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Death of a Clown

It’s hard to climb the corporate ladder in size 22 shoes.

Despite not being able to drink because we just started the GAPS diet two months ago, we had a very special and wonderful St. Patrick’s Day this year. We spent the evening busting our sides at a play by Sebastien Archibald called The Death of a Clown. I found it especially pertinent at this time with the Olympics over and Vancouver settling down to think about the debt we now have to pay for our two weeks of extravagance.

Humour is always a good way to get your point through and I spent the whole evening laughing (except at the end). I thought everyone did an excellent job and was just wondering why there wasn’t a bunch of folks taking photos and recording the whole production–I wish I had gotten some good photos! We were fortunate to see it, because the play was only in Vancouver for one night before it goes on tour to Gabriola, Tofino, Saltspring and Victoria by April 4th, 2010. The full schedule and details can be found on the ITSAZOO Productions website.

Egyptian Generosity

Egyptian Generosity

I have had quite the exciting, travel-filled, and busy month which I will regal you all with presently. However, I have been thinking for the past few months that I need to talk about the generosity of the culture here. It really is quite remarkable the extent to which this generosity is a part of t ...

Coptic Orthodox in Egypt

Coptic Orthodox in Egypt

I figured since I have been living at a Coptic Orthodox center in the church compound I should probably write about what the Coptic Church is exactly. Although what I know of the Coptic Church is mostly from my observations and conversations I have had with people, I have only read one book on the s ...

Cranberry and Date Chutney

Cranberry and Date Chutney

Now here is a great alternative for cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, especially if you like the flavors of Asia this is modeled on Sally Fallon's raisin chutney recipe in Nourishing Traditions. 1 lb (500g) fresh dates (pitted) 1 lb (500g) fresh cranberries 1 t red chili flakes 1/2 head garl ...

Kombucha for Two

Kombucha for Two

I finally realized that even though I spend a lot of time raving on about the wonders of kombucha I haven't posted a basic description for how to make it. Every ten days I follow this routine which provides me and my man with tasty kombucha tea while the next batch ferments on the countertop. Halve ...

Traditional Water Kefir

Traditional Water Kefir

I stumbled across this really practical and well done video on how to make water kefir. Although I have been reading about kefir for years, I hadn't had an opportunity to make it myself until this year when my sister brought some up to me from a friend who had given her some. This stuff is fantastic ...

Old Fashioned Homemade Pickles

Old Fashioned Homemade Pickles

Published August 2009 in Healthy Options magazine, New Zealand Recipe for homemade lacto-fermented dill pickles. Lactic Acid Fermentation: Symbiotic Man's Secret Ingredient for Health and Longevity Many years ago, I worked at the Inya Lake Hotel in Myanmar which also does catering and event ...

Lime and Chili Sauerkraut

Lime and Chili Sauerkraut

This is a very simple recipe, but has a fantastic flavor. Any type of cabbage can be used. One firm cabbage 2-3 chilis 6 keffir lime leaves 2 Tablespoon coarse sea salt Method Cut cabbage into quarters, remove inner core and slice thinly. Alternatively grate or put through a food proce ...

Stone Soup Festival 2009

Stone Soup Festival 2009

The Stone Soup Festival at Britannia on Commercial Drive, Vancouver BC fell on Mother's Day weekend this year. We arrived at the festival just as the jolly Carnival Band was rambling around the park and were soon planting pumpkin and sunflower seeds, feeding the chickens at the Backyard Chicken ...

Raw Honey Vinegar

Raw Honey Vinegar

This is an amazingly simple recipe and results in a delicious, high-quality white vinegar with the flavors of the honey you have chosen to use. Try basswood or buckwheat honey for a darker, richer vinegar. Use raspberry honey for a lighter fruitier vinegar. 8:1 Water : Honey Eight parts water ...