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Ever since I posted cauliflower breadsticks recipe over 2 years ago and mentioned that I served them with my mom’s Ukrainian salsa, I have been constantly bombarded with requests for the recipe. I never anticipated “the breadsticks” to be such a hit and least expected Ukrainian salsa to be another hit. Just never know. So, I asked my mom for the recipe and she left the written version in Ukraine and her Canadian version is an eyeballed version. If you ever ask a European woman for a recipe you…
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Last time me and Alex went on vacation by ourselves was Las Vegas in 2009 (being non-gamblers and haters of crowds that was probably the last time). When my mom offered to watch our kids this month we knew we had to just run with this opportunity of a decade (if not of a lifetime). Because when next or who else will watch the kids?! At first, we were planning to do a California road trip with the kids but then hockey tryouts got in a way. Thank…
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I am adding eggplant vindaloo curry full of healthy fats, carbs, protein and potassium to my meatless quick one pot dinner collection. I am always on a lookout for more quick and affordable plant based dinners. I grew up in a family where a meal without meat is considered not a meal. Still until this day when my mom comes over for a visit I can see she is kind of uncomfortable with my fridge. On one occasion she even asked me to pick her up a steak because she was…
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As I was pouring a bowl of steaming squash soup (test recipe) for Carole who cleans my house bi-weekly, I couldn’t stop thinking how food brings people together. I didn’t have to feed Carole. Carole came to clean my house in exchange for money. Coming for 5 hours Carole would have brought a snack with her if she wanted to. And yet pouring Carole a bowl of hot soup on a gloomy rainy day to help brighten her day full of cleaning my toilets felt like the most natural thing…
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Aaaand today is the first full day of Kindergarten. Aaaand my organically fed child is sick at home since Friday. Sigh. By this point I am starting to think I might have a kangaroo’s DNA in me. But I am intending to make the best out of this rainy sad Monday by embracing my cleaning lady, doing a killer HIIT workout and blogging what I can. I barely slept last night (just overwhelmed) but I will set that aside too. A few cups of black tea did their…
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Things are slowly settling back to normal after summer. Besides my mom coming for a long visit and me and Alex going for a dream team vacation of the decade, we are back to a routine. I did share on Tuesday oh how much I have missed school. I love summer but I equally love the first few months of fall when it is still warm enough, kids are busy and I have time for myself. Even walking by myself, even as close as to and from school makes…
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OMG SCHOOL IS BAAAACK! You have to understand. I have been waiting for 10 years for my kids to be taken care of by someone else besides me and Alex for free at least half a day!!! In PNW we do not start school until after the Labour Day. On top of that, add gradual entry to kindergarten with one day it is a 20 minute interview. Another day is off because another half class is attending. A day after come for a half day. Then oops, it’s…
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It was raining all week. Which I didn’t mind because I could finally bake and cook. On Wednesday I made a huge pot of this red lentil vegetable soup that lasted 2 days. Many of you might not know but I grew up with a single mom who had/has insomnia and anxiety issues. So, most days she was and still is not feeling well enough to do any normal daily activities that so many of us take for granted. On many of those days I heard her say “Let’s…
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This apple cinnamon smoothie is sponsored by Vega® and Silk® in an effort to help you Build a Better Smoothie. My apple tree is full of apples. Sour apples. Most of them have worms. But all organic. Periodically I go out, harvest a few and sort. Usually I make and freeze applesauce with wormed apples, which I use in baking recipes throughout the year. So far this year I have made one batch and still have a large stash from previous season. I should do a research on how to grow…
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Today I cooked like Alex. Whenever he has to cook (please note has, Alex doesn’t love to cook) all his meals are made in a pot or a skillet with onions and garlic. All of them. And they are type of a stir fry. It is a typical Russian way of cooking. I remember my grandma’s hands always smelled like onions. In fact, I am typing with onion fingers right now. And even watermelon tasting like onions lol. I still cringe if my mom or Alex cut any fruit…
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