Archive | July, 2007

PB&J Swirl Loaf and Hummus Quinoa Casserole

31 Jul

Yesterday, I baked Celine’s PB&J Swirl Loaf-a recipe for her upcoming zine.  OMG.  This bread is to die for.  My sister loved it very much as well, her exact words were that it tasted “like the good ol’ days”.

Awhile ago, a dish caught my eye on my aim is true and last night I finally decided to try it.  Vicki’s Hummus and Quinoa Casserole is a recipe in Vive le Vegan and Amber posted her modified version of it.  (Thanks, Amber!)  I modified it a bit further to suit ingredients I had on hand. I used eggplant instead of summer squash, and added mushrooms and yellow pepper. This turned out really good, I loved all the different flavours.  I’d definitely make it again and I’m thinking it would be a great dish to play around with, using whatever vegetables you need to get rid of in the fridge.  This is actually the first time I’ve ever cooked with quinoa and it definitely won’t be the last, I love this grain.

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Orange Almond Cookies

28 Jul

Orange Almond Cookies

I adore the combination of chocolate and orange.  These cookies were really decadent and tasty and highlighted the wonderful pair perfectly (and they’re not as sinful as the cookies I’ve been baking lately!).

Feeding my Addiction…

27 Jul

Phew!  It is HOT here.  Then why is there a lovely picture of cookies in this post?  Because I didn’t care how hot it was yesterday, I wanted cookies.  I baked the Chocolate Chip Cookies from Vegan with a Vengeance for the first time and I was very pleased with them.  I actually didn’t use chips, I just cut up a chocolate bunny (I’m heartless) that I’ve had since Easter into nice big chocolate chunks. 

Note-Why do I bake Chocolate Chip Cookies so often?  Well, other than because of the fact that they are just awesome, it’s because whenever I ask my sister what kind of cookies I should bake, she answers with Chocolate Chip, and I’m a total pushover.

Bonus picture of Benji in deep, philosophical thought.  (How does one enter this dome shaped room in the middle of the front yard?)

A Test-y Day

23 Jul

Actually my day wasn’t testy at all, I was just trying to be clever.  My day instead was filled with wonderful tester dishes.

First up…the lovely Celine is working on a cookzine! And I get to test!

Spicy Scrambled Tofu.  SO good!

Rum Spice Cookies, real tasty, I ate quite a few of these…

And now another delicious veganyumyum tester-Lime Peanut Noodles with Seitan Kale, and Carrots.  (The seitan was actually another great havecakewilltravel tester)

Well, back to reading Harry Potter, I’ve been taking my time reading it, I don’t want it to end!

Pad Thai & Cupcakes

17 Jul

I made this for supper tonight.  It’s the Pad Thai from Vegan Planet, it’s my first time ever making Pad Thai and I was attracted to this recipe because it was simple, I even had all of the ingredients on hand!  It was pretty good, if I make it again I’ll definitely add something to give it some more spice, I like my Pad Thai with heat.  Like the cute little chopsticks?  They’re my sister’s, she picked them up on our first ever trip (but definitely not our last) to an asian market and she let me borrow them for the shoot.  (well, I’m sure she would have if I had have asked…)

And for dessert?  Coconut Heaven Cupcakes from Vegan with a Vengeance.  These are absolutely perfect.  Fluffy and moist, and oh so delicious.

Sugar High

12 Jul

Cashew Chocolate Coconut Cookie-my work in progress.

Deliciously creamy Chocolate Fudge.  Wow, this was good.  I made them in mini muffin pans.

Isa’s Graham Crackers

These were very good! I haven’t had a graham cracker in so long so these definitely hit the nostalgic spot. I really want a s’more though. I was going to order vegan marshmallows from pangea but it would’ve cost me $20 for 2 bags with shipping and handling! I don’t need a s’more that desperately. But what to do with all the graham crackers? So far, I’ve had one plain, one with peanut butter, and one with frosting. Any other ideas?

Whew.  As much as I adore sugar, I think I need a break from it for a bit.  So be prepared to see healthy meals in the upcoming days!  (hey, I so heard that groan!)

Review: Abba Hair Care Products

12 Jul

Last night I ventured over to a new shopping/business complex that opened up across the harbour, Dartmouth Crossing. I didn’t expect to be impressed but to be honest I was impressed. It’s designed to look like a village (with uber awesome street lamps and everything) and it has lots of stores coming-both big and small names. And a huge movie theatre. Yeah, it’s a total tourist trap but whatever, it’s cute.

One of the stores I went into was a salon that sold a ton of beauty products. I went in there to see if they had anything vegan. I quickly scanned the shelves looking for brands that I’ve heard of. Sigh. Nothing. I made a comment to my mom regarding how hard it is find vegan products. “What about the shampoo over there that says 100% vegan on it?” she replied. I had walked right by a sign that said vegan! Crazy. And there were multiple shelves of Abba Hair Care Products. I’ve never heard of the brand before and of course I had to try it.

On their website, Abba claims that their products are always:

  • 100% Vegan
  • Sulfate Free, DEA Free
  • Free of Synthetic Dyes
  • Eco-Sensitive Salon Formulas
  • Cruelty Free

After a lengthy process of choosing which shampoo and condition I should purchase, I finally decided on the Creme-Moist Shampoo and the Thickening Conditioner.

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Creme-Moist Shampoo
After arriving home, I looked at the bottle of shampoo again and noticed that it was for colour treated hair!  Oops.  I’m sure it won’t matter that my hair’s not dyed though.  The main reason I was attracted to this particular shampoo was it’s wonderful scent!  It’s Cherry Bark, Berry & Sweet Almond Essences smell heavenly.  I could gush on and on about how wonderful it smells, it’s just that good.  So, enough about that smell, how does it actually work?  I lathered my hair up with a dab of it and it was nice, I didn’t need to use a lot of it either.  It rinsed perfectly as well.  Now time to condition.

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Thickening Conditioner
My hair is always in desperate need of volume and the recent humidity we’ve been experiencing does not help!  So, I was very curious to see if this conditioner could do anything for my hair.  At first, I was bracing myself for a disappointment because well, compared to the shampoo, it didn’t smell very nice.  It smelled fine but it wasn’t amazing.  So again, I lathered my hair all up but this time waited 1 minute like the bottle told me to.  On rinsing, omg, even though it was still soaked my hair felt so silky and soft! 

Final Verdict
After styling my hair, I could definitely see an improvement, you know how your hair feels after you hair dresser washes it?  Oh yeah, my hair felt like that.  My hair did see an increase in volume and a definite improvement in texture.  I would definitely purchase Abba products again ( I really want to try the straightening balm), even if just for the smell of the shampoo, ha ha.