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Movies and Food: The Hurt Locker

February 1, 2011

I love watching movies. It lets us go elsewhere, see other things. Oddly, I always like to see the food they eat in the movies. Normally looking at old movies or costume dramas and seeing how/what they eat.

Last night I watched The Hurt Locker. Good movie and all that. I was afraid it was going to be all American  patriotic, which us non-Yankees can find somewhat over the top. But no, great movie.

But there was little food in the movie, some pictures of Iraqi markets and butcher shops where the food was raw and freshly cut. But then,

And here be some spoilers in case you were planning on watching the movie don’t read further

In the end, when the soldier returns home and finds that he can’t adapt to normal life after his tours in Iraq, what was the tipping point? (After the discussions with his wife and son of coarse) It was the wall full of commercial boxed cereal. (which I even heard was from a Canadian grocery store) In stead of facing the wall of cereal, and fake food, he goes back for another tour of duty in Iraq.

 

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A tale of 4 breakfasts

January 31, 2011

Here is our morning.

first me, eggs hard cooked with cheese

 

 

 

 

then Coco; since she was about two has been eating the same thing every morning, nutella toast not toasted, i.e. bread and nutella, and always a glass of milk

 

 

 

 

Then Heny, always changes, rarely good, this morning Fruit Loops (not my purchase from the store)

 

 

 

 

then my husband, who would not have liked to see this, ergo the blurry photo as I had to take it swiftly as he briefly left the room. Juice and peanut butter toast.

 

 

 

 

 

Somehow we sort of all get along.

coffee, coffee, coffee

January 26, 2011

First it was black coffee with sugar, got me through University.

Then it was no sugar but milk. No to the sugar for fear of cavities (but tons of sugar elsewhere of course). And milk because otherwise it is hard on the stomach.

Then there were lattes and cappuccinos and espressos. Then there was Italy, where cappuccino is only for breakfast and what we would call espresso, or for the Italians just coffee, for any other time of the day. God forbid you would do anything else. And when they give you a glass of water with the coffee-espresso, it is for before, to rinse the pallet and taste the coffee, not for afterwards as I was quickly scorned.

Then on to low-carb, now we have to have coffee with unsweetened soy milk.

Then to real food: so cream, lovely.

But always, well not always, but at least recently, nagging questions about health. And contradictions, oh the contradictions. Not with me this time, but with the studies. Is it good for you, or is it bad for you? Sometime last year, I went decaf for a month to see if there were any effects. No effects, or well, no weight loss effects, that was what I was looking for at the time.

But now I am committed, I am doing it again. Because the one thing I do know is that I have problems with mood swings and ups and downs. And the caffeine is a stimulant, as with sugar, there, there are no contradicting studies (I always had a cup before a tennis match, to give a boost to my serve). And I know if I want to level off this may be a good place to start. Sugar is harder.

So I did it. Christmas proved to be the ideal time: off work, no early morning boring meetings, no need to be really alert at family gatherings. It wasn’t so hard, nor was back to work. I bring a small thermos of decaf.

Has it worked for my moods? So far so good, but way too early to say and I am sure caffeine alone won’t solve that one. But I am optimistic as always.

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Not easy – lots of conflicts

September 29, 2010

It’s no news to anyone that it’s hard finding the time to keep these blogs up and running. Then I have all these great ideas about what to write but they are all jumbled in my head. And then I want to blog more about real food and health benefits, but quite frankly I have been having a cold that just won’t leave me. Or is it allergies? I’m really just sick and tired of the running nose thing. Should I then be giving up dairy? But I can’t. My usual contradictions. Then I should be really using those environmentally friendly handkerchiefs rather than reams of disposable Kleenex, but as soon as the nose tap goes into no stop I just want the disposable option. Another of my contradictions. Or is it all the go inside time of year that gets the nose up and running again?

