Archive for March, 2009

(almost) Spring colours


We’ve been wanting to paint our house since we moved in almost two years ago, but various other home improvement projects kept taking priority. Plus, the colours chosen by the previous owners are okay – lots of white, chocolate brown, and a rusty yellow colour that reminds me of the spice tumeric. But they’re not us. So after a loo-ong period of colour deliberations we took the plunge. Colours are chosen and painting has commenced! We decided on Benjamin Moore’s Aura paints because they have low emission of toxic chemicals and had many reviews as an excellent quality paint. The colours we chose are: Tea Room (dusty rose), Soleil (pale yellow) and Wind Chime (light grey-blue).

Even though it’s -25C today, I can already feel spring seeping in now that chocolate brown walls has become a bright, buttery yellow.  Photos to come once we’re past the green tape stage.


March 10, 2009 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Polenta + spicy tomato sauce

polenta1Every time I make polenta I ask the same question: why don’t I make this more often? It’s so fast! So easy! So tasty! Our polenta tonight was topped with a spicy tomato sauce I made earlier in the week. I also added some chunks of tofu to the sauce. Much to my surprise this is still “delicious” to meat eaters. Wonders never cease.

Boil 4 cups water in a saucepan. Pour in 1 cup of cornmeal. Stir with a wooden spoon and turn the heat down to medium low. Cook for 5 minutes (sometimes less!) until it has the consistency of porridge. Dish out into bowls and cover with sauce or topping of your choice. If there is an extra, spread it in a pan or pie plate. Let it harden and store in the fridge. When you’re ready to use it, cut it into blocks, saute or bake and add sauce or other toppings (mushrooms, steamed spinach and grated cheese, chopped veggies…the options are endless). This is enough polenta for 4 people. (more…)

March 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm 1 comment

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