We have movers and shakers! They little ones are constantly wiggling, although still not too obvious from the outside (daddy always misses it), they are making their presence known! I met my OB today, who seems like a nice man. He tried to give me a spiel about how to eat vegetarian foods so that I absorb iron better, and he was very impressed with my knowledge! Spouting out everything I know, though, made me realize I need to start tuning up my diet, now that I can stomach most foods again. I’ve been making bean and veggie salads again, and I shovelled in some quinoa the other night. I’ve also cut way back on the yoghurt and cheese, and while I will probably continue to eat eggs, I’m trying to get more vitamin C in me (to help with the old iron absorption!). Work is starting to get hard to get through, I feel ready to start focussing on my little ones, not reviewing standard operating procedures on information requests. I am trying not to wish myself home though, I know a few people on bed rest, and it does not sound pleasant! I will happily continue working if it means I am not confined to a bed. My ankles and feet are swollen and sore by the end of the day, and I am wiped out, but I wake up feeling good again. I also started my registry, with the help of my husband’s lovely cousin (thanks Katie!) and I’m so glad I did, there is SO much to think about! Crib bumper pads and play yards and bath tubs and mirrors to hang in the car so you can see them when you look in the rear-view mirror…So many little things I hadn’t thought of! In other exciting news, our prenatal class for multiples starts next week. I just hope they keep it positive, I’m starting to find that when it comes to multiples, most information (ie: the internet) talks about how high risk it is and focusses on everything that can go wrong. So far my birth team (my midwife/OB/mom) have all been so positive and acting like having twins is perfectly normal, I don’t want to start worrying (I’m having a hard enough time with this nesting psychosis – ie: house hunting when you aren’t planning on moving!). This weekend is my last yoga weekend, I will officially be able to teach yoga! I am planning a longer post all about it, because I was – ahem – distracted for the last half of the course, so I am not planning on starting my yoga career just yet. I am happy that I completed it, and I’m happy that my weekends will be free now. Have a great weekend! Sarah
Monthly Archives: April 2012
Since food has been so touch and go for me, my wonderful friend Karen (not “Diaper Karen,” Karen of the thumbprint cookies) wrote a great cookbook review for your enjoyment! Thanks for pickin’ up my slack, Karen!
Good & Plenty
I am a big fan of cookbooks. Unlike the husband of a close friend who once called using recipes Culinary Plagiarism, I could pour over a stack of cookbooks for hours. My absolute favourite vegetarian guide has been the Moosewood Cookbook. There’s a reason why it’s consistently on the list as one of top-10 best selling cookbooks. There’s a simplicity to the recipes; it’s truly healthy comfort food. But, there is now competition for the title of favourite vegetarian cookbook in my life. I have discovered a gorgeous book called Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi, who (according to Wikipedia) ran a regular column for several years in the Saturday Guardian called The New Vegetarian. Plenty is a beautiful-looking book, but that doesn’t always translate to being a Good cookbook. However, the recipes here are inventive, and it’s full of creative and interesting combinations both vegetarian and vegan. The Soba Noodle, Mango & Eggplant Salad that I made on Monday was a hit. The recipe says that it serves 6, but 3 of us finished it off. To the ladies in our book club: this is what I’m making for our next meeting!
Soba Noodle Salad with Mango and Eggplant
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 fresh red chile, finely chopped
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
grated zest and juice of 1 lime
1 cup sunflower oil
1 large eggplant, cut into 3/4-inch dice
8 to 9 ounces soba noodles
1 large ripe mango, cut into 3/8-inch dice or into 1/4-inch-thick strips
1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cups cilantro leaves, chopped
(note: the book version also calls for some chopped red onion, but I left it out)
In a small saucepan gently warm the vinegar, sugar and salt for up to 1 minute, just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the garlic, chile and sesame oil. Allow to cool, then add the lime zest and juice.
Heat up the sunflower oil in a large pan and shallow-fry the eggplant in three or four batches. Once golden brown remove to a colander, sprinkle liberally with salt and leave there to drain.
Cook the noodles in plenty of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally. They should take 5 to 6 minutes to become tender but still al dente. Drain and rise well under running cold water. Shake off as much of the excess water as possible, then leave to dry on a dish towel.
In a mixing bowl toss the noodles with the dressing, mango, eggplant, half of the herbs and the onion. You can now leave this aside for 1 to 2 hours. When ready to serve add the rest of the herbs and mix well, then pile on a plate or in a bowl.
I served it up in takeout containers that I ordered online… because I have an online shopping addiction. Also, because a bit of kitsch never hurt anyone.
Thanks Karen, can’t wait for book club!
