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*Women's Dietary Intake Study Ties Yogurt Consumption To Healthier Body Weights
"Research conducted by The General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition, Minneapolis, shows women who eat yogurt frequently are less likely to be overweight and more likely to meet their recommended daily intakes of important nutrients, such as calcium and vitamin D."

That sounds great - though I'd like to see the same study done by someone other than a giant processed food-selling corporation...

*Flu shot's vigour diminishes
This year's flu shot "may offer only 40 to 50 per cent protection" - not that it was ever 100%... once again, the virus has mutated.

*Porh Pawh's Bakery Café
70 Adelaide St E Toronto, ON, 416-368-7294
I totally want to check this place out :-)

*Awesome sounding recipe from Chocolate & Zucchini:
Glace aux Deux Figues
oui!

Black Leather


Just came up with this super-tasty mineral-rich fun-to-eat hot-looking confection ~

Recipe: Black Leather

(...fun to have some of this on hand at a halloween party... evil black baby snakes?)

healthy baking on the bbq


hot off the grill: fresh blueberry clafouti!

This summer I did a bit of experimental baking on the bbq: fun! (and a great idea when you don't want to heat your place up)

After botching some lovely sprouted quinoa muffins that I tried to bake on the bbq, I was ready to learn from my mistake: don't put the pan directly on the grill, or else your goods will burn burn burn.

More Swiss Cookies!

Swiss Macaroon

...enjoying a chewy almond macaroon under a palm tree by Lac Leman in Montreux: c'est la vie!

Swiss Linzer Cookie

From the artisan market in Vevey: Beautiful delicious linzer cookie - sweet hazelnut pastry with raspberry filling.

2 new recipes from Jen!

Here are 2 sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free recipes from Jen:

Gluten Free / Sugar Free / Lactose Free Pancakes
Gluten Free / Sugar Free Cheesecake

I've tasted the cheesecake and it's fabulous.
Merci Jen!

(These recipes use splenda, an artificial sweetener I've never tried baking with. Like all artificial sweeteners, controversy surrounds splenda... though it surrounds sugar as well - what's new? Choose your poison, everything in moderation ;-)

Raspberry Season!

Botanical illustration of a Raspberry plant
Red raspberries (watercolor, 1892). Image from the National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Lovely little raspberries everywhere~

Here's a recipe for some stellar brownies, "from the hands and heart of Kurt Frost in the kitchen of Sugar Ridge Retreat Centre:

Chocolate Chip Raspberry Brownies

These are famous!

Matcha Martinis

Matcha Martini
lovely green powerful matcha martinis

This weekend while visiting my cousin in Guelph, we ended up wandering into a little town called Elora. Here we found a tiny Japanese tea shop - to our delight! The owner was an enthusiastic tea master from Japan, who gave us the low-down on matcha tea. (I'm sipping some high quality organic matcha tea as I write - mmm...)

We scored great quality matcha tea along with special bamboo whisk and scoop, as well as the tea master's blend of matcha with cane sugar to share with our lovely hosts.

With the matcha/sugar mix, we spontaneously concocted these gorgeous
delicious (stimulating!) matcha martinis. (I googled "macha martini" and, as I suspected, others have made variations of this cocktail.)

Recipe: Matcha Martini

Domo arigato Mr. Matcha!

Food of the Gods

Mayan chocolate discs

Real Mayan chocolate from the Yukatan, Mexico.

Another great score from Mexico ~

Hand made in the Yukatan, the only ingredient in this chocolate is cacao. We spoke with the woman who made it, and she told us how to prepare Mayan-style hot chocolate:

Blend for 1 minute: 1 disc of chocolate with 1 liter of hot water (or hot milk). The hot chocolate should be nice and foamy. Serves 4.

This will produce a very bitter drink. I'll add 1 - 2 Tbsp of Mexican honey and a splash of vanilla when I make it.

Besides honey and vanilla, other ingredients traditionally included can be: cinnamon, chillies, anise seeds, sesame seeds, ground corn, allspice, achiote, and aromatic flowers.

Monster Cookies!

Monster cookie
Yum!

Recipe: MONSTER COOKIES!

These are awesome: chunky, peanut buttery, oaty, chocolaty - with the added sophistication of candied orange peel. Adults LOVE these. Haven't made them for kids yet, though I think I'd swap the peel for chopped apricots... Similar to the classic monster cookie, these MONSTER COOKIES have been updated to be dairy-free + healthier. I like to keep a couple in my purse as they're great for a hearty energy boost. :-)