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22 May, 2015

My summer cycling resolution

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

For the past few years I’ve been trying to challenge myself on my birthday in some way: via terrifying roller coasters and arduous hikes. In my book, there is no better way to celebrate another year of living than by pushing one’s boundaries. This is why I decided that I wanted to bike to Carleton Place with […]

09 Jan, 2015

About happiness and self-improvement

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I know what you’re thinking. OH GOD. Not another post about New Year’s/Happiness/Resolutions. I know. There’s a lot of this stuff floating around out there but I can’t help myself. It’s something I’ve been thinking a lot lately because I’ve been taking steps to get my life in order. Funny, as I write that I […]

The human body never ceases to amaze me. If you repeat the tiniest of physical actions, you will get better at them. Take for example, brushing your teeth with your left hand. If you’re right-handed, and you try it with your left, you’ll find it really awkward at first but the more do you it, […]

07 Nov, 2014

Tacos. Why do they have to be so meaty all the time?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Awhile back I had an hamburger-related epiphany. I asked myself, self, do you like hamburgers or not? I decided I liked sharing a great dinner with friends and family. And I liked the act of eating a burger: something hot and delicious that doesn’t need a knife and fork. I liked the toppings too. But when […]

26 Aug, 2014

Drooling as I type

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Meals under 400 calories|Recipes and Food

Looking for a new recipe to try? This one is a keeper, and I’m actually looking forward to the leftovers! This is a Thai Tofu Quinoa Bowl from Chatelaine. You can grab the recipe right here. I used slightly less quinoa, and I didn’t have quite enough ginger, but WHOA nelly… is it ever good. It’s […]

22 May, 2014

I can’t stop eating this chickpea salad

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

This was today’s Daily Lunches dish and I wanted to share it here because it was The Perfect Lunch. The original recipe came from here, but I made a few small changes. I cut the whole recipe in half. It still made plenty! I added some finely diced red onion in place of the green […]


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The #dailylunches project – 1000 lunches and counting

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's the latest:

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Click the photo for details: what it is, where I ate it (if it's worth a mention!) and how to cook it (if there happens to be a recipe). You can also read more about this project right here.

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