Heyyy my favorite people in the world!
Seriously. If you are not a book, paper or teacher, I L-O-V-E (love) you right now!
School is still going great and I really am enjoying all of my classes, but I just found out that I have two big papers due on Tuesday plus a mid-term. Yikes.
It’s alright though, because Wednesdays make it all better. I’m only three days away from my trip to Canada, and I have WIAW to keep me occupied all day long!
Breakfast has been consistently my Microwave Banana Breads (with protein powder) almost every single day.
I also have been