Using Up Kitchen Scraps: Part 2

Folks, I’m happy to report that my struggles in using up the endless march of autumn produce are finally paying off. In fact, today I had pumpkin soup and sauteed brussels sprouts for dinner just so I could cross brussels sprouts off my list of endangered foods! That’s commitment for you. As promised, here are some … Continue reading

Hot and Sour Shrimp Wonton Soup

Friends, I’m sad to say it, but winter is already here. Yesterday, preparing for a crisp fall walk through the leaves, I opened the door and was promptly hit with a blustery chill wind that made my eyes water and my ears freeze. I mean, I know I complained a little this year, but seriously? … Continue reading

GMO: Now, We’ll never know

Even though I’m Canadian, I was watching the election with bated breath. Not only because I’m a firm Obama suporter, but because I believed strongly in Prop 37. Proposition 37 was a landmark proposition put to Californian voters to label GMO foods. Unfortunately, despite overwhelming voter support a few months ago, Prop 37 was defeated … Continue reading

Doing some renovations…

Sorry if it’s quiet around here, folks – as you can see, I’ve moved into some new digs and I’m trying to spruce the place up a little. There will be lots of boxes (and broken links) lying around for a while…but in the mean time, you can read my blog post about my other … Continue reading

Pimp My Grocery list: Fazilah

Yes folks, it’s time for another edition of Pimp My Grocery List! If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you can get the lowdown here. Basically, I am ‘renovating’ readers’ grocery lists, suggesting healthier options for what they put in their carts every week. I’m not trying to make everything spic and span, now … Continue reading

Putting Kitchen Scraps to Good Use

I’ve been thinking a lot about respect for food lately. It all started with an interview I did with Zahra Parvinian, board member at the Toronto Food Policy Council (I’ll be sharing this interview next week.) She talked about how, as an immigrant, she was disturbed by the North American attitude towards food. She thinks of the … Continue reading

Interview with Rhonda Teitel-Payne of The Stop

As part of this blog, I love to speak to inspirational people who are changing the face of health and wellness – either in their own lives or for a larger audience. That’s why it was such a pleasure to speak with Rhonda Teitel-Payne, Green Barn Manager for the Stop Community Food Centre. Instead of operating … Continue reading

Claim Games: How Manufacturers Make a Label Sound Better Than it Actually is

I’ve talked here before about marketing claims you should watch for on packages, but did you know that there’s ingredients you should watch for too? I’ve always said that the ingredient list never lies, but unfortunately, because more and more consumers are reading the ingredient list,more and more companies are learning to ‘spin’ it. They are legally … Continue reading

How to Build A Better Breakfast

As I said in my Supermarket Survival Guide on cereal, there are a lot of Sneaky Peters out there in the cereal aisle – cereals that promise low-fat, wholesome goodness but rarely deliver. Don’t get me wrong – I think cereal is an easy, nutritious way to start the day, as long as you build your bowl … Continue reading

Supermarket Suspects: Healthy Foods that Don’t Deliver

So we’ve talked about granola, crackers and juice as being less healthy than they’re touted to be. But are there any more suspects lurking on the supermarket shelves? Of course there are! My top contenders (plus healthier switch-outs) below: Veggie Wraps: Standing in the cafeteria line at work waiting for my sandwich, I’d always look longingly at … Continue reading