April 2010

I have a friend who actually sits down to a bowl of pumpkin.  When I saw her do it I was shocked in an impressed why-didn’t-i-think-of-that kind of way.  I make a pumpkin loaf that i love and of course pie has its honoured place on our table once per year but why just relegate pumpkin to baked things? Pumpkin is supposed to be really good for us and we eat squash which is similiar.   Then I ran across this detox-friendly soup recipe from Oxygen magazine and thought, aha here’s my chance.

Pumpkin Pear Soup

2 T olive oil

1 chopped onion

1/2 c minced fresh ginger (they must mean 1/2 tablespoon)

3 pears, peeled, cored and sliced thin

2 cans pumpkin puree (must be the smaller size cans, they don’t say)

1/4 t nutmeg

1/2 t cinnamon

1/2 t salt

4 c chicken broth

Put the first 4 ingredients in a large soup pot and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.  Puree in batches in a blend or use a stick blender to blend until soup is smooth.

They say the recipe makes 4 servings and that pumpkin and pears are a powerful immune boosting combo.   If you try it leave a comment about whether you liked it or not!

I’ve been loving avocado during my detox.  I’m working on an Avocado Salad Dressing recipe that I’ll including in a Volume 2 recipe book, if I get one done.  It’s such a change to have a detox-friendly *creamy* salad dressing.  I used too much lemon juice though so I’m going to try it again with less but hopefully still enough that the avocado in it doesn’t turn brown before it’s time.  Recipe testing is hard!  But lucky for me, avocado salad dressing is good ;-).

I noticed a detox-friendly avocado recipe in March’s Real Simple magazine that I want to try on fish or chicken.  Here it is:

Avocado Relish

Toss diced avocado and cucumber with lime juice*, chopped cilantro, and crushed red pepper; season with salt and pepper.  Serve over fish, chicken or beef.

*Lime juice isn’t technically on the Wild Rose food lists, just lemon, however I have seen it in recipes in the official Wild Rose cookbook so I use it.  But use lemon juice if you’re going by the book.

When I was doing my gung-ho planning for my detox I bought buckwheat.  I hadn’t tried it in a long time, couldn’t remember what it tasted like but thought, maybe this time I’ll make it work. 

I guess since I’ve been publishing recipes here on this blog and here, I feel a responsibility to get out front and try things that aren’t mainstream instantly likeable foods.  Call me crazy but I’m just not big on basic hippy food and would rather eat yummy things, yes, even with I’m detoxing. 

I really want to like buckwheat because it’s one of the grains you can eat silly on the Wild Rose D-Tox, along with millet and brown rice.  Since I’m not a huge fan of millet  I wanted to see if buckwheat and I could be friends.

So I fried up some onions and garlic  (everything is better with onions and garlic right?), put in the water and buckwheat, let it simmer until the water was gone, took a taste and BLUCK!  The stuff is HORRIBLE! 

And then I took a deep breath.  I thought maybe there was a chance though that I wasn’t seeing it’s positive qualities.  So I gave a taste to HoneyBunny and he said, YUCK, that stuff is HORRIBLE!  Good to know it wasn’t just me.

Later he was still cursing me because he couldn’t get the taste out of his mouth.  I guess I”ll stick with brown rice after all.  (sigh)  So the buckwheat became a contribution to the composter.

Luckily there are yummy detox-friendly things to eat.  I saw this recipe in January’s Shape magazine, and it’s a good one that won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth:

Bean Topping

Saute 1/2 c chopped onion in 2 T oil.  Add 1 t rosemary, 1/2 c broth and 15 oz of white beans.  Cook for 5 minutes until the broth is reduced and/or thickened.  Add salt, pepper, some chopped parsley (I used cilantro) and lemon zest to your taste.

The recipe says to slice some tomatoes, place on top of crostini bread and top with pine nuts.  I don’t see a mention of pine nuts in the official detox cookbook (hazelnuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts do appear.  Pecans and pistashios are on the 80% food list in the cookbook, but I see they’ve taken those off of the recent food list in my detox box).  So anyhoo, you could use any of those, I didn’t, but I did eat the bean thing on rice cakes and again later on brown rice.  Much tastier than buckwheat.

