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The Versatile Blogger Award

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I know my last post was about a nomination and here I am again posting about a new nomination. This time Jessica from DaringtoJess thought about me. I am very humble and accept her nomination. Please check out her blog. I promise you won’t regret it. She is a wonderful, talented and inspiring young person.

Here are the Rules

  1. Display the award.
  2. Thank the person who gave this award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate bloggers.

The seven things about me

This is my favorite part of any nomination. Trying to say something new every time. LOL

  1. I studying piano when I was younger for about 7 years and I performed in the City Concert Hall once 😉
  2. My father thought me how to swim. I can make 30 lapse at once on my own speed LOL
  3. I had to give up cheese. I haven’t had any in six months. Do I miss it ? A lot ! I cannot eat vegan cheese either. 😦
  4. At work my colleagues are calling me : Miss Good 😉 I am wondering why ? LOL
  5. I saved all the plants from one of my colleague from my office when she was on sick leave for about one year but I successfully kill all of mine. 😦
  6. I love to walk. My record is 15 km a day. I made it only twice.
  7. Recently I discovered I have gluten intolerance. 😦

 

The Nominees Are ( not in a particular order but these are blogs that I just love visiting almost daily 😉 )

  1. Bea from Beafreee.com
  2. Frida from Fridayfrida.com
  3. Love and umami
  4. Kleopatra from kitchenfabits.com
  5. Schnipelboy.com

Congratulation to all the nominees and I really hope you will enjoy this nomination.

I hope that all of you that celebrated  Easter had a happy one and lots of delicious food and family and friends around the table 🙂

And I am going to end my post with a picture from my sister-in-law’s garden from back home:  Romania, where spring has arrived and green is marked by colorful flowers

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The Blog-aholic Award

This year, it seemed as though there would be no end in sight to this Winter season (just this past week we got another 10 cm of snow in Toronto) and it’s left me feeling drained, mentally. At first I thought I was stressed out because of my hat projects. But even after I finished the hats I couldn’t find my usual energy and happy-go-lucky attitude. Finally, I realized that my overall increase in stress had more to do with work rather than the long Canadian Winters, like I first thought. We’ve had a lot of changes throughout the department and that, for me, means a lot more work. And stress.  It’s really a never-ending cycle; you know how it is, I’m sure.

Anyway, why am I saying this? I guess it’s because I wanted to explained my sudden (but short-lived) absence lately. However, simply because I’ve not had enough energy to post something new, that doesn’t mean I stopped conversing with YOU, the bloggers out there, followers or not. Your posts helped me get past this state and kept me sane. 😛 

During my hiatus, I was nominated for the Blog-Aholic Award by Carol through the “Cooking from the time Challenged” You can find her wonderful blog here. I feel immensely honored that she took the time to think of me, and Carol, once again, thank you! 🙂 

 And just like this,though Carol I was able to find the founder of this award, Esme “The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy), who said it wonderfully:”blogging is creating. Connecting, Sharing and Inspiring other. So this is actually what this award is about: Share and Inspire others! 🙂 

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Here are the rules of the award: 

  1. Put the above award logo/image on your blog
  2. List the rules
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their “About” page)
  4. Mention the creator The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) of this award and please provide a link or pinback
  5. Write a post to show your award
  6. Share a link to your best post(s)
  7. Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself
  8. Nominate 5-10 fellow bloggers, or more if you wish. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Now I should share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself. I am not sure if they are interesting but they are true fact about me:

  1. I love chocolate. No, this is not true. I am addicted to chocolate. LOL
  2. Playing with my two cats is my new cardio 😉
  3. I cannot go to sleep if there are still dishes in the sink to be done.

The most loved post is Frittata  ❤

And here are the nominees:

  1. snapshotsincursive
  2. A LITTLE SWISS, A LITTLE CANADIA
  3. GYPSYBUS28
  4. lithuanianintheusa
  5. izzieskitchen

I really hope all the nominees are  willing to ” share and inspire others ” and participate in this award recognition. Good luck !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hats

Along with cooking and photography I have another hobby that’s very dear to me, even though I never seen to have enough time to actually do it. However, this winter I decided to change that.

I started knitting again. I made myself and my daughter a few hats and scarves. Two of my coworkers were really impressed and I promised I will make them a few hats as well. For two weekends, all I did was: coffee-knit and repeat 😉 LOL

Here are a few of  my results I thought I would love to share them with you:

Red Hat, Red and Gray scarf and a curious visitor during the photo session 😉 

Blue hat:

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Multicolored Hat:

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Crochet Hat: 

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Let me know if you liked my hats 😉

Wish you all a great week !!! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday’s Specials – Family Day Specials

This weekend we celebrated Family Day in Ontario, so it was a long weekend. I needed this so much. Honestly, Saturday just flew away since I had a lot of errands to run, that kept me away from home since morning to the early evening. Sunday ended up feeling more like Saturday for me and today, Monday, felt like Sunday. Bit complicating, isn’t it? Yeah, I know. Unless you’ve experienced this feeling before, I sound a bit like a nutter. 😛

In our household, nothing brings our family together like a home cooked meal.

