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I baked a Cake

This weekend I baked a cake.

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There wasn’t really a reason, no birthday, no special occasion, nothing extra special to celebrate.

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I just felt like baking a cake. Mixing together some dry ingredients, whipping up some frosting. This cake has been on my to-do list of baking for a very long time.

But I didn’t get to it because in my mind I thought, “there is no special occasion for this cake. Nothing to celebrate, no person who would want it for their birthday.” So I put it off. I left it for a long long time.  And obviously you can’t make a cake without a good reason.

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But then I woke up on a cold frosty day with a baking itch that I knew had to be scratched soon. So I really scratched that itch, not with muffins, or banana bread, or some everyday fare.

I baked a cake and it was delicious.

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Somewhere in the past I’d made a rule that cake was only for a special day. Well maybe making a cake is just what makes that day special.

Or maybe, sometimes, we have to throw out our “food rules”.

PS the cake is a Vegan Red Velvet cake from The Vegan Table written by this lovely lady.

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Vegan Challenged

Well. This vegan challenge is off to a rocky start, let me tell you.

Let me put a disclaimer that says I actually ate vegan for Saturday and Sunday, and that was easy peasy. Might have included some polenta of which I got NO decent shots, but came from this cookbook.

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(Man even that shot is soooooo blurry!)

But well, yesterday there might have been a non-vegan mini muffin that I didn’t think about until I ate it.

And today well, if I was an all or nothing person I’d say today was a complete bust. But at the same time I sort of knew today wouldn’t go so well.

For one of my classes we’re placed with a community partner. Ours happens to be Urban Aboriginal Community Kitchen, and it is a group that gets together every week and makes lunch together. They try to stick to foods that are historically part of their diet. And if you guess fish, you were right.

I don’t even normally eat fish, but these salmon burgers, were amazing. Not that I have any pervious experience to compare it to, but still I imagine they were pretty good.

Sadly, I guess I’m “failing” at this vegan challenge, but I’m still gonna do my best (minus thursday’s class). And hopefully I can get some vegan related posts and recipes up later this week.

I’ve loved reading people’s recaps so far, it’s been cool to see what everyone says. (PS, Leah at Why Deprive mentioned the best dream about cheese in the comments on Life After Bagels)

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Presents

Well it’s official. I’m a liar. Here I was promising you lots of posts while exams happened… and instead I pretty much just disappear. My apologies. I have been out there reading blogs (somewhat, I did take a break when I went to Whistler for three days which was AMAZING.) just not posting any myself.

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Yesterday I met up with a dietitian who has a job that is pretty similar to what I’d love to be doing. We just had coffee and chatted and it was fun and gave me lots of food for thought.

I also went Christmas shopping and bought some of my friends their gifts. Can you believe yesterday was the first official day of me Christmas shopping??? Yeah, I know, most people are finishing…

But for some of my friends I did a little DIY project.

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Way back during Angela’s Project Food Blog, she made some Blondies in a Jar. I loved the idea, but know there was no way I’d have enough of all the ingredients (or be able to find big enough jars!) to make that for my friends.

Instead I stuck with Hot Chocolate in a Jar.

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Directions

1. Make Hot Chocolate Mix as you like it (mine is probably 1 cup cocoa powder to 3/4 cup sugar [white & brown} with liberal amounts of cinnamon sprinkled in).

2. Get your jars (mine were $1.50 at the dollar store, then I just cleaned them).

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3. Split evenly, leaving room for marshmellows.

4. Experiment with different wrapping techniques.

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5. give to friends.

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Overall, they turned out quite well. The cards had little directions for making the best cup of cocoa. And that was that. I often find myself making gifts for people every few years, I love the hands on feel of DIY projects.

Well I’m off to do… NOTHING!!! I love being done exams and school, I have a good ten days of freedom now. Though I do have some Christmas shopping left to do…

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I spoil myself…

For those of you foodies, you know how expensive a trip to Whole Foods, or Capers might be. Well this week I was out job hunting and I found myself outside Capers, and I knew I would go in…

And I did. Look at some of the loot I picked up!

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Some raw cocoa nibs, nutritional yeast, and greek yogurt. Yum.

Of course I had a snack of one today:

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Look at how thick it is!

Of course I did eat it from a bowl! And I topped it with some peanut butter, cocoa powder and some agave. And something interesting happened…

I wanted to melt the peanut butter a bit, make it more pliable for mixing… And I burnt it!

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Did you know you could burn peanut butter? In a microwave? I didn’t! Lol. Oh well, it worked fine.

Today I did a little “real” shopping and spoiled myself with new shoes, a sports bra, jacket and bikini! I didn’t mean to buy so much, but it sort of happened. *blush*

What has everyone else been up to this weekend? Anything exciting?

PS Storm the wall is tomorrow, hopefully I can get some photos and recap the race for you!

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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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A little Wind

Hello!

I’m sorry! I can’t believe it’s been a week since I’ve written! *Gasp* My apologies. The week just got away from me…

Outside there’s apparently winds of 60-80km/hr. Trees are down, electricity is down for some, the ferries aren’t running; it’s crazy! Despite the winds gusting and busting last night, I slept relatively well. Probably because I’ve been sleeping poorly lately and am soooooo tired.

