National Pie Day – went for a visit to yonder way to The Pie Hole
They had an assortment of savoury and unsavoury pies
Their vegetarian option was a Moroccan chickpea pie – more so a turn over but that really doesn’t matter
Fresh, flakey and delicious
Great service too. I wish I had bought a couple
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 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
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
National Chocolate Day
I scrambled about the kitchen trying to find a chocolate thing I haven’t ‘covered’ in my daily celebratory journey.
A Costco sized bag of bittersweet chocolate chips was all my cupboards had to offer.
It triggered a painful memory – Duncan once ate a whole bag of these by mousing his way into our bottom cupboard.
He dragged the bag into the living room and into his doggy bed, then ate his hearts delight, rolling about them like Scrooge McDuck in a swimming pool of gold coins.
He was in his glee.
We were in absolute horror.
He is 18 pounds.
The cocoa percentage was 80%.
Cocoa is a neurotoxin for dogs.
He got sick. He puked and puked and shook and shook. We were up all night. He quivered and was weak with illness.
And look who was ready to go for round 2 when I was photographing this handful ??
Special thanks to the random Instagram follower who felt the need to explain chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
So rather than reflect on that horrific night that we nearly lost little Duncan, I encourage everyone to revisit the highlight reel of chocolate themed holidays !
Like National Chocolate Cupcake Day!
…or National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
and National Chocolate Mousse Day
But don’t forget National Chocolate Truffle Day
National Chocolate Pudding Day!
National Nut Day
Although the peanut is a bean not a nut, I’ll shout it out today and acknowledge National Peanut Day wasn’t too long ago… nor was National Trail Mix Day...
We’ve had National Pecan Day, National Chocolate Almond Day, National Pistachio Day and National Walnut Day.
We’ve had so many National Peanut butter this or that days too count.
Needless to say, I’m nuts for nuts. Thank god I don’t have an allergy of any sort. I love my PB, my Nutella, my pecan pie, my cashew milk, my almond milk, my coconut anything.
So a great big Hip Hip Hooray to these guys and all they do
National Apple Day
Not the biggest fan of apples. Fortunately Christina had a few picked up to juice. They are great for that – throwing in a green juice with celery, cucumber kale and ginger…
Oh and Apples are good for scrolling through Pinterest and posting on WordPress 😉
I had no idea pierogis were spelled that way until today –National Pierogi Day
I barely recall ever eating pierogis before
I definitely have never made them before
Rather than get carried away with making dough and boiling potatoes, I bought some in the frozen section of Whole Foods
They are, simply put, potato filled dumplings.
The ultimate white people food.
White on white.
…These had cheddar in them which made them a little orange.
I boiled them from frozen for 5 minutes, then sprinkled salt and pepper on them.
There was something flesh-like about them, in colour and texture.
I ate five and felt full but malnourished.