Every so often I got to a store that sells not quite perfect food items. There is nothing particularly wrong with these items, they are just not perfect enough to meet the manufacturers’ standards of excellence, and are thus sold at a discounted price. A few trips ago I bought an orange ginger sauce which was the perfect combination of sweet and tangy orange and poignant ginger. It was delicious and I finished the bottle in very little time. I wanted more of the sauce, but it hasn’t been at the store since. Alas, the manufacturer must have stopped creating imperfect batches. The price for which the sauce normally retails is trop cher, so I set out to recreate it at home. Its perfect for serving with tofu, veggies, seitan, tempeh, and more; indeed, I have yet to find something with which it is not delicious.
Orange Ginger Sauce Recipe (can be made gluten free)
Directions: Whisk ingredients together in small pot and simmer for ~5 until thickened. Store in a resealable container in the fridge.
*To make gluten free: use tamari instead of soy sauce and make sure the individual ingredients are certified gluten free
What’s your favourite sauce?
Thanks Z3d for the great instagram! You can see the blurry mess that is my arm, the long brown hair that simultaneously plagues and graces my head, my white rabbit necklace–which I purchased in NYC!–and my darling camera. Oh, and the exquisite coffee and food.
I go for the bird’s-eye view.
Ezra’s Pound is a great coffee shop on Dupont, just east of Spadina. They sell coffee, espresso, and coffee and espresso based beverages. They also sell gluten-free and vegan baked goods from Bunner’s, which is one of the best bakeries in the GTA, as well as goods from other GTA bakeries. Best of all, they sell their coffee in bags of whole beans–which I have bought and, even at home, their roasts are delicious! Most importantly to me, their coffees are fair trade and organic!
I’m sorry for overloading this post with instagrams; here are some real photos:
From their website:
238 Dupont St
Monday to Friday 7:30am to 6:00pm
Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 9:30am to 6:00pm
On May 6th, I, along with my good friend, Z3d, went to Hibiscus for brunch. Brunch is my favourite meal–probably because pancakes are my favourite food. Hibiscus is a vegetarian café that specializes in crêpes of both the sweet and the savoury variety. They also make non-dairy ice cream in house, as well as delicious soup. Also, everything is gluten-free, though not everything is vegan.
For the lucky residents of Toronto, today was–and still is–a beautiful spring day. Today is the type of day that features flowers, sunshine, and singing birds. Today was also wonderful because I got to spend it with a good friend of mine whom I have not seen in a very long time. I will post more about today later this week, as I spent the day on a blog-worthy jaunt.
Here’s a snapshot of me; it’s taken by my friend Z3d. This picture is a little preview of the post(s) to come.
Aside from my little adventure, I read two lovely short stories today. I have been reading a LOT lately, as I finally have the free time. I would like the reader to note that I do, normally, read a great deal; however, during the school year I am typically reading what is assigned in my classes. Now I am reading for myself. I finished Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart’s memoire, the other day, as well as Kafka’s the Judgment, and an excellent story in Harper’s by Antonya Nelson called The There There. Next in the queue is some DFW–David Foster Wallace, for the uninitiated–and then The Golden Gate by Seth. Spring is a time to read, relax, and enjoy existence.
And to celebrate such a beautiful spring day, here’s a recipe for a single serving of lemonade. Sip. Enjoy.
Now that the cruelest month is over, the darling buds of may are beginning to emerge from their winter hibernation. Spring is a time to celebrate fertility–as represented by rabbits–and rebirth–eggs. My spring celebration is not so much a celebration of springtime naissance, rather it’s a celebration of the, albeit temporary, carefree bohemian disposition that seems to wash over my being whenever the school year and all its stress and work is behind me.
Nonetheless, spring is the time of breeding lilacs, darling buds, nature’s first green, and whatever other literary allusions to spring suit one’s fancy. This post is dedicated to the literal production of such figurative flowers; this post is a step-by-step guide to growing your own sprouts.
Spring was almost here; we sprung forward only to be hit in the face with blowing snow.
The way I see it, selon moi, if I keep eating salads and spring-y foods, then maybe the cold and snow will melt away.
So here you have it, my Almost Spring Salad
Almost Spring Salad Recipe (gluten free; serves 1)
So, Whole Foods tweeted thus:
— Whole Foods Market (@WholeFoods)March 7, 2014
And I thus obliged:
Now, I hope you’ll forgive me for (a) my absence and (b) my lack of small talk, as I have been, and still am, drowning in papers. Take a quick starter salad recipe as a reminder that I am still here, and look forward to MANY new posts starting in May.
Vying for Spring Salad (serves 1 as either a starter or a snack)
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Sometimes things sneak up on you. One such thing is exam season. Another is the winter break. Et, tout a coup, you have only a few measly weeks to buy everyone a thoughtful gift and plan a solstice party. So, here’s an easy recipe that’s quick to execute. Hopefully these tasty taters will help get you through the December doom.
Sweet Potato Home Fries Recipe (Gluten Free)
Veganized by me:
Graham Muffins makes 12