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Keep On Keeping On… With Oatmeal Jammies

Vegan Oatmeal Jammies #recipe #vegan #glutenfree #baking

Has it really been two weeks since the election?

The week after, I was not a functioning human being: I lived off take-out and breakfast cereal, and keeping my apartment clean became less of a priority. I was angry and sad. I donated to Planned Parenthood. I protested. And then I decided to take a break and headed home to Toronto for the weekend to clear my head. I did a little reading and spent time with loved ones, whose company made me feel better about the world. By the end of the weekend, I was ready to come back and get involved. I decided to keep on keeping on.

This week, my guy and I celebrate five years. It feels like it’s been longer, and I mean that in the best way possible. If you want to ask someone out on a date but don’t think you have the guts: DO IT. Because they might be wonderful and change your life. I asked him for his number purely because he gave me “good vibes” (whatever that means), and we went for coffee. He very quickly became my favourite human being ever. For five years, he has supported me through the toughest shit and has loved me unendingly, even though I am a pain in the ass and make him get the lights every night before bed. He’s never stopped believing in my ability to keep going. If I believed in soul mates, he would definitely be mine.

To celebrate, I made a batch of cookies. They weren’t fancy cookies, just humble oatmeal thumbprint cookies that we like to call oatmeal jammies. The recipe for these cookies comes from from Serious Eats and Kim Ima’s The Treats Truck Baking BookI veganized the cookies by using vegan butter and two flax eggs (2 tablespoons flax + 6 tablespoons water) in place of the butter and eggs. They’re simple and quick to make, especially if you have a stand mixer to whip the butter and sugar together. The resulting cookie is hearty and not too sweet, which is the way I like my cookies. Maybe it’s the dash of cinnamon and the oats, but I think this cookie is healthy enough to pass as a “breakfast cookie”. What do you think?

Don’t lose track of time like I did, otherwise half your cookies will have slightly burned bottoms.

Vegan Oatmeal Jammies #recipe #vegan #glutenfree #baking

Vegan Oatmeal Jammies #recipe #vegan #glutenfree #baking

 

Hong Kong Style Crushed Watermelon Ice

Hong Kong Style Crushed Watermelon Ice 西瓜冰 | #vegan #vegetarian #hongkong #chinesedessert #food #recipe

I spent the first fourteen years of my life in Hong Kong, where summers were hot and humid. From March or April onwards, temperatures remained above 30ºC and stayed that way until late October, when it would cool down just enough to be comfortable. I spent most of my days in air-conditioned spaces like the mall or cinema—spaces so cold you’d have to carry a sweater with you—and was baffled whenever I came back to Toronto to find that plenty of homes here didn’t have air conditioning, and if they did, it wasn’t particularly strong.

While Canadian summers meant ice-cold lemonade, Hong Kong summers meant Hong Kong style iced tea or crushed watermelon ice. To cool off, my friends and I would go out and get Chinese dessert. The beauty of Chinese dessert is that you can have it hot in the winter, and cold in the summer. I’d order a cold tofu pudding and a crushed watermelon ice, my go-to drink in the summer. It was cool and refreshing, and the texture was almost like a crushed popsicle.

When I got the email from Sherrie about #DRINKTHESUMMER, I wanted to make a blackberry and red basil lemonade. But then I thought of all the summers I spent in Hong Kong drinking crushed watermelon ice with my friends in Chinese dessert parlours, each of us perched on our stools attempting to cool down, and I knew that I had to share a recipe for it. So, here it is: an extremely easy Chinese watermelon slushy.

