DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
It's that time of year when the hot heat of the summer shifts to shorter and cooler days. I have to say, this year that shift seemed a bit abrupt to me. September in beautiful Vancouver, BC is usually quite nice, but let me tell you, it's been rather wet! An early start to our "rainy" season I suppose.
So...this is my new favourite soup. Have I said that before?
Spicy, warming, rich and creamy while meeting my 3 very important criteria for a dish: Simple to make, extremely Nourishing (not only for the body but the mind & soul too) and, yes you guessed it Delicious. I hope you know by now that I wouldn't share a recipe with you that didn't meet these three expectations. Why not get the best BANG for your BUCK?
Spring has sprung here on the West Coast! Flowers are poppin', all the shades of green are as vibrant as ever and I've officially changed my closet over!
It's usually around this time of year I feel a deep urge to update a few lifestyle habits, some of which include: cleaning and organizing my house from top to bottom (this usually takes a few months!), spending more time outdoors, getting my hands in the dirt, connecting more with family and friends and simplifying the foods I eat. I'm often compelled to do a cleanse during the Spring, which to me feels more like the "new year."
In honour of National Nutrition Month, I wanted to share with you 13 Easy ways to Improve your Health with FOOD. These are all simple practices that can easily be incorporated into your life. You don't need fancy equipment, spend hundreds of dollars on obscure ingredients or go on a diet (they don't work anyways).
Did you know chocolate (real chocolate) is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet?! Did you know that's it's full of magnesium and magnesium just happens to be one of the most used nutrients in our body keeping our muscle and nerve function steady.
Have I told you how much I love fermented foods? And I'm not talking about the Bick's Pickles or Sauerkraut that you'd find on the shelf of a supermarket that's been sitting there for who knows how long. I'm talking about real, traditional, lacto-fermented food and beverages that are teaming with bacteria (the good kind), lactic acids, vitamins, minerals and all the other good stuff.
My son's been asking me to make pickled carrots for about a month. I finally made them and honestly, I don't know why it took me so long. Life I guess. But, these literally take about 10 minutes to prep and 3-7 days to ferment.
What is Inflammation?
Inflammation is a natural process that happens in the body to protect and heal our bodies from infection, damage and irritants. It helps us to eliminate damaged tissues or cells so that they can repair. Inflammation is necessary in many cases but if it sticks around for too long it can lead to serious health concerns.
There's nothing like giving a home-made gift made with your very own hands. Not only are homemade gifts made with TLC, they can also be very economical and an activity that can get one or more sets of hands involved. If we're close, you've likely received something home-made from me. Being a creative and practical person, I often like to give gifts that you can eat.....or slather on your body ;)
If you know me well then you know that I love bath and body care products. Back in the day I had my own line of products called Omniscents. It was a fun hobby that sparked my creativity and deepened my knowledge of natural skin care products. I sold my products mostly around the holidays in craft markets, to family, friends and co-workers.
One of my great joys in life is cooking! As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) & food lover I continue to explore the balance between healthy, traditional food preparation and tasty dishes.
Check out my new COOKBOOK! Planting Seeds of Nourishment with over 40 whole-foods based recipes and tons of nutrition info!