Forgotten Passport!

Omg, what a morning and it’s only 6:23 am! Woke up before my alarm, was ready before my ride arrived. Very impressed with myself!

Almost at the airport I realize I forgot my passport! OMG! Turn around to get it, drive part way home, crap, won’t have time. It’s 5:40, flight leaves at 6:30, airport is 20 mins away if speeding. Call Xtine, the adult who lives in the basement.  No answer. Call Jared, he wakes up Xtine and while she is dressing he grabs my passport. I continue to airport to get in line.

I get to the airport, they’re pulling Calgary passengers out of the mob of people since we need to be through security right away. I get to the agent, can’t check in without a passport, she tells me that she has to cut off checking in, in 5 minutes. Omg! 5 minutes comes and goes. Then 8, then 10. I’m freaked out. It’s 6:10 when my passport arrives.  The agent calls to the gate for permission to check me in, the flight is currently boarding. She gets permission, although since I’m a late check-in my bags are tagged late and they won’t page me or wait for me. Flight is leaving at 6:30, I still have to clear security, she tells me she hopes she won’t see me again in 15 minutes to try and find me a new flight although it’s fairly likely she will. I run through the airport hair and coat flying, dashing around slow moving throngs of people that planned better and don’t need to rush.

The nice people in line at the security door let me bump ahead of them as do the people unloading their bags onto the conveyor since they hear the last call for my flight as I’m running up to them. I unpack my laptop, my liquids, remove my coat, go through the scanner. I beep. Really? Really? I take off my jewellery. Go through again. I beep. Take off my shoes. I beep. Are you freaking kidding me? I offer to strip, the security lady doesn’t laugh. Another last call for my flight. CRAP! She does the pat down. SLOWLY. I’m vibrating with adrenalin. She tells ms to stop fidgeting. I want to scream ‘freaking finish the pat down already!!’ She sends me to another guy to have my hands swabbed, he admonishes me for being a tardy traveller. I smile politely and tell him it wont happen again!

Swab over, I grab my bag, hurl in my laptop and liquids, grab my coat and purse and run through the terminal (thank goodness Kelowna is a small airport!!!) and people hear me behind them saying, ‘excuse me, pardon me, my flight is leaving’, and they fabulously jump out of my way.

I get to the gate. The gal smiles kindly at me and says “it’s ok, you made it. Another person that checked in on time hasn’t gotten on the plane yet and we can’t leave without him since his bags have already been loaded. We would have closed the gate by now although are waiting for him so that we don’t have to unload his bags”.

7:22 I go through the gate and wing a silent prayer to my late fellow passenger who is the reason I made my flight and text Xtine a huge thank-you for racing to the airport to bring me my passport!

6 hour beef jerky

This is SOOO quick and easy.  No thin slicing or long marinating!


  • 1/3 cup Coconut Amino’s (or Bragg’s for those that are Paleo Flexible – Braggs is gluten free soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp Epicure’s Montreal Steak Rub
  • 1 Tbsp Epicure’s Hummus Dip Mix
  • 1 tsp Epicure’s Cinco Pepper Blend
  • 2 – 3lbs of Extra Lean Ground Beef


Combine all ingredients.  Taking small bits of meat roll into rough balls and place all over your dehydrator trays (I’m using the flexible liners on my trays). Using wet hands press the ball flat between your hands, then place on the tray and press even flatter.  I have a 4 tray dehydrator and about 50% of the batch fit in at once.  They were dried only 5hrs after I turned it on!  The kids devoured 2 trays in only minutes.

I’ll be trying it with ground turkey in a week after I return from a vacation.

Quick Coconut Curry

I took out an Bottom Blade Roast today to make jerky, tore it apart to make strips and discovered it was too marbled, so I tossed it in the fridge for later.  I walked in the door at 5:20 and by 5:45 we were sitting down eating!
In your Epicure Wok:

  • 1 chopped onion, 4 cloves garlic, Coconut Oil

While that softens chop a bunch of beef into thin strips.  Add them to the the pan and cook 1-2 minutes, cover with a generous sprinkling of Epicure’s curry dip mix and a few grinds of your favorite salt.  Add one can of Coconut Milk and leave to simmer 10mins.

While your beef is cooking chop up some broccoli into florets and put them in your Epicure steamer for 2 mins.  Chop up a red pepper.

You’ve got time now while your sauce thickens so clean up your kitchen.  1 min before eating toss in your broccoli and red peppers.  I served mine over leftover acorn squash.

Quick Coconut Curry

Quick Coconut Curry

Best Rub EVER Ribs

This rub is so good it’s amazing even uncooked, just take the cooked ribs and dip into into it and eat.  You know how there are those rib ends with the soft bones and there is layer of divine meat on the outsides and that fatty icky layer in the middle with the small soft bones?  I pulled that meat layer off and pressed it into the rub mix and everyone in the house fell in love and was grabbing ribs and dunking them into the rub.  I can’t wait to try it on chicken wings too!!

I put my Pork Side Ribs on a parchment lined cookie sheet and put them in the oven at 350 for 1.5-2 hours.  Then I poured the fat off the cookie sheet and covered them in tintoil for another hour or so at 225 until they were falling off the bone.  I then pressed them into the rub mixture that was sitting on a plate and put them back in the oven for 10minutes.

Rub Mixture:  COMBINE & pour onto a plate:

  • 2 tsp garlic power (ideally grind your Epicure Minced garlic in your salt mill)
  • 2 tsp Epicure Toasted Onion
  • 2 tsp Epicure’s Cumin
  • 1 tsp Epicure’s Chipotle (they’ll have a just above mild kick, I used 2tsp for a fab heat kick)
  • 1 tsp Epicure’s Mild Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2-1 tsp Epicure’s Salt – pick your favorite & grind
  • 1/2 tsp Epicure’s 4 pepper blend – ground

This was adapted from Food Lovers Primal Palate, they have a fabulous cookbook, Make it Paleo.

Best Rub EVER Ribs

Best Rub EVER Ribs