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Monday, November 9, 2015

Review: Sweet Shop of Dreams

I enjoyed this quick read where a London gal moves to the countryside to help her ailing aunt out with a sweet shop. The plot is very straight forward as most major plot points are guessed light years before they occur but the writing is fast paced and interesting so I enjoyed the book. 

There are flashbacks from the Aunt's POV which are fine but written in a very difficult to read scripty font which is very tiresome. Additionally, there are sweet based chapter openings that are written in yet another font and seem very out of place but half way through the book I realized that they are supposed to be excerpts from the Aunt's sweet shop book. 

There are some problems with this book but overall I enjoyed it! 

Check out my Goodreads page for more food themed fiction! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Drinking: Vegan Egg Nog

I know! I know! No one wants to hear about Christmas in October but in my defence stories have had winter/Christmas stuff up for weeks already and Halloween stuff has been on sale for a week or so already. The commercial world is a really crazy thing. 

Anyways, I've been obsessed with aquafaba - or the brine from canned (or homemade) chickpeas lately due to the facebook group: Aquafaba Everything and Vegan Meringue! Basically chickpea brine can be easily whipped up to soft or hard peaks and can be made into a ton of classic egg dishes. The science is a bit sketchy but it basically comes down to protein - delicious protein. 

This was a pretty decent first attempt but I'll continue working on it! 

What are your favourite eggnog recipes?   

Monday, October 19, 2015

My Vintage Kitchen: Picnic Thermos Pack

I scored at the thrift store last week! I picked up this sweet Thermos and cup travelling case for $6.99! It's from Cutter&Buck and is in great shape. The leather covers come off the Thermos and cups for easy cleaning and there are a ton of pockets for odds and ends. 

I plan on taking this out before the snow flies! :)

Monday, October 12, 2015

Coming Home to the Kitchen: Garlic Tip

I made this great tasting Tomato and Corn Soup from Bryant Terry's 'Vegan Soul Kitchen' a few days ago. The method was very interesting as whole, peeled, garlic cloves were sautéed with onions and then puréed. It was a delicious soup but I really liked how quick it came together due to not chopping/mincing the garlic. This is especially good if you really enjoy the taste of garlic because if the garlic isn't fully cooked it will be a little bit sharp.   

Monday, October 5, 2015

Drinking: Iced Coffee

I was looking through this old, aged, strained 'Canadian Cook Book' last night in search of recipes to vegan-ize for a project I've been toying with for ages and found a very interesting coffee recipe. 

This cookbook was first published in 1923 and revised in 1953. 

Clearly iced coffee is not a new 'hipster' creation. Even the 'best iced coffee ever' claims regarding coffee ice-cubes is not a new invention! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Drinking: Pumpkin Pie Coffee

Well... summer is over. The leaves are changing and I purchased a bag of pumpkin pie coffee! I decided to try to modify some dark roasted coffee beans to make a DIY pumpkin pie coffee. I like the concept of amending coffee grounds as its quicker and simpler for those occasions that require a solitary cup of coffee.   

I make my coffee in a one cup French Press so I added two tablespoons of ground coffee, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and the hot water

The coffee grounds smelt remarkable similar to the bag of pumpkin pie coffee I had purchased (and was quickly consuming) but less pumpkin flavour was imparted in the end result. I imagine that the heat of the water eradicates some of the delicate pumpkin pie flavour. Perhaps I should add the pumpkin pie spice into already brewed coffee...