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Restos by Country Hills movie theatre

Not sure if it's close enough, but Raj Palace at 40 Country Hills Landing NW is excellent. They do dosas and lots of other South Indian food (their veggie korma is outstanding).

Aug 19, 2013
Jetgirly in Prairie Provinces

Have you tried any of the recipes in Gwyneth Paltro's cookbooks?

Since I got the book I've made a few more things. The gluten-free Sweet Potato Five Spice muffins are really good. They smell amazing. I think this is one of those recipes where the texture will vary a lot depending on the type of gluten-free flour blend you use, so perhaps consider using one you've baked with before. I've also been eating the NY Street Vendor Salad, which is just a simple mixed salad, but the yogurt-tahini dressing here is a stand-out. I've made other dressings with lemon and tahini before and not been impressed; this one is really, really, really good. To make the salad more filling I've also been adding shredded savoy cabbage and a bit of sheep feta, and I always feel sad when I'm finished my lunchtime salad, knowing that none remains... I did try the sweet potato soup that is noted above and while I found it good, it wasn't as good as some other sweet potato soup recipes that I've made before. I added a bit of pumpkin-cilantro pesto (a Clean Eating recipe) to add both color and flavor to that particular recipe.

As for the costs, I think they're very reasonable. Sure, someone with NO FOOD at all in their home might have to spend eighty bucks to buy the ingredients for one day's worth of foods, but it's not like they would use up all of those ingredients in one day. I haven't found the cost of cooking these meals to move my weekly food budget up or down. Also, most people probably aren't eating three Gwyneth meals and two Gwyneth snacks a day (I assume?).

Jun 01, 2013
Jetgirly in Home Cooking

New to eating veggie - need hearty dinner ideas

Make a Greek salad (tomato, red onion, green pepper, cucumber, feta, olives) and serve with homemade hummus, tzatziki and pita bread.

Make an easy pasta dish by roasting a bunch of vegetables (red peppers, eggplant, zucchini, red onion, fennel, etc.), mix with fresh linguini, toss with balsamic and grate some parmesan on top too.

Make a meal-sized salad. I like leafy greens with grated aged cheddar, roasted red peppers, toasted pine nuts and avocado slices, with a homemade maple-balsamic vinaigrette, with cornbread on the side. I have a great recipe for Catalan Couscous Salad (from "Appetite for Reduction) with spinach, sliced pears, couscous and toasted almonds topped with a homemade romesco sauce.

More ideas: http://foodgawker.com/?s=vegetarian

May 13, 2013
Jetgirly in Vegetarian & Vegan

Anchovy paste

I saw it in Safeway yesterday. It was in the refrigerated section near the cream cheese.

Apr 28, 2013
Jetgirly in Prairie Provinces

Have you tried any of the recipes in Gwyneth Paltro's cookbooks?

I have made two things from "It's All Good". The Mexican Green Goddess Dressing was delicious on my own variation of a taco salad. I used a yogurt base rather than Veganese- it was really tangy and surprisingly spicy. Minutes ago I finished making her risotto with greens and peas, and I'm really impressed. There is no wine or cheese, but it's still rich, creamy and flavorful. I'm going to pack it for four days' worth of work lunches this week.

Apr 14, 2013
Jetgirly in Home Cooking

Free Online Class from Harvard- Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science

I noticed some new EdX.org offerings, including a class from Harvard "SPU27x: Science & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science." It looks like there will be video kitchen demonstrations of techniques, followed by "academic" explanations. The website says, :Topics will include: soft matter materials, such as emulsions, illustrated by aioli; elasticity, exemplified by the done-ness of a steak; and diffusion, revealed by the phenomenon of spherification, the culinary technique pioneered by Ferran AdriĆ ."

The class will start in October and it is free. I'm guessing that to succeed you will need to do some "labs" in your home kitchen, so you might need certain supplies and ingredients. I'm currently taking a different edX course (not food-related) and it's very good. Each week I have a reading (available online) plus a series of videos, each followed by self-grading questions to check my understanding as I go. After doing all the readings and the videos there is "homework", which is more challenging questions that count towards my "mark" (completion). There are busy discussion forums where people talk about the issues discussed each week, and there are also groups on Facebook to network with other students taking the course around the world (there are thousands). I'm sure a group of Chowhounders helping one another out and discussing things as they go would be very interesting. It takes me about two hours per week, though I know some people need more time.

