February Funk and Chocolate

February is always a hard month for me. Lately I’ve been exhausted, but unable to sleep much. I just feel blah. We have a school break coming up and right after that we are moving into our new house so hopefully that will help me snap out of it.

In other news, I made peanut butter, pretzel, chocolate squares. Just like I said I would. I found a few recipes and went with the easiest. Here’s the link. You basically just melt peanut butter and butter together, add in some icing sugar and crushed pretzels than make a ganache for the top. I did it all in the microwave. The only problem I had was that I didn’t crush my pretzels up enough and this caused the squares to not stay together very well. They are amazing though. A perfect sweet and salty combo.

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Spring Time Dreaming

The weather has been crap lately. We still have quite a bit of snow and a lot of ice. The sun has definitely not been shining. This is the time of year that farmer’s of yesteryear would pull out the seed catalogues and start planning to help get through the drear of winter. I’ve been doing this mentally, since I don’t really have a seed catalogue.
I’m not positive that we will get to a garden this year since we have such a busy summer and probably won’t be around enough to tend to it, but it could happen. We’d really love to since we live in a green belt and we are always amazed at what gardens here can produce.
I’d love to have a mix of things that can be stored (potatoes, carrots, maybe yams) and things that can be eaten fresh in the summer (spinach, peas, broccoli). I’d also love to try kale, since I’ve heard you can keep it on into the winter, and we eat a lot of kale.
For now I’m stuck with the cold and snow, but spring is just around the corner (I hope).

Lately I’m Digging…

Dairy Milk pretzel peanut butter chocolate bars. Seriously amazing. I’m going to try to come up with a dessert using this as inspiration.

The BBC show ‘Wartime Farm’. You can find all of the episodes on Youtube. I’m very into the Food Movements of WWII right now. I will share my insights soon.

This living room. I’ve been using is as inspiration for my new living room. Of course, since we haven’t moved in yet, and we don’t really have any furniture, it’s a long way in the future, but a girl can dream!

Simple Salad

Today is Family Day here is Canada. It is one of our better randomly made up holidays, I think. To celebrate, we’re just relaxing and hanging out.
I bought a bunch of avocados off the ‘near their end’ rack last week and I’ve been trying to use them up any way I can. I threw together this salad and it was amazing.
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All I did was chop up red pepper, red onion, and avocado and then added some defrosted frozen corn. I put in a tiny bit of olive oil and a few squirts of lime juice, then I very gently tossed it all together. It is definitely something I will make regularly.

Another Veggie Burger Recipe

I know, it seriously is beginning to look like I have a problem. The strange thing is, we never used to make burgers. I always thought they were way too much work. Now that I’ve realized that you pretty much throw anything in and it tastes good, I’m down with it. Also, having a food processor makes it so much easier. I’ve been sticking with the one grain, one vegetable theme and it seems to work well.
This time I went with butternut squash and quinoa. Why? Because they were both lying around begging to be used. I roasted the squash and cooked the quinoa then threw them both in the processor with some random fridge stuff (apple sauce, grainy mustard, ketchup, etc), added some cumin.
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I mixed in some bread crumbs to make it a little less sticky. We cooked them in the cast iron then put them in the oven for a bit.
We made delicious flat bread buns with inspiration from this recipe
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They were great, especially since you can pretty much top them however you want. As far as I know they are also vegan! Try it, or just try the method: be free in your veggie burger making!