I know I don’t write about fashion or anything that cool. But if you know me, you know I have a Fluevog problem. Today was International Fluevog Day and it worked out that this year I could visit a store and take part of their rare sale. It was 15% off and I had a really damn hard time deciding what I wanted. I bought the boots first and then on the way back to the car I turned around and got the shoes. I couldn’t help it! And I got a free mug, so there’s that
The loot! The boots are of the Living family: Malcolm. They are mens boots but they have been on my radar since they came out. I’ve been looking for a cool pair of slouchy boots for well over a year and they have lived on my amazon list just that long. They were a last minute decision purchase since they didn’t have the black colourway on the floor. They only had a couple of sizes left and they had my size. Destiny. Sold.
Funny enough the shoes I went back for got the vote from my friend AND my husband (in text). So of course I didn’t pick them up first. They are in the Adriana family: Lois. Super cute. I love spectators. These should get a lot of wear and they are comfy.
Posted in Shoes.
– May 15, 2013
So, this months challenge for the Baking Partners was New York Style Pizza. We have a lot of great entries and I always like making pizza. Plus, the pizza dough recipe over at Feeling Foodish and the sauce recipe over at Serious Eats were already vegetarian. Just had to sub margarine for butter in the sauce so I’m not going to repost the recipes here. Couldn’t be easier, right?
Yeah, and then that happened. My pizza stone died. I heard a bang the other day when I was baking something else and I knew what was going on. Total bummer. Now I need to replace it but I really had to make the challenge pizza. So I went old school with my mom’s very old pizza pan and hoped for the best.
The dough was so easy. I actually weighed it all out and it was just very easy. I loved how thin and easy it was to work with. I had it 48 hours in the fridge and it was fine. I weighed the ingredients, it always works out so much better.
So the sauce was very basic but just what I wanted. I do admit I added a tiny bit of sugar, I just like a sweeter sauce. It was very tasty. I went very basic and topped it with a bit of Daiya wedge and some shiitake mushrooms that showed up in my CSA box. I didn’t add my usual spices on top because I wanted the sauce to shine a bit more than usual.
Honestly, this was a great pizza. I loved the crust. The sauce was okay I guess, but the crust was beautiful. It really reminded me of New York Pizza, but of course it was missing that “something”. Not sure if it needed a bit more salt or something else but the crust without sauce or toppings was just missing something. That’s all good though, because I’ll make it over and over since it is a great piece of pie.
Posted in Baking, Food.
– May 15, 2013
Yum! My husband has what you might call a Brazil nut problem. As in, he can never get enough of them. Notice how they don’t really sell them by themselves? Sure you can get your fair share of almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, cashews, even hazelnuts. Not so much with Brazil nuts. Total bummer. I found some at Trader Joe’s but they were raw. And my guy isn’t one to eat raw nuts.
What’s a girl to do but roast her nuts for her husband? And a few basic spices and it turns into an awesome snack.
Spicy Rosemary Brazil Nuts Recipe
- 1 pound raw brazil nuts
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- Toss the brazil nuts with the oil and spices.
- Bake for about 15-20 minutes or until the nuts are lightly browned. Watch carefully, it might be less than 20 minutes for you.
Posted in Diet, Gluten Free, Recipes, Savory.
– May 14, 2013
So tired I couldn’t take a focused photo. Damn Mondays. I decided to jump into the Tea Of Inquiry today by The Republic Of Tea. I actually really liked this one.
This green tea has toasted rice and I really love the added flavour. This tea actually has a personality and that’s what I like about it. It has an earthy grassy sencha taste with the toasty flavour from the rice. It’s a pretty good Genmaicha in itself for mass production bags. It’s a good introduction into Gemaicha teas I think as it isn’t hard to brew and it tastes a little more mellow that something you might get with a higher level brand.
Posted in Food, Tea.
– May 13, 2013
Sorry about the overcast photoshoot. I was hungry and in the mood for lentils. Smitten Kitchen had a great recipe for a Lentil and Chickpea salad but it seemed…complicated.
Now let me say all the steps are probably worth it. I’m lazy at heart. Yes, I know it doesn’t seem like it but if I’m cooking when I’m hungry the end better be in sight. So I didn’t toast and grind my own spices. I used precooked lentils. I didn’t have a preserved lemon (I’m sure I had a wrinkled lemon on my tree but it just wasn’t the same), and I totally spaced on the parsley. I wouldn’t forget that next time.
It was still tasty, but not as epic as it could have been. It was great for lunches and it was a nice change with the tahini. I did get bored of it near the end mind you, since I ate the whole batch myself. I ate a lot of it on greens to give it a nice veggie kick. I did leave out the feta but I can see how that would be an amazing addition. If you like or can eat cheese, go for it!
Posted in Food, Meal Ideas.
– May 12, 2013
I finally got to Gracias Madre! It’s been on the list for a while but weekends in the Mission are kind of a pain in the butt. My coworkers decided to take me there and it was a great lunch. I was the only veg there but hey, everyone was really flexible. I was pretty happy. Let me tell ya, the food was a lot quicker than Cafe Gratitude. Plus, the food was cooked. Thanks for not being total crazy hippies. At least on this visit.
