Sometimes Hiking Sucks a Little Bit

So, last weekend was my wedding anniversary and I decided we HAD to do something to celebrate.  Honestly, we never do anything for our anniversary.  The weather is downright awkward at this time of year, here, near Toronto, in April.  Nothing is growing yet, the trees are bare, the ground is brown and grey and often really muddy.

But on this fine day in April, it was -9C out, and very cloudy. Never one to let a weekend go to waste, I got it in my head that we’d go for a hike.  Because I love hiking.  Always, right?

And since it was going to be cold and damp no matter what, why not check out some caves, too, right?  Do you see where my logic went wrong, already?  I decided that we could pack the backpacking stove and pot, and bring a can of chili, maybe some hot herbal tea in our coffee thermos and totally make it a not-foods picnic to chase the cold away.  Yea.  And that would be somehow spectacular and memorable.  Well, I got the memorable part right.

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photo courtesy of ‘thekawarthas.ca’

On my list of ‘never been to-‘ places was the Warsaw Caves, north-east of Peterborough, Ontario.  Just a quick 1.25 hours away….

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Big-Ass Pancake

Big-Ass Pancake

I don’t know about you, but I am just not a fan of the typical keto egg-and-cream-cheese pancake.  It’s ok, but a bit…meh.  Sure, I could jazz it up.  But if I’m cooking for a whole family, that’s a lot of work since I find you have to use moulds to keep them in shape until they set, over and over again…

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Gourmet Thin-Crust Pizza

Gourmet Thin-Crust Pizza
Yes, I said thin crust, and you can eat it with your hands.

This is the best (full-size) pizza crust I’ve made so far.  I’ve been searching for a pizza crust that feels like real crust, and most recipes for almond-flour crust DO feel right, but they all have a cup of cheese in the crust, then even more on top of the pizza, and while I do eat cheese, my lactose-intolerance means I can only eat so much of it.  So if there’s going to be cheese on a pizza, I want it ON TOP of it.

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I Can’t Believe it’s Eggplant Bake

I Can’t Believe it’s Eggplant Bake

Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of eggplant.  I could take it or leave it.  I like it more than brussels sprouts, but less than zucchini.  This is THE recipe that got me to like eggplant (at least, I like it cooked THIS way…).  In this day and age, with so much variety from all over the world, there is no reason NOT to try something new–and this one worked out great!

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