“Swell” friends : More 60-Day Project Love & Yummies & thank heavens for good medical coverage.

My mother just keeps reveling in the birthday love – thanks to you! A hearty muchas gracias go out to the lovely and talented Robin of Robin in Reality and to everyone’s favourite Swell Vegan, A-K!

Robin sent my mother a gorgeous handmade scarf, huckleberry tea from her native Montana and a beautiful card. Cookzine writer A-K sent her the most delectible homemade raw goodies! And have you seen how cute she looks showing off her new Swell cookzine? She’s being added to the Vegan-Cutie Hall Of Fame fo sho! She’s selling these little babies for only 3USD! 5USD for we freaky European kids. I can’t wait to make every one of those recipes – and eat it all – that Spicy Tahini Stew sounds really good right now…


And now for the Yummies! This Maple Flax Loaf was a pre-Lenten test recipe for 500 Vegan Recipes. So simple and so delicious. Miam! It was as delicious as it was beautiful!


I know the blogger police should arrest me for such a terrible flashy picture, but I’d get myself off the hook when I offered the coppers one of these heavenly Quince Chewies Cookies. If you’re at all familiar with Celine’s blog, than you know she is the cookie queen, and these babies will not disappoint! (Hey, I took the darn photo back in February when it was dark outside at 4pm!). 500 Vegan Recipes is of course going to be rocking your tastebuds! Don’t forget to sneak a peak at the Flickr Pool for eye-candy galore!

I know that I’m oh-so-behind on blog reading and emails. I’m sorry, kids, but after trying to fight a stupid sinus infection without drugs (because I hate the drugs!), I finally caved and sought medical treatment (mostly because I couldn’t fight anymore). Thanks to my tenacity stubbornness I also won two free cases of bronchitis and laryngitis. Yippie!

Would you believe that up until Spring of 2007 (when I moved to this humidisville) I’d never had a sinus infection in my life? I seem to be getting the infection of the century once in the Autumn and once in the Spring. I do live in a very humid area – near the largest forest in France (and one of the largest in Europe), but still! 800mg of antibiotics every morning plus cortisone (yuck – Shellyfish no likey) plus a bunch of other meds should be making me feel better soon. I’d actually be in bed, I want to be in bed, but the cortisone has me wired like a crazy vegan warriorfish and though my eyes and brain are very tired, I can’t sit still.

I do need to say, however, that I am so thankful for our medical system here in France. My generalist was out Wednesday so I called the “traveling doctors” and though it took a few hours, I had a doctor in my home at 11 p.m. He even gave me cortisone right then to help ease my ickyness until morning when I could get to the pharmacy. Oh, and it cost 23E, 22 of which will be reimbursed by Social Security. Next morning at the pharmacy everything was covered, and I didn’t need to pay a centime.

While it’s true that people in larger cities or who chose to go to private clinics may have a slight edge, health care is not considered a “product” or a “privilege” here – it is the basic right of every human being. My little family has had some financial close-calls this year, but never once have we had to “budget” a doctor visit or wait before refilling a prescription – an absurd reality I know so many families face.

I just think that kicks ass.

I’m done now.

30 thoughts on ““Swell” friends : More 60-Day Project Love & Yummies & thank heavens for good medical coverage.

  1. Sorry you’re sick, S! (I’ve just been re-stricken myself, though not with a sinus infection.)

    And your mom commented on my blog and thanked me for the treats – so sweet!

  2. Just like in Michael Moore’s Sicko?? I remember he featured France’s travelling doctors. I agree, nothing makes you more grateful for free universal health care like getting sick! I live in Canada and I had a really bad eye infection in January. The nation’s best Eye Institute is here in Ottawa and I was given immediate, round-the-clock care by some top ophthalmologists. I was so grateful for health care at that time. I don’t think i can ever grumble about paying taxes again!

  3. Sorry to hear that you’re not well, hope you’ll get better soon.
    Quince cookies sounds delicious. And the maple bread sounds really healthy and sweet too.

  4. So sorry you were sick! Ever since seeing Michael Moore’s movie Sicko I’ve been extremely impressed with/ jealous of France’s health care system.

    That maple flax bread looks heavenly. Pretty much anything with maple syrup is a winner in my book!

  5. I hope you’re on the mend, sinus infections can be wicked! The quince cookies would definitely get you off the hook here. I need to get the book for that recipe since I get a glut of quince each year.

  6. Thank you for all the awesome book recommendations, Shelly! My cookbook list is getting longer and longer by the minute! 🙂

    You’re so sweet! I would love to come over for tea and giggles! I’ll bring the tea, you’ll bring the quince cookies, and little Guppy will bring the giggles! 🙂

  7. Yay for the 60-Day Project! Those gifts sound wonderful. Also wonderful–those cookies! And maple-flax bread! But not so wonderful–sinus infections Bleccch. It’s the same here in TO–I never had one till I moved here. It’s the humidity, for sure. Here’s hoping you’re back to your ole self asap. (And eat lots of garlic!) 😉

  8. Hey Shel – I’m so sorry you are so very under the weather. I’ve been there too…when we moved to Virginia I had one sinus & ear & eye infection after another. I turned up allergic to several of the antibiotics during those years. The best advice I ever got was from several different doctors: 1. Eat hot & spicy food…anything that will get your nose running; 2. Irrigate your sinuses (regularly)…not fun, but hey it works; 3. Get an allergy work up…you will be healthier if your body isn’t always inflamed.

    You made an absolutely lovely Maple flax loaf and did a great job on shaping it. You have developed into quite a wonderful baker!

    I hope you feel better soon!

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

  9. Maple flax loaf sounds amazing! And the Quince Cookies look so moist and delicious 🙂 Sorry you’re not feeling well. I hope the meds kick in and you’re feeling like your old self in no time.

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