Yes. I made that bread. And it was easy.
It was National Home Made Bread Day and I got my bake on.
I found this recipe from the Minimalist Baker and went for it
- 1 1/2 cup warm water
- 3/4 Tbsp fast-acting yeast (~1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp)
- 2 Tbsp honey
- 1/2 tbsp salt
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour + more for rolling / dusting
- 2 Tbsp rolled oats
- 2 additional Tbsp of honey
Combine warm water, yeast, honey, salt, flax seed and flours in a large mixing bowl and stir. Knead and turn it in the bowl with your hands. Add flour until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides – about 3 3/4 cups total.
Cover and let rise for 2 hours at room temperature, knead some more, then allow another 2 hours rising in the pan.
Slash the bread 2 or 3 times with a knife, making a cut about ½-inch deep. Mix remaining honey with some hot water and brush onto top. Sprinkle and press oats on top of that.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees toward the end of the dough resting time and place a metal or cast iron pan (not glass, Pyrex, or ceramic) on the lowest oven rack with water in it.
Place bread loaf in oven on middle rack.
Bake the bread for 26 to 35 minutes, or until deep golden brown and risen.
Remove the bread from the oven and let rest till cool
I was so pleased with myself, I made a few more loaves and gave them to friends. Nothing feels so I-could-survive-an-apocalypse-now as baking a loaf of bread from scratch…. besides maybe hot wiring a car… and syphoning gas… and maybe piecing together a transistor radio…
Well whatever. The bread was great. Thanks for reading.
National Indian Pudding Day
My research proved that Indian Pudding typically involves dairy (grow-dy) and then vegan versions were all over the place.
So I totally went out on an offensive cultural appropriative limb and just made up my own based on what I saw going on
Using chia seeds, home made cashew milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and pistachios, I made my take on an Indian Pudding
Hope it’s not horrifying to everyone – the last thing I need is Indian Twitter calling me Becky ….
It was slimy and not really something I will do again, for the record
National Chicken Soup for the Soul Day
This a day to celebrate a book series compiled by two motivational speakers. They just took a bunch of other peoples stories and put ’em in between some gaudy covers and boom – net worth $60 Million.
Just shoot me
HIRE A GRAPHIC DESIGNER OH FOR THE LOVE OF JESUS LORD GOD
Anyway, I shan’t be celebrating these fools today.
I will be honouring real Chicken Soup for the Soul – chicken soup that doesn’t require the senseless murder of an innocent chicken.
I made lentil soup
You too, can make some Chicken Soup for the Soul! All you’ll need is:
- 1 onion
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 4 stalks of celery
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 head of broccoli
- 1/3 cup of quinoa
- 3 leafs of kale, diced
- 1/2 cup of lentils
- fresh cracked pepper
- 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne
And there you have it, Chicken Soup for the Soul, instead of Chicken Soup for the Soul-less… which you’d have to be to eat a little chicken
Awww National Vanilla Cupcake brought me to a new little place in Vancouver that I’d never been to- Fairy Cakes.
It was the sweetest little bake shop with an assortment of different vegan things
There was a true home made flavour to this tiny fella. It was just the right amount of sweetness and cakiness
It’s always nice to ‘get out of the house’ and go to a new neighbourhood and this was ‘icing on the cake’ 😉
National Cappuccino Day
In my later years, I’ve taken to ordering ‘lattes’ instead of ‘cappuccinos’, as I grew weary of snooty baristas explaining to me how it’s next to impossible to foam soy/almond/cashew/coconut milk.
Their struggle was too much for me to take.
So I just started ordering lattes so I wouldn’t have to listen to it.
(For the record, all it takes is a bit of focus and effort.)
But for National Cappuccino Day I went for it. At Turf. They make their own Walnut Milk. The French guy with the pony tail that works there not only didn’t faint on the spot, he even offered me a sample of the walnut milk before I committed as he feels like it is a very different flavour than other nut milks.
I gotta be honest – it came out more like a latte than a cappuccino
National Nacho Day
Can’t have nachos without the cheese, so busted out the Vitamix blender and made some crazy ass vegan cheese sauce – recipe as featured on Oh She Glows
My nacho cheese came out a lot more like this:
Not even orange.
But delicious nevertheless. I had some of my home made chilli sitting around, begging to be splayed over some tortilla chips
Added my misbegotten cheese sauce and some guacamole and I had myself a fine National Nacho Day!
National Donut Day
L. O. L
Jokes on you, National Holiday Calendar: EVERYDAY is National Donut Day!
Hell, it was National Donut Day on June 2nd as well
I kid you not
But I don’t care
I relish the opportunity to eat a donut and make a blog post about it
Went to good ol’ faithful dog friendly Cartems and sampled their vegan fare. This was their monthly feature “The Main”
National Sandwich Day got me like whoa
I’ve been growing my own sprouts on and off for years.
It’s really easy.
You get some sprouting seeds like alfalfa seeds or mung beans
Then you soak about a tablespoon of them over night in filtered water.
Then you strain and rinse, strain and rinse, strain and rinse.
Do that for like a 5 days.
And you get sprouts.
You’re like a little Farmer Brown in your very own kitchen.
Or living room.
Wherever you wanna store your sprouts.
Now my genius touch on the process is using a French Press. It makes it so easy for straining!
Anyway, back to National Sandwich Day.
I channelled my inner Sandwich Artist and layered some hummus, cucumber and sprouts on some flax seed whole wheat bread
National Vegan Day!
Why be vegan?
It’s good for you
It’s good for the environment
It’s good for animals
Some of my favourite Vegan feeding grounds in Vancouver are:
- Turf – ultra chic hipster deli (?) You order from the counter, you can get kombucha or walnut milk lattes and everything is vegan unless you ask for bison added to shit which is super weird .. they also sell fancy blankets and yoga mat sprays etc
- The Arbor – the artichoke sandwich (photo stolen from my friend Aimee’s Insta)
- Uma Luma – vegan ice cream
- Vegan Supply – that’s where I got this
- Heirloom – swanky vegetarian restaurant with swinging cocktails
- The Only Cafe – outrageously good cashew milk and then little delicious vegan cheesecake PLUS dog friendly !
- Virtuous Pie- how many “Stranger Wings” pizzas did I eat this year???
- Eternal Abundance
- Say Hello Sweets – vegan ice cream truck – toasted marshmallow is a personal fave
- Cartems donuts!
Going vegan in Vancouver was easy as (virtuous) pie!
National Oatmeal Day !!!
Oatmeal is the earliest cereal cultivated by man
Beta-Glucan is a fibre within this stuff that literally lowers cholesterol
That same fibre also lowers blood sugar levels
So good for you, but only good tasting once you douse it in brown sugar or maple syrup