National Eggnog Day
I hate the shit that comes in the carton every Christmas season – vegan or na… bleck
This year I had a sort of a frozen chai version of eggnog
Combined coconut milk ice cream, rum, almond milk, vanilla and chai spice
Garnish with mint and a sprinkle of nutmeg and clove
For National Oatmeal Muffin Day, I whipped up a batch of ‘my’ muffins.
By ‘my’ muffins, I mean, I didn’t really follow a recipe, I just followed my heart
This batch involved flax seed, peanut butter, oats, salt, baking soda, OAT MEAL, chocolate chips, salt, maple syrup, slivered almonds … the usual vegan suspects
They turned out pretty good !
National Maple Syrup Day
This should be a Canadian National Holiday in which school and stuff is closed down, but I’m guessing due to it’s proximity to Christmas, that ain’t happening any time soon
I usually buy two things of Costco maple syrup a year – I put it in all my baking … and I guess I bake enough to go through this much, twice a year :
Two litres seems crazy when I think about it. Best not dwell. Here is a photo still from my boomerang I posted of pouring some on Instragram
December 13 is National Hot Cocoa Day
Nabbed myself a coconut milk hot cocoa from a nearby coffee shop. The barista went through great pains to make a beautiful latte tulip design, but FILLED THE JESUS THING TO THE BRIM LEAVING ME NO CHOICE BUT TO SPILL THE BITCH ALL OVER THE GOD DAMN SAUCER WHEN I PICKED IT UP
JUST LOOK AT IT! What a nightmare.
This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was purchased at a kiosk at the Granville Island Market and the gulls didn’t manage to grab it away from me while trying to take a photo, so that’s a win for the good guys
It was lack lustre, but prompted me to reflect on all the other cookies I’ve had this year, in celebration.
So for National Cookie Day, take some time to peruse the selection of cookie themed blog posts:
National Pecan Cookie Day
National Sugar Cookie Day
National Peanut Butter Cookie Day – recipe included!
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – heart warming story included
National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – recipe included
NATIONAL OREO DAY omg – this post was a doozy
Bought a pear for National Pear Day
It was perfectly ripe, albeit a little scathed from it’s travel
Not nearly as fun as National Pears Saint Helene Day
As I ruminate on mason jars for National Mason Jar Day, I come to terms with the fact that I’m a lot like that little old lady from the Franks Hot Sauce commercial
“I put that shit on everything”
Except with mason jars, like, it’s more so like “I put everything in that shit”
Sorta the same.
Soup, beer, kombucha, peanut sauce, water, cocktails, ice coffees, painting supplies, pencils, green juice, green tea, chilli, urine samples… the list is endless
I salute you, John Landis Mason, for creating these sons of bitches, though I have a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that a man invented these, no offence.
National Rice Cake
The food I always forget about but honestly think is great
I generally go for the brown rice cakes, when I am eating them for real (like with hummus and avocado, or with PB & banana), but for this holiday, I went ‘crrrazzzzyy’ by getting some dill pickle flavoured rice cake chips
Pure salt and MSG no doubt
But I’ll be damned if they didn’t take a mean photo
Being National French Toast Day meant …
…French Toast !!!!!
100% vegan – 100% homemade! I used my super duper fancy domestic goddess vegan whole wheat flax bread then made a concoction based on what varying parties on the internet said to do
Nothing seemed ‘quite right’ so I had to go with my ‘gut’ :
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 3/4 cup of almond/cashew/coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- dash cinnamon
- dash nutmeg
- Whole wheat bread
- berries & coconut for garnish
Combine the first 8 things into a pasty solution. Dip bread. Fry. When golden brown, remove and garnish
This was totally fine but very smooshy and gooshy. I would definitely put forth more effort next time finding a recipe that has had positive feed back and then not make up something I know nothing about, in the future
National Cashew Day
You don’t even know how much I love cashews. They are the best nut. Creamy and kind of soft and and they make great milk and delicious cheese alternative and I don’t know what I would do without them
The only drawback is the price point.
BUT if you think about how much effort goes into growing these fuckers, you’d realize they are a steal of a deal … takes THREE years to make one. Nuts!
Also, look how weird they are when they grow- they have their own ‘apples’
For National Cashew Day this year, I made some vegan Mac and cheese by soaking some cashews and blending them with nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon
No, it’s not a real macaroni noodle, it’s a rigatoni again
it’ not real cheese either