I’m on day 5 of detoxing with the Wild Rose kit for the first time in two years.  It’s been a while thanks to being busy growing, having and nursing a baby.  Leo’s nine months now.  He can hold his own bottle, say “Mama” at 3:00 a.m. and meanwhile I’m eating a lot of brown rice.

My latest detox news is that I finally self-published a cookbook of recipes that I’ve posted here on my blog as well as new ones.  I’ve been referring to it a lot and am glad to have it in a handy readable format (you can too for the low low price of $4.95, at wildrosecookbook.com - ok that’s it for the plug).  

The crazy thing is that I’m enjoying detoxing so much more than i have before.  Previously, doing a detox was pretty much like being in food purgatory, which is why i started developing and posting recipes in the first place.  If i can keep anyone from what-the-heck-am-i-going-to-eat hell then I’m a happy camper. 

I’m trying some new food this time around.  I figured out a roasted garlic salad dressing that isn’t too bad.  It’s tough to get the right flavouring though when you can’t use stuff like balsamic vinegar, worscheshire sauce, the things that add the depth to the flavour.  I’m still working on it.

I also bought a bunch of kale because I know it’s ridiculously good for you and if Alannis can love kale then dammit so can I.   It’s still sitting in the fridge.

Detoxing is different his time around. Instead of feeling deprived I’m feeling like I’m really taking care of myself with food.  Like all this brown rice is nurturing for me instead of boring me to tears. 

Last evening there was a time somewhere around Angus the five-year old’s second time out that I would have given my left arm for a glass of wine.  But then after the kids were asleep I really grooved on the herbal tea I had while HoneyBunny and I watched a movie.   I’m not sure I’d watched a craving pass with that much clarity before.   I need to try that more often.

And maybe it’s because I’m having a tough time losing the last few pounds after having a baby that my perspective is different.  The pounds slid off after my first pregnancy, but not so much this time around.  And I seem to have even less grace period with the ol’ bod than i did before.  Before I could mess around for a weekend and get back on the wagon before anything dire happened.  On Easter weekend, i should have just schmeared the chocolate and cupcakes on my body in a cellulite pattern rather than bother eating it. 

But I don’t bother feeling bummed out about it.  I’m being a realist.  I pulled out my summer clothes and the bottom line is, if I don’t do something I’ll be wearing a barrel when the weather is warm.  Because I’m sure not buying a new wardrobe in another size.

And it’s made me think about what people are willing to do for their health and their weight and all that.  I have a friend who gets in the habit of not eating all day and sitting at her desk and then she’s brain dead by 3:00 and eats all evening to make up.  So she’s trying to bring food to snack on at work and get out at lunch even if it’s just for 10 minutes to clear her head.  Not hard right?  That’s all good stuff and she’ll probably feel better in lots of ways.

Then I have another friend who’s gone through menopause and it’s supposed to be a major pain trying to lose weight at that stage of life.  She looks awesome to me but she says she’s got a few extra pounds that are driving her nuts.  She’s read the menopause books and is basically living on veggies and protein and fruit.  Her lovely husband has even been making homemade bread and she hasn’t been having any.  How is that humanly possible?  But her comment is, “I really hate being heavy”.  So wow, it makes me ask myself – what are you willing to do to get what you want?

My friend’s Dad weighs around 300 pounds and he made the herculean effort of losing a bunch weight a while back.  Now he loves food and obviously didn’t eat as much of it but he learned to also love that he was more mobile and his joints bugged him less and he was more comfortable.  All that started to become as important as food.   

Because the funny thing about food is that we can’t be all or nothing about it.  We gotta eat to live.  But the good news is that we have 3 meals a day to get it right.  And to manage our cravings and get in lots of fruits and veggies.  And to detox every once in a while to remind ourselves that we don’t need processed foods to be happy.  And that fitting into our jeans and being able to breath while doing it is pretty important to us too.

And with all that in mind, I’m off to my date with a bunch of kale.