November 28, 2013 § 1 Comment
This is a quick recipe for a humble little sandwich, which the Saint and I have coined ” The Avo Toasty”. A staple snack in both of our lives. Quick to make and thoroughly satisfying, this is snacking at its finest!
You will need:
1 Baguette or a quality loaf
To begin you will need a good quality slice of bread. I visited my favorite local bakery, Juliens in the Hydrostone district of Halifax, and I picked up a nice whole wheat baguette. I find any bread with a good crust works well to contrast the soft avo+tomato combo.
A trip to the grocery store should provide the other essentials.
If you are not familiar with choosing Avocados, you are looking for one that is a rich greeny brown colour and slightly soft to the touch. You do not want an under ripe avo, these taste awful and they are impossible to mash up. Grab a tomato that catches your fancy and you’re all set (assuming you have balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and sea salt at home).
So now you are home, cut the avocado in half (vertically), remove the pit, spoon out the tasty flesh, and mash in a bowl. Slice your bread and toast it if you feel the need. Chop up your tomato, and then assemble your ultimate snack with a pinch of sea salt and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar + olive oil. Voila! The Avocado Toasty.
You can add to it or subtract from it, but essentially all i’m trying to say is: a ripe avocado + crusty bread = bliss.
Avocado’s are a fantastic source of fat. Consider using them instead of cheese on a sandwich 🙂
November 21, 2013 § 1 Comment
Here is a quick and simple recipe for the non-dairy crowd. In Canada you can expect to pay roughly $2-3 a Litre for rice milk at the store, this recipe will cut that cost in half (if not more). Plus you have the added satisfaction of making something yourself, AND you know exactly what’s in it! SUCCESS!…. Wait… lets make it first.
First lets get a few things out of the way:
“Yeah it sounds cool but I probably need some fancy tools” INCORRECT
You will need:
5-600g Brown Rice
1 Cinnamon stick (or 2 tbsp of powder)
2Tsp Vanilla extract* (or Honey, or Brown sugar)
Piece of cheesecloth
Soak all that lovely rice in some water overnight.
After breakfast you can now rinse your rice! What fun!
Add half of the rice to the blender, then add 1L of water. Wait don’t blend it yet! Add your cinnamon and vanilla extract (or whatever you like). Ok now blend it for 1 minute while you admire my artistic shot of cinnamon:
Ok almost done. We just need to drain that through some cheesecloth and put it in the fridge. *Repeat step 3 for the other half of the rice.
Enjoy! It really is that simple 🙂
November 20, 2013 § 3 Comments
I’m going to take this quiet moment to bring a tea blend I’ve recently found and enjoyed to our loyal reader base… King, I hope you’re reading this, because I think this is just for you; other wise I just lied about having a loyal reader base. But, in that case, maybe no one will have read it. In which case I’d just be lying to myself. We all know what happens when you lie.
Let’s, assuming there is at least two of us, carry on with the loose cuppa. The blend I have been enjoying for the last few mornings is quite simple. Fill half of one side of the tea ball with Earl Grey, and the rest of that same half with Black Chai. Granted they are both flavoured black teas so it’s not to much of a stretch, a distance, an exploration, or a challenge to your delicately tuned sensors which reside on your tongue until you sip a too hot cuppa and burn them off like the savage monster you are, but it’s not really meant to be.
I think I enjoy it because it s some how reminiscent of the ever beloved Cascade hop. Now this isn’t to much of a stretch either, because Earl Grey is a black tea flavoured with orange oil, and chai tea; cinnamon, star anise, fennel, ginger, cardamom, cloves, black and white peppercorns all kept in place by the omnipresent fermented black tea leaves. Now, Cascade hops have wonderfully strong characteristics of grapefruit and, for a lack of a better term, hoppy flavours. So it reasons to say that when orange oil, which comes from the orange, of course, of course, which is distantly related to the grapefruit, comes into a life surrounded many foreign flavours, it might change a little.
As Oz Clarke in, Oz and James Drink to Britain, has taught us you can best taste a beer you drink “On the burp” As crude as it seems, it’s very much the truth. With this blend of tea, when tasted, on the burp, it actually tastes like I have been drinking an IPA that has been very well hopped with Cascades. Weird Weird Weird but so so wonderful. So wonderful in fact I am going to have another right now.
