Yes, sure, I appreciate imports and stored produce all year round. But these beauties, from my local farmer’s market? Pure heaven. Strawberries to die for and tangy, flavour-packed, miniature apricots! Sigh.
What to do about sweets? Enjoy them.
Especially when it’s rhubarb pie!
For “sweet things have a definite place in our lives. They’re fun. They belong. We love them. Whether it’s the dense, sweet experience of a single, perfect banana, the complex subtlety of a well-made fruit cake, the utter perfection of a lovely orange, or the satisfaction of a warm and delicious blueberry pie, Canadian women – and men for that matter – aren’t about to follow any eating regime that means no such sweetness in their lives.” – Living Slim: A Canadian Woman’s Way
Not content with merely cultivating apples, residents of Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley have long cultivated an apple culture that includes an Apple Blossom Festival each May with princesses, parades, and widespread celebrations. Postponed by pandemic again this year, it will return in 2022. And cheers to that, because few such events are more joyful and “few sights can top the loveliness of the valley’s delicate, frothy, flowering apple orchards every spring”.” – Living Slim: A Canadian Woman’s Way.
Believe it of not, this was the fantastic, always-long-lineups Brazilian steakhouse in the Farmer’s Market at The Grove in Los Angeles. Can’t see too much steak here can you? But trust me, the grilled meat was uber delicious. Fall off the bone. It’s just, I can never resist the gorgeous vegies. As for the plantains… oh my. Real food absolutely is good food.
Cod cakes or fish cakes. With beans, without beans. In the heart of St. John’s, or out around the bay. Whatever you call them, however have them, these treats of Newfoundland and Labrador are just plain delicious.
Who else needs a break from pandemic news? On this damp, grey Monday and every day, “it is definitely my early morning walks, my thirty minutes with myself and the amazing world around me, that give me the quiet and the peace I need.” – Living Slim: A Canadian Woman’s Way
Something about these chilly, early April days. End of winter, not quite spring. Time for a gentle cuppa something and my favourite treat.
#realfoodisgoodfood #livingslimcanadian #slowdown
Exactly one year ago, this orchid bloomed, and exactly one year later – to the day – it blooms again. Some kind of deep, visceral comfort that, despite everything, “the universe is unfolding as it should.”
On International Women’s Day, celebrating the achievements of women everywhere, including my mother, who “knew that making a contribution to society – however big, however small – constituted the essence of personal fulfillment.” – Living Slim: A Canadian Woman’s Way.
It was a cool, fresh spring day with an overcast sky. The Bow River flowed briskly. The Rockies were magnificent. Downtown Banff was uncrowded. And here, to complete perfection: this food, this place, this view.
Thanks Fairmont Banff Springs!