26 Apr 2016
in Appetizers, Breads, Desserts, Drinks, food, health, recipes, Salads, science, Soups
Tags: bananas, cakes, children, chocolate, family, fennel, nutrition, nuts
Vinny’s been updating older posts recently and putting them up on Yum Goggle. Yum Goggle features food photography from contributors around the world. The photos whet your appetite for the recipes you can get simply by clicking on the pictures or the words GET THE RECIPE. It’s a great site and we’re proud to be a part of the team. More
01 Dec 2015
in Appetizers, health, Holiday foods, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, coconut sugar, easy recipes, nuts, pecans, walnuts
Crunchy sweet nuts are great for dressing up salads, cheese platters, and desserts at Christmas and for other special occasions. Plus, they’re easy!
Kids love to make them. Make lots and keep them on hand to use whenever you want some pizzazz. More
20 Oct 2015
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: chocolate, easy, hazelnuts, nutella, nutrition, nuts
Low-sugar brownies have a secret ingredient
Kids, get your aprons on. We’re going to whip up some brownies that are as good for the body as they are for the soul. Including time to wash up the dishes, these treats should take no more than a half hour away from your Minecraft play time. 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
05 May 2015
in Desserts, food, health, recipes, stories
Tags: cake, easy recipes, goat cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon curd, lemons, manners, nutrition, nuts
Cheat on your diet with this lo-sugar lemony cheese cake!
“That Mr. Crank is such a witch,” complained Vinny, about his neighbor. “He spends his days dreaming up ways to make my life miserable.” 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
05 Sep 2014
in Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: apples, cake, macadamia, nuts, omega 3 fatty acids, omega 9 fatty acids, scones, yogurt
A tropical tea cake for your sweetie
Many months back I posted about how our Miss Macadamia, with her low omega-6 fatty acids, offers a treasure chest of healthy, stable fats for your dining pleasure.
Today, in honor of Macadamia’s special day, I’m reposting a delicious recipe for you to try out, featuring macadamia nuts and their oil. More
12 Aug 2014
in food, recipes, Salads
Tags: chick peas, Greek yogurt, kale, mangos, nuts, oils
Creamy Mediterranean-style dressing
Kale has a problem
The big problem with kale is it’s just too good-for-you to be truly loved, except by a few die-hard health nuts.
Some of you may think I’m one of those crazy people who will eat any vile substance as long as somebody says it will banish love handles… or wrinkles… or some life-threatening disease.
Well, yes and no. If there really was a magic potion that would do those things for me safely, I’d be at the head of the table. 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
03 Jun 2014
in Desserts, food, recipes
Tags: avoiding sugar, goat cheese, honey, nuts, pears, phyllo pastry
If apples were pears
And peaches were plums
And chevre had a different name
If sugar was ne’er
And cognac was rum
I’d love you just the same
Here it is, folks… a fabulous dessert filled with protein, vitamins and minerals and topped off with great taste… the finale of our Mediterranean small plates evening. It’s surprisingly easy, too.
I made the little rolls a couple of days ahead and froze them on a baking sheet. On party day, they went straight from the freezer into my preheated oven at dessert time, and in a few minutes they were ready to plate. More
22 Apr 2014
in books, Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: avocados, avoiding sugar, baking, beets, blood sugar, cake, chocolate, nuts, raspberries
The clock chimes 4 a.m. at the Night Circus. Her bonfire burns strong, fed by Marco’s book of charms.
“What’s black and white with red in the middle?” Vinny asks. “Give up? It’s the cake I made for my book club, when Erin Morgenstern’s novel “The Night Circus” was up for discussion.
On the surface, Morgenstern gives us an enchanting love story about magic. The circus, open only at night, shimmers in black and white. It is the venue for a desperate competition, as two wizards older than time pit themselves against one another through their best students. The light and the dark signify their two opposing ways of manipulating reality. Which will win out, Vinny wonders. More
25 Feb 2014
in food, health, recipes, Soups
Tags: adapting recipes, mushrooms, nutrition, nuts, walnuts
Finishing with walnuts…
Walnuts stewed (see Verse 4 in an earlier post) might seem a bit unusual, but they are indeed easily chewed.
This walnut soup idea grew from a recipe I had saved from a teenage chef in Texas, who says his friends loved it. He’s probably grown up by now and very smart indeed if he’s continued down the walnut-tree-lined road of healthy eating.