What brought us together for breakfast this lovely weekend, was the famous hummus that all of us are very fond of, but I usually have to stay away because I cannot eat tahini paste and garlic. But my peeps said they can skip those ingredients and they will be just fine. Honestly, it turned out so delicious and I was able to eat it too. Yay !!!

Homemade Vegan Hummus (no tahini):

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Alongside the hummus we also had some homemade  Lemon Mint Black Tea that even by hubby devoured.. I added a teaspoon of vanilla agave nectar as sweetener and the whole pitcher was empty in just a few hours!

Lemon Mint Black Tea: 

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For lunch the winner was a Vegan Kale Potato and Chickpea Stew:

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And we closed our culinary Family Day adventure with some Vegan Coffee Dark Chocolate Muffins. The addition of the coconut milk was just best option and I think it made them so fluffy and moist and they just melted in our mouths.

Vegan GF Coffee – Dark Chocolate Muffins  ( NO SUGAR )

  • 1.5 cups of banana flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking
  • 3 tablespoons organic Cocoa
  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup of Sultana raisins ( my daughter doesn’t love them but I thought of adding them to help with sweetness )
  • one pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cashew milk
  • 3 tablespoons organic agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon organic pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of grape seed oil

Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients in a different bowl. Add the wet ingredients over the dry one and mix to incorporate. With an ice-cream spoon place the batter in a prepared with muffin paper tray. Bake for about 15 – 20 minutes depending on the oven.

Melt 50 grams of dark chocolate. Add three tablespoons of coconut milk. Pour over and just enjoy them and try to stop after one LOL

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For those of you who celebrated Family Day I hope you had a great day and for all the others I hope you made it through the Monday with a big smile on your face.

 

 

 

 

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ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD

Hi Everyone! I and so happy to let you know that I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award !!! I know I am a bit late but I finally found time to send a big Thank you to my nominee, Elsie from ELSIE L.M.C. and to complete my nomination. Check out her blog. It is so interesting and funny and diverse!!!

The Rules for this award are as follows:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and leave a link to their blog
  • Post about the award.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself.
  • Nominate, at most, 15 people.
  • Tell your nominees the good news!

Seven facts about me

1. I love chocolate way to much. Any kind: dark, milky or white. I try to stay away from milky and white ones but I cannot be that good. I sometimes even get grumpy if several days pass without tasting just a bit of chocolate. My hubby and daughter often hear me say: ” Hand me the chocolate and no one gets hurt ”  😂😂

2. I love to cook for my family and friends. I can’t wait for someone to say: there will be a party, brunch, etc and I’ll already be thinking of several dishes that I could do. LOL

3. I haven’t learned to bake yet my favorite dessert: eclair/ chou a la creme. After I got married with no baking experience at all I was so eager to try make them. Such a disappointment. It was a complete failure. I have yet to find the motivation to try again. However, they are still on the list! I’ve not completely given up yet!!

4. I love swimming even though I do not do it as often as I would like to.

5. I don’t like nor drink alcohol. On occasions I tried a glass of red or white wine or sometimes I tied my hubby beer but it’s just not for me. I would rather eat an eclair or two than drink a glass of wine 😉

6. I love taking pictures of pretty much everything: food, nature, buildings, cars, peoples…

7.  This might sound strange but I like to clean the house. I just enjoy the smell of fresh,  clean spaces. Sometimes my husband will say ” looks like no one lives here ” LOL

I nominate:

  1. Lucy from lithianianintheusa
  2. Bernadine from bernbakes
  3. Linda from thedutchbaker
  4. Bea from beafreeblog
  5. Priya from Indiankitche

Thank you one more time ELSIE and good luck to all nominees.

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Cocoa Cookies

On a Special Sunday’s post I made this delicious and  easy cookies: Cocoa Cookies, that I found on one of my favorite Romanian blogs that I love to browse from time to time: Edith’s Kitchen.You can find the original recipe here.

My family was amazed by the results, despite the little changes that I made here and there. And my co-workers could not believe that something so delicious could come from so few (and let’s not forget HEALTHY) ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup  melted butter ( vegan )
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 tsp of instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp rum extract (you can add a bit more as the taste is not very strong after baking) ( you can also substitute the rum extract with other flavor of your choice; I made with almond extract as well )
  • a pinch of Himalayan salt

In a bowl mix together the melted butter, the sugar, the egg, salt and the rum extract.

In a different bowl mix the flour, cocoa and baking soda.

Add the flour mixture over the butter mixture and mix well.

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I have also tried a second batch substituting the egg with apple sauce. I have to admit in look they were slightly different but the taste was just: YUMMY !!!

