Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lilac Love

The lilacs are in full bloom right now and they smell truly beautiful. We have a couple of trees in our yard and my
wonderful husband snipped me some for my vase this week.
If calm could be associated with a smell I believe it would be lilac! There are farms near us that I drive past often and the air is so fragrant with the scent of these flowers; ahhhh the wonders of nature :)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Peas And Paneer Cashew Curry

When I'm short on time I'll make curry ..in a hurry. I cheat by using a pre-made block of paneer and I pick up samosas or naan from my favourite local vegetarian Indian cuisine restaurant. You could veganize it by using firm Tofu in place of the paneer, drained and pressed. The dinner I made tonight (in the photo) takes all of fifteen minutes to put together start to finish.. which is exactly how much time I had to make something before getting my son off to baseball this evening!

Half block of paneer, cubed
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 can of coconut milk
1/4 cup of vegetable stock
2 tbsp yellow curry paste
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 cups of frozen peas
Pinch each of curry powder, cumin and white pepper
1/2 cup cashews

Pan fry the paneer in the vegetable oil until all sides are golden (about 5 minutes) Meanwhile, in a saucepan combine the coconut milk, vegetable stock, curry paste and spices and bring to a boil. Add in peas and brown sugar, let simmer for five minutes. Add in cashews and let simmer for another five minutes before throwing the paneer in. Stir and serve ..then you're done!

I dish it out over basmati rice and in tonights case it was the microwave ready in two minutes kind! Not recommended as the real stuff is best but for the time I had it was ideal. The store bought naan and/or samosas enables me to fake a hearty homemade meal in minutes flat.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Niagara VegFest 2013

omigosh so much going on this summer in the community this summer and I want to be a part of it all! Unfortunately there will be a number of things I'll have to miss out on and the Niagara VegFest is one of them. It's happening Sunday June 2, 2013 if you can make it out and there will be lots to see and do; speakers, vendors, exhibitors from all over as well activities to take part in. Have a read at what literature and info is being offered while you're there as some really rad people I'm in contact with through animal welfare groups are setting up tables at this event and they are a wealth of knowledge. FYI many of the local Niagara wineries are Vegan friendly and will offer wine tastings ..!! Have some for me! Also good luck trying to decide which Vegetarian eateries you'll dine at because there are a number of options in the area; refer to the Niagara VegFest Dining Guide for ideas.
Enjoy!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mellowness; Green Juice Style

1/2 Papaya seeded
1 Mango pitted
1/2 Apple
6 Strawberries
1 stalk of Celery
3 Kale Leaves
Handful of Parsley

Had all this stuff in the fridge so I juiced it together and it turned out to be a nice really mellow flavour! 




Sunday, May 5, 2013

All Heated Up For Cinco de Mayo!

I've posted about Che's Burrito Lounge in Hamilton's Hess Village before but in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo I'm adding some new pics. If you still haven't been I'm telling you you're missing out on some super fresh, made from scratch, full of flavour eats. And if you'd like to heat it up habanero style be sure to ask for the Super Hot Sauce; it's made with love!

  

Love.. The secret ingredient in the Super Hot Sauce Saney made for me :)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

'Sew Hungry' ~Ottawa Street May 3rd 2013






I'm a believer in supporting the little guys, the independent business in our community but when thirty-nine Food Trucks from Hamilton and our surrounding area line up along Ottawa Street it makes it really difficult to choose just who you're gonna buy from. I'm drawn to The Portobello Burger in particular as they offer all Vegetarian/Vegan grub but so many of the other guys have Veggie Tacos, Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Veggie Sandwiches that cater to vegheads like me as well as a ton of deserts to choose from various trucks. Here you'll see my Eggplant Parm and Kale Salad. I left there feeling 'Sew' full that I couldn't manage to fit in that cupcake I had my heart set on devouring from Sweetness Bakery; maybe because I had stuffed my face with Tiny Toms Donuts after hoovering back my lunch! To read more about the event see The Spec's article with a description of each vendor and if you're from the local area and didn't get out to this one you might want to check it out next time!







Kale Salad and Eggplant Parm from The Portobello Burger
Tiny Tom's Donuts



Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Juice Rainbow!

Mango -1 peeled and pitted
Peach -pitted
Kale -2 leaves
Collards -1 handful
Apple -1 medium
Carrot -1 large
Spinach -1 handful

Apple Beet Juice

Apple 1 medium
Beet Root 1 small
Carrot 3 medium
Celery 2 large
Parsley 1 handful

Green Carrot Juice

Green Apple - 1 medium 
Carrots - 3 medium
Cilantro - 1 handful
Collard Greens - 1 cup, chopped
Kale - 4 leaves
Pepper (sweet green) - 1 medium
Spinach -1 handful
Celery -1 stalk
Parsley- 1 handful

Twisted Fruit Juice

Apples - 2 medium
Kiwifruit - 4 fruits
Lemon (with rind) - 1/4 fruit
Lime (with rind) - 1/4 fruit
Oranges (peeled) - 2 fruits
Pineapple - 1 fruit

Green Lemonade

Apples - 2 medium sized
Cucumber - 1 cucumber
Kale - 4 leaves
Lemon - 1 fruit
Spinach - 2 cups

The Joys Of Juicing!

I've read the articles, watched the documentaries and now I have the appliance (!) in order to reap the benefits of juicing. I swear you can feel the nutrients surge through your veins within minutes of taking it in. I tried a few different recipes today and I think I'm getting the hang of it. Based on my kids feedback, I'll start posting the ones that work out best!

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Life-long Vegetarian and proud to be Canadian. Really, I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint (I do not feel ashamed) I'm your hell, I'm your dream (I'm nothing in between) You know, I wouldn't want it any other way..... (I'd like to think that song was written about me! lol)