On my list of stuff to do for the longest time has been to try and make my own bagels. If you know me, you know I could live off bagels, and usually do. They are a quick and easy meal for me since I’m on the go so much. But I hate spending all the money when I know I can make them myself. I’ve tried making bagels once before, but I drowned the yeast so I didn’t get very far (technically I believe the water was too hot, but I prefer to say they drowned).
For this round, I equipped myself with a thermometer so I’d actually get past the yeast stage.
1 cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons agave
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sunflower oil
2 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon brown sugar
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I love the holidays! It’s a great time to re-connect with those who you haven’t seen in a while.
Last week, I went up to New Brunswick to meet up with my housemates from when I did a semester abroad in Australia. We went to this lovely Lebanese restaurant called Evelyn’s. We had to switch restaurants from our original choice because the first one only had one vegetarian dish and it was a stuffed pepper which I’m not a fan of. But on the bright side, this new place had a lot of great vegetarian choices. Plus, they had some amazing humus! For appetizer we got a humus, baba ganoush and tabouleh platter. It was my first time trying baba ganoush and tabouleh which both were delicious. I plan on trying to make my own baba ganoush as soon as I get a chance to get to Whole Foods.
For my main course, I had falafel. I was super pumped to try this because I’ve been I’ve never had it before but I’ve been wanting to try it for some time. Mmmmmm…I’m in love. It was so good. As soon as I got back from dinner, I immediately scoured the internet for a recipe on how to recreate these heavenly little bites.
So Johnny boy participates in the Lancaster Farm Fresh CSA. Every week, he picks up his share of veggies that come from his CSA. For those of you who don’t know what a CSA is, it stands for Community Shared Agriculture. Depending on the CSA you participate in, you usually get weekly or bi-weekly shares. In your share, you literally get your share of vegetables or fruits from the farms that participate in your CSA. If you’re still confused, google it or leave a comment, because I’ll be talking about CSA’s a lot from here on in.
So where was I going with this? Oh, so basically I’m mad jealous that he does a CSA and I don’t. I looked into one, but made an educated decision that I probably wouldn’t be able to utilize all the food that I received each week, which is a lot (even for a half-share!)! But I am happy that John is good at sharing and that I will undoubtedly reap the benefits from his CSA! JACKPOT! ;)
Well this weekend, Johnny Boy brought over rhubarb…I’ve never tried it before so I was siked! His CSA sends out a weekly newsletter via email and it included a recipe for a Rhubarb Ginger Galette. It looked delectable, but when I went to Whole Foods to get some dough for the crust, they didn’t have any! John sent me to Whole Foods saying “buy any dough EXCEPT puff pastry.” Guess what I came home with!!!
So we modified the recipe a bit and made mini rhubarb ginger puffs. WOW! Love rhubarb!!! These pastries were soooooooo good! We ate them hot from the oven and topped with some vanilla ice cream…..Mmmm mmmm mmmm!!!! Can’t wait to see what he gets next week in his CSA so we can bake some more delicious goodies!
It’s a well known fact that I’m addicted to caffeine. I wreak of Red Bull and don’t even bother talking to me until I’ve had my morning Monster. Soy Mocha Frappé? YES please! People express their concerns to me daily that my heart is going to explode from caffeine overload.
While my wallet definitely has major concerns about my addiction, I am starting to worry about the long term affects these energy drinks are having on my body.
I’m on a mission to find a natural or organic energy drink that I’m confident won’t kill me. Ants won’t even drink red bull so why should I? Stayed tuned to find out if I can kick my Monster habit or if I’m doomed to die of an exploded heart!
In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, I’ve been trying natural and organic gluten-free products. The latest product I’ve sampled is to die for.
Crunchmaster Crackers are sooooooo good! They are really good alone, but if you really want an amazing snack, eat them with Laughing Cow Cheese…WOW, so good! Good thing I only had a sample-sized bag because I easily could have housed the enitre bag of them. They definitely live up to their name with a rewarding crunch and they just taste great. I have nothing bad to say about this product! And here’s an awesome BONUS…$1 off e-coupon at mambsprouts.com! Get it while it lasts because I have a feeling it’ll go fast!
So I’m definitely digging the whole gluten-free trend. I made cornbread with Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix today. It was really good! I added a little bit of organic raspberry jam into the mix and it was to die for!
I’ve noticed that gluten-free foods tend to have a slightly gritty taste. This cornbread was no exception. That was the only flaw that I found with this product. Other than that, it was a delicious snack! I made a loaf of it and I plan on bringing it into work to share the wealth!
I’m definitely digging Pamela’s products and I’ll be on the lookout for more of their products to try next trip to the food store!
For breakfast this morning, I made some chocolate chip pancakes! They were delish. I tried Pamela’s Baking and Pancake Mix. I used the recipe on the back of the package to mix up the batter. I had some Sunspire Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips laying around, so naturally I added them in! :)
I was excited to try another Gluten-Free product and I wasn’t disappointed. I couldn’t tell the difference between regular pancakes and these gluten-free ones. I have no need to not eat gluten, but I’ve been hearing a lot about Celiac Disease and gluten-intolerance so I’ve been curious to check out some gluten-free products. The chocolate chips I used were also dairy and gluten-free. This is awesome for me because I swear I’m slightly lactose intolerant. I haven’t had pancakes in so long and this was an awesome Sunday breakfast!
I followed the recipe on the back of the package and got 4 pancakes out of the batch…this is just because i made one jumbo pancake, but this recipe would definitely be perfect for two people. I definitely want to experiment with this recipe some more and try and make a banana agave syrup for on top!