Here’s a clip of Oz and James Drink to Britain
I did say “a clip” not “the clip”
November 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
If there is anything I shouldn’t be doing right now it is not writing for this blog. I have 3 weeks to research and write a paper on the portion on the Apostles creed that says “Come to Judge” and what N.T. Wright has to say about it. Well, some things are just more important: this is one of these things.
I learned of one of the baddest cats in the music world around a year ago from a friend of mine introducing me to this track called Funk Blaster and this artist has absorbed a very significant amount of my music listening time since. As of about 2 months he was moved from the repeat one throne on my computer by the incomparably amazing Justin Timberlake with 20/20 experience. But now…
Well his brilliant mixing of tracks and mixtaping is anyways…
Now, J.T. will not be to far from the playlist at any point but the repeat one spot has been taken back by this mix tape you can hear here on sound cloud.
What is so good about it? I dunno… His sense of creativity appeals to me in a funny way. Everything is in itself musically integral and funky as i dunno what; his transitions are perfect but they drag you in a direction you could never expect but once you’re there you couldn’t imagine any other way. Each track is he chooses is far strong enough to stand on its own but when framed by the intro’s and outro’s for each one they take on a different life and lend themselves to sum being greater than its parts.
All of this sounds a bit like snobbery, but when you listen to this track you’ll know that it’s not snobbery, just shear adoration because you’ll know exactly what I am talking about!
I’ll write on him further in the future, but until then just enthrone this mix tape into you repeat one spot and let it do what its suppose to do. Repeat one and create a nonstop endorphin rush while it’s doing so.
November 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
***Disclaimer- this may ruin your tea experience tomorrow morning***
Do you know who grew your tea? Do you know where it was grown? Is it organic?
If you don’t know the answer, you may be consuming pesticides and artificial flavours on a daily basis! Companies such as Twinings, Tazo, Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, Trader Joe’s, and Tetley are all guilty of using toxic pesticides on their products. If you are concerned about these sorts of things I urge you to read the link below:
November 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
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November 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
The king has been keeping us abreast of his adventures of loose tea lately and I was feeling a little left out. I texted the king and asked how to get started and I received some very simple instructions.
Drive to Bulk Barn, get a tea ball (I already had one, but it felt like the patriotic thing to do), get Earl Grey, Moroccan mint, and Rose hip hibiscus, and that should be a good start to the tea drinking and blending experience. I ended up getting eight different kinds of tea, Earl Grey, Orange Pekoe, Assam, Moroccan Mint, Fair Trade Chinese Green, Rose hip Hibiscus, Darjeeling, and Black Chai. If you haven’t figured it out yet I’m a bit of a foodie, but unfortunately a fairly poor one. So when I hear about something like this which lets me blend and explore flavours for a little amount of money I pounce like a jaguar. Ah ha! A series is a brewing! Keep on the look out for The Budget Foodie of which I think this may be the first instalment. Or maybe not, this is the cuppa series and a spin off of this will be the budget foodie. Anyways back to the story…
My total shopping bill came to thirty three dollars, but that’s only because I got raisins, coconut, beans, steel cut oats, and a few other things. The total cost of eight different teas and a tea ball came to around nine dollars. I got a couple of scoops of the base teas that I’ll primarily be blending from and a good solid scoop of the accessory teas. I’m not really sure which will be which but only time can tell.
So my first attempt at blending was a stupendous failure, or at least as stupendous a failure that making a cup of tea can be. A couple of things to keep in mind while making you cup of tea. Fill the sphere half way full, that should be enough for a cup. Get your water nice and hot, I let mine boil, remove it from the heat and then when it stops bubbling I pour it over the ball in the cup. I let it steep for fourish minutes. I pull the ball out and let it cool a bit and then drink.
Now, only because I am a novice home brewer do I know that I probably, in my description of how to make tea, broke at least eight rules of making tea even though I only described five steps to making it. Well, bugger all that for now because this cup of pure Darjeeling is mighty damn fine!
That’s it, that’s all, when I find a nice blend I’ll post it and when I find a nasty blend I’ll post that as well. If you decide to join us on our tea drink and blending exploration drop us a comment and we’ll get this party started like it’s Saturday night!