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Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

I remember back when I was in university, screaming girls would line up to have Jamie Oliver, "The Naked Chef" autograph his latest cookbook. These days I would be one of the first in line to promote his cause. His current mission is to fight the obesity epidemic by inspiring families to cook, educating kids about food and improving how they eat at school. Last weekend I watched his passionate talk at TED, and wanted to share it here because I agree with his food philosophy....more

Sudanese aubergine (eggplant) dip

This recipe was given to me by my lovely Sudanese friend EB. It is called aswada: aswad means black in Arabic, and is the Sudanese word for aubergine (eggplant) because of its black skin. This dip is a cousin to babaghanoush, but with peanut and lime in place of tahina and lemon. It should be sharp and zingy and very garlicky.On Friday I had some of my absolute favourite ladies over for supper: Madame la Moue, Mrs Madeira, Mrs H, Madame Pantalon and me Julie. This went down very nicely with a glass of wine as a pre-dinner snack.Aswada...more

Looking for Ways to Prepare Asparagus?

It’s almost Spring, and one of my favorite vegetables is making an appearance in the supermarket at a price I can afford to pay. Asparagus!What a versatile, colorful, and tasty veggie. It doesn’t take long for asparagus to be the first to disappear from a vegetable platter filled with carrots, celery, tomatoes.Asparagus is best when it’s simply steamed, and served lightly dusted with a little kosher salt and some cracked black pepper....more

Empowering kids to eat healthy

Its vital that children be trusted to make smart food choices. This is not always easy to do when surrounded by trusted adults who seem incapable of eating right. Unlike most of the kids I knew, we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner with balance. At dinner, there was always meat, veg & carb, as well as salad. What tripped me up and caused my weight gain as a child was my parents’ lack of attention to what I might be eating when not at home. ...more

Purple Top Turnips. Not Just Animal Fodder.

It took me awhile to find purple top turnip inspiration.  I sat, pen in hand, blank paper in front of me, and……nothing.  I tried saying “TURNIP” out loud, hoping that might awaken some hidden enthusiasm.  Googling for purple top turnips reveals that most of the turnips in the world are grown as forage for cattle.  Turnips for human consumption are widely viewed with suspicion. ...more

Spinach Soup with Broccoli and Quinoa

The All-Star and I need nourishment after our Valentine's Day trauma, so I put my concocting hat on and made a soup. No recipe needed, a Laura original. Always a favorite around here, expect when they're not so good. We all make a not-so-good dish now and again. It's all part of learning to cook.Luckily, this meal was not gross. It was very delicious....more

Skinny French women

Mireille Guiliano's best seller French Women Don't Get Fat hit a raw (and plump) American nerve. Lucky French women! What's their secret?...more

All Together Now

Strengthen the balance between your body and brain to connect to and enjoy your personal health. Supply your body with plenty of movement, nutritious food and cleansing water to maintain and build it.   ...more
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