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A Tuesday Evening

Today was a long day. It started with my phone’s alarm going off at 5:40am, and that was not an accident. My intern partner and I had to be at Royal Inland Hospital by 6:30am so we could hit the road with our preceptor to head to Kelowna. In Kelowna we would be attending a group ordering session with our preceptor, and many other foodservice managers from across the Interior Health Authority.

It was a long day, both interesting and dull. Seeing how a health authority goes about ordering their food through one source for multiple different health service areas (IHA stretches across a large part of BC) is interesting. A meeting that lasts all day and talks about stuff you don’t know all the details about? Not interesting.

It was a day that needed an evening worth getting to. In my head while sitting in the meeting and trying not to nod off, I pictured a bag of fresh carrots I knew we had in our fridge. I knew what I wanted for supper.

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Is there anything like ginger? Yum.

I chopped up some onions, garlic, ginger and carrots.

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Threw them all in the pot and let them boil away. 

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My brother was helpful and made a salad to go along with the soup.

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Looks like a delicious meal, no? It was, oh it was.

I’ve also spent a great deal of time in the kitchen at the hospital testing out the recipes for my cafeteria special. Man is it intimidating cooking in a facility like that! Very scary. But sort of exciting too.

How has your week been going?

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Sweet Potato

The weather here in Vancouver is absolutely crazy. For Vancouver that is. The view from my place on Saturday was rather odd.IMG_0917

I know, this looks pretty normal for all you other Canadians, but really, this is not normal winter weather, let alone November weather for Vancouver.

But the truth is I love it! I always miss the normal winter weather when I’m in Vancouver over the winter. It’s just so dreary and grey normally, it brings me down.

This weekend I also attended The LFS Community Harvest Dinner. This was a dinner put on my several of my classmates, and it’s a tradition in the Land and Food Systems Faculty. It was an amazing five course meal. Three of them stood out: Fig and Goat Cheese Compte on homemade rainforest type crackers, Roasted Sweet Potato & Red Onion Soup, and the Winter Fruit with spiced Chiffon Cake Trifle. Delicious.

Needless to say when my dad came to town this week, and the temperature outside was hitting –10, I knew that on my grocery shopping list would be sweet potatoes and red onions. (Yes I’m that spoiled college girl whose parents visit and buy her groceries. :)) I of course invited him over to enjoy the delicious soup.

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Sprinkled with a little goat cheese.

Just to compare and contrast, Saturday’s version:

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Since I don’t have their recipe (yet, I’m gonna get it though) I’ll share with you mine.

Roasted Sweet Potato & Red Onion Soup

makes 3-6 servings depending on size you choose.

Ingredients

1-2 large sweet potatoes (I used sweet potatoes, not yams)
1 large red onion
2 tbsp Olive oil
Salt & Pepper (to taste)

3 cloves garlic
4 cups vegetable Broth
Pinch Paprika
1 tbsp Cumin

– knife & cutting board.
– large mixing bowl
– baking sheet
– pot
– blender

Directions

1. Preheat Oven to 375. Wash potatoes, and peel onion. Chop up into fairly small chunks for both. Throw together into a bowl and coat with olive oil (get in there use your hands). Add some salt and pepper.
2. Take those vegetables and spread them over a cookie sheet. Roast in the oven for 25minutes. Make sure they’re cooked through when you take them out.
3. When the potatoes and onion have about 5mins to go, bring your broth to a low boil or simmer.
4. Remove the vegetables from the oven and scoop into blender. Add the broth. Blend until smooth. I added it all slowly, because I’m scared of breaking my blender. Oh and good tip, keep your oven mitt on if you’re like me and keep your hand on top of your blender’s lid when you use it, because damn boiled water and fresh cooked potatoes are hot!
5. Serve promptly. If you keep it for later, it definitely thickens up, so you might want to water it down to reheat.

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But seriously so good, and so perfect for winter.

What are you enjoying about the winter season?

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Recipe and Review

hmmm, a couple treats for you guys today! A review and a recipe! Ohhhhh I know!

