Communal Table, Thanksgiving and Recent Eats

A new program has been established at the University of Calgary called The Communal Table. Every month, a group of us takes a crop from a local farmer, prepares it and eats it together. For the first event, we used locally grown potatoes, hand harvested by some of the participants in the program and made gnocchi from scratch.

The objective of the program is to bring back a sence of community and connection in terms of food. It’s rare that in the hustle-bustle of our lifestyles that anyone stops to harvest, cook, share and eat a meal together.

We baked, peeled, mashed, mixed, kneaded, rolled and sliced our way to beautiful little pillows of poatoey dumplings, enjoyed with a fresh salad with local beets and carrots (that tasted like candy) and a dessert of organic berries with honey and cinnamon.

We were also fortunate enough to be addressed by Rod from Leaf & Lyre — a family business using SPIN (small plot intensive) farming to cultivate backyard gardens in the city.

It was a real pleasure to see Rod’s clear passion for local and sustainable practises in an urban environment as well as embracing traditional practices that bring food and people together.

*Insert awkward transition here*

HI! Here’s some brand new information: It’s been busy. I keep trying to remind myself that blogging is much like cleaning my room. Take a little time to do it daily, or wait for it to pile up into a big mess that my mom eventually cleans up out of frustration. 

But some days, when you have every minute stuffed from 5:30 to 11:00, taking pictures of, editing pictures of, and posting pictures of your food just doesn’t happen. Here’s a quick update though!

A few weeks ago I had an incredible green Thai curry with yams, coconut milk and chicken. I recreated it at home with tofu, sweet potato, mushrooms, and broccoli.

Perfect protein pancakes with almond butter and grilled bananas

French toast with cinnamon spiked pumpkin, almond butter, and grilled bananas

One of my favorite combinations —  grilled carrot/ cinnamon/ almond butter wrap

We had our usual Thanksgiving dinner with the family this past weekend. It’s always a great evening of food and family, but the days leading up are nothing less than blood, sweat, tears, screaming babies and shattered glass. I love the holidays.

We are 100% incapable of taking a decent picture together.

On my plate was a heap of salad {my uncle has a secret/ AMAZING dressing recipe. There are rarely any salad left overs}, green beans, mashed potatoes n’ gravy, mac & cheese, and perfect turkey with home-made cranberry sauce. After a full day of cooking and very little eating this plate disappeared in a flash.

After a bit of digestion we dug into dessert which is always my project during the holidays. I joked that I woke up a few weeks ago in a cold sweat after dreaming up this dessert.

1st layer: Browned butter pumpkin blondie
2nd layer: Salted pecan praline
3rd layer: Village Ice cream Salted Caramel Ice cream
4th layer: Cinnamon whipped cream.

Just ridiculous and thoroughly enjoyed, but this week was back to the usual, starting with a neon green beverage.

Romaine, spinach, lemon, apple, ginger. Good news, it’s almost the weekend — aaaand I’m working every day of it. Sad Trombone.

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Crazy Sexy Adventure Day 9: BBQ

Quite the jam-packed Sunday!

Woke up to a giant smoothie – banana, cherries, cocoa, almond butter, spinach, chia seeds, almond milk, bzzzzz-, went to Body Combat, work, and back home for a family BBQ

Family barbecues usually revolve around the usual meat and potatoes (and BEER)  but I snuck in a little goodness.

Dug into a big bowl of greens with olives, lemony tahini dressing, grilled corn, zucchini, eggplant and peppers. The best part of my salad used to be the feta cheese but now I’m all about the olives. Salty and buttery I can’t get enough. I found some big green olives, each stuffed with a pickled garlic clove. I know, it baffles me how I’m still single too. I think salted pistachios would be another awesome vegan salad topper to offer that addictive quality of feta cheese.

Crazy Sexy dessert of grilled pineapple and coconut milk whipped cream. The whipped cream is simply the lucious, fatty coconut cream that floats to the top of your can of coconut milk. Scrape it away, leaving as much of the water behind as you can. Add a squeeze of agave and whip until smooth and dreamy.

Hope everyone’s weekend was fantastic! I am 10 days away from being on a plane to Miami !!!

She Lives!

I left you with a picture of a plate piled high with spaghetti in a smooth avocado sauce. The verdict? My stomach was fine ! The pain I associate with avocados luckily made no appearance (and I’d be able to tell, it’s the same pain every time, almost like burning) and I am so glad, because that dinner was amazing and so easy !

I would love to share my most recent encounter with avocado with you all, but I’m a little upset at the moment.

I have a very.

Bad.

Dog.

BADBADBAD !!

I kid. Pepper is indeed old, senile and stupid as they come, but she IS house trained.

That brown blob is chocomole ! I simply blended a ripe avocado with four heaping spoonfuls of cocoa powder, six medjool dates, about two tablespoons of agave and about half a cup of almond milk into some thick and dreamy vegan pudding.

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I had a delicious yoga practise today. Although, it’s kind of difficult to clear my mind when my hips are screaming at me.

I also got a new mat:

It was a hot yoga class so I tried some coconut water to replenish my electrolytes.

I wasn’t a fan, but I wouldn’t put coconut water on my foods I hate list.

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I’m no photography pro. I usually take pictures of my food at different angles until I can get one that isn’t blurry or doesn’t have a shadow of me hovering over it and call it good. I like my food to look appetizing but for some meals it’s

just.

not.

happening.

 

 

 

 

 


Am I preeeetttyyy?

 


…On the inside

Quinoa + chickpeas + roasted broccoli + left over broccoli soup.

It was delicious. I understand if you don’t belive me.

then there was dessert..

Medjool date+ Walnut Butter + Dark chocolate

Kind of looks like a squished cockroach with its insides spilling out, no?