Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Experimenting With Sushi

This weekend I had a chance to finally experiment with making my avocado rolls. I normally stay away from white rice so I've been eager to find a different way to make my homemade sushi. 
This is a combination of white rice and quinoa. Since they both cook at the same time and use the same amount of water, it was really easy to measure what I would need. Half rice, half quinoa, twice the amount of water of the two combined.
The final product. The quinoa didn't hurt my efforts to make sushi that wouldn't break apart.
After the great experience I had with the rice and quinoa combo, I decided to try just quinoa. Sadly it didn't work so well. The rolls fell apart and the texture was just too different for my taste. I was able to take some pictures that didn't look too bad, but when I started eating it, the whole thing turned into a huge mess. 
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pulling out the Mini Frying Pan

 So I had a chance to pull out the mini frying pan that I had bought a little while ago, and since it is so small, I decided to make the only kind of eggs I know how to.
Sunny side up, egg roll, and scrambled.
I really like my new little frying pan. Now when I move out I'll have something to take with me that cooks food. Plus it's non-stick!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Vegan Vanilla Gelato

Yay! For the first time ever I got to use my new ice-cream maker. Plus, I used it to make a treat that was vegan. I love killing two birds with one stone (although I would never harm a bird in real life). : )
I got the recipe from everydaydish.tv, a vegan cooking show/website that has a large selection of vegan recipes and videos to go with them. To see the recipe and watch the video on how to make Vegan Vanilla Gelato, click here. I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out really well. Although it may seem like it calls for a lot of vanilla, the flavours really turn out great in the final product after the gelato has hardened in the freezer. 
Even after you think you've broken down all the pieces of cashew, trust me, you haven't. Let your blender run for an extra minute like I should have done.
Heat the second mixture and stir it with a whisk until it becomes thick. Then add in the first mixture, pop the whole thing into a bowl and leave it in the fridge for 2 hours.
Put the mixture into the machine. I've always been told that you have to have the machine running before you put anything into it. I decided not to, and regretted it greatly.
While the mixture may look solid when it comes out of the ice-cream machine, it really isn't and will start to melt after half a minute of being at room temperature. The best thing to do is let it harden in the freezer.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Daily Eats: A Trip to the Lake

I mentioned in my last post how I spent my weekend out of town with some family. Well, I managed to snap a photo of some of the berries myself and my cousins used to pick when we were younger. Don't they look beautiful? I think they are Saskatoon berries, but I'm not sure.
So here are some pictures I have snapped of different things I have been eating. To be honest, there haven't been a whole lot of big meals. Mostly I have been throwing together whatever fresh fruit and veggies I find in the fridge.
Peeled cucumber, cherries, and a yellow bell pepper.
I bought this little frying pan weeks ago and a store where people donate old clothes and used items. It was only .99 cents. I haven't used it yet, but now that I'm on vacation it's on my to do list.
Skim milk, and orange bell pepper, plain no-fat greek yogurt, fresh cherries and blueberries.
 What is this pineapple doing upside down in a bowl full of water? Well, you know how when you eat a lot of kiwis or pineapple and your tongue starts to tingle? I read online that a solution to that would be to leave the pineapple in a bowl of water upside down for a few hours. I'll let you know if it works since I just took this picture this morning.
And now the lovely frozen grapes. I've been eating a handful every evening since my first post on frozen grapes. They are a really cool and sweet treat that is perfect for the summer.
I look forward to the next few days. I won't tell you what my next post is, but I'll give you a hint. I had to pull out my ice-cream maker to make it!
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Monday, August 22, 2011

Last Day Party Treats

So there's a few reasons why posts on this blog have been scarce lately. Last week was my last day of work and so the days preparing for Friday's big party were hectic and left me with little time, and as soon as the work day ended on Friday I began my weekend vacation with family out of town. However, I am officially free of any responsibility and duties until school starts again. Yay! So please prepare yourselves for a tidal wave of posts about what I have been eating lately. Also, please look forward to the interesting projects I have put on hold until now. 
But before that happens, why don't I show you all the delicious baking myself and the children I work with made for our last day of summer camp!
What's this? This is the top layer of our epic 2 layer cake with chocolate sundae sauce on top. We made banana split sundaes with the kids earlier, and so when we made cupcakes, we tried putting it into the middle just for fun. It. Tasted. Amazing. Since we had some left over we decided to put a layer of chocolate sauce into our cake. 
Smores in a pan. The recipe came from the back of the Golden Grahams cereal box...I think someone forgot to put the extra mini marshmallows on top. 
Rice Crispy Cupcakes! Aren't they cute? Actually, we ran out of pans. 
So, none of the leaders brought any cookie sheets (myself included), but I had the genius idea to use the brownie pan. The recipe for these cookies is on the back of the chocolate chipits package. 
Actual cupcakes! With chocolate sauce in the middle of course. : )
The party had pizza and fruit and veggies, but everyone was most excited about the baking since the kids had made it themselves. It was such a blast, but now I'm going to really miss my summer job.  
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Learning to Make Sushi

