I feel like all of my great inventions happen the same way: someone tells me about a Great Thing that exists. I get really excited about it. I experience the Great Thing and it’s nothing like I imagined. I make my own version. See the Green Tea Ice Cream Cocktail, that time I made a Doctor Who fanvideo, and this Kale Caesar Salad.
One of my biggest food pet peeves is when caesar salad is smothered in dressing. Gross. So here’s a light caesar salad with all the flavour you could want, and everyone’s favourite leafy superfood, kale.
- 1 small clove garlic, minced (use a garlic press if you have one)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/8 teaspoon mustard (dijon, for best effect)
- 2 cups washed, de-stemmed kale, ripped into reasonable pieces
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons finely grated parmesan cheese
- optional: croutons, I’d suggest homemade ones for cost-effectiveness
- optional: 1 egg
- Combine the garlic, olive oil, and mustard in a small container and set aside.
- In a bowl, add the lemon juice to the kale and massage. If you’re not familiar with the practice of massaging kale, welcome to a whole new world. It makes this tough green tender and delicious within a minute or so of squishing between your hands. It’s done when all the kale is a rich, dark green.
- Drizzle the olive oil mixture over the massaged kale, and toss. If you don’t want a ridiculously garlicy salad, just drain the olive oil onto the greens – the garlic will have imparted its flavour to the oil while they sat aside.
- Sprinkle parmesan over the greens and toss again.
- Add crutons if desired. To make this salad into a meal, I love to fry and egg and plop it on top for some protein. If you know how to poach eggs, that’s an even healthier option.
Serves 2 (side) or 1 (meal)
So for my roommate’s birthday last week we played True Canadian, a Canadian twist on the drinking game made popular by the Fox television series “New Girl.” In “New Girl” the game is called “True American.” It is a great game to play with A LOT of people and you get drunk REALLY fast. The Canadian twist involves drinking the most Canadian beer you can think of, that’s right, Molson Canadian. The game itself is kind of like Candyland for grownups. I highly suggest playing in four teams of two. We ended up playing with 4 teams of three and it was really chaotic.
My roommate Colette and I have been thinking up more mini-games. Personally, I think if six mini-games are decided, you could use a dice to determine which mini-game is played. That way the leader only has a few seconds to come up with an approach to the game.
Here is a link to the YouTube video of the “New Girl” gang playing True American:
There are many variations on this game. However, below are the rules that the fabulous Colette Habel wrote out and graciously gave to me to post. These are the rules we used in celebrating her birthday. The game lasted around an hour. You can easily play more than once (and get more drunk in the process) just make sure you have A LOT of beer!:
- Many, MANY cans of Molson Canadian.
- Box of Shame: the box the beers come in. May be graffitied with derogatory slogans such as: “Pierre Trudeau thinks I’m lame,” “I think Harper’s sexy” etc.
- A bottle of hard liquor.
- OPTIONAL: tacky souvenir Canadian shot glass/ Canadian University shot glass.
- A large living room or basement with plenty of furniture.
- Lots of friends.
- Chill neighbours.
- Arrange your living room furniture into a circular obstacle course. Test drive the course making sure you can easily travel from piece of furniture to piece of furniture without touching the floor or falling and dying.
- Place a table in the centre of your obstacle course, and put the bottle of hard liquor (The Prime Minister) in the centre. Arrange your many many cans of Molson (Cabinet Members) in rows extending out from the Prime Minister. The number of rows will depend on how many teams you have playing the game.
- Prepare yourself for greatness.
- The object of the game is to infiltrate Parliament and take a shot from the Prime Minister (bottle of hard liquor).
- The floor is lava. CANADIAN LAVA!
- Each team has a row of Cabinet Members (beers) that they must destroy (drink) to get to the Prime Minister.
- Each players starts on a province (piece of furniture) with on Cabinet Member (beer) in hand.
- There are four mini games that are played each round. The winners of each mini game get to drink some of their beer and move to a new province. If you lose, you must stay where you are and not touch your beer.
- A shotgun tipoff starts the game. The winner of the shotgun will be the first Speaker of the House and will choose the first game to be played. The turn order is then determined by the Speaker (ie. clockwise around the room, counter clockwise, in order of age, order of birthday, etc).
- You may not have more then one OPEN Cabinet Member in your hand, and you may not have more then two Cabinet Members in your hand. If you double-fist, you must wear the Box of Shame.
- You may only grab a new Cabinet Member from Parliament when you are close enough to; you may toss Cabinet Members to a teammate, as long as neither you nor the can touches the lava.
- When you are done your Cabinet Member, throw your empty can into the recycling bin. If you sink your can, you get a free chug from your new beer.
- If you fall off your space and into the lava, you must wear the Box of Shame until the next person touches the lava.