So first up is a product review. Back when I was beyond busy and couldn’t do anything but pretty much cry because, well, I was that busy, the lovely folks at Dempster’s sent me some of their new products to review…

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Oven Fresh Baguettes
– Come in packs of 2 loaves. Either multigrain or white. They’re partially baked when you buy them from the super market, and then you bake them for 8min (or 12 if they’re frozen) for a feeling of a fresh baked baguette with your meal.

I do enjoy them, and they freeze well, so for those of us who want something a little fresh but don’t have the time for bread, or aren’t patient when we have that fresh-bread craving, these work really well!

Of course I wanted to do something fun with at least one loaf before I reviewed them, but couldn’t think of anything. Then my teammates suggested a get together before our race on Sunday and while I was thinking of what to bring, this popped into my head:

Apple, Spinach and Cinnamon Crouton Salad

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I started by baking up the bread: (From raw to baked)
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While that was happening I tossed the following into a bowl:

  • 3-4c spinach
  • 1/4c raisins
  • 1/4c chopped up almonds (could toast these if you want, I didn’t and it was good)
  • 2-3 apples
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In a seperate microwaveable I mixed:

  • 1.5tbsp margarine, melted
  • 1tsp (or so) cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp nutmeg, or other spices that go with cinnamon
  • 1tbsp (or just under) sugar
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When the bread was out of the oven and had cooled for a while I chopped it up into croutons:
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I then dumped these into the bowl with the cinnamon/margarine mixture and tossed and stirred until they were coated. Popped them back in the over (in an oven friendly tray of course!) for 3-5min… And then onto the salad and voila! A delicious salad for any meal.

This served 4 people as a side dish.

It’s a very “flexible” salad, and number of toppings would do; but everyone loved the croutons. They were sort of like mini cinnamon bun bits on a salad. Yum!

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How to throw a Fiesta!

Hello All!

What a weekend! It all started Friday…

When my friend and I went to pick up some decorations… rits fiesta 004

And Draw Prizes…

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Then I had a night of planning, where in I had to calculate food for 80ish people!

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Look at that grocery list ^! Isn’t it nuts?! 8kg of ground beef?! lol. Money from ticket sales for the grocery shopping.

Get up ridiculously early on Saturday to go pick up said groceries. 😛 9am we headed out to Costco and Superstore.

Come back for a “rest” where in some more questions/problems and other such rest disturbing occurrences occurred.

Then got decorating!

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And cooking!

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Look at this fridge!

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(not all of this is our food though, like those stale pita bits…)

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Yes the vegetarian had to cook some meat. Ew! It was so beefy-juice. Ick.

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The buffet!

I totally got busy and didn’t take photos of the end products! 😦 Oh well. Here’s what was on the Fiesta Menu:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Salsa, gaucamole, hummus, and 7-layer dip.
  • Cut up veggies
  • Build your own Burrito:
    • beef, or refried beans (both made from scratch!)
    • lettuce
    • tomatoes
    • cheese
    • sour cream
  • Mexican-style Rice
  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Pop
  • Virgin Margaritas

This was the most successful event I’ve been a part of. We had 80 people total, and Rits is a small dorm (only roughly 200-300 people), so that’s a huge number of people.

I had been stressing big time about getting enough food, especially since it was so many more  people then we’d anticipated. But it all worked out. We had extras of the rice, and toppings really. Oh and Ice cream, but that we can just use for another rits event! So it all worked out in the end.

And of course there was a wee after party. 😉

I’m definitely having trouble getting anything done today though. :p Oh well. I’ll try and get some things done today, so they’re just out of the way for later this week I think. In other words, do the stuff that only needs half my mind.

Till later this week all!

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Coco For Local

Happy Hump Day folks!

How have you been?

This week I finished off the last of my pumpkin muffins.

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I made some surprisingly delicious Cabbage & Green Bean Soup:

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Hmmm, topped with some uncooked firm tofu and some spice chili seeds. Delicious.

This weekend the amazingness that is UBC Rez Life, had a great event:

refreshIt was a whole sustainability informational session. It was really interesting and invigorating. There were a good 20 information booths from companies around Vancouver and BC who all work on some aspect of sustainability.

