December 19 – Day 354

For National Oatmeal Muffin Day, I whipped up a batch of ‘my’ muffins.

By ‘my’ muffins, I mean, I didn’t really follow a recipe, I just followed my heart

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This batch involved flax seed, peanut butter, oats, salt, baking soda, OAT MEAL, chocolate chips, salt, maple syrup, slivered almonds … the usual vegan suspects

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They turned out pretty good !

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December 4 – Day 339

This oatmeal chocolate chip cookie was purchased at a kiosk at the Granville Island Market and the gulls didn’t manage to grab it away from me while trying to take a photo, so that’s a win for the good guys

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It was lack lustre, but prompted me to reflect on all the other cookies I’ve had this year, in celebration.

So for National Cookie Day, take some time to peruse the selection of cookie themed blog posts:

National Pecan Cookie Day

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National Sugar Cookie Day

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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day   – recipe included!

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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – heart warming story included

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National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day – recipe included

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NATIONAL OREO DAY omg – this post was a doozy

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November 20 – Day 325

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

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This, was, like, so easy

TWO INGREDIENTS

I took my vegan dark chocolate chipsimageService.jpeg

And heated the up with my Earth Balance Coconut & Peanut Spread

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Like, just in a pan on the stove

When it all began to melt, I stirred it all together, then poured into a parchment paper lined dish and sprinkled with shaved coconut

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Then refrigerated

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Then mangled them while trying to cut them into bite sized cubes

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It’s the taste that counts

 

November 17 – Day 322

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

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Ingredients
  • 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

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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.

November 12- Day 317

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

 

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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

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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

 

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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 images-2.jpeg

August 31 – Day 243

Trail mix: a hikers bff 

Although a colossal fan of nuts,  I am not keen on raisins or other dried up fruit. There is something inherently  gross about the notion of letting fruit dry out to me.

So trail mix and I have a love/hate relationship

Well, rather,  I have a love/hate relationship with trail mix… I’m sure trail mix doesn’t care about me one way or the other

I definitely love when there is chocolate in there. This particular mix was lacking but she did make a beautiful photo subject

Happy National Trail Mix Day !

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!

 

Day 206 – July 25

July 25th marked two very dairy laden holidays – National Wine and Cheese Day as well as National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

I managed to navigate my vegan way around these despite being far from  vegan-coddling Vancouver quite well!

Christina took us to Gruchy’s Beach, just outside of Terrace

It was only half warmish and the water was most definitely cold, so we just had a restful lay down in the sun while Duncan explored the shoreline and other people cooler contents.

Christina and I had Hot Fudge Sundaes for lunch – I got Cashew Dream ice cream in Cinnamon Cookie Dough flavour, doused it in Coconut whipped cream, hot fudged and sprinkles. Finished with a cherry and some bananas

A truly nutritious lunch indeed

In the evening, when Christina’s fiancee Daniel and the rest of the Kitimat Gang got off work, we went for a canoe down the river

 

I was blessed to have a little seat in the middle, with Duncan on my lap and a beer in my hand.

When we got home, it was time to celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day We had quite the spread including vegan cream cheese, hummus, assorted crackers and breads

We wailed on these snacks and watched What We Do In The Shadows and laughed our asses off

Day 195 – July 14

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

 

Day 192- July 11

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.