (Alternately, if you have a ripe avocado already in the fridge, you can make the mousse and allow it to cool for just half an hour.)

Serves 2, and I say that not because the recipe makes a lot, but because it's sooo rich. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.

* Technically, this recipe isn't completely raw if you're using canned coconut milk. Do you know how to make your own from fresh coconut? Maybe that'll be a tutorial for next week.

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Friday, August 04, 2006

It's Friday already

I've been in Montreal all week trying to set things up for my move next month, and having a food post prepared completely slipped my mind. Sometimes I write back-up posts - say, I have a week with lots going on food wise, so I prepare to posts and only put up one, saving the other for later - but right now I'm fresh out.

When I'm a house guest somewhere, I often gift people with one of my cookzines, which on more than one occassion has ended up being of benefit to me. Case in point: I've been crashing at my friend Alison's apartment here in Montreal for years, so all I had to do to find a recipe to post this morning was walk over to her cookbook shelf and pull off a copy of my first cookzine ever, Vegan Freegan, and pick something out for this Foodie Friday.

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(... which, by the way, you can still order from me. Many of the 70 recipes in this zine will likely never appear on Domestic Affair, so I encourage you to get a copy yourself.)

Decadent Date Smoothie

Great for those hot summer afternoons when you'd like something like a milkshake. I enjoyed something like this at Aux Vivres, my favourite veg resto in Montreal, just yesterday.

5 dates, pitted and chopped
about 3 tbsp. just boiled water
1 frozen banana, roughly broken into pieces
2 tbsp. almond butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
at least 1 cup of your favourite organic non-dairy milk, cold

Put dates in a wee dish and pour on the just boiled water. Allow them to sit for a few minutes to get soft. Toss the banana, almond butter, cinnamon and milk in a blender along with the dates and the soaking water. Give it a good whirl. Add more milk if a thinner consistancy is desired, or more almond butter or cinnamon to taste. Whirl again. (If, for some reason, the smoothie isn't cold, transfer to the fridge to chill.) Pour into a fancy glass, and garnish with chopped almonds if desired.

Serves 1 (but the recipe can easily be doubled or tripled).

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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Easy V (And you thought I'd forgotten how to knit!)

So I couldn't interest one of you in my UK Food Report, eh? (I only blog for those lovely comments of yours, you know.) Perhaps this is more up your alley...

A three-week trip overseas requires a knitting project or three, no?
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I have finally knit my first sweater that actually fits.
Hip hip hooray!

It's Stefanie's Easy Raglan V-neck pattern with some adjustments.

The deets:
Yarn: Lamb's Pride Worsted (190 yards), in Charcoal Heather; 3.5 skeins
Needles: Denise size US8, Addi Turbo US8 12" circs (yay for DPN-free sleeves!), and whatever crochet hook I had around
Timing: July 3-24, 2006
* The pattern called for 7s, but I'm not such a lose knitter.
* I knit the second size - a 32-34" bust, which I am not, but I find that if I knit for my bust size I get a baggy sweater instead of the fitted look I want.
* i'm really pleased at how simple this pattern was instruction-wise. When the write-up's got too many details, I lose interest. I need to be able to be able to sit and knit at a stretch without having to refere to my notes.
* I'm thrilled at the way this baby fits - the fitted arms (no underarm bagginess!) in particular.
* To start the sleeves, I cast on an extra 4 sts under the arms.
* I adjusted the sleeves for almost 9" of P2K1 ribbing (maybe a little excessive in hindsight), and I made them long enough to cover the heel of my palm.
* I think I also made the body long than was called for.
* The pattern doesn't call for any finishing around the neck, but I found the increases for the V looked pretty rough, so I did a little primative crochet (I'm terrified of those hooks!) along the front of the neck only. You could certainly crochet around the back of the neck too If you didn't want the little rolled edge. I'm into how wide the neck is.

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No, though that hand on my belly may be suggestive, I'm not expecting. Here's where we get to the bad news about this garment: I started a K3P1 rib at what I've now found to be an awkward place. I put the sweater on and sighed, trying to accept that I'd plumped up a bit over my vacation, but then my mum (who might be called a petite woman) tried it on and she got that thick-in-the-middle look too. What's a grrrl to do? I at least want to enjoy wearing the FO for another week or two before ripping back and starting the rib further down.

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Cute, no?

I'm all reved up for knitting now! After almost a year of feeling somewhat - gasp! - ambivalent about knitting, I'm finally back at that point where if I'm sitting down and I don't have knitting in my hands, it feels like something's missing. Aren't you proud of me? Now, I wonder if I have the self restraint to finish off an old project before starting in on something completely new...

PS. For the record, I also finally finished my second minisweater (that'd been started last summer) when we first arrived in Glasgow, but I'm just not interested in modeling it for you yet.



"Domestic affair... do you think it's a funny title?" I asked a friend.
"Funny ha-ha?" she responded, "well, no not really."
"But 'domestic affair', it's like what's going on in the nation, but it's also me, being drawn to all these domestic tasks - knitting, cooking, caring for small children..." I tried to explain.
"I like that it has the word affair in it," she concluded.

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