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Happy Waffle Wednesday!

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Are you shocked? I know I am. After two weeks of no chemo, I woke up and found myself actually wanting a sweet treat for breakfast. Apparently, chemo can decrease your sodium stores, which explains my insatiable cravings for savoury and salty foods as of late.

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I attempted vegan waffles using a flax egg, a dash of coconut flour and soy flour, and some sunflower seed butter mixed in. Vegan waffles are still not my forte, and I’m not entirely happy with the texture of these. The taste though was spot on.

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Plus the syrup + raspberry jam dipping mixture was, the um, “jam”! I always dip. No soggy waffles allowed.

Anywho, I’ve been doing a little more cooking this week. Usually I am way too tired and fatigued to stand around the kitchen, but my off-week from chemo always allows me a little more energy.

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I attempted Mama Pea‘s tofu nuggets from her new book. They turned out fantastic! I was too lazy to press my tofu, but they would have been even better had I done that.

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Paired with some “Asian coleslaw” using cabbage and carrots from my CSA box, chopped dried apricots and cashews, and 2 tbsp each of rice vinegar, sesame seed oil, and Bragg’s liquid aminos.

You know what was even better? Combining these two things for lunch the next day.

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Chilled tofu nuggets cut into cubes over coleslaw? Uh-mazing.

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These will get made for a salad topper again in the future!!

Don’t tell Mama Pea, but I also breaded some chicken using the recipe. And then smothered it in plum sauce. That was dang good too.

Today is C-Day, aka chemotherapy day. I’m at the hospital allll day getting poked, prodded, and poisons injected into my body. I’ve been dealing with a receding hairline since my hair started falling out last week, but I suspect this third treatment will be the one that makes it all fall out.

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I’m also getting a chest x-ray, which has me all kinds of nervous. But at least I get to come home after and do something along these lines…

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Let’s just hope Buddy the boxer doesn’t hog the bed.

Doggone It

Dog owners – have you taken your dog to the dog park before? I’ve never been with Archie the poodle, but Buddy the boxer-bullmastiff goes regularly.

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Buddy is afraid of almost all people (and cars). He looks big and mean but is the biggest sook I’ve ever met.

Put him in a space with other dogs and he becomes a whole new animal. He just comes to life!!!

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I hate the idea of dogs being left cooped up at home alone all day. But I love the idea of having a space where they can run as fast as they can and “socialize” with other dogs. And boy, did Buddy run.

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Only ever stopping to slurp up gallons of water between sprints. I swear you can see dogs smile, and this dog had a big goofy grin on his face the whole time.

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By the end, he was completely worn out. He had to stop to lay down even as we were trying to open the fence to leave. My dad had to lift this 75lb baby into the van!

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There’s a little dog park next door as well. If you have a pooch I highly suggest checking out your local dog park. For the most part, dogs play well and the owners keep a good watch on them. It’s totally worth it to see your dog so happy. Okay, and to tucker them out so they leave you alone for the rest of the day ;)

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!

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