I picked White fish for dinner today in hopes that it would be the freshest and let me tell you it was yummy! Yet again I am impressed. I added a dash of Cayenne pepper because spicy girl likes spicy food!
Today I began my fuel foods Journey! I’m excited as I don’t really eat breakfast I’m always hungry around lunch time and I don’t like eating my kids’ leftovers, but such is life! So I took the plunge and ordered online, and I chose the “easy plan” I called to make sure there weren’t too many tree nuts in the foods for this week and I’m super lucky on top of there being no tree nuts there was also no pesto or cilantro (I DESPISE cilantro!)
So I will attempt to blog every meal. My first meal is the heritage greens salad and my only complaint is that it wasn’t big enough! It was perfect taste wise, like a little tiny bit sweet with the blueberries but otherwise salty and tangy (I don’t eat salt at all so to me it was seasoned perfectly) the cheese added to it was just the right amount. I had it with a giant cup of unsweetened green and peppermint tea! So far good!
I live next door to a very wooded area, and they have rightfully banned neonicotinoids to save our bees so what did that leave me with; a huge plot of grass that was covered, COVERED in weeds. Not just the plain old dandelions but like giant creeping Charlie’s and these thorny cabbage looking weeds that grew like a few feet wide and tall!
Those pictures up there are the before pictures.
Now please understand that I wanted to do something different that I would only have to maintain every so often. I didn’t want to have to water it and waste more water by replacing all the sod that was useless at this point. So I created this crazy idea in my head thanks to various Pinterest boards. Here my friends after weeks and weeks of work, and helping hands from friends and a wonderfully smart, and handy neighbourhood kid whom I hired along with his crew of friends, here I present to you the process pictures and the finished product.
In the brown dirt patch I’ve sowed creeping thyme seeds fingers crossed they grow!
I am proof that when you think outside the box, things can be beautiful!
Also a big thank you, thank you to EVERYONE at Rock Valley in Vaughan (for all the top soil, mulch, gravel and all the great people who work there and are encouraging) and Terra for all the plants and their helpful staff also!
So it was 4pm the other day and I haven’t taken any protein out of my freezer and for some reason the day got away from me and my kid was like I want dinner ( he burned off a lot of energy at school that day) so I did my best pantry meal!
3 cans of tuna (I used flaked packed in water)
1 bottle of PC Marinara sauce (this sauce is very good,I use homemade when I can)
1box of pasta (I used alphabet pasta, which the kids LOVE, I guess there is something about eating your words lol)
1 bag of frozen peas
1 chunk of frozen spinach
Garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric and sea salt and red chilli flakes for taste (I don’t measure these I throw it in and then taste)
cook pasta and drain and set aside, simple enough right? 7-8 mins
In the same pot, quickly sauté Tuna, just a bit, then add peas, spinach, seasonings and tomato sauce, 3/4 of one extra jar of water, stir and boil on medium to high (covered to avoid splashing on your black splash) for 10-20 mins stirring regularly and you are done as soon as the sauce is as think as you would like it.
Serve sauce over pasta and done! Oh and if you are on a low carb diet I ate mine with Shirataki noodles which are zero calories and zero carbs (you have to rinse these in cold water and then sauté them with the sauce for about 5 mins and they taste even better the next day when they have been soaking in the sauce over night)
These ones above are the shirataki noodles I use!
I repeat myself, the Metro Toronto Police Members should not be allowed to March in Pride in their Uniform.
I say this because for as long as I can remember, the metro force has held down the black population in Toronto.
In case you didn’t know this, the Pride Parade was initially a protest against “anti gay” laws enforced with a crazy amount of force on Gay Men and Lesbian women, and various members of the LGBTQ community. They were looked at as the scum of the Earth, considered sickos because of their sexual orientation. The problem is that even though the Metro force only recently apologized for the raids on bath houses (the gay men they arrested) they didn’t extend the apology towards the lesbian and Trans women they brutally arrested.
So allowing police services to be a part of the Pride parade as LGBTQ+ members is okay, it is inclusive if they are allowed without their uniform, because it is when they are in uniform that they have brutalized various members of the LGBTQ+ community. They brutalized, lesbian women, trans members, gay men, black men and women and they have only, ONLY apologized to the Gay White Men. That’s it!
