I have mentioned again and again that life has been active for us these past number of weeks, resulting in an upswing of baking and cooking to calm my buzzing mind. Work has been especially busy in the most wonderfully, engaging, dynamic way. However, one of my amazing, spectacular colleagues is not only in the midst of our normal 9-5 routine but happened to also be smack in middle of hell week (the week preceding a show opening) for a musical she is producing. There isn’t much I can do to share her load. However, the one thing I know how to do well is prepare food, and I have learned from experience that cookies quell a whole myriad of woes. So with her in mind I began to adapt the traditional coconut macaroons to concoct this truly paleo, gluten-free version. Now for the most part my food is not the least bit Pinterest worthy. I focus more on the use of simple, whole foods rather than my photog and photoshop skills. So needless to say I was a touch excited when these gems turned out to be perfectly pretty little domes. These treats not only taste good but they look great too. Culinary win! Continue reading “Paleo Coconut Macaroons”
When I started upping my recipe game again last week, my amazing, talented friend Joanna (the woman behind Wellness with Joanna) commented how happy she was to see me back in the kitchen. Her encouragement (always) means a lot since she is one bad ass healthy lifestyle powerhouse. If I can accomplish half of what she does when I am a mama of two I will consider myself a massive success. So with her prodding I figured I would just keep all the new recipes coming your way instead of hoarding them on my computer.
This version of my cookie recipe came about after our (seriously wonderful) friend Sophia took a stab at my Flourless Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies. However, since the peanut butter she used was runny (or perhaps non-stablized) they didn’t firm up they way she had hoped. Non-traditional/healthy baked goods can be finicky because when you are trying to cut ingredients out you are messing with the tride and true chemistry of baking. Also, the texture and consistency of goods such as peanut butter vary wildly which impacts the overall product when you are skipping the flour. So be patient with the product and be creative with the process. Anyhow, last weekend we had a lazy Sunday of church, binge watching the Jinx and baking. This afforded me ample time to find a solution to Sofia’s predicament by adding a little PB2 to my dough. However, during the process Jameson sweetly requested something with a hint of chocolate. So I threw in some chocolate chips and the result was pretty great. Enjoy! Continue reading “Flour-less Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies”
Last week I made Quest-Style Protein Bars for the Crossfit NYC open WOD secret Santa. This week Jameson drew our lovely, sweet fellow west-coaster, Kaylin. Again Jameson was away in the midwest most of the week traversing state lines so I pitched in to help prep her gift. I wanted to make her a treat to reward all the hard work she has put in during these grueling work outs, while still being mindful of overall healthiness. I played around with my traditional cookie recipe to create this completely flour-less cookie that is as healthy as a cookie can be. Better yet, you only need five ingredients to whip them up, and you only mess up one bowl in the process. Thus prep and clean up is moderately effortless. Happy Saturday! Continue reading “Flourless (almost Paleo-ish) Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies”
So first an aside: I am sitting here watching the new show on fox, Gracepoint. It is a pretty good show if you’re into crime dramas, but my main motivation for watching is that seeing my city on the screen fills me with even more hometown pride (I know you didn’t think it was possible I could love Victoria even more but rest assured there are no limits on my affections). But then right this very second the whole experience just got even better (and my homesickness got a touch worse) because the filming location for the house of the main characters is three doors down from our house in Victoria. Meaning I just glimpsed the corner our yard on television. I mean that makes us practically famous right?
Okay, I will stop my over-exuberant nostalgia and get down to business. Pumpkin Cheesecake. Apparently, everyone loves pumpkin everything this fall. So this recipe from our Canadian Thanksgiving Feast is right on trend. This was one of the non-vegan, non-paleo and full gluten dishes. Because really dessert should just be decadent. It also happens to be super simple and more or less fool proof, while appearing complex and labor intensive. Enjoy!
