garbage juice

grey plastic bucket

Yesterday when I was bagging up my kitchen garbage to take out, I spilled garbage juice all over my work pants and wool socks. Nasty. I immediately took them off and soaked them in a bucket of water with a few glugs of vinegar added, to help deodorize them. I’ll be laundering them today…

black socks hanging to dry

petting cat

First thing in the morning (after sleeping in a little) I did yoga for the first time in a couple of weeks, and of course the boys had to join me on the kitchen floor. This is pettingcatasana

cat sleeping on lap

Later my little guy curled up for a nap on my lap while I worked at the computer.

vegetable scraps in sink

Vegetable scraps in my kitchen sink.

baby bok choi

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laundry hack using safety pins

safety pins

When I had to take my cats to the vet last weekend, they were given charcoal to help absorb the poison from the lilies. One of the cats later threw up some of the charcoal in his litter, and then walked in it… and then walked across my bed. I got charcoal on my duvet cover, and just washed it yesterday.

Here’s a little laundry hack for when you have multiple stains on something large like a sheet or duvet cover: With the item spread flat (on the floor or a bed), use safety pins to mark each individual stain. Afterwards you can easily find the stains again by locating all the safety pins, and removing each one after you’ve treated the stain.

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i spilled these blueberries all over the supermarket floor

blueberries in bowl on kitchen counter

I spilled these blueberries yesterday morning all over the supermarket floor while I was grocery shopping. I bought them and brought them home anyhow (I hate waste), and disinfected them by soaking them first in vinegar (straight, not diluted) and then in 3% hydrogen peroxide. This food disinfection technique is supposed to be as good as chlorine bleach.

Shortly after this photo was taken I ate the blueberries, and have suffered no ill effects – so I guess I could say it works. Ish.

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rag curls

Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, July 2012

I was watching the 2011 British version of Jane Eyre* on Netflix last week, and noticed in one scene that the ladies of the house slept with rags tied in their hair, to curl it. It reminded me of when I was a teenager, and went to bed with homemade rag curlers just like them, to make my hair curly.

I got a sudden hankering to get me some rag curls, although I improvised with some pipe cleaners instead of tearing up some old cotton. I’ve slept with them every night since, and am getting pretty adept at getting the look that I want – a kind of messy, natural-looking, beachy hair. I’m alwo really grateful that my latest haircut suits curly hair really well. Above is a pic with the curls freshly released. Below is me ready for work Friday morning.

(I really should put together some sort of tutorial for this. Someday.)

Michelle Lynne Goodfellow, July 2012

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*I highly recommend the film, by the way. I had started to watch the 1943 version with Joan Fontaine and Orson Welles, but just couldn’t get into it. The 2011 version is visually gorgeous and the performances are very compelling.

vegan breakfast skillet

vegan breakfast skillet recipe

This is what I had for breakfast yesterday morning. I’ve been making a lot of one-dish skillet meals lately; I cook a base layer of root vegetables or other longer-cooking items, and top with tender things near the end of cooking. I’ve also been really fascinated by the long-ish infographics that I’ve seen on Pinterest lately, so I wanted to try my hand making my own. Fun.

I love cooked breakfasts, especially when it’s cooler out. (In the sweltering heat, I usually choose not to turn on the stove in my un-air-conditioned apartment.) This particular combination of flavours reminds me of Italian food – probably because of the tomatoes and the nutmeg.

I like to use coconut oil in my cooking, but you could use any oil you like. Frying the base layer first and then flipping it to cook the other side really adds to the complexity of the flavours. I also like to add a bit of channa masala spice before layering the greens and tomatoes. A few days ago I made a similar dish, only instead of potatoes I used half a sweet potato, one small beet, and a couple of slices of butternut squash. It smelled AMAZING as the sugars carmelized in the pan. I also tend to add a bunch of seeds for protein: sunflower, chia, hemp, pumpkin…

this month’s red soup

red vegetable soup

Above is a photograph of this month’s red soup. May’s version has one red onion, two red potatoes, one beet, one sweet red pepper, two eggplants, two tomatoes, and a lot of paprika. Yum. Below are some of the vegetable scraps left over from the making of the soup, in my kitchen sink.

red vegetable scraps in kitchen sink

comfort – cooling off my rooms

bookshelves and blue dressers

On Thursday night (after the outdoor daytime temperature went above 20C (68F), and the indoor temperature in my apartment got above 27C (80F), I visually “cooled” my room by putting away any clutter. In the summer, when it can get over 37C (100F), I get super minimalistic with my interior decorating, and try to stick with as much white as possible.

I appreciate spareness.

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Photo theme for March: Comfort

comfort – vegan, corn-free taco salad

vegan gluten free taco salad

I made this for supper last night. I can’t tell you how amazing it tasted. It was totally dairy and gluten free, but tasted pretty authentic. Yum.

I appreciate good food.

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Update: A reader asked me for this recipe, so I’ve included it below. It makes one serving (and the amounts are kind of sketchy, since I don’t measure anything when I cook). Adjust as necessary for more servings.

Ingredients:
Coconut oil
1 small yellow onion
1 potato
1/2 sweet potato
1 romaine heart (or about 1/3 to 1/2 a head of romaine)
1/2 cup sauerkraut (optional)
2 plum tomatoes or 1 large beefsteak tomato
Chili pepper or chili pepper flakes
Emeril Lagasse’s Essence (“Bam!”) (optional)
Salt

Chop the onion into a fine dice, and sauteé in some coconut oil until golden. Chop the potato and sweet potato into bite-sized pieces, and boil with the onion in a saucepan until the potatoes are very soft (about 20 – 30 minutes).

In the meantime, wash and cut the romaine into thin (1/2 inch) strips, and put in salad bowl. Lightly salt lettuce, and add some shreds of sauerkraut (optional).

When the potatoes are cooked, drain (save the cooking liquid if you want a runnier “cheese”) and mash. Add finely chopped chili pepper or chili flakes to taste, and add a few dashes of Emeril Lagasse’s Essence (optional – my dad makes me this; he uses it at the dinner table in place of salt and pepper), and salt to taste. Mix well, and then add some of the cooking liquid if you want a runnier texture. Put potato mixture on top of lettuce.

Thinly slice the tomato(es) and quickly sauteé them at high heat in a skillet with a bit more coconut oil until the tomatoes are just starting to soften. Immediately pour onto salad, on top of potato mixture. Salt to taste.

Done!

You can also add guacamole if you like…

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Other stuff I made for supper, on other nights.

Photo theme for March: Comfort

crayon cupcakes

crayons

In preparation for taking my art journal supplies on vacation, I recently made crayon cupcakes. I first learned how to make them in Traci Bautista‘s awesome book, Collage Unleashed.

Basically, you just break up crayons…

crayon cupcakes pre-oven

…melt them in the oven…

crayon cupcakes post oven

…and pop them out of the moulds when they’ve cooled.

I love them for covering large areas quickly, and blending different colours.

crayon cupcakes