- At any point in the game, any player can yell “CBC” and everyone must yell “FLQ” and take a massive chug.
How to Win:
Once all your team’s Cabinet Members have been drunk, grab the Prime Minister and take a shot. You may only take the shot if you can reach Parliament without falling into the lava.
- Do the Count: The leader will yell “DO THE COUNT” and all the players will put a number to their forehead between 1-5. If your number matches your teammates’ number, you win the round.
- Complete the Quote: The leader will begin a famous quote or saying and the other players must finish it. All players that correctly complete the quote win the round.
- Guess a Trait: The leader will name two people or objects that have something in common. All players that can correctly name what they have in common win the round.
- Trivia: The leader asks a trivia question about one of the other people in the room. All who correctly answer win the round. If you act like an asshole Canadian and ask a question that only your teammate knows, you must wear the Box of Shame.
Know you limit, stay within it.
Summer’s ending, it’s getting cold outside, let’s make us some summer memories in the comfort of our own kitchen!
Instead of using graham cracker crumbs, which bog down the bubbles and make this vegan recipe very dense, I use regular flour with graham cracker flavouring to make the cake part of this delectable microwave dessert. The secret to the marshmallow part is marshmallow fluff, which is greatly superior to mini marshmallows in that it doesn’t just melt and disappear in the microwave.
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground flax seeds
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon honey (sorry hardcore vegans – this is important to the graham cracker taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 Tablespoons milk (any kind – I use almond)
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon marshmallow fluff (if you can’t find this, you can just use mini marshmallows. If you’re vegan, there is a vegan version, or use vegan marshmallows)
- a few chocolate chips
- In a small bowl, mix together dry ingredients, then add the rest except marshmallow and chocolate chips. Mix until just smooth.
- Spoon 2/3 of the mixture into a buttered mug – this is a small (but intense) cake, so use a small mug.
- Spoon marshmallow fluff into the centre of the first layer of batter, and spread it out as much as possible.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of the marshmallow fluff.
- Spoon the rest of the batter on top of the marshmallow and chocolate, spreading it to cover them.
- Microwave for 50-70 seconds – this will vary depending on your microwave, but your cake is done when the cake just looks dry on top.
- Let cool a couple minutes and enjoy with a glass of milk (or not, whatever, I’m not gonna dictate your beverage choice)
Ever been really hungry and wanting a tasty afternoon snack? Hate overpriced granola bars? Well, my roommate Colette and I love tasty snacks and hate buying groceries so we decided to make our own VEGAN granola bars! And you know what, they were really great and easy to make!
- 1 tbsp Agave
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/3 cup Almond milk
- 2 1/2 cup of five grain granola (we opted for low fat raspberry almond to make things more interesting)
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1 tsp of melted Coconut oil
- OPTIONAL: you can add frozen fruit! Like raspberries, or blueberries or strawberries etc! Since our granola came with raspberries we decided not to add this, but you can pretty much add whatever you want! Maybe even peanut butter or Nutella…I say this with Arlie in mind…
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Use a non-stick baking pan…or if you are using a glass Tupperware container like us…then line it with Pam or canola oil).
- On low, melt the coconut oil in a small pot on the stove. If you are like Colette and I and keep the applesauce in the fridge, then we advice also mixing in the applesauce on the stove once the coconut oil has melted. You do not want to add cold applesauce to hot coconut oil because then the coconut oil will go back to its hardened state (something I learned today…).
- Pour the applesauce and coconut oil mixture into a mixing bowl. Add in the cinnamon, agave, and almond milk. Use a whisk to mix the ingredients together. Once complete, add the granola.
- Mix the granola with the wet mixture until the granola is completely covered.
- If you wish to add in optional ingredients, make sure to gently fold them in. Fold until completely covered in the mixture.
- Put the completed mixture into a baking pan. Press in firmly.
- Cook at 350 degree F for 16-20 minutes. Let the bars cool to room temperature before enjoying.
VEGAN GRANOLA BARS!
BAM! I just did a recipe blog! Arlie should be proud!
(NOTE: Colette helped a lot…thank you to my wonderful roommate).
A few weeks ago, I went out for a friend’s birthday, and ordered a Matcha Gin Matsu cocktail, which looked absolutely delicious. When I ordered, the waiter asked “Do you like green tea ice cream?”, to which I responded with an enthusiastic yes (it’s my favourite). Much to my disappointment, the cocktail, though lovely, did not taste at all like green tea ice cream, and I went home determined to make my own green tea ice cream cocktail.
- 1 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream or other cream based liqueur
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- about 10 ice cubes OR 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream
- dash of spirulina powder for colour (optional)
Put all ingredients in a blender together and blend until smooth. Serves 2.
Just wait until I get my food photography act together. It’s gonna be glorious.