Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Vegetable Tacos with Chipotle Sour Cream and Smoky Black Beans

I came across this recipe in February's O magazine. I don't read this magazine very often these days. Too much reading! Anyway, I cut a few corners, added a vegetable, and this turned out great.

  1. Slice up some radishes, plus a couple of green onions, and mix them with a bag of pre-made coleslaw mix from the grocery store.
  2. Dress this salad with a few splashes of Rice Wine Vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Mash up half a small can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce* with a fork and then mix it with a small container of light sour cream or plain yoghurt. Set aside.
  4. Mix half a bag of frozen corn, a chopped onion, a couple of chopped green peppers, a chopped Chinese eggplant and a can of rinsed black beans in a pan.
  5. Dress the mixture with the juice from a couple of limes, a good dash of ground cumin, a spoonful of chili sauce and salt and pepper. Roast at 350 for about half an hour.
  6. Warm up a package of whole wheat or corn tortillas, and wrap up the veggies and the coleslaw, topped with the sour cream mixture.
*It's a pretty spicy sauce. You can reduce the heat factor by slitting the peppers and removing the seeds. If you can't find these peppers, or you don't want the heat, you could mix the sour cream with a good salsa instead, and then I'd probably put a couple of dashes of cumin in to get the "smoky" flavour. 

Friday, April 15, 2011

Weekly Wonders - April #2

Well, I missed a week of wonders, but if you noticed that my only post last week was about migraines, you get the picture of what my week was like. Here are a few things I've come across this week that I wanted to share. Enjoy, and happy spring.

Spring is coming and that means we're all fixing ourselves up after a long winter of covering up. Has everyone heard of Shellac manicures? My nail tech talked me into it one day, and I'm so glad I went for it. It is a special kind of polish that is dried and cured with quick stints under a UV light. It's the most amazing thing! The durability and wearability is the same as with acrylic or gel nails, minus the filing down of your own nails, minus mandatory return trips for refills, and minus the time. And unlike a regular manicure, your nails are instantly dry, as opposed to walking around like you're prepping for surgery for 24 hours. Check it out: Say Hello to Shellac - CND

There is nothing I love more at Christmas than a local craft show, and by local, I DO NOT mean One of a Kind. Other than being an alternative to a trip to the mall, there is nothing there of any real interest. Anyway, it's been months since I've gone to a craft show, and it's not exactly spring here yet, so this sounds like a great way to spend an hour or two tomorrow: Creative Heart Collective Spring Craft Show. A $2 donation at the door goes to the Corsage Project, which is a local non-profit which aims to provide no charge formal attire Toronto high school girls who can not afford dresses.

Fans of Heidi Watts of 101 Cookbooks are very excited about the publication of her second book, Super Natural Every Day. From the website: "Heidi helps us make nutritionally packed meals part of our daily repertoire by sharing a sumptuous collection of nearly 100 of her go-to recipes." Sounds great to me! She is also offering a PDF sampler of 6 recipes here. 

I'm still thinking about the colour scheme of the main floor in our home. We need light and bright. After 4 years of reds and golds, we need a makeover. I came across this home featured on Design Sponge, and I absolutely love this palette. Their home is more modern than my own, but I think this scheme works beautifully. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

What happens when I get a migraine

Migraines are different for everyone, and some people refer to a bad headache as a migraine. I grew up watching my mom deal with them, and never understood how she felt until I started getting them when I was around 10. They don't really know what causes them, but there are some common triggers. Some of us are greatly affected by changes in weather, for example. Mine vary in severity, from what I think of as a Level 1, where I have a bit of pain that does not really stop me from doing anything, and does not progress. That is what I thought I had early this morning, so I went to work as per usual. However, what was really happening is that I was getting a Level 3 migraine, and here is what happened to me.

By 10:30 I was having nausea and increasing pain. I had two glasses of cold water, went outside for a minute, and then went back to my desk. At 11:20 I decided to take a Maxalt and I thought I would not get any worse so I went to my meeting. By noon, I had ringing in my ears, reduced speech function, and when I closed my eyes, I would see flashes of light. I really wanted to stay until the end of the meeting, and thankfully, it wrapped up early. I went back to my desk and then it was like my body temperature would shoot way up, and then plummet. The pain was getting much worse and I knew I had to go home.

One problem I have when it is getting bad is poor judgement. I knew enough to put my sunglasses on to block the light, but I took the streetcar home. The noise and motion were just about unbearable.
I got home, got my ice pack out of the freezer, wrapped it around my head, put the hot water bottle at back of my neck and laid in the dark. I fell asleep at some point, and when I awoke, Maxalt had worked it's wonders, and I could function again.

Why am I writing this? I guess I partly want to discredit the idea that a migraine is just a bad headache. I need people to understand that when I actually say that I have a migraine, it's pretty damn bad, because for each time I say something, there were 5 times that I didn't, because I was able handle what was happening. But there are times like today when I can not function at all. I can't think, speak or do anything at all. These are the times when people like my sister, my mother and my myself simply have to retreat. We don't want to, and we worry about what we've missed in work and life, but we really have no choice.