Hong Kong Style Crushed Watermelon Ice 西瓜冰 | #vegan #vegetarian #hongkong #chinesedessert #food #recipe

Please check out all the other wonderful #DRINKTHESUMMER recipes! They all sound incredible, and while I’m excited for fall to roll around, I want summer to last long enough so that I can enjoy every one of these drinks on a patio. Thank you Sherrie for having me #drinkthesummer with you <3

BOOZY DRINKS…

With Food + Love | Basil Fig Vodka Smash
A Little Saffron | Beach Bum’s Rum
A Thought For Food | Tarragon Tequlia Swizzle
Heart of a Baker | Green Tea Mint Cooler
Hungry Girl por Vida | Whisky Peach Alexander
Beard and Bonnet | Melon Mojito
Appeasing a Food Geek | Basil and Black Pepper Gin Sour
Vegetarian Ventures | Garden Tonic Punch
The Foodie Nurse | Husk Cherry Margarita
Wicked Spatula | Coconut Gin and Tonic
Nutritionist in the Kitch | Healthy Muddled Blackberry Pina Coladas
Chocolate + Marrow | Pequito Verdecito
The Solstice Table | Jalapeno Watermelon Cooler
Seasonal Cravings | Strawberry Lime Gin Rickey
Dessert for Two | Salty Melon Slush
NOT BOOZY…
Heartbeet Kitchen | Salty Watermelon Shrub Elixir
My Heart Beets | Spiced Pistachio Shake
rooting the sun | Strawberry Fennel Soda
The Modern Proper | Vanilla Bean Plum Shrub
Gourmande in the Kitchen | Stone Fruit Thyme Shrub Soda
I am a Food Blog | Cherry Vanilla Sodas
Well and Full | Peach Bubble Tea

Hong Kong Style Crushed Watermelon Ice 西瓜冰 | #vegan #vegetarian #hongkong #chinesedessert #food #recipe

HONG KONG STYLE CRUSHED WATERMELON ICE
Yields 2 servings.

NOTES: Traditionally, crushed watermelon ice is made simply by blending watermelon and ice together. Rather than use water-based ice cubes, I decided to make “watermelon ice cubes” by freezing watermelon juice, which I then blended with fresh watermelon.

INGREDIENTS

For the watermelon ice cubes:

  • 1 cup (143g) watermelon
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water

For the crushed watermelon ice:

  • 2 heaping cups (306g) watermelon
  • 2 cups watermelon ice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the watermelon ice by blending 1 cup (143g) watermelon and 1 1/2 cups (375ml) water in a blender. Pour the mixture into ice trays and freeze overnight or for at least 4 hours.
  2. Once the ice cubes are frozen, remove them from the tray. In a blender, blend 2 heaping cups (306g) of watermelon with 2 cups of the watermelon ice. The key to making a killer crushed ice is by blending equal parts ice and watermelon!

Hong Kong Style Crushed Watermelon Ice 西瓜冰 | #vegan #vegetarian #hongkong #chinesedessert #food #recipe

Happy sipping!
Your edible plant enthusiast,
Genevieve.

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Scotland

“It is one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world, the history is fascinating, the men are handsome and the whisky is delicious.” – J.K. Rowling

Scotland // Gratitude and Greens

After a month in the U.K., I came home two weeks ago, exhausted. My trip started in Edinburgh and ended in Cambridge, with stops in Aberdeen, St Andrews, and London in between. I caught up with dear friends and ate to my heart’s content. I attended important events like a bachelorette, a graduation, and two weddings, and by the end of it all, I was ready to come home to my routine. Even though I had to head to work the morning after I got back, waking up in my own bed with my smelly dog and making coffee in my own coffee pot was such a relief.

I spent my month-long adventure hopping from place to place on trains, planes, and cars. From the windows, I watched as sheep and cows grazed on the rolling meadows underneath a sky that was, occasionally, the most picturesque blue and dotted with puffy white clouds. Most of the time, however, the sky was grey, threatening to rain. When the sun shone we went for walks: from our temporary home in Edinburgh’s New Town to The Chocolate Tree by the Meadows; around Haddo House and Pitmedden Garden in Aberdeenshire; and around St Andrews, the seaside town we went to university in. One afternoon we ventured out to West Sands for a walk on the beach, and ten minutes in, we were met with pouring rain.

