Day 190 – July 9

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.
That’s it.
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?

 

Day 182 – HALF WAY DAY

July 1st is the half way point of the entire year – 182 spins around the sun of the allotted 365 spins we call a ‘year’.

It’s an official day too – called National Half Way Day

It was also Canada Day – Canada’s 150th to be exact.

Well not really, when you factor in that First Nations have lived here well beyond that and also Newfoundland didn’t join until 1949 so like,  not exact whatsoever.

Thirdly it was National Creative Ice Cream Flavour Day!

So I had a lot on the proverbial plate here.

It was a gorgeous day in Vancouver, as it has been for quite some time now- it’s the new default setting – sunshine and warmth. I was most excited about celebrating the half way point of this project!

Kathleen and I went to see a play near the UBC botanical gardens, “Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish” performed by Axis Theatre

The screen play author and cast were all First Nations, and because it was on “Canada Day”, we thought it was going to be a really politically charged theatre production going down and couldn’t wait.

It turned out to be more so a children’s story.  Quite off the mark there.

Still nice.

Then we went to Arbor and had lunch – deep fried artichoke sandwich with eggplant bacon and macadamia nut ‘cheese’. Divine.

THEN we went to a brand new ice cream place that serves vegan ice cream.

 

Their vegan selection were Strawberry Coconut, Toasted Marshmallow (which I’ve had before and LOOOOOVED), Lime Coconut and Coffee.

Besides Toasted Marshmallow, I felt coffee was the most creative flavour so I went for it.

 

Holy McMoly, it was incredible. I can’t get enough of this stuff.

Kathleen went for an Affogato – coffee ice cream with espresso. It too was amazing .

Then I had to go to work and it was dead for the entire time until midnight when I got completely rocked by myself and a patron had to jump on bar and help.

Happy Canada Day etc !

 

Day 163 – June 12

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 

Day 154 – June 3rd

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 !

Day 151 – May 31st

National Macaroon Day

Feels like I haven’t baked or cooked anything in a while for this project so although Whole Foods is not even a block away and you can get a pack of vegan, gluten free macaroons there for like $6, I went the old fashioned route and decided to make them myself, as I have never made them before.

I looked up recipes and came across this one by The Minimalist Baker and liked the sound of it:

  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate

Basically combine all the ingredients save the chocolate in a food processor. Scoop into macaroon like shapes and place on baking sheet. Bake briefly (they said 8-10 minutes, mine burnt in 5 so keep an eye… )

Allow to cool and then dip in melted chocolate

Expectation:

Reality: 

Yeah so total disaster all in all but sometimes you eat the bar and sometimes the bar eats you, amiright?

May 31st is also my big cousin Kory’s birthday 

He should have been turning 39 today
He died the year before Sarah
Testicular cancer.
I was aware he had been diagnosed and was undergoing treatment, but I was completely naive and thought he would be fine and just come out the other side- it was really shocking when I got the news it didn’t go down like that.

At this point in my life, what is more shocking is that I had been lucky to have never experienced losing a family member until then.
He, like Sarah, left three children behind.
Quite frankly, I usually push away thoughts about it as it’s just straight up eery

So I just wanted to take a moment to not just celebrate National Macaroon Day, but also to remember my cousin. Kory was a really happy person and just pursued ‘joy’ unlike anyone else I knew.
Gone but not forgotten. Hope he is at peace. Xo cuz.

Day 135 – May 15th

Monday May 15th was National Chocolate Chip Day

I love Chocolate Chips. They are, simply put, deadly

I throw ’em in everything I bake and eat them by the handful

Everything about them is marvellous except if they end up in your dog (Duncan once ate a Costco size bag of dark Chocolate Chips and there was a lot of puking and frantic ‘how much chocolate can an 18 lb French bulldog eat and live?’ googling)

I was tight on time Monday because I had school, practicum and then The Flaming Lips concert to attend, so I grabbed a Chocolate Chip Cookie at the Granville Island Market Terra Breads stall during a break and snapped some pics with my iPhone

Pretty lack lustre, I know but I was pressed for time

After wolfing down two of these overpriced and under flavoured Chocolate Chip Cookies in honour of the day, I got to my practicum where one of my client’s mother had sent him a batch !

I asked if I could photography them – I probably seemed a little crazy as I didn’t explain myself (didn’t really want to self disclose the blog concept to the guys, no offence)

These were much more delicious than the store bought ones. You could tasted the love. And what a coincidence !