So I had the 20 week ultrasound on Tuesday and….we’re having a BOY and a GIRL! I must admit, I’m very pleased with that, although I would have loved my babies no matter what, I feel like this way I get the best of both worlds, and should we decide to not have anymore children, I’ll be happy. And believe me, there was no doubt about their sex, they both showed off their bits loud and proud! They are, unfortunately, lying transverse right now, which means horizontally, little boy on top, little girl on the bottom, like bunk beds. Every night I have a conversation with them about how they need to move into a head-down position so that mommy doesn’t have to have a c-section! I can feel them wiggling all over now, especially after I eat, and I’ve felt them from the outside, but it’s still too random for daddy to catch them at it.
I have been nesting in high-gear, I purchased a new comfy sofa, and a new king size bed for family sleeping. We moved our bedroom down to the second floor so I can be beside the bathroom, and what a pleasure my midnight pee has been, not having to navigate a flight of stairs!
I am noticing that when I wake up in the middle of the night, it is harder to fall back asleep. My mind immediately starts racing and I toss and turn for a while (like an hour or two). I’m not sure if this is nerves, or hormones, or what, but it is really annoying, especially because I work and can’t take an afternoon nap!
My eating is more or less back to normal, except that I don’t often have the energy to cook, so it’s either been quick dinners I can whip up, or take-out. The Husband is working hard on our new house, so he doesn’t have much energy for cooking either. In two months I can stop working (if not before, depending on how things progress) and hopefully I can spend a bit more time in the kitchen then.
I’m very proud of myself for curing the cold I had last week, by cutting out the dairy for a few days and using the neti pot 2 or 3 times a day. I really didn’t like that neti pot at first, but you do get used to it. Of course, then I saw an episode of House where the patient got an infection in his brain from using one, which I admit has put me off a bit, but I’m sure our Canadian water is okay, right? Right?
We still don’t have any names, and when we do, I will be keeping it a surprise until they are born. It’s only fair, I shared the sex!
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
P.S. Happy Birthday to my little sis Aly! She turns 18 today, I can’t believe how time has been flying by!
I feel like I have officially been inducted into the Blogosphere! I have been nominated for an award! The protocol is that I pass this on, so I am interrupting my regularly scheduled plant-based/twin talk for some blogging geekdom! First of all, THANK YOU to An American Hermit Crab in Denmark, I’m so honoured! And please check out her lovely blog (in particular, her amazing Bob Marley knit doll – awesome)! Now for the rest:
The rules for the Versatile Blogger Award are as follows:
If you are nominated, you’ve been awarded the Versatile Blogger award.
1. Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
2. Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
3. Select 15 excellent blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
I have been blogging for under a year, and since I’m still new to the scene, most of my blog loves are fairly well-established sites, so I may not get 15, but I’ll do my best:
1. The lovely Kelly at Three and a half vegans, who rocked VeganMoFo in 2011, btw, and makes the tastiest looking vegan fare;
2. Ashley at Calmly Chaotic, who is helping me survive my impending twindom;
3. Multiple Momstrosity, another twin mom who I couldn’t live without right now;
4. Live. Learn. Love. Eat. Tiffany has been so candid about raising her family on a vegan diet, she truly is an inspiration;
5. Frontier Dreams is an adorable blog about a mom of 3. Tons of knitting and sewing love here;
6. My Veggie Baby is a beautiful blog about a first pregnancy and the vegan diet. So of course, I’m a bit in love;
7. The Tie Dye Files, a great vegan site with tons of recipes and thoughts about vegan living, healthy eating, and activism.
8. Vegan Culinary Crusade, a great raw/vegan site that makes the diet look sooo tasty and easy.
Okay, so I can’t make it to 15, but that’s a good start, and hopefully some of you will check these sites out!
And here are the seven things about myself:
1. I haven’t dyed my hair in about 8 years. It gets all streaky in the summer time, so people think I get highlights, but I don’t. And I’m proud of that!
2. I have a giant stack of books beside my bed. I mean somewhere between 15-20 books at any given time. I might have a problem…
3. I played classical flute for 10 years. In fact, I was in the youth orchestra where I played flute and piccolo!
4. I did not eat mushrooms until I was 27. Don’t know what I would do without them now (well, except during queasy pregnancy times…)
5. My husband and I have a deal, I don’t paint my fingernails (he hates nail polish for some reason) and he doesn’t eat lamb in front of me. So far it’s a great deal.
6. I have travelled across Canada in a Greyhound bus twice! (well not all the way across, I went from B.C. to Ottawa, Ontario). It takes 3 days and 3 nights, and it takes 24 hours to get out of Ontario. I have also sworn to never do it again!
7. I went to an arts highschool, just like the movie Fame! I was in Literary Arts (Creative Writing) and I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world!
Thanks again for the nomination 🙂
I’ll be back on Friday with big news…I know the sexes of my babies!!!