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:
- can diced tomatoes
- tomato sauce
- black beans
- chili powder
- chili pepper flakes
- 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
July 26 was National Bagelfest Day
I did some surface research into what Bagelfest Day was all about and couldn’t find much – seems like I was to just eat a bagel, as was my inclination on National Bagel Day
So I did.
This boring whole wheat bagel with Kraft strawberry jam was my petit dejeuner before hitting the Nis’ga Nation Auto Tour with Christina
What an awesome adventure
For those unfamiliar, as I was before I went, the Nisga’a people are literally the First Nation of Canada – they ‘won’ a land dispute and now the settlement in the Nass River valley, nearly 2,000 square kilometres of land, is officially recognized by the government of Canada as Nisg̱a’a
The Auto Tour is a self guided tour of the Nisga’a Nation. The map was user-friendly and the signage was impossible to miss. The sites were well kept and the each point of interest was unique and interesting.
We saw water falls and lava beds and suspension bridges and villages and totem poles. The highlight of the day was the naturally occurring hot spring we enjoyed in the rain. It was the hottest hot springs I have ever experienced
Oh yeah, and this. This was totally a close second to the hot springs.
Thanks, bagels, for fuelling such an interesting adventure! And thanks Nisga’a Nation for allowing me to take in your beautiful sights.
National Junk Food Day
Jesus, my husband James loves junk food
I don’t like candy or even chips really
I’m more of a donut/cake/cookie type – which I would classify as dessert rather than junk food, although by definition, they still count
(junk food, noun: food that has low nutritional value, typically produced in the form of packaged snacks needing little or no preparation )
Pecans may just be the most glamorous nut.
I mean, hazelnuts may sound a lot more ritzy, but those portly little guys are as ugly as peanuts (and those guys are actually beans – ew)
Pecans are beautiful – their sleek wood like shell is gorgeous and the inner nut meat couldn’t be more chic if it was designed by Frank Gehry
If pecans were a person they would be Lisa Bonet
I had a little mini pecan pie on this National Pecan Pie Day
It was store bought and not vegan and not fresh and not good
But that seems to be the thing about this celebrating project – a lot of things are just awful. Just trying to dance in the rain over here
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.
I spent some time meditating on what I could say about sugar cookies, for National Sugar Cookie Day.
I pondered my complete and absolute indifference to them
I don’t care if I never see one again for the rest of my life, but I have definitely eaten these fuckers a hundred times, just because “they’re there”.
So desperate was I to have something to say about them for this post, that I decided to Wikipedia it’s origins and see if I could find anything of interest.
This is what comes up.
A testament to how dull these cookies truly are.
Wikipedia aint got nothing to say about them.
I picked one up at the grocery store (as I have so little interest in them that to put forth the effort to vegan-ify them would strain me so)
Eating this cookie, I found myself as bored as Karl Marx on Wall Street…
but I do think I managed to capture it’s essence through this photo series, no?
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
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’.
National (vegan) Peanut Butter Cookie Day
Whipped these suckers up pretty good
I always have tubs upon tubs of peanut butter around because I live off the stuff and stock up at Costco every chance I get
I looked around online and scouted what generally goes in them then decided to wing a PB cookie recipe… you ready?
- 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed + 2 tablespoons of water
- 2 cups raw natural peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup of flour ( I was out so just ground up some instant oats in the blender)
- dash of salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Combine the flax seed and water. Let sit for a few minutes, till gooey/gelly consistency. This is what we call in the business a “flax egg”. It acts as binding agent, the way eggs usually do.
Then throw the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and mix well!
I even threw in some chocolate chips on my second batch.
Scoop onto baking sheet and press with a fork for the signature peanut butter cookie look. Bake for about 15 minutes at 350.
I can never wait for shit to cool down because I’m a real go getter, so I ate these fresh out of the oven and burnt the fuck out of my mouth.
(Ir)regardless, they were delicious, especially with my home made cashew milk
NATIONAL GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY
My new friend Steph’s birthday is National German Cake Day
She threw a birthday party, so naturally I had to bust out my cake making skills on this one.
It should be known that it’s not actually a German invention. It’s American. The guy that invented it had the last name ‘German’.
How very misleading.
I’ve never made a German Chocolate Cake before and, quite frankly, don’t know if I’ve ever had a really good German chocolate cake before.
The idea is rich chocolate cake and coconut & pecan frosting more or less.
I deliberated on making a regular one, as I was bringing it to a party full of people who don’t give an f if there is chicken embryo or cow puss in it, but as I went through recipes, I realized I had more of the vegan necessities to make it so decided to stay true to moi and went vegan
I followed this recipe from Whisk & Shout more or less to a T (very rare for me, as we all know).
I used my own DIY Cashew Mylk instead of the almond milk called for. Probably why it was extra delicious
I walked the 25 minute walk to her house in the scorching sun with this fucker.
But it was totally worth it. Home made shit is just so damn touching.
I ended up having to leave before the ceremonial singing and serving, which was fine by me, that stuff half makes me cray, so I didn’t an official slice. However I did sample some of the crumbling ( it was a hard walk on the cake in the sun ) and icing and was pretty pleased with myself.
National CHOCOLATE Macaron Day
Not to be confused with National (regular) Macaroon Day that was literally three days ago.
Here’s a helpful diagram
So as you can see, to partake in this holiday, veganism had to be tossed aside, which I’m not ashamed to do from time to time
Got me some real nice macarons at the Whole Foods.
I think $2.65 is a little steep for a treat that’s barely bigger than a townie, but apparently they are tremendously labour intensive, so I let it slide
Way way waaaay better than the ones at the fancy macaron kiosk at the Granville Island Market that a classmate brought in one time. I actually enjoyed eating them! They actually tasted chocolatey and I couldn’t feel the sugar granules in my teeth so two thumbs up from me !