What does it mean to be truly Canadian? Buying milk in plastic bags? Designing your Halloween costume to fit over your snowsuit? Celebrating Thanksgiving in October? Well, what about butter tarts? You know up until last week I actually thought that the rest of the world knew what these were, until my mother promptly corrected [...]
I had no sooner returned to Denmark from Kauai, than had to turn right around, head to the airport and get on a plane to the Netherlands. Last weekend I was teaching my Green Goodness cooking classes in Amsterdam to celebrate spring and all verdant edibles. The icing on the cake was being invited by [...]
Returning home from such an epic holiday, sitting here at my desk in my apartment feeling a million miles away from anything tropical, there is a part of me that wants to say I’m getting “back to reality”. But that would be inaccurate, as I believe that the island of Kauai was absolutely the realest [...]
Hello dearest friends! I am back, I am back. What. A. Holiday. I have so much to share with all of you, and many food inspirations, but for now, recuperating from that major haul home and adjusting to time zones, I’ll give you this very quick and simple recipe that has welcomed me to Copenhagen. [...]
Hello friends, While I am away on holiday over the next few weeks, I will continue to post recipes just not full articles. Enjoy! One thing I love about being in America are the amazing sandwiches you can get just about anywhere. On our California honeymoon I ate my fair share, and although Kauai seems [...]
Hello friends, While I am away on holiday over the next few weeks, I will continue to post recipes just not full articles. Enjoy! I made it. My bean dip and everything else has officially passed through security on all three legs of my journey to Kauai. I am writing this 30,000 feet above the [...]
If there is one passion I have beyond cooking and eating, it is traveling. In just one week I will be on a plane with my husband, heading for the tropical paradise of Kauai. It has been a dream of mine for many years to visit this Hawaiian island, and since my best friend is [...]
I had pretty peculiar and passionate habits around candy as a kid. You can imagine then, that my favorite holiday of the year was Halloween. I clearly remember coming home at the end of an exhausting night with my pillow case busting at the seams full of sugary bliss, dumping it all out on the [...]
All right, it’s official. I am so over winter. Although I can sense the days getting longer and the sky brightening ever so slightly, I just feel schlumpy. Is that a word? No. But I think you’re picking up what I’m putting down. When the world is cold and dark, I want comforting foods that [...]
You know those conversations you have with friends where you discuss, in all seriousness, that if you were animals which one you would be? Well, my buddies and I do this, but with vegetables. “You are so totally an artichoke!” “No, she’s an cucumber.” “Guys, I’m dating a turnip.” etc, etc. Well, it has been [...]
It took me a long time to settle on the title for this post. Why? Because it’s quite a statement to suggest that a humble loaf of bread will change your life. I am willing to be so bold. When I began eating healthier, bread was definitely on my hit list. Not because bread is [...]
What a success! Fabulous Fermentation Week was a total blast and gave me so much insight and inspiration. I couldn’t believe the number of bloggers who participated, and I even met a few new foodie friends a long the way. A big thanks to everyone that got involved, and to all of you that embraced [...]
I have friends in high places, meaning I got buddies who can cook. One of those friends is Kiki, and ironically, we met in design school. We loved what we did at the time, never imagining that both of us would end up in a completely different place – the food world. Just one year [...]
Bacteria! Are you scared yet? For some reason, in modern North American culture, bacteria has become something to be feared, and most certainly destroyed. Heaven forbid you put the word bacteria in the same sentence as food, because we’ve all decided that these two things most certainly do not mix. But wait a minute…most of [...]
Hey pals! How are you liking like the new digs around here? Not too shabby, eh? I thought the New Year called for a new look, so wonder-husband and I have been hard at work making My New Roots cleaner, smarter and easier to use. Take a few moments to browse the pages at the [...]
People often ask me where I get my inspiration to constantly come up with new recipes. Obviously a trip to the market really gets the creative juices flowing, but it may surprise you to learn about the one place I go when I really need my fire lit. Online restaurant menus. I first discovered this [...]
People often ask me where I get my inspiration to constantly come up with new recipes. Obviously a trip to the market really gets the creative juices flowing, but it may surprise you to learn about the one place I go when I really need my fire lit.
Online restaurant menus.
I first discovered this inspirational gold mine many a few years ago when I was planning our honeymoon to
We all made it.
Through the so-called apocalypse and another turn around the sun on this crazy and beautiful planet of ours.
I laughed a little at the mass hysteria over December 21, 2012. The end of the world? Nope, just a different one perhaps, and a new beginning. If the world has turned upside down and we suddenly live in a reverse universe, then that is exactly where I want to be. Thi
We all made it.Through the so-called apocalypse and another turn around the sun on this crazy and beautiful planet of ours. I laughed a little at the mass hysteria over December 21, 2012. The end of the world? Nope, just a different one perhaps, and a new beginning. If the world has turned upside down [...]
