Smoothie of champions: the Black Forest

For the whole of Home Made Month and October Unprocessed I’ve been having smoothies for breakfast.  The first week was a bit of an adventure for my taste buds.  I couldn’t quite get the balance right.  Sometimes it was too sour, other times too viscous, or had no taste, even once or twice with a weird taste… well you get the idea. Until one day, at around day 12, inspiration hit, and BAM.

Black Forest cake in a glass.

I wouldn’t mind at all if all my days started like this.

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Homemade Nutella

Does one need an excuse to make homemade nutella?

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Pumpkin Doughnut Bites

Nothing says autumn like something made with pumpkin and apple. On the first day of the 2014 edition of Home Made Challenge, which coincides with October Unprocessed, in two separate conversations the topic of doughnuts came up.  And whenever doughnuts peek into the cluttered confines of my mind they tend to grow roots and stay in my mind until I have satisfied my craving.

Two-bite pumpkin doughnuts filled with homemade applesauce. Totally vegan.

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Slapdash winner

You know those hellish winter Mondays, when you get home after a long day at work and it’s too cold to go out again to get groceries, and you’re really craving an elaborate comfort meal but it’s already way past dinner time?

Today was one of those days, but thanks to quick thinking and Rochon Garden’s CSA vegetable box, we were able to throw together a slapdash winner for dinner.

South meets Mid-East at delicious

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Trusty any-fruit squares

I have found the one.

Blueberry chai square

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More on healing

Seeing the positive results in my life in the past month, many friends have been asking me about the process back to health. As a follow up to a previous post about stress and nutrition, I will share in more detail the process of discovering intolerances and how it has helped me.  Please bear in mind that this is only my process, and I am still very much living this journey.  Always consult a doctor and/or naturopath when considering healing approaches.

Before I dive in, I want to share a photo of a recent meal from Havana Café, in Old Ottawa South. I had this amazing plate – fish with tomato and garlic sauce, purple rice and beans, grilled vegetables, fried yucca and plantain.  There was nothing I could not eat on this plate and I felt great afterwards.  It is so wonderful to not have my body break down after eating.

Basa fish with tomato garlic sauce, friend plantain and yucca, purple rice with beans, grilled vegetables

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Coconut Lime Blondies

Ironically, having a bunch of new food intolerances has given me a new resolve to cook more.  I’m excited to be back in the kitchen again, excited with trying out new ingredients, checking out new recipes.  It’s like doing the Home Made Challenge, but less stringent because I always have the option of eating out!

Everybody knows that I have a sweet tooth.  I’m not going to let these food intolerances stop me from satisfying my undying love for sweets – I am determined to find and develop desserts that will not knock me out.

Enter, coconut lime blondies.

 

Coconut lime blondies!

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