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Meatified! Wow, I really wish I found (err… looked for) a site like this 22 days ago! Lots of actually delicious recipes, not to mention useful tips and advice for Whole30 newbies.

Even if you’re not even thinking diet/detox, these recipes are good enough to eat off the program as well. We tried the Thai Curry and Lime Coconut ‘Rice’ recipes this weekend, and both were incredible. Faux ‘rice’ might take a minute to get used to, or you can just accept that you’re eating shredded cauliflower as a substitute and enjoy it for what it is ;)

Meatified - Scallop Curry

Meatified – Scallop Curry

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Fasting, Feasting…

I decided, rather unexpectedly, to observe the nine days of fasting as part of the Hindu holy season this year, and was chatting the other day to a friend about it. His take was that fasting (among other faith-based rituals) is part of a large-scale ‘marketing campaign,’ prescribed by many of the major faiths as an inclusive path to cohesion for that group’s adherents, and to draw distinction between them and their other-faith neighbours. Food for thought, certainly, but not an explanation I can be content to accept after a week of denying myself my usual yums.

True, fasting is a noteable component in many religions – Lent for Catholics, Ramadan in Islam, and a host of full and partial fast days in Hinduism – so clearly, our ancestors everywhere agreed that it was a valuable practice, even if they were perhaps not  aligned on the exact Why of it. I grew up in a home where ritual fasting was a prominent part of my parent’s religious routine. I definitely lost many a school barbeque to seemingly-arbitrary No Meat Days, but don’t remember ever getting a very clear reason for any of it. So I have been thinking about it, and asking around.

I can appreciate my friend’s notion of fasting as a means to create a shared experience for members of a religious community. A lovely lady I was chatting with yesterday shared an interesting thought about fasting being a valuable opportunity for an exercise in will power, a chance to demonstrate the strength of one’s mind over body.  And frankly, maybe a few too many young women I know look forward to what they see as being a faith-mandated diet of sorts, to ensure a regularly scheduled slim-down. Many differing perspectives…

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Rainy Days and Soup 101

Whether it was the stream of rainy days we’ve had here that got me feeling icky to begin with, I’m not sure, but I can confidently credit my recent experiments with soup-making to the constraints of being unable to play outside thanks to the summer storms. I love rainy days anyways, but they’re that much better with a bowl of fresh soup.

It turns out that soup is, conceptually, quite easy to do: you just cook up whatever you’d like to have, cover it with broth (or other liquid), and then turn down the heat and leave the pot on the stove forever. Easy peasy.

Squash Soup with Carrots

Squash Soup with Carrots

My first attempt was a simple vegetable and wild rice soup, in which everything just got tossed into the pot to mingle, followed by a nice, cozy carrot-squash soup, which actually required some post-stove blending. Both were tummy-warmingly delightful. But more important, these recent kitchen experiments gave me some ideas. Pretentious New American bistro-esque name pending, this Indian-inspired spicy broccoli cauliflower tummy-warmer is what I came up with. I still have a little more of that broth to finish, so I’m sure another one is just around the corner.

Spicy Indian Broco-flower Soup

Spicy Indian Broco-flower Soup

Extra points for the fancy roti ‘croutons’ – right??

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SHARE: the cookbook that celebrates our common humanity


Editor’s Note: Just came across this cookbook this morning – what a great idea, for the kitchen, and for the women this organization supports! I’m so curious to see what recipe Aung San Suu Kyi shared…

Originally posted on Women for Women International Australia:

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Nothing more beautifully conveys our interdependence than the food we eat. Access to wholesome food is critical to whether we merely survive….or thrive. …Food unites us globally.” Meryl Streep.

A book of joy – WfWI began with a commitment on the part of a single individual to contribute in some way to the global community. The underlying message of this cookbook, which celebrates the work of the charity, is exactly that simple: for all our apparent diversity – as individuals, societies, and nations – our actions, however small, have an exponential influence in the world through our shared humanity.

The recipes featured in this uplifting book – provided by contributors who are all actively engaged in humanitarian issues, as well women from the eight countries in which WfWI work – celebrate this truth and range from traditional Afghani flatbreads stuffed with falafel and Kosovan sticky doughnuts to split pea…

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A year of eating later…

I remember writing the very first post for this blog like it was yesterday: sitting in a tiny Manhattan hotel room with purple backlighting, belly full of Asian fusion goodness, typing fast and furious. It almost felt a bit surreal (maybe it was the purple lighting; had me feeling a bit like I was working in my laptop, instead of on it), I was actually amused at how excited I was about the whole thing.

I started the blog mostly because I needed to practice writing before I was completely unable to produce something that wouldn’t ultimately be on corporate letterhead, so I was excited at how quickly and easily everything was falling into place. Even as I wrote that first post, great ideas for the next ones were already pouring into my mind. I knew what I wanted this project to be: a collection of food stories from around the world, borrowed from the interesting people in my life. Food is important – this much we can all agree on – but what I found so interesting was how everyone seemed to interpret that importance so differently, and thought of food in such different ways.

Great food stories seemed to be falling out of the sky that day, and many of them right from within my circle of friends: how ex-pats in the Arctic circle cook for Superbowl Parties, a perspective on food in literature by a professional reader, the story of a local entrepreneur who followed his tea shop to an unexpected journey of philanthropy on the other side of the planet. Tasty tales that people would want to know about! And with so many foodie friends, I was banking on a lot of great iPhone food porn. It turns out that everyone I know and their mom had often thought of starting their own blog, so people were totally enthusiastic about contributing. I liked the new project so much that I  quickly decided to spend the  year working on it.

And so it began.

And now, one year later, here is what I have learned about the blog world:

  1. Even with a low-barrier target of only one new piece a month, sometimes it isn’t so easy to make that happen. Maybe that’s why, when I do write, my posts are way too long (see above)
  2. 95% of people who very enthusiastically commit to content will ultimately bail. This may or may not make them bad friends
  3. Just because your own mom stopped reading your work, that’s not a good enough reason to stop writing

All of this to tell you that I will not be closing up shop as originally planned. Let’s try this for a bit longer and see if 2013 is a better year for blogging. And you should definitely call me on it if I have been slacking.

Oh, and PS, if you’ve promised me content, I’m coming to get it. You can run, you can hide, but I will find you.

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