This is Amy + Michelle

This is Amy + Michelle

This A.M.

Amy and Michelle became instant friends because of the common interests they share in their love of fashion, food, music and traveling. In This A.M. Amy and Michelle will share recipes, thoughts on eats, their unique fashion style and lifestyles from Toronto to Tampa...... 1,098 miles apart!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Canadian Chef Michael Smith

This A.M.  I am feeling a whole bunch better. Thanks Michelle, and followers, for your get well wishes!  Believe it or not, last night I had my first meal in four days. Thankfully my sister brought a whole pan of  home made Cannelloni over to my house! Which brings me to the reason I am writing this post--Family and healthy cooking and how important they are.

I can honestly say my life has changed.  Well, not physically, but my perspectives sure have. Three weeks ago, I listened to an hour talk with Chef Michael Smith, I was persuaded that I need to start making changes about the food choices I make.  While trying to find a place to sit in the already crowded tent at Queen's Park, a woman next to me scowled and said, " What is a chef going to talk about for an hour?! Recipes?"  I sat down and thought about her words as they ate at me and I thought, 'mmm she may have a point.'  Instead, Chef Smith proved her wrong.
He didn't really want to talk about recipes. He spoke about his life experiences, how he was humbled on several occasions, his focus on family and the importance of healthy cooking.   He talked about how the world was changing and how it is impacting our healthy eating because we are inundated by food media,  but, less of us are cooking real food.

I recorded the last 10 minutes of his talk. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see!
By the way Fast Flavours is amazing. The first recipe I made is Mushroom Quinoa; simple and delectable.  

What I love about his recipes are how simple yet tasty they are. The book is written in a very simple format so young kids can even help out in the kitchen.  A great training tool to teach our kids how to cook and in minimal time, without sacrificing their health.
I hope you are as inspired as I am. Here's to being healthy and to wholesome cheerful cooking that tastes good too!

Ames with Chef Michael Smith

My Autographed Cookbook
Fast Flavours 110 Speedy Recipes

Mushroom Quinoa Recipe

Ames' Favourite Mushrooms
Edamame, Vegetable Dumplings and Mushroom Quinoa

Chef Michaels Take on the Future of Food

Chef Michael Smith's Mushroom Quinoa

1 cup of quinoa
1 pound of your favourite mushrooms (thinly sliced)
1 1/4 cups of water
1 tablespoon of soya sauce

Rinse Quinoa in water, to remove the bitter coating.
Add mushrooms, quinoa and water  and soya sauce to a pot with a tight  lid. 
Cook for 30 minutes on a slow steady simmering heat med heat (You may need to adjust the temperature as you see fit. Do not remove the lid and remove from heat. Let stand for 5 minutes.
(I seasoned mine with more soya sauce and a hint of butter)

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