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
So, my first week of university has officially come to a close. It’s 9 o’clock Monday morning, and I have nowhere to be until noon. I should be running right now, but, alas, the treadmill in my residence is broken, so I’ll run tonight at home. Home is a strange word for me right now, as I am not quite sure to where it refers. Is home my residence? Or, is home the house in which my parents live, and to where I will return in late May? In truth, Larry, my cat, lives with my parents, and home is where the cat is. Or heart, they’re synonymous really.
Home is also associated with warm baked goods, and the smell of freshly baked bread; whereas residence is associated with compromise and the smell of your suitemates’ bacon. I miss the smell of home, especially in the fall when I bake with pumpkin and cinnamon and the whole house smells like a festive treat.
Here are some recipes to smell up your house and get you ready for fall, or at least mask the smell of your suitemates cooking.
Caffè Americano - a must for any student
Happy fall everyone! Bon automne tout le monde!
Share your photos of autumn, and all your lovely fall recipes.
** Correction: In a previous blog post I stated that the university which I attend has 50,000 people. I was wrong, according to Toronto Life Magazine, the downtown campus (there are three campuses) alone has 71,000. I apologize for this error, as it was simply a case of not bothering to do the research.
What is happening right now? Could it be I have some free time? Impossible! I know I have been neglectful of the blog lately, which is especially bad since it is MoFO, but I have been very busy. Yesterday I went to my first university lecture. I was in a lecture hall with 1200 other people. Seeing as the university has roughly 50,000 students, I figure 1200 isn’t so crowded.
Here’s a recipe that is sure to take my mind off of classes and books, and the aneurysm caused by the bookstore receipt.
Tofu Brownies Recipe prep time: 10 min, total time: 70 min
(Part of the Breakfast 4-1 series)
It’s MoFo day two, and I have had a really long day. I moved today, into residence at the university which I attend. I just returned from a frosh event, and even though it’s only 9pm, I am ready to go to bed. I’ll have more free time tomorrow morning for a more elaborate post, but for now this must suffice.
Apple Cinnamon Oats 4-1
Today is September 1, which means it is the first day of Vegan Mofo! I don’t have a theme, or even a plan, but I will be participating! September, however, is not the best month in terms of having free time. As some of you know, I am starting university next week, and am moving to residence on Labour Day. After I move in I have frosh week, followed by one of my best friend’s birthday, and, finally, my first week of classes. I don’t even know if I’ll have time to make it to the annual Vegetarian Food Festival. Fortunately, my residence is suite-style, which means I have a private bedroom (which locks), and I share a living area, kitchen, and two bathrooms with five other women (two of whom are vegan, which makes sharing the kitchen a little easier).
University is all about starting a new chapter in one’s life, and falling off the cliff of childhood innocence into the abyss of adulthood, and no one is there to catch you. Well, there’s always muffins.
The rye flour in these muffins is a nod to the quintessential American byronic hero: Holden Caulfield, the catcher in the rye. The semi-sweet chocolate walks a line between absolutes, and captures the bittersweet nature of maturation and transition.
Chocolate in the Rye; or, Holden Caulfield Muffins (makes 6)
This past weekend, I was supposed to visit my grandfather. However, on Saturday I ended up getting new glasses. Just as I was supposed to visit my grandfather this weekend, I was supposed to get my classes on Friday. I ended up getting them on Saturday, because the first lenscrafters to which I went did not have the frames I liked in black, so I went to a different one the next day.
Here’s me with my new glasses (right).
The metamorphic magic which turns frames with lenses into spectacular spectacles takes roughly two hours. Seeing as I had some time to kill, I bought a new pair of jeans (at 40% off), and then went out for lunch. I went to Pizzaiolo with my mother. Upon walking in, I was disappointed that my favourite pizza option, the Whole Wheat Diana, was unavailable as a slice; however, upon overhearing my dissatisfaction, the (presumed) manager made a fresh pizza to be offered as slices! After the pizza I went across the street and got an iced coffee before heading to a small organic grocer. The produce was phenomenally priced, so, naturally, I bought quite a bit. I got organic sweet potatoes, fresh Ontario peaches and macintosh apples, zucchinis, and a big basket of blackberries. Indeed, I currently have more overripe berries than I can handle. I made muffins; my mother had them with her waffles; I made a crisp.
Blackberry Crisp Recipe
One must excuse the lack of recent posts, as I have been quite busy lately. Essentially, this past week was jam packed with important deadlines and dates for university, and then this Thursday I leave for NYC! Because I have been so busy, I have not had a chance to develop any new recipes, so it’s a good thing that I have some old recipes waiting to be shared.
Maple Walnut Oat Muffins (makes 12)
** Please note that, due to the amount of maple syrup in the recipe, the batter and muffins will be sticky.
When I was a small child, my favourite restaurant was an asian buffet called Gourmets of China. Chinese food has always been, and continues to be, my favourite cuisine. The restaurant was giant, and, with mirrored and windowed walls, the space itself seemed as infinite as the helpings. There was a fountain, a bamboo hut, and paper placemats with pictures of fancy cocktails. Looking back, the food was mediocre at best, but to a small child the subtle nuances of flavour pale in comparison to the grandiosity of the sensual overload it provided. My parents would tease me regarding the ‘hollow leg’ I seemed to have obtained, as I stuffed myself with bowls upon bowls of wonton soup, chow mein, vegetables, and, eventually, dessert. Dessert was the best part! It would usually start with another bowl of wonton soup, followed by cake, ice cream (or, the marvelous orange sherbet), almond cookies, and finally… chocolate mousse. The dessert itself was as mediocre as the main (or, should I say ‘mein’) course; it was the experience of sharing my decadent indulgence with my mother. To borrow from that horrendous age old adage: food truly does last ‘a moment on the lips’; however, the memories of time spent with family and friends will endure.
This recipe is simple and delicious! My mother loves it, and so do my aunt, uncle, and little cousins. The trick is to wait until your subject–er… family member, friend, etc.–has fallen in love with the dessert (or breakfast, lunch, snack… I’m not judging) before revealing the not-so-secret ingredient: tofu.
Chocolate Mousse Recipe (vegan and gluten free)
Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time perusing the fruit stands that pop up in and around Niagra-on-the-lake. I’ve returned home with all sorts of great purchases: peaches, plums, corn, green beans, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, radishes, and more! One might assume that all this lovely, fresh, and local produce would be the inspiration behind my recipes. Well, one would be wrong. This is actually more of a fall recipe, but inspiration strikes when it strikes, so here we go!
Apple Cinnamon Muffins Recipe (makes 12)
*I used a Cripps Pink