Thank you dear readers for joining me on this journey of food and mood storytelling.
2014 has come in with a bang and a big dose of brrrrrrrrr! I love the winter but roasting root vegetables every day can weigh on Northern folk. Thinking back to warmer times, I am reminded that my juicer broke in the middle of the summer. This was a blow to my daily routine, but I made it work by incorporating more roughage and increasing my patronage to local juice bars. For years and years I have been an advocate for green smoothies, but juice is a great way to deliver nutrients to your blood stream in a hurry. Graced with a digestive auto-immune disease, juice provides my body with a much needed break.
I am sure that most of you are in the middle of crafting or revising your intentions or resolutions for the year. And without further ado I will leave you with some food for thought. Our digestive systems work constantly and tirelessly to keep us going. Perhaps we can give it a hand every now and again with a veggie heavy juice fix! Stop riding the coattails of regret over your recent over-indulgence on New Year’s Eve and make this juice.
We had a dose of real winter weather last week, while I was skipping and smiling down the streets my fellow city dwellers had their grumpy bird faces on. Needless to say people haven’t exactly gotten into the holiday spirit over here in the Big Smoke.
December just feels busy, doesn’t it? I bet we could all use a trip to the beach right about now.
Halloween last night didn’t seem to have its usual vigour. We were treated to a bit of a trick, with strong winds and rain from the early evening continuing on through to the early morning. I didn’t see as many little ghosts and ghouls running around causing mayhem as I remembered it as a child. I’ve often wondered if the celebration is changing? In my day we packed on the snowsuits and went for hours.
Next year I am going to make a bigger effort to indulge my inner-child and go big on sewing together a costume to partake in the fun.
Eager to join in on the festive celebrations, Julia and I got crafty with our pumpkins and some dull knives, threw on Beetlejuice and let off some steam with a round of Cards Against Humanity.
On the trek home, I was overcome with a craving. This lousy weather had me wanting something hot, sweet and spicy. I love winter, but the dampness of late fall always has me slinking into hot showers and rain boots.
Chai is a great way to warm up and better yet – soothe digestion. With the exception of my Chai Apple Butter, I have yet to make my own chai spice mix at home. And so – DIY Cozy Chai Concentrate was born.