I attended with my friend from Chemical and Biological Engineering (Chebe pronounced Chee – bee). Let’s just say she knows a lot about the science of sustainability and is constantly asking questions that leave the booth attendees with their yaps hanging open in confusion.

For instance one time we attended a completely different sustainability action day and someone was lamenting about shipping oil across the ocean in tankers and the problem for wildlife and how it has to stop, etc. etc.

My Chebe friend goes, “I agree but how are you going to get oil across the ocean otherwise?” It wasn’t a nasty sarcastic question either, she genuinly hopes that someone will have the answer.

It’s all good to say you support sustainability, are all for going green, blah blah blah, but unless you have an alternative to things what good is it?

Now I don’t know a lot about the aspects of sustainability my friend does, but there is one thing that really gets me excited: locality. Everyone knows about carbon footprints, right? Well buying locally (especially with food) is a great way to really reduce your impact on our environment.

I mean it’s all good to buy organic, but if that organic strawberry you’re buying came from New Zealand it’s probably having a bigger impact then buying a local non-organic strawberry.

Anyways, the conference was a great source of resources:

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And I even have a little tree growing pod:

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Isn’t it cute?

Anyway, I’m going to try and check out some of the websites and resources I got about local stuff and maybe give you guys some heads up (at least for Vancouver!).

For now I must say au revoir as I have a busy afternoon ahead of me!

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Baking the Weekend away

Well even though I had a crazy busy weekend, I don’t have many good photos to show for it!

I managed to squeeze in some baking, it reminded me how much I really love a little baking. Maybe I can squeeze it in once a week?

May I present some Pumpkin Biscotti.

Recipe is from the amazing Simply Recipes, found here.

I like this recipe because it makes the biscotti a little more moist, and chewy. I’m way more of a chewy cookie person then a crunchy cookie person, but I love biscotti because it’s so dippable!

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hmmm.

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(sorry for the blur!)

With the left over pumpkin I made myself a little pumpkin oats!

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Ate while doing a little reading (not for school though!)

My weekend was definitely full, mostly with fun stuff, and it wasn’t nearly long enough…

Well I’m off to get more prepared for the day.

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Resolutions 2010

So for much of December I was thinking about what my goals would be for the New Year. In true dorkyness, I was excited and anticipated these goals a lot. See, I’m a HUGE goal setter. I’m a list maker, every day I have “goals” I have to accomplish. Some days I finish those lists, most days do not. I set goals all year round. I have some long term goals, and some short term goals going on all the time.

Pretty much all day 2009 I was thinking about how to write down my goals, what to make them. In fact I even wrote down a few, and even had some “SMART” ways of achieving these goals.

Then 2010 came… and well, I suddenly didn’t feel like those goals. Or like committing to them. Am I all goaled out? Could it be? Oh no! It cannot be!

But alas, it isn’t so. I’ve actually sat here tonight and complied a few goals I’d like to achieve this year.

  1. Get more ENERGY.
  2. Keep my grades where they are or higher!
  3. Be an awesome prez (do some bossing around yo! 😉 )
  4. Explore my creative side; maybe take a photography class (if I can afford it)
  5. Live on a budget (OMG I am so poor right now, or will be when I pay my student fees)
  6. Get my running mileage up to 1/2 marathon distances
  7. Swim, bike, and strength train.
  8. Do yoga
  9. Make actual meals (Means cooking once in a while)
  10. Embrace life!

They’re sort of ordered in importance, though that last one is honestly one of the biggest of them. I want to try going with the flow more, not worrying or stressing as much about those things I cannot change.

But yeah, i feel like the first one, getting more energy will help me to achieve a few of my goals, like grades, the running, and other exercise goals. to do this I’m going to try getting more sleep, drinking less coffee, and eating healthy balanced meals. This past semester my eating has been just…crazy. Or not crazy for most people, but for me it hasn’t felt right. I plan to really try and improve my eating.

So there you have it, a few goals for this New Year.

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