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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?

Chicken Not Pie

Happy Waffle Wednesday!! 

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Best breakfast of the week. Yup. Even better than all those fancy brunches. Well, minus french toasted pastries and giant pancakes. But you get my drift.

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A very simple recipe for one belgian waffle, or two rectangular ones:

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp egg whites (or one whole egg)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup almond milk (or any kind of milk)

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Today’s topping consisted of 1/2 cup cottage cheese, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 2 tbsp sugar-free syrup and cinnamon to taste. A cinch to whip up and completely delicious! Also, a nice break from the oatmeal and egg sandwiches I’ve been eating lately.

After yesterday’s indulgent pie recipe, I decided it was time to balance things out with a non-pie.

Chicken Not Pie

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Yes, that would chicken pot pie without the pastry. The filling is actually my favourite part (well, technically, the chicken is). So consider this your “healthier” version of a homestyle favourite :)

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If you don’t have any leftover poultry to use (my mom often makes this with turkey leftovers) start by boiling your chicken breasts until just cooked. I used two very big chicken breasts – around 12-14 oz all together.

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While that’s going on, chop up one leek. Around two cups worth. Cook it in a greased frying pan along with 1/4 cup onions, a clove of garlic and a quarter teaspoon of dried thyme.

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Potatoes! Two of ‘em. The key to any homestyle dish.

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Y’all know I’m a fan of the frozen veggies. I added a 500g bag of a carrot, corn, pea and green bean mix. But you can add any veggies you like. Mushrooms, parsnip or turnip would be great too. Around 2 cups worth.

IMG_5369I also have an abnormal fear of store-bought broths. I think it’s because at one point my doctor told me I could have an allergy to monosodium glutamate (MSG) and a lot of broths have it. Turns out I just have an intolerance to certain raw fruits and veggies – but the fear stuck!

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Phew. Safe :)

By now the chicken should be close to done, so just drain it and set aside to cool.

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Meanwhile, mix 2 cups of the chicken broth with 1 cup low-fat milk, 3 tbsp all-purpose flour and a squirt of dijon. Whisk baby whisk! It takes around 10 minutes to get thick.

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Once your hand is cramped from whisking, and your veggies are off the burner, shred the cooled chicken and combine everything into a large casserole dish.

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Cover with tinfoil and bake at 375 for around 45 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.

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Voila! Chicken Not Pie. Who needs pie crust or biscuits? More importantly, who has the patience to make pie crust or biscuits on a weeknight? Not this girl.

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Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 2 large chicken breasts (or 4 small ones, around 12-14 oz)
  • one chopped leek (around 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 potatoes, diced into small cubes (around 2 cups worth)
  • 500g bag of frozen veggies (or 2 cups veggies of choice, chopped small)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup low fat milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

Boil chicken breasts in a large pot of water. Cook leeks, onions and garlic in a pan until soft. Add potatoes, spices and frozen vegetables. Once chicken is cooked, set aside to cool. Add broth, milk, mustard and flour to a small pot and whisk on medium-high heat until thickened. Around 10 minutes. Once chicken is cool enough to touch, shred it with your hands. Mix chicken with veggies and add to a large casserole dish and pour broth mixture over top. Cover with tinfoil and bake at 375F for around 45 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.

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Even better than the warm, comforting taste are the nutritionals! Each serving has 273 calories, 3g fat, 33g carbs, and 28g protein. I ate my bowl with a side of some carrot sticks and apple slices, because I eat everything with a side of carrot sticks and apple slices.

OR, if you’re really smart, you’ll follow up your Chicken Not Pie with a piece of Fluffernutter Pie.

You know, for balance ;)

How To Tie Your Shoes

Happy Waffle Wednesday!!!

Have I got a good one to share with you this week…

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Rosemary Buttermilk Waffle with a Parmesan Crust.
Serves 1 hungry girl.

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup egg whites (or 1 egg)
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp shaved parmesan

Combine ingredients except the parmesan. Pour batter into waffle iron then sprinkle parmesan on top. This is for the cheesy crust on the top.

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I added a little fat + protein in the form of two soft-fried eggs.

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Who needs syrup when you have runny yolks? Omg. SO. DANG. GOOD. The buttermilk made it fluffy, which contrasted with that crispy cheesy crust. And for those of you who say waffles are too decadent – this breakfast including the eggs came up to 371 calories, 12 g fat, 33g carbs and 29g protein. Bam.

How To Tie Your Shoes

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A recent e-mail exchange with Deb gave me the idea for this post. She just bought a pair of new running shoes that has her toes slightly rubbing against the tip of the shoe. This is a big no-no in sneakers. Especially because your feet can swell up a half-size when working out. That’s how people lose toenails!!

Deb’s problem however was that her heel was slipping out of the larger shoe size. This is a pretty common problem that prevents people from buying the larger shoe size they need.

Well I’m here to tell you there’s a handy-dandy shoe tying trick that can fix that slipping problem. It will lock your heel into place and give your toes the extra space they need.

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Please welcome my new Brooks Ghost 2’s as today’s shoe model. They’re my first foray into Brooks and I LOVE them. You’ll notice that all running shoes have this extra shoelace hole at the very top that no one ever uses. Today we’re going to learn how to use it!

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Take the end of the shoelace and bring it through that hole on the same side. Don’t cross it over like you’re used to.

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Do it on both sides so you’re left with “bunny ears.”

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Then take the end of each side and bring it through the opposing loop.

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Your loops will get a little smaller to allow enough length to get the laces to either side.

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Then, take the ends of both laces and pull up.

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Shimmy the two laces up, bringing the loops together. You’ll immediately feel your ankle slide back into the shoe.

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Then tie! I always double knot.

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Voila! It will feel like you’re in a different shoe. I do this for people all the time at the running store and the difference in feeling never ceases to amaze them.

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I’m not sure what it is about certain feet, but some people are just doomed to always having a sliding heel in slightly larger shoes. This will hopefully cure that slipping problem and keep you from getting blisters! I personally never have this problem, so I don’t use this tying method. It’s not for everyone.

Remember, you should have around half an inch space in the top of your sneaker to allow for foot swelling and the forward motion of running. Let’s be kind to our toes :)

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