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 !

 

Day 92 – April 2

Probably anyone that knows me, knows of my affinity for Peanut Butter.

Peanut butter & chocolate, peanut butter & banana,  peanut butter in a smoothie, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter straight out of the jar…

April 2nd was National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.

Of all the dynamic duos that Peanut Butter is contributed to, PB  & J may be my least favourite, never mind trite af.

Nevertheless, I decided to partake unflinchingly  in it’s celebration this day.

I did a little research to find out wtf jelly actually is. This website explained that jelly is made from the juice of fruit while jam is made of crushed fruit. However, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, jam and preserves are to be considered the same thing.

If the U.S Food and Drug Admin thinks they are the same, then so will I, undoubtedly, forever. Also I imagine jelly having gelatine in it and meat is murder, people.

Without further ado,
My Groundbreaking and altogether Revolutionary PB & J Recipe:

  • 2 slices of bread ( I used whole grain) toasted
  • 2 tablespoons of jam ( I used strawberry)
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (I used all natural & smooth)
  • optional : hemp seeds & honey (I used both)

Toast the bread. Slather the jam on one slice, peanut butter on the other. Sprinkle hemp hearts and drizzle honey on either slice. Place together. Voila

It was a thing of beauty and a reminder of an era bygone.

 

 

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!

Day 35 – February 4th

Well National Homemade Soup Day was exactly as boring as it sounds!

Now, before all you soup lovers get up in arms.. or the very least hold a rally with witty signs, let me say, for the record,  no one likes soup more than me.

It was just a really long weird day because I had school on a Saturday.

I made a curried soup for the occasion.

Let’s see if I can recall all the ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • shredded kale
  • 1 head of broccoli, diced
  • 1 head of cauliflower, diced
  • 1 potato
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon curry
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tumeric
  • 1 heaping tablespoon garam masala
  • freshly grated ginger
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chili flakes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained

In a large pot, I sautéed onions and garlic until soft. Then I filled pot with coconut milk, diced tomatoes and water. Then I added remaining vegetables and spices.

It was great. But having to go to an  “Advanced Counselling Skills”workshop all weekend was not. Not at all. It was actually the worst. I’m not ready to talk about it yet.

But I’d like to take a moment to commend soup for all it’s warmth, all it’s nourishment, and all it’s deliciousness. Happy National Homemade Soup Day everyone !