Why more people aren’t mad about this is beyond me. I cannot believe all these straight white men in Toronto city council are so butthurt about the funding going to Pride. It is always these same old school guys, the same ones telling me that there is no such thing as appropriation, sexism, ageism etc. It’s always the same type of man that is so narrow minded, telling everyone else that they are wrong, the same guys that are saying do it our way, or else! I call BS! Today no one agreed with you, you old backwards man! Today in Toronto, the old white dude who has always had everything go his way, finally got told to sit down and shut up!
To Pride Toronto, please do your thing, include the police (without uniforms) until the Police apologize for the decades of abuse on the LGBTQ+ community, until they apologize to your Black members and acknowledge the brutality don’t let them into your pride parade! Don’t back down from the core values of Pride, until everyone is equal, your struggle isn’t over! The Police are supposed to serve and protect, and to those marginalized members who have been oppressed for so long by the same hand that is supposed to protect us is just unacceptable, so stand up! Return to your roots of protest!
Oh oh wait to those organizers of the Pride New York Parade, you people are low down dirty scum! You turn against your own community for publicity? That is the most underhanded bitchy thing you could have done! Instead of looking into the reasons why BLM wanted police banned, and how Pride Toronto began, you guys decided to invited our Metro force over to march in your parade?! Wow, what a bitchy ass mean girl wannabe move! Take that shit and get outta here!
Until people realize that the whole LGBTQ+ community should feel protected by the police and not hunted by them, they simply shouldn’t be allowed to take part in uniform. The uniform gives them power, without it, they are just like everyone else, equal! Which is key, they are no more, nor less than any other LGBTQ+ member marching. Unless they have to exert their power over others there really shouldn’t be a problem with them wearing plain clothes.
So I am less than 24 hrs out of my surgery to correct a deviated septum and to open up my nasal turbinates. Sounds weird but I’ve suffered all my life with breathing problems and when I took my son into this lovely ENT doctor (Dr. David Goldfarb) I was convinced wth his humour and how he put myself and my 6 year old at ease. My kiddo’s quick recovery and his doctor’s pride in his work just cemented the fact that I needed him to help me.
All my life I’ve suffered with breathing problems and I’m sure I broke my nose a few times as a teenager, then my son and I had a head to nose collision when he was 1 and 1/2 and my nose bled on and off for a few days, and while trying to explain to him that he needs to be more careful when I’m helping him up, he managed to do another head to nose collision! I haven’t been able to breathe correctly since, and just remembering those hits brings tears to my eyes (this might be a side effect of the surgery)
Anyway, I wish I didn’t have to wait as long as I did but I had to ensure my second son wouldn’t do the same thing to me once I got it fixed.
I tried to look everywhere to find out about the surgery, and I only got scary stories. Mine isn’t that scary so far. Not yet anyway but I will update as I go. This worst thing that I’ve noticed is that I can’t breathe through my nose which makes it hard to talk and breath at the same time and it’s hard to drink. Also huge thing I can taste sugar waaaay too much now! I wonder if this can curb my infamous sweet tooth! Bonus!
Here are pictures right after surgery, I took off the moustache bandage to clean up. There is bleeding Mixed with discharge but not too much and not overly gross. I slept really well with the painkillers and PHO I had for dinner,from 1030 to 8 straight and I slept in like a sitting position with a ton of pillows behind me and around me, I felt great! Mostly because I almost always have a kid in bed with me!
I made a wonderful bow for dinner tonight inspired by my need to have Asian flavours but not the added salt and sugar. The base of the dish is your choice of grain, I’ve used brown rice in the picture but sometimes I’ve also used quinoa, and even egg noodles, and if you keep the leftovers separate you can roll up the meat filling with salad or avocado and roll it up in a rice paper wrap! Super versatile. Also if you like the mix of hot and cold and various textures then this is an easy weeknight dish.
I’ve mixed 1/4 of a cup naturally brewed soy sauce, with ground meat of your choosing, half of a chopped purple cabbage, a few shakes of onion powder, garlic salt to taste, 2 tbsps of minced garlic, and 2 tbsps of sesame oil and two cups of water.
Now the next step you can do in your instant pot if you set it to chilli, it will turn out quite nice. I prefer to put this all in a big pan that has some depth to it, and slowly simmer it on medium to low heat watching while the sauce reduces to maybe half, which is about 20-30 mins. I pour all of this over quinoa, and serve with chopped cucumbers, and slices of avocado.
If you are feeling extra lazy like I do a lot of the time, you can throw the quinoa into the same pot and add one more cup of water and cover and simmer the same way (after the meat is fully cooked)