Photo Cred Cat Here is the breakfast muesli I make on a Sunday and will last all week (and Kods eats it too).  This is a very loose recipe as I usually just eyeball the amounts.  It's all good stuff so a little bit more or less, here or there, works too. Makes  approx. 10-12 servings (heaping 1/3 cup of muesli to 1 cup of hot water) 1/2 pack chia seeds (150 g) 1 1/2 cup organic large flake oats 1 tsp ground vanilla bean OR vanilla extract 1 tbsp cinnamon 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 1/2 cup coconut flakes 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/3 cup goji berries 1/2 cup dried cranberries Hand mix all ingredients together and store in glass container on counter or fridge.

Just got back from our, what now seems to be annual, summer trip to Eastern Ontario. We hit Ottawa up for a wedding, then promptly to Grande Jean's family cottage on Big Rideau Lake for a week. Being from Southern Ontario, the tropical hot spot that it is, my family didn't spend time in the east end of the province so it's kinda new and fun for me. We took a day trip to Perth, which was surprisingly picturesque and drove the Number 2 back to Toronto to wind our way through all the little towns that line the route. It's really quite gorgeous, I'm so looking forward to my August weekend in Port Hope! While prepping for a trip in which you won't fall victim to the 24hour roadside stop for sustenance can seem like too much effort, it really isn't and in the end you'll be grateful. Save yourself the energy of hopelessly looking for real food at a gas station, and feel right about your choices. I took these goods with us for the long drive there and back, 1L mason of green smoothie mini mason of sprouts, seasoned with salt, pepper and amazing olive oil 1 apple & 1 pear OR a few peeled oranges I wanted to take something I could grab on the quick as a meal, so I made a nice big batch of magic muesli which lasted me the entire 10 days, plus some sharing. I bring my blender when I can and wow did it come in handy at the cottage. We enjoyed our daily green smoothie or juice, plus some dangerous fruit cocktails on the dock!! Overall it was a balanced trip, some indulgences, lots of gorgeous, local and organic foods, sunshine, awesome scenery and good people! Thank you.

I was in Ottawa over the weekend for the wedding of friends Peter (The Joynt) and Marjorie, it was one of the most fascinatingly personal events I've ever been invited. I have attended some lovely weddings over the years, but this bride and groom really hit the mark with their planning, reflecting who they are as individuals and as a couple. Lovely. On Sunday I had some time to spare so I made my way over to Wellington Street West to check out the one and only raw cafe in the city, Simply Raw Express. Owned and operated by Natasha Kyssa who seems to be a bit of a local raw celebrity. She's been doing this for over 20 years, and has that beautiful living glow and a welcoming demeanour. The express cafe is just that, express! There is a cooler with lots of quick takeout items, I grabbed the Fresh Thai wraps and ordered a My Thai smoothie. Both were delicious! The place was very welcoming, there were lots of people working and many took the time to have a chat with me, including Natasha, which I always appreciate. They also have a greeter who welcomes patrons and walks them through the setup. Pretty great idea since living foods is still foreign to most and can be intimidating. They just opened weeks before, I'm looking forward to going back on my next visit to OT to see how they're coming along. They had a good selection of living lifestyle basics like superfoods, brushes and equipment. Plus the Hintonburg strip is perfect for a smoothie and a stroll.

Quickie pesto recipe, all the main ingredients are in season and it's raw vegan.
2+ cup basil leaves, tightly packed
4 garlic scapes OR 3 cloves garlic, minced
2-1/2 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp miso paste
1/2 cup cold pressed olive oil
1 cup pine nutsBlend all the ingredients on high speed, and enjoy!
I lifted the original recipe from my teacher Elaina Love and have made some alterations, I make it at least once a week and have yet to find someone who doesn't say "this is the best pesto I've ever had" after their first bite. It's amazing on veggie noodles so I'd suggest making a double batch if you know what's good for you.

Headed down the 401 this weekend for a visit with the family. My Mum mentioned the Windsor Downtown Farmers' Market had opened the week before, obviously I needed to check it out. And it was good! I'm so happy to see the city taking steps with these types of initiatives. Windsor is in close proximity to some great agricultural towns like Harrow, Leamington, Kingsville just to name a few. It seems crazy that local, organic produce is kind of hard to get your hands on living in the city. I was less than impressed to see Remark Farms selling little to no organic and hardly any local. Their kale was from the USA mid June! But regardless the market had lots of fresh, local goods to chose from. I bought basil, mini cucs, fragrant garlic scrapes and some great natural deodorant from Faerhaven which I'm loving. Everyone was so friendly and ready to chat, it was such a nice way to spend the morning with my gorgeous Mother, I'll be back!