Aaand… we’re back! What I have been up to for the last year

It has been way too long since I was last active on this blog and I really do hope you will forgive me. Last time I wrote, I was getting ready to pop out in a few weeks’ time. In fact, it was exactly one year ago that our lives changed inexorably… not once but twice.

When it looked like my second decided to make his appearance almost as late as his big brother, I did everything I could to avoid being artificially induced. Things like acupuncture, walking for miles and miles down Paris streets, and dancing a “labor dance” I found on YouTube (I really gave it all I got!)…

Then one day I finally felt that the end was near and walking around was getting distinctly uncomfortable. This turned out to be a certain Friday the 13th, the night of the terrorist attacks in Paris. That night I went to bed terrified that my little guy would try to make an appearance in the hours that followed. I knew that neither we nor our midwife could probably get to the maternity clinic in the current state of affairs, and besides there was no way I would leave my other kid and my mom at home until I knew the nightmare was over… Lo and behold, I ended up drifting off to sleep and woke up at 6 am with a contraction – he had waited!

Place de la République
Folks gathering to commemorate the events of 13 Nov 2015

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Roundup #2 from The Omnivorist

Welcome to the second edition of my roundup of news, views and recipes that I usually share on social media — hope you’ll find something in here that will be of interest!

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7 questions to ask for a peaceful birth

7 Questions to Ask for a More Peaceful Birth

I had seen the documentary The Business of Being Born when it first came out, meaning long before I had even given much thought to the idea of having children. In it Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein take a critical look at the highly medicalized state of childbirth in the US and take some time exploring the movement that defends gentler and more natural forms of bringing babies into the world, including bringing back the work of midwives and home births.

The film made its mark on me even back then, and I’d made a “note to self” to heed its message when the time came. Fast forward to three years ago to my first pregnancy, and I made sure to watch it again with my partner to make sure we would be on the same page. Continue reading 7 Questions to Ask for a More Peaceful Birth

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September Roundup from The Omnivorist

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Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew with crème fraîche garnish

Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew

Summer ended so abruptly this year that it felt like a rude visitor rushing out without saying a proper goodbye.  It didn’t help that we went on vacation quite late, meaning that by the time we got back it was already the first day of September and my kiddo was starting preschool – yikes! Plus the weather in Paris got decidedly chilly as soon as back-to-school season rolled around, like it was in a hurry to make sure we knew summer was definitively over. Continue reading Slow Cooker Mexican Beef Stew

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The Omnivorist’s Essential Podcasts (Part I)

While I’ve always loved the idea of being a loyal radio listener, it often turned out to be too hard to fit into my life. All the best stuff seemed to air when I was at work or otherwise indisposed. This was probably why I was such an early adopter of podcasts; here finally was the chance to hear radio shows on demand and the fact that it was over the Internet meant that you didn’t have to be limited to local (or heck, even national) stations. Continue reading The Omnivorist’s Essential Podcasts (Part I)

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Sweet Potato Rosemary Chips

I’m not big on kitchen gadgets these days. There was a time in my life when I was more enamored with them than I am now, and ironically that was also a time when I cooked much less. I was probably frustrated and taking it out on my pocketbook by splurging now and again on Amazon. Nowadays I try to be much more judicious about acquiring new items since I don’t have very much kitchen storage while at the same time I now have a fully functional kitchen that churns out regular meals for my little family. Continue reading Sweet Potato Rosemary Chips

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Is your breakfast costing you your health?

You may have seen the recent New York Times magazine article featuring what kids eat for breakfast around the world. I was so proud to see Turkey (my home country) being featured since well Turkish breakfast is one of those things that I think should be nominated for UNESCO status à la French gastronomy! That being said, my mouth was also watering at the sight of the Japanese breakfast with its miso soup, grilled salmon and rice (and I was in awe of the presence of natto, if not exactly craving it!). Continue reading Is your breakfast costing you your health?

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Slow Cooker Lamb Tajine

Slow Cooker Lamb Tajine

I often get asked about how to find grass-fed meat here in France, usually by expats who have lost their nutritional bearings when moving countries. There’s really no easy answer since organic does not at all guarantee that your meat will be exclusively pasture-raised; organic feed (comprised mainly of grains) is authorized and even prized by some producers as a badge of quality. Yeah, I know. Continue reading Slow Cooker Lamb Tajine

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