Coconut Macaroons

These cookies are so delicious and healthy too! There is no butter or refined sugar and they can remind you of summer no matter what season it is!

Makes approximately 2 dozen.

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups of unsweetened coconut (medium grain). I used organic coconut so it was phosphate-free
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a medium sized pot heat the honey on low heat. Once it loosens add the coconut and stir until it is mixed well.

Remove from the heat and add egg whites mixing well.

Transfer to a large bowl, add vanilla and mix well.

Once the mixture has cooled, form small walnut sized balls with moist hands and place on greased cookie sheet (I used a little cooking spray). You can place the cookies quite close because they do not spread.

Cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool before you remove them from the sheet.

ENJOY!

Shocking Updates about 9-Year-Old blogger!

If you have yet to check out Never Seconds, a blog by 9-year0old Martha Payne that documents the unhealthy “food” she was being served at school for lunch, make sure you do so right now! It is a really great blog and proves that even one person can make a change. Recently, Martha’s camera was banned from school, but thanks to public pressure and her support on social media the ban has been lifted. Check out this article on Wired (link). Congratulations Never Seconds!

Even a 9-Year-Old Can Help Change the Way Kids Eat!

Check out this amazing article about how a 9-year-old girl’s blog about her school lunches forced the school board to make some nutritious changes (link)!

Also, here is her blog (link).

An Early Spring is Not Good for Everyone

Like most people, I have been loving this early spring…late bursts of winter have been replaced with budding trees and fragrant flowers.  And the sun…I always underestimate what a good dose of vitamin D can do to your mood.  The city has never been so cheery!

Yet, less than 100 km away, Ontario farmers, who provide us with inexpensive and delicious local fruits and vegetables, aren’t  loving this warm weather.  Instead, they are dealing with an agricultural crisis; an early spring mixed with frost has left their crops damaged.  While farmers will be trying to keep their farms in operation, we will be faced with a price increase, which will probably sway some people to buy imported produce instead of local to save a buck or two.  I am going to continue to buy local whenever possible. Biting into a local juicy peach under the sun is worth it!

Check out this post by Tiffany Mayer of Eating Niagara to find out more about the farming crisis (link)

 

Julie’s Cuban Restaurant

Marc and I went to Julie’s Cuban Restaurant a little while ago.  It is one of my favourite restaurants – amazing food, great service and a warm and cozy atmosphere. The restaurant is located on a residential street and used to be a convenience store. It is colourful, full of knick-knacks and covered in twinkle lights (a personal favourite, as I always tell Marc that you can never go wrong with twinkle lights).

We started off with an organic red from Jean Bousuet, which was wonderful!

We shared a mango salad with greens, avocado, mango, red pepper, red onion and a delicious lime vinaigrette. It was fresh and full of citrus. The mango and avocado was perfectly ripe and the red onion complimented the other ingredients without overpowering.

For his main course, Marc ordered the special – Tilapia with rice and beans, plantains and pineapple salsa.  He thought the dish was great. Full of garlic and light and fluffy.  The pineapple salsa was more like a few chunks of pineapple than a salsa. Funny story, I hate fish (a hatred that goes much deeper than mere taste), but when Marc’s dish came to the table it didn’t smell fishy at all. It actually smelt really good – so good, that I asked for a bite. Marc was shocked and I am pretty sure he thought I had lost my mind.  He handed me a bit and I actually didn’t mind it. I still would never order it, but if Marc hadn’t devoured it I probably would have taken a second bite.

I ordered Vaca Frita and it was amazing.  The dish consists of flank steak, seared and pulled with onion, garlic, tomatoes and lime.  It also came with the usual plantains and rice and beans.  The last time I went to Julie’s I had this dish as a special. It must have been a customer favourite because it was added to the menu. Rightly so!

For dessert, we had Tres Leches Cake (Three Milk’s Cake) with bananas and vanilla ice cream.  Tres Leches Cake is a traditional Cuban dessert that involves soaking a sponge cake in evaporated milk, condensed milk and heavy cream.  It was light and creamy – the perfect way to end our meal.

Other items we love at Julie’s

  • Guacamole – delicious, but, sadly they don’t make their own chips. I am pretty sure they are actually Tostitos.  I could be wrong – actually, I hope I am wrong.
  • Frituras de Mais – corn fritters. These perfectly deep fried balls of dough are like little pillows of amazing-ness served with sour cream.
  • Papa Rellena I – Potato puff stuffed with picadillo
  • Mojitos – all fresh and full of mint. Best served on there patio.

We highly recommend Julie’s to anyone who loves comfort food and a cozy kitschy atmosphere.  If it is cold outside call ahead and reserve one of two intimate window seats. If you go in the summer the patio is a must.

How to Peel a Potato

I hate peeling potatoes. I am all thumbs and I fear that one day I will peel a layer of skin off a finger.

Check out this great video on how to peel a cooked potato without a peeler (link).  They show the peeler version first so skip ahead for the amazing ice water trick.

After seeing this, I predict a potato salad recipe sometime soon.  BBQ season is just around the corner!

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