August 30 – Day 242

National Toasted Marshmallow Day was brought to you by Dandie’s Vegan Marshmallows (that’s right, marshmallows have gelatine, a derivative of animal skin and bones *gag* and therefore are not vegetarian ) 

I was able to score a stick off the side of the road (if it wasn’t for the side of the road I wouldn’t have anything), poke a marshmallow on top and light ‘er up off my gas range oven… indoors!

She burned absolutely beautifully and tasted glorious

I kept it simple and ate it straight off the street stick. No regrets.

August 29 – Day 241

Months ago… which feels like years ago, I was walking Duncan along a the Arbutus Greenway where there lives a community garden. A place I always internally remark as a ‘thing I should do someday’ which I will never do.

There was a bin of sorts with a “Take as much as you like” sign on it and long branches and sprigs of bay leaf in it

I grabbed several stickfuls and brought them home and let them dry out

I’ve thrown them in soup, chilli, curry, and pasta …because I literally have no idea what they actually taste like and have thousands on hand

For National More Herbs Less Salt Day, I thought I’d bust them out and use them in the chilli I made as meal prep for the week that lay ahead

 It went as usual, I threw them in the pot and the chilli tasted delicious. Who can say if it is the bay leaves, all or any of the other ingredients, or sheer talent ?

I also tried burning them as one burns sage or incense … and didn’t get much out of the ordeal

 

August 18 – Day 230

Oooh so this one is a bit of a cop out slash cheat but the bar I work at has a new menu item – Tofu Lettuce Wraps

T’was National Fajita Day and sautéed veggies and tofu and a wrap is pretty fajita-y to me !
I had work (as usual it seems) and managed to wolf this between slinging beers, mixing cocktails and running food ! It has been crazy there lately !

It’s not much to look at and the lighting is pretty terrible but it definitely served it’s purpose today!

July 31 – Day 212

Holy guacamole it’s National Avocado Day 

Avocado is my favourite food, hands down

I know it’s a fruit but I don’t think of it that way – what kinda fruit tastes good with garlic?? Besides tomatoes, I mean

To be even more specific, it’s actually a berry – how weird is that?

I was blessed to have several ripe and ready to go avocados for my photographing and eating pleasure

 

These guys went well with my baked beans and tofu scramble breakfast…. and just a drizzle of Sriracha

 

Like how gorgeous is that?

I motion to make National Avocado Day a civic holiday or whatever it takes to be an official day off work and school!

 

Day 208 – July 27

It wasn’t until Christina, Daniel and I were all sitting around the dinner table, mowing down on our chilli dogs and Daniel pontificated, ‘this is a little weird eating two foods that are usually meat, both in vegetarian format’, had it occurred to me.

My default setting has been meat free for so long, I couldn’t relate to the having that thought process whatsoever. I can’t remember the last time I had a real meat hot dog. Maybe 2000? And meat chilli- forget about it, I’m not sure I’ve ever had chilli with meat in it in my life.

On National Chilli Dog Day, Christina and I conspired to stew up a pot of vegan chilli and put Daniel on vegan hot dog grilling duty

We whipped up a chilli by combining:

  • onion
  • garlic
  • peppers
  • celery
  • can diced tomatoes
  • tomato sauce
  • black beans
  • chickpeas
  • corn
  • chili powder
  • chili pepper flakes
  • chipotle
  • salt
  • pepper
  • quinoa
  • peanut butter
  • roasted sweet potato

Once the batch was complete, we assembled on to our veggie dogs and garnished with some vegan sriracha mayo, green onion, avocado,  and cilantro

 

Day 206 – July 25

July 25th marked two very dairy laden holidays – National Wine and Cheese Day as well as National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

I managed to navigate my vegan way around these despite being far from  vegan-coddling Vancouver quite well!

Christina took us to Gruchy’s Beach, just outside of Terrace

It was only half warmish and the water was most definitely cold, so we just had a restful lay down in the sun while Duncan explored the shoreline and other people cooler contents.

Christina and I had Hot Fudge Sundaes for lunch – I got Cashew Dream ice cream in Cinnamon Cookie Dough flavour, doused it in Coconut whipped cream, hot fudged and sprinkles. Finished with a cherry and some bananas

A truly nutritious lunch indeed

In the evening, when Christina’s fiancee Daniel and the rest of the Kitimat Gang got off work, we went for a canoe down the river

 

I was blessed to have a little seat in the middle, with Duncan on my lap and a beer in my hand.

When we got home, it was time to celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day We had quite the spread including vegan cream cheese, hummus, assorted crackers and breads

We wailed on these snacks and watched What We Do In The Shadows and laughed our asses off

Day 192- July 11

Fast and dirty National Blueberry Muffin Day !

I took this holiday as an opportunity to celebrate one of the little everyday things. Blueberry muffins are pretty much in any cafe or bakery you pass.
I rarely pick them up but I like them. Being able to grab a muffin quickly has saved me from many hanger attacks in the past

I picked up a mixed berry kamut vegan muffin and brought it home. My friends had dropped off some fresh blueberries earlier this week and they really enhanced the photo shoot

I thought the muffin photographed beautifully but Kamut is a hard grain to get behind when you’re trying to muffin- it was pretty dry and cough-inciting, not gonna lie.

 

Day 185 – July 4

National Independence from Meat Day?

Nah, man, for me, it’s  Independence from Meat LIFE

That shit is disgusting.

For supper, I whipped up a burrito bowl of sorts:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 roasted sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • mixed pepper, diced
  • 1/2 zucchini, diced
  • 3 button mushrooms, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 jar of Salsa

Prepped the quinoa, roasted the sweet potatoes and then sautéed the remaining. Topped it with some diced avocado and

Bang- a -rang!

Meat free independence accomplished

Day 176 – June 25

So I have to admit – whenever I think of ‘strawberry parfait‘ I actually picture Prince singing it to the tune of ‘Raspberry Beret’

As National Strawberry Parfait was lurking around the corner on my calendar, this song was in my head more oft than not the past few days

I ‘whipped’ one up, quite easily with stuff I had on hand!
Thank heavens I didn’t have to make a grocery store trip, money’s tight and the guy that works at Safeway drives me crazy – my Kitsilano readership knows who I’m talking about 😉

Anyway- I grabbed a mason jar and layered the following:

  • graham crumbs
  • strawberries, not Driscoll brand, boycott those, diced
  • Cool-Whip

That was it.

I’ll, again, admit my surprise that Cool- Whip isn’t the grossest thing ever. I really always thought it was so incredibly gross, but it really isn’t so bad. Must be getting old and ‘settling’.

Day 168 – June 17

I vegetables make up the majority of my diet. Right after peanut butter.

I thought I’d share with you my recipe for the soup I whipped up on this blessed  National Eat Your Vegetables Day 

You will need the following

  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion (red or white or yellow, whatevs)
  • vegetable stock or bouillon cube
  • 1 can dices tomatoes
  • 1 cup lentils (mixed or commit to just one)
  • 1/3 cup quinoa
  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cauliflower
  • red cabbage
  • bay leaf/ves
  • cumin
  • oregano
  • chili flakes
  • paprika

Sautee diced garlic and onion in olive oil in a large pot. Once soft, combine everything else. Let simmer and you have soup.