The People’s Oprah: February Favourite Things

Up next in my Favourite Things line up: my most exciting discovery in the past 12 months. Ready for this? You sure? Tofu. Before you groan, let me clarify. This is not the putty coloured, cement block tofu from your grocery store that feels and tastes like rubber. This is organic tofu made in small … Continue reading

My Favourite Things: January

As part of a new series this year, or perhaps because I’ve been watching too many Oprah reruns, I will be presenting to you some of my favourite things each month. Except these are not diamond-encrusted watches or the latest gadgets (I wish.) Instead. they’re the staples of my kitchen; foods that I turn to … Continue reading

Holiday Swap: Cranberry Sauce

  Ever wondered what goes into that canned cranberry sauce? No surprise: it’s basically cranberries, sugar, and other sweeteners. See my post on alternatives to that sugary concoction on Fooducate (I can’t wait to try that cranberry salsa recipe!)   photo credit: riekhavoc (caught up?) via photopin cc

Guide to Grains Part 2: Life Beyond Quinoa

Now that you’ve tried quinoa, amaranth, barley and millet, I know you’re just dying to find out what other grains are out there, right? Well, good news – there’s lots to choose from! Here are two more of my favourites:   Bulgur for Weight Loss Perhaps bulgur is not the most exciting, sexy grain in the … Continue reading

Ingredient Spotlight: Chia Seeds

  Move over, Chia Pet. Make room, Chia Hair. Chia seeds have graduated from cheesy eighties gag gift to the new superfood on the block. I had heard rumblings about the benefits of chia seeds for a while, but frankly, they seemed too ‘healthy’ to me – I generally shy away from buying peripheral health ingredients … Continue reading

Guide to Grains

At our house, we do a fairly good rotation through the grains, partly because I like to try new healthy things and partly because I just got so damn bored of brown rice, brown rice, brown rice. Over the years I have experimented with quite a few and learned a few things about how and … Continue reading

Supermarket Snack Hacks: Yogurt, The Final Frontier

So, you’ve read the other entries in this series, and now you’re buying plain yogurt from the grocery store and jazzing it up with cinnamon, cocoa powder and coffee, right? Of course you are. But, you ask, what about savoury options, Ms. Hedonist? Can I extend my Yogurt Repertoire even further? Well, ask and ye … Continue reading

Supermarket Snack Hacks – Plain Yogurt

As I promised in this post, I am back with a list of ideas on how to add some snazz to your plain yogurt.  Since most flavoured yogurts include sugar and fillers, a much better option is to buy plain yogurt that you doctor up yourself. It may may seem as dull as mud, but the … Continue reading

Supermarket Survival Guide: Yogurt Aisle

  The yogurt aisle is a minefield of good and bad choices. This is because yogurt has, in food industry-speak, a ‘health halo’ – meaning people perceive it to be healthy. Sometimes it is – and sometimes, not so much. Don’t get me wrong – plain, low fat yogurt is one of the healthiest choices … Continue reading