Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cookbook Cleanup #5 - super natural every day

This book....oh this book.  I love to look at this book - the photos, the bits about the authors life, the ingredient lists.....
This is the sort of book that I wish my life could be like - spelt flour and nuts and seeds, tons of greens, spicy flavors.  Flowy dresses and hoop earrings.  Long walks in interesting places.

Instead I am (still) too chubby for most of my clothes, out of practice on yoga, trying to feed children who would rather exist on air than anything their parents would make them, inundated with facts about marvel movies and peppa pig all the livelong day, and a thousand other things that have nothing to do with this book.

This is a good book, a pretty book, an interesting book.  But this book is not for me in the past years I have owned it or the foreseeable future.  It deserves a better home.

Cookbook Cleanup results so far - Bookshelf -2  Donated - 3 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Snapshot - Okanagan cherries in my refound tiny colander

Our hot water tank bit it RIGHT before our holiday this summer.  The day they came to install the new one I stressed cleaned a couple of rooms in the house.  In the kitchen I finally got rid of a bunch of stuff that I haven't used in years, and rediscovered some useful stuff that got buried at the back of cupboards, including my sweet little collapsible tiny colander, perfect for washing off cherries before they get pitted and stirred into my morning yogurt.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Book Club - One Day We'll All Be Dead And None Of This WIll Matter by Scaachi Koul



When a guy asks to buy you a drink, suggest he buy you a snack instead and see how that goes over.

I'd ask her what she was thinking about, and she'd let out a big sigh.  "Oh, sometimes I look around and I think I've seen my mom.  But she's not there."

This, the great love affair that spawned me, a woman who would one day get both of her hands stuck in two different salsa jars at the same time.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Cookbook Cleanup - 3 and 4 are out the door

I am being a bit ruthless in this cookbook shelf clean out.

Last time I did this I tried very hard to find at least one or two recipes to try from every book, in case I found a gem.  This time I've changed the rules.  I'm not going to cook something I don't want to.  If I can't find anything that I know the family will eat, the book goes.

So here are our first 2 departers - Tasty Latest and Greatest and  Better Homes and Gardens Bread Machine Bounty.

Bread Machine Bounty - a symphony book sale buy from a few years back - was easy to donate as I gave away our bread machine a couple of months ago, so this is of no use to me now.

Tasty was a bit harder to get rid of; this was an impulse purchase from  Costco a couple of years ago and I hadn't spent a lot of time with it.  I previously tried 2 recipes and was NOT impressed with either of them, but I was sure that there must be some good stuff in there.

The problem for me is a lot of these recipes are quiet decadent - stuffed brownies and bread balls, deep fried or breaded almost everything, lots of bacon.  This isn't every day eats, and this isn't the kind of stuff my picky family likes.  

So based on my previous tries, I sent this one out the door with no more testing. It is not a bad book!  Just not for us.

Cookbook Cleanup results so far - Bookshelf -2  Donated - 2