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  1. Eating differently

    February 10, 2014 by Lisa

    I’ve been experimenting with diets lately. Not the weight loss type, though the successful one brought me down 10 pounds in a couple weeks. No, I’ve been trying to feel better and to feel better about the food I’m eating. A friend and I did a detox over January and it has radically changed the way I eat going forward.

    The detox meant no meat, added sugar, salt, wheat, dairy, alcohol or caffeine and since it ended, I’ve entirely lost my will to eat wheat or sugar, meat might feature once or twice a month and dairy is now mostly milk in a single coffee a day, some butter or Parmesan and a lot of goats cheese.

    Importantly, I feel so much better and I’ve learned to love a lot of interesting, tasty new foods.


  2. Homemade “Rice-a-Roni”

    March 10, 2012 by Lisa


    Rice-A-Roni was one of those favourite packaged foods I grew up with.

    There are a lot of Rice-A-Roni recipes out there – most of them identical, but none has really captured that Rice-A-Roni taste for me.  This one is the closest I’ve managed to get.

    The original uses vermicelli, but that’s hard to find and spaghetti is a poor substitute. The important ingredient here is the orzo – a rice-shaped pasta. This seemed to make all the difference.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup long grain rice
    • 1/2 cup orzo
    • 1/4 cup of butter
    • 1/2 a small onion
    • 1-2 cloves garlic
    • 2 1/2 cups water
    • 3 chicken stock cubes
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Disolve the stock cubes in 2 1/2 cups of boiling water. Saute the onion in the butter in a skillet and when softened, add the rice and pasta and cook until the rice is semi-transparent (ish). Crush the garlic into the mixture and add the stock. Cover and simmer over a low heat until the rice is tender (15-20 minutes).

    Done.

    Disappointingly, I can’t find an original ad as the jingle is inexorably linked with this side dish for me, but here’s the jingle with someone’s vacation photos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1-TdlaxQmQ