Monday, December 17, 2012

Ginger spice cookies

Ginger Spice Cookies

These are kind of a hybrid of gingersnap and gingerbread cookies. I recently made these for my art group Christmas party and they were a big hit!

2 Cups whole wheat flour (or flour of your choice)
1 Tsp Baking soda
2 Tsp Baking powder
1/4 Tsp Salt
2 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/2 Tsp All Spice
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Cooking oil
1 Cup Almond Milk
1/4 Cup Molasses 
1 Tsp Vanilla
1/2 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
Small bowl of White raw sugar for decoration

Heat oven to 350F.

In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices. Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat oil, molasses, almond milk, sugar, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract. When well mixed, add dry ingredients in and mix with a large spoon.

Spoon out some dough and roll into a ball with your palms. Roll the ball in a smaller bowl or plate of white raw sugar (if you want!) and space the dough about an inch apart from one another. After all dough is on the cookie sheet, I squashed it down with my fingers, but you can use a spoon, fork or the palm of your hand. 

Bake for 15 minutes or until bottoms are slightly browned. Let cool on tray for a few minutes before transferring off onto wire rack to cool completely.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Banana Bread

 I have a recipe for Banana muffins already, but this one is slightly different, but equally yummy!

3/4 cup Agave Nectar
1/2 cup Earth Balance
1 tbsp Egg replacer (or 1 tbsp ground flax and 3 tbsp water)
3 Ripe bananas
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour (or whatever you usually bake with)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 cup Chopped Walnuts
1/2 cup Small Dark Chocolate Chips - (I use 'Enjoy Life Mini Chips)

Mush your bananas, then add all the wet ingredients and mix. In a separate bowl I added the dry ingredients, including the nuts and chocolate chips. Mix both bowls together and pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees (Celsius) for 50 - 60 minutes. (Keep checking on it so the top doesn't burn)

Like always I switched my recipe up a bit and added a bit of Kale to it. It was the left over pulp from my juice that morning. I believe it was about 1/2 a cup or less. You totally don't have to add this of course, but it makes me feel like I'm being a bit more healthy when I'm stuffing my face full of it :)

These Chocolate chips are great!! Ingredients are brown sugar, cocoa and cocoa butter.


Hi! I know I've been absent for a while.. I'm writing up a recipe for you as soon as I finish with this post!

Last weekend I cut my left middle finger quite badly and it has taken this long for it not to hurt when I type. I already type bad enough, so you can imagine how work went this week! Twice as long to do anything!

I'm only showing you the bandage, not the cut because I like you...and it was kind of disgusting.

So, you're wondering how I did it, huh? most injuries like this go, I was being stupid. I made bread a week prior and had cut and froze it. So, at the time of the 'slicing' I was trying to separate the pieces...and of course I had juuuuust sharpened my knives. *Sigh*

Anyhoo, I'm back and I have a few recipes for you! I'll post them all soon!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Vegan Stew

Wow! A recipe! It's been a while, I know :) It's fall and I'm cold. The best way to warm up is STEW..oh and heat. Heat would be good.

As you all know by now, I just throw things in a pot and hope for the best. This is the best recipe for that. You can alter it any way you want. This is what I did, you can add or subtract anything your wittle heart desires.. Also..the pictures are from my iphone. If I took them with my Nikon you'd get this post next year. :P

1 Yellow Onion
1 Big carrot
2 cups of chopped mushrooms (I used white)
10 small potatoes
1 clove of garlic
1.5 cups Broccoli
1 bag of Beefless tips
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp Italian herbs
1 Tbsp Soy flour
1 Pinch of corn startch
Salt and pepper to taste

Boil potatoes, set aside. Keep them in the water as you prep the other ingredients as you'll need it to make the 'gravy'.

Chop mushrooms, onion, carrot and mince the garlic. I fried the garlic, onions and mushrooms in the 1 tbsp of coconut oil. Once there was a bit of water in the pan from the veggies cooking, I added the carrots (they cook better with the water).

Once cooked, transfer the above into a stew pot. Don't clean the pan!

ooooh...weird iphone picture

Now fry your Beefless tips in the same pan (all that yumminess from above will soak into the 'beef") I usually cook my 'meat' with Italian herbs. It's usually a combination of Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Parsley, Sage, Bay Leaves. I buy mine in bulk at the grocery store.

