So I decided to start up a new blog! Head on over to halivegan, yay!
So I decided to start up a new blog! Head on over to halivegan, yay!
It has been hmm…quite some time since I have posted last! I’m a bit at a loss as to what to do with this ol’ blog. I’ve contemplated starting fresh, creating a new blog or perhaps I should just keep posting away at this blog pretending as if I have not had an almost over 1 year hiatus.
I think whatever the case, the blog will be a bit different. I’d like to write about things other than food (but trust me, there will be still lots of food) but maybe have more words on other aspects of a vegan lifestyle. Maybe book reviews? Discussions on various ethics? Pictures of cute puppies?
I’m not sure, but I do know I’ve been itching to blog again so I think I will be back soon!
The past few months I have been enjoying a great honour of being a tester for Celine and Joni‘s upcoming cookbook. The recipes are outstanding and once this book is released you will definitely want a copy in your hands. There will be a lot of gooooood stuff in there…
…like amazing cookies…
Orange Cappuccino Cookies
No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bites
…and delicious drinks…
Pumpkin Spice Coffee
Mexian Hot Cocoa
…and yummy desserts!
Peanut Butter Pudding
(And lots of savoury stuff too, I’m sure you all know this but I have a major sweet tooth)
It has been over 4 weeks since I have updated! Blah, life and school has been rather hectic lately but I’m still here! Actually the reason I am breaking my silence today is because I am working on my final two papers and what better way to procrastinate than to blog?
On the food front, it’s been rather boring lately but a few weeks ago I made my first ever vegan cheesecake!
It was the now defunct Delicious Choices’ recipe for Creamy Cheesecake with a chocolate ganache topping. It was SO good! I froze some of it in an attempt to save some of it but I ended up eating a few slices frozen which were like ice cream bars, it was wonderful, horrible yet still so wonderful. If you want the recipe, google for a download, that’s what I did.
What else is new with me? We had a snowstorm last weekend and it was pretty. I’m betting anything though that it will be 15C on Christmas day.
And Max has probably grown a bit since the last time you saw him. He learned how to play fetch and he likes Christmas lights.
I will be finished school for the year next Saturday so hopefully I’ll be able to update more for the holidays! See you around!
Even though I do know how to spell it. This survey was a lot of fun to do, it may not be about food but you’re probably getting a little sick of food anyway at the end of Mofo, right? Just kidding. I was tagged by the lovely Josey of Vancouver Vegan to complete this fun survey. I was going to include a picture of my closet but then I took a look at my closet and let’s just say well it has been a busy few weeks of school work…
There’s no one whose style I model myself after but I do admire the wardrobes of these people:
Hi! Loooong time, no post eh? I owe you all an update.
What’s new in my life? A new family member that’s what! Meet Max! He’s actually my sister’s baby and his name isn’t actually Max, I just can’t bring myself to call him the ‘name’ she picked for him. He likes shoes a lot, inflicting pain on one’s toes and just being really cute. (That’s my shoe he’s sleeping in)
Last week, I got a break from work and travelled down to the states for a stay. Let me tell you America, I kinda always thought that I didn’t like you, I just thought that you know, Canada was a lot better, I mean we have free health care and all…but I was wrong. I think I kind of love you. I think we should talk about moving in together.
What spurred this romance? Your grocery stores! Oh. My. God. I was like…well like a vegan in a grocery store! There was soy yogurt that tasted like yogurt! And cookie dough soy ice cream! And mimicreme! Newman-os! And everything was so cheap, a carton of soymilk down there was like half the price than I pay up here. Oh! And I got three pairs of non-leather boots for like 60 bucks, not at a grocery store though. So anyway, I really like shopping in the United States.
I stayed in Portland, Maine by the way, isn’t it pretty?
Right before I left, Hannah of the Bittersweet blog posted The Vegan’s Hundred and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to participate so here we go!
1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Pass it on!
2. Green Smoothie
3. Tofu Scramble
6. Creme brulee
10. Baba ghanoush
12. Authentic soba noodles
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Taco from a street cart
16. Boba Tea
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
20. Vanilla ice cream
21. Herloom Tomato
22. Fresh wild berries
24. Rice and beans
26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
31. Wasabi peas
32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Mango lassi
35. Root beer float
36. Mulled cider
37. Scones with buttery spread and jam
38. Vodka jelly
40. Fast food french fries
41. Raw Brownies
42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans
44. Homemade Soymilk
45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
48. Vegetable Sushi
49. Glazed doughnut
51. Prickly pear
55. Cotton candy
57. Piña colada
58. Birch beer
60. Carob chips
62. Soy curls
63. Chickpea cutlets
66. Homemade Sausages
67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake
68. Smoked tofu
69. Fried plantain
72. Warm chocolate chip cookies
74. Corn on the cob
75. Whipped cream, straight from the can
77. Fauxstess Cupcake
78. Mashed potatoes with gravy
81. French onion soup
82. Savory crepes
84. A meal at Candle 79
86. Sprouted grains or seeds
87. Macaroni and “cheese”
89. Matzoh ball soup
90. White chocolate
93. Butterscotch chips
94. Yellow watermelon
95. Chili with chocolate
96. Bagel and Tofutti
97. Potato milk
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Raw cookie dough
As you can see, there is still quite a bit for me to explore. The only things I crossed out are things that I imagine would taste “fishy”, sorry but I can’t do anything that tastes like the sea. I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the list though!
So how’s that for an update? It’s kind of lengthy and there’s not one photo of food so I’ll have to redeem myself soon. As the end of summer approaches so does the beginning of school, I go back Wednesday, two more years to go and I’m done my degree! So updates might be brief and sporadic, but I’ll try to update more than I did in the summer (shouldn’t be too hard!). See ya everyone and have a restful labour day!
When my sister and I went vegetarian about four or so years ago, there was really only one thing we found ourselves longing for. When we were kids, our favourite after school snack was the S’more. Not a very labour intensive method was used, we just placed a marshmallow on a graham cracker, threw some chocolate chips on top and nuked in the microwave for a few seconds then-the best part-smooshing the melty chocolate and puffy marshmallow with another graham cracker.
Enter Sweet & Sara. The genius company behind the vegan marshmallow. I recently placed an order on vegan essentials and yesterday a box arrived for my at doorstep. These are what were nestled inside:
I was reallllly excited to try these and they did not disappoint, these were better than any marshmallow I’ve ever had in my life. These are some gourmet marshmallows, fluffy with a delectable hints of vanilla (and not that cheap vanilla taste. The good kind). I was a bit sceptical that these would not hold up for a s’more though…would they puff like a marshmallow should? Or would they fail miserably as so many vegan cheeses do? My province currently has a ban on any open fire (it’s really dry here, my neighbour’s well ran dry the other day) so I had to pass on any attempt to recreate the authentic campfire treat and take the microwave route. No matter, the s’more I made was just as I remembered, with gooey melty chocolate and marshmallow nestled between crunchy homemade graham crackers.
Sweet & Sara offer there own take on the vegan s’more which I ordered along with my marshmallows to sample.
I tried the Peanut Butter S’more and it was really good. It reminded more of a moon pie (or whatever they’re called) rather than a s’more though and I don’t know if I’d purchase one again. I prefer my homemade s’mores, they’re a lot cheaper to make too! All in all, I love these products and am kind wishing I had have splurged on the Coconut variety they also offer but oh well, I think that my summer is kind complete anyway with my vegan vanilla marshmallows.