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January 2012

When Dark Chocolate Isn’t

January 31, 2012

Valrhona-Chocolate
Image by EverJean

There is a lot of chocolate out there masquerading as “dark”. If I see a chocolate labeled as “dark”, all it means to me is that I have to check the cacao percentage. If it doesn’t list it, I don’t buy it. Why? Because “dark” doesn’t really mean anything. There is no regulation in North America as to what constitutes “dark” chocolate. Consumers seek out dark chocolate because it’s healthier, and makes for a more guilt-free treat. And so companies label their chocolates as dark, wanting to sell more. Of course, since dark chocolate is higher quality (more cocoa liquor and butter and less sugar), it costs more. But if companies can label their regular chocolates as dark, and still charge more – Ka-Ching! What a great business plan. Win-win for the company, lose-lose for the consumer.

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Batch Cooking (Jan. 29/12)

January 30, 2012

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Yes, it was a few hours of pandemonium :P

But, now I have food ready to go for almost the entire week.

That’s the joy of batch cooking :)

On the menu this week: coconut chicken, creamy coleslaw with olive oil mayo, and beef lettuce wraps with chimichurri.

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Do you ever peek into other people’s shopping carts, or gawk at their purchases at the check-out? Do you then try to figure out what kind of diet, if any, they’re on? Followed perhaps by a quick glance at the shopper to evaluate the success of that diet?

Somehow I doubt I’m the only one ;) In which case, you might find my weekly shopping loot interesting.

*These groceries are for 1 week, 2 people, and exclude previously purchased meat that may be used from the freezer.

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“But if you don’t eat bread, what the heck do you eat??”

This post should answer that question and then some. Check out the images below of everything that I ate this past week to see the extent of my suffering on this paleo/primal “diet”.

Steak & eggs, tarragon chicken, and cabbage rolls – what could be tastier, or easier? Keep reading…

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Vij’s Lamb Popsicles

January 28, 2012

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I’ve gushed previously about the best Indian food in Vancouver (if not North America), at Vij’s. There are a few ways to experience Vij’s food. There’s the restaurant, of course. As well as the bistro next door, Rangoli. The bistro also sells frozen packaged meals which you can re-heat at home. And then there’s the two cookbooks, Vij’s: Elegant and Inspired Indian Cuisine and Vij’s at Home: Relax, Honey.

I have a confession. Although I’ve had the signature lamb popsicles a few times at Vij’s, amazingly enough I actually love the home-cooked  cookbook version even more! It ends up turning out more sweet (in a good way) than spicy, and also creamier for whatever reason. It’s the special occasion go-to dish that always gets rave reviews. People who don’t like lamb or Indian food have professed their love for this dish. Keep reading…

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