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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Gear for the yarn-addicted

Although I've been neglecting my knitting this year (with the exception of two sad and lonely projects, here and here), some friends have been diving into needlecraft with a passion (you know who you are).

In their honour, here are a few cool knitting accessories I've stumbled across lately.

Yarn catcher on Supermarket:

Stitch markers on Etsy:

Needle holder on Etsy:

Earrings on Etsy!  (Placed here for irony - I would never actually wear them.)

Knitter's t-shirt on Cafe Press.  (Get it?  A knit stitch is the mirror image of a purl stitch!)

Okay, not gonna lie, I might own the t-shirt.  My inner geek made me do it.  Don't worry,  I only wear it around the house...  (...with pride!)

Monday, March 29, 2010

It's that time of year again!

Spring is in the air.  The sun is starting to give off some heat again.  So, maybe it snowed yesterday, but it's melted already.  And the surest sign of spring: 

Daffodil buds

They just couldn't wait to bloom!


Hope Spring is finding you well!

Saturday, March 27, 2010


We decided to have a delicious little brunch treat today, to celebrate my one day off in nineteen (now you know why I've been slow with posts!).

French toast with banana and nutmeg

French toast is so simple and not that bad for you, and yet we never seem to make it often enough.  Five slices of whole grain bread, two eggs, a half cup of milk, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.  Top with fruit and pancake syrup.  Mmmm.

The extra little sprinkle of nutmeg on top tipped this brunch over the edge into fabulous.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Healthy and delicious?

I am so excited to make this post.  This is one of my new favorite recipes; it's perfect for supper, and lunch leftovers.


The trouble with the recipe is that I don't know what to call it.  I've been calling it brown-rice-with-bok-choy-carrot-and-tofu-with-sesame-dressing but that's a little too much of a handle for me.  So if anyone can think of a name, go at it!

bok choy

brown and wild

So - how do I love thee, brown-rice-with-bok-choy-carrot-and-tofu-with-sesame-dressing?  Let me count the ways:

  • You are quite healthy.  Whole grain rice (and not the parboiled kind).  No animal meat/fats (cuts waaay down on the saturated fat).  Fresh veggies steamed in the cooking pot, so the nutrients can't get away.  Did you know that bok choy has over twice the calcium of broccoli (by weight)?
  • You are pretty easy to put together.  Boil rice for 35 min.  Shred carrot and bok choy.  Put on top of cooked rice in pot for 5 min.  Meanwhile, pan-fry tofu.  Mix together.  Add dressing.
  • You can be eaten hot or cold for leftovers.  You are really more like a salad (but one with enough carb and protein to get you through the afternoon). 
  • You are delish.
scraped clean

So the recipe is modified from one that came from The Garden of Vegan cookbook - they called it the Dragon Bowl.  Hmmm, slightly more catchy than my title.  Don't let the term vegan scare you.  We can all afford to eat a few meals without meat during the week (it's good for your blood vessels, your weight, your account balances, and the environment).  This particular concoction has enough fibre and protein to fill you up - it doesn't feel like you're missing something (in my opinion anyway).

A word on the dressing.  The Garden of Vegan has a great recipe for sesame dressing.  You can also find an "Asian sesame" dressing at the grocery store - possibly a few kinds.  I have tried both and they each work nicely.  Of course, with the homemade version you can really adjust it to your taste.

I think I've covered the instructions already.  Here is a list of the ingredients:
  • 1 pkg firm tofu, rinsed, drained, and cubed
  • 1 head bok choy, shredded into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup brown or brown/wild rice mix
  • sesame vinaigrette, to taste
  • roasted sesame seeds, to garnish
Let me know if you try it, or if you have any suggestions to improve it.