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Have I become a hippie?

nerdy girl velmaWhen I was a kid I was the nerd. You know, the shy girl who would rather read a book than party? As I got older I dreamt of having a job that would allow me to live downtown in a big city and travel the world. I dreaded the work in the garden because it took away from my book reading and movie going. I wanted to be an urban girl. I was always on e fringe though, dressing differently and curious about ideas that were not necessarily popular. My parents were liberal and they worked freelance; I wanted the stability of a “normal” life. .

Well, so much for that. The closest I got to a normal job was working for a big hotel and resort chain, but in hospitality there are no normal schedules. The last big city I lived in was Vancouver and that was 16 years ago. I live on the outskirts of a town next to a vineyard and an orchard, with two garden plots, a little greenhouse and enough flowers to choke a horse. I married a chef, and we talk of the fate of food, not the fashion trends. We are home bodies, not city folks. I’m just as comfy in my tights, a T-shirt and a pair of duck shoes as I am in a flowing dress, but the suits I imagined wearing don’t exist in my wardrobe. Some of my friends say I’m a hippie.

earth day 2012

Is that so bad? I saw an article about the 25th anniversary of Earth Day coming up next week and it made me think of where I was at back then. I was running a bike shop in Calgary and thinking I was being a responsible citizen of the world, until I got to talking to some folks who were really into “getting down with Mother Nature”. I remember feeling like I should do more, I should live with that in mind. I got caught up in everyday life of course and it wasn’t a focused priority in my life for  a while. But I did live in a national park, which made me more aware of our connection to the environment; I also lived in rural Quebec, where people were more concerned with just making a living than saving the whole world. I suppose I gained a better perspective of the bigger picture as I got older. I like to know I am doing my small part in keeping the bees happy with my flowers and reducing my garbage by making compost. I feel good supporting the local farmers and eating real food. Apparently that has made me a hippie. I’m okay with that. I know it makes my mom smile to see her straight-laced daughter become a hippie much like her.

So, in honour of Earth Day, I’d like to share a recipe I got from a friend back in the 90’s. This was long before the advent of coconut oil and grains advertised as GMO free, but there were still people looking to live a pure life. Dave Zen’s Orbit Oatmeal Cookies will make you feel better, I’m sure. Maybe you’ll see things more clearly. Real food can be powerful stuff, you know. Dave Zen cookies

Namaste.

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Mondays are easier with cookies

Mondays can be tough. I wouldn’t say I hate them, but they can sometimes be harder than other days of the week. And as much as it’s been proven that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, I much prefer my Mom’s old adage as something to live by:

There’s not much a cookie can’t cure.

Being a foodie, I love all kinds of cookies, but the best element is having it be homemade. While the occasional Oreo or Girl Guide cookie is certainly something I enjoy, I would have to say the nuances of a “hand-crafted” cookie are sublime by comparison. There are many types of cookies, but for a regular Monday I like the “kitchen sink” variety – something that can cover a range of cravings and touch my heartstrings. Friends are great at helping out when things get tough, but if they are not at hand or if like me, your best pals live in different time zones, then cookies can keep your morale up quite nicely 🙂

I have a few cookie recipes already listed, but I have just posted a recipe that is the poster child for the kitchen sink variety. I love classic compilation books and Caren McSherry has written a couple over the years from her time in the Vancouver food scene. When I went looking for something to whip up tonight, a recipe that was called “Absolutely D’licious Cookies” seemed like just the thing! Having eaten a few with my cup of tea, I can now proclaim they do the trick. I am entirely ready to face not only Tuesday, but the rest of the week with vim and vigour!

cookie monster in bed happiness

 

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