Day 78 – March 19th

Today was pretty hilarious.
Which worked out great, as it was National Let’s Laugh Day!

I spotted this gem of a sweat shirt in a shop window on 4th Avenue and, naturally, had to try it on.

   

It was 179$, which was no laughing matter, so change rooms selfies were all that were procured.

If you have all kinds of money to blow on basic graphic print sweaters that are probably 14$ at cost, knock yourself out  here

Next up, celebration wise, was National Chocolate Caramel Day.
Luckily for me, my little sister Claire sent me a care package that included a Cadbury Caramilk Bar.

It was sickly sweet.

Meg helped me eat some, but I ate most. I don’t think I’ve eaten a full chocolate bar in a long time – makes my teeth hurt.

Now, circling back to Let’s Laugh Day.

My friend Kathleen’s coworkers had conspired to have a surprise birthday party at Catfe, a Cat Cafe for her on this day.
But then she made some pretty important unbreakable plans with a friend from out of town that they couldn’t manoeuvre around so the staff had to reconfigure the plan.
The result was bringing someone’s cat to the regular cafe that she manages to surprise her.

This is pretty hilarious when you think that she would never know, at the time of the ‘surprise’, that the original plan was to go to Catfe.

I felt one cat wasn’t enough, so Meg and I painted cat noses and whiskers on everyone so we could also be considered cats and then we hid under tables while one of Kathleen’s employees called her in feigned panic that she forgot her key to lock up the shop.

Kathleen showed up to lock up the shop and we all did the whole turn-on-the-lights-yell-surprise thing. She was, as one would imagine, quite surprised. Both because of the loud yelling and lights, but also that there were a bunch of people dressed like cats and one real cat in the coffee shop after hours.

I hope everyone keeps their jobs! Happy (early) Birthday, Kathleen!

 

 

 

 

Day 77 – March 18th

The day after St. Patrick’s Day is National Sloppy Joe Day

My understanding of a Sloppy Joe is a bunch of hamburger (?) meat (?) in tomato sauce, stuffed into a bun.

That is something I will never ever ever eat because ground beef is the most disgusting thing I can think of  ( I barfed up spaghetti bolognese when I was about 8 and then slipped in it – my dad had to put me in the shower with my clothes on… never again, beef, never again)

Traumatic memories from It Takes Two starring Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen also was a key player in my distain

Anywho I decided to do my usual internet search of vegetarian/ vegan versions, survey a few to get the gist, and made my own version which involves quinoa and sweet potato

Here it goes, to the best of my memory:

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 sweet potato
  • olive oil (enough to sauté the aforementioned vegetables)
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 4 tablespoons chilli powder
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • long, flowing, unrestrained squirt of ketchup
  • long, flowing, unrestrained squirt of Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Kim Kardashian Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1  cup of TruRoots Sprouted Lentil Trio (sprouted green, brown & black lentils)
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • Kaiser buns
  • avocado
  • fresh jalapeños

Finely dice the first 6 ingredients and add them to a large heated pot with olive oil.
When softened,  add the spices. When fully coated, add the next 8  ingredients.


Stir occasionally and potentially add more water as the lentils and quinoa take form.
When lentils are no longer crunchy and all water is evaporated / absorbed, scoop generous amounts onto kaiser buns. Garnish with avocado & fresh jalapeños.

They were great. I now see why Ashley Olsen’s character was so taken with them.