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A triumph of taste and pleasure

“Growing up in Wolfville, a small university town in The Valley, I absorbed this apple culture. I became fixed with the idea that biting into a crisp, beautiful apple was a perfect delight; that a bowl of glossy apples was a visual treat; that the humble Russet apple – humble only in appearance – was a triumph of taste and pleasure.” – Living Slim: A Canadian Woman’s Way.

Oh my….Ontario peaches

Yes, it’s that time. And I don’t know what could be more delicious….unless it’s the BC blueberries also tucked into my morning breakfast, or the farmer’s market nectarines and blue plums also ripening on my kitchen counter.

Ahh autumn, and harvests, and cooler days. Small pleasures. Mighty treasures.

August deepens

And just like that August deepens. From Queen Anne’s lace to the first bright cosmos, from meadows of tall grasses to falling acorns and maple keys. I’ve heard it said that we gain most of the psychological benefits of exercise within the first five minutes of stepping outside. Not sure if that is 100 percent true, but that’s what I feel as I step out into the changing sunlight and occasionally cooler air of these August days.

We’ll Meet Again

When it comes right down to it what some of us miss most during COVID is the unquestioned ease we used to feel about interaction with others: the unworried assumption that we could start or end a chat with friends with a hug; the knowledge that we could rush to see grandchildren and swoop them into an enormous cuddle. 

So, what I liked most about the Queen’s coronavirus message was her simple reminder that “we’ll meet again.” And she did put the emphasis on “meet.”

This photo was taken at a backyard gathering of friends last summer, where I was enchanted not only by the homegrown veggies but by their artful arrangement.

We’ll meet again.

COVID Cooking: Corn & Bean Salad

What makes this “COVID cooking?”

It uses simple but good ingredients that keep well so you can space out your shopping: dried black beans; frozen kernel corn; cherry tomatoes; red onion; oil, vinegar and seasonings.

Why does Living Slim love this dish?

Because it’s delicious and nutritious and that’s what Living Slim is all about.

How do you put this together?

If you’re using dried black beans soak for at least 10 hours in cold water. Remember they will double in size. Drain, rinse and simmer in enough salted water to cover for about an hour. Taste to make sure they are done, then drain and let cool. If you’re using tinned beans, rinse and dump into a bowl. Add cooked frozen or tinned corn, chopped red onion and sliced cherry tomatoes. Dress with a gentle vinaigrette. Ratio should be 1 measure of oil to 3 measures of apple cider vinegar with a small sprinkle of sugar, salt to taste, and several shakes of dried parsley and basil. Don’t use too much oil in the dressing as lighter is better. Flavours meld as it sits. Enjoy.

Living Slim’s First Amazon Review!

First reader review on!! Thanks Alexander Roth.

I’m particularly happy that this review mentioned the deliciousness of the food I write about. I believe deeply that healthy eating is happy eating. That good food is delicious food. And that our relationship with food works best when it is full of positivity, gratitude and joy.

Korean Food: Yum

It’s true.  I have given Korean food short shrift, but not anymore. (Blame it on an unhappy and goopy experience in a food court.)

But it helps in life to have friends who get you to try new things!  This spread was delicious, nutritious, and full-on worthy of Living Slim’s seal of approval. 

Note: not much in the way of heavily processed foods.  Can we learn something there… All kinds of good tastes and good nutrients from the soup, the seaweed, the egg, the meat, the veggies, and that yummy purple rice. 

This was a spread for four, and we all ate to our complete satisfaction! 

After which it was a dive into something completely else: PEI turn of the (last) century culture as we enjoyed an outdoor variation of Anne (with an e) of Green Gables in beautiful Guild Park. #livingslimcanadian

Ontario peach season. Woo hoo!

Picked up a basket of these sweeties at my local East Lynn Farmer’s Market this week.  Two days later, five little baggies, each containing two perfectly ripe and oh-so-delicious peaches went into my freezer.  Woo-hoo!  January breakfasts, here I come!!

It’s my first time trying this.  I’m taking lessons from a friend mentioned in my book who happily exemplifies the first and most important Living Slim principle: valuing, prioritizing and enjoying real foods.

“One Ontario friend recently showed me her large stash of plastic baggies, filled with frozen, cut-up Ontario peaches that she had put by, as my aunt on the farm might have done, for her breakfasts during our cold Canadian winters when the quality of the imports simply cannot compete.” – Living Slim: A Canadian Woman’s Way