And then I’ve been hungry all the time of late. I always think going low carb and nutrient dense, I shouldn’t be hungry, and should be able to nourish with less. But then, the scale did go down, so I must have  been needing the extra food. Always listen to your hunger.

Well hopefully now that the ice is broken I can continue with more posts.

Cod Liver Oil

September 16, 2010

There’s a song playing on the radio here in Canada from time to time about the great healing properties of Cod Liver Oil. It’s about a man trying to help his sad and sickly bride. He uses Cod Liver Oil and she gets better (but I think she falls in love with the doctor who prescribed it). You can listen here if you like traditional songs. I also had heard here and there about the great things that CLO can do for us. But for me the tipping point really was a podcast of Rami Nagel on curing tooth decay. My opinion of dentists is not high, I think I’ll leave all of that for another post sometime. But the least of dentists that I, and my kids, have to see would just be a good thing. So I searched around for the right CLO, which seems to be the Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil which seems to have many advantages with a bonus selling point in that you need somewhat of a lower dose. Shopping on their website shows they have different varieties of flavours  (plain, cinnamon, orange) and forms (liquid, capsules and gummies).

Being new to the thing, I went with the capsules for me and the gummies for the kids. Bonus, the gummies were on sale, because the whole thing was quite pricey with the shipping. Got them a couple of days ago. I opened the gummies, and the odour was enough to knock me out. But kids don’t smell before eating do they? No they do, and they refused even to try them. Although they did agree to swallowing the capsules with milk. But then Coco complained of burping the oil until lunch.  So I suggested that she take the capsules before eating breakfast, which we are going to try tomorrow, today she wanted a break for the day. Oh, we’ll see, this may be another one of my ongoing battles for real food in the family.

But my recommendation are the capsules for the kids, before a meal, and no gummies, I even noticed today there are no gummies on the Green Pasture’s web site. I guess I should have known, something on sale means no one wants it.

Coleslaw

September 15, 2010

Eons ago I got a recipe for coleslaw from my mother in law. Always a hit, I have been bringing it to barbeques and the likes for years, always get lots of compliments and the whole thing is usually eaten up.

But the original recipe is all whites: white vinegar, sugar and salt.

Easy enough, I real food-ed it this time: raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey, and unrefined sea salt. And you know, it was a 100x better, much more taste, even for my process food junkie family. When I came home in the evening to take a picture, there was none left. So this is the picture of someone else’s, which looks quite similar.

The dressing ingredients are:

  • ¾ cup Olive oil
  • 1 cup Vinegar
  • ½ cup Honey
  • 1 tsp Sea salt

The trick is to bring this to a boil and add to a head of grated cabbage and some carrots. This softens up the cabbage and gives it a better texture to eat. It is even best the next day and keeps for weeks in the fridge.

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posted as part of Kelly the Kitchen Kop‘s Real Food Wednesdays

Serena Williams: an Homage

September 10, 2010
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I vaguely remember her coming on to the scene in the late 90s. She was touted as being better than her sister. But I wasn’t much into tennis then, always having trouble keeping her apart from Venus.

But she made sure we took notice. And notice I did which has turned with time into a great admiration.

Yes she’s the best in tennis. But we need her also because of her role model. As a girl I loved sports, but any professional or amateur woman athlete, essentially looked like a man, or boy. Flat chested, no curves. But Serena, this is a role model I could have used. A woman who looks like a woman. And still number 1. Not affraid to sweat, build muscle, do what it takes to win, and be her own person. I even can use her as a shopping model. If the site/label says Serena wore it, I know it can fit and will cover. If I like the style, because she used to go a bit far out for me.

I am now raising a beautiful girl and trying to let her know that she can be herself, but great. Even I joke that I have got her into tennis just because I think it is the only sport where a woman can really make money and achieve status. I mean does anyone really know the name of a female soccer or basketball player? But really my daughter is into tennis because I play and like to spend time with her.

Watching the US open now and missing you Serena. Cut your foot on glass in a restaurant? sounds more like something I would do.