Loving Lentils

I have used lentils to make Dahl Soup and lentils in salads for years, but then I ate a great Lentil Lemon Soup my friend made and asked for the recipe, and now I’m in love with lentils.

Celebrating Strawberries

Fresh, flavorful locally harvested foods are available at the Farmer’s Market in May and June. A variety of crops harvested in fall (squash, apples, endive, garlic, grapes, figs, mushrooms) and winter (kale, radishes, turnips, leeks), complimented by tender spring vegetables and berries grace the stalls and tables.

Sorbets and Sherbets: Sensational Iced Summer Desserts

Sorbets and Sherbets are two sensational iced summer desserts with a vegetarian difference. Both are made with the same base ingredients ie. puréed fruits, sugar and water, but Sherbets can also contain milk, gelatin, or egg whites. Sorbets do not contain any eggs or dairy products and that makes them vegetarian sweets.

Crops in Posts

Whose eyes don’t feast on a stunning array of colorful flowers? Who doesn’t love the fragrance and flavors of the many plants that can be grown on balconies, decks and in other small spaces? Growing veggies, herbs and flowers in the spaces we live in lifts our spirits. And, I guarantee you will be surprised…

Summer Lingers – Give Thanks

It’s been a long hot summer and though it’s officially fall, summer weather isn’t over yet.  In August and September the Lower Mainland of B.C.  and Vancouver Island  broke a 119 year dry-spell record. We had only 5 mm of precipitation in September and 2.9 mm in August. The woods are tinder dry and we…

A Basket of Kindness

Yesterday, we were the beneficiaries of a random act of kindness. After a long day of renovating and painting, while still running our business, we cleaned up and collapsed on our deck to discuss our plans for supper. I haven’t been feeling well lately and we had just agreed we were both too tired to…

The Advantages of Buying Locally

Although the term “buying locally” can refer to a number of products, produce purchased from farmer’s markets, food co-ops, and local food stands is what usually comes to mind. And though it may be more convenient to have a one-stop-shop for all of your grocery needs, there are some definite benefits to buying your food…

Blue Camas Love Affair

Many years ago my friend and I took a new bend in the road on our  weekly woodland walk and happened upon a gorgeous sight — a sea of Blue Camas lilies in full bloom in a Garry Oak meadow.   Enamored by the display before us we exchanged our associations with the color blue.  She…

Animal Equality

Animal husbandry is the branch of agriculture concerned with breeding and raising of domestic animals such as cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry  as food or product sources. “Our society is showered with images of happy animals living on farms where the cows graze in lush green fields and the chickens have the run of the…

Eat Healthy and Enjoy Life

We’ve known for many years that certain foods promote good health — especially fruits, vegetables, fiber, plant oils, and whole grains. But the latest nutritional science shows that there is not a single “healthy diet.” Instead, there are many patterns of eating around the world that sustain good health. A healthy eating pattern also includes…

B12: A Myth and A Note of Caution

Vitamin B12 is water-soluble and  is needed by every cell in the body. B12 is a vitamin required for blood formation and rapidly growing tissues. Many people say that the only foods which contain vitamin B12 are animal-derived foods.  This  is untrue.  No foods naturally contain vitamin B12 – neither animal or plant foods.  Vitamin…

Meat Eaters: The Caveman Argument

Although we can please our taste buds, promote our health, protect the environment, and show kindness towards animals, many are militant about continuing to eat meat.  Ben Ralston, a Yoga Instructor in the in the Sivananda tradition provides three reasons  for becoming a vegetarian in his article THE 3 reasons to be Vegetarian and also…

Acai Berry Scammers on FTC Radar

After my blog was repeatedly spammed by acia berry scammers I asked around and found that I knew some folks who had been sucked in by the scammers.  They signed up for a supposed  ‘risk free’ trial and then their credit cards were  illegally billed over and over.  Yes, açaí berry pills are offered through…

