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cranberry slaw finish sm watermark

(Note: This blog post is generously sponsored by Ricardo Cuisine — thank you!)

Remembrance Day is over, so we can officially listen to Christmas carols, according to my cousin Marie. Most people seem to have some sort of rule about when it is OK to listen to Christmas music. Are carols fair game after Halloween, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day or December 1st?

Need a last minute Halloween-themed appetizer idea for this weekend? I’ve got you covered.

creepy halloween deviled eggs

Oh, Halloween. Each year I think I will change my mind and get really excited about dressing up… and then I don’t. I just can’t get into it. I always leave getting a costume until the last minute and end up going as something boring. Like my costume this year: grapes. I actually wanted to be a beet (duh!), but I realized after I bought all the purple balloons for my beet costume that I was actually grapes. How sad. Anyway, if you have ideas for a beet costume — let me know!

yogurt breakfast bowl

What is your morning routine like?

Are you the rushed and stressed-out type who spends 10 minutes searching for keys every morning? Or, the (somewhat annoying) type who can leisurely wake-up without an alarm, do some yoga, and spend an hour slowly getting ready, including a nice relaxing breakfast?

I aim for the latter, but somehow (AKA I spend too long on Twitter or watching the morning news) find my way closer to the former.

Did you know that you should try and wake-up at the same time every morning even on weekends? Going to bed late and sleeping in on the weekend really messes with your circadian rhythm. There is actually a term for this: social jet leg. Our social calendars and our internal clock don’t mix well. It’s like you’re flying to a different time zone and back every weekend, which is not so great for your health.

chicken with fig sauce2

If you go for brunch, which you should if you live in (or visit) Toronto, do you go for sweet or savoury?

I will go for savoury 95% of the time (unless I am at Le Petit Dejeuner for waffles).

However, I somewhat recently was given 3 lovely jars of Bonne Maman jam at a fabulous blogger brunch party at the Tempered Room.  The food — despite being sweet — was incredible, the jams were bright and fruity, and the company was inspiring. But, I rarely use jam, so what was I going to do with it?

Summer has arrived and along with it are a plethora of weekend backyard parties with friends and family. BBQs are often a staple of these soirées. With the summer heat, we are always looking for lighter flavour packed dishes to put on the grill that will even impress all those carnivores.

In addition to vegetables being fantastic for your health, there are other reasons why you might want to consider using vegetables instead of meat on the BBQ. Grilling vegetables is a healthier option as they do not produce heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which are carcinogenic compounds that result from grilling meats at high temperatures.

Halloumi & Vegetable Greek Kebabs

My last post, a review of the Sugar Coated documentary, emphasized that demonizing sugar is not going to solve our obesity and health problems.

But, drinking sugar-laden beverages (slurpees, frappuccinos, pop, fruit cocktail …) to quench our thirst all summer is not the answer either. Of course, enjoying these beverages on occasion is perfectly acceptable — but not everyday!

As plain water can get pretty boring, unsweetened iced-tea is a perfect go-to summer beverage! There are so many awesome flavours to choose from.  Plus, it is so easy and inexpensive to make!

How to make unsweetened iced tea

iced tea

I don’t really like dessert that much.

There, I said it…

I’m weird, I know. Most of the time I would rather have more dinner than dessert.

Maybe that is why I like apple pie better with cheddar cheese on it (something I learned from my grandma)? I am just a savoury kind of girl…. unless, there is whip cream and chocolate involved. That is a totally different story.

dark chocolate tofu mousse

Does roasting a whole chicken seem intimidating to you?

That is the response I get from most people when I ask them why they don’t do it. They just don’t know how. Well, I am here to solve that!

I have been cooking up lots of roast chickens to master the easiest recipe just for you. It is actually much easier than cooking any other piece of the chicken on its own, plus it tastes way better! You get deliciously crispy skin with this recipe, which any “good” dietitian would tell you to throw away … but I won’t do that. I love it (don’t tell).

The only thing you need when roasting a whole chicken is a bit more time to cook it (~1.5 hrs). So yes, you have to plan a bit! Or, you can butterfly the chicken (cut out its backbone and flatten it) to cut the cooking time in half (40-50 min).  Here’s a video that shows you how to do that.

Roast Chicken



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