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OK, I didn’t particularly grow up eating cold soups in summer. There was one traditional chilled Ukrainian soup called “okroshka” made with kombucha type of drink, soma dairy (buttermilk or sour cream?), chopped ham and cucumbers…I believe. But even then grandma and mom never made it. My family was not a traditional Ukrainian family. We didn’t bake pies, spoke Russian at home and didn’t celebrate orthodox Christmas. It has always been different…I wasn’t allowed to eat food at the markets in case it was made with dog’s meat. Mind you…
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This vegan vanilla ice cream was so good we devoured it at 10:30 PM last Saturday after getting home from watching fireworks. I have been meaning to make coconut ice cream in simple vanilla flavour for a while and started experimenting on Friday night. It was trial and error big time. Thank goodness I stocked up on 10 cans of my favourite coconut milk that was on a sale (2 for $5). Kids were so anxious to try it that they even skipped an ice cream shop before…
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To All Farmers Market Newbies May through November you sure will find me at the farmers market every Saturday. Farmers’ market is an affordable way to eat pesticide free and organic (mostly uncertified) produce. Despite growing up in Ukraine on seasonal produce, eating clean since 2011 and blogging about health for almost 4 years, I discovered farmers market (5 minute drive from my house) only last year…Huh?! I guess it was only when we decided to eat mostly organic (after all research I have done since my mom had a…
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What a great true summer weekend we have had! How was yours? On Friday temperatures have soared up to +30s C and we couldn’t get enough. I went for a walk (Friday night) and run (Saturday morning which was dumb-dumb because of cottonwood allergies and crazy heat) on the dykes. Hit the farmer’s market (kids lost iPad privileges permanently) and fireworks with the family on Saturday. And on Sunday we cleaned up the yard and spent afternoon till sunset at the lake. At home I had a glass…
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Man, oh man, oh man…Sweet potato hummus in June? Why not! At last, summer is full of beach and backyard snacking. Last week our dear friends flew over for a short visit from Calgary. We met Jenn and Denis 9 years ago on the airplane on the way to Cancun. We both were running away from a small child, for a week, to the same resort. We borrowed their pen and then obnoxiously stalked them on a bus. The rest is history. Me and Jenn are a deadly…
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So, did you make any of iFOODreal’s recipes for Memorial Day? I would love to know. Honestly, don’ be shy to comment. My friends somehow are always so terrified to leave a comment on my blog although they cook a ton of my food. Please, don’t be shy. There is no lines to cross. With me there is almost no lines…almost. Also, if you are not a fan of emails but would like to be notified about iFOODreal’s new posts just follow me with Bloglovin. You can follow your…
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For a mom with small children to be a blogger is a true blessing. I know it firsthand because I am and have been one for 3.5 years now. I left my last full-time employment when my kids were 6 and 2. Honestly, I was miserable – I hated what I was doing, missed my kids like crazy and was constantly tired. How I really started iFOODreal is a story for another time. I really do not have a teary eyed story that I started posting recipes, people followed…
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Last summer our entire backyard was undergoing major renovation and grill was sitting in the middle of a dying lawn next to a hottub. Obviously, we didn’t grill all summer. I just checked and last time I posted a grilled recipe was summer of 2014. Makes sense. This year tuck your linen handkerchiefs under the chin as things are about to get messy, drippy and charred on iFOODreal. This grilled Chimichurri chicken is fatty, juicy and oh so flavourful with fresh garlic, parsley and oregano. This Memorial Day…
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On Monday we celebrated Victoria Day in Canada. On Thursday before I made this strawberry rhubarb coconut ice cream which we have been enjoying over the extra long weekend burning off calories in-between scoops. Then it was all gone because it was so-so good and healthy compared to any store-bought ice cream. Dairy free, vegan, gluten free and refined sugars free. Clean eating heaven! It would be perfect for Memorial Day weekend! It is May which means rhubarb and strawberry season. I, as the most loyal seasonal produce shopper, bought three…
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On Friday, we loaded bikes and these two and off we went. Running away from house chores to create memories for when in nursing home. Bellingham, WA – have you ever been? We live an hour away across the border. For 7 years we used to visit strictly for shopping – cheap organic cheese & meat, clothing and booze. 2016 is a new era – Canadian $ sucks, I do not eat dairy, we don’t drink hard liquor and closets are bursting with stuff. In fact, so full that on Saturday we…
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