September 29, 2015

[happy] national coffee day!

"as long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?"
[cassandra clare]

hope your day has been filled with wonderful, delicious coffee.  happy national coffee day! [d]

September 24, 2015

scrambled tofu [camping edition]

scrambled tofu [camping edition]

hey y'all! b here.

you probably don't know this about me, but i love to cook. when i first became a vegetarian one of the first brunch dishes i had was scrambled tofu at this awesome vegetarian bistro in guelph.

inspired by the dish, i decided to try it at home.  and after many attempts, i think i have finally nailed this recipe down.

since it has become a bit of a weekend favourite in our household, i decided to give it a try while we were camping at bon echo.

so here it is, the camping edition of my scrambled tofu!

scrambled tofu [camping edition]

scrambled tofu [camping edition]
serves 2

[you will need]
1/2 brick extra firm tofu
1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
1 tablespoon bbq sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic dressing 
bit of water to thin marinade
1-1 1/2 tablespoons herb blend (you can get creative here. i used oregano, parsley & basil)
2 green onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 head of broccoli, chopped
handful of cherry tomatoes, halved

[to make]

dice up the tofu into cubes. this just makes it easier to make your scramble.  then mash into a good crumble.  a good old fork works best for this.

scrambled tofu [camping edition]

next you want to make your liquid marinade.  in this camping edition i used dijon mustard, homemade maple balsamic dressing, a homemade peach bbq sauce d had made a few weeks earlier (the recipe is from food in jar's second book, preserving by the pint) & a little water to thin it out.  mix this with the tofu.

scrambled tofu [camping edition]

while your tofu is soaking up the flavour of the marinade, chop up the veggies.  then, mix the tofu with all of the vegetables but the tomatoes & pour into your frying pan.

scrambled tofu [camping edition]

fry the vegetables & tofu until the tofu browns & gets slightly crispy and your veggies soften. 

add in the tomatoes, cooking for a minute or 2 longer, heating up the tomatoes.  serve nice and hot. 

since we were camping we had it with a side of fruit & pancakes (a camping staple).


scrambled tofu [camping edition]

have a great camping recipe? drop a line, i'm always looking for something new to try out.  


September 21, 2015

whistler [british columbia]

whistler [bc]
whistler [bc]
whistler [bc]
whistler [bc]
whistler [bc]
whistler [bc]
whistler [bc]

my baby brother got married...and (now) i have a sister.  how crazy is that? 

it was a wonderful little ceremony, taking place in the gondola between the peaks of whistler & blackcomb.  even though it rained most of the time, the sun came out for a tiny bit, just in time for some lovely photos between the peaks.  

whistler [bc]
whistler [bc]
whistler [bc]

congratulations d & f!


whistler [bc]

September 17, 2015

stand up paddle boarding

i have found my new favourite summertime water activity!

while we were camping b & i spent our saturday afternoon out on the lake.  it was a beautiful, warm, sunny day, & the park had canoe, kayak & paddle board rentals.  i opted for the stand up paddle board & b rented a kayak.

i was really nervous to test it out with an audience (the rentals are a popular place on a saturday - get there early if you want to rent something), but it proved to be a lot easier than anticipated.  i'm happy to report that i didn't fall once :)

we both had such a blast out on the water.  thanks for letting me share!


September 14, 2015

gold polka dot pot [west elm inspired]

gold polka dot pot [our little home]
gold polka dot pot [our little home]

this project was inspired by a really cute pot i saw at west elm a few months ago.  i really like the simplicity of the pot - classic white with just a hint of gold to jazz it up.  it's the perfect way to brighten up my dark little desk at work.

[the inspiration] west elm micro cache pot

west elm pots
(image from west elm)

[what you need]
white porcelain dish or bowl (i found this one at dollarama)
gold sharpie

gold polka dot pot [our little home]
gold polka dot pot [our little home]

[to make]
preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

using the gold sharpie, add dots all over to the dish.  they can be as small or large as you like.

when you are happy with the polka dots, leave the dish for a few minutes so the sharpie ink can dry.

once your oven has preheated, bake the bowl for 30 minutes (this makes the polka dots permanent), then let it cool completely.

once cool, the dish is all set to use.

i used my dish just like the west elm photo, for a plant. but it could be used for anything: to hold change, jewelry, small desk stationary...the possibilities are endless.

gold polka dot pot [our little home]

i found this funny little plant at the farmer's market by my work, which fits in perfectly.

now you have an adorable gold polka dot dish at a fraction of the price.  huzzah!


gold polka dot pot [our little home]

September 10, 2015

bon echo provincial park & a delicious campfire recipe

mazinaw rock
view from the top [bon echo]
tall trees [bon echo]
roadtrip snacks [bon echo]
tenting [bon echo]
campfire cooking [bon echo]
mazinaw rock, above & below [bon echo]
mazinaw rock [bon echo]

a couple weekends ago b & i left the city for a weekend of tall trees and fresh air.  things have been really busy around here lately, so this little getaway was the perfect way to unwind & relax .

camping is something we like to do every summer.  a little tradition of ours if you will.

this year we decided on a park located a few hours east of toronto, up near ottawa, called bon echo provincial park.  it was perfect - we did a bit of hiking & exploring, paddled across the lake to the pictographs, actually saw the stars, and ate too much yummy campfire cooked food (it always tastes better cooked over a fire!).

also love to camp? i'd love to hear your campground suggestions!

pictographs [bon echo]
mazinaw lake [bon echo]
view of mazinaw lake [bon echo]

this is one of my favourite camping recipes.  a few minutes of prep and then you (grab a drink, relax, and) wait...
it pairs well with a simple salad and a [veggie] burger.  hope you like it!

fire roasted foil potatoes
makes 2 large foils

[you will need]
3-4 potatoes
1 onion
2-3 garlic cloves
other root vegetables of your choice (we added carrots & radish)
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons of spice (we used a blend of basil, parsley & oregano)
salt & pepper, to taste
tin foil

veggies for roasting [bon echo]
fire roasted foil potatoes [bon echo]

[to make]
chop up your vegetables and toss in olive oil.  the smaller the pieces, the quicker the veggies will cook.  sprinkle spices over vegetables & toss to combine.  add salt & pepper to your liking.

scoop out vegetable mixture into a rectangular piece of tin foil.  wrap foil together in the middle & at the sides, making sure the edges are tightly wrapped.  place potato foil package in the coals of your campfire.  let cook for 45 minutes to an hour, rotating the package to ensure all areas are cooked.  once the vegetables appear soft, remove from campfire.  scoop contents out onto a plate, and enjoy!

note: this recipe makes a large amount of potatoes.  we will often save any leftover & include it in a breakfast stir fry the next day.



sunny skies [bon echo]

September 07, 2015

summery white wine sangria

strawberry & peach sangria
sangria close up

this is quickly becoming one of my new favourite drinks.  it's light, fresh, & packed with delicious summer produce.  and with the heat we've been having lately, it's a great way to cool off.

for this batch, i used local peaches & strawberries (strawberries, in september?  i know, right.  they are called fall strawberries, and they are delicious!).

garnish with strawberry

summer white wine sangria
serves one

[you will need]
3/4 cup white wine of your choice
1/2 cup sparkling water
1/4 to 1/2 of a fresh peach (or 3-6 slices of frozen)
4-6 strawberries, fresh or frozen

[to make]
chop up the peaches & strawberries and add to glass.  if using fresh fruit add ice. add wine and sparkling water.  stir to combine.  enjoy!