Monday, September 10, 2012

Full English Brekky (Vegan - ie THE BEST)

Just googling the words "Full English" makes me salivate. 

You see; me dad's English and me ma's Welsh. I'm Aussie and me boyfriend's Canadian.

I have quite the foodie mix in me!

Breakfast - who doesn't love it?
- Idiots.

That's who.

A full english is my ideal everything.                  In life.                  Perfection.

It is world peace on a plate.

This is my vegan take on a full english, it has no sausage, it has no bacon, it has no eggs, it has no blood pudding....... 

It does, however, have LASHINGS of love!

Try it out. I dare you.

Full English Brekky (vegan style)
Serves 1... granted, 1 very hungry soul!

1 slice grainy bread

1 T bean dip (recipe below)

1 tomato, cut in half
1/4 tin baked beans (Heinz english style, PLEASE!)
Olive oil
3 button mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup eggplant, sliced
1/4 cup zucchini, sliced
1 birdseye chilli, sliced finely
avocado, 2 slices
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

English brekkies are all about the timing, so have your plates ready and here we go.

Sprinkle salt and pepper on tomatoes and place under the grill to grill up nicely.
In a saucepan (or microwave, I guess) begin to heat your baked beans.
Whilst that is happening, heat olive oil in frying pan over a medium-high heat.
Add mushrooms first, season, and fry until just beginning to brown. (if you don't do the mushrooms separately first, they will be soggy - ewww)
Add zucchini and eggplant next.
Sprinkle on birdseye chilli.
Drop your toast in the toaster.

Once everything is cooked, browned, warmed through - bring it all together!

Take your vegies off the heat, pour in balsamic vinegar and stir thoroughly.
Spread toast with bean dip (or butter), serve with balsamic vegies, sliced avocado, grilled tomato and beans.

Be proper English and serve with plenty O brown sauce and a nice cuppa.

Bean Dip
540 mL tin six bean mix
1/4 cup almonds
4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 t cumin
1/2 t curry powder
1/4 t celery salt
1 t salt
water to thin (optional)


Ah, there's lovely. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Coconut corn chowder.

Things I love:

  • Curry
  • Corn
  • Coconut
  • Cilantro

Apparently I only like C named foods..

And what do you get when you put em all together?!


It's still fairly warm here in Wee Ol Canada, but Winter is soon to rear it's ugly head.

This soup is perfect for cool weather. Or hungry weather.

Or just corn lovers.
Like myself.

If you're wondering... this is where I live!

I mean, not precisely IN this forest... but in this state. 

This is Kananaskis. Aint she a beaut?

Feeling pretty grateful for Alberta right meow :)

That's all from me, foodies,
Over and Out.

Coconut corn chowder.
3 ears of corn, sliced off
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 t yellow curry paste
5 baby potatoes, diced small
5 spring onions, chopped
4-5 cups stock
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup milk (or soy)
1 T lemon juice
1 T corn flour (optional)
1/4 cup coriander leaves, chopped
1/4 cup thai basil, chopped
Garnish: birdseye chilli, finely sliced (optional)

Dry fry your corn kernels for a quick minute or two, set aside.
In a big saucepan, fry garlic and curry paste in oil until softened and fragrant.
Throw in your taters and onions and fry for an extra minute.
Pour in stock, put the lid on and boil until all has softened (about 7 mins).
Once softened, add half corn kernels, corn flour (if using) and blitz soup until smooth (either with buzz stick or in a blender).
Pour soup back in to saucepan, add milk, lemon, coriander, basil and the rest of the corn.
Take off the heat, taste, season.

Serve hot garnished with coriander, basil and chilli.

Go ahead, devour.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The most giant quinoa salad (and peas!)

Recently, I've been on the biggest health kick of my life.

I have started running.


This morning I did a Jillian Michaels workout dvd.

Last night I speed walked for 52 minutes.

(if you could see my face right meow it would be one of shock)

Now.... you need to know me to know that this is all very out of the ordinary!

On the inside I've always considered myself healthy,
but definitely not a runner-kinda-healthy!!

Basically my end goal is to have a body like Beyonce. 

Is that too much to ask?

Before this health kick, my mind said to me "you're vegetarian... you can eat more than that! HAVE ANOTHER BOWL! Go onnnnnnn!"


(cheese.... obviously not healthy, but my first piece in 10 days!)

The most giant quinoa salad. 

Mixed lettuce, 4 cups
Quinoa cooked, 2 cups
Sweet potato, cubed, roasted, 1/2 cup
Tomatoes, diced, 2 medium
Cucumber, diced, 1 cup
Capsicum, diced, 3/4 cup
Snap peas, sliced, 1 cup
Celery, sliced, 1/2 cup
Mixed roasted salted nuts, 1/2 cup

Serves 5.

224 calories per serve.
10 grams fat per serve. (8 of those in the nuts)

Minty pea dip.