The inside was really nice. There’s a bit of outside seating too. Of course we were sat at a big table in the middle of the restaurant where there was no light. So forgive the photos. I tried. I was also the only food blogger at the table so I tried not to be a pain in the ass. That’s hard for me. We got there early, really before the lunch rush so there were plenty of tables open. They started filling up pretty quickly.
We ordered a few appetizers. Guacamole (not pictured) had a bit of a kick and was served with warm tortillas. The gorditas were great, kind of greasy and with a kick from the salsa verde. I had some of this even though it had avocado. Honestly, I think everything in the restaurant had avocado. Seriously. The quesadillas had sweet potatoes and caramelized onions. As you can see they were fatties. Everyone enjoyed them but I passed since both avocado and sweet potato in the same dish is enough for me to pass on. Especially since I had an entrée coming up!
I got the torta special. It also came with avocado on the caesar AND in the sandwich. They were cool enough to leave it off. They said french bread but this was definitely an Italian Ciabatta. No worries. It was still damn tasty with beans, pico de gallo, cashew crema and some veggies. Very tasty but everything seemed to blend on the palette after awhile. I was looking forward to the chocolate cake but there was no way that was going to fit in my stomach. Next time!
Posted in Food, Reviews.
– May 11, 2013
It’s Friday and gloomy here. Aka, back to normal. I’ve probably said it before but Earl Grey is the husband’s domain. I can take it or leave it but sometimes it’s nice to change things up. We have a bunch of Republic of Tea cannisters in both loose and bagged at work. I picked up the Earl Greyer this time and gave it a go.
I’m never really suprised with RoT’s teabags. They are pretty good honestly. The bergamot isn’t overpowering in this blend which is different. I thought it was because I brewed it lightly but I’ve tried a few times and it is just quite subtle. I actually prefer this one iced since the bergamot is so subtle it isn’t really worth a huge parade on my tongue hot.
Posted in Food, Tea.
– May 10, 2013
I was craving carrot cake so I set out to make a cake. I mean, I can share it (if I want) at work so I found a good recipe that would kill two birds with one stone over at King Arthur Flour. This recipe for sourdough carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is pretty basic if you overlook the fact that it has sourdough starter in the batter. That’s obviously non standard. But I needed to feed my starter since it had been awhile so why throw out good “old” starter when you can make something with it?
(I just love this photo). Anyway, I set out to make a cake and noticed I didn’t have enough white granulated sugar. Yes, I didn’t have 1 cup of plain white sugar. I have about 15 different types of sugar in the house but of course I was almost out of white sugar (I didn’t want to buy fancy pants organic white sugar at Trader Joe’s so I didn’t pick any up this week). But I did have enough for a half batch of this recipe so I made cupcakes and got 16. That’s more than enough to share. I let these sit in the fridge for a while after they were frosted and the flavours were great. It might be a standard recipe but it’s pretty good. No surprise raisins for the haters, but there is pineapple. Next time I’ll cut way back on the oil. It really does make a nice cake but it’s a lot and I think it doesn’t need to be so oily. I didn’t make the standard cream cheese recipe, I just mixed up a standard vegan one with Tofutti cream cheeze and called it a day.
Posted in Baking, Food.
– May 9, 2013
Happy Wednesday! I’m still not done my muesli. I will be by Friday however. Hey, it was a big bag. Today with added strawberries. It kept me full for quite a bit. Lunch kind of sneaked up on me today. That’s rare.
And lunch was at Panera. I really wanted the fruit cup so I paid more and still got the chips. The chips are still in my car untouched actually. I couldn’t decide what to eat so I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Let me tell you, the cashier was awesome. I ordered the pb& j. She asked me if I want an adult one, or a kids size. I said I’d love an adult pb&j, I was hungry so she worked it all out that I got it on my choice of wheat bread and it was a bit bigger. She had to wrangle things in the system but then I heard her go back and explain exactly what I wanted to the sandwich makers. Then they delivered it directly to my table. Thanks!
Dinner was a curry with chickpeas and kale. I had planned on broccoli all day, and then noticed I didn’t have any. Oops. I was going to have a huge portion steamed on the side. Instead, I cooked up half of a bunch of kale and then added it to the curry serving. It worked. The curry was a bit spicy so I had some strawberries to cool down my mouth.
Posted in Food, Food Log.
– May 8, 2013
I didn’t use up all of my sweetened condensed milk from my cheesecake so I built a recipe around the leftovers. I’ll put the ingredients in the recipe so that you don’t have to hunt around. Honestly, I was surprised that this recipe was such a hit. I just kind of threw things together and it worked out great.
I love banana so including it in the recipe was an easy choice. I’ve also been rocking the coconut lately, it must be the weather. I knew I wanted chocolate so everything was married together in a 8×8 pan and they lived happily ever after.
- Preheat the oven to 350
- Melt the margarine in an 8x8 pan in the oven while the oven is preheating.
- To make the sweetened condensed milk combine the shredded coconut, water, agave nectar, coconut oil and vanilla in the blender. Blend until smooth.
- Combine the sweetened condensed milk mixture with the banana and set aside.
- Remove the melted margarine pan from the oven carefully and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs.
- Pour the wet mixture evenly over the crumbs.
- Top with the walnuts, chocolate chips and coconut, pressing down lightly.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool for an hour and then chill thoroughly in the fridge before cutting into bars.
Posted in Recipes, Sweet, Vegan.
– May 7, 2013