Monday, July 09, 2007

Who's an author?!

It seems that I now get to call myself an author, because the publisher has asked me for an Author's Photograph (you know, for the back of the book and promotional material and stuff). To call myself a writer is one thing, but when I get to say 'author' it sounds like what I write is actually important enough for other people to read. I like that.

Alison came over this afternoon and took some photos of me with her new digital camera. Of 152 shots, I managed to whittle it down to 25 I don't hate.
Care to vote for your faves? Let me know in the comments which you like (in order is useful, but not necessary), or if you're not into any of them (I'm not sure I am), say that too. I won't be hurt - it's helpful information to have. Thanks.

Oh, and pay no mind to the background or the framing - those will can, and will, be adjusted with Photoshop. (I'd wanted to shoot outside, but it was raining.)

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Wheeee! (Do they all look the same to you now? They do to me!) Now go vote!
Friday, July 06, 2007

Sprouting makes things better

My friend, former teacher and now, I suppose, colleague, Caroline turned me on to these:

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Food for Life's Ezekiel 4:9 Organic Sprouted Grain products - like these wraps that you see above. I picked them up at Provigo (that's Loblaws to you outside of Montreal) in the freezer of the Natural Foods section - but it'd be even better to get them at your local health food store (you know, support the little guy).

Maybe I've mentioned this before, but maybe not - when something is sprouted its nutrients become the most bio-available to us that they can be. And because sprouting makes things easier to digest, ever with my wheat intolerance I can comfortably eat their products that contain sprouted wheat. (They do also have gluten-free products for those of you with Celiac's and the like.) A wrap makes a really great meal or snack, thawed or toasted and stuffed with salad, hummus and veggies, or even banana peanut butter and freshly ground flaxseeds. And each wrap contains 6g of protein (thanks, sprouted lentils!) and 5g of fibre.

Yesterday I took a couple of the corn tortillas, toasted them briefly in a dry skillet on the stove top, and made a great lunch:
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Inside is a quick guacamole (1/2 - 1 ripe avocado, a grated clove of garlic and a pinch each of cumin, cayenne/chipotle powder, coriander and sea salt, and a squirt of fresh lemon or lime juice, all mashed together with a fork), slices of tomato and baby greens (both of which are local and organic - yes! it's that time of year!).

Real simple. Yum.


In other domestic news, I have a new knitting project on the go:
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I've progressed since I took this on Wednesday night

I have a strapless dress to wear to a wedding (friends of Ryan's) in Kingston on July 15. I have shoes to go with, but nothing to cover my shoulders. I asked around to more quick and competent knitters about doing a barter with me, but no one took the bait (it's so last-minute, I understand) so I'm doing it myself.

1 ball Rowan Kidsilk Haze (purchased cheap in Edinburgh last summer)
12" US7 Addi Turbo circs (easier than Denise for lace, I find)

I've made up the pattern too because I couldn't find anything online or in my knitting resources that really grabbed me and that I could memorize.

According to my calculations I need to do at least one section (including 4 reps of the lace - that's about 24 rows in a section - and it's taking me between 5 and 15 minutes per row depending on my level of distraction and whether it's a lace row or a straight knit or purl row) each day in order to be done by the 14th. (Don't want to be knitting in the car on the way there!) Thankfully they're letting needles on the plane - I plan to get lots done on my four-day trip down to Florida next week.

Oh and guess what - I finally attended my first SNB since I moved to Montreal last night. The were only three of us at the Cafeo in the Plateau, but it's always nice to chat with other knitters.

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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Exciting news!

Okay, so I disappeared for the month of June.
Blame it on my Shiatsu Final and an unusual amount of visits with my long-distance significant other, amongst other things. And truth be told, my eating habits have been strange and simple with snacks like dates with raw cacao nibs, and glasses of goat's milk with a spoon of raw honey... nothing worth basing a recipe around.

But I have some big news that I can finally announce with confidence as I just slid my contract in the mail today:
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My cookbook is (finally) going to published by Arsenal Pulp Press!
The Canadian Vegan Publisher - they were the ones who brought you How It All Vegan!, Vive Le Vegan!, Foods That Don't Bite Back and the likes.

Expect it next spring.
And the title? As in stands right now it's Get It Ripe: a fresh take on vegan living.




"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.

jae's first book!

Get It Ripe cover Have you seen my award-winning whole foods cookbook Get It Ripe: a fresh take on vegan living (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008)? Keep your eyes peeled for it!
To join the Facebook group for the book, go here.


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