Peas, 2 cups
Lemon juice, 2 T
Roasted garlic, 2 cloves
Dijon mustard, 1 t
Mint leaves, 1/4 cup or less
Olive oil, 2 T

23 Calories per dessert spoon.

I served this salad with a sprinkle of salt, a splash of Chinese Red Vinegar and a scoop of pea dip and hummus!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Delicioso Simple Green and White Pizza!

Pizza. I love it.
Pizza. I ate it in Milan once.
Pizza. It was the best in Milan.
Pizza. I made a Spinach and Cheese Sauce one. 
Pizza. I don't think this one is very authentic.
Pizza. It's pretty good anyway.

I have a problem with pizza... I eat a lot of it.. but that's not the main problem.. 
The main problem is how much I put on top of it!

This is the most restrained pizza I have ever made!

Muffin ate it and said "See? SIMPLE! DELICIOUS!"

He was amazed I could put anything LESS than 6 toppings on it!

Simple Green and White Pizza (spinach and cheese sauce)
Recipe makes 2 pizzas

1 batch pizza dough +1 Tablespoon italian herbs (makes Six 6-inch pizzas)

Cheese Sauce
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour
2 cups milk
1 Tablespoon herb&garlic cream cheese
1/4 cup cubed cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon vegeta (or seasoning salt)
1 Tablespoon corn flour slurry 

Spinach topping
1/2 onion, diced
1 box defrosted frozen spinach, squeezed dry 
4 mushrooms, chopped
2 cups chinese greens, chopped
1 teaspoon vinegar

4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 425F (220C)
Melt butter over a medium heat, add flour and whisk together. 
Add 1/4 cup milk and whisk quickly to remove lumps. Add in the rest of the milk and whisk.
Turn heat to high and add the cheddar cheese and vegeta.
Once sauce has thickened (about 5 mins), add cream cheese and corn flour. 
Mixture should be thick enough to spread - keep in mind it will thicken more once cooled.
Cool in the fridge.

In a big bowl, add spinach, onion and vinegar.. Season with salt and pepper. 
Set aside.

In a frying pan, fry mushrooms until softened and brown. Add to spinach.
Flash fry chinese greens. Add to spinach mix. 

In a small pan over low heat, melt butter and add garlic. Turn heat off and leave to sit while you prepare the dough.

Take 1 handful of dough and roll out on a floured surface, into a 6 inch circle.
Place dough on baking tray.
Take a pastry brush (or teaspoon) and brush the garlic butter around the crusts.
Spread 1-2 Tablespoons cooled cheese sauce on to pizza bases.
Add 3/4 cup green vegie mix and spread out evenly.
Dollop on a few extra bits of cheese sauce around (optional) 

Bake for 20 minutes.

Serve sprinkled with shredded basil and diced tomato.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The best 10 minute veggies and rice!

It's pretty good.

Brown rice.
It's pretty good for you.
- It tastes pretty bad.

They taste REALLY good.
They're really good for you too!

Put em together and they balance out.... For sure. 

A friend of a friend told me.

White rice+vegetables = a happy stomach and/or life. (this may be untrue)

This is the type of meal that I make when my boyfriend and his bestie have been playing a certain computer game (D3 4 LYFE YALL) for approx 26 days straight. I kid you not.

The first ingredient you will need is rice.

I add sesame seeds to the rice, before the vegies, as a little surprise for myself!

The second is Beyonce's Schoolin Life. 
'this is for them twenty somethings,
time really moves fast - you were just sixteen'

Amen sister.

Although, I didn't have my first heels til I was AT LEAST 16. 
13? Oh choo cray!
I am also great at writing physical love letters..


The veggies!

oooh steamy!

Basically. Chop em up. 

I like mine big and chunky (that's what she said) 

Muffin likes his fine and thin (thats what he said) HAHAHA.

Whatever you may like - go for it. 

(this is the order I add them to the pan)

10 min veggies and rice
1 T oil
1/2 cup broccoli florets
4 mushrooms, chopped roughly
1 small onion, chopped roughly
1 small carrot, sliced thickly
1/2 cup eggplant, chopped roughly
1/4 cup zucchini, chopped roughly
4 green beans, chopped (4 - no more, no less!)
1 stick (stalk?) celery, sliced thickly 
3 cloves garlic, chopped roughly 
1 t finely sliced birdseye chili

2 t maggi seasoning (yes, this is essentially liquid MSG) 
2 T soy sauce
2 t thai sweet chili sauce 
1 t sriracha
1/2 t MSG (optional... I mean, don't add it if you're a pansy who only eats bland food. JOKES!)

1 T toasted sesame seeds
1 spring onion, sliced finely

K, go!
Heat oil in pan.
Add veggies. Season with s&p.
Fry on high heat, tossing often.
Once softened, add sauces.
Toss and keep over heat for 2 more minutes.
Serve over rice, garnish with sesame seeds and spring onion.

oh oh! Guess who has toothpaste blue hair? 
It's Katy Perry! 
Oh.... no no, that's me, silly! 

psst, a sneak unedited peak at my toesies and sugar pot and food scraps!  haha.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hungry hungry hippo.

