Friday, August 22, 2008

Hmm.. lately.


What have I been up to? Work. A lot of work. What do I eat you ask?

Breakfast: A protein smoothie... frozen fruit, almond milk, and vegetarian protein powder (soy, pea, hemp, and rice mix.. I can handle the soy in that pretty well)

Lunch: Plain beans and nori, made into a wrap as I run out the door for work.

Snack/Dinner: Salad and a LUNA bar. Fruit.. sometimes more beans when I get back from work though I get back quite late.

Pretty much, I mean there's fruits and nuts here and there, but for the most part its kind of dull.

The certain someone I mentioned once or twice before has become my SO, for those who were wondering. And he left about a week ago for basic training--he's to be an airforce officer in the Canadian Military. (Which, for those who might have noticed, explains the ribbon on my banner.) Am I pro war? Heavens no, and neither is he--he wants to do search and rescue and peacekeeping, and I want him to be safe. So I support our troops, who protect us.

I've been taking lots of photos for him, and I put together the most awesome asian themed care package--wasabi peas, wasabi cashews, aloe vera juice, pocky, cock sauce (Its actually chilli sauce--we just call it cock sauce because of the rooster on the label..)... I was going to add some more perishable stuff last minute, but I had the forsight to e-mail an administrator first to ask what is allowed in care packages. My answer? NO FOOD OR CANDY.

Well then. They never said beverages, but I'm going to take a safe bet...

So photos is all that's allowed, photos and letters, so I've been doing just that.

As for my blog? I'm sure you've noticed its been tapering, and I dont know if the food part will resurrect any time soon--I really am swamped and might not have a chance to make anything really post-worthy for a while. Sure I'm eating and cooking and even catering for my sorority's recruitment, but is it super awesome cool? Not really I feel.

So, my blog will now officially become more of a "what's going on in my life" sort of deal--so that when my SO manages to get on the net and misses me, he can check here--as he said he would (and he seemed so crestfallen when I mentioned my blog was all but dead that that is what inspired me to simply convert its main focus.)

I really don't mind if you stop reading it; I totally understand that my life as a vegan lifeguard/student/sorority girl isn't quite what was promised at start, but if you want to follow along; you're more than welcome to come for the ride!

Vegan Hundred

As made by Hannah over at BitterSweet

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

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) Post a comment here once you’ve finished and link your post back to this one.
5) Pass it on!

1. Natto
2. Green Smoothie
3. Tofu Scramble
4. Haggis
5. Mangosteen
6. Creme brulee
7. Fondue
8. Marmite/Vegemite
9. Borscht
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. Heirloom tomatoes
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 (I haven't but seeing garbanzo beans in the pod, via the link Hannah provided, made me really happy--I'd always wondered..)
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. PiƱa 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

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I'm not dead

I know it seems like I've been dead, but I've not. I spent the past week saying goodbye to my sweetheart who is, as we speak, boarding a plane to go to St. Jean, Quebec for his basic training for the Canadian Armed Forces. I wish him all my love and blessings.

What did we do this week? Oh some really fun stuff--we went to his brother's wedding. Gasp how did I manage to eat you may ask? Well, I brought my own food and simply told the caterers I was special diet but didn't want to give them a hassel, so if I could just come to the back between dishes to make myself my food I'd love it. They were more than pleased to accomodate, so that was that. I got to use the cute little bento box I picked up in Spain (I put almonds in the cutlery holder, and I left in the divider so the pits could go somewhere. Tricksy aren't I?)

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I hope some good photos come of me and the SO ripping up the dance floor--we're pretty amazing if I do say so myself! I'll be sure to post a good one here if I can!

Oh, I wish I'd taken a photo but I made two really gorgeous things last night; an awesome salad and some really great bread. The SO's family devoured both, so I'd say it was a hit. I'll give the recipe's here and when I make it again, some photos!


Cranberry Almond Salad

Salad:

454g baby spinach (pre-washed)
3/4 cups sliced almonds
2/3 cups dried cranberries
1-2 tsp flax seed oil

Warm the flax seed oil very gently over low heat, add the almonds and toss well, toast the almonds. Allow to cool and then throw together with spinach and cranberries.

