Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday Summer Feast

Curry chickpea and quinoa salad, steamed broccoli/mushrooms, homegrown baby romaine, cow-friendly caraway cheese
Although I'm lucky enough to avoid a 9-5, Monday-Friday sorta deal, Sundays are still my favourite day of the week, and I look forward to them all week long. This is largely because my neighbourhood farmer's market rolls into town every Sunday, and after my morning yoga class I ride my bike straight to the market to stock up on edibles... and make friends with as many dogs as possible.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Raw Eye Balls

 I think I'm developing a bit of an addiction to making/eating raw goodness rolled into balls. It all started with raw coco-cacao bliss balls, continued with nutty balls, and last night I made some carrot-cake-esque treats with the carrot pulp I saved from my morning carrot-apple-ginger juice. Among the many health benefits of this lovely vegetable, carrots are high in beta carotene, which makes them a superfood for your peepers. Thus I dubbed them "Raw Eye Balls". I adapted the recipe from a recipe for raw carrot cake I jotted down in my homemade cookbook a long time ago.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Gluten-free, Whole Grain Crackers

After making a delicious raw lemon avocado pie last week, I dropped my food processor bowl and cracked it. Definitely not a big problem in the grand scheme of things, but irksome since I use it pretty much every day. Rather than go to the store and buy another I checked out Craigslist, my go-to source whenever I need something. Within a few days I found a sweet deal - it was new, still in the box, about 1/3 the price of the exact same one in stores, and a 10 minute walk from my house. Beautiful! As an added bonus, it has a shatterproof bowl :)

Speed Racer

I spent a chunk of the day yesterday finishing up a couple projects to bring to the BLIM community market on Sunday, including a couple of cute dresses made from t-shirts. I really like them, and might have a teensy bit of a hard time letting them go... sigh. Luckily I made myself one a while back. And, of course, I can always make more!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Waste-Not Vegetable Stock

Although I'm all for small-space living, one of the downfalls of residing in an apartment is that it makes composting a little tricky. The vast majority of our refuse is compostable, since we avoid buying anything packaged, reuse empty jars and containers, and recycle what little is left. Unfortunately, Vancouver lacks a city-wide composting system (which is silly, considering their pledge to be the greenest city in the world by 2020). So, we've gotta get creative. We do have a vermicomposter on the balcony, the worms get maxed out at 2L of fruits and veggie waste per week. I've found a couple tricks for using up some of the balance. I save the pulp from juiced fruits and veggies to bake into muffins and bread or turn into raw desserts. One of the easiest ways to use leftover veggies is to make vegetable stock:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

BLIM Community Market


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Things have been a little quiet on the blog front in the last little while as I've been getting ready to take part in the BLIM Market outdoor festival, which is part of this year's Car Free Vancouver Day, on Sunday June 19. There's going to be lots of non-vehicular goodness happening around town, and I'll be reppin' Muddy Spoon on Main Street. I've got lots of crafty goodness ready, so if you're in town come say hi!

Of course, life hasn't exactly been all work either - although it's kinda hard to tell the difference between work and play these days... Anyways, we've been heading out as often as possible to hike, camp, bike, and climb. Summer is so awesome. This is our first summer in Vancouver, and British Columbia is definitely the place to be as far as I'm concerned. Ocean, beaches, mountains and forests (nevermind the incredible yoga scene)? Sign me up. We've got a few tasty adventures lined up in the next couple months. So many good vibes all around.

Here's a couple shots of our recent escapades:

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Raw Lemon Avocado Pie + Nutty Balls

I'm really digging raw tasties these days. On my last visit to Gorilla Food I had some awesome avocado-lemon pie and wanted to try to make it myself. I just did, and it was easy as... uh... pie.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rainy Day Cracked Wheat Walnut Cider Bread

This bread takes some serious effort, but it's so damn good, I don't think I mind.
The weather has been pretty awesome lately so I've been spending loads of time outdoors... we went on our first camping trip of the season at the beginning of the week, and spent yesterday climbing in Squamish with a bunch of friends. Between the two trips we spotted seven black bears, which makes me intensely happy. I hope those furry friends are thriving, and all the baby bears we've seen are going to grow up big and strong. I feel incredibly lucky to get to share their forest.

Anyway, I'm off topic. The point is, this morning I woke up to pouring rain and figured it was a great day to spend cooking and crafting. Months ago I came across a bread recipe on one of my favourite blogs, but never got around to making it since it is way more work than the easy artisan bread I usually make. I figured today was a good day to give it a try, and although it really did take a significant amount of time to make, it is really delicious and made a massive loaf that should last us a while.