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Food to eat in hospital, postpartum

I have a four-year-old and an almost two-year-old. It's going to be royal chaos around here for some time. :D The older ones are both boys, the twins are girls.

The food at my local hospital hasn't improved At All (I was in during November, for five days, for a pregnancy-related infection). We are stocking the freezer with casseroles, but I should probably freeze some individual portions for me- I' m not sure my husband will be up to anything besides scrambling eggs and ordering pizza, even sticking things in the oven.

In my experience, the first three months are spent eating while holding babies. If I luck out this time, maybe can put the babies both down for fifteen-minute intervals while I eat. Maybe.

Jan 16, 2012
lissar in Home Cooking

Food to eat in hospital, postpartum

So I'm due with twins sometime in the next two to four weeks, and I have to (sob) stay in for 72 hours. I am not eating the hospital food. This is my third birth there and I still have post-traumatic stress from the last time I attempted to eat their cooking.

Our house is close, so some food can be run over, but my husband doesn't cook and will also be home with our two slightly older kids. I'm trying to think of actual meal-type things I could stick in the fridge and eat one-handed (or less than one had- how do you manage twins?), as well as muffins and granola bars. So, portable, one-handed, nutritious. and tastes good. Shelf-stable a plus but not completely necessary, as there is a small kitchenette with fridge. Manageable even when I've had no sleep and am completely hormonal.

Ideas?

Jan 16, 2012
lissar in Home Cooking

Anything decent near near Sick Kids hospital?

My eldest has been in since Monday and my husband and I are switching off. Is there anything decent and close? I'm getting awfully tired of their food court and packing from home isn't possible because we don't have the time.

TIA

Mar 30, 2011
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Anything decent near the Science Centre?

We have a membership, and I have a baby and a three-year old. Is there anything beside Sunny's foodmart or McDonald's that's at least sort of near the Science Centre and preferably kid-friendly?

Feb 11, 2011
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Decent east york Chinese takeout?

We're planning on Ye Olde Chinese Takeout for Easter dinner (because of having a two-week old baby) and our usual option, Danforth Dragon, is closed Sundays and holidays. My parents are going to be here and are unadventurous. Is there any decent Chinese takeout/delivery in our area? Chinese, my Dad doesn't eat Thai or Vietnamese.

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Danforth Dragon
861 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

Apr 03, 2010
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Baby due in March- veg. dishes and baked goods to freeze? Ideas?

How do you adjust the baking times for switching from muffin tins to loaf pans? I'd be worried they wouldn't cook fully in the middle, or would overbake.

Dec 10, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Baby due in March- veg. dishes and baked goods to freeze? Ideas?

He can have bread and pasta- pasta's actually pretty good because of its low GI- and he needs carbs five times a day, it just has to be measured and scheduled. Cookies are generally a very special treat, but he gets them occasionally. I'm Japanese, and he's going to get some soy, although we don't eat a whole lot of it.

Dec 10, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Baby due in March- veg. dishes and baked goods to freeze? Ideas?

I'm interested! And the squash recipe would be great, too.

We're not vegetarians, it's just that my cook-ahead list right now looks like: pot roast, shepherd's pie, stew, meatballs, rigatoni bolognese....

Dec 10, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Baby due in March- veg. dishes and baked goods to freeze? Ideas?

In mugs might work, since the little one's got the hang of, "No! Hot!".

I'd like to do a bunch of veg curries, but I'm not sure how they'd freeze.

I'll probably do pumpkin, corn and cheese, and mixed berry muffins, and lots of the Dependable Coffee Cake recipe I've got that has silken tofu and whole wheat flour in it- delcious and high-protein. And stock up on granola.

Dec 10, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Baby due in March- veg. dishes and baked goods to freeze? Ideas?

Our second kid is due mid-March, and I'm starting to mentally gear up for the cook-and-freeze-a-thon beforehand. I've been remembering what I liked last time and scanning old threads here for inspiration, and I've got a pretty meat-heavy list. I'm looking for veggie or low-meat mains that freeze well. I particularly remember not being able to use a knife or eat with two hands for at least two months, so anything liquidy is right out.

I'm also looking for freezable baked goods ideas- I do most of our bread baking, and have a couple of fallback quick bread recipes, but I'd like to expand my repetoire.

Our first kid has just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, so I want to be as organised as possible about meals after the baby arrives- we're going to need a much stricter meal plan and meal schedule than last time (no eating the same chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner this time round).

Dec 09, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Danforth Gems

What's the address of Danforth Pizza House?

Nov 27, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Portable, non-smeary healthy toddler snacks?

The kidlet is 21 months old, and tall and quite thin (for a toddler). i've been thinking about doing a big container of apple and pear slices in lemon water ever day or two. As I've said, he's thin, and I'm not concerned about two many calories, so cheese and fatty things are fine as long as he's getting veg and fruit.

Anything chewy tends to have bits left everywhere (somehow that means most vegetables, especially carrots). We've got a small table- I could try to fit it into the living/dining room.

I'll try the baked oatmeal. I do a coffeecake with silken tofu and whole wheat flour that's been hugely successful for the whole family. I think I'll look for little tiny cupcake tins and try making it in those.

Oct 15, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Portable, non-smeary healthy toddler snacks?

I have a constantly hungry toddler with a strong affinity for sugar (trying to work on that) and a habit of playing see-how-fast-I-can-crush-this-into-the-furniture. We're singlehandedly supporting the graham cracker and Sunmaid raisin companies- I'd like a little more variety, and a little healthier stuff. He doesn't have molars yet, so heavy chewing is out.

I've got an okay cracker recipe- i was wondering about roasted chickpeas recipes, cheese crisps, that sort of thing. Any help?

