Healthy Advice from the Web for 2008

We could all use a little healthy advice now and then, so I've compiled
some helpful hints from the world wide web. Being the start of the new
year, there was a surge of info to sort through. Here are some gems ~

Happy New Year!


On top of the world at Calakmul.

Happy New Year!

For my first post of 2008 I would like to share some highlights from the past year, and let you know what's percolating for this year. 2007 was a productive adventurous year for me, and for pattycake.ca.

Spicy Mayan Brownies

I came up with these super-rich fudgy spicy brownies a while back to satisfy my craving for chocolate and spice. Having a sweet spot for all things Mayan, I composed these using some traditional Mayan flavours: chocolate, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, anise, chilli, vanilla - yum! I also incorporated the healthy meso-American super-grain quinoa (I used red quinoa) as well as flax seeds - I don't think flax is Mayan, but it allowed me to avoid eggs in this recipe. I soaked my seeds to germinate/sprout them: super healthy and easier to puree. Though the high amount of cocoa, sprouted seeds, and spices would qualify these gluten-free vegan treats as healthy, the sucanat and butter (coconut oil works here for the vegan or dairy-free diets) bump these into the supremely rich and tasty side of healthy. I love these brownies + they are now officially my sweet-heart's new favorite brownies :-)

Recipe: Spicy Mayan Brownies

Swiss Honey


Local honey from the artisan market. Vevey, Switzerland.

Just finished the last of my Swiss honey - miel de fleurs de montagnes, miel de foret - et les autres beaux miels. C'était trés délicieux!

Festive Recipes from Favorite Blogs

Lovely nutty vegan confection - great for sweet carob lovers or those avoiding chocolate: Carob Nut Balls

Rich and beautifully flavored... Pine Nut Rosemary Shortbread

Some of my favorite flavour combos are in this beautiful (healthy!) candy: Aztec Chocolate Bark 

 

the origins of food

Ever wonder when croissants, apples, or yogurt came onto the the world food scene? I just came across this amazing resource: The Food Timeline

The first thing our prehistoric ancestors were eating (besides water, ice, and salt) was shellfish and fish - so raw oysters and sashimi are super old-school indeed!

My own little timeline:

news: water bottles yanked

"Canada's largest outdoor-goods chain has pulled water bottles and food containers made of polycarbonate plastic from its shelves over worries about the chemical bisphenol A, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive problems in animals.

Festive Candied Peel


Two beautiful large organic navel oranges inspired me to make these superb candied peels~

Recipe: Candied Orange Peel

These turned out beautifully. Eating one little piece is a great pick-me-up. You can also dip these in dark chocolate (trés sophistiqué!) or use as a premium ingredient in another recipe...

seduced by soap cakes


yummy local demo soaps

While we were at this year's one of a kind show, we were seduced by a display of beautiful delicious aromatic natural soaps - some of which looked and smelled like pumpkin pie, caramel, brownies - yum!

Cinnamon Creamsicle Smoothie

Recipe: Cinnamon Creamsicle Smoothie

I love this smoothie. We drink them often in the fall and winter. It's like a festive creamsicle in a glass - without the cream, sugar, food coloring...
Carrot juice is what makes it extra tasty and extra healthy (note to people with kids: you can't taste the carrot juice!). I happen to LOVE carrots and the vitamin A boost they give :-)