Dressing:
1/2 cup sweetener
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 T flax seed oil
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp minced onion
1 T poppyseeds
1 T seasame seeds


Toast the poppyseeds and seasame seeds gently until fragrant. Allow to cool and then either whisk all ingredients together, or as I do; put in a jar and shake shake shake! :) Allow to sit at least 1hr. To serve mix with salad; I used about 3/4 of the dressing I made.

Adapted from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Jamies-Cranberry-Spinach-Salad/Detail.aspx -- which you can see has over a thousand good reviews!!! This salad is simple but good.



Whole Wheat Olive-Oil Pine Nut Bread

For a bread machine--I was just playing around. The SO's family loved it, even ventured to say it was the best bread they'd ever had. I think that was an exageration, but it definately was good.

Wet: 1 c. Water* & 1/3 c. Olive Oil*

*(I watched the knead and felt it was too dry, so I added a little bit more of each, next time I make this I'll see if I can't adjust the recipe so that's not needed.)

Dry: 3 c. whole wheat flour, 1 T organic sucanat, 1 T gluten, 1 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp instant yeast
2/3 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried rosemary (give or take..)
1/3 c/ pine nuts, roughly chopped

1 tsp to 1 T olive oil for glaze; I used some flavored olive oil I keep around, but plain is fine.

Put all but pine nuts and glaze oil in the bread machine, as per your bread machine's instructions, on medium crust, 2lb white bread. Watch to make sure, as mentioned, that there is enough liquid to avoid flour on the corners. 5 min into knead 2 toss in pine nuts. 20 minutes from the end of baking brush with olive oil, and again at the end. Allow to sit inside the bread machine once done for an hour before removing.

That's what I did, I'm sure there's a better way--but this works!

Now I've got formal recruitment to work on--I move in two weeks and the week after tht the sorority will start to open our doors to new girls. I'm in charge of the food, among other things, so perhaps I'll get some good photos.

The cookbook reviews might have to be further postponed. Again, my apologies!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Water Fasting--Is it Healthy?

I've been water fasting for approximately 20 hrs now, and while I feel fine I started to wonder--is it really that healthy?

I mean over and over we're told to never starve our bodies, that less than 900kcal a day is super bad, that no protein will result in severe muscle loss--so is it ok? On the other hand, I really wish I could cleanse my intestines, I feel like I would really benefit to get rid of all of that.

Liquid fasts sound more sound to me, but even then? I'm going to call off my fast and maybe do it in a few weeks once I've gathered more information. I've been reading around and all the medical opinions seem strongly against it, and only homeopathic sites are for water fasting. While I prefer naturopathy/homeopathy... I'm not sure how quick I want to be about discarding medical opinions? I'm at quite a crossroads..

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Spain is almost done


My grandparents are much better, for those who are curious--I'm still spending the majority of my days and nights sitting with my grandparents. I have looked at all the cookbooks I promised to review and my issue is all the recipes either require an ingredient (be it ingredient or spice) that I can't easily get in Spain, include soy, or use the oven. While I could find a way around any of the above issues, it would be a hassel that likely would also make the food come out badly--or me just not like it. (As much as I adore what soy does to me... I even avoided all of the soy yogurt while I was here. Honest.)

One thing I'd really like to do is a fast--so I decided I might as well fast till I get back to Toronto: it sure would make my flight easier (since I didn't ask for a vegan option). So here we go: A 3 day water fast (Monday to Wednesday) and I will spend Thursday and Friday incorporating juices and some fresh fruits and vegetables back into my diet. I will try and update daily as that might help me keep to it... We shall see. Why do I want to fast? Lets say I read up on all of the ailments a fast should cure you from and I feel I could benefit.

Has anyone done a fast before? How was it for you? Any tips? I'm especially concerned coming off of the fast: any tips for how I should do that, especially to avoid binging? (While I'm not doing this to lose weight, I'd rather not gain because of it...)

In other news; the second veggie board snack exchange is officially underway! I did not include myself this round because I simply don't have the money or energy to put a package together, but I'm really excited to see what other people get! :)

Cheers! -ED