I know there are people in Dawson who eat healthy in the summer—having barbecues, fishing, berry picking and hitting the farmers' market every Saturday.
I, on the other hand, am a bartender, which means that I rarely wake before noon. I brunch until 2 p.m. and don't usually think about dinner until I am stuck at work and the grocery store is closed anyways.
So, I eat out a lot. While we do have some great spots to eat in Dawson, by this point in the season I have eaten at every restaurant at least 10 times and am just craving something wholesome.
I recently commiserated with fellow service-industry workers about staff meals (totally appreciated, but still super heavy and not usually very healthy) and the gross things you fix yourself from what's on hand at work when you're hungry or just bored (the olive-and-maraschino buffet, Tabasco on hickory sticks with a squeeze of lime, whipped cream with a spoon).
You know that hot artichoke dip we serve at Bombay Peggy's that you love so much? Well, I love it too. And I, unfortunately, have access to the entire supply...
I tried the approach of overeating it, hoping I would feel sick and never want it again. It didn't work; it just made me more addicted.
It's not that we don't want to eat well, or try to—the friends I have in Dawson are some of the best cooks I have ever known—it's just the nature of summer here. We have to work as much as we can, and also feel pressed to enjoy the weather and all the fun times.
So, while we are only at home to sleep, the groceries are spoiling in our refrigerators and we just don't have time to cook.
Now that it's past Labour Day, things are slowing down, and I found myself at home last night and forced myself to stay there, although my FOMO (fear of missing out) was majorly flaring up.
I am glad I resisted, though. I ended up having a lovely evening-in with friends, cooking, eating, drinking wine and catching up leisurely.
With the gross super-flu that has been going around town the last couple of weeks, I have been trying with all my might to stay healthy. I wanted to make something nourishing and nutritious.
Naturally, I thought of one of my favourite foods: soup!
This recipe is effortless and comes together quickly. It is hearty without being heavy, and I served it with a big bowl of roasted sweet potatoes, because I hadn't eaten anything orange in a long time.
I like to make my own broth, but you can certainly use a pre-made broth. I used some leftover coarse bulgar, which looked beautiful and has a great nutty flavour and a chewy texture, but brown rice or any other coarse grain would work just as well.
If you caught the gross super-flu, this soup might be the perfect remedy to help get you back on your feet. If not, it could be just the thing to keep you healthy.
Allie Haydock is a graduate of culinary skills at George Brown College in Toronto. She lives and cooks in Dawson City.