Kicking Carrot Juice

Kicking Carrot Juice

I wish that I liked beets. They're full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory powers, and aid in detoxification. Plus they are a beautiful colour! But to me they just taste like sweet dirt. In order to reap the great benefits of the beet I am left trying to hide it in this juice - and you know, it works! Sure, it still tastes earthy. But it's an earthy I can handle.

Kicking Carrot Juice
Aprox. 10 Carrots
2 Oranges
1 Lemon
1 Small Beet
Small Piece of Ginger Root (Size depends on your taste, start small if you're unsure!)

Peal the lemon and oranges, and cut everything into a size that will fit into your juicer, and juice!

Pretty easy and simple. Also affordable, at least where I live! If you dig the beety goodness, then by all means add more to your juice.

Do you like beets?

Happy Sunday!

Leek, White Bean and Kale Soup

Leek, White Bean and Kale Soup

The world is not meant to be -20c.

Yes, I know that logically it sometimes is. But I am not a fan. At the beginning of the year I went to visit my sister in Calgary while they were in the midst of a cold snap. Now, as a west coast kid I had never actually been that cold before. Brain freeze upon leaving the house without the benefit of a frozen treat is just not the best.

What does one do to beat the cold. Make soup, of course! And indoor heating, that's good too. If you really want to go all out you get a blanket, maybe a fire, and this bowl of soup. In any case, since coming up with this soup in Calgary I've made it multiple times and always ate it all before getting around sharing it here. So without further ado...

2 cups Water
1 tsp Fresh Rosemary, chopped
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Cumin
Salt and Pepper, to taste
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/2 cup Leek, chopped
1 Cup Tomatoes
2-4 Med Crimini Mushrooms
1 Can White Kidney Beans, drained + rinsed
4 Pieces Bacon (For vegan, use smoked tofu!)
2 Md/Lg Kale Leaves, chopped

Optional:
Blue Cheese garnish (Super delish in general, but definitely elevates the soup!)
Dried nettle leaf (I used 2 tbs, for some extra nutrients)


1. Cook up some crispy bacon. While that is cooking, get your soup pot and with some oil saute the leek and garlic. Chop up the bacon when cooked.
2. Add water and all ingredients and seasonings. Let simmer for approx 20min.

Voila!

This recipe serves about 2 people as a full meal. It's nutritious and simple - the only time consuming part being the prep time. As usual, adapt it to what you've got on hand/your taste!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!

An Afternoon at Granville Island

An Afternoon at Granville Island

Tucked under the Graville St bridge is the artsy world of Granville Island. As I've mentioned, back in September we had a little Sunday afternoon outing to the public market and brewery.

I'm a huge fan of markets. Any market. The Graville Island Public Market is a relatively up scale market. It's full of many delights to tickle your taste buds (gelato, chocolates, breads, falafels, and more!!), produce, meats, flowers and plants, artisan good, and other bits and bobs.

Pistachio gelato was eaten.

We popped into a few of the many little shops in the area as well, but the highlight of the trip was probably the brewery. So that we could try every kind, we ordered two of the sample flights and shared. Fabricio was into the IPA (as usual) and my faves were the amber ale and the raspberry ale. You can check out their website here and stop by if you're in the area, and presumably a beer fan.

A lovely afternoon was had. And looking back is a nice reminder of sunshine now that Vancouver is definitely under the rainy cloud of fall.

Happy Sunday, friends.

Summer's End - Granville Island Style

Summer's End - Granville Island Style

Yesterday the boyfriend an I took a little trip to Granville Island. It was probably (unfortunately) one of the few really nice warm days left before fall weather gets into full swing in Vancouver. I'll share more photos of the adventure later!

Bag - Thrifted Vintage
Sweater - Pure by Alfred Sung
Shirt - H&M
Shorts - Vintage Calvin Klein cut-offs

Happy Monday! Have a wonderful week.

Balsamic Chicken Greek Salad

Balsamic Chicken Greek Salad

I made this bad boy back during finals time. It's quick, simple and satisfying.
It is totally customisable in size and ingredients, thus perfect for an outdoor summer gathering. Mmm with garlic bread. and wine. and gelato! Yup, that sounds good to me. Or just make it to munch all by your lonesome, like I did.

Balsamic Chicken
-Boneless Chicken Breast or Thighs
-Minced Garlic
-Balsamic Vinegar
-Honey
-Chili Powder (optional)

Ingredient amounts totally depend on your personal taste and amount of chicken used. Generally for 4-6 chicken thighs I use approximately 1-2 small/medium cloves of garlic, 1 tsp of honey, a dash of chili powder, and enough balsamic vinegar to lightly coat the chicken. Mix the marinade to taste, then add the chicken, adding more vinegar to coat if necessary. Ideally let it sit in the fridge for at least a few hours, then cook it up in a pan.
*you can also use beef. I would think tofu as well, but I have yet to try this.

Salad
I like to use any combination of the ingredients below, then toss with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

-Balsamic Chicken (recipe above)
-Tomato
-Cucumber
-Chickpea
-Spinach
-Feta
-Fresh Herbs
-Olives
-Onion
-Bell Pepper

Happy Monday! Have an excellent week!

-Fiona

Farm in the Fall

Farm in the Fall

Recently I was sorting through some pictures I took while working on the farm this fall. I thought I'd share some with you :)

Happy Monday :)

Elva Jane Eats - Tumblr

Elva Jane Eats - Tumblr

I made a Tumblr.
It was a spur of the moment kind of thing.
But I thought it might be fun to photograph food in a more casual setting than a recipe post. So, Elva Jane Eats was born.
I'll be posting pictures of my food, usually when it's something healthy. Why? Because the gallery style layout is nice, and I'm hoping it inspires me to eat healthy. Visuals really work for me. So if that sounds like it's up your alley, feel free to take a look!

Tumblr is a new platform for me, so if you've got any tips/tricks/advice pass them along!

Happy Hump Day!
Fiona

Orange Sage Sugar Body Scrub

Orange Sage Sugar Body Scrub

I guess I don't have it bad as far as cold winters are concerned.
The west coast is just really wet and foggy...
Despite the mild weather, dry skin is still an issue for me in the winter.

But you know there's a fix for those winter dry skin blues, don't you.
It comes in the form of this totally refreshing scrub.
A little herb-y, a little zesty, and super moisturizing.

These measurements are just suggestions, alter them to get the texture of scrub that you prefer. You could also use essential oils instead of/in combination with the orange zest and sage leaf.

Orange-Sage Sugar Body Scrub

1 1/2 cup Sugar
1 tbs Finely Chopped Sage
1/2 tbs Orange Zest
1/4+ cup Olive Oil

Combine the sugar, sage, and orange in a bowl. Mix well, crushing against the sides of the bowl to help release to oils in the sage and orange zest. Then mix in the oil gradually until you reach your desired consistency. Store in an airtight jar. In the unlikely event that mold should appear, dispose of the scrub.

While I have used this scrub on my face, I wouldn't necessary recommend it. It's quite harsh. I especially like to use it on my hands and legs!

Do you suffer from dry skin in the winter?
What are your favorite ways to beat it?

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-Fiona

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