Forgive me Bloggers, for I have sinned.
It has been 3 weeks since my last post.

It's not that I lack inspiration, it's that I completely and entirely lack funds!

For lunch yesterday I had steamed cauliflower, nori, cucumber and vinegar - AS A MEAL.
Dinner was roast carrots and potatoes!

I'm gonna take a stab in the dark and say that these meals don't make for entertaining reading!

If you were to look in my wallet you would find, about 7 trillion receipts (why do I keep these?!) .. and $40.
Until next Friday, when I get paid...

YEP. $5/day until then!

My list of things I would love to create is growing:
pumpkin gnocchi

Hmm.. apparently anything containing carbohydrates!

So hold on to your horses, don't lose me now.. Just you wait...

Just you wait, I tells ya! 

Today I leave you with a photo of my beautiful sisters wedding, she's 4 years older than me and yet about 1 foot shorter! Bahaha. I'm the blondey along side her <3

It was an absolutely beautiful wedding, and at the end of the day, I'm thankful to be highly in debt right now, just because I got to see her get married in Australia!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

australian adventure!

Dearest lovelies,

I'm off gallivanting in Australia this week! 
My sister's wedding on Saturday was absolutely stunning and full of delicious home cooked food.
I now have a brother in law!

hooooooly cake!

I shall now spend the rest of the week eating my way around Adelaide.
I look forward to landing back in Calgary and rolling my fat heiny off the plane!

Sit tight, more recipes coming soon.

this is my home.. aint she a beaut!?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spicy Noodly Salad.

What should you eat when you're watching back to back NHL play off games?

What should you eat when your boyfriend tests you on the names of the teams in the play offs and you continuously get them wrong?

What team is going to win the play offs?
Why, Pittsburgh Penguins of course. I mean.. they're the penguins. 

And who doesn't love penguins?

The other day we saw a Calgary Flames player in Safeway and almost yelled out "GOOD LUCK IN THE PLAY OFFSOHHHHHHHSORRYYYY"
- but instead we lolld at the idea and walked away.

I clearly have nothing much to say.
This salad is delicious.
(did I say that already?)

Ohhhh, just make it already. 

pretty colours! 

 sauce city!

Spicy Noodly Salad

spaghetti for 2 (approx 200 grams/8oz uncooked)
2 spring onions, sliced finely
1/2 cup matchstick cucumber
1/2 cup matchstick zucchini
1/2 cup matchstick carrot
1/2 cup matchstick celery
1 birdseye chilli, deseeded, finely sliced
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped or ripped
1 Tablespoon grated ginger
2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

2 Tablespoons red vinegar
2 Tablespoons chinkiang vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon 'savor' maggi seasoning
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons angry nana chilli sauce
1 teaspoon black bean garlic sauce
some (!) drops sesame oil

Cook spaghetti to packet instructions.
Drain cooked spaghetti and submerge in ice water until cooled.
In a small bowl, mix together all sauces and stir. Taste and season according to your liking (bearing in mind it will mellow out in the noodles).
In a big bowl, add all vegetables, noodles and sauce mix. Toss to combine.
Taste again and adjust seasoning if necessary.
(I added more vinegar. Because I think I am obsessed.)

It's pretty good. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Coffee coffee birthday cake (with extra coffee)

Muffin is one of those people who just picks up a foreign language like it's nothin...When we spent a month in Vietnam last year, he learned many phrases, most importantly: 

  • hai ly cà phê sữa đá: Two iced coffee with milk please!
  • hai ly rượu: Two beers please! or.... hai ly ba-ba-ba: (ba-ba-ba, or 333, was the cheapest beer!)

These are possibly written entirely incorrectly.. speaking and writing a language are clearly 2 diff things!!

What I'm getting at is:
a) my bf is very helpful in a foreign country
b) he likes beer
c) he REALLY likes coffee
d) it was his birthday this week

my first ever vietnamese coffee experience at a coffee plantation :) 

more of my ca phe sua da action in Vietnam

curly straws make it even better.... obvs.


If you've ever had Vietnamese iced coffee, you know what I'm talking about when I say it is mind blasting. 

I have worked in cafe's for the past 9 years and I never liked or drank coffee.... 
Nuff said.

Sometimes recipes are so easy to follow that you end up not paying attention and adding icing sugar instead of baking powder and then whipping the absolute heck out of the batter............ 

I mean, SOME people do that....


Cake take two!

Myes, a slight improvement......

Coffee with Baileys just so happens to be Muffin's fav brekky (he doesn't love food like I do!)

Thus, I made extra icing and kept it white and added some baileys for another coffee hit!

And no, I didn't remember to photograph it until after it had been hacked in to..


ps.. Happy 100th post to me! 


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