Eating Local in Mexico

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Eating Local In Mexico - The Urban Ecolife

Mexican food has to be one of my most favourite cuisines in the entire world. That is, second only to Japanese, Thai, Nepalese, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, oh… and everything else in between. You can tell I have a diverse palate, no?


In all seriousness though, I freaking love the guacamole out of Mexican food, especially when you’re eating it IN Mexico. Yes, there’s something about the whole experience of zero workplace health and safety rules surrounding the preparation of food that gets me excited. All hands on deck folks. Literally.


3 Drool Worthy Recipes From The Paleo Foodie

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Putting some recipes to the test from The Paleo Foodie Cookbook!

I admit. I felt like a little girl in a candy store when I received my copy of “The Paleo Foodie.” Arsy (from Rubies & Radishes) is no stranger to cookbook fame and stardom. This is her second leap out of the front gate, following the success of her first best selling cookbook, “The Paleo Slow Cooker.”



Green Breakfast Bowl To Get You Go-Go

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Green Breakfast Bowl with kale, brussels sprouts and avocado - The Urban Ecolife

I love breakfast. It’s by far my favourite meal of the day. All the good stuff comes out to play and heck, anything goes. Once you get over the childish perception that breakfast needs to be bright rainbow coloured little rings served in a bowl with a spoon, you have full reign over the pantry to cook up a storm. Heck, even eat leftovers if you want. I do it all the time. Just make sure the first meal of your day is something that doesn’t leave your teeth feeling like they are ready to fall out. Protein works wonders.


Why I Eat the Way I Eat

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Why I Eat the Way I Eat - The Urban Ecolife

“. . . .how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world–and what is to become of it. To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life afford quite as much satisfaction.”
― Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma)


It’s rather amusing to observe both online and offline how heated, personal and controversial such a simple topic like food is. What starts out as a conversation about whether you like your eggs scrambled, fried or poached can quickly escalate to the heated debate over the state of the industry and factory farming, grain-fed versus pasture-raised and the unequivocal right of the chicken to a free life. As I’m sure you’ve experienced, food has the ability to cause entire rifts throughout communities, friendship circles and other organised bodies of people. For something so seemingly innocent, food is possibly one of THE hottest topics you can exchange opinions about in conversation with someone, maybe only trailing behind politics, religion, Miley Cyrus’ tongue and what Miranda Kerr eats for breakfast.


Crispy Vanilla and Cinnamon Almonds (Raw, Sprouted and Dehydrated)

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Crispy Vanilla and Cinnamon Almonds (a sugar-free treat!) - Raw, Sprouted and Dehydrated - The Urban Ecolife

If you’re in California, you have to get your hands on some organic, raw almonds (you know, the real unpasteurized ones). It is the home state of almonds after all, or at least in the US? Crazy as it sounds, a lot of almonds sold in the grocery stores aren’t really ‘raw’ despite the misleading labeling. The FDA-led enforcement for this ruling was attributed to a couple linked outbreaks of salmonella back in 2001 and 2004. So a few isolated cases have now been used as an excuse for the government dictating the rules of engagement within the almond industry. Clearly the issue isn’t about the almonds though because Californian producers can still export unpasteurized overseas and you can still buy raw almonds direct from producers. I’m not about to delve into the real issue here, like the price control wars and unfair regulations disadvantaging the small players in the market. Let’s save those ones for when we talk over a glass of wine together.


The Eating Local while Travelling Challenge

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The Eating Local Challenge (while Travelling!) - The Urban Ecolife

When I raised my hand to participate in Ever Growing Farm’s Local Bite Challenge, I thought it’d be a walk in the park. Literally, a blissful Sunday afternoon stroll through the local recreational park. HA! Had I suddenly forgotten that I was travelling through North, Central and South America for the unforeseeable future?!


Why Paleo and Permaculture Go Hand in Hand

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Why Paleo and Permaculture Go Hand in Hand - The Urban Ecolife

Paleo and Permaculture. Permaculture and Paleo. There’s a certain ring to it, no? We’ve all heard of the Paleo Diet. If you haven’t, well, good for you. You probably don’t use the internet that much anyway. Double thumbs up. For the rest of us clawing at our keyboards far too much, we know it as a way of eating that focuses on eating grass-fed meats, pasture-raised eggs, organic vegetables, fruits, a healthy dose of quality fats, seeds, nuts and some extend it to include raw and cultured dairy (aka, ‘Primal’, as coined by Mark Sisson over at Mark’s Daily Apple).



Slow Cooked Red Wine Beef and Mushrooms served on a warm cozy bed of Parsnip Puree

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Red Wine Beef and Mushrooms served on a warm cozy bed of Parsnip Puree - The Urban Ecolife

If you want to romance me, serve me up some red wine and beautifully cooked beef (grass-fed of course) and you’ll have won my heart over. Somewhat depressingly, I romance myself over with a dish like this red wine beef and mushrooms. You know those meals you cook and you high five yourself and you kind of just wish you had someone there to share the experience with? Yeah well, that never happens to me. I’ll never admit to that. Thankfully I more often than not have family and friends to make up for that vacant space to wine and dine with.