04 May 2016
in Drinks, food, health, recipes, science
Tags: avoiding sugar, cook books, fruit, limes, punch, reviews, soda water, Star Wars, Stevia
May the fourth be with you!
Enjoy a replay of a recipe we posted a few years back for a summertime drink that’s as good for you as it tastes. Fresh lime juice gives this cooler its Yoda color, and sparkling water adds the bubbles. For a gourmet touch, add some lime sorbet.
Click here for the recipe.
15 Mar 2016
in Drinks, food, recipes
Tags: cava, cocktail, fruit, oranges, Spanish, wine
Spanish tapas dinner party
It’s that wonderful time of year when we host our annual gourmet dinner, which has been going on for a very long time now. We never get tired of trying out new recipes for our friends.
This year we chose a Spanish tapas theme, with the hope that we could prepare many of the dishes ahead of time and just enjoy ourselves on the evening.
To welcome our guests, we served a cocktail originating from Valencia, where oranges reign supreme. More
10 Nov 2015
in books, Desserts, Drinks, food, Side dishes
Tags: Fool, fruit, gooseberries, leeks, pudding, roibus, tea, war
Redwall Abbey – A child’s delight
To honor the people who gave their all in the Great Wars, I’m reposting some recipes I first brought to you in 2012. These traditional recipes were in vogue during the scarce years of the Second World War… but many probably go back much farther than that, handed down by mothers and mother’s mothers in Britain ever since they began to grow potatoes and cabbages… and gooseberries! More
04 Aug 2015
in food, health
Tags: beans, berries, broccoli, diet, fruit, kale, mushrooms, nuts, onions, pomegranates, seeds, spinach, tomatoes, vegetables
Eat more leaves and berries… and onions. And tomatoes!
Eating for a long life
Put these 10 foods on your grocery list every week and you’ll up your chances of living a longer, healthier, happier life! So says Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D. More
28 Apr 2015
in food, health, recipes, Salads, stories
Tags: antioxidants, fruit, garlic, mango, peas, vinaigrette
“I love mangoes,” Isla said one day. “Can we grow some?”
Vinny sighed. “Not here in Canada, kiddo. Mango trees thrive in India, where people call mangoes the Food of the Gods. Mango trees live long and prosper there. Some specimens are over 300 years old and still going strong.”
Isla put on her sad face. More
10 Mar 2015
in Appetizers, food, health, recipes
Tags: cheese, chocolate, fruit, gourmet, hors d'oeuvre, lemon, lingonberries, nuts, party food
BeaverTails on ice
Anyone who’s skated Ottawa’s Rideau Canal knows all about our iconic BeaverTails. Nobody ever leaves the ice without a bite of these sugary deep-fried pastries decorated with cinnamon, chocolate, or lemon, or some other delightful combination of sweet and sour.
As I was focusing on Ottawa’s winter wonderland for my gourmet dinner party, Frozen in Ottawa, I thought tiny BeaverTails would make a perfect hors d’oeuvre. They would go well with the sweetly tart cocktail we served, Frozen Blues.
BeaverTails are served hot on the Canal. But as my theme was “frozen,” I served mine cold. More
16 Sep 2014
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: carrots, eyes, fiber, fruit, grapes, Greek yogurt, heart, vegetables, vitamin K
A duck walked up to a lemonade stand. And he said to the man
running the stand… “Hey…. Got any grapes?”
The man said, “No, we just sell lemonade. It’s cold and it’s fresh and it’s all home made. Can I get you a glass?” The duck said, “I’ll pass.” (waddle waddle waddle)
I feel just like that persistent little duckie in Bryant Oden’s wickedly humorous song who wouldn’t give up until he found some grapes.
Unlike the duck, when I find grapes I know just what I’ll do with them. More
05 Aug 2014
in food, recipes, Salads
Tags: carbohydrates, cheese, colorful veggies, cruciferous veggies, dressings, dried fruit, fruit, leafy vegetables, nuts, protein, seeds
Lego salad tower!
I used to find salads a chore – so much washing, peeling, and chopping. All that, only to end up with tasteless, watery, food suitable only for hamsters.
But then I discovered Lego salads.
Remember Emmet, from the Lego Movie? When he sings, “Everything is awesome when you’re part of a team,” it hit me: What is salad if not a well-oiled team? More
22 Jul 2014
in food, recipes, Salads, stories
Tags: fruit, leafy vegetables, oils, spices, vinegar
Beet and apple vinaigrette. Full of fight-o-nutrients!
