Just wanted I share a picture I love and took recently. Let it inspire you to cook with pears this week and remind you of my delicious parsnip & pear purée. For all you Canadians out there it's the perfect soup to kick off your thanksgiving festivities, oh ya and its vegan in case you're into that sort of thing. Chow for now loves.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
So I'm really going to try and use my blogging app more often to communicate in a more timely manor. Hope you all had a lovely loooong weekend. There has been a chill in the air the last few days and it's really making me have the 'summertime sadness' if you know what I mean. I've been totally obsessed with that song the last few weeks and it's really started to take on meaning with the overcast weather we've been having in Toronto.
This quicky is a delicious fresh pressed juice combination. I'm guessing you can also make this in your vitamix if you're that fancy gurl (inside joke). I can only vouch for my juicer.
What you'll need:
Golden beets x2
Celery stalks x5
Cucumber 1 large
Kale stems - as many as you've got
Royal gala apples x2
1 inch knob of ginger
* serve on ice (makes enough for two so please share ;)
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
It's 5774 and I'm wishing only the best, sweetest and most delicious new year to all the Jews that stop by this blog. I saw this video a few days ago and have been patiently waiting to post it. I hope you enjoy it much as I do. Share it with the whole mishpucha if you do.
Much Love xoxo j.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Happy summer readers, friends, family, snobs and snobettes. I know I have totally abandoned you this summer but with good reason. I took some time off over the last few weeks to pursue my passion for yoga. After the last 10+ years of practicing I decided to take my interests to the next level. Yes I'm very proud and excited to report that I am officially a certified yoga teacher. Over the next few weeks I will be offering free classes downtown Toronto at the YogaSpace on Ossington, so please contact me if you are interested. I will never give up my love and passion for cooking but rather focus the cooking and teaching I do in a more holistic way. I will be working on developing cooking and yoga workshop to focus on digestive issues and specialty diets. Please stay tuned and let me know if there is a specific type of workshop cooking or yoga that would intrigue you. Lots of love and gratitude to those of you who have supported me in my blog and all my life ventures. Namaste!
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
For the best tasting salad lightly blanch your broccoli (about one minute in boiling water then straight into a cold ice bath). Thinly slice your onions and put them in a bowl of cold water or vinegar until you are ready to toss everything together. This takes that pungent raw bite out of the onion that some people can find offensive, just be sure to rinse them before adding to the salad. I would recommend 1 large can of tuna or 2 small cans of Calipo (my favorite) per head of broccoli, 4 or 5 medium size mushrooms, 1/2 a small red onion and a few tbs of low fat feta cheese, 1 small clove of garlic, balsamic vinegar, good olive oil, salt and pepper to your taste. Please use the photo about as your guide for chopping and slicing.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
For weeks my sister has been raving about the DAMY HEALTH website and these black bean brownies that she just can't get enough of. They are gluten free, full of potassium, iron, calcium and seriously satisfy your sweet tooth. These healthy treats are 5 grams of fat, & 120 calories & almost 4 grams of protein. I just love them as a pre or post work out snack.
PREP & BAKE: Pop all your ingredients accept the peanut butter into a blender or cuisinart and blend them up. Pour mixture into a square brownie pan lined with parchment paper then drop a few spoonfuls of room temperature peanut butter on top of the mixture and swirl with a toothpick. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes at 350. Let the brownies cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing. Then cut into 16 pieces. Enjoy!
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Howdy yall... this post has been haunting me. I've been trying to finish it for the last week and a half but between the Jewish holidays and finishing up my taxes and dealing with the barrage of hideous noises coming from the construction on my balcony, this post has been continuously tossed onto the back burner. Well today it all ends. I really want to tell you all about my experience on a three day juice cleanse, so here goes...
to report while it was challenging, it was very doable.
There are many variations of a juice "fast" or cleanse. I would say that they key to motivating yourself and staying on track is to find the cleanse that works for you. I based mine on one from Dr. Oz with some desperately needed modifications I found after the first day of trying to choke down my "lunch" for almost two hours. I was warned by my best friend before hand that he and his gf had tried the same cleanse and that there were some pretty disgusting "meals" ahead of me.
I was actually advised by someone who shall remain nameless to stay home and take it easy while doing the cleanse, as they experienced extreme explosive diarrhea when doing a similar cleanse and suffered from terrible head aches. I will not confirm or deny said side effects as it really depends on your own body. I will admit to some strangely coloured stool, and a mild pre bed time head ache but it really wasn't as bad as I expected, mind you I'm not addicted to coffee or sugar, which can make your cleanse much more physically challenging.
