Systems, go!

My friend Andrew (http://designsmithnl.com) is a pretty smart guy. He helps companies develop processes and systems so that they work more efficiently and with better quality results and products. When someone needs to make a restaurant or manufacturing system work better, Andrew puts on his cape and flies in to look at what they’re doing…

My Food Fixin’ Formula, or how I keep the family from starving

We eat a lot of food.   I’ve noticed that when I take the time to plan out meals, everything in our lives flows better. Mornings are magically possible because there are easy lunches to be grabbed. Tempers fray less when everyone is fed. I fret less about training because I know I’m well-fuelled (and…

The Secret, or “Yo, Vick! What do you eat?”

How do you lose fat and get stronger? There must be a secret, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, there are techniques. No, they aren’t secrets. I get at least an email a week from people who want to know what my secret to getting in shape is, assuming that since I’ve managed to make…

Recipe: Chilli salmon & cashew-curry vegetables

I finally remembered to write down a recipe as I made it! Posting it here in case I decide to recreate it, which I believe I will do in the near future. This meal was stellar! Chilli Salmon: 12 to 20 ounces of salmon filets. (This marinade will do enough for 2-4 people.) Mix the…

A change and a rest

For this week and next, I’m eating like I’m not trying to lose weight. It’s a refreshing change and a planned hiatus to enable me to make it through the Christmas season without collapse. I’m still eating properly, paying attention to getting enough protein and ensuring that a large proportion of my carbs come from…

A shortcut to…

… mushrooms! We picked some chanterelles the other day and had an Exploits feast of mushrooms & mussels. There were plenty to be had. Sautéed in butter with a chicken-flavoured cream sauce over couscous. Delicious!

The Ice Cream Crazies

On the way back from our weekend trip, of which I have not yet relayed all the marvelous adventures, we stopped at the Riverside Restaurant in Cape Broyle for supper. Jasper order and devoured mussels and Katherine, after some initial disgust, tried one and fell in love. She is now planning some major mussel feasting…

Mardi, trop de Gras

It’s Shrove Tuesday and while no one in this house religiously celebrates either Easter or its antecedent, Lent, we always enjoy an excuse to eat pancakes. In our house while growing up, “Pancake Day” meant a feast of crêpes, those really flat pancake-like creatures that can be rolled up with an assortment of treasures inside…

A chocolatey post for Valentine’s Day

I posted this on my Facebook feed, but since FB is such a limited sphere of influence and since I can never find anything of importance that I’ve posted more than a week after I’ve posted it, I’m also posting it here, so that I can locate it again. It seemed topical, on this day…

Red House Soups

I should have written this post some time ago, but I simply never thought to. Then the doorbell rang, the soup arrived and a something clicked in my mind (and if you know my mind at all, you’ll understand that things clicking on a Wednesday are painfully rare). Allow me to introduce you to Red…

Sushi success!

Since my return from Vancouver, I have really missed sushi. You can buy sushi of decent quality here in St. John’s at three places (all on Duckworth St.), I have discovered; Basho (quite expensive, but a true dining experience, Asian Taste (quite good and not incredibly expensive) and Sun Sushi (variable quality and more expensive…