Will waved his grandpa’s cane in front of him, as if he were fending off a stampeding herd of dinosaurs. “Fight-O-nutrients!” he roared, charging across the room. “I need some for lunch, please, Vinny?”
I braced for a high five, as Will raced back toward me, his free hand raised, his sword hand busy. “Gotta keep my energy up!”
No problemo,” I said. “It’s summer time and the livin’-healthy thing is easy. Just eat lots of bright veggies and fruits, and phytonutrients are yours for the taking. These are salad days!”
“Salads are boring. And I hate veggies,” moaned Will. “Isn’t there something else?” More
26 Nov 2013
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, science, stories
Tags: avocados, children, chocolate, fruit, mangos, mousse, omega 9 fatty acids, omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, pudding
A healthy chocolate dessert
Instead of the suspicious fats usually lurking in rich desserts from heavy cream and butter, this chocolate pudding hides a secret agent known far and wide for his success in fighting disease. His name? Detective Avocado. More
05 Nov 2013
in Desserts, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: birthday, cake, eggs, family, fruit, gluten free, nuts, presentation, sugar
The gluten-free birthday cake challenge
Totally in awe is the only way to describe my state at 1:00 am on the eve of my sister’s birthday, as I stared at my work.
I had been in desperate need of a cake. Not just any cake… but a gluten-free confection, so the birthday girl could have some, too.
Chef Janet Rörschåch’s blog suggested a beautiful angel-light cake made from eggs and ground nuts, decorated with vanilla-infused fruit and boozy whipped cream.
The pièce de resistance was glittering threads of sugar, spun from hazel nut centers. Perfect! More
04 Sep 2013
in food, health, recipes, Soups, stories
Tags: cold soups, correcting flavor problems, cucumbers, fruit, gazpacho, gourmet, liquor, pineapples
Like Harry Potter’s phoenix, good things can rise up again.
When a person insists on changing recipes, stuff can go hay-wire. Take this pineapple gazpacho, for example. More
23 Jul 2013
in Drinks, food, health, recipes, Salads
Tags: beets, feta, fruit, kale, leafy vegetables, liquor, nuts, pears, pomegranates, vinaigrette
Last time, I told you about the powerful benefits offered by the lovely Pomegranate.
Here I focus on how to use this wonderful fruit. First and foremost, let’s see how to get past the blushing hard skin to the juicy seeds, or arils, inside. More
09 Jul 2013
in Drinks, food, health, recipes, stories
Tags: antioxidants, cancer, fruit, immunity, inflammation, men's health, pomegranates, tea
It’s summer time and love is in the air. Alas, humidity and heat are also abundant. What to do! We need ways to stay cool and fit. Enter Lady Pomegranate.
Pomegranates have played a role in both our spiritual and physical lives for thousands of years. The blood-red seeds spilling forth when you cut into the thick skin appeals to people on a primal level. More
25 Jun 2013
in Appetizers, Desserts, food, health, recipes, Side dishes, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, bromelain, fruit, immunity, minerals, nutrition, pineapples, spices, vitamins
Pineapple wears a crown for a reason. It is royally healthy. In fact, it may be the healthiest fruit we can eat. More
17 Mar 2013
in Breads, Desserts, Drinks, Holiday foods, recipes, stories
Tags: bananas, cabbage, carbohydrates, children, fruit, nutrition, potatoes, tea, vegetables
I’ve never tried reblogging before, but thought I’d give it a try this 17th of March. It’s St. Paddy’s day! Vinny’s Irish tea party from last year has lots of great links to recipes, songs and stories to help you celebrate the day with your family. Erin go bragh!
Cook Up a Story
“It’s Saint Paddy’s day tomorrow,” says Vinny, “Let’s throw an Irish tea party! Get out your top hats and Irish bowlers, invite Tiger and Firefox, and set the table.
“But what should we serve?” ask Will and Isla.
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31 Dec 2012
in food, health
Tags: art, avoiding sugar, awards, baking, carbohydrates, desserts, fruit, goals, mood, New Years, reviews, snacks, treats
Sculpture by Salvador Dali, Dali Museum-Theatre, Figueres, Spain. Photo by me!
