Cleanse Day 6, Success Rate: 80%: I have been to the gym everyday except for Thursday and I have gone to yoga 2 times on top of that. Thursday was a terrible day for the cleanse, I woke up feeling really tired and low energy; Fastforward to 8:00pm and a visit from my sister and a long line up for dinner at Fresh and it made it easy to talk myself into a martini and dinner at Il Fornello. Anyway, a few hours off the cleanse train didn’t hurt me, although I do feel a bit lame about giving in, but clearly my body was craving vodka, sausage, pasta and cheese (i think it was probably a matter of life and death!) and so…I indulged. I woke up Friday morning and jumped right back on and am going strong. Today, I am heading to a clothing swap at my gal pal Kelly’s place and I promise promise promise not to indulge in Mimosas’ and Chips! Since it is the end of October, I thought I would cook up something seasonal and festive: a Vegan Pumpkin Loaf.
- 1 & 3/4 cup of flour
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp All Spice
- 1 14 oz can of Pumpkin Puree
- 1/2 cup Oil
- 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
- 3 Tbsp Water
- Handful of Pumpkin Seeds
****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make the Vegan Pumpkin Loaf:
I love fall, so many delicious recipes. Any plans for Halloween? Tell me about em and of course about what you’re eating!
This afternoon, I am hosting a fall mixer. I have been away most of the summer and I am finally able to catch up with friends and what better way to catch up, than with all of them at once. I am serving an array of fall themed food and hopefully I will be able to post some pics of the different offerings. But at the risk of photo blogging the mixer fails…I figured I would to share this recipe with the world and give you a preview of the day’s treats.
- 1 large can (28 oz) garbanzo beans (chick peas)
- ***save 1/4 cup of the chick pea water and add if you are having trouble blending your mixture!)
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
- the juice from 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- salt and pepper to taste
****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Pumpkin Hummus:
This delicious fall themed recipe takes minutes to make and will seriously rock your world. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds.
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I am finally back in my own kitchen after a summer on the road and I am loving being back in Toronto. Nothing beats walking the streets, hitting my fav shops and markets and generally enjoying the energy of the city. Today is a glorious day, a perfect way to ring in the first day of fall.
Tonight, I am hosting some very good friends for dinner and I am totally stoked to catch up with these peeps since I haven’t seen them in months. I spent a while cruising the farmer’s market at Nathan Phillips Square and bought 95% of the ingredients for this feast from Ontario Farmers. On the menu tonight….Jerk Chicken, Peach Salsa, Roasted Yams, Corn on the Cob and a mixed carrot salad!
Ingredients List: Makes about 3 Cups of Jerk Marinade (enough for 8+ Chicken Breast)
- 1 Bunch of Green Onions
- 7 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Hot Peppers-to taste (I used 2 chili peppers and 3 small Jalapeno’s seeded)
- 4 small cloves of garlic
- 1/2 large sweet onion
- 2 tsp grated ginger
- 1/3 cup of soya sauce
- 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
- 1/2 cup of orange juice
- 1 tbsp of brown sugar
- 2 tsp of ground allspice
- 1 tsp of nutmeg
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- salt and pepper to taste
- 4 x Chicken Breasts
****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Jerk Marinade:
Thanks for Reading and Bon Appetit!
P.S. I’m hosting a mixer on Sunday! Will let you know how it went unless of course you show up!