Archive for January, 2012

January 28, 2012

“Hemp Hearts” Seeds

Just got back from a grocery shopping run to Zhers with my parents, and can’t wait to try this! I was a little skeptical at first, since I’ve never tried hemp seeds before, but it had the word “hearts”.. and I was sold on it. Appealing name. Good marketing technique.

Yogurt was on sale, saved $0.50.. woo! : )  which was perfect, since the Hemp Hearts package said: “Sprinkle on Salad, Cereal, or Yogurt”

Too bad they weren’t actually in the shape of hearts, but that’s ok, because they were delicious.

Just another reason why I LOVE trying new things.

Have you tried something new lately, that turned out to be really good? 🙂 

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January 23, 2012

Preparing for a 14 hour school day

The thing with living off campus, is that it’s not worth commuting back and forth between classes or meetings.. which means.. a long day at school. I don’t really mind, actually, it’s not ever day, and it gives me some good study time. And I can definitely use any study time, being my first midterm this semester is this Friday! Tomorrow, I’ve got a morning class, and an economics SOS session at 7-10pm.. it all adds up to 14 hours at school. Definitely a record for me.

A few days ago, my parents went grocery shopping for our Chinese New Year dinner, and brought home some coconuts! : ) I’m finally getting around to drinking/eating it : )

Keep shaving off the tip until you can put your straw in.

Like so : )

Drink it all, then chop it in two!

mmm : )

Making lunch/dinner to bring tomorrow was pretty easy, since my mom had already cooked some beans, so all I had to do was mix them together.

Ingredients
~Adzuki beans
~Black turtle beans
~Chickpeas
~Celery
~Barely
~your favourite dressing : )

Directions:
Mix it all together : ) Pretty easy, huh?

Ready to take on these 14 hours : )

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January 19, 2012

Winter Curry

I thought the name Winter Curry was pretty fitting, with the shredded coconut looking a little like snow, and all. I’ve been looking forward to today – It’s the end of the school week for me, which means I have some spare time to cook dinner!

Ingredients:
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Makes about 5 full servings

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbs utter
  • 1 1/2 heaping tbs of curry powder
  • 1 tbs of cumin
  • 1 tbs turmeric
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes (depending on how how you like it)
  • 4 to 5 cups of milk
  • Flour (Just keep adding a spoon at a time, until you get a nice, thin paste)
  • Chickpeas (amount equivalent to a can)
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Rice (I prefer basmati rice.. cause it’s my favourite : )
  • Shredded, unsweetened coconut to taste
  • sliced bananas to taste
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Cook & slice the chicken, and chop the onion!

Sauté the onion in a small pan and set aside once the onions are golden. In a large saucepan, add the butter, curry powder, cumin, and turmeric, red pepper flakes, and mix together while frying. Add the flour and milk bit by bit, and make sure you use a whisk to prevent clumps from forming. Once you have the perfect consistency, add the chicken, chickpeas, and onions : )

While the sauce and chickpeas are cooking, prepare your rice, then serve with shredded coconut and banana to taste.

I was a little skeptical about the bananas at first, but the flavours actually go SO WELL together! LoveLoveLove

Alright, enough picture taking, time to dig in! 🙂

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January 18, 2012

You win some, you lose some

Today, when I got home, some mail was waiting for me! I opened the first one, and was surprised to see it was from Coldex! Finally getting the deposit back for the over-priced-minature-fridge I rented last year in residence. Better late than never! : )

But then… I opened the second one from FedEx.. and it was an invoice summary for $25 : ( Brokerage fee..  It was for a roll-up piano I bought online for my mom wayyyy back before Christmas. Thanks FedEx 😦

Fine. You can take $25 dollars from me.. but you can’t take the delicious-ness of mung bean soup away from me.

Ingredients

– 1/2 cup brown rice
– 1 1/2 cup mung beans

Wash the beans and rice, and throw them in a pot

Fill the pot with water: 1/2 – 3/4 full

Let it boil for about 10 minutes, then turn the heat setting to “low”. In about half an hour, it should be done! : ) And now, I’ve got myself a late-night desert, and breakfast for my whole family in the morning! (Oh, and you’ll probably want to add some sugar)