Is it just me, or do the holidays sometimes feel more stressful than joyful? Tons of running around, last-minute gift making, endless social events, and no time for much else! I catch myself skipping meals and losing sleep just to keep up. Not very relaxing. This year I am making a concerted effort to book [...]
Is it just me, or do the holidays sometimes feel more stressful than joyful? Tons of running around, last-minute gift making, endless social events, and no time for much else! I catch myself skipping meals and losing sleep just to keep up. Not very relaxing. This year I am making a concerted effort to book time for treating myself, because all this holiday time should feel like a holiday
A lot of people have been asking me lately what I eat on a daily basis. To be perfectly honest, most of it is too boring to blog about. Or perhaps I should say "simple".
This Garlicky Kale and White Bean Stew is a perfect example of the humble food I often eat. I started making this meal back in nutrition school when I learned all about the health benefits of kale, and I've been in love w
A lot of people have been asking me lately what I eat on a daily basis. To be perfectly honest, most of it is too boring to blog about. Or perhaps I should say “simple”. This Garlicky Kale and White Bean Stew is a perfect example of the humble food I often eat. If you [...]
I will never forget the day my mom came home from the grocery store and promptly announced that she would never, ever cook lasagna again. In her hands she triumphantly held a frozen foil box that would end her kitchen drudgery forever. I cringe at this memory.Lasagna therefore went from being a special meal in [...]
I will never forget the day my mom came home from the grocery store and promptly announced that she would never, ever cook lasagna again. In her hands she triumphantly held a frozen foil box that would end her kitchen drudgery forever. I cringe at this memory.
Lasagna therefore went from being a special meal in my house to an almost weekly occurrence because suddenly, all this meaty, ic
As some of you may know, I’ve been traveling a lot. A lot of traveling means a lot of eating out. And a lot of eating out means a deluge of recipe ideas, of which I am always in need. So much inspiration has been taken away from the take-aways and cafés, and all the gorgeous menus my eyes have devoured. It is fun in a way to have an excuse to sit in a restaurant, eat a gorgeous meal, c
As some of you may know, I’ve been traveling a lot. A lot of traveling means a lot of eating out. And a lot of eating out means a deluge of recipe ideas, of which I am always in need. So much inspiration has been taken away from the take-aways and cafés, and all the [...]
I’ve been staring at the blinking cursor for a couple days now. Why is this? Well, I think life lately has been rather overwhelming, even if it is in the best way possible. I am traveling more than I am home, speaking more often than being silent, and seeing more new faces than old, familiar ones. At the end of the day my blissfully tangled mind cannot unravel enough sense to put a complete se
I love Vichyssoise (that is the very fancy name for the rather humble potato-leek soup), but I wanted to make a really healthy version, without potatoes and all the dairy.
When Bri over at Design Love Fest asked me to create a comforting autumn dish that included potatoes, I jumped at the chance, but kind of cheated a little bit. Did you know that sweet potatoes are actually no
I know that I always get really excited about the recipes I share here on the blog (otherwise i wouldn't share them), but this one...oh. my. goodness.
If you are looking for a high-protein, high-fiber, totally satisfying and crazy-delicious veggie burger without schwaggy ingredients and the texture of sawdust, you have found it! This thing is juicy, rich-tasting and made up of all
I believe there are a few foods adults eat that confuse the dickens out of each and every child: olives, oysters and Fig Newtons. I mean, c’mon. Dessert is supposed to be sweet, loaded with chocolate and sprinkles, and icing all over, right? For me, Fig Newtons were the loser cookie - the one I would only eat out of pure desperation if there was nothing else resembling dessert in sight
Hip hip! I have an oven. And you can bet it’s had a pretty major workout in the past few days. Oh the simple, unadulterated joys of baking granola and roasting veggies – it will never get old.
This week I bought a gingantor bunch of purple kale from the biodynamic market and as my hands were getting pretty tired of massaging, I decided to go another route and roast those puppies. If there i
As I write this, there are two electricians in my apartment installing an oven. I almost have a kitchen.
The last couple months have been really interesting, hauling my food processor, blender, and bags of groceries around to all of my friends’ houses to use their kitchens. So far, no one has complained, as for those who allowed me take over their space for a day were rewarded with
We finally got some decent tomatoes over here in bike-land, and although autumn is clearly closing in, I took advantage of the last summer bites this weekend.
I lay the most beguilingly succulent slices of heirloom loveliness across a slather of herbed goat's cheese, that is without a doubt, my new favorite spread. So effortless and tasty, you can transform the most inexpensive gr
Today is my birthday. I am 30 years old.