This is the third roll of sushi I made. The first two? Let's just not talk about those. 
I'm not the biggest fan of sushi that has raw fish, so whenever I go out with friends I order various vegetable rolls. Over the weekend I decided to give making my own vegetable rolls a try and made some of my favourites. The capa maki roll (Cucumber roll), avocado roll, and the cucumber avocado roll. Turns out, it's really easy.
Boil your rice. Although I hate eating white rice, I thought it might be best to stick to the basics for my first time making sushi rolls. Next time, I'll definitely try to substitute the rice with something that's better for me.
Cut up your fillings into nice thin strips.
Lay out your laver/seaweed, cover it with a thin layer of rice with a small gap at the top, lay out your veggies on the end, and prepare yourself for the hardest part.
Rolling. I've been told that a bamboo mat isn't necessary to make sushi rolls, but I found it really helped me keep the rolling nice and even.
Finally, cut your roll into six or eight equal pieces starting from the middle and working your way to the end. Be sure to use a sharp knife. Trust me!
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Frozen Grapes

So a few weeks ago I saw this post over at Mis Pensamientos and was blown away by the idea of frozen grapes. I had never heard of freezing grapes before, but it sounded delicious. I washed up some of the green and red grapes I had in the fridge, tossed them into the freezer, and completely forgot about it.
Wow! Frozen grapes are really great. After they've warmed up for about a minute they are perfect to bite into. I don't know if this is true, but the frozen grapes actually tasted sweeter than the normal grapes I had in the fridge! But the thing I love most about frozen grapes is that it takes so long just to eat a handful. By the time I was done eating the ones I had put into this cup, I didn't feel like grabbing more from the freezer. Amazing. I think I've found my new favourite dessert. 
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Monday, August 15, 2011

First Try at Waffles

So my Mother bought a waffle maker! Go Mom!
We decided that we would use it on Saturday for the first time. Let's just say it was a great success. The recipe we used was a very simple one we found on the internet and then made a few changes to.
Best Waffle Recipe (Makes 6 waffles)
Ingredients
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
Preheat waffle iron. Beat eggs in large bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, milk, vegetable oil, sugar, baking powder, salt and vanilla, just until smooth. Pour 3/4 cup of mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook as per your waffle maker directions until golden brown. Serve hot.
Notes
You can keep the batter, covered, in the fridge for up to a week. Just be sure to whisk well before using again. You may also use whole wheat flour for this recipe (which is exactly what we did!).You can add about 1 tsp of brown sugar and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon for a cinnamon and caramel flavour. You can add 1 cup chocolate chips.
Okay, maybe not a great success judging by how many practice waffles we had to make before finally making the perfect waffle. 
The waffle with fresh blueberries and blue agave syrup.
Just look at that whole wheat goodness. The waffles were crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, just like perfect waffles ought to be. 
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Friday, August 12, 2011

The Wonders of Quinoa

To be completely honest, quinoa is something I have been eating for only two months now. This is because it was only two months ago I discovered I could buy it at the bulk food store. Before then, quinoa seemed like a distant dream to me, only available at speciality health food stores and over the internet. 
Today, not a week goes by where I don't eat quinoa at least twice. As of now, I only eat it as a replacement to rice whenever I make a stir-fry. But who knows, maybe in a few more months I will know some other ways to eat it and then quinoa will become a staple in my diet, just like it has become for many other vegetarians. 
So you may be wondering what quinoa is. Well, it's a seed that is packed full of protein. Because it is a seed and does not come from an animal in any way, it is eaten by both vegetarians and vegans. And the best part is, it is really simple to make!
First, go out and buy your quinoa.
Measure out the amount you would like to use. 1/4 cup is a single serving.
Rinse it for a minute or so.
Put it into a pot and let it simmer for 15 minutes. The amount of water you need to use is double the amount of quinoa you are making. So if you are eating 1/4 cup of quinoa, you need 1/2 of water. 
After 15 minutes your quinoa will look like this. Quinoa doesn't really have a taste and has a texture that is similar to white rice mixed with couscous. 
So easy! After you have made your quinoa, now you can either eat it on it's own with some seasonings, or use it as a replacement for rice. No matter how it's eaten, it will be a healthy and simple way for vegetarians, vegans, and anybody else, to get their protein. 
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