Tuesday, May 01, 2007

food, glorious food

Regular readers of this blog (and anyone who has ever spent any time with me) will know that I do not cook.

So it is a very big deal that I roasted a chicken. I know that I have written about doing this before (many months ago) but today I seasoned the thing with garlic (lots), turmeric and thyme and threw in a bunch of potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes.

I also made my own salad dressing (by my own, I mean that I modified a recipe from the Silver Palate cookbook but since I doubled the vinegar and the mustard and added an entire clove of garlic, I would call that improvising wildly), boiled some artichokes and made an avocado, lettuce and tomato salad.

All very simple but pretty damn good, if I do say so myself. And all of it organic (we were gifted with a bin of organic veggies on the week end. I am enjoying this very much and it has inspired me to try new things, hence the boiled artichokes).

When everything was done, I went for a beautiful walk in my favourite spot in Ottawa (check this link out, the photographer, Richard McGuire, does a fabulous job of capturing this beautiful city), with my favourite walking companion.

I worked up a sweat.

He chased some squirrels.

We had a very good time.

I also had a great appointment with my naturopathic doctor today. We talked about food and supplements. I feel safe with her (she takes the care to research each supplement before recommending it and is working with my wonderful medical oncologist) and she doesn't try to overwhelm me with the changes I need to make (and she thinks dark chocolate is good for me).

At the end of the appointment, we did a relaxation and visualization exercise. This is the kind of thing I am usually really bad at but it worked. It really did.

All in all, today was a pretty good day.

And tomorrow I will finish cleaning up the mess I made in the kitchen.


Anonymous said...

A wonderful way to spend May Day, under any circumstance. Hope you all enjoyed that splendiferous dinner.


Jacqueline said...

your dinner. your day. it sounds so deliciously wonderful. thanks for being the first person to post on my new blog. i posted a lot of old rants/stories to provide some context and history. i should be posting some new stuff over the next few days. thanks for stopping by. (i'm so glad you like your naturopathic doctor.)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great day.
You should know that after scanning my emails, your blog is the first thing I read in the morning. Not only are you inspiring, you're a brilliant writer.
Keep it up!

Martha Mihaly said...

We are lucky to live in the country, and get all of our meat from 'natural' farmers. We also get most of our produce either form our garden or the farmer's market in town. There's nothing like a good looking bunch of veggies to inspire a meal!
Good on you for roasting the bird.

sassymonkey said...

How can you not like someone who says that chocolate is good for you? (You know, as long as you aren't me as I'm not really into the whole chocolate thing/)