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!
My friend Erin brought over a whole bunch of goodies from her garden, including a bunch of beets. I love beets and usually just boil them and have them on hand to snack on or throw in a salad. Yesterday, I was online getting some food ideas for dinner and stumbled across the idea of a beet and chocolate cupcake. Here’s my take on this great recipe…You will be amazed at how moist the beets make this loaf and you will be shocked at the flavour. SO DELICIOUS!
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 3 eggs, beaten
- 1 cup Sunflower Oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup cooked and grated beets
****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make a Chocolate and Beet Loaf:
I am really excited that Thanksgiving is coming up, it’s my favorite holiday and I will be heading to Northern Ontario to visit with family and friends. But first, I get to see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Stratford Festival! Just a thought, but you should WOW your people with this Chocolate and Beet cake at your Thanksgiving Festivities…
THIS RECIPE WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
My culinary guide Todd introduced me to the 5-3-1-1. You can use this recipe to make pizza dough/flat bread/baguettes/calzones etc…It’s a very low maintenance recipe and you can add anything to it…all you need is a few simple ingredients, your hands and an hour’s worth of patience.
- 5 cups of flour
- 3 cups of water
- 1 tbsp of yeast
- 1 tbsp of salt
- This recipe will make about 3 servings worth of dough. It will keep in your fridge for up to a week.
****click on the picture for a more info about how to make your own version of the 5-3-1-1.
For more awesome info on the 5-3-1-1 click here.
I realize that it’s been a while since i have posted anything. I hope that you haven’t starved…. Things have been a little insane with the production I’m on. But I celebrated the show’s Press night last evening and it was a HUGE success. I am now out of lockdown and I promise a lot of fun foodventures are coming your way!
BTW if you don’t own a pizza stone go out and buy one TODAY. You can get them anywhere. I bought mine at Home Sense for 10 dollars. It will make the 5-3-1-1 that much better!
Thanks for reading!
This year i was in charge of all the food for Christmas day! A family first, seeing as my mom usually does everything. We started Christmas morning off with a French Toast Casserole and a special champagne punch.
- 1 loaf French bread, cubed
- 6 egg whites
- 3 eggs
- 1-3/4 cups fat-free milk
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 package frozen unsweetened mixed berries
- 2 tablespoons cold butter
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- **This is a two part recipe seeing as you must let the bread and wet ingredients sit overnight in the fridge!
**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make a Berry Christmas Casserole.
The casserole was a huge hit. The perfect way to start Christmas Day. It is so easy to make and really looks incredible. We enjoyed it with a sparkling Christmas Punch (that was OK but in the end Mimosa’s are way more delicious!) Later on, I cooked a full turkey dinner which was a success ( My sister did admit that although my stuffing was good “Nothing beats Mom’s Stuffing!”). My brother heads to BC tomorrow to relocate and so i’m going to make him something tasty to eat in the car for his long drive West. Look for it soon!
P.S. In the New Year, I’m going to start going on Foodventures all over the place! I received a sneaky little camera which will be perfect for Guerilla foodventures and best of blogs. Fun!
I have the chance to spend the Holidays at my parents house in Northern Ontario this year. It’s my first Christmas “home” in 4 years. It’s pretty chaotic right now: Mostly because Oscar and my sister’s 3 month old puppy Elton won’t stop chasing each other! In honor of the two little monkeys I decided to name this yummy chocolate banana loaf the Maniacal Monkey loaf.
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter-soft
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 -1/2 tsp of vanilla
- the juice from half a lemon
- 1- 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 very ripe (rotten) banana’s
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup walnuts
Makes one loaf
**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Maniacal Monkey Loaf
It smells and looks incredible AND it tastes like heaven in your mouth! In a pinch this is a very easy and tasty treat to bring over to someone’s house or to serve during the festivus season.
It’s going to be a busy couple of days and i will be doing a ton of cooking so many updates in the next little while. I hope that wherever you are and whatever you believe you are well fed and content. Happy Christmas!
Last night, my parents stopped over in Toronto from FLA. They do the long trek by car and so rather than another meal out, i decided that French Onion Soup would be the perfect remedy for 2 long days in the car.
- 1.5 large Spanish Onion
- 6-8 med size shallots
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 3 tsp Dijon Mustard
- 4 cups beef broth
- French Bread
- Gruyere Cheese
- dry rosemary
- serves 4*
The result is Fabulous…
****click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Fab French O****
Overall, this delicious soup took about 2 hours to make. However, you could speed up the process. Just don’t overdo or burn the onions: obviously since they are the main event!
This dish is elegant and always impresses, add a bottle wine and follow it up with some slices of Asian Pears for dessert.
Voila! un repas incroyable!
***These days I’m loving Sibling Rivalry white wine!