September 12 – Day 255

Haven’t had Ants On A Log is at least 100 years

Peanut butter on Celery + raisins

 

Sounds ridiculous

Strangely delicious

This National Ants On A Log Day I ate about four logs and recalled my Aunt Kate, when I was a child, encouraging me to try peanut butter on celery, and that if I did, I would never go back to Cheeze Whiz on celery.

It’s one of those strange, crisp and concise memories you have no absolutely no reason.

I did, in fact, go right back to Cheeze Whiz as my preferred celery condiment, but as an adult, I’d be hard pressed to put Cheeze Whiz on something if my life depended on it.

September 4 – Day 248

I’m a lackadaisical vegan, especially when it comes to some national food holidays that are just too annoying to reroute around

National Cheese Pizza Day was one such day so I just took it as it was.
This was mainly because we were in Kelowna where my uncle Bob, who’s famous on TripAdvisor for dropping so much wisdom in his reviews, claims has the best pizza in CANADA.

Yes, in ALL of CANADA

So we had to check it out

Bordellos was the place – an Italian restaurant with pasta, wood fired pizzas and pickle back shots on the menu. Classy

It was full of university aged kids with lip piercings and weird haircuts

We ordered the Margherita because that to me is a cheese pizza with a few leaves tossed on there. Totally counts.

There was a lot of hype over this pizza and it didn’t not live up to it

But we couldn’t figure out if it was the best pizza we’d ever had

This is because we really think all pizza is good

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 27 – Day 239

Welcome to National Banana LOVERS Day

If you don’t love Bananas, GTFO

Also if you were looking for regular National Banana Day, click here (.. and that was like 130 days ago,  weirdo)

So healthy
So portable
So good with chocolate, peanut butter, and or ice cream…

…and so beautiful

Real bananas have curves

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!

 

July 28 – Day 209

National Milk Chocolate Day I was in transition from one side of the country to the other with my little Duncan in tow

My first flight was delayed a couple hours causing a domino effect on all my connectors making my trek home unnecessarily long and aggravating

Hey Air Canada – you guys definitely needs some sensitivity training to go down for your staff because y’all ridiculous when it comes to handling Emotional Support Animals.

Every leg of my (delayed) journey, I encountered a new, more ignorant Air Canada agent than the last, telling me a different, false, directive about Duncan.

Before I start, though,  shout out the hilarious customer service desk agent I approached when my first flight was delayed to try and sort out my new flights that I was most definitely going to miss.

“Oh planes can make up time in the air”
Two hours? Yes by.

Anyway, back to the ESA cluenlessness.

He’s not allowed on board without “Pet” on my boarding pass (nope- it says MEDA, that’s what he is; a medical aide), he’s not allowed to touch the ground/floors, must be carried (nope, he’s a medical aide so if he was a Retriever or Great Dane what would I you have me do?), he’s not allowed on the unoccupied seat next to me (wasn’t a problem the last leg of the trip), he must be in a kennel (again, not the case, the whole reason he is registered as an ESA is to circumvent the kennel), he has to have an official Emotional Support Animal vest on (was never told that first nor last from the Medical desk at Air Canada, who gave me the official list of directives which I followed to a T).

The last one is my favourite ‘attack’, because it was in the middle of Pearson airport and she had nothing to do with my voyage. She was literally pushing an old Sikh man gate to gate and felt compelled to stop in the middle of this much more important task, to harass me about my little, 18 pound, deaf Emotional Support French bulldog, walking along.

“He can’t be walking around like that, you have to put him in a kennel”
“No I don’t,” I say, and continue walking.
She doesn’t relent and has now turned the fucking wheel chair guy around so she can face me (or my back rather) and asks to see my boarding pass… which again is NONE of her business- this woman has a guy who has a flight to catch relying on her to bring him there, he’s in a god damn wheel chair.
I say I have MEDA on my boarding pass, not offering it to her because, as I’ve said a couple times now, it’s none of her god damn business
She accepts this, but goes on to lambaste me about how he needs and official vest if he is to be in the air port.
This is false.
I keep walking, rolling my eyes and floored she would take the time to pursue this dead end

Like just look at him, for fucks sake.

Anyway, managed to get my Milk Chocolate Lindt bar while lurking around waiting for my new standby flights to ‘celebrate’ National Milk Chocolate Day 


Almost the best part of my day, besides having Duncan on my lap and seeing my husband after months apart!!

Oh yeah, and seeing Herman’s grumpy face!!

 

 

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 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.