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Smoothies

This is for the guy on Twitter who asked me for smoothie recipes: I don’t have one. But I love them! That $6 smoothie from the mall is good, but let’s face it. SIX DOLLARS. SMOOTHIE. Criminal! They’re so simple, too. … Continue reading

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Vegan Buttercream

Thankfully, it’s not only possible but it’s delicious. But take note! Margarine is sneaky. Most brands have whey, which is a dairy ingredient. Some brands also have gelatin, which is animal collagen. Most recipes seem to call for some shortening, … Continue reading

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Vegan Chocolate Cake

I have vegans in my family, but that doesn’t mean they have to go without the good stuff. I’m in charge of some baking for Father’s Day/everyone’s birthday (seriously: two of my siblings were born today, and my brother in … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: Glico Curry

When it’s cold and gloomy and I feel terrible about myself, I need to eat Japanese food. Most people think of the very expensive stuff when they think of Japanese food, but there is a world of typical Japanese things … Continue reading

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OMG Rhubarb!

The house I now live in once housed a little old lady. She liked owls and the colour green. And like most little old ladies, she grew rhubarb. Planted it, on purpose, pretty much in the middle of my backyard. … Continue reading

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Restaurant review: El Rancho

We are exceptionally lucky to have this very excellent Salvadorean restaurant mere blocks away. It’s incredible food (and most things come with a salad– this is a pet peeve, ordering a meal that doesn’t come with a vegetable. I mean, … Continue reading

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Thor VS Bridesmaids

I saw both Thor and Bridesmaids recently, and surprise! Both pass the Bechdel Test! In fact, it is not as simple as chick-flick VS dude-flick. Thor, while it does fulfil the action and fighting part, also manages to be quite … Continue reading

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Dinner Project: rack of lamb

It’s an expensive cut of meat, but compared to ordering it at a restaurant, it’s a bargain. Less than a diner steak sandwich, in fact. I bought a nice rack as a treat from Serben Free Range at the Alberta … Continue reading

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Quick breakfast

I’ve been doing office work for the last month (for Elections Canada, actually– if you’ve never been an election worker, I recommend it!) so instead of my usual routine, I’ve had to get up quite early and head to the … Continue reading

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The blender is your friend: pureed soups

When we moved into our house last summer, one common question was: “What can we get you for a housewarming?” The answer? Easy. A blender/food processor. It is the gateway to many pureed delights, including whipped potatoes and soups. Soup! … Continue reading

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