Summer has rolled around again everyone, and as we start incorporating more fruits and veggies into our daily routines, I wanted to talk about a fruit that is usually in the shadows on the big stage of fruits, kumquats.
This summer has been a big fruit and vegetable season for me. Not only do I just genuinely love everything we experience in my area during the summer, but it has also been something I’ve been very mindful of in the maintenance of my health during my cancer treatments. I was recently gifted with a sizeable batch of fresh peaches (full transparency; I have no idea what kind of peaches they are. Just go get you some, preferably from a farmer’s market if you can.) and was rolling around in my head what to do with them exactly. Yes, there’s always the time-honored tradition of cobblers, but you know…it’s been done. And I could grill some up and maybe throw them on top a salad, but darn it, I just wanted to make some dessert. So I fell back on my favorite stand by, cake. I love making them and I definitely love eating them. And as I have been on a bit of a “Treat Yo’ Self” tear lately, I started with my basic go-to cake recipe and did some tweaking.
Something about this weather we’re into in my neck of the woods has me wanting to cross items off my “Never Tried” list. This time around I wanted to check out kiwano, aka Horned Melon, as I knew very little – if anything – about it, and I felt like most people probably share my ignorance. So on a recent supermarket trip I picked one up, did a little research, and decided to share what I discovered.
A couple of years ago I did a post about the term “foodie.” What it meant to me, how other people see it, etc. I almost feel like it’s a bit archaic these days, as more and more people are becoming more and more exposed to different foods. I don’t really consider myself a foodie, just a food lover. And I believe that part of that relationship that I have with food centers on me being open to trying new things. So recently I decided it was time for me to delve into the wild world of jackfruit. I have heard so much about it, in particular that it is a common meat substitute for many vegans. So I wanted to share my experience this week for those of you who have never had it (or possibly even heard of it), and maybe hear from those of you who do eat it and your thoughts on it.
Well guys, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty tough winter. The low temps, snow and windy days mean that staying hydrated is more important than usual. Hydration is especially important for me while I’m undergoing chemotherapy, as the medicines I receive pretty much drain any fluids I may already have in my body. And although I’m not one of those people who dislikes the “taste” of regular water, I feel like any addition that will make me more likely to reach for it than another beverage is a plus. So when I happened by Blossom Water flavored waters while on a recent grocery run, I picked up a couple to see if they would make an impression.
I am back again this month with a few of the food-centric topics that have caught my eye recently. This post also happens to mark the two-year anniversary of this blog, and while I don’t normally “roll out the red carpet” for things like that, I do want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been with me from the beginning (a very exclusive club indeed, ha!) and even those of you who have been readers for the past few months or year. I appreciate all of you very much, and hopefully I will continue to produce content that you are interested in reading! On that note, let the July gabfest begin…