Links to a Healthy Weekend

February 27, 2010

It’s a big weekend around here. Believe it or not, we are finally moving! I honestly didn’t think the time would ever get here. We’ve been hit with delays right and left, but it looks like I may finally have a fantastic (and big) kitchen to cook in and a designated office to write in! We should have the appliances in soon and I’ll be sure to share some pictures.

On top of that, tomorrow is my husband’s birthday. It won’t be a typical celebration considering we have to scrub the apartment down and hand over the keys by 4:30, not to mention no oven for baking a cake, but I’ll find some way to make it special. It seems I’m the one with all the gifts, though. He returned Wednesday from a business trip to Brazil and brought back all kinds of fun stuff.

I’ll highlight some of the coffees in a later post, but here is what was in my goodie bag: specialty coffee from my favorite coffee shop in Curitiba along with some Café do Ponto, some Café do Ponto chocolate truffle powder for coffee, goiaba (guava) jam, mascavo sugar and demerara sugar. Non-food items included some new Havaianas, and a friend from there sent me a super cute dish towel. Fortunate, I am.

Despite all that is going on, I just couldn’t leave you without any links two weeks in a row. There is so much great stuff I’ve come across recently. I hope you enjoy!

Is Local Food Better? from World Watch isn’t a post or article from this week, but I found it while searching for references for an article recently. This contains information I’ve heard bits and pieces of, but it is nice to have it all put together to more fully answer the question. If you have questions about transporting food and how that effects the environment, you should read this.

Coconut Cilantro Rice from The Dabble sounds so great. I’ve had coconut rice before, but I haven’t made my own. I’m looking forward to trying this recipe.

Curried brown rice pilaf with pistachios and cherries from Fabulous Food Finds has way too many good things in it. This is something I may consider for our Easter table.

The Benefits of Bulgur from the Well Blog had me happy that bulgur was one of the ingredients in the Pantry Veggie Burgers I made this week.

From Grass to Cheese: The Nolan Family Farm was posted on Farm Stories. This video tells the story of a family, grass-based cheese operation. It is also part of a KickStart project where the public can financially support it. The video is definitely worth a watch. I find family farms so fascinating and love that we as consumers are being given more opportunities to support them.

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  • Tangled Noodle February 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

    So much in this post!

    1) Congratulations on your big move! Have as much fun as you can with moving and wishing you great joy in your new home.

    2) Happy birthday to your husband! I’d be jealous of all the great treats he brought back but I’m happy to say that I found a small Brazilian store here in MN!! Actually, it’s a little nook in the front of a restaurant but it has all sorts of stuff I haven’t found in other markets. Picked up fuba (!) and linguiça (which I’ve already used in a feijoada this past week). They also have goiaba – I see Romeo y Julieta in the near future!

    3) As usual, thanks for the great links, especially the one regarding local food. I’m preparing an article and this would make a good reference source.

    Have a great weekend!

  • Fresh Local and Best February 27, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Congratulations on the move!

  • Sagan March 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Interesting article on local food. Congratulations on the move! That’s really exciting.

  • Anna March 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Oh! How exiting, moving can be a pain, but when you are moving to a bigger kitchen all is worthed, Right?

  • Links to a Healthy Weekend

    September 27, 2009

    Hope you are enjoying this September weekend! I think we are actually all packed up! Well, except for the last minute things. I mean, I still need a plate to eat off of this week.
    This time next week we will be landing in the US. No doubt we will hit the ground running as we drop things off, pack the rest and head out on our month long trip throughout Southeast Asia. Then I get to finish that off with a week in San Francisco and the Foodbuzz Blogger Fest! It is an exciting time for sure.
    This will be the last links post for a while. They’ll return in November because I love sharing what I find and the posts keep me motivated to stay on top of my food and health reading around the web. I think you’ll be pleased with the great stuff this week!
    Meeting demand for ancient grains on
    I am gladly welcoming all the ancient, yet new-to-me, grains that I have recently discovered. I am also thankful for all the food bloggers out there who show me how to use them! This is an interesting post about how companies are trying to keep up with our demand for gluten-free and other nourishing grains.
    The Foodiots from the New York Observer
    A wonderful article that creatively expresses how conversations around the water cooler have changed. Our new focus seems to be all about food!
    Make Your Own Sausage on Chow
    It’s Oktoberfest time! One of my favorite foods in the world is authentic German sausages. Given that they are accompanied by pretzels and spicy mustard, of course. I’ve never made my own, but this article will show you how!
    Cauliflower & cashew pilaf with chickpea curry on the BBC Good Food Channel
    The cauliflower and cashews in this dish sound fantastic! I would likely substitute in my chickpeas in curry as opposed to using a jar sauce, but this is a combination I would not thought of pulling together on my own.
    Guilt-free Snacks Challenge at the Health Nut
    If you have a favorite recipe for a healthy snack, head over to the Health Nut and submit it for the Health Nut Challenge 2. Entries are due by Oct 31st. While you are there you can check out the great recipe for Roasted Vegetable Wheat Crackers!

    Photo from the Farmer’s Market (feira) in the Batel neighborhood of Curitiba-PR, Brasil

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  • Sweta September 27, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Have a great holiday in South Asia-hope you get to try some of the Indian food from the list!!Can’t wait to read the travelogue 🙂
    The ‘ancient grains’ link sounds very interesting-thanks,I’m heading over to read that now

  • Chow and Chatter September 27, 2009 at 9:21 am

    wow what an exciting trip you have planned will look forward to your posts

  • Anonymous September 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Please do return to your blog after your amazing trip! I stumbled across you blog after researching ex-pat experiences. I’m not much of a cook, but your recipes inspire me to reduce the number of processed foods I consume. Your blog has been a real inspiration!

  • Erica September 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Thank you for your input on the soy debate! I cannot wait for your post. I will def be linking to it!

  • Karine September 27, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Have a great trip!

  • Debinhawaii September 27, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    Great links as usual. Can’t wait to see all of your adventures from your trip and I look forward to meeting you at the FoodBuzz gathering in November too.

  • Lori September 28, 2009 at 5:33 am

    Sweta – Thank you! I appreciate all the help with the food and I will definitely be seeking a lot of it out. I can’t wait!

    Chow and Chatter – Thanks! I hope to post some along the way.

    Anon – Thanks for the kind words. I really appreciate them and it is so good to know that I have in some way inspired you! FFF will live on for a long time to come. 🙂

    Erica – No problem. Just my 2 cents. It will be a while for the post. I wish I had gotten to it, but time got away from me. Definitely when I return and before the end of the year.

    Deb – Hooray! I didn’t know you would be there. I can’t wait to mee you!

  • Lori September 28, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Karine – Thanks! We can’t wait!

  • Tangled Noodle October 1, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Okay, the weekend is over but these links live on! I really enjoyed the Foodiots article – it’s amazing how food has really come to the forefront of social discussions. Yay for us bloggers!

    I’m sure the excitement for you travels is building to bursting pointing!