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One thing is sure. I added this cookies on the family list and preferences and because today is Family Day in Ontario,  I hope you all have a great day.

 

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Sunday’s Specials and lots of LOVE

When I started this blog back in 2011, I wanted to share the diversity of recipes we enjoy every day and on special occasions, but I also wanted to leave some of the recipes written down for my daughter. However, life is not as linear as we like to believe it is. In the following years, I had to focus on a career change and there was just not enough time to pursue my hobby. Not to the extent that I wanted to. I did, however, continue to photograph the food we ate. It’s a little soft spot of mine: going back and seeing what we used to eat, say, five years ago. It is so different than what we eat today!

As expected, over the years, our culinary preferences have changed. Personally, I had to do some (involuntary) changes due to some health problems. And along the way (and one gruesome documentary later), my daughter also decided to become vegan. My husband, however,  is the only one that remains faithful and open to all kinds of challenges and new recipes. You put it in front of him, and if it looks and/or smells appetizing enough, he’ll eat it.

Now, you might ask yourself “Why is she telling us this?” I’ve been asked several times over the years what prompted me to start this blog. As I mention at the beginning of this post, this blog was meant to be a digital cookbook for my daughter to use after I’m long gone. (Bit sentimental but also morbid, as she so often likes to remind me). But now, as I become more immersed in this lovely community of food bloggers, this blog has grown and transformed in more ways than I ever dared to hope. And it is all because of you, dear reader. Now, before we get teary eyed, let me just say a big, warm thank you for supporting me and joining me on my daily adventure with food.

Because this Sunday was closer to Valentine’s Day I wanted to make it a bit more special.

We started the morning with Peppermint Hot Chocolate while waiting for the waffles to be done:

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Since my daughter turned vegan, we discovered Yves company with their vegan products. One of our favorite ready done meals are the kale – quinoa bites. We had them on the side with mashed potatoes and veggies. Here you can see my husband’s plate which is quite overloaded 😉

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Now for dessert I decided to go for a Vegan Butternut Squash pie. Unfortunately, I made a vegan crust but I lost my courage when it came to the filling .. .However it turned out just as amazing as a pie should be 🙂

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Wishing you lots of love and delicious food.

” Love is just a word until someone comes along and and gives it a meaning.”  – Paul Coelho

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday’s Specials

Friday !!! I have to admit this weekend I cheated. I had a vacation day on Friday. Just to relax, cook,  play with the furry boys and  go out with my daughter for some much needed mother and daughter fun.

Friday morning I wanted to make a special breakfast, especially because my better half had to go to work, so I decided to wake up early to make some pancakes. Because it felt like weekend already I wanted to come with something new and so I created:Vegan Matcha Peppermint  Pancakes with Dark Chocolate Overloaded.  This is a long title 😉  but I wanted to include all the goodies I used and the pancakes turned out so delicious and passed both tests: daughter and husband. I had the first one. I had to be sure they are OK, of course. And I had the second one as well 😉 just to be sure I wasn’t wrong about how good they were. The rest I saved for my peeps. LOL

I have to admit the pancakes were a huge success so I had to make them again on Sunday morning.

Vegan Matcha Peppermint  Pancakes with Dark Chocolate Overloaded

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And because this Sunday it was just me and my daughter, we had a very interesting vegan cream soup and a vegan mashed potato dish for lunch

Sweet potatoes – Acorn squash Vegan Cream Soup.

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In addition to the very light vegan soup the Vegan Mashed Potato with Mushrooms.

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I had no idea what to do for dessert. All I knew I wanted something with apples.

Something not complicated and fast to  satisfy the three of us. So I picked up the ingredients from the fridge and pantry and I ended up with a wonderful creation:

Apple Cinnamon Dark Chocolate Muffins

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All in all, this weekend was quite fun. I had time to relax, play with Sherlock & Steve and cook. It was as perfect a weekend as one could get. Hope your weekend was just as good!

 

 

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Sunday’s Specials

Sunday came again and like every Sunday I had to try new things. 

Friday, I found a post that stuck in my mind and I had to try it.  Jessica’s from ” How sweet it is” wrote a wonderful post about a Matcha Hot White Chocolate: here

We enjoyed our Matcha Hot Chocolate along with delicious gluten-free, vegan pancakes. One thing is sure: I will be making this hot chocolate and pancakes again. 

matcha-hot-white-chocolate

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After such a rich breakfast I had enough energy to start planning the lunch and the dessert.

I am not sure what made me decide, but I haven’t cooked something Asian inspired in a while so the winner was: Sweet and sour veggies with rice noodles.

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And we finished with a very special dessert. Well, of course I made muffins before but never tried the vegan ones and also when you serve them with ” So Delicious ” –  vegan coconut vanilla ice-cream it’s just like a Sunday indulgence. 

For the muffins I found my inspiration here  as for the ice cream … I just got inspired by the freezer form our grocery store.  LOL 

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I hope you enjoy it as much a we did 🙂