issue 008

A few Food, Drink and Kitchen favorites from 2019.

on my mind // 2019 Favorites: Food + Drink + Kitchen

2019 has been a year of rediscovering joy and pleasure in my kitchen, while also embracing the new limits of this season of young motherhood and part-time work. That said, here’s a list of my favorites from this year.

Freezer cooking. I’ve long lauded the beauty of freezer cooking. And I honestly can’t imagine this past year without it. 

The Lazy Genius Podcast. I’ve been an LG fangirl for a while, but this year, her podcast episodes on food are exactly what I’ve needed this year. They make sense in a way they didn’t before. 

Bread machine. A friend gave me her bread machine when she moved, and it’s been a wonderful tool in my meal planning arsenal. 

Snacks. I’ve spent the past 10 years not really eating snacks, believing they were a barrier to health. But as I’ve gotten to know my body better and learned to recognize my hunger cues, snacks have been a non-negotiable. And you know, finding snacks that nourish and satisfy has been a joy and improved my life. Who knew that some problems could be solved by eating?

Instant Pot. I bought an IP a few years ago, did NOT like it, and sold it. Well, my crockpot bit the dust this year and I replaced it with an IP. I still don’t think it’s a miracle device, but I’m using it A LOT.

French toast. French toast has become one of my favorite foods this year. Not sure why I’ve not been making it until now, but it’s easy, cheap and delicious. 

Buffalo chicken. I love buffalo chicken. I throw some chicken breast in the IP, cook them, then cover them in Frank’s Hot Sauce. Perfect for dipping vegetables, serving with corn chips or over a baked potato, topping a salad with, etc. 

Wide, shallow bowls. We eat many a meal in front of the TV. And my friends, bowls are prime dishes for TV meals. 

SodaStream. Our sparkling water budget was a little, ahem, out of hand and the number of cans filling our recycling bin was starting to bother me. So we got a SodaStream on FB Marketplace. I think we’ll save money in the long run, but mostly I’m loving the ease of it and how it’s helping us minimize waste. 

Whisky sours. This summer, a friend and I embarked on a course of study: upping our cocktail game. Our textbook is the “12 Bottle Bar” and we purchased our materials at Costco. Through our course of study, I discovered the whisky sour and it is now my standby. Highly recommend. 

My “Mum” cup. For Mother’s Day this year, my folks gifted me a Cath Kidston “mum” mug and it brings me joy every time I open my mug cabinet and use it. I don’t think of myself as a “gift” person until I get a gift like this.

I’d LOVE (seriously LOVE) to hear your 2019 Food, Drink and Kitchen Favorites. Follow me on IG at @abigailmurrish where I’ll be touching base this week to hear what you’ve been loving this year.

in my feed //  @thesaltydietitianrd

She’s coming in HOT for paleo, keto, etc., and I like it. Seriously, this post was really thought-provoking and a good reminder of how wellness culture is steeped in privilege and racism.

Ancestral diets blame the current agricultural system for chronic diseases. Never mind the fact that a typical “ancestral” meal plan exceeds the daily recommendation for fat and protein. Perhaps this is one of the reasons that the lifespan of a caveman was only 28 years of age? Hmmm I think I’ll take my chances with the “current agricultural system.”
Whole grains, dairy, and legumes are PACKED with vitamins, minerals, and fiber - all things that are incredibly valuable to our health.
Perhaps it’s not the “agricultural system” but rather smoking, sedentary lifestyle, POVERTY, and STRESS - the actual, scientifically proven known causes - to be the culprits of chronic diseases. (*cough cough* no research has been found to prove dairy, grains, or legumes connected to chronic disease).
The latest ancestral-diet-selling-lines use “anti-colonialism” for its sales. An attempt to make us feel guilty for buying into conventional foods. How ironic - diet culture is the FACE of colonialism. What better way to keep us in check? Obsessed with every morsel that goes in our mouth? Obsessed with our bodies in the fake name of “wellness?” Obsessed with diet perfection? Keeping us distracted in a culture that values the way our bodies look over our intelligent and passionate minds? Selling us paleo diet books and “whole-30” wellness ideals to exploit our vulnerabilities for money? Ancestral diets ARE the very products of diet culture. A washed-out-rip-off of how your ancestors “supposedly” used to eat with the spaces that are left in between filled in with speculation and pseudo-science.
Native Americans in this country suffer at disproportionate rates of health related issues as the result of poverty and food SCARCITY. This includes obesity and diabetes. Romanticizing the way “they used to eat” while putting hefty price tags on their products, does absolutely NOTHING to address the issue of poverty and inaccessibility to healthy foods. You want to “decolonize” and “even the playing field” when it comes to accessibility to nutritious foods? STOP BUYING INTO DIET CULTURE.
#HAPPYTHANKSGIVING #dietculturedropout #indigenous #ancestraldiet #paleo #whole30 #whole30recipes
November 27, 2019

from my life // The Crown — Season 4

If you’re not watching, may I ask why? So good, and given me lots to think about. 

a final word // “I worried” (by Mary Oliver)

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers

flow in the right direction, will the earth turn

as it was taught, and if not how shall

I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,

can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows

can do it and I am, well,


Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,

am I going to get rheumatism,

lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.

And gave it up. And took my old body

and went out into the morning,

and sang.