I got up to some more baking this weekend…

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Used up some of that Pumpkin in some pumpkin muffin making.

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yum!
Not yum:

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Dishes are the least fun part of cooking.

In other news I get to cook for fifty plus people this weekend for an event we’ll be having! Woo! I promise to document this.

Other than that, I do not have much news. Angela at Oh She Glows posted an interesting post about getting over your obsession with weight, I really enjoy reading the comments on these blogs, since it’s so nice to know many of us have gone through similar stories.

Alright, I’m signing out! But I promise to be back more this week!

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One Week In

And I already feel behind! Wow, Friday already?! Time flies.

Most of my courses are the usual run of mill sciences courses, but there’s one I’m excited for. Can you guess what it might be?

Let me give you a clue…

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Still not sure? ok ok, here’s one more clue…

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Think you got it?

Yep, I’m definitely in an Intro to Wine Science. aka, wine tasting for labs. 😀
Guess the alcoholic foodie in me is coming out. I wasn’t originally in this class, but the elective I did have didn’t count as a restricted elective. Instead of fighting it I decided to just find a different course (if one interested me) that would let me in. This one did, and I got in! yay!

My weekend is looking pretty busy… with HOMEWORK. EGAHDS?! is this term starting quickly or is it just me?
I am going out tonight, but just for dinner, and maybe I’ll study up on my wine tasting. 😉

Hope you guys all have more exciting weekend plans then I do.

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Christmas Eating Recap

Hello! Sorry for the long break! What can I say? Without a schedule I get really bad at actually doing stuff I need to be doing. I work much better when I’m busy.

So what have I been up to? Baking. Cooking. Eating. 😀 More eating, and lots of TV watching. I’m pretty sure I haven’t watched this much TV in… well, probably since summer after my first year. But for once I’m sort of enjoying the total lazyness.

So when I last left you I was about to get into some baking. Oh boy did I.

May I present some Orange and Almond Biscotti:
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The next day I made supper. At least I think it was the next day, they all blend, so maybe it was a couple days later. It was a delicious Acorn Squash and Coconut Curry soup. It was soooo amazing. The coconut milk made it so buttery. I didn’t follow a recipe at all. Just cooked it up from what I knew about squash, and curry spices. Yum.

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We had Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve. My brother is an aspiring speed skater, so he had training early today. Watch out, one day he just might be in the Olympics (not this year though, he’s still young for a skater, and isn’t quite on the national team).

On the Menu:

  • Turkey (not for me)
  • Wild Rice stuffing
  • Brussel Sprouts with Mushrooms
  • Mandarine Orange, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad
  • Mocha Cake and traditional Coconut and Pecan Icing.
  • White wine (few too many glasses)

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Sorry about this marathon post!

I’m off to do more Holiday-like things (already did a little Boxing Day shopping, done with that for today!) and I’ll post more later.

Merry Belated Christmas!

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Uno to Go-oo

Two wee little men greeted me on my exit this morning:

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They waved hello, and wished me good luck on my studying escapades today.

I fueled my studying with a few snacks. Two of which to me provide quite the juxtapostion:

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Do you see what I see? The difference in the two ingredients list is CRAZY. Sometimes it’s amazing to me how much can go into one thing. Two ingredients vs. a billion. And not just that but have the ones on the coke zero ingrendient list are, gulp, man made chemicals!

Alas, I have not the willpower to resist the sweet caffeinyness. hmmmm.

The Larabar was great too, I’ve only had a few of these before, but I’d love to try and make a homemade “larabar”.

Alright, I’m off to sleep (yoga first!) and then get up and spend one more day studying before my LAST EXAM!!!!!

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On the Mend

Hello Lovely Blog world!

Well I am on the mend. In no thanks to my current eating. Which has included a lot of:

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some…

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(hot chocolate, in case you couldn’t tell…)

a bowl of…

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I always just want comfort food when I’m sick. I’m not very good at eating super healthy foods that will heal me. Don’t worry though; I’ve had some good ol’ tomato soup a couple of times and maybe a few clementines so I’m definitely getting in some Vitmamin C. I’ve just mixed in the above foods… and maybe a pizza pop or two (*blushes* I haven’t had a pizza pop in goodness knows how long, but I got a strange craving for one yesterday and just gave in…).

Other than that life has been study study study. All my papers are out of the way, my TA for a course I had yesterday was such a dear. We had a presentation to do, and I went with hopes I’d be strong enough, but I just couldn’t go through with it. I asked my group if they’d be okay with me leaving, and they said yeah, that’s fine. And my TA agreed as well, I asked about making up marks and she said she’d let me know. And apparently I don’t have to worry about it, which is great. I mean I did all the work… I just didn’t present it, but my group did. 😀

On another note, since I’m not eating all my produce it’s starting to look like this:

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Super ripe! I don’t know how I’ll feel about fruit tomorrow, so in the spirit of procrastination I was proactive and did a bunch of chopping this evening:

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And into the freezer they went! I see I caught my shadow, dang university dorm room lighting! 😦

Alright, I can’t procrastinate anymore, I only have the ittiest bit left on this section of physiology, so I’m off to finish it up!

Night.

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