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On Saturday we slept in. Can you believe it there was no hockey?! Wait, we did go to our friends’ boy lacrosse game and then to Boston Pizza for dinner later. So, not like a weekend without a rink. But before that Alex made a lazy brunch with like 15 eggs and then I headed out to the farmers market. To buy more eggs. It was pouring rain. Seriously, is it summer yet where you live?! El Niño definitely left us. It was like +14C. No wonder I was…
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I don’t know about you but summer holds a special place in my heart. Like Christmas, it has its own scent, rituals and must-do’s. I think it has to do with childhood when I felt so free for those 3 months. As a kid I had great-great summers spent outdoors 10 am – 10 pm. Playing war with wooden sticks when pretend shooting wasn’t shunned upon. Drinking unfiltered water from a hose. Buying liver sausage secretly from grandma to feed homeless cats. Making paper and medical tape wallets, hiding from…
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On Wednesday, I had a hard time getting off the couch to make this zucchini mac and cheese. But again there was nothing for dinner and I knew this 15 minute dinner had a big chance of being a winner. I love my job but at times I envy office workers typing 8 hours away on the computer. I cherish a few hours a day I get to work on laptop while sipping tea. Majority of my day is spent on feet – getting kids out the door,…
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Moving to West Coast 8 years ago made me feel the way I never expected to – I miss snow (just sometimes). A powder that squeaks under heavy footsteps. The one that makes entire world so quiet. I used to have it every winter as a kid. Once a week after dinner my uncle would order me and my cousin to dress warm. We would pull on real fur and leather winter boots, put on rabbit knitted toques and tighten the belts on wool coats. Grab a linen bag and we…
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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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