Remember when this used to be a food blog and not just a chronicling of our city life? My apologies for the lack of posts (specifically food related musings) we have had a busy, full summer filled with weekends away, road trips and a new, amazing career for me. It has been such a blast. Jameson and I are both feel so recharged and refreshed after our first summer in NYC. I will get to documenting all of that soon, but for now here is some proof that I have in fact been whimsically whipping up new creations in my kitchen. Since Jameson is in Vegas at the moment celebrating the pending marriage of two very dear friends, these muffins come with the sign of approval from three very trustworthy young men. Not only that but they are super quick to make, and only requires dirtying a single bowl (so it’s perfect for you urban readers whose kitchen real estate is less than robust). Enjoy. Continue reading “Banana White Chocolate Chip Muffins”
As you know we have been church hunting non stop since arriving in NYC. Then alas through Crossfit Jay met an exceptionally wonderful girl who invited us out to church. Thanks to her generous and inclusive spirit we have cultivated the most exceptional church family, and met people that really have changed how homey New York feels. Every other Thursday there is a bible study, but I have been cooped up in a lecture hall every Thursday night this semester. So it is with great excitement that I exclaim that tonight is my first evening of freedom to enjoy the company of those we have come to hold dear. Horray! So naturally with two finals and three summer classes stand between me and mastering all of education I decided to bake cookies for tonight rather than crack a textbook (It seems to be a theme this year). So please enjoy the fruits of my procrastination. These rich, seriously delicious cookies do not disappoint. Continue reading “Chocolate Drop Cookies”
If you remember I enlightened a small but exceptional segment of the New York population to the awesomeness that are Naniamo Bars last weekend. As a result I was left with ample cream base that I didn’t want to go to waste. I decided to try my hand at a quick and simple batch of cream biscuits. These sweet and savory baked goods are a lot less work than their butter laden counterparts, and make significantly less mess. As such you don’t have to spend your time cutting in any butter which is a real win in my kitchen. Extra bonus; everything can be accomplished in one bowl so your kitchen won’t look like a flour bomb went off. So if you really want to wow your dinner guests with a batch of homemade biscuits these ones give the appearance of complexity when in fact they are quick, simple and painless. Enjoy! Continue reading “Quick and Easy Milk and Honey Drop Biscuits”
Some moments are for life. This weekend was one of those moments. We filled our days with good Friday services at Hillsong, coffee dates in Greenwich Village, Easter Sunday services, bocce in Fort Green park, potlucks in Brooklyn and the most exceptional, imperfectly perfect people. So although this was our first major holiday without family (and we missed them bundles), we consider ourselves truly blessed to be able to spend it the way we did and with whom we did.
My contribution to our Easter potluck was Cilantro Lime Bean Salad, peanut butter cookies and Naniamo Bars (get excited fellow Canadians). Being from Vancouver Island, Naniamo bars to me are ubiquitous with cupcakes, cookies and brownies. So naturally upon moving to NYC I figured everyone had been enlightened to their awesomeness. I was shocked, no, I was horrified to learn that even my fellow Torontonians had no idea what I was babbling about. So this Easter potluck I set out to rectify that atrocity by trying my hand at what for me I had always considered a super complex dessert (I prefer simple, no fuss no muss baking that reaps rewards quickly).
My dear friend Alyssa, filled me in on her little tip that if you place each layer in the freezer for 30 minutes it makes the processes a little more seamless. So with that in mind I decided to stick to the basics and took the recipe right off the city of the Naniamo website (although I couldn’t help but throw in a few of my own twists), and after one batch of burnt chocolate and a forgotten egg in the first crust I alas mastered these delicious treats. However, my sincerest apologies because in terms of food photography this post gets a below failing grade, only because we were having too much fun enjoying our company to craft a pretty picture (and Jay had to cut the bars with a spoon because I forgot a knife. Opps.). So regardless of the aesthetic, enjoy as you soak in the amazing Canadian-ness that are Naniamo Bars. Continue reading “Our Easter Weekend and a Nanaimo Bar Recipe”
So it’s official. I have a cookie problem. One that I cannot even dignify with a valid defense. Midterms kicked it into high gear, and the job hunt has fueled the fire. The evidence against me has been building up over these last few with post after cookie post, so now all I can do is admit it. I love cookies, and these peanut buttery treats are no exception. The inspiration for this batch came via the fact that my mom is visiting my grandparents and I am not so secretly wishing I was back on the west coast with them all. My grandma makes hands down, the best peanut butter cookies known to the human race. So I tried my hand at a version, that is vegan, and isn’t too loaded with anything that will kill you. So indulge and enjoy. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Cookies”
I have officially worked my brain to capacity. 30+ peer reviewed articles and legal statutes later and I think I have enough knowledge to craft an adequate position paper on the martial rights of persons with disabilities (fingers crossed). I have left a permanent impression of myself on my couch the past few afternoons as I have chipped away at my scholastic to-do list. So what I need now is refueling, both mentally, creatively and physically. Which is where these cookies come in. I have a basic cookie dough recipe I tend to use for the base of all my cookies and lately I have been craving ginger snap, so I decided to play around. The result was fantastic on the first attempt.
Oh, and they’re vegan.
And another thing, the only real molasses in them is in the brown sugar. So they’re healthier than the traditional variation of this cookie.
Alas, in my books today was a successful day -cookies and academics included. Continue reading “Chewy, Gooey, Ginger Molasses Cookies”