Welcome to my crazy world of real food cooking ...

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. -- Michael Pollan

I wish I could take credit for that because I think it sums up how we should eat. Simply -- eat stuff that really is food, instead of stuff that is food like substance. The supermarket is almost entirely food-like-substances, and, my friends, you should probably never ever eat them.

Fortunately, there is a world of deliciousness out there, and it can all be had in a way that not only doesn't harm your health, but in a way that benefits you hugely.

I think it's important to eat stuff that satisfies you, that keeps your blood sugar stable, and that gives you stuff your body really needs to run optimally.

But baby, it's gotta taste good.

I really like getting experimental in the kitchen. I love cooking, I love layering flavours, and I love coming up with really super yummy food. I have very strong opinions about what constitutes food, and there are a lot of things I won't touch in the kitchen. Bottom line? Pretty much everything I make is ridiculously good for you even if it tastes decadent. Although there are occasional big fat cheats ... but even those stick to real food, my friends.

For food that is usual gluten free, usually free of cane sugar, usually super low on the glycemic index, full of protein, fiber, flavour, and excellent energy, join me and Alice down the rabbit hole.

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Many thanks, and come back often. I'm really glad you are here!


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Vegetable Soup -- Crockpot does the work, I take the glory

I had a bizarre late night grocery store experience yesterday.  The grocery store near my house has recently been transformed into a 24 hour store. Historically, I would have thought "Why? Why would anyone want to shop in the middle of the night?" But yesterday evening I went to a wrap party for a show I just finished on. Wrap parties are bizarre at the best of times. People you see everyday for weeks or months show up looking generally polished and put together then proceed to get a little pie-eyed, and everyone hugs and kisses everyone, and introduces their spouses, and acts like they are best friends, even though maybe you only exchanged two words with them on set during the entire productions. Bottom line -- everyone is nice, everyone means well, and everyone wants to have good memories of the show.

Last night's wrap party was interesting because of many factors which included conversations with people that meant something entirely different than what was being said, learning the true definition of sociopath from a producer, and finding out the deep held ambitions of people that held their cards close to their chests.

Generally I feel like I have too many arms and legs and don't know what to do with all of them when I am at such events. So last night I was at least a little grateful to slink into the corner and engage in conversation with a gaffer who is both lovely and charming.

At pumpkin hour I headed home, calculating what the next day would hold. As I passed the all-night grocery store it suddenly occurred to me that I could get the ingredients I need for tonight's dinner on my way home instead of going for groceries in the morning. 15 minutes later I was back on my way, feeling like the time was well spent. Certainly, my inner misanthrope enjoyed the calm emptiness of the midnight produce section. 

I'm not sure if I've just bought into consumerism at its worst, supporting the machine that leads to the degradation of our socio-economic health. However, with the farmer's markets closed for the season, I am forced once again to be a grocery store shopped. Heck, I do believe this was my first grocery store experience since the farmer's markets ended.

Has anyone else out there done the all-night grocery store routine? If yes, is it Yea, Nay, or Meh?

Without further ado, here are the ingredients for my all-night grocery store soup:


2 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbps minced garlic
3/4 cup finely diced onion
1 1/2 cups finely diced carrot
2 cups grape tomatoes, halved (or quartered if they are large)
1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
250 g green peas

1/2 tbsp sea salt
1/2 tsp chili powder
black pepper

2 cups water

4 cups chopped nappa cabbage
1 cup finely diced celery

2 tbsp peanut butter
2 tbsp miso
1/4 cup water


turn on the crockpot to high for 6 hours

1. combine the coconut oil, garlic, onion, tomato, carrot, chickpeas, green peas, sea salt, chili powder, and black pepper.
2. pour on 2 cups boiling water
3. layer on the chopped nappa cabbage
4. top with celery
5. after everything is cooked, stir in the peanut butter and miso, and turn the heat off or to warm, and allow to sit for 1 hour.

This soup is super. We ate it with green onion pancakes, but it would also be fab with flat bread, socca, freshly baked bread, nothing but a spoon, etc.


Anonymous said...

Yay! I knew i could rely on you...sick kid, sick wife, looked in my fridge and i have everything for soup!! M

stacey said...

The beauty of a hodge-podge soup like this is it's hard to do wrong if you sub in something. Sorry to hear the family is sick. Hope they all feel better soon!! I think we'll be doing leek and broccoli soup tomorrow. Not quite as forgiving, methinks.