Scotland // Gratitude and Greens

Scotland // Gratitude and Greens

Scotland // Gratitude and Greens

Scotland // Gratitude and Greens

So, where did I eat and what did I do while I was in Edinburgh?

  • Leo’s Beanery – My favourite café of all time, in case you didn’t realize from all the times I’ve Instagrammed my coffee from here (and here and here). Josie, the manager, is one of the warmest people you’ll ever meet.
  • Nova Pizza – I’d walked by dozens of times on the way to Leo’s Beanery, but only got to try their pizza for the first time this visit. We got the vegan parmigiana pizza and pizza carbonara.
  • Henderson’s – I like to visit Henderson’s for their vegan haggis and sticky toffee pudding. They’ve got a casual restaurant in their basement, a deli up top, and a vegan bistro around the corner on Thistle Street. Compared to all the incredible vegan brunches you can get in North America, breakfast/brunch here isn’t the best but it’ll take care of any greasy brunch cravings you have.  They also have vegan scones in their deli. If I had to pick? Go downstairs for veggie haggis and then have the sticky toffee pudding for dessert. If you go around the holiday season, they’ll even have mulled wine!

Leo's Beanery, Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom #coffee

Leo's Beanery, EdinburghLeo's Beanery, Edinburgh

Henderson's, Edinburgh

Scotland // Gratitude and Greens

Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

  • Urban Angel Café – Simple, healthy food across the street from Henderson’s. They’ve got a lovely breakfast menu (also on the menu: veggie haggis!) and a nice selection of juices/smoothies. I love their oats and have a soft spot for their chai lattes…
  • The Chocolate Tree – I first discovered The Chocolate Tree years ago at a food fair when I was still studying at St Andrews. I bought a truffle from them and ended up buying a whole bag because they were so. damn. good. Their café in Edinburgh is cozy, has plenty of vegan options, and serves some of the best gelato and chocolate I’ve ever had. What to order: the hot chocolate, the affogato, the dairy-free dark chocolate sorbet, and if you still have space, a slice of their vegan chocolate cake. Oh, and truffles.
  • Dig-In Brunstfield Community Greengrocer – I discovered Dig-In after a visit to The Chocolate Tree when I saw a beautifully stocked grocer next door. Their shelves were filled to the brim with seasonal produce (both local and non-local) and I went home with an armful of heirloom tomatoes and locally grown Strawberries.

The Chocolate Tree, Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #scotland #edinburgh #unitedkingdom #chocolate

The Chocolate Tree, Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #scotland #edinburgh #unitedkingdom #chocolate

The Chocolate Tree, Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #scotland #edinburgh #unitedkingdom #chocolate

The Chocolate Tree, Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #scotland #edinburgh #unitedkingdom #chocolate

  • Leo and Ted – Leo and Ted is part of the Leo’s Beanery family and is located just down the street from The Chocolate Tree and near the Meadows, Edinburgh’s largest park. It’s a tiny little café with excellent coffee and homemade treats!
  • Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags – I haven’t climbed Arthur’s Seat, but I did climb Salisbury Crags this time around and the views of the city were incredible. If you’re looking for a good walk or a mildly easy hike, I’d highly recommend paying these two peaks a visit.
  • Fortitude Coffee – We stumbled upon this coffee shop one morning when everyone was tired and un-caffeinated. Their flat whites did the trick, though.
  • Peter’s Yard Café – Sourdough pizzas, open-faced sandwiches, pastries, and coffee.
  • Stockbridge Market – This is the most vegan-friendly market I’ve ever visited! Almost every stall had a vegan option. I enjoyed a channa masala and roti for lunch, and devoured a raw vegan matcha and chocolate cheesecake with a cup of Steampunk Coffee for dessert.

Steampunk Coffee at Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh | #travel #scotland #edinburgh #unitedkingdom #vegan #veganfood

Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Steampunk Coffee at Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Steampunk Coffee at Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Steampunk Coffee at Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Stockbridge Market, Edinburgh, Scotland | #travel #edinburgh #scotland #unitedkingdom

Until next time,
Genevieve