Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #86

 
Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Monday, September 29, 2014

My Ancient Egyptian Romance novel is available NOW!!!



So I didn't post anything this weekend. Aside from my atrocious inability to put together a blogging schedule, I have a couple of very good reasons. 

First off, I was presenting at a fabulous dance conference, The Safar Conference for Middle Eastern Dance. It was an amazing event in Vancouver, BC, hosted by some beautiful Middle Eastern dancers (two of whom happened to be bridesmaids at my wedding ;) ), and my lecture was entitled Spies and Scandals: The Problems with Studying Belly Dance History. It was a rather scandalous lecture focused on the WWII spy belly dancer, Hikmat Fahmy.

So this brings me to the other reason I didn't post this weekend. I was rushing to get my latest book (and my first novel), In the Court of Kemet, ready for publication. If you've read my About Me page, you'll know that I have a Masters degree with a focus on Egyptian history. This past year, aside from publishing two cookbooks, I've put my research skills to use and have written a historical romance based on the life of Egypt's first female ruler. 

Read on for the deets, people!! It's a super fun romance novel steeped in historical details and intrigue... 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #85


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Quinoa Breakfast Bowl (GF, Vegan)

Free of gluten, dairy, eggs, nuts, corn, soy



I don't know about you, but I find it hard to get a good, hot, gluten free breakfast that doesn't take forever. I mean pancakes are great and all, but they're not exactly quick.

And the other morning I woke up and it was chilly and raining and I had a cold. Which is funny, because right now it feels something like 30C! It's totally summer weather!

So being sick and it being cold and rainy, I was craving something warm and comforting. I wanted a hot, easy, gluten free breakfast. I'm allergic to oats so oatmeal wasn't an option. I did, however, have a large bag of quinoa in the cupboard. The rest is quinoa breakfast bowl history...


Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan




Yesterday my girl friend and I made a trip to a great farm/veggie market in Richmond, BC, the Richmond Country Farm.  So my fridge is fully stocked and this week's meals are based around the awesome spray-free and local veggies.

That means that the theme of this week's meals is simple and easy!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #84


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Gluten Free Weekly Meal Plan



Last month was a doozy for us - we rented a uHaul, spent 5 nights in hotels and eating out, had to buy new furniture, pay rent and bills for 2 different apartments, and set up a new place in a different country.

Now that we're somewhat settled, I'm trying to get back on track with meal planning and budgeting. This week's meal plan is only somewhat locavore-ish (in that our veggies were bought at a small, local veggie market and most of the veggies are at least from within our province, as opposed to from another country).

So not only are we working on a tighter budget this month, but we're also doing a fair amount of entertaining in our new home. Last week we had two separate dinner parties. This week I'm having a girls' lunch AND two dinner parties (one even includes small children). So here's what we're eating this week...


Friday, September 12, 2014

Easy Vegan, Gluten Free Red Lentil Burgers (Meatless Monday)

Free of dairy, gluten, nuts, soy, or corn


When we were packing up our apartment to move last month I was trying to  avoid grocery shopping, and to use up any leftover scraps of food kicking around in the cupboards. One of our last days there I pulled out a jar with a handful of red lentils, and another with quinoa. Luckily, I had some spices and a few tablespoons of GF flour and a couple of slices of onion. And so, this simple vegan burger patty was born. 

And it was so good I've already made it again. And they're husband approved. He ate them for dinner the other night, then lunch again the next day.  They also freeze well (info below), for quick meals.

These gluten free and vegan patties are very simple, low ingredient, and fairly cheap. They're also crazy healthy and packed with protein. You can serve them as burgers, or as patties with veggies on the side, or over lettuce with salad dressing. Their golden colour is rather fetching on a bed of greens...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #83


Got a great gluten free recipe, some frugal, eco-friendly tips or  a healthy living article? Well come join the party!


The Waste Not Want Not Wednesday link-up party is inspired by World Food Day (Oct. 16), and recent articles such as this one that show between 40-51% of food in Canada and America ends up in the garbage.  Over-consumption, lack of knowledge, low cost and over purchasing are common causes of food waste in North America.  This unsustainable over-consumption extends to so many aspects of our lives.

So perhaps if we all share our tips for consuming a little less stuff in general, cooking more responsibly and frugally, and living eco-friendly, we can each take a small part in making our world a little more sustainable.

And besides, who couldn't save a little bit of $$$ anyway? 


Eating gluten free in Winnipeg, Manitoba at Maxime's Restaurant and Lounge



As some of you already know, last month the hubster and I drove a uhaul with most of our belongings all the way from Wisconsin, across Canada, and through to the West Coast of British Columbia. I'm still unpacking, but wanted to share a couple of restaurant reviews from our trip before I forget about them. (My apologies for any typos. I'm posting from my cell phone and spell check likes to play around with my words!)

So let's start in my hometown, the place of my birth, Friendly Winnipeg! (FYI for those of you non-Canadians, Manitobans are known for being friendly. It even says so on their license plates) And friendly it is indeed when the waitress actually offers you a 6 page gluten free menu as you walk in the door of a restaurant. In all my years nobody has ever just offered me a gf menu before without me having to ask for it. clearly This place is smart enough to know how to appeal to those of us with gluten issues!

  So here's a shout out to that awesome Manitoban waitress and Maxime's Restaurant and Lounge in Winnipeg.
 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Best Vegan and Gluten Free Pizza Crust & Olive Tapenade (a quick & easy Meatless Monday dinner)

Free of gluten, soy, nuts, dairy, eggs



I almost feel guilty about how easy this pizza crust is to make. When I first started the blog I posted a recipe for an awesome pizza crust. I still love that crust. However, this one is just about as good and takes half the time (and half the bowls, meaning less dishes to clean!)

So if I'm going to feel guilty, I might as well enjoy it. Therefore, I smother the crust in easy homemade olive tapenade and some steamed veggies - both of which I can do while the crust is rising and baking.

The best part? I get two pizza crusts out of this recipe and I can freeze one for an even simpler dinner another night :)


Friday, September 5, 2014

Introducing Myshka: the cutest pudgy cat in town


So I'm still in the process of unpacking in our new apartment but hope to have a couple of blog posts up for you this weekend. In the meantime, I thought I'd introduce you to Myshka, my old pudgy cat since she may show up in photos on the blog from time to time! Furthermore, my own email account name, bellyopudge, comes from this little cat above.  Her nickname over the years has been my "sweet little belly o' pudge".


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