Here's the link: https://www.edx.org/courses/HarvardX/...

Mar 28, 2013
Jetgirly in Food Media & News

How do you pronounce most foreign menu words....

I find Youtube has some good pronunciation guides.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Coq2hQ...

Mar 17, 2013
Jetgirly in Not About Food
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Big Taste Calgary 2013

I know it's over but I got in one meal at Mango Shiva. I wish I'd worn elastic-waist pants! The vegetarian thali was huge but a nice way to sample some of their dishes that I hadn't tried before. THAT, to me, is the purpose of The Big Taste, not recycling the same old thing year in and year out.

Mar 13, 2013
Jetgirly in Prairie Provinces

Calgary Crowfoot - Hudson's Opening

I think this opens later this week.

Mar 13, 2013
Jetgirly in Prairie Provinces

Where is everyone?

I always start January with lofty goals to eat nothing but quinoa, spinach and plain yogurt until I just can't take it anymore, so I'm never in a very Chowish mood at the start of the year.

Feb 24, 2013
Jetgirly in Prairie Provinces

Wraps/Tacos - Pasty or what?

What about trying rice papers (like in a salad roll) or Mountain Bread (http://www.mountainbread.com.au/cgi-b..., it used to be carried at my local North American Costco)? I think they're both thin enough to avoid the "chewy paste" feeling.

Feb 23, 2013
Jetgirly in General Topics

Big Taste Calgary 2013

I feel like with each passing year the vegetarian choices get worse and worse. Last year I enjoyed a great vegetarian dinner at Blink... and they're offering the exact same menu again this year.

Feb 20, 2013
Jetgirly in Prairie Provinces

Songs about Food and Sex

Feb 17, 2013
Jetgirly in Not About Food

Songs about Food and Sex

Ooooh, there is also a "so bad you can't look away" video for a song called Ice Cream Truck by Cazwell (Wikipedia calls him "an American rapper and songwriter. His work focuses on gay and bisexual urban themes"). Not appropriate for children, workplaces, conservative viewers, etc. You've been warned.

Feb 17, 2013
Jetgirly in Not About Food

Songs about Food and Sex

"I like the candy...
I like the chocolate...
The ice cream is very good but...
I just love my lollipop."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1UPqY...

Feb 16, 2013
Jetgirly in Not About Food

Single Men Who Cook

I'm twenty-nine and single. Unless we're talking about someone as rich as Lapo Elkann, who has a private chef and a camoflage Ferrari, the inability to cook is highly correlated with poor money management skills and bad health. Not particularly attractive qualities. So yeah, the ability and desire to cook are sort of basic expectations, like wearing matching shoes and not hurting puppies.

Feb 13, 2013
Jetgirly in Not About Food
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how about a COTM for us vegheads

Today I made "The Great Big Vegetable Couscous" (with lots of onion, a leek, a carrot, garlic, cauliflower, canned tomatoes and chickpeas) on "Fluffy Spiced Couscous with Fruit and Nuts" (dried apricots and toasted almond slices). Both from VEW. I'd been wanting to eat a big vegetable couscous dish since watching the Ottolenghi show and seeing him make this one: http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/recipes/c...

I'd say the VEW version is good but not great. It's not bland, but it doesn't seem to reflect the large quantity of spices that went in. I did really like the technique of thickening the "stew" with chickpea flour (three tablespoons mixed with 1/2 cup of the stew liquid towards the end of cooking time, then stirred back in). I will be using this in other chickpea soup recipes!

Feb 10, 2013
Jetgirly in Vegetarian & Vegan

Tart Cherry Juice in Edmonton?

For future reference this actually seems to be standard at Safeway. I saw two varieties (pure tart cherry juice- not blends, not black cherry) at my local Safeway in the refrigerated juice section near the produce.

Feb 09, 2013
Jetgirly in Prairie Provinces

Use for bad red wine

I made this yesterday. That will use up 1/4 cup!
http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-lenti...

Feb 04, 2013
Jetgirly in General Topics

Are You Snacking on Anything Right Now?

Mixed nuts, and a shot glass of pomegranate juice topped with club soda.

