pancakes for one

…are always depressing, because having breakfast with you was such fun! [Of Montreal]

Just kiddin’; how could pancakes ever be depressing?

Recipe from The Baking Stone (I added 1/4 c walnuts). I opted for sliced banana, unsweetened coconut, and birch maple syrup for toppings. How indulgent!

These are pancakes of the hearty variety, which was exactly what I had a hankering for. The oat bran combined with whole-wheat flour and walnuts made for a dense texture and nutty flavour.

Pancakes for one are also great because you get leftovers for the rest of the week.

My first back-in-Waterloo kitchen production was a winter comfort dinner: bowl o’ veggies with tofu served over brown rice.

Doesn’t that just look healthy and soul-warming?

Please ignore the mangy hand; I was trying to find some light.

DIRECCIONES (this recipe is based on one from How It All Vegan)

1. Sauté 1 yellow onion, 2-3 cloves garlic, and 1 Tbsp Thai curry paste in a large frying pan. Cook about 5 min, until onions are translucent.
2. Add 1 Tbsp curry powder and 1 1/2 tsp cumin.
3. Add an assortment of vegetables. Some ideas: bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, spinach, kale, sweet potato, carrots, celery. I used a red pepper, 3 carrots, several handful of chopped spinach, and 2 stalks of broccoli. Cook about 5 min.
4. While the vegetables are cooking away, cube a block of firm tofu (drain/press first to get the tofu as dry as possible). Add to vegetable mix.
5. Add 1 can (19 fl oz) coconut milk. Stir, bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer about 20 min.
6. Them veggies should be nice and tender at this point. If not, simmer a while longer. Add 1 c peas, edamame, corn, or some combination of those things along with 3 Tbsp soy sauce/tamari/Bragg’s liquid aminos.
7. Let sit about 5 min, then enjoy your steaming bowl of veggie goodness.

**makes 4-6 servings**

Thanks to a chat with a delightful friend of mine who uses lotz of zzzzzzzzzzzzz’s in her wordzzz, I have come up with a brief list of goals to be achieved this summer:

1. Learn the ukelele, then perhaps the guitar – I love folk music so much it would be a shame never to be able to play it.
2.  Work on my “real life” french. There is a marked difference between SCHOOL french (which I am good at) and CONVERSATIONAL french (which needs improvement chez moi).
3. Be slightly more adventurous in my outfit choices. This is a bit of a challenge when one is built like a tree trunk, but there are always little things you can do to make an outfit more interesting, i.e. colour, accessories, prints .
4. Develop skills that I have learned in past jobs/volunteering positions. I am looking into an urban agriculture internship.

Well that was fun!

I recently found out about a neat Canadian band called Bravestation through BlogTO‘s weekly neighbourhood mix tape and this track has been a welcome addition to my yoga playlist. Can one describe electronic music as lush? Because that’s how it feels to me. A little like Yeasayer, but less frenetic. It makes me want to sway on a boardwalk at twilight.

I cannot wait for their new album to come out!


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