Great day – great concert – lots of lights and inflatables 

Day 109 – April 19th

For National Banana Day I thought I would make some Secret Ingredient Vegan Banana Mega Muffins and share with you my secret recipe with the secret ingredient

These muffins are delicious and nutritious
I even packed some up and dropped some off to Kathleen while she was at work to honour the most versatile fruit of all.
Bananas are second to none in the fruit department
…except maybe avocados.

It’s close.

To make these muffins, do source the ensuing ingredients and follow the directions provided:

  • 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed + 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 banana – mashed
  • 1 zucchini – grated
  • 1 carrot – grated
  • 3/4 cup of applesauce
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil – liquid
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 1 cup of spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup of hemp hearts
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 secret

Pre heat oven to 350 degrees

Combine the ground flax seed and water in a small bowl and let sit until it becomes a gummy mixture.
Next, combine the remaining wet ingredients in one bowl with the flax mixture and combine all the dry together in another… except the secret. That comes in later.
When they are thoroughly stirred, independently, THEN combine them all in one big bowl.
Now the secret is idgaf, literally. I just throw things I have on hand in a bowl and then put them in the oven. I actually don’t even measure. So whatever, really. Use the secret wisely
You may need to add more applesauce if the mixture appears to be too dry or more spelt flour if the mixture appears too runny.
Distribute into a lined muffin pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Go Bananas!

 

Day 108 – April 18

Animal Cracker Day!

Now, if you ask me, these guys are totally a cookie.
But whatevs.
Who am I to tell a baked good what I think they are.
To each their own.

You’d think my favourite would be the elephant. But it’s not.
Gorilla hands down.  He just looks so damn pleasant.

Animal Crackers are also vegan, FYI… as am I for the time being.

Now these cookies, I mean, crackers, are great with Nutella.
But that shit is full of palm oil and cow puss so today, I decided to try them with a cashew mylk chai latte instead.

My instincts were on point. Chai latte + Animal Crackers = Match made in cruelty free heaven

To make your own at home you will need

Brew some super strong chai tea. Add some maple syrup and cinnamon. If you have an espresso machine with a steamer, combine the tea and the cashew mylk and steam. If not just combine the two and heat on the stove. Feel free to use an immersion blender or milk frother to get some foam going.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a sprinkling of cinnamon and voila.

 

 

Day 87 – March 28

 

When I saw that it was National Something on a Stick Day, I immediately thought of my niece and nephews favourite treat:

Cake Pops!

Boy do the kids love these.
And would you believe, despite the few thousand that I have bought in my lifetime, I have never had one myself?

Today was the day, my friends.
It was pouring rain in Vancouver… so bad that Duncan refused to go of the step to do his pee. After running a few school related errands and becoming soaked to the bone, I scurried into the cupcakery called Cupcakes on Broadway. There they awaited – my first cake pop. I picked one up for Christina too.

Once I had ‘done my thang’ photography wise, it was time to actually taste one.
It wasn’t quite the quality of a fine chocolate or piece of fudge, but it wasn’t cake whatsoever. Just a ball of fudgey chocolatey sugar.

No wonder the kids go crazy when they have them, as seen here & here

I managed to handle my sugar high, pretty well  I think, and was able to carry forward with a productive day.

National Something on a Stick Day presented the opportunity for another ‘first’, which I always embrace, but it was, without a doubt, another ‘last’ as well.

 

 

Day 83 – March 24

March 24 is National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day!

Chocolate covered raisins aren’t all bad. I do, however, have some mixed emotions about raisins.
While raisins aren’t the worst worst, they are pretty close to the worst. Especially when they are in something and  you think they are chocolate chips but they are not.
They are raisin.
That’s the worst.

I thought about this dilemma and  came up with a concept to counteract this common problem : Oatmeal Chocolate Covered Raisin cookies

It’s exactly like having an oatmeal raisin cookie,  just with chocolate too.
Cuts down on the trauma… slightly.

To make these puppies you will need all these things:

  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 package of chocolate covered raisins, like Glossetts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Thoroughly combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl.
In a second bowl mix the next 5 ingredients with a mixer. Then combine the two bowls together.

When it looks like there’s a pretty good scene going on, incorporate the oats and then the chocolate covered raisin.

It’s always a great idea to chill cookie dough before baking, so do so if you have the time. If not- just scoop heaping tablespoons worth into cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Wham bam, thank you ma…chocolate covered raisins!