Feb 02, 2013
Jetgirly in General Topics

Overnight oats/quinoa

Oh, I love it with grated apple, maple syrup and freshly-toasted slivered almonds that sizzle a bit when they hit the cold oats!

Jan 30, 2013
Jetgirly in Home Cooking

Overnight oats/quinoa

I do something similar but that doesn't require any heat. Obviously you can easily un-veganise it.

http://ohsheglows.com/2010/04/08/easy...

Jan 29, 2013
Jetgirly in Home Cooking

your favorite brand of Greek Style Yogurt

No Fage for me in Western Canada. I lean towards Liberte's 0% Greek Yogurt, which only contains skim milk and bacterial cultures. I tend to top it with some honey.

Jan 29, 2013
Jetgirly in General Topics

Love me a Mexican breakfast..

I used to live a few blocks from a HUGE menuderia in Guadalajara. This place probably had (plastic) seating for more than four hundred people, and it was often full. I would go for breakfast a few times a week and either get huevos revueltos con frijoles refritos or dos quesadillas fritas- una con flor de calabeza y una con patatas. And the fried quesadillas always came out topped with mountains of salsa verde, crema and queso. I aspire to never personally deep-fry something so I can never make my beloved quesadillas myself. They remain a distant memory of my months in Guadalajara.

Of course, the other thing I freaking love is a gigantic plate of fresh fruit topped with plain yogurt and a sprinkle of granola (or puffed amaranth). I live in Calgary. You know how the light of the stars we see is really like six million years old? The fruit we get here is also about six million years old by the time it reaches us. Growing up I hated fruit, and then I moved to Mexico and was like, "I GET IT NOW!" Banana, papaya, mango, pineapple...

And all I ever want to drink is a watermelon agua fresca.

Jan 29, 2013
Jetgirly in General Topics

Morning beverage?

Every night I set my coffee maker to start at 5:45. I don't put any coffee in it. The carafe keeps the water hot for an hour- until 6:45, then it starts to cool down. I get up at 7:00 and put a teaspoon of honey and a slice of lemon in a mug, and top it with my hot water.

Here are 102 reviews of this drink, a la Paula Deen's recipe for peas.
http://www.food.com/recipe/internal-d...

Jan 29, 2013
Jetgirly in General Topics

how about a COTM for us vegheads

I'm going to grab VEW from the public library.

Jan 29, 2013
Jetgirly in Vegetarian & Vegan

Best place to eat before a Flames game?

Last time I was at Loungeburger it happened to be before a game (because I know when there's a hockey game?) and they had a dramatically reduced Game Night Menu, which they sprung on us at the table. It was a fraction of their regular menu and- to my disappointment- did not have a veggie burger on it. I explained my vegetarian predicament and asked if it would be possible to have veggie burger. They said yes, and then brought me a portobello burger, which (at the time) was a different menu item all together. (It seems like they've taken the original veggie burger off the menu and cut back to just the portobello burger now.)

This was at least a year ago, however. They might serve their full menu on game nights now. If you're thinking of heading there it might be worth a call first even if you don't have a vegetarian in your group.

Jan 29, 2013
Jetgirly in Prairie Provinces

Weight Watcher Foodies - Into the New Year! January 2013 [old]

I use the calorie counter on SparkPeople.com to track the calories I burn through exercise as well as though I take in through food and drink. For many years and many pounds lost I didn't count the calories I burned through strength-training, or I would do a minimal count (like, 25-50 calories per half hour of strength training) if I did strength post-cardio. There is some information here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/community/....

Jan 26, 2013
Jetgirly in Home Cooking

V&V What's for dinner, January-February 2013

I've got two Sprouted Kitchen recipes on the horizon next week

http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/home/2... which I think I will serve on a bed of arugula

and

http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/home/2... which will use sheep feta

Jan 24, 2013
Jetgirly in Vegetarian & Vegan

Loose Leaf Tea in LA,SGV and OC

I came across this thread yesterday and on a whim bought some tea as a gift for someone. It will be shipped directly to them, so I won't taste the tea, but WOW on the customer service. My order was confirmed by a personal email from Jack Strand, including some pleasantries about the place it's being shipped to, meaning an actual human being looked at, and thought about, my order. The shipping rate to Canada was also very reasonable, and the order was dispatched within about sixteen hours. I hope the tea is as good as the service!

Jan 24, 2013
Jetgirly in Los Angeles Area