I found the earthiness of the walnuts in my Texan’s dish very nice. His recipe might be something the kids in the family would take to. But for me, I needed a little more oomph on my spoon. More
11 Feb 2014
in Appetizers, food, health, science, Snacks
Tags: antioxidants, brain, men's health, minerals, nutrition, nuts, omega-3, vitamin E, walnuts
Can you spot the walnut hiding among all these other tasty tree nuts?
Develop the jaw,
But walnuts, stewed,
Are more quietly chewed.
—with a gentle nod to Ogden Nash
I’m nuts for walnuts…
I lied, when I promised I’d stop waxing poetic about nuts. I forgot about the walnut, one of nature’s treasures! Carrying on with my nutty soliloquy, I present verse 4.
Crunchy or pureed, if we’re smart, walnuts will be found hiding on our plates in everything from soup to salads! I’m so impressed with walnuts’ healthy benefits, I hardly know where to begin… perhaps with the letter A. More
28 Jan 2014
in Desserts, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: cake, Greek yogurt, macadamia, nuts, Valentine's day, whole-grain flour
A macadamia nut tea cake for your valentine…
Last week I posted about our Miss Hawaii, in particular, how macadamia nuts with their low omega-6 offer a treasure chest of healthy, stable fats for your dining pleasure.
Now, as promised, here is a recipe to try, featuring macadamia nuts and their oil. More
21 Jan 2014
in food, health, recipes, Salads, science, Snacks
Tags: dressings, fats, macadamia, nuts, oils, omega-3 to omega-6 ratio
Macadamia is the sweetheart of Hawaii.
Whose dress is made of sweetgrass?
who wears a golden lei-a?
Who’s promised to be kind and true?
The queen of nuts…
Moving along to my third post honoring the wonderful nut, I admit, Okay… maybe this poetry thing is a little beyond my capabilities. But before I finish with my nutty soliloquy begun in my past two posts, I wanted to sing the praises of Macadamia. Difficulty with rhyming and pentameters isn’t going to hold me back. Because if I’m any judge, Macadamia wins the healthy nut contest hands down. And it’s not just because of her pretty face and fine figure. 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
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
07 Nov 2012
in Desserts, food, health, recipes
Tags: avoiding sugar, baking, brownies, children, chocolate, eaTracker, fats, nutrition, nuts, Stevia
Happy occasions demand chocolate!
A very chocolaty recipe jumped right onto my screen just after Halloween, from Chew Out Loud.
Vinny, however, found this recipe a tad high on sugar (2 1/2 cups). So we experimented with stevia in place of sugar. 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
21 Aug 2012
in food, health, Main dishes, recipes, science
Tags: beans, blood pressure, broccoli, family, fish, grains, leafy vegetables, magnesium, nutrition, nuts, scallops, seeds, stroke
A plateful of Magnesium
Smoking and stroke
Are your grandparents looking a little worn around the edges? Maybe you see them filling up on junk food or puffing away on cigarettes too often?
If so, they could be setting themselves up for a medical catastrophe known as Stroke. Holy smokes! That could be serious. Is there anything you can do to help? 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
01 Jul 2012
in Desserts, food, health, Holiday foods, recipes
Tags: baking, cake, Canada Day, dates, goat cheese, nutrition, nuts, pizza, presentation, raspberries, traditions, war
Our home and native land is celebrating a birthday! Isla says: We need to bake a cake. Of course we do. I should have thought of that myself!
First, I thought about making a Victoria sponge cake, named after an old by-gone queen. But it doesn’t make the grade as a food suitable for posting here, where we like to feature healthy eating for kids of all ages… Darn!
Then I made a wonderful discovery. More
25 Apr 2012
in Breakfast foods, food, health, recipes, Snacks
Tags: avoiding sugar, children, chocolate, fats, hazelnut, nutella, nutrition, nuts, palm oil
Our elf Hazel is deeply wise.
Love her and she’ll quench your thirst for knowledge.
Then, she’ll bless you with a silver tongue,
for teaching others what you’ve learned.
So it’s said. But is there any truth behind the power of Elf Hazel?
What we know for sure: Hazel harnesses the strength of her namesake, the hazelnut. Like some other nuts and seeds, hazelnuts feed the brain. More