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Winning Teams + A Winning Breakfast

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

I suspect around half my readers come from that big ole’ nation to the south, so I will keep it light today. I know how mass quantities of mashed vegetables can make you drowsy ;)

Secondly, I went to my first NBA game last night!

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Toronto Raptors vs Philadelphia 76ers. To be blunt, Toronto teams suck. You don’t see them in the playoffs very often. The Raptors recently lost their star player Chris Bosh to the Miami Heat. The Blue Jays are in a division against top teams like the Yankees and Red Sox. The Maple Leafs are just smelly (go Senators!). And who watches the CFL??

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But would you believe it, the Raptors actually won! Even more, they won with over 100 points, which means all the fans got free grub from Pizza Pizza. I gave mine away though, as I’d like to leave Ontario having a clean Pizza Pizza slate.

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We also got free toques! For you drowsy Americans, that’s pronounced “toooook.” It’s a knit hat.

It’s kindasorta my goal to see all the Toronto teams play while I’m here. But apparently the NHL tickets are near impossible to get.

Anyways. Enough about sports for now. Let’s get to the food.

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I’ve quickly shared a version of this recipe before, but I’ve decided it deserves its own proper post because it’s something I eat several times a week!

 

Stove-top Chocolate Chip Breakfast Oatcakes

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Start with 1/2 cup dry rolled oats.

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Add in 1/4 cup unflavoured soy protein powder + 1/4-1/2 tsp baking soda. I like my oatcakes more soda-y so I use 1/2 tsp, but I know some people are really sensitive to that taste.

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As for the protein powder, I use Purely Bulk brand, which is Canadian made. I need protein in my breakfast, so this is why I add it. If that’s not important to you, by all means sub it out with 1/4 cup flour. You can use soy flour, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, peanut flour, coconut flour. You get the point, the possibilities are endless!

I also add 3 stevia packets to sweeten it up – totally optional.

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Mix in 1 tbsp almond butter + 6 tbsp hot water. I used almond here because it doesn’t stand out as much as other nut butters. But peanut butter would be good too!

The mix should be just moist enough to stick together. But not gooey. You may need to adjust the water, that’s why I like adding one tablespoon at a time.

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Finally, sprinkle with chocolate chips. I try to keep it around 1/2 tbsp.

Form into three palm-sized patties and cook in a greased frying pan at medium heat.

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Cook for around 5 minutes each side, until each side is browned and patties are firm.

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Aaand you’re done! I make these in batches every week for grab-n-go breakfasts. Usually gobbled up on the streetcar with an iced coffee on my way to work at 5am. A more “balanced” version of the traditional oatcake that’s more like a cookie than anything else. Call it handheld oatmeal if you will :)

The essentials:

  • 1/2 cup dry rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup soy protein powder or flour of your choosing
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 packets stevia, or sweetener equal to 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 6 tbsp hot water
  • 1/2 tbsp chocolate chips

Directions:
Mix, patty n’ fry!

With that, I bid you adieu. I’ve got a Jack Russell terrier to cuddle with.

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Shhhh! Don’t tell the poodle! (who I’ll be reunited with bytheway in 3 weeks!)

 

Question of the Day: Let’s talk sports. What’s your favourite one? Fave team? My Papa was a die-hard Blue Jays fan, so the Jays + baseball will always hold top place in my heart!

P.S. Don’t forget to click here and share your favourite cookie recipe. I’m doing up a special one-stop-shop cookie post for the holidays!

Five Things You Should Probably Know

1. There be a dog in this house. 

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His name is Murphy. Not Murphy Brown. He belongs to my roommate’s sister and we get to doggy-sit while she’s away! I LOVE dogs and can’t wait until I settle down and get one of my own someday. Until then, feel free to drop yours off at my place for a week. I’ll get him/her started on a jogging program stat.

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2. Speaking of roommates, living with fellow foodies is awesome.

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Megan made homemade toasted coconut marshmallows and I get to reap the benefits. She used this recipe and said it was incredibly easy (and cheap!). Don’t let the use of a candy thermometer scare you. Y’all know I have an unreasonable obsession with marshmallows and these turned out amazing!

 

3. Adding fruit to a savoury sandwich is a great way to get a gourmet meal at home.

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I set out to make a grilled ham and cheese sandwich when the idea of adding sliced apple popped into my head. It made what would have otherwise been a boring sandwich a million times better! I also love doing this with pears, dried fruit and preserves.