If, like me, you’ve found yourself drowning in a tsunami of baked goodies this holiday season, perhaps you’ll want to make a New Year’s resolution.
Repeat with me: In 2013, I promise to choose fruit instead of baked sweets for treats, snacks, and dessert. More
11 Sep 2012
in food, health, recipes, science, Soups, stories
Tags: aging, antioxidants, carrots, color, fats, fruit, immunity, nutrition, nuts, seeds, squash, tomatoes, vegetables
A scoop o’ colorful puréed veggie soup helps the antioxidants go down.
Among scientists she goes by the name of antioxidant. But Vinny’s friends know her as Auntie Oxidant. By either name, she is a kid’s best friend. She is a powerful protector from degenerative disease. This fighter disarms invaders called free radicals, bent on destroying our cells. More
13 Aug 2012
in food, health, Snacks
Tags: anticeptic, antioxidants, children, currents, family, fiber, fruit, grains, grapes, nutrition, nuts, raisins, seeds, snacks, sugar, sultanas
A whole bunch of raisins!
Once upon a time there was a bunch of grapes. They spent way too long in the sun and ended up as raisins. Did you know? More
17 Jul 2012
in food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: acorns, children, chocolate, dried fruit, family, fats, fruit, Native American, nuts, pemmican, safety, seeds, tannin, trail mix
Ke-mo-sah-bee! “Trusted friend”
The power of nuts
In a recent blog we talked about the goodness of hazelnuts. We even used hazelnuts to make some healthier homemade Nutella!
Acorns are nuts, too. But are they a food? Sure! Hazelnut and Acorn are friends. More
22 Jun 2012
in books, Drinks, food, recipes, Side dishes
Tags: British, children, cook books, custard, drinks, eggs, fruit, reviews, shrimps, tea, traditions, vegetables
Cooking up stories from Redwall Abbey
These traditional recipes were born during the scarce years of the Second World War… but many probably go back much farther than that, handed down by mothers and mother’s mothers in Britain ever since they began to grow potatoes and cabbages. More
12 Apr 2012
in Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: British, Christmas, custard, desserts, eggs, fats, fruit, rhymes, shortening, steamed pudding, suet, traditions
Spotted Puddink in English tea cups, with stirred vanilla custard
Flour of England, fruit of Spain,
Met together in a shower of rain;
Put in a bag tied round with a string;
If you’ll tell me this riddle,
I’ll give you a ring.
You may have already guessed the answer to this little riddle: steamed pudding!
27 Mar 2012
in food, health, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, cactus fruit, children, dragon fruit, fiber, fruit, minerals, nutrition, presentation, tasting, vitamins
Great bowls of fire!
There’s a strange new animal stalking the aisles of the produce section of our grocery store these days. It’s beautiful and a little dangerous looking… with long, scales tipped in green overlying a glossy, red, leathery skin. It’s almost as if it’s breathing flames at you… or getting ready to stab you with poison darts!
Oh No! It’s Dragon Fruit… Hide!
Of course it’s not an animal at all. It’s a delicious but sinisterly attractive food called the Dragon Fruit. I say ‘sinister’ because you do have to be a little careful. More
18 May 2011
in books, Drinks, food, health, recipes
Tags: children, cook books, drinks, fruit, limes, reviews, snacks, Star Wars
What a lovely limey shade!—Yoda image from Tim Ketzer, as used in “Star Wars”
Soda might taste good but the science cannot be ignored. It’s bad for your innards. Drink water, instead.
For those good times when you want something special, though, here’s a recipe you might like. It’s perfect for the hot weather (should it ever arrive…). Or mix up a big bowlful for Christmas… Yoda Soda is as lovely a shade of Yule-tide green as Yoda’s complexion!
05 May 2011
in books, food, stories
Tags: children, cleaning up, fruit, mood, prunes, song
Sing along with Frank Crumit!
The words for the Prune Song appear in Vinny’s book Cook Up A Story, so Vinny thought you might like to hear the tune, here. Granny learned The Prune Song at camp when she was a girl. She would sing it whenever we washed a load of dishes together. I loved it (and Granny, too!). More
16 Jan 2011
in food, science
Tags: apples, chemistry, dates, fruit, leafy vegetables, meat, minerals, mood, nutrition, potatoes, vegetables
Roast turkey cheers us up for the holidays!
Which foods do you turn to when you need cheering up? Donuts, maybe? Better think again. More