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Hearty Homemade Oatmeal

9 Nov

With colder weather taking hold I find, as you might too, that I’m craving warmer meals. With the change to a colder season the body goes into — in my totally UN-scientific opinion — human-hibernation-mode(!) where it needs to conserve energy to keep itself warm and moving. In my mind, this also explains why we tend to hold a little more weight in the winter months (fat/adipose tissue = insulation). Cold foods take more energy for the body to digest, thus leaving less energy for keeping us warm.

This oatmeal recipe is my staple for cold-weather breakfasts and it’s hearty enough to keep the body going until lunch time. You may be thinking, how am I supposed to find time to COOK before work/school/insert-activity-here, but believe me, oatmeal is super quick to prep AND pretty fool-proof (besides forgetting about it while getting ready in the morning and coming back to a burning pan. Believe me. I know :S)

I like to make two to four servings at a time, portion it out, then reheat it on the stove for the next few mornings with a little almond milk. Add the seeds, nuts and other toppings after it’s heated; they’ll stay nice and crunchy and anything containing omega fats will be less likely to go off.

Hello, deliciousness!

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Kitchari & Lessons from nutrition school

1 Nov

Wowza, how time flies! Since my last post (June 29th!) a lot has happened. On somewhat of a whim I relocated to Vancouver, BC, in early August to complete a certificate in Ayurvedic Studies and in September I began the Diploma of Holistic Nutrition at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.

Au revoir, Calgary!

Summer in Vancouver was beautiful and I got to spend a lot of time exploring the city and surrounding areas. The rain started a few weeks ago — as everyone warned me it would — so I’m staying on top of my vitamin D supplements and keeping myself busy with school and socializing (who doesn’t like making new friends!?)

Kitchari with seasoned chicken breast, mesclun, beet and cilantro.

The August Ayurveda intensive was perfectly suited to the information I’ve been searching for. Ayurveda has a very simple, logical (and ancient) approach to medicine where nutrition is one of the key elements. People are treated as individuals with lifestyle programs tailored to each person’s specific constitution or dosha. I learned so much about myself and have been putting all my knowledge to work, especially in the kitchen!

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Homemade Chai Concentrate

29 Jun

Here’s the latest from the Bodhi Tree’s Breathing Room Newsletter.

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It seems this Summer is off to a much wetter and cooler start than usual in Calgary. It seems a bit odd to be thinking of ways to keep warm, but alas, that’s what I’m doing! If you are too, here’s a little something (besides hot yoga!) to do just that. It also aids digestion (fennel and ginger) and maintains balance of the doshas.

Happy Cooking!
Jacinthe
Yoga teacher & kitchen advocate


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Testing a Gluten-Free Pie Shell and Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

4 Apr

I was given a Piccola Cucina gluten-free pie shell to test out and decided to make one of my favourite pies – Lemon Meringue! I particularly like to make this pie when it’s cold out, to remind me of warmer times to come. It’s also perfect for the upcoming Easter weekend if you’re having company over for dinner. Give it a try with any type of pie shell.

Lemon Meringue Pie (modified from the Joy of Cooking)

Lemon Curd
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cup Boiling Water (1/2 cup cold, 1 cup boiling)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
4 eggs
3 tablespoon Butter
1/2 cup/~2-6 Lemons, juiced and zested

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The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

20 Mar

Eggs are one of the best ways to get protein with any meal. Hard-boiled eggs in particular are easy to grab to eat with fruit or a muffin for breakfast or cut into a salad for lunch. If they are overcooked the outside of the yolk will turn slightly greenish, which isn’t very appetizing. So I thought I’d share directions for how I boil eggs that turn out perfect every time!

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Frittata to boost your morning!

6 Mar

Here’s the latest article from the Bodhi Tree’s Breathing Room Newsletter.

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Rise and shine! With the light returning minutes earlier every day, now’s a good time to start getting activity in at the very beginning of the day. Not only does exercise (mental and physical) do great things for your body, but it increases overall productivity, aids with sleep and will help you tidy up other areas of life once you see what you can accomplish.

Whether it’s yoga, the gym, or morning meditation, you may notice a voice inside your head, called the witness, that has a way of talking you out of things – a devil’s advocate, in a sense. I find the witness easiest to ignore if I hop right out of bed, throw on my clothes, and head out the door. If that doesn’t work, visualizing how I’ll feel during my chosen activity usually does the trick.

This month’s recipe is a perfect post-activity breakfast that you can double or triple, then package in smaller containers to have ready at your finger tips. So, make a promise to yourself, pick a day and before you know it, you’ll be catching the early morning Sun every day!

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Eat this! Red Pepper Cashew Paté

28 Feb

I had a hankering for hummus the other day, but only had dried beans on hand. I didn’t feel like waiting for them to soak and then cook, and in the fridge there were about 10 red peppers, so I decided to come up with something that would use some up. I looked up a few nut paté recipes in the original Moosewood Cookbook, made a few modifications, et voilà – delicious paté that I couldn’t stop eating…directly out of the food processor!

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Minestrone Soup You’ll Crave!

17 Feb

Photo by Steve Coutts

This is another of the recipes that I made for a photo shoot with my friend, Steve. It’s the perfect balance of flavours, packed full of vegetables and super yummy! I generally double or triple the recipe,  package in 250 ml containers, then freeze for easy lunch and dinner portions. Add any variety of vegetables, pasta (I actually don’t put it in all the time) and greens (I’ve been using kale). Most of the time I omit the leek and add more onion.

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Spicy Caraway Cheddar Biscotti & Food Blogger Bake Sale Wrap-Up

14 Feb

This past weekend I participated in the 2nd Annual Food Blogger Bake Sale. The event went off amazingly well with fellow food blogger, Vincci Tsui (www.cecinestpasunfoodblog.com), at the helm. I believe we raised over $2000 for Brown Bagging For Calgary’s Kids, but will follow-up with exact numbers!

I made these savoury biscotti and packaged them in twos. If you like biscotti, cheese and spice, then these are for you! A delicious base for any cheese, pickle, jam, preserve…really anything you’d usually spread on a cracker. I usually double this recipe, because for all the baking time and how delicious they are, you’ll wish you had when you’re all done!

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White Bean and Oregano Bruschetta on Sautéed Swiss Chard

7 Feb

My friend Steve is an excellent photographer and offered to come try out some food photography with me. We discovered it’s a lot more complicated than it looks, between garnish, cutlery placement, layering of textures, lighting, other accessories…the list is endless!

photo by Steve Coutts

I cooked a few simple dishes to experiment with. This is the first dish we shot, which I think turned out pretty well and it  was delicious! I modified this recipe from Simply Organic: A Cookbook for Sustainable, Seasonal and Local Ingredients. It called for mustard greens but I used swiss chard because I had lots on-hand. I think any greens that sauté well would work.

Stephanie over at Clockwork Lemon, our friend Rachele, and I had had a baking date a few days earlier where we made this Whole-Wheat and Rye Swirl Loaf. I cut a bunch of slices into triangles, drizzled with grapeseed oil and toasted them in the oven. The hint of caraway every few bites added another touch of deliciousness too!

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