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Good Monday to ya! Ate some yummy food this weekend, wanna share a family recipe with you. From Lisa, Amber’s step-mum, a tasty way to eat yer greens:

  • spicy broccoli rabe (aka rapini) recipe
  • take the brocolli and wash and then cut off the stems. i usually do this in a generous chunk as the stems are tough and bitter. i also then cut the tops with the partial stems into only 2 pieces. it has been my experience that if you cut them smaller, with the steaming they are way too small to grab with fork.
  • get a saute pan, pour in a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil.
  • put in like 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of garlic, heaped. i use the minced garlic from a bottle. it is really good and saves on the time factor. allow that to start to cook.
  • quickly add chili pepper flakes, again i go bold.
  • then the brocoli,  then with tongs, move it all around so that it gets coated with the olive oil and deliciousness of the chilis and garlic
  • once it is all coated and starting to wilt a tad, add some water/broth, not much as you are not looking for a sauce but to steam.
  • cover. i use foil paper if the saute pan is really large.
  • how long you steam for will be a personal preference. sometimes i steam off the heat so that it is less “hot” while it steams. this will be the trial and error/fun part for you.
  • pick it out with the tongs and serve.
  • serve either hot or at room temperature.

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the show in Montreal last night! We had a lovely time and then got silly at Copa. At the Break of Don and Modernboys Moderngirls were excellent! Thanks also to CKUT, the keen Divan Orange staff (espesh’ Sebastien the sound person) and Passovah! Here’s hoping that Miles and Nat both got home OK last night- y’all are the best!

If anyone is hurting this morning or would like to detox a bit, may we suggest brewing some of Jae Steele’s Tumeric Ginger Tea (from Get It Ripe) or try this version– just add a few twists of black pepper for good measure!

Photos below: drinking with the enemies, post show, at Copa where Erin and Amber have been watering since they were 17.

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Not enough quality SLEEP?


We brought you SNAKE JUICE.  Arthur Mag wants you to try their sickness fighter so you can rock as long as Mick.  Stay tuned for a TURMERIC TEA recipe that’s bound to keep you on your feet. 



Apple Ginger Mint Juice

2 apples, chopped (I recommend Fuji, but use whatever you want)
1 heaping tablespoon ginger paste (found at most Indian grocery stores, helps with consistency)
1 handful chopped mint (cheaper if you grow it yourself, great in the summer)
1 teaspoon Maca Powder (If you’re into that sort of thing…)
1 big squeeze of lemon juice
2 cups orange juice (or substitute part water until liquidy enough to fit your taste)
1 cup ice

Blend it all together – and voila! Your immune system will be better equipped to fight anything that crosses its path.


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What do you do with a scurvy pirate?  Make them walk the plank!

What do you do with a scurvy pirate? Make them walk the plank!

Another way to erradicate scurvy in the high seas is lime juice.  And to make it more palatable (and most definitely more fun to drink), gin was thrown into the mix.  These two ingredients make up the traditional gimlet.  My gimlet recipe, adapted from a 70s Seagrams party book, still manages to shiver me timbers!


(makes two)

2½ ounces gin

1 ounce triple sec

1 ounce each lemon & lime juices

simple syrup to taste

shake in a mixer with ice, strain into glass

garnish with either a lime wedge, or one green & one red maraschino cherry

And now, one of my favourite pirate sounding songs (not the official video):

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…Adapted from a couple of different recipes, including a good one in the book “Raw Vegetable Flesh” . This is good for curing a cold in a coupla days or for preventing an on-coming cold.
Put all of this in a pot:
– Fill a pot with six cups of cold water (filtered wouldn’t hurt).
– Grab 1 washed lemon, cut it into quarters, then squeeze the juice into the pot. Throw in the rinds/squeezed out bits in after it.
– Slice up two peeled garlic cloves and toss ’em in.
– Cut up some fresh ginger for good measure. Two healthy slices should do’er. Or cut up a whole finger for extra spicy healing.
– Add cayenne pepper if you’d like. Like three good shakes.

Boil together for 5 minutes and then strain. Serve with honey to taste (or none at all). Drink 2 to 3 cups a day. It’s good to heat the stuff up before drinking it.

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