 

4. I haven’t bought shampoo in over five months.

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Seeing as I work at a gym 5 days a week, I just wait until I workout and shower using the shampoo and conditioner provided there. I stockpile samples to keep in the house in case of emergencies. My hair isn’t that affected whether I’m using a fancy or cheap shampoo. I’ve had to cut costs in all areas of my life since moving to Toronto and taking on wage jobs. This is just one of my sneaky ways of doing it!

 

5. I know I have yammered on about eye masks before, but it’s time to give them the credit they deserve.

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I bought this three dollar travel mask at a drugstore when I moved into my current place. I’ve got skylights in my ceiling and the eye mask was cheaper than curtains.

Simply put it has changed. my. life. I used to sleep horribly back in the day. Up at 6am every day no matter what time I went to bed. I slept lightly, waking several times throughout the night. I would often wake up feeling still tired and frustrated. Turns out, I’m a lot more affected by even the slightest light than I thought I was. My alarm clock, the moonlight, and the sun rising in the morning.

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I sleep like a rock now. A solid eight hours without a twitch throughout the night. I often wear my hair in a ponytail and wrap the headband around it so it doesn’t fall off in the night, but you could also bobby pin it. I don’t care if it makes me look like a princess, at least I’m a well rested princess ;)

Thanks to Janetha for taking this ridiculous picture of me.

 

Question of the Day: What is one thing that’s on your mind you want others to know? As Holly says, sharing is caring!

Reliving the Weekend

Remember when it was the weekend??

Le sigh.

While Toronto may be a go-go-go city throughout the week, I love the pace it takes on over the weekend. Families emerge in their neighbourhoods with a more friendly and relaxed manner.

Let us bask in the weekend once more with a Sunday recap, shall we?

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Breaking News:

Sister Sara and I are doing a half marathon together!! Completing a half marathon was actually one of my 2010 goals. But it got sidelined once I decided to move halfway across the country. Now it will be accomplished in May 2011 with my big sis at my side! I think it’s the perfect goal for both of us to have right now and will be a fun bonding experience :)

We spent 4-ish miles chatting about our future half marathon and other things while running along my favourite lakefront trail Sunday morning. We’re lucky enough to pace similarly and are currently maintaining the same mileage base. Should be a fun adventure!

After working up an appetite running, Sara, my mom, roommie and I all hit up a local joint for Sunday brunch.

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Pulp Kitchen has been on my “to-visit list” forrrever! They’re a vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a juice bar.

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That waitress totally called us out for being East Coasters for talking about Joel Plaskett and Jill Barber. Ha!
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I treated myself to a Chunky Monkey shake made with chocolate soymilk, banana and espresso.

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Roommie Megan got the Cocoa Berry shake with chocolate soymilk, strawberries, banana and ginko biloba.

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Megan’s was awesome, but I enjoyed the caffeine boost in mine!

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Megan got the scrambled tofu wrap which looked really good.

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Mom got the PK sandwich with crispy tofu, avocado and cilantro dijon mayo. She said she enjoyed the bread and crispy mayo.

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Sara got the blueberry waffles. I tried a bit, but we all agreed mine are better ;)

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Finally, I got the stewed beans and bangers with homemade vegan baked beans and veggie sausage. This was so filling! I appreciated that the beans were made in house and not canned, but now I totally want to try making this at home. 

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After brunch we wandered around the ‘hood poking our heads into all the antique and vintage clothing stores. I also brought Sara to get the best cinnamon buns in Toronto. I’m not joking here folks. And I’m something of a “connoisseur” on the subject.

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These come from Sweet Bliss Baking Company on Queen St East. I first tried one in August and it was love at first bite. I held off on this day though. Instead I had a few bites of the blueberry scone which was also nothing short of amazing.

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The other great thing about weekends is that people bring their dogs out!! You do not want to be around me when a dog is in the vicinity. I start to get weepy and ask if I can take photos of them.IMG_2991

I want one so bad! Someday… When I’m no longer a vagabond…

Sunday finished off with a wonderful dinner at my aunt Heather’s place. She made a chicken chili (breast, not ground, yum!) topped with sour cream and an amazing olive bread. I had way more bread than pictured. Holymoly.

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Cousins!

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My mom’s mom, aka my Nana, had several siblings. Thus, my mother has even more cousins. All of which she is very close with. I’m not sure if her cousins are technically “aunts” and “uncles” by definition. But they’re as good as that to me!

 

Ahh… the weekend seems so far away now. But even after working 15 hours today (yes, I did) I was still able to find just as many joys. Here’s to a fabulous work week!

 

Question of the Day: What is your favourite weekend activity? I love exercising on the weekends then treating myself to a big meal (or beer!) after. And of course, exploring new spots in this city of mine :)

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