National Fresh Spinach Day… not National regular Spinach Day … that’s March 16th, obviously.
I bought a bunch. Looked quite like a bouquet
Full of beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, as well as iron and zinc, the leafy green is a delight to have in a salad or smoothie
which I planned on having one or the other, but then didn’t follow through on after the photo shoot
it was just too pretty to eat and an 8 piece yam & avocado roll next door is $4.95 so… yknow…
So gotta come clean: I actually sneakily celebrated National Mac and Cheese Day, yesterday when I had that god awful poutine
HOWEVER, I didn’t eat it all at that time and had taken a ‘doggy bag’, as they were once called.
This National Macaroni and Cheese Day had a tight schedule of enjoyable things I had to do
I had to go on a hike with Ashley, Ian, Duncan and Toast in Quarry Rock, then I had to go to Vancouver Folk Festival and see my all time favourite musician, Billy Bragg play TWICE.
Duncan and I finally got to nail our Lion King pose
Also I had a beer.
Busy busy busy
After the hike, I had just enough time to shower, pack a bag with snacks, blankets, sunscreen and a thermos of rosé wine, and wolf down the remaining Macaroni and cheese from the day before
Mac and cheese is my favourite, so I was on the hunt for the best vegan Mac and cheese Vancouver had to offer. I’ve had a few here in the city, but this one from Wallflower Diner was touted the best according the plebeians who put in the time making Yelp reviews
It was ok.
They used that Daiya orange fake cheese which is pretty nasty, but if I avoided the top, it wasn’t half bad.
Then it was get the f to the festival for Billy Bragg’s Working Class Hero set with Rhiannon Giddens et al.
I was thiiiiis close. It was bananas
Um yeah, so National French Fry Day was kind of a big deal.
It seemed like everyone was celebrating it – even those who don’t usually pursue celebrating every single official holiday day
Instagram was teeming with McDonald’s eating selfies
I chose to go the more non traditional French Fry route today and ordered a vegan poutine from Wallflower Diner
Well, sometimes the road less travelled is less travelled for a reason.
The gravy tasted like a chicken soup bouillon cube.
I have no idea what the cheese was supposedly made of, and it didn’t matter because it was null and void of taste.
And the fries. Oh the fries. They were straight from a McCains freezer bag
Yeah… so … happy National French Fry Day, everyone else but me 🙁
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.
National Pina Colada Day!
Although you won’t catch me responding to any personal ads with liking Pina Coladas as a must, I do like them just fine… when made with the right stuff!
Christina robbed my joy (the Vitamin blender), but I have a mini Hamilton beach blender kicking around and decided I would bust it out for this notorious cocktail du jour.
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup of Coconut milk ice cream
- 1 oz of rum
- almond milk as needed to blend
I garnished with some strawberries, pineapple and some grated coconut.
Perfect little afternoon treat to sip when you have to gut your storage locker of all your possessions when there is a mold problem in your building and your landlord doesn’t give a fuck and isn’t going to do anything about whatsoever ! Pairs perfectly!
July 8 is National Chocolate Almond Day
No, you’re not having deja vu, you’re probably just confusing this holiday with with regular Chocolate Covered Nut Day, or, perhaps, Chocolate Covered Raisin Day.
I scored some vegan dark chocolate covered almonds at the Safeway/Sobeys and fashioned my own little trail mix out of them
- Brazil nuts
- coconut flakes
- chocolate covered almonds
Put it all in a baggy and hit the old Highway 99 for another trip in The Pickle with Duncan
He made a useless copilot
We went to Joffre Lakes
This hike was pretty short and dusty and full of people – I saw so many young little families and thought of Sarah missing hers… or hers missing her rather, every step of the way. The view was stunning.
Had a beer with my DIY trail mix and then headed back down the mountain.
Once back on the road, we pulled over for a lovely little swim at One Mile Lake, drove a little further, then had another swim at Lost Lake with some wine and spent the night in Whistler
Not a bad Chocolate Covered Almond Day at all! Thank you almonds for your vitamin E and healthy fats and protein, and chocolate for your deliciousness!
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?
This summer has been the Summer of Vegan Ice Cream.
I can’t get enough of it. I really can’t.
Seeing Say Hello Sweets ice cream truck at an event literally makes my heart skip a beat. I’ve made the half hour drive across town to go to Innocent Ice Cream. I’ve even, *gasp*, stood in a line up that went down the street, like a sheep.
Ice Cream is a joy in a cup.. or cone.. whatever you’re in the mood for.
For National Strawberry Sundae Day, I did contemplate grabbing a 99 cent sundae from McDonalds, just for the pictures, maybe having a bite to humour the holiday, then move on with my life.
But then I thought about how gross dairy is and how unsettling McDonald’s is, etc etc., and in the end, talked myself out of it.
So here we are, Jennah’s Super Delightful DIY Vegan Strawberry Sundae, ladies and gentlemen…and those who are neither… or both …and/or undecided
- 6-10 strawberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup filtered water
- Vegan ice cream (I used President’s Choice Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream)
In a sauce pan combine diced strawberries, sugar and water and bring to boil.
Stir and mash mixture until you have desired consistency – you may want to add more strawberries, or sugar, or water depending on what you are going for
Scoop ice cream and pour sauce (***once cooled) over top. Garnish with fresh strawberry.
***Yeah so I didn’t do that and it made everything super melty but that’s where impatience gets ya, kids, what can I say
National Independence from Meat Day?
Nah, man, for me, it’s Independence from Meat LIFE
That shit is disgusting.
For supper, I whipped up a burrito bowl of sorts:
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 can black beans
- 1 roasted sweet potato
- 1 red onion
- mixed pepper, diced
- 1/2 zucchini, diced
- 3 button mushrooms, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 5 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 jar of Salsa
Prepped the quinoa, roasted the sweet potatoes and then sautéed the remaining. Topped it with some diced avocado and
Bang- a -rang!
Meat free independence accomplished