Farmers Market

The Farmers’ Market has become a major event right through the summer, attracting both locals and visitors to the island.  Dozens of local farmers sell fresh produce and many local artists, craftspeople and artisans display their work for sale. If you want to buy local produce or crafts, you won’t have to go far to find…

Creamy Spinach, Tomato Tortellini and a Food Safety Quiz

Feasting is a part of visiting with friends that we all enjoy. My girlfriend and I both love pasta and we both prefer preparing quick and easy meals. We decided to make Creamy Spinach and Tomato Tortellini (page jump to recipe) and while we were enjoying it our dinner conversation turned towards food safety.

In Defense of Real Food

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. These seven simple words of dietary advice are at the heart of journalist Michael Pollan’s new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Having covered the ecological repercussions of our food choices in his bestselling The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Pollan turns now to consequences for our personal health.…

Going Organic

According to researchers from the University of Michigan, who analyzed data from nearly 300 studies comparing organic yields with non-organic yields in both developing and developed countries, organic farms can produce enough food to support the world’s population. The researchers concluded that organic farming methods could support the world’s current population, and potentially an even…

Green Cuisine: Recipes Online

In the second installment of the new online Green Cuisine series, UCS talks with chefs David Crooker and Daran Poulin at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Their delicious, healthy, earth-friendly food is earning rave reviews on campus as well as national recognition. We also visit Arnold Luce, the farmer and meat processor who supplies Crooker…

The Best Overall Anti-Cancer Diet

When it comes to being healthy it’s important to take charge of what you eat. What’s best when it comes to taking an anticancer and pro-health stance is to eat simply and eat well. And for most of us this specifically means a change. The Best Overall Anti-cancer Diet Eat a diet that is primarily…

Americans Tipping the Scales

According to a new study from Washington University in St. Louis entitled “A Silver Lining? The Connection between Gas Prices and Obesity,” an additional $1 per gallon in real gasoline prices could reduce U.S. obesity by 15 percent after five years. Obesity, defined as having a body mass index greater than 30, has been considered…

Going Vegetarian

There are very few choices in our day-to-day lives that make a significant impact on the world around us, but what we choose to eat does. Eating meat supports global poverty and worker abuse, harms the environment, supports cruelty to animals, and is bad for our health. Vegetarianism is the self-empowerment diet; at every meal,…

Green Cuisine

The Union of Concerned Scientists is excited to bring you a brand new seasonal web feature—Green Cuisine: Earth-friendly, healthy recipes from top chefs and local farmers. Green Cuisine will profile local chef-farmer partnerships and the creative, healthy, sustainable dishes that result from these collaborations. For summer, the spotlight is on delicious and juicy farm-fresh tomatoes,…

Peaches: The Most Erotic Fruit

“No fruit is more laden with erotic metaphor” according to Alan Davidson, author of The Oxford Companion to Food.  Included is an easy, simple recipe for peach salsa that can be assembled in minutes, is non-fat and full of vitamins, and utilizes this most marvelous of summer fruits. This is great over any grilled fish,…

Americans not eating enough fruits and vegetables

The effect that advertising has on our lives changes our lives and not necessarily for the better. Everywhere we go and everything we focus on or pick up to read is plastered with advertisements for food. Well, maybe I should say “pseudo-food” because most advertising is aimed at marketing processed stuff and junk foods. This…

The Raw and Living Food Vegan Diet

When it comes to doing something about (1) climate change that is more effective than purchasing a hybrid car, and (2) reducing obesity in children and in adults, then switching to a meat free diet is at the top of the list. Overview – Vegan Diets are Healthier for the Planet and for People The…

Eating Simply: Eating Well

I found some excellent advice at this site including, sticking to sensible portions, and only have one serving. Don’t starve yourself, as that will lead to binge eating, but don’t stuff yourself either. It compliments a related blog post that can be found here Fuel for Fitness.