Do you ever have those days where you just, don’t feel right? You just can’t put your finger on it, but you know that’s simply how you feel? Maybe it’s just me but I’m having one of those days.
There are some things you have to know about me. There are few things that I will never get sick of. In fact, I get sick of almost everything really really quickly. Some of you may know that I go through phases. Soup phases. Avocado phases. Apple phases. Heck, the last month and a bit was just one big, fat donut phase. I’m still kind of on it. I tried a delicious cinnamon nutmeg sugar cake donut from Paulette’s the other day. It was really good, but I still dream of my favourite: honey crueller. Tim Horton’s has a honey crueller that I love. But I digress. There is one thing I can never get sick of:
I hit 200 likes yesterday on Facebook! It was so exciting for me! I told you folks on Facebook that I’d make cupcakes, but then I decided I wanted to make mini-heart cakes with lemon as a flavour. And then I thought about one of the commenters on my Vegan Lemon Donuts, who mentioned adding poppy seeds to the lemon donuts and I had a eureka moment. But unfortunately despite my epiphany, these cakes turned out to be a terribly epic failure.
So basically this smoothie was to get rid of some leftover coconut milk and overripe bananas. Oh and to find an excuse to use these awesome paper straws! They’re super pretty but they kind of soak up the liquid a little at the top so the straw gets soggy in about 5 minutes. Luckily for me, this smoothie was so delicious it barely lasted 5 minutes so the straw wasn’t that hard to deal with. Now I know coconut milk is pretty high in fat, but I justified using it by treating my body to some fibre and vegan goodness! This smoothie would be great for the mornings, or even after dinner as a dessert, kind of like a milkshake. (Again, my past few posts have seemed sort of breakfast-themed)
For those still in the academic style de vie, it’s exam season! Or final paper season. Most of my friends are still in school, so I’m sending happy vibes of hope and optimism because exam season always looks bleak and terrifying in the beginning. I know the feeling. I finished one out of my two final papers for the semester, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I’ll do what I do best and distract you from the end of year/semester stress and titillate your visual senses with these amazing cupcakes. I had some leftover bananas and I wanted to find a new recipe to use up three overripe bananas, and I think I found one! This ain’t some plain jane banana bread, these banana cupcakes are light, fluffy, and dreaaaamy.
I used to be intimidated by the word “vegan”. In my mind, this term was used for those who had overly complicated diets and aggressively judged anybody who chose to eat any form of animals or animal products. I thought that vegan baked goods would lose their appeal, their luxury, their decadence, without eggs or butter. I was -very- mistaken. Allow me to introduce you to my favourite superfruit: avocados, reader. Reader, avocados. Avocados are the ultimate fruit. They are packed full of healthy fats, nutrients, and vitamins. Their subtle and versatile nature are what makes vegan baking (in this case, dessert because this was a no-bake cheesecake) absolutely amazing.
Sometimes, I make things because I have the ingredients. Other times, I need to make them for an event. Today, was a combination of both, but mostly I made these just because I wanted to photograph them. These cupcakes were perfectly moist, fluffy and light. Soaked in a little bit of coffee liqueur syrup and topped with the most amazingly delicate marscapone frosting, these cupcakes honestly just made me stop and appreciate life. It was really that monumental. Italians knew their stuff.
You know what I miss about Ottawa? Potlucks. People -love- potlucks in Ottawa. Or maybe that’s just me. I love going to a low-key “party” where people bring food, share, and just talk. Food just lets the awkward ones (like me) munch on snacks while they think of something to say, or see someone to talk to. I love baking and cooking for other people because food always makes people so happy. [Read more...]