I use an iron skillet. It heats up fast and cooks evenly. It is also good for the iron if you need more in your diet!

This time I added some of the 'potato water' to the fry pan to boil/fry the 'meat'. You don't need to do that, but it makes a semi gravy as you go. Once your 'beef' is done add it to the stew pot and chop (or not - see, you can do whatever you want!) the potaoes and add them as well.

Ok, last ingredient before the gravy. Add some potato water again and steam/fry/boil the brocolli. I do this last so it isn't all mushy. I only cook it long enough for the colour to be more vibrant. No one wants mushy one!

Lower heat and add some more potato water to your iron skillet. I slowly add the flour and corn starch and wisk it until thick. You can add salt and pepper if you want as well. I did't want too much gravy this time, so I only added about 1 cup of the water. You can obviously add more if you want.

Looks gross, but it's good, I swear - haha! Just add the gravy to the rest of the ingredients and mix together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

And that's it kids! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Do you have any fall/winter comfort foods you like? Let me know! I want to try them!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Jim Morris

Holy f word!

Guess how old Jim is..

Read the article about him here.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Anne Hathaway wedding

Anne Hathaway wedding

Sounds delish. I'm glad more and more people are choosing to have vegan weddings!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Kris Carr

Kris Carr has a new website! Full of beautiful pictures, fabulous recipes and much much more. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading what Kris is all about, I urge you to go to the site! She is one AMAZING lady.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Back from Burning Man!

Ok, I'm not JUST back from Burning Man.. I've been back for a week, but my brain was still on vacation and anything I would have written wouldn't have made much sense.

Before going to Burning Man I didn't really have a set up perception of what it was going to be like, except that it would be hot, dusty and I would be thirsty. I now know what people mean when they say you have to experience it for yourself.

My friend and I started planning this trip when I heard that I received tickets through the lotto system. There were very few days that I didn't think about Burning Man or was planning some aspect of our trip. It seemed tedious at the time, but once there, I saw how much more I could have done. We bought a very good tent (tested in hurricanes!) and bedding that consisted of cots, very expensive thermirests, pillows and sheets. My friend even purchased a used SUV for the trip.

Our drive there was a bit uneventful except for a semi truck tire bursting right beside me as I drove, which hurt my left ear for 2 days afterward. (Whhhhhy do they do that? Scared the heck out of me!) And our passenger door breaking. Who knew that bolts could fall right out of a car door. I just looked down at them and just fell out of the door. It turns out that those bolts actually help shut, lock and arm the car. Yesssssss! So we duck taped the car door from the inside for the night, armed it and went to the only mechanic in that small sleepy town the next day. He said he's never seen that happen before.

Soon as we made it to our camp I knew what my Burning Man experience was going to be all about. We met our camp mates and they ALL helped us set up our tent. Everyone welcomed us, tried to feed us, got us something to drink and wanted to meet us or if they already knew us, catch up. The community at Burning Man is amazing. I can't say it would be the same for you, but my experience was quite wonderful.

The week went by quick at times and dragged at others, but there was NEVER a dull moment. I would like to go into more detail, but I honestly can't put it into words right now. I don't know if I ever will... and now I am one of those annoying people that say you have to experience it for yourself!

Love this video:

And you can see me and my friend in this video at 2:01 - 2:04. I'm the one laughing..which is the usual, ha!

Here are some of my pictures:

The clean Kia

Something for everyone's needs

Moon over the desert

Driving into Burning Man

The Vancouver Core Life Tree

Center camp

Mesh sculpture at Center camp

Steampunk Octopus


Frobot the art car

My friend serving drinks at his robot camp

The playa

The playa with the man in the distance

Dragon Art car

Life tree burn

Thunder dome!

Inside Thunder dome

My friends trying not to pose for the picture

Ah, yes!

The Temple

Inside the Temple

Was happy that this burned, but it was beautiful up close

Dirty stories on the Playa

A tall friend helping me with my Temple picture

Gpa at the Temple

Just outside our camp

Dirty Kia.. very dirty girl.

Sunday Temple burn

Well, there you have it. No too much about my vegan diet now, was there? I did eat vegan there even though everyone ate bacon constantly. I swear if I smell it one more time I'll throw up. Seriously, who eats that much bacon? I know it was for the salt so that they would drink more water, but you can switch it up a bit to something else - hmmmmm pickles.