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.

 

Day 176 – June 25

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
  • Cool-Whip

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’.

Day 165 – June 14

National Bourbon Day! 

As wonderful as it would be to head down to Bourbon Street, New Orleans, I settled for the 83rd best bar in the world, Keefer Bar in Chinatown, Vancouver

Their drinks involve exotic ingredients and the use of blowtorches.

I planned on heading out for a basic Old Fashioned, in honour of the day, but upon viewing their cocktail list, there were several bourbon based drinks to choose from

Christina started with the Chinatown Sour-Wild Turkey Bourbon 101, Fernet Branca, lemon juice, astragalus/ orgeat syrup (right)

Steph had the Opium Sour- Wild Turkey Bourbon, Grapefruit, lemon, tamarind, poppyseed tincture (left)

And I sort of stuck to my guns and had a slight variation on an Old Fashioned and had a Bold Fashioned- Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, coconut gomme, house bitters (front centre)

They were so damn good, the service was great as was the company

If you are ever in the area I highly recommend checking this place out !

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 155 – June 4th

National Cognac Day

When I think of cognac I think of Hennessy… and when I think of Hennessy, I think of Young Ma

Apart from that, this one was a total pain in the ass!

I didn’t wanna shell out for a full thing of cognac because I’m not a rapper, so I had to go out for a quick cocktail during the only free time I had that day and had to drink a pretty boozy drink in the middle of the day pretty much by myself …Kathleen joined later, but it was too late, it was already weird.

I had a Sidecar

This digital recipe card is from The Martini Diva- a woman I follow on Instagram who Celebrates Everyday Literally by making cocktails in accordance with the national holidays as well as a little digital recipe card for it.
A lot of work- deepest of bows to her

This was my first Sidecar cocktail. I must say it probably won’t be my last. I thought it was a great balance of sweet and tart and boozy.

Oh and it was nice out and not pouring rain so I got to drink it outside, which was another bonus

 

Day 121 – May 1

Whoa – May 1st already
Holy smokes
Rent due. Tuition due. Bills due.
I just want to keep travelling around in The Pickle with Duncan and not face reality.

National Chocolate Parfait Day, though, is a great way to kick off a week.

I’m about to belt out an elaborate recipe, so hold on to your hats

Homemade Raw Vegan Chocolate Parfait

Cashew creme

  • 1/2 cup of cashews
  • 5 dates
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of water

Pudding

  • 3/4 cup DIY cashew milk
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons of cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Garnish 

  • 1 banana
  • blackberries or fruit of your choosing that pairs with chocolate

This recipe involves a bit of waiting for the magic to happen.

Combine Cashew Creme ingredients to soak overnight. Combine Pudding ingredients in mason jar, whisk and allow to sit overnight

The following day, blend soaked Cashew Creme ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Layer Pudding with Creme and sliced banana and some blackberries in a cute cup or jar until filled

Then mow down and know you didn’t hurt any animals, you’re not ingesting any puss or antibiotics and you are getting lots of protein, fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, good fats and Omega 3’s!

Happy Monday, bitches !