Today I am grateful.
I try to be grateful everyday. Sometimes my selfish, self-righteous, and entitled self wins and I don't feel nearly enough gratitude.
Sometimes I even give in to self-pity.
Today, in no particular order, I feel grateful because:
1. I don't have to wonder where my next meal is coming from. My child has never known hunger.
2. I have the ability to be gainfully employed in a profession that I am good at and that pays a decent wage.
3. I have a loving and supportive family. Thank you, family. I love you all. Even when you make me crazy.
4. I have a healthy wonderful child. I never knew it was possible to love so deeply, worry so hugely, and laugh so frequently.
5. I am a member of a union that fights for me when I can't fight on my own behalf.
6. I live in a country where I can speak out loud without fear of recrimination for voicing my opinion.
7. I live in a country where I can participate in the democratic process and have some control over who tells me what to do.
8. I have the right to own property.
9. I have the right and the ability to think for myself.
10. I have a warm place to live.
11. I have a pair of really comfortable jeans that make my butt look great.
12. I have the freedom to try and fail and try again.
13. I have peanut butter.
14. I am drinking a piping hot mug of vanilla tea out of a hand-made pottery mug that just gives me pleasure to use.
15. I have a beautiful garden.
16. My husband rarely snores.
17. I have friends. Some I've had for a long long time. Some are newer. I hope you know who you are and how very much I appreciate you, and how very grateful I am to know you. True friends don't come along everyday.
I'm sure if I thought for a few minutes I'd add to this list, but instead I'll just say I am also grateful that I get a chance to share my recipes with you, gentle reader. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them.
So, that's where I am at right now. Grateful. Feeling a little humble. My belly is full, and I'm a little sleepy. I came home chilled, in the dark, to a house softly glowing both with light and with love, into a hot bath and a hot bowl of soup, into the arms of some of my favourite people in the world.
I am grateful.
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.
Every recipe on this blog is my own original effort and idea, so please pass 'em on, giving credit where credit is due.
Many thanks, and come back often. I'm really glad you are here!