Daily Archives: February 2, 2011

Accent Vlog Eh?

Happy Waffle Wednesday!!

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What?? It doesn’t look like the perfect circular, ridged breakfast cake you’re accustomed to seeing?

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That’s because this morning I ate a waffle scramble. Trust me, not purposely. I experimented with my tried & true recipe by subbing out the flour for whole rolled oats. Raw. That means the protein powder was the main binder… and… well… apparently it doesn’t react well with waffle irons on its own.

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I am however incredibly stubborn and refused to throw it out and start over. Instead, I piled the scraps on top my plate and topped with toasted walnuts & coconut, strawberries, and sugar-free syrup.

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Turns out scrambled waffles are insanely good. And toasted coconut can save anything ;)

For those of you who are wondering what my tried & true recipe is, I had the flat version earlier this week.

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About the wrinkled grey background. I’ve been eating in bed lately ;)

Date & Walnut Protein Pancakes

  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetarian protein powder (I like soy! whey doesn’t work)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice (I use 1-2 packets of stevia)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (or one whole egg)
  • 1/2 cup milk (I use almond)
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp chopped dates

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Now that is a winner. Also, I seem to have required numerous bags of chopped walnuts, hence my over-usage of them recently.

Finally, the moment you’ve been waiting for! (or I’ve been waiting to post anyways!)

I’ve already seen a gazillion of these go up today, and I am completely fascinated watching these accent vlogs! I’m not sure where it started, but the deal is that you read a list of words and answer a few questions, and it’s supposed to highlight your accent.

Seeing as you don’t hear me talk very often, I thought it would be fun to share. Also because I’ve been getting teased lately for my Maritime accent here in Ontario. Funny thing is, I really don’t think my Maritime accent is that pronounced! I grew up in Riverview, New Brunswick. I point this out because even though it’s associated with the municipality of Moncton, I find there’s a very pronounced Albert County accent. And that’s where Riverview is. In case you don’t know anything about Atlantic Canada (it’s okay, I understand if you don’t). Here’s a handy-dandy map:

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Finally, y’all should know that I used to be a broadcast journalist. I read the weekend newscasts at a radio station for over two years and hosted a local TV news program for a year. Dialect, pronunciation, enunciation, and words are all something I’ve obsessed over and continue to obsess over. I definitely learned the hard way how to pronounce things like the “Celtics,” “Premier” and batting “.500”

The words:
Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

The questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Monica mentioned in her accent vlog that she has a tendency to pronounce Spanish things in a proper accent because she grew up in a Spanish household. It’s worth mentioning that because I grew up surrounded by French (bilingual city, French immersion) I have the same tendency to do that with French words. People always make fun of the way I say “poutine” but I swear it’s how the Acadians say it!

And yes, I say “eh.” Most commonly in the phrase “I know, eh?”

With that, I want to know: Anything about my accent surprise you? How different is it from yours?

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