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New blog!

23 Jun

Hey all!

So I decided to start up a new blog!  Head on over to halivegan, yay!

-Ashley

oh heyy

17 Jun

Hello!

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!

Ash xo

testing testing

13 Jan

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

Orange Cappuccino Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bites

No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bites

…and delicious drinks…

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Mexican Hot Mocha

Mexian Hot Cocoa

…and yummy desserts!

01.08.08

Peanut Butter Pudding

(And lots of savoury stuff too, I’m sure you all know this but I have a major sweet tooth)

so!

30 Nov

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!

cheesecake

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.

25.11.08

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.

18.11.08

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!

I always type survey ‘s-u-r-v-e-r-y’ for some reason.

26 Oct

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…

1. What is fashion/style to you?
Fashion to me is expression and creativity.  It’s all about representing who you are and how you want to be read in society.
2. Describe your style.
Classic.  I don’t dress over the top and follow trends.  I like to stick to the pieces that never go out of style.  I hope that one day I can look back at photos and not be like ‘What the hell was I thinking??’.
3. Your favorite look/fashion style/genre.
I’m not sure.  I love looking at old photos of 60s bands and celebrities so that one.
4. Fashion style/look that you are into lately.
There’s been this look in the magazines that they’re calling rock or something like that and I love the accessories-big boots, bags with studs…none of it seems to very vegan though. 😦 Other than that, just the classic looks I was talking about earilier.
5. Your favorite fashion item.
I have two!
Scarves!  I am with the philosophy that you can never have too many and they can make something as basic as a black tee and jeans look awesome.
Cardigans!  I have a huge weakness for cardigans.  It’s kind of ridiculous.  I have…7?  Or more? 
6. What plays the most important role when you’re choosing your outfit?
How I feel that day.
7. Least favorite look/style/fashion item.
-legging as pants!  NOT flattering.  EVER.
-pants half way down your ass (guys, I’m looking at you!)
But there aren’t too many that bother me, as long as you’re dressing true to how you want to dress, I’m down with that.
8. Does your style change often?
Not really.  I stick to shades neutral colours-black, gray, navy and brown with a little bit of colour.  And I’ve been rocking that for a few years.  It does change though but slowly.
9. A girl’s wardrobe essentials?
A favourite pair of jeans.
A Cardigan.
A few scarves.
A pair of boots.
10. Your fashion motto:
Dress yourself.
11. Your fashion role model/icon.

There’s no one whose style I model myself after but I do admire the wardrobes of these people:

Audrey Hepburn
Rachel Bilson (she likes scarves too!)
Zooey Deschanel
12. Your favorite brands?
I don’t really have one.
13. What do you do when you see somebody wearing the exact same outfit that you are wearing?
It’s never happened to me, and I find it hard imagining that it would happen.  I’d probably laugh it off awkwardly.  Or stare them down.
14. Do you like to follow the trends often?
Not at all.
15. Your fashion secrets/tips:
Don’t dress like the Olsen twins (I mean who would have ever thought that hobo chic would become a term?).
Buy clothes that fit.  Even if that size on the tag isn’t what you normally buy.
Wear what you like.
Keep it simple.
16. Your favorite fashion model?
Like runway model?  I don’t have one.  I mean, Kate Moss can make wellies look cool so maybe her if I had to choose?
 
17. Favorite fashion mag?
I’ve been liking InStyle lately.  It’s so big and there’s lots of pictures.
18. Do you like to give fashion advice to other people?
Yeah.  I don’t do it too often though but if someone asks, I’m pretty honest.
19. The best look on opposite gender?
The first thing that came to mind was ‘clean’, ha ha.  I like how guys look when they dress ‘dressy-casual’
20. What is the most dominant colour in your closet/wardrobe?
Black.  Although gray’s becoming a close second.
21. Favorite fabric/texture of clothes?
Is it viscose?  That tree fiber thing, it feels sooo soft as a sweater.

22. Favorite clothing details?
Any thing that contrasts.  Like my latest cardigan purchase that’s black with tiny white buttons.  It just really makes the cardigan.
23. Favorite print?
I’m usually a solid girl.  I wear stripes often though.  I’ve been looking for a cream sweater with thin navy stripes so if anyone sees one around, let me know!
24. Your favorite no-fail clothing items?
Cardigan, skinny jeans, scarf, slouchy black boots.
25. What do you “collect”?
As mentioned previously, scarves and cardigans!  Scarves are the only accessory I wear a lot actually.
26. How do you take care of your clothes?
I try to hand wash stuff or wash them on delicate, washers are so mean to clothes.
27. Favorite shopping spots/places?
Anywhere and everywhere.  I can find stuff anywhere, like my yellow scarf that I found at the duty free shop at the Canada-USA border.
28. What is the oldest item in your closet?
I purge stuff a lot so there isn’t anything too old.  Unless you count my mom’s scarves and belts from the 80s that I ‘borrowed’.
29. Which fashion era is your favorite?
60s!  I love the mod look.  And the laid-back look of the 70s is another favourite.  I also love love love the roaring 20s look.
30. What inspires your style/fashion?
People on the street, pictures from different eras (20s+)…
Tag people to do this:

VeggieGirl!
Melisser!

Back with The Vegan’s Hundred

31 Aug

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)

kitty in shoe!

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?

portland waterfront

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!

1. Natto
2. Green Smoothie
3. Tofu Scramble
4. Haggis
5. Mangosteen
6. Creme brulee
7. Fondue
8. Marmite/Vegemite
9. Borsht 
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Nachos
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
19. Gyoza
20. Vanilla ice cream
21. Herloom Tomato 
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Ceviche
24. Rice and beans
25. Knish
26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Caviar
29. Baklava
30. Pate
31. Wasabi peas
32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Mango lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Mulled cider
37. Scones with buttery spread and jam
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Fast food french fries
41. Raw Brownies
42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans
43. Dahl
44. Homemade Soymilk
45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Stroopwafle
47. Samosas
48. Vegetable Sushi
49. Glazed doughnut
50. Seaweed
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Tofurkey
54. Sheese
55. Cotton candy
56. Gnocchi
57. Piña colada
58. Birch beer
59. Scrapple
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Soy curls
63. Chickpea cutlets
64. Curry
65. Durian
66. Homemade Sausages
67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake
68. Smoked tofu
69. Fried plantain
70. Mochi
71. Gazpacho
72. Warm chocolate chip cookies
73. Absinthe
74. Corn on the cob
75. Whipped cream, straight from the can
76. Pomegranate
77. Fauxstess Cupcake
78. Mashed potatoes with gravy
79. Jerky
80. Croissants
81. French onion soup
82. Savory crepes
83. Tings
84. A meal at Candle 79
85. Moussaka
86. Sprouted grains or seeds
87. Macaroni and “cheese”
88. Flowers
89. Matzoh ball soup
90. White chocolate
91. Seitan
92. Kimchi
93. Butterscotch chips
94. Yellow watermelon
95. Chili with chocolate
96. Bagel and Tofutti
97. Potato milk
98. Polenta
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!

there will be s’mores

18 Jul

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:

there will be s'mores

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.

peanut butter s'more

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.

sweet & sara's smores