How do you get your ‘happy’ on? For me it is quite simple, sharing a meal with my family. My Dad was born in Shanghai so Northern Chinese food is what our family gravitates towards, much to the chagrin of my husband and my sister-in-law (not Kale) who are not used to the carb heavy foods that are characteristic of that part of China. The first time my husband joined us for Shanghai food, he joked that it would take him a week to digest all the noodles and breads that made up most of the meal.
What can I say, I love carbs, and so do my family. One of the dishes that we always order, and is snapped up as soon as it arrives at the table, is the beef roll. Even my husband and sister-in-law love it too, which says a lot about how good it is! It is a fairly basic dish, but it is the flatbread that makes it great and holds it together, literally.
About 11 years ago a book came out that got everybody talking – “French Women Don’t Get Fat”. The author, Mireille Guiliano, was on every talk show evangelizing the virtues of eating the French way. It is a conundrum as France flows with Camembert, croissants, rich sauces, and steak frites. I just have to add that it is NOT fair that French women get to eat great food, stay slim and are some of the most stylish ladies in the world. The book became a # 1 New York Times best seller, and in a nutshell it shares the secret of French women – that is, they don’t eat more than three bites of anything and they savour each of those bites. Continue reading
I have many guilty pleasures, but none more so than sitting on the deck with Kale, whiling away the time with a stack of magazines soaking up the warmth of the sun on our faces. Since we live in Raincouver, sunshine is always welcome, as is a delicious iced tea to wet our whistles and to stay hydrated. In fact I decided to make two different teas with you today: Pineapple Mojito Iced Iea and Hibiscus Ginger Iced Tea.
One of my favourite contemporary artist is Gathie Falk, her art pieces always make me happy. I particularly like a painting she did of apples on a canvas, the apples are on a black background and they look like they’re suspended in outer space. The apples are sliced and whole. This painting allows me see this banal fruit with new eyes, as does many works of art that feature food!