My Sweet Marie

So have you been out to the London Fringe yet? Seriously, why not? It is fun, cheap and so accessible! Here in London, we have 8 venues, each with several shows a day! You can stay at one venue and hit 3 shows in 4 hours! Seriously…sooo much fun!

So far we have seen “I sound like Mom“, which was very good. If you’re a MOm or a daughter, you will relate and surely laugh!

We have seen “Hotter than Potter“, our local Keith Brown doing magic tricks that will astound you and leave you scratching your head thinking, what just happened? A must see, good for all ages!

Last night we saw “James and Jamesy” a comedy in the dark! It took me a few minutes to catch on, but not to worry, the laughs that come once you do get it, are well worth it!

Finally, my favourite so far by a long shot is “Woody Sed“. This is a show about Woody Guthrie,  a true story that will grip you right from the start. His songs, his stories, the sad tales, all of it will keep you captivated! Thomas Jones is brilliant, his singing exceptional and his timing, excellent. There is audience participation as well, which just adds to the fun! If you can see only one show, I’d say, see this one!

Gotta run, I have several shows to see! Now, call the sitter and go! For more info, go to http://www.londonfringe.ca

Sweet Fringing,

Sweet Marie

Have you ever been so excited about something that you just count the sleeps? Well, it’s 6 sleeps till the London Fringe Festival starts! My husband and I have been audience members many times over the years but this year, we are billeting. That means we’ll be having an actor stay with us for the duration of the festival. We look forward to the experience and this year, we will get to see many of the shows! Last year, I only got to one show as my Mom was very ill and that kept me very pre-occupied.

“The London Fringe Theatre Festival is dedicated to the promotion, production, and prosperity of independent artists. We create a unique and inclusive environment where the arts will be enjoyed in the present and developed for the future.” They give unrestrained creative freedom to participants, they provide artists with audiences, artists from the community and from outside the community as well, from all over Canada and from around the world! The Fringe provides technical, promotional support and even educational opportunities. To see more about the festival, please go to http://www.londonfringe.ca

Our billeter is Thomas Jones and his show is called Woody Sed ! His show is a new play about the life and times of Woody Guthrie and the songs he sang about them. This play was born out of the sheer astonishment he experienced learning about Woody’s life and the relevance he saw in his work and his story to the world we live in today. Woody Sed is loaded with songs both well known and obscure and each song is framed a theatrical context.   You can see more about his show on his website http://www.woodysed.com or look him up on Facebook.

Please join me in first welcoming all the out-of-town performers to London, and secondly spreading the word about the festival. It’s going to be fun and sure to put a smile on your face! Please join me at one or ten of the shows, I would love it! There are comedians, magicians, singers, actors of all genres! Truly it’s a wonder!

So if you’re trying to reach me in the next two weeks, you might as well look me up at the Fringe, that’s where I’ll be!

Cheers!

Sweet Marie

 

Spring has sprung and the rhubarb is in full season! Yipee!! I love me a crisp as it’s healthier than pie, tasty and if done right, gluten-free! so have at it folks, make one today for the ones you love!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh rhubarb, washed and diced
  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 5 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp. tapioca flour/starch

For the crumble:

  • 1 cup gluten free flour
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4-1/2 cup nuts of choice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease aa 8×8 pan or your 10″ cast iron pan with coconut oil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the top 7 ingredients. Stir to combine well. Pour into your pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the topping ingredients till crumbly.  Pour over top the fruit in pan.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes till golden and bubbling. Serve with whipped cream or coconut cream for the non-dairy folks!

It’s Friday and I really want nachos with loads of cheese and ground beef, and the works. Oh wait, I forgot, I’m really trying hard to keep the weight off and let’s just throw this out there…drop some more! So here’s my recipe for Nacho  Salad!

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz ground turkey
  • 1 oz cheddar shredded
  • 4 corn tortillas cut into 6 pieces each
  • 1 jalapeno
  • pineapple salsa
  • tossed salad
  • lite dressing
  • salsa
  • sour cream (low fat, no fat, your call)

Pineapple salsa

  • 1 cup diced pineapple fresh
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • 1 lime juiced and zested
  • 1 roma tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper

Mexican Dressing

  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup Italian dressing of choice (low fat, no fat, full fat, your call)
  • Mix together, voila, you have Mexican dressing!

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. place your tortillas on baking trays covered in parchment. Spread them out.
  3. Spray them with either pam or spray olive oil( my choice). Sprinkle with a Mexican seasoning or garlic salt and paprika.
  4. Bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes or till golden crispy!
  5. Make the pineapple salsa by simply mixing all the ingredients together and let their flavors marinate! 1-3 hours ahead is great!
  6. Fry up the ground turkey with some Mexican seasonings. Set aside to cool.
  7. Now, place your baked tortillas/nachos on a large dinner place.
  8. Sprinkle the meat and jalapenos over the nachos. Cover with the cheese.
  9. Nuke for 1 minute or pop back in the oven to melt the cheese ( be sure you’re using an ovenable dish)
  10. Once the cheese is melted, move the chips to the sides of the plate, and fill the center with tossed salad. (lettuce, tomato, cukes, red pepper, red onion etc)
  11. Top with the pineapple salsa, avocado, sour cream, salsa or dressing.
  12. Mine came out to 11 points, it all depends on your choices, could be more, could be less! Enjoy!

