April 19th

theresa albert - my friend in food


Seven of Spades and My Pantry


Not sure if you remember, but a few weeks ago I accused Theresa Albert of trying to kill me. I think I may have been a little hasty in my proclamation. You see, this week Theresa and I are on the same page. So maybe, just maybe I over reacted during the Queen of Spades week.

Up until one year ago I spent 8 years living on a sail boat in Vancouver. I had some storage space in my galley (boat name for kitchen), but most of my canned goods were kept in the locker (boat name for storage space). These were small areas, under the settee cushions (boat name for couch). Access wasn’t hard, it just wasn’t easy. When we made the big move to land, I had a few requirements – a master bedroom that could house a king sized bed (my husband and I had spent 8 years sharing a bed smaller than a double). A dishwasher (these hands deserved a break) and a pantry. I have all three.

If you come to my house and look in my pantry the first thing you will notice is the apparent disarray. As we know one person’s chaos is another’s systematic order. There is a rhyme and reason, only apparent to me.

The other thing you will notice are the cookies. I will be honest here; they are used for my newest weapon in my parenting arsenal – bribery. Other than that, my pantry has the usual suspects; coffee, flour, sugar, needed items. I have no premade pasta sauce, like Theresa advises, I make my own and have done so for years. I chose to purchase only whole wheat pasta (my kids have eaten nothing else at home and my husband is slowly coming to terms with it). I have cans of tuna and salmon that I use in my salads. I also have some marinated artichoke hearts, but they have been with me through two boats and now a house. It might be time to get a new jar and actually use it.

Believe it or not, I also have kimchi. My husband and I love the taste. A friend once described it as tasting like “old leather shoes”. Having never tasted a shoe before, I can’t verify that assertion. What I can say is that the flavour is unique and since I enjoy spicy foods and tastes, I have no issue with kimchi.

While I have never known much about sodium, I have made attempts in my past to limit my intake. I don’t know why I did this, just seemed the right thing to do when I began reading the labels. Also when you have kids, one does tend to become aware of these things.

And so I find this week’s challenge, not a challenge. Rather it is a confirmation that I am on the right path. In fact, so far I think I am doing pretty well by Ace Your Health standards. So I ask myself, where have I gone wrong? Why am I carrying a muffin top around with me? I know the answer will be revealed and I have a sneaking suspicion of where I have made errors. But time will tell. In the meantime, I am headed to the kitchen to prepare dinner. Chili anyone?



Heather Lochner is a mother to two wonderful and energetic children and a freelance writer. Together with her children, husband and dog, she has recently relocated to Toronto after spending 15 years on the West Coast – many of which were spent living aboard her sailboat. Heather loves to exercise but always finds a reason to sit on the couch. While she knows carrots, whole wheat pasta and lean meat are good to eat, Heather loves to munch on a burger, chicken wings and poutine. Heather loves to cook, but is notorious for ruining every batch of chocolate chip cookies. She looks forward to seeing what’s in the cards during this Ace journey....www.heatherlochner.com


One Response

    March 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm Reply

    You are on the right path – it’s all about taking little steps and indeed you are doing just that. Keep up the great work.
    ps your pantry looks so tidy. Im impressed.

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