Sunday, February 21, 2010

Veggie delight

Even though I know, I don't always do. I know I feel amazing when I only eat veggies, but I keep eating meat. Lately I don't feel like eating meat, so I decided to prepare a super veggie meal. We had my favourite salad, eggplant parmesan and some lychee nuts for dessert.
My favourite salad and dressing are from Natalia Rose's The Raw Food Detox Diet, as I've said before I love this book!!  Even though I'm not following the book as I hope to soon, I am trying to incorporate many raw foods and meals. Eating this way always give me a clean energy, as opposed to the jittery energy I get from coffee. Here are the recipes:

Ambrosia Salad(slightly modified, I leave out the beet because it turns the salad pink and it looks weird)

Makes 4 to 6 servings (we ate almost the whole thing with 2 people, but we like to eat alot)

1 bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 large carrot, sliced into matchstick pieces
1 zucchini, sliced into matchstick pieces
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup apples, sliced into matchstick pieces
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1/2 jalapeno diced
1/2 cup dried unsulfured cranberries
1/2 cup sliced sunchokes(Jerusalem artichokes) into matchstick pieces (I didn't have any of these this time and it was still delicious, but they definitely add a little something if you have them and if you've never tried them - you have to, they're so yummy and I also love them sliced and roasted)
1/4 cup packed fresh mint
1/2 cup packed fresh basil
1/2 bunch packed fresh cilantro

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Top with:

Liquid Gold Elixir dressing

Makes 4 cups (I made 1/3 of this recipe since I only had a little ginger left and it was enough for the salad and I have dressing left for this week)

2 cups fresh lemon juice
3 whole cloves garlic
3 tablespoons minced ginger
3 tablespoons Nama Shoyu soy sauce (this is raw(unpasteurized) soy sauce, I'm sure you could use regular, this soy sauce is delicious though, it's kind of milder like the low sodium kind)
3 heaping tablespoons raw honey (or more if desired - use it to balance out tartness of lemon juice)
1 1/2 cups cold-pressed olive oil

Place all of the ingredients except the oil in blender. Begin blending at normal speed. As the mixture is blending, slowly add the oil until it's completely blended(I added the oil at once). This recipe should last over a week in the fridge.

That's it for the salad. Now on to the eggplant parmesan. 

Eggplant Parmesan

I originally saw this recipe made on The View to promote Alton Brown's book Good Eats. I don't have this book, but based on this deliciousness, I want to try more recipes. I found this fun video of the recipe, which shows how it only takes 1 minute to make. When Alton was on The View, he said that to prepare the eggplant; he peeled and sliced it and then salted the slices and laid them out on a cookie sheet for about 15 minutes - the perfect time for making the salad. The slices will sweat out the bitterness and then you just pat them dry and slice into noodles.

Time for some more Olympics! Let me know if you try any of these recipes :)
Sorry about the crappy layout, apparently blogger and my mac don't agree, it won't let me use the spacing or the font sizes that I tell it, do any of you have these problems or any solutions - maybe typepad?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Got my first postcard...

My first postcard from my new adventure in Postcrossing arrived yesterday all the way from Germany. I love these traditional costumes because they remind me of the family trip to Europe I went on when I was nine. I collected dolls in traditional costumes from almost every country we visited.
So far, I've mailed postcards to England, China, Brazil, U.S.A., Thailand and Finland. The one to England reached it's destination and 3 days later, mine arrived from Germany. So fun!!!
There hasn't been much posting here lately because I'm caught up in the Olympics. The men's snowboard halfpipe last night was unreal!!! Off to watch the ladies' halfpipe...

Thursday, February 11, 2010


After talking with my honey the other day about how it's so much easier being nerdy as an adult than it was as a kid, I found a new nerdy hobby. I loved stamps as a kid and had a small collection even though I was convinced that this was nerdy behaviour. I'm so excited to have found Postcrossing. You send postcards to people all over the world and then you get postcards from all over the world. 
I went out to buy postcards and discovered that they're not everywhere. I only managed to find cheesy touristy ones. I think pictures of the city is what many people want to receive, but spare me the multicoloured early nineties font. I'm going to have to check out some museum gift shops and art shops. If anyone knows a great spot to find postcards in Toronto, please let me know.

I've found some adorable postcard sets on etsy. Wouldn't you love to receive one of these beautiful illustrations in the mail rather than a bill?

I have to wait until people receive my cards and then it'll be my turn. The Postcrossing site chooses random addresses for you send to and then random people are chosen to send to you. You're not writing back and forth unless you choose to do so. So cool! I can't wait to see the postcards/stamps I get. You can request what type of cards you like and I'm hoping to be sent art from around the globe.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Colours me pretty

This photo of Emma Watson caught my eye at skona hem and the search was on for the rest of this series by Norman Jean Roy which originally appeared in Teen Vogue.  I love the jewel tones, the fantasy and the mix of new and old. Someday I'll get around to watching Harry Potter.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Liu Bolin disappears

Liu Bolin paints himself to match the background -- amazing!! The patience this must take to get the photo just right... I'd love to see his process, does he paint the clothes before he puts them on?

images via artnet via pois rouge