So I just posted the recipe for Zoom. Now you ask , what the heck do I do with Zoom? Simple, you can use Zoom anywhere you would use stewed tomatoes! Here’s a favourite in my house!

Ingredients:

  • 1 jar of Zoom ( stewed tomatoes if you don’t have zoom)
  • 1/2 -1 lb of cooked meat ( chicken, pork, beef, turkey or tofu shaved, diced, pulled etc)
  • 2-4 cups of veggies ( brocc, cauliflower, green beans, corn, zuch, squash, cut any shape or size)
  • 8 cups of broth (chicken, beef or veg)
  • 4-6 cups water
  • 1 can or 1 cup of beans ( black, chick, kidney, lentil etc)
  • 1 cup ‘carbs of choice'(potato, pasta or rice)
  • spices (thyme, oregano, garlic, onion powder, salt and pepper) to your tastes

Directions:

  1. If you are using any raw veggies, feel free to sautee them in a tbsp olive oil.
  2. Add the broth and zoom
  3. Add in the rest of your veggies, beans and water. Boil.
  4. Add your spices. Taste, adjust as needed.
  5. Once the veggies are cooked, the taste is right, shut off the heat.
  6. add the starch of choice, stir, cover and let sit for 15 minutes with NO HEAT.
  7. Ta-da  you have Zoom soup!

 

This is a recipe that should have been posted 2 months ago. It’s a canning recipe for tomatoes which has been passed down for generations in my family. My mother made this every year for as far back as I can remember. The last time she made it, I had to help her and this year I made it on my own as Mom was in Hospice. I was really worried that I had missed the boat on this one. I would visit M0m 2-3 times a week as I am a 2 hour drive from Leamington.  So in September I went to see her but on this particular day she was out all day. I was very afraid that I had missed the boat on the recipe and that it would die with her! I am happy to report that on my next visit she was as alert as one could be, phew! She gave me full instructions and  I stopped on my way home, got a bushel and made them the next day!

So Zoom is a blend of tomatoes and other veggies used to make soup. The idea is you add 1 jar of zoom, to some chicken broth, toss in some leftover meat (chicken, roast etc) and whatever you have in the fridge and zoom you have soup! it is very clever and is also very good in Spaghetti sauce, chili and stews! Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bushel of tomatoes
  • 3 large Spanish onions diced or slice ( more if you want or less)
  • 1/2 celery minced
  • 2-5 lbs of carrots diced small ( or more or less to your liking)
  • bay leaf ( 1 per jar)
  • basil for seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1.  Have your tomatoes washed and peeled. (dip them in boiling water and drop in an ice bath, peels will fall off!)
  2. Place in a large canner or stock pot.
  3. Toss in all the prepared veggies.
  4. Boil till well stewed. Season to taste.
  5. Have your jars sterile and waiting patiently for the yumminess. Keep them warm!
  6. Fill the jars to the rim. Be sure the rim is clean, wipe it if needed.
  7. Seal with sterile seals and lids.
  8. At this point, you can do the water bath but not necessary if you’ve boiled the heck out of your tomatoes and boiled the seals as well, and you’ve used sterile jars.
  9. I will post a separate recipe for Zoom soup right away!

 

 

 

 

Today at our WW meeting I mentioned that I have a snacking problem! Understatement of the century! I love to snack! I will eat anything if you call it a snack! I asked the ladies if they could share their favourite snack ideas with me so that at least I could make better choices. Now for my Gluten-free and/ or dairy-free followers, I apologize, not all these snacks are GF or DF friendly! But here are some ideas for all the WW friends! No excuses this week as now I armed with great options. If you have healthy options, I’d gladly add to the list! Just comment and I’ll add them! Sweet snacking…

  • celery dipped in salsa =ZERO points
  • jello 1/4 pkg = 0 points
  • dried cinnamon apple slices= 0 points (dry 2 hours at 200)
  • Baked Kale chips= 0 points ( spices and kale, bake till crisp!)
  • Applesauce= 0 points
  • Frozen grapes= 0 points
  • Watermelon chunks with mint and red onion = 0 points
  • turkey mini bites= 1 point
  • Deli turkey slices 2 oz = 1 point
  • guacamole with carrots/celery 2 tbsp.= 1 point
  • banana broiled with Cool Whip 3 tbsp. = 1 point
  • apple with laughing cow cheese= 2 points
  • Hard boiled egg= 2 points
  •  2 tbsp. hummus with carrots/celery/peppers = 2 points
  • zucchini slices with 1/2 oz shredded cheese= 2 points
  • Roasted chick peas+ 3 points per 1/2 cup
  • Dare’s Veggie crisps= 3 points for 14 chips ( I bought them and bagged them )
  • ants on a log- celery with 1 tbsp. peanut butter topped with a couple raisins= 3 points
  • cottage cheese with celery 1 cup= 3 points
  • dark chocolate 1/2 oz= 4 points
  • almonds 1/3 cup = 4 points
  • apple with 1 oz cheddar = 4 points, go light cheddar and cut points!
  • 12 rice crackers with 1 oz skim mozza shredded =5 points
  • ice cream sandwich( graham cracker with cool whip) = 5 points
  •  1 cup cheerios with 1 cup unsweetened almond milk= 5 points