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I have a very slow digestive system, so I've had to learn how to sneak in much more fibre that typically needed into my diet.

I mix ground flax into a lot of my meals (stews, soups, tomato sauces, etc) and usually sub out 1/4 of the flour in a recipe like banana bread for it. That said-- try to sub in more fruits and veggies for some or all of your (whole wheat) carbohydrates (spaghetti squash, green beans or shredded zucchini and carrots make excellent pasta subs. I also learned about shredded cabbage or green papaya as common replacements in Asian cooking-- IE; Pad Thai). Cauliflower pulsed in a blender will replace couscous (there's a great recipe featured on theKitchn). Sub sweet potato in place of white. Get creative, but just generally going vegetable and fruit heavy helps.

What Are Some High-Fiber Foods and Recipes? Good Questions
6/22/14 10:43 PM

Scrub a denture tab over it. Works like magic.

How Do I Get Spice Stains Out of My Laminate Countertops? Good Questions
6/18/14 10:30 PM

I would repeat the first meal I and my eight friends had our first day in Hanoi while backpacking through Asia. We ordered Tiger beer, pumpkin soup, springrolls, deep fried catfish springrolls, mango salad, grilled eggplant, fried rice, mango and coconut shakes, grilled chicken, beef-noodle stir fry, sautéed morning glory and ended the meal on iced coffee with sweetened, condensed milk. 9 of use waddled out of there on a meal that cost a grand total of $56 CAD, and it was the best meal I ever had.

If You Could Travel Anywhere to Eat Just One Thing, What (and Where) Would It Be? Food Adventures
6/8/14 05:32 PM

Sometimes you just gotta. Often I'll drag some pillows, a good book and some tunes out on my back balcony and just relax by myself. Alternately, I like to be lazy with a really good friend-- just chill out in comfortable silence that is occasionally punctuated with conversation.

In Defense of Laziness Weekend Meditation
6/1/14 05:52 PM

We go as simple as possible-- least dishes and the least non-combustible garbage. Our usuals include corn on the cob (leave husks on, soak in the lake and then toss on grill), baked sweet potato and usually steak.

Campfire Cooking (Plus My New Favorite Meat Substitute) Kitchen Diary: Emily in Los Angeles
5/21/14 08:41 PM

German granndma tips:

1. Toss the the just-drained potatoes with still-hot bacon grease-- fattening? Very. Delcious? More so.

2. Mix a bit of the brine from Polish-style pickles with the mayo.

How To Make Potato Salad Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
5/19/14 11:19 AM

Aroy-D for the win. It's probably the most common coconut milk that I spotted in Thailand and man is it thick and creamy and awesome!!!

What's the Difference Between Boxed, Canned, and Powdered Coconut Milk? Ingredient Intelligence
5/1/14 10:02 PM

This post had me thinking of toast all day-- so I came home and had some toast smeared with St Andre cheese and my homemade spicy pineapple/mango/vanilla jam. Mmmmm. Heaven.

Is There Anything Better Than Toast? Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York City
4/29/14 06:01 PM

Peanut butter & banana
Butter & honey
Avocado, honey & chili flakes
Romesco & spinach
Cream cheese & sundried tomato
Cream cheese & chutney or jam
Fried egg


Is There Anything Better Than Toast? Kitchen Diaries: Kate in New York City
4/29/14 02:43 PM

Virtually any Vietnamese or Thai dish has coconut sugar in it.

5 Delightful Ways to Use Coconut Sugar
3/30/14 02:21 PM

My dog's favourite treats:
- Red pepper
- Dried dates (unseeded!!!)
- Sweet potato
- Melon

I also once had a cat that would go ballistic for corn.

11 Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Treats for Your Dog or Cat
3/30/14 02:14 PM

Do the same thing my friend decided to do when she wanted to start eating bananas-- just force yourself to eat them, little by little. I've read somewhere that it takes about 15 tries to make food that we don't like bearable. Once you've gotten over that hump, it becomes an acquired taste.

What Are Some Ways To Eat Eggs That Disguise Their Taste? Good Questions
3/15/14 04:19 PM

Add honey to that and you'll be in heaven.

Restaurant Re-Creation: Avocado Toast from Cafe Gitane
3/3/14 07:59 PM

Wait-- there were people who didn't know that?!

How To Easily Clean a Blender In 30 Seconds (Without Taking It Apart) Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn
3/3/14 07:53 PM

I had a friend who would host frequent house parties in our early 20s. They had a top-load washer right in the kitchen; guess where we stored all the beer? That's right... in the washer. :D

Out of Fridge Space Before a Party? A Surprising Spot to Chill Your Drinks
2/27/14 09:56 PM

I have a few-- but I share them.

I add about 1/4-1/2 tsp of baking soda to tomato sauce to cut the acidity (do this *before* you add salt-- since the product of mixing an acid with a base is salt water). I also add a pinch of instant coffee to deepen the flavour.

My grandmother taught me that when making potato salad you need to do two things-- 1. Fry bacon and dump the grease over the still-hot potatoes (toss)-- the other; a potato salad should always incorporate Polish-style pickles and the brine from the jar.

Another one she taught me-- Maggi will almost always save an under-seasoned soup/sauce etc...

Srirracha sauce is an excellent addition to salad dressing (a few drops).

On Why I Think You Should Tell Us Your Kitchen Secrets Weekend Meditation
2/16/14 09:37 PM

I just got a carbon-steel wok for my birthday, just shy of a month ago-- I use it at least twice a week and it's already developing a nice bit of patina. Anything I can cook in there, I will. So excited to get it all lovely and black.

Before & After: My Wok One Year Later Before & After
2/9/14 09:03 PM

My friends and I celebrated the anniversary of our departure for our months-long backpacking trip through Asia by having a potluck dinner party. Each course represented a country we'd passed through.

- Japan: cold buckwheat soba noodles with ponzu and wakame salad, sake and plum wine
- China: shrimp dumplings and cabbage potstickers with hot mustard, Tsing Tao beer
- Vietnam: two kinds of Tet sticky rice, one with banana and one with beans and pork, ginger, lemongrass, chili and honey tea, fresh sapodillas
- Cambodia: sweet potato, tapioca and coconut milk pudding
- Thailand: regular and raw vegan pad thai, spicy curry and coconut soup, mango salad, deep-fried nori chips was heavenly!

What's Cooking This Weekend? Weekend of February 1-2, 2014
2/2/14 05:28 PM

A package of plain oatmeal with a ziploc of dried mulberries, goji berries, flax seed and smashed cocoa nibs for topping-- you can get hot water ANYWHERE. Lärabars. Carrot sticks. Trail mix.

My Travel Snack: Asian Dumplings
1/20/14 09:20 PM

@Mrs Mack: Try cooking on medium heat with a generous dollop of butter in the hole and don't disturb the egg for at least two minutes. It should move easily if you nudge the toast with a spatula. If it sticks, wait a little longer. Never had a problem.

Egg in a Basket from Joy of Oh Joy!
Breakfast with a Blogger

1/19/14 08:33 PM