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That Time of Year

It’s that time of year.

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Where there’s ribbons and bows, and candles.

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We celebrate with friends, classmates, and co-workers; Happy Holidays! Another year comes to an end.

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Where frost is on the ground, and leaves have fallen down.

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It’s that time of year where procrastination becomes an art.

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Be it baking, photography, or internet surfing.

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It’s that time of year that I’d much rather be outside walking around.

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Then cooped up in here, hovering over my textbook.

But if I want to pass, I guess I should get to work.

So goodnight blog world, I’ll see you again tomorrow!

PS The Ginger cookies are a vegan recipe I’m working on, it’s not quite ready, when it is, I’ll let you know. 😉

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Bonjour! Je suis un Oignon

Ok not really. In fact I don’t think you’d have a lot of fun (or friends) as an onion). Then again, maybe that’s what you’d prefer, sort of like Shrek and his “onions have layers” speech.

But I’m getting off track. There really is only one thing that’s both French and an Onion, and it’s:

French Onion Soup

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Strictly speaking, traditional French Onion soup is definitely NOT vegetarian. And because I’ve been vegetarian since a time when I would have wrinkled my nose at French Onion soup, I have no idea if this is even close to being authentic. But here is a yummy soup I’ve been enjoying all week.

Ingredients

5 small onions
3 cloves garlic
4 cups vegetable broth (low sodium)
1/4 c soy sauce (I used low sodium)
2 tbsp margarine (I probably used almost three)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp molasses

Bread & cheese (I totally splurged and used gruyere.).

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1. Slice the onions so you get nice thin strands. As you do this melt the margarine in a large pot. Put the onions in the pot. This is the key step. You want to use low-medium to medium heat, and you want to cook the onions down. this takes about 20 mins. Be patient, it’s so worth it for those lovely carmalized onions. Mine went from this:

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To This:

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2. Once your onions are all tiny and deliciously shrunk, add in the remaining ingredients. I added in everything but the broth mixed, then added in the broth.

3. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10min. Preheat the oven for broiling.

4. Place a bowl in a pan, scoop in some soup, top with bread and shredded cheese. (note: I used a full piece of bread that made eating it difficult. I would definitely chop up the bread next time)

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5. Place under the broiler for 2min, or until cheese is bubblin’.

6. Devour.

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Hmmm. It is so delicious. though if you really know what French Onion soup tastes like, my apologies if this is as far from it as it gets, it can be hard as vegetarians to get that meaty taste, if you know what I mean, I think it’s almost what is being called “umami”.

Even though it’s exam time and I should be studying (uh, this post might be procrastination numero 5 today) I actually have quite a few posts planned for the next few weeks. What can I say? I’m in such a blogging mood it isn’t even funny. 🙂

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Sunny with a chance of Cocoa

Earlier this week we had one of those gorgeous fall days. For those you living in Vancouver, you know what day I mean. It started out normal; grey cloudy, slightly rainy, mostly gloomy. But somewhere around mid morning there was a break in the clouds and the sun burst out like an unexpected gift.

My morning ended up being one procrastination after another; culminating in an hour and a half long jaunt to get groceries – normally takes me about thirty minutes- and muddy knees. Why muddy knees? Well, I kept kneeling down for photos.

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Not sure how many of these mushrooms might be of the edible variety, but damn were they fun to play picture taking with.

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This next mushroom was probably the neatest of them all, couldn’t you just picture a fairy or something just sitting atop? I wish I’d gotten a better photo, but this ain’t bad.

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After returning home from my adventures my rumbly tumbly informed me it was time for lunch. Although the sun was out it was a wintery fall day indeed, and my cold nose and chilled hands knew it was time for hot chocolate. Being in dietetics sometimes I feel weird about promoting “un-healthy” food, but if ever I had a food moto it would be everything in moderation. So here is what I normally do for a quick and not-so-bad-for you hot cocoa.

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Quick and Not-so-bad-for-you Hot Chocolate

1 cup of milk (whatever is your favourite, or you have around, I used skim)
3 TBSP cocoa powder
1 TBSP sugar (I love to use brown sugar, don’t know, just do.)
Pinch cinnamon

1. Heat half-a-cup of the milk in microwave for about 35 seconds.
2. Add in cocoa and sugar, then stir (I recently discovered that if you whisk with a fork, it mixes up awesomely and sort of fluffs up.). Add in rest of milk, stir a little more.
3. Heat some more, I usually do about 2 to 3 minutes, with a break at each minute to make sure it doesn’t overflow (because it sucks to clean microwaves.)

And voila, a yummy treat on a perfect fall day!

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