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April 2011

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Photo by VirtualErn

It snowed last week in Vancouver. That’s not headline news, but it is almost May, and it’s Vancouver, which although wet, is supposed to at least be mild. As I write this, it’s sunny and bright out. I’ve never felt noticeably negatively affected by bad weather. I kind of hunker down for the winter and don’t really pay attention to the weather  – it is what it is. But on days like today, it’s apparent how alive I feel on a sunny day. When It’s bright out, I just feel like I want to do stuff. It’s like an energy / mood boost. The sun streaming through the window makes me want to jump out of bed in the morning. And it’s how I feel all summer. Which makes me wonder what it’d be like to live somewhere with more sun, like California – I notice there’s a large group of the paleo community in that neck of the woods. Do people always feel more energetic / vibrant there, or is it something that you get used to, so it stops having that affect? If most days are sunny, then maybe it doesn’t feel like you gotta take advantage of the day, because tomorrow and the day after are likely to be sunny also? Or is that just me making myself feel better… :P Keep reading…

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Sausage-Chard-Feta-Frittata

This slightly modified frittata recipe from Epicurious is by far the best frittata I’ve ever tasted. I think it’s the feta cheese that really makes it unique – it’s not so much that you can distinctly taste the feta, it’s more that like with many of the best recipes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And the little nuggets of sausage throughout also add a lot to the dish, in terms of both texture and flavor, especially if you buy a spicier sausage. It actually takes pretty decent cold, too – which makes it a versatile batch cooking lunch.

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Milk, Curry, and Goats

April 13, 2011

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Photo by publicenergy

While grocery shopping at Whole Foods this weekend, I spotted Meeru Dhalwala, co-owner with husband Vikram Vij, of Vij’s and Rangoli. As I previously mentioned, Vij’s is considered “easily among the finest Indian restaurants in the world,” and Rangoli is the bistro next door. I love how flavourful Indian cuisine is. I think it’s a common misconception that Indian food has to be spicy (spicy meaning heat). Some of the best Indian food I’ve had was chockfull of spices but packed very little heat. Instead, it had a complex and rich medley of flavours. Curry is one of my favourite foods to make and eat. In fact, although I generally avoid nightshades, I draw the line at spices (e.g. paprika and cayenne), which are quite common in curries. So I was a little excited to have spotted Meeru. I overheard her saying that she was there to pick up some dairy for one or their dishes, but that her 2 daughters drink raw milk. I thought that was pretty cool – if you’re going to drink milk, make it raw. I wonder where they source their raw milk. It’s illegal in Canada, but there’s a loophole via cowshares. The nearest cowshare is in Chilliwack, Home on the Range, which has been in and out of operation due to authorities persistently attempting to shut it down. Although if anyone can source raw milk, I’m sure it’s these two restauranteurs. Keep reading…

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Eating Out

April 11, 2011

Photo by Robert S. Donovan

Some people find a few good restaurants, and they’re done. When they wish to eat out, its not really a matter of where, but rather, which one of these tried and true places do they feel like? Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people. Yes, for super casual / fast food, I have a few go-to’s. If I’m spending less than $12 on a meal, then I’m not overly fussy. But anything more than that, and the main criteria for me is trying someplace new. The adventure of trying a new place is just part of the dining experience for me, and I generally try not to frequent the same spot more than once. There’s so many great places to eat in Vancouver, why not explore? I’d rather end up eating a mediocre dish, having tried a new restaurant than to have the great same old, same old. Keep reading…

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I didn’t think I’d ever be eating pizza again. It was one of the foods I had given up when going paleo / primal. Or was it? I make substitutions when cooking all the time. But I don’t like eating variations of foods that just make me crave the real thing. So I was excited but skeptical about this Sicilian-style pizza at Erica’s blog, “Stuff I Make My Husband”. As part of her “Great Pizza Experiment”, she actually made and compared 12 different non-grain pizzas (lucky husband!). We used that Sicilian-style pizza recipe for the base, and topped it with venison prosciutto (from Oyama), shredded roasted chicken, spinach, mozzarella, caramelized red onions, and pineapple (my favourite topping). Keep reading…

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