Shower and a Smoothie


I start my day out on the right foot with a hearty breakfast of toast with nut butter, a banana and a cup of coffee, but some days, it just feels right to make my “second breakfast” a really delicious blend of fresh and frozen fruit, like this:

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1-2 frozen bananas (in chunks)
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 Tbsp. coconut yogurt

2 Tbsp. flax meal
1 heaping tsp. dried ginger
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup Kiju cherry-pomegranate juice (or other juice of your choice)
1/2 cup filtered water.

Whiz her up, and pour for some groovy morning fruity-goodness! (Now for that shower!)


In a pickle



I’m not really in any sort of pickle, but I am mad about a sort of pickle.

Have you tried kimchi ?

Kimchi ((a.k.a kimchee or gimchi)  is the national dish of Korea, and I am so glad that it has made its way over to our North American shores.

It’s a Korean side dish that contains fermented cabbage, red chili flakes, onions, garlic, ginger and in some varieties, other vegetables like carrots or broccoli. It is packed with nutrients and fibre, and healthy bacteria that keeps your gut in good shape.

I read about this condiment quite a while ago and had never tried it, but about a month ago, I saw it in the health food market we frequent and decided to pick up a jar.  I’m almost finished my second jar now.  I love this kimchi stuff!


The one I buy is a local product that comes from Green Table Foods (see my sidebar). It is totally vegan (original kimchis use fish products), and is totally addictive! I sometimes find myself just standing next to the fridge, eating it right out of the jar!  The rest of the time, I’ll plunk a bit next to my main course, or my sandwich or even with my breakfast. It is that good!

Do yourself a favour; if you’ve never tried kimchi, don’t be afraid, just buy a jar and see what you think.  If you don’t like it, there’s bound to be someone who will polish it off for you.  Or you could send it to me. 😉

Self-Healing with Miso


I’m sick. Blah! I’ve got a cough, scratchy throat, headache, etc., etc. Not fun, but it did give me the opportunity to try something new. I didn’t feel much like cooking last night, and I put out an appeal to friends on Facebook for some ideas to help me get through this misery. A few people gave the old “hot toddy” remedy, but I wasn’t too keen on that, but my friend Rachel, suggested miso soup. I had some miso boullion in my cupboard so I decided to make some for lunch today.

I added a 1/2 cube of the miso to two cups of boiling water in a pot and then tossed in the following:

1 carrot, speed-peeled and chopped
1/4 beet grated
2 cremini mushrooms, sliced
the end of a bag of frozen edamame
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
some Bragg’s herb mix
extra red chili flakes …

I had made some Gardein veggie burgers for supper last night because they were quick and easy, and to top them, I’d stir-fried 1/2 a red onion, sliced, 1 gala apple, chopped and about a cup of frozen kale, along with some herbs and freshly ground black pepper.There was some of this mixture still in the fridge, so I chucked it into the soup.

When I tasted it, it needed salt, so I ground in some pink Himalayan salt and added about a Tbsp. of Bragg’s soy sauce.

It works! ( I won’t go into detail, but I’m feeling better already!)

If you’re under the weather with a cold, or the flu, try this soup; you’ll feel better too!



Wake-up Call!



2 organic carrots: speed-peeled to core and chopped

1 organic apple, chopped

1 cup organic apple juice

1 heaping tsp. ginger

1/2 cup frozen mango cubes

1 Tbsp. flax meal

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

2 ice cubes


Whiz…pour … and GO!