Sorry if this isn't coherent. Not much sleep last night.

Oct 15, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Cheapish dehydrator? Where can I get one?

I'll check Value Village and my nearest Canadian Tire. I don't mind swapping trays, and was going to set it up in the basement, so noise wouldn't be a problem

Aug 28, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Cheapish dehydrator? Where can I get one?

I have 20lbs of cherries in my freezer. After some internet research I feel very reluctant to try drying them in my oven (I've got a toddler who would love having the stove on and try to play with it, it would take freaking forever etc.). I would like to get an inexpensive food dehydrator, but I don't have a clue where I could find one. I only really want it for drying fruit once or twice a year- no huge heavy-duty stuff.

Help?

Aug 26, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

A friend is bringing me Trader Joe's snacks- which ones?

I'm in Canada, and a friend in the States is going to bring me a bagful of TJ's stuff. I want mostly dried fruit, nuts, cookies, snacky stuff. Recommendations? I already know I want dried cherries, black cocoa almonds, and triple ginger snaps.

Aug 20, 2009
lissar in Chains

Almost-no-cooking dinners during morning sickness?

We're moving in a few weeks, and I'm going to see if I can plug my crockpot in outside- otherwise I don't think I could handle the smell of the cooking for four to eight hours. Blergh!

Aug 13, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Almost-no-cooking dinners during morning sickness?

Unfortunately my husband can't cook. We're working (very slowly) on him learning a bit, but he's not much interested in food and intimidated by cooking. So he could probably make salad and chop veggies and make mac'n'cheese from a box. That's about it.

My son is 19 months and a pretty good eater, but not very useful in the kitchen yet. :)

I can't take a lot of garlic, most meat (especially chicken and ground beef), tomato-heavy sauces. I have troubled with lingering food odours in general. I can sometimes eat meat if we're out at a restaurant. I could probably eat cold roasted chicken if it was store bought- but, as I'm sure lots of you know, what I can and can't manage depends largely on how sick I'm feeling each day.

I don't eat fish, and my husband hates onions. You're not really supposed to eat luncheon meat, but I'm largely ignoring that. Ham sandwiches are easy.

Sigh.

All suggestions appreciated.

Aug 12, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

Almost-no-cooking dinners during morning sickness?

I am pregnant with my second, and therefore not as interested in food as usual, and I'm finding dinners a challenge, between food shopping and cooking. Any suggestions for really fast (preferably no meat, or already prepped meat, no steaks or cutlets, please) dinners whose ingredients I can have hanging around in my fridge or pantry?

We're eating a lot of grilled cheese and boxed mac'n'cheese. Of course I have a laundry list of things I can't stand (mostly meat cooking) but I'm likely to be sick for another ten weeks, and my husband is going to go broke buying us takeout.

Help!

Aug 12, 2009
lissar in Home Cooking

What's good at Woodbine and Danforth?

Yup. My waistline knows ALL ABOUT Zane. :) And I try not to go into Meat on the Beach because I hemorrhage money!

Jul 20, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's good at Woodbine and Danforth?

Any small bakeries/food shops that I should know about?

Jul 19, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's good at Woodbine and Danforth?

We were looking at the Djerba La Douce menu. Glad to hear it's good. We've been to El Sol, which is good as long as you have three hours free. I've read the Camino reviews and look forward to trying it.

Any good takeout and child-friendly places? We've got a toddler.

Jul 18, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

What's good at Woodbine and Danforth?

We're moving there from the Beach in September. Any recs on the Ethiopian, Italian, and small grubby cafes in the area? I know we're only a twenty-minute walk from Greektown, but I was wondering about local hidden gems.

Jul 18, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Casual restaurants on Queen East/Beaches

Soup Noodles Pub is nice for a quick, cheap Korean meal, and the staff (a guy and his wife) are really friendly. It's right near Ed's

Jul 08, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Found: GREEK YOGHURT in TORONTO!!!!

I've been eating Liberte Mediterranee yogurt, which is great, but I liked Skotidakis better.

Feb 26, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Found: GREEK YOGHURT in TORONTO!!!!

Oh oh oh oh! For a while they carried the individual serving tubs of Skotidakis at Costco, and I fell in love. And then they stopped, and I couldn't find them anywhere. Thank you!

Ahem. My husband thinks I'm psycho. I started bouncing up and down and squealing about yogurt.

He's not a chowhound.

Feb 26, 2009
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My great food addiction...

We always have ajvar in the fridge. We do everything you do, and we also spread it on bread under toasted cheese, make dip with it and sour cream, and toass pasta in ajvar, cream, and garlic.

Yum.

Feb 10, 2009
lissar in General Topics

New Poutine Chain above Burrito Boys

I went yesterday with some friends. I got bacon, a couple of guys got the pulled pork, one with smoked meat, and one chicken curry. Mine was good, but could have used more bacon. I quite like the gravy, but it is heavy on the thyme. The pulled pork (we were trading bites) was excellent, and makes me glad that there isn't a Smoke's near my place. I would go broke and weigh 500lbs. My favourite, though, was the chicken curry. The sauce was slightly sweet, nicely spicy, and delicious with the fries, cheese, and chicken.

Mmmmm.

Dec 12, 2008
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gluten-free in NotL?

One's celiac, and one's gluten intolerant, so soy is out, and they're careful about cross contamination via cutting boards and things.

Dec 12, 2008
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Gluten-free in NotL?

I have some friends visiting Niagara next weekend, and they're both gluten intolerant. And dairy intolerant, sigh. Does anyone know of any restaurants in that area that do gluten-free? We'll be downtown, but anything in the Notl/Port Dalhousie/St. Catharines area is fine.

Dec 11, 2008
lissar in Ontario (inc. Toronto)