Category Archives: Writing

Vegmap is Updated!

I have updated the Vegmap for Ottawa, and ADDED a new map for Montreal!! What a wonderful day!

Enjoy exploring and eating, everyone!

This was part of a chef’s menu at Cafe My House in Hintonburg Ottawa. This restaurant is a gamechanger, combining the wine bar concept with raw vegan dishes.

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The Pleasure of Picnic Planning

It’s Labour Day weekend and we are celebrating by labouring on a picnic extravaganza. It gives me great pleasure to plan out a picnic – from the menu to the logistics. Thinking about the menu and making sure everything fits together harmoniously, the cooking order, storage, timing, how to transport and serve, appeals to my inner organization-obsessed nerd. In the lead-up to Home-Made Month in October, we’ll cover some of our new recipes developed over the past few months, and feature some new guest writers. Maybe, I’ll even update the vegmap for Ottawa!

Our menu for the picnic potluck:

Others will bring:

  • Mango Slaw
  • Porcetta

We’ll post photos on our next update, with some new recipes!

Happy September, everyone!

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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On stress and healing through nutrition

This new year has been a whirlwind of things that can be summed up by this sketch I did at work one day.

Crushed, by too many things. Ink pen on sticky note. Momo Lambkin 2014

First, I got over the high of being a new Master’s student, and really got into the hard part of working full time and being a student.  Like working late into the night with assignments and course readings after a long 9 hour work day.  Like not having enough time to make food to feed myself.  Like the only source of nutrition I was getting was from the milk I put in my coffee.

Then, February came.  February meant no sunlight, on top of not getting the recommended intake of fruit and water daily.  Fruit`s expensive in the winter, people! February also saw me prepare and write 2 exams, deliver a really *really* big project in Asia, and at the same time, finish a final project for school with a remote team.  Oh and 2 less days in the month in which to do all of the things.  What kept me going were my amazing classmates, colleagues, and Donica from the Café Vérité who made delicious and nutritious meals at my workplace.  You might notice that I didn’t put friends in that list because I simply had no time to socialize.

Despite my support network, I felt like I was being crushed.  I had migraines and/or massive joint pain every day, I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning, and I wanted everything to just end.  I had a health crisis.  I needed to do something about it, and so I went to see a naturopath-nutritionist.

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Home Made Challenge – Week 1 Recap

This year’s Home Made Challenge follows on the heels of a particularly gruelling three weeks away from home – two of which was spent in a remote location with little access to real food.  I came back to an empty fridge, feeling like I’ve completely lost my food literacy.

Eerily beautiful and isolated campus at Royal Roads University – it is right on the ocean.

The first few days of November -after a debauched weekend in Montreal eating tonnes of real Chinese food- I went back to comfort food when I had to cook for myself. For me, it’s noodles with vegetables and an egg with a runny yolk.  I grew up eating versions of this simple combination of starch-vegetable-egg topped with sesame oil and soy sauce – we would have it on white rice or on noodles.  My favourite was Chinese broccoli and fried egg on rice.

Ultimate comfort: ramen noodles topped with teriyaki stir fried vegetables and a soft-boiled egg.

Cooking and eating this dish helped me reintegrate back into normal life that involved cooking my own food and packing lunch.  (Admission: I hadn’t packed a lunch since the summer..)  Over the past week, I’ve made pita chips, quinoa brownies, tonnes of noodles and pasta, zucchini  fritters and even a Thai curry.  All delicious, all super easy to make.  I do get the random craving to just go and buy some ready-to-eat food though.

Tonight, when I tire of working on my essay, I plan on making some sunbutter cookies.  Because it snowed for the first time today.  (But do I really need an excuse to bake?)

Week 1 recap

Update!

2013 has come and gone – this year has been wild.  WILD, I tell you.  In that I started a new job, started my Master’s, and travelled to many parts of the world!  That’s why I haven’t been updating Mighty Good Eats, to my sadness.

But, I am starting to hit a rhythm with school and work (finally) and I get a few months where I don’t get to travel!  So, here I am again!

Mighty Good Eats has seen many changes over the years, from having two authors, to one, from only being a recipe depository, to a full blog with resources.  I am proud of the little blog that could, and I’m proud to be challenging myself to get back into it again!

First, November this year will be Home Made Challenge month.  Let’s see how I fare this time – I will be trying more quinoa recipes, more vegan recipes, and more meal planning!

Secondly, I will be focusing on fast, nutritious, and single-serving meals, because my household will be, for a significant period of time, of one.  Even my cat is on vacation!

Off I go, to make my first meal of November – chai oatmeal.

Sadness Brownies vs Happiness Macarons

These last few months have been a drag, when it comes to food and general well being.  There was the darkness.  The cold.  The insane hours at work.  The work-travel.  Did I mention the darkness and the cold?

Forlorn statues in the University of Ottawa courtyard

Ottawa was stuck in a never-ending winter, and I was stuck in a rut.  Again.  It got so bad that I wasn’t even cooking anymore.  Aspiring webcomic artist Abby Howard hailing from Montreal captured exactly what I was going through, in this comic: Sadness Brownies.

Time passes inevitably, and eventually, spring came.  This week.  And with spring, comes a general sense of renewal, and some sort of strange… empowerment.  I dug out my juicer that had been in storage for a year, and my Juice for Life book by Ruth Tal Brown of Toronto’s Fresh Restaurant.  It’s amazing what a difference sunlight and vitamins make in ones’ life!

Slowly but surely, I woke from my winter slump.  As a first step towards reintegration into the kitchen, I decided to tackle head-on something I’ve been fearing for a long time: the mighty MACARON.

In the middle of a Gatineau suburb, I trudged on a Saturday afternoon to a cooking school run by a kooky-but-down-to-earth French man.  I felt good, for the first time in a long time.  And it helped that at the end of the class we got to take home a whole box (2 batches!) of macaron.  If that didn’t cheer me up, I don’t know what will.

Since Saturday I have made 3 more batches of macaron and I am still not sick of them.  Ladies and gentlemen, Momo’s back!

Success!