How was everyone’s fine long Labour Day weekend… aka basically the final weekend of summer?!
Shock gasp horror
I still can’t get over the fact that it’s already September… and a week in already at that.
And that I start back to classes in a week. Welcome Fourth and Final Year oh boy. I think I’m ready for it though… bring it on books.
My weekend wasn’t terribly adventurous.
It involved chilly and peaceful mornings.
Accompanied by warm and comforting breakfasts.
Simple stovetop banana oats with peanut butter and raspberries
Soft and chewy whole wheat pbjb waffles with fresh cantaloupe
The weekend was actually quite laden with peanut butter.
As well as vast amounts of roasted buttercup squash. I just can’t get enough, I just can’t get enough. I cooked up a big sucker yesterday… and not a trace remains.
It was less laden with other vegetables, though I tried to stomach them where I could. I think I’m in a vegetable rut. I’m just not loving them as much lately. Sigh!
There was a bit of shopping (along with some sweet deal scores!) that happened.
I found this Living Raw Food book in the book section of an antique marketplace at our farmer’s market. Perfection condition $12. Done! I’m clearly not a raw foodist but I find it to be an interesting way of eating and this book seems to have some great recipes as well as a whole slew of good clean food information, so I couldn’t pass it by.
Not so raw but an equally good deal, Designer Whey Double Chocolate Protein Powder for $8 on clearance. I love Winners.
And a retro bar night of drinks and 80s tunes probably happened last night. Black Sunday, busiest night of the year at this particular hole in the wall bar. Can’t miss it.
And of course, a little recipe testing had to happen as well.
This probably would have been much more successful with tiny TVP chunks (mine were the large ones) and much more finely diced vegetables. They barely held together so the whole “burger” concept was basically shot.
I managed to get one lone burger to stay together.
(The left white blob is mashed potato and the right white blob is mashed cauliflower mixed with laughing cow, dijon mustard and ff sour cream… mmm)
The taste is still, well… tasty, so the remainders shall be eaten fork style. Or maybe wrap style! Endless possibilities. Ish.
I also had a request for da mom for fresh baked granola. So of course I delivered. And this batch got a standing ovation.
Welcome home Averie’s Vegan Gluten & Soy-Free Granola.
I completely de-veganized it by using normal butter. That is what we’ve got. And I threw in a handful of pumpkin seeds and raisins. Cooked it for 15 minutes.
And I halved it. You know, just in case it didn’t turn out…
What was I thinking? This one took over first place as favourite homemade granola recipe so far!
Perfectly crunchy, satisfyingly sweet.
How do you spruce up your veggies and make them more exciting when you’re just not feeling them?
Highlight of your long weekend?
Have a terrific