Welfare Food Challenge – Day 7

Today was the last day of the Welfare Food Challenge. I’m excited for it to be over (and even have a bag of chips teed up for midnight), but saddened at the same time. For many people in this province, the challenge continues – $3/day for food is their reality. It’s been hard to be…

Welfare Food Challenge – Half Way There

I’m more than half way through the week and counting down the days until the challenge is over. I have more food left than I thought I would at this stage and I’m definitely not at risk of running out. This is good news because I’ll be able to eat a bit more over the…

Welfare Food Challenge – Day 2

My head is pounding! I think it’s from no caffeine for 2 days. Hoping this will be gone tomorrow. I’ve been drinking plain hot water instead – I find it comforting actually. I’m not in the mood for much writing today, but I’ll let you know what I ate. Breakfast 1/2 cup rolled oats 2…

It’s Going to be a Long Week

Today was the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge and I’m feeling a whole bunch of things at once. I am saddened by the fact that so many people in BC don’t have enough to eat. I am angry that we live in a place with so much excess, while so many have so…

Welfare Food Challenge – Day 1

Today is the first day of the Welfare Food Challenge.  For the next week, I will only be eating what I could manage to buy with 21 dollars.  I won’t be accepting any freebies, donations, or poaching from my garden or deep-freeze.  21 dollars does not seem like a lot for food.  That’s because it…

Twenty One Dollars a Week

“Should I have peanut butter or chicken?” I asked my husband, already knowing my answer. “I think peanut butter” he said. “It’s more versatile.” Good answer. “Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.” I was trying to decide whether or not to spend $4.00 on a few chicken thighs, or $3.00 on a jar of peanut…

Happy Father’s Day

I was fortunate to grow up in a house of two cooks. My dad cooked on the ships for the Coastguard, my mom on all the days that dad was away, or wasn’t cooking. In our house, cooking was neither a woman’s nor a man’s job. It was the job of the person that got…

Mexican Chocolate Smoothie

I love smoothies for breakfast.  They are quick, easy, and can be a good way to sneak some extra greens into your day.  They are, however, not as much fun in the winter.  A cold breakfast on a cold morning just doesn’t do it for me.  Especially when the sun doesn’t show its face until…

Happy New Year and a Make-Ahead Breakfast

Hello and Happy New Year!  It feels kind of funny to say that now, considering it’s already the 16th of January.  Nonetheless, I hope that you had a festive yet restful holiday season. It’s been quite a while since my last post.  Unfortunately, I had to go radio-silent during exams, and when all was said…

Fresh Pick Friday – Chard

The sun may be shining here in Vancouver, but the air sure is cold!  Comfort foods have become a mainstay as of late, so I thought I would highlight a hearty green that will make a nutritious addition to your soups and stews.  This week’s Fresh Pick is chard. Chard Chard, (also called Swiss chard) is…

Fresh Pick Friday – Challenge Accepted

A couple of Fridays ago, I challenged you to try a new fruit or vegetable in lieu of my usual Fresh Pick Friday post.  The idea was to get you thinking about different foods and encourage you to try something new.  Food should be fun, and I think trying new things is one way to…

Spicy Miso Soup

I’ve had spicy miso soup at least once a week for almost two months now. It comes together quickly and is warming on these cold and rainy days. I promised you all a recipe a while back, but I can’t seem to make this soup the same way twice. So, I’m giving you a recipe…