Looking back on my teens and twenties, I remember how absolutely freaked out I used to be about getting older. Every birthday that ticked by seemed like a cruel joke to a carefree young lady with cool clothes and perfect skin tone. Now, not so much. I think I actually like getting older because it seems like life actually gets better. If you'd to
I grew up in what you might call a “flavour-free” household. I know I have mentioned before that neither of my parents were the keenest of cooks, so it will come as no surprise that the only seasonings to grace our plates growing up, were ketchup and ranch dressing.
Needless to say, spices scared me. Before I learned how to cook I was afraid of eating anything out-of-the-ordinary because my s
Who doesn't love a rub-down? It's relaxing, rejuvenating, and by golly don't you just feel like a new person after? I've discovered that kale is really no different. After a few minutes of solid kneading, this leathery leaf becomes soft, supple, and silky and infinitely more palatable. Even though it cannot exactly return the favour, your body will thank you anyway.
To learn all about how
Life is pretty whack-tastic at the moment. That word means crazy.
I don’t think I ever mentioned it, but my love and I bought our first home a few months ago, which was and is, very exciting. While I was away in Canada, he moved all of our stuff to the new apartment (great timing on my part, eh?), meaning that I came back to Denmark to a completely new space. The other thing I know I didn’t m
And so I have returned to the land of bikes and wind and sea and pastry.
This weekend was spent getting back into the swing of things and back onto the Danish clock on Bornholm, the island where my husband’s family has a seaside cottage. It’s a pretty idyllic place where days are spent in a blur of eating, reading, napping, and perhaps a walk if we’re feeling ambitious. Naturally this kind of
If there is one thing that has surprised me the most about blogging, it’s the friends I’ve made along the way. Who would have thought that just by putting my ideas and recipes online that I would end up with a network of inspiring, talented, like-minded people to call my buddies? It’s a welcomed wonder for sure, and an honor to be in the company of so many amazing people every time I turn on m
Wraps are my version of "fast food". Make a salad, add a sauce, wrap it up and you're ready for a hand held meal without the fuss! Perfect for picnics, an afternoon on the dock, or just a lunch break in between meetings at the office.
I whipped up this tasty wrap filling, that easily doubles as a salad when you feel like using a fork. Tender black chickpeas, crisp beets and appl
As much as I love being a teacher, I really, really love being a student.
This summer has seen me traveling a whole bunch with my cooking classes and I have had a total blast. To compliment all this running around and hearing a little too much of my own voice, I thought that taking a course where I am on the knowledge-receiving end would do my spirit some good.
I decided to take a Reiki cl
Much to my delight, young summer squash are now popping up in gardens, farmers markets, and roadside stands across Ontario. Crooknecks, cocozelles, black beauties, sun drops and butter blossoms to name a few. But my favorite, just by virtue of its spaceship-shape alone, is the patty pan.
However mother nature came up with such a kooky-looking veggie is beyond me, but inside its eccentric exte
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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they must feed a crowd. Whether it’s for a family barbeque, an office party, a kids’ birthday, the truth is we’ve all been there and we’ve all been stumped and totally intimidated.
I’ve worked in a few restaurants now that required big-batch cooking, so I’ve gotten used to dealing with impossibly large quantities of food. At first it seemed like a
Ahhh, summer. I am so head-over-heels in love with this season, especially when it means being back in my homeland of Ontario. I have been living in the lakes and forests and sunshine of Ontario, buzzing from cottage to cottage, visiting country markets and picking wildflowers all along the way. Simple pleasures. Quiet moments with friends and family. Healing food in the belly between the laug
Hey friends! Just whipped up this fantastic salad for Meatless Mondays, Summer Lights style.
Roasted red bell peppers and soft goat cheese are blended up into a creamy, dreamy sauce to coat chickpeas, lounging around on a bed of refreshing watercress. It's a summer main that's simple, light and satisfying.
Get the recipe here.
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Summer is here! I’ve officially crossed the pond from freezing cold northern Europe to tropical southern Canada! I am pretty happy to feel the sun shining and the heat in full force. Finally.
As I was looking at my calendar the other day, I realized that my summer holiday doesn’t really include much “holiday”. So in the name of finding a balance I have created My New Roots Summer Lights: a
As some of you may remember, I have a significant foodie-crush on Yotam Ottolenghi. His “vibrant vegetable recipes” successfully took vegetarian cuisine out of the niche and into the mainstream, mostly due to the fact that he focuses on what the food is, not what it isn’t. Finally someone who gets it.
This recipe was inspired by one of Ottolenghi's simpler dishes, caramelized fe
As the weather warms up, my food cools down. This seems to happen every single year without my even noticing. A couple weeks ago while blending up a green smoothie, I realized that the seasons must be shifting because my body is suddenly asking for different foods.
Besides frosty drinks and fresh fruit, I have been getting back into Bircher muesli, or as it is also known, overnight oats. Th