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Extra+Ordinary Newsletter #13

Hello Saturday and hello friends!

I’m still the only one in my household to avoid the flu and this last week included doctor’s visits for the ones whose flu progressed to secondary infections. It’s been a week of antibiotics and yogurt. Here’s a recipe for my favourite type of yogurt -Siggi’s Icelandic Style- but far, FAR less expensive than at the store!

We’re Olympics maniacs at our home and between a couple of people being bedridden and the once-in-four-years chance to get our fill of the Winter Olympics games, we’ve been doing a lot of viewing. So far, the most impressive moment of the games for us has come courtesy of Red Gerard (who happens to be a fellow food blogger’s little brother! Go Red!). You can see his gold medal run here!

I’m also loving short track speed skating. For me it’s like roller derby on blades. The kids are keen on all of the snowboarding events.

This video makes me smile big time. The little kitty likes the Olympics as much as we do!


  • These Candied Maple Pecans. Whole pecans candied with real maple syrup, fragrant cinnamon, and just the barest hint of spice and salt. They’re excellent for snacking, salads, and top of yogurt, ice cream, or oatmeal.
  • This Hot Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing. Hot Bacon Vinaigrette Dressing is just the dressing to win over the salad doubters in your life. It is absolutely magnificent when poured hot over Brussels sprouts or warm over spinach salad, but is also a-okay at room temperature over a tossed salad with romaine or leaf lettuce and all the fixings.
  • This Melting Sweet Potato Salad with both of the goodies listed above plus goat cheese and bacon! Are you one of the many fans of our Melting Sweet Potato recipe? If so, read on, my friend. Today’s Melting Sweet Potato Salad with Candied Maple Pecans and Bacon Vinaigrette and Herbed Goat Cheese is pretty much one of the most delicious winter salads ever to hit my dinner table, and we all know I’m a salad maniac. We’re talking about a tender baby spinach salad with gorgeous, caramelized, deep orange melting sweet potato rounds, crumbled bacon, goat cheese crusted with more bacon and fresh chives, candied maple pecans, and an irresistible warm bacon vinaigrette dressing.


This tea: I am a long time drinker of this fantastic passion tea. For you Starbucks fans, this is the same one that’s sold as “Iced Passion Tea” but with a FAR smaller price tag. I buy the tea in bulk and just drop a bag into my giant tumbler with ice water before I pop out the door. Within 15 minutes or so, it’s the same strength as what I would have paid $$ for at a restaurant. It’s a lovely blend of hibiscus, orange peel, and passion fruit flavours that gives you a nice hit of vitamin C. It’s tart and delicious unsweetened (because that’s how I drink ALL of my tea) but I’m sure if you’re a fan of sweetened tea, this would taste great that way, too!


Because the Olympics are being held in South Korea and because the Koreas marched as a unified team, my obsession with reading about the North Korean regime has been fired back up. I’m re-reading “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea” by Barbara Demick.


Do you watch the Olympics? If so, what’s your favourite event?



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