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Time to come out of the storage room.

So the past few days I have been trying in vain to a) fight off an impending sore throat and cold and more importantly b) de-clutter by life.  I am sad to report neither is going very well right now.  The sore throat and whatever ickma accompanies it is taking me down faster than a cheetah takes down a gazelle and as a result things in the basement/closets have just about ground to a halt.  This is so frustrating because all I want to do is get rid of everything!!

This week with me being on holidays I have very little shoe action to blog about as it was pretty much heinous Birkenstocks/shearling boots/heinous Birks again – you get the picture.  I did however do a fair amount of cooking and took photos of my culinary accomplishments.

Back in the good old days (aka January) the heart stomper suggested I watch Food Inc., a documentary that in part examines the industrial production of meat (chicken, beef, and pork), exposing it as inhumane and economically and environmentally unsustainable.  Now what you need to know that I am one of those people who can only eat meat if I suspend my disbelief and pretend that the chicken or beef magically occurs on the styrofoam trays found in the supermarket.  If eating meat depended on me raising an animal for food or hunting, you would find me happily out there on my hands and knees foraging for nuts and berries.

Although initially I denied the heart stompers request to show me the video, coincidentally it was being shown on CBC’s Passionate Eye right around the same time… so I watched it… big mistake.  Big, big, mistake.  So, as a result, I am currently embracing the idea of giving up meat in a permanent way.  Sigh.  I mean I love veggies as much as the next person but because I am allergic to eggs and have trouble digesting wheat and dairy giving up the little meat I currently consume is a big, hairy, inconvenient deal.

So in return for my serious attempt to give up the hard stuff I bought myself some new cookbooks and started following more vegan blogs online.  Although I would generally consider myself quite a good (and healthy) cook, this week has been an exercise in experimentation, trying some new recipes on for size.  Following are some of the delicious results!

Salad with Tahini Avacado Dressing

I got the recipe for this Tahini Avacado Dressing from a fantastic blog called Oh She Glows .  I didn’t have any chickpeas so I didn’t make the salad she suggested, so I made a regular salad and used her recipe for “Taco Meat” from her Taco Salad recipe instead.  Just FYI I had made the Taco Salad the night before and it was delicious, but didn’t take a photo.

Next up was one of my old standby’s – Gallo Pinto and fried ripe plantains.  I don’t actually have a recipe for this as I learned how to make it when I lived in Costa Rica so I just throw everything together when I finally have ripe plantains.  The only “special ingredient” would be the Salsa Lizano (pictured) which is like ketchup to Costa Ricans – they put it on everything!

Gallo Pinto and Platanos Frito

Tonight’s dinner (below) was a combination of one recipe and one winging-it dish.  First off was Roasted Broccoli (on the left) from another vegan blog I follow called In My Box (ya I know – not the best name lol!)  The other dish is something I made up years ago from things I had in my cupboard.  I’ve made this sort of thing many times – EVOO, garlic, dill, capers, mushrooms and lemon juice with pasta, sometimes throwing in seafood, sometimes other veggies, basically whatever I have around.  Today I also added some nooch (nutritional yeast) which made it super creamy and cheezy tasting and tossed it with brown rice linguini.  Just as a note I managed to eat less than half of both – there’s no way I could eat that much pasta in one sitting!!

Roasted Broccoli and Mystery Pasta

So the sore throat and ickma continues and the basement isn’t cleaning itself but I managed to make myself some lovely food and take care of my soul this week, which is just about all anyone can ask from holidays isn’t it?


CBC Canada Reads and a confession…

OK so in the “About Me” section I admitted I read, but I didn’t really come clean about my extreme voracious reading syndrome.  Oh how I adore reading!!  As a consequence my second favourite time of year is the CBC Canada Reads debates.  (The first being May 15th International Fluevog Day, naturally.)

For those of you who aren’t in the know, Canada Reads is CBC Radio’s annual battle of the books, where five Canadian personalities select the book they think Canadians should read.  Each personality selects a book to defend and the books are eliminated one by one until a winner is declared.  The debates air on CBC Radio One.  This year the contenders were:

Debbie Travis, defending The Birth House by Ami McKay

Ali Velshi, defending The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

Georges Laraque, defending The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

Lorne Cardinal, defending Unless by Carol Shields

Sara Quin, defending Essex County by Jeff Lemire

OK so here’s where I admit my super nerdiness and my chronic extreme voracious reading syndrome.  Each year as soon as the Canada Reads book list comes out I spring into action and order them all from my local library.  I try to read as many of the books before the beginning of the debates and then spend the whole week glued to the radio cheering for the book I most enjoyed.

I managed to get all but Essex County from the library before the debates.  I read Unless (loved it), The Birth House (liked it), part of The Bone Cage (blech, couldn’t get through it) and am currently working on The Best Laid Plans (love, love, love it thus far).  I threw my weight behind Unless by Carol Shields because it is an amazing read and I adore it’s defender Lorne Cardinal (we’re Facebook friends!!).

Unfortunately Unless didn’t win in spite of Lorne’s eloquent defence, and The Best Laid Plans took the contest.  I’m about 1/3 of the way through that book and I’m really enjoying it.  I’m not sure it’s for everyone, but as a good portion of the Canadian public really enjoys political humour (which totally explains my not-so-secret crush on Rick Mercer…) I think it’s worth your time to give it a go.

Now it’s confession time.  I bought something yesterday.  I know, I know I’m supposed to be on the GAAD and it was only February 8th and I’d gone and blown the pledge already.  In my defense though I wasn’t actually shopping or planning to shop and it wasn’t emotional shopping because I was feeling bad and needed a pick up.  It was merely a matter of requiting love.

I have been walking past this particular store for months now and they had a coat in their window that I came to adore with all my heart.  This particular store specializes in Aboriginal style clothing and accessories, by which I mean beaded items, moccasins, etc and is VERY expensive, so I lusted in private but never thought it would be mine (much the same feeling as I have about Rick Mercer, and strangely LL Cool J).  Well after my fantastic laughs with my old friends yesterday I again walked by the store and thought I’d throw caution to the wind and go inside and see how much it was. (Do you see that red flashing light??  Well I was ignoring it…)

To make an inordinately long story even longer, there was only one (and they only ever ordered one), it was beautiful, it was my size, it fit perfect, it was 50% off (still expensive mind you) and they gave me an extra 10% off it I was attending the convention at the attached hotel (and if by attending they meant walking by from the parking lot to my office then yes I was!).

I decided to give it to myself for my birthday this year which is not until next month so I won’t be wearing it or posting any pictures  of it before that time… OK maybe I’ll wear it if it warms up enough to wear it… oh look at that, the forecast calls for 0C on Saturday and +3C on Sunday… again there’s that annoying red flashing light… probably best just to ignore it…