Some of you are probably asking why a juice cleanse? Well, it's a great way to give your digestive system a break, to help eliminate toxins from your body and restore your immune system. As some of you loyal readers know I've done a bunch of food based cleanses in the past however this is the first time I've done a juice cleanse. Any cleanse takes some effort and a lot of prepping in advance. This cleanse was fairly easy as long as you are diligent about drinking your next "meal" within three hours of the last one.
In the week following the cleanse I ate a vegan, gluten free diet. Its important to start slow so you don't shock the system with eating too much food or foods that are too difficult to digest. As much as I love eating meat I really enjoyed eating a vegan diet. I never felt sick after a meal and had absolutely no stomach aches - which is something I felt a lot before doing the cleanse. Since then I have started to incorporate meat a few times a week and dairy in the form of Greek yogurt and goats milk cheeses, but in very small amounts. The only time I've had a stomach ache was Monday night, which was the first night of Passover - I ate a few bites of a matzo ball soup which I'm positive had some sort of bullion powder or cube, since I felt bloated and awful very shortly after eating it. That stuff just kills my stomach and contains MGS which is terrible for you. One of the benefits to doing the cleanse is being able to to reintroduce food slowly so you can have a better understanding of what foods effect you negatively.
Some of the modifications I made were combining juicing with blending, adding/replacing some creamy/fatty fruits, and instead of the additional snack smoothy I made a fresh vegetable/ fruit juice using fruits and vegetables not listed on the sheet below. I did not work out during the cleanse but in retrospect I could have easily included a work out in the afternoon. You will need a good blender or magic bullet to complete this cleanse, a juicer is a bonus.
TIP: juice your celery, kale stems and cucumber.
TIP: add 1/2 an avocado or banana to your lunch smoothy and heat you coconut oil before blending.
TIP: Replace one of your daily servings of flax seeds with chia seeds.
TIP: snack juice using beets, carrots, apple, ginger etc...
Happy cleansing, Passover & Easter to you all. xo
Thursday, March 7, 2013
INGREDIENTS: I'll leave this up to you and your taste buds. This list is to give you some ideas. The only thing to keep in mind is that everything should be finely julienned (shredded).
PREP: Very thinly slice your veg using a sharp chefs knife or a mandolin. Fill a large bowl with warm water for the rice paper rolls. You can make your dipping sauces well in advance I like a chili hoisin sauce or a peanut vinaigrette. I'll post recipes for those sauces at the end of this post.
1 - Place rice paper in the bowl of warm water until soft (about 30 seconds), pat it dry on a a clean kitchen towel, then flatten out on a cutting board. If you want to make mini rolls like the ones above slice the rice paper into four pieces (like a pizza).
2 - If you are using shrimp slice them in half lengthwise and place them pink side down in the center of the rice paper.
3 - stack your veggies on top of each other in layers for aesthetic purposes or just toss in any of the ingredients you like except for your green herbs ie. mint, cilantro, basil etc...
4 - Fold the sides towards the center, then the bottom.
5 - Place your herbs on top of that bottom folded flap
6 - Roll the top flap over the herbs
CHILI HOISIN SAUCE: Whisk everything together
Combine 1/2 cup of hoisin sauce with 1-2 Tbs of sambal
1/2 tbs minced ginger, and a spritz or splash of orange, lemon or lime juice.
PEANUT VINAIGRETTE: Whisk everything together adding the water in last until you reach desired consistency
2 cups smooth peanut butter
2 limes, zest and juice
2 tangerines or mandarins, zest & juice
2 tbs honey
1/4 cup light soy sauce or tamari
1 tbs sambal
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
splash of fish sauce - optional
drizzle of sesame oil
1/4 - 1/2 cup of water
Garnish with chopped toasted peanuts, black sesame and fresh herbs. Enjoy!
Friday, February 8, 2013
I'm wishing all those Canadians home from work and school today a very happy snow day. I'm enjoying this lovely weather from the comfort of my in home office. Yes my life is pretty good! This is a requested post coming from a client of The Fooding Company who I recently chef'ed a dinner party for. I created a signature cocktail for the Asian themed menu. We served the very famous Korean charred beef & slaw dish you all know and love as well as some other delicious dishes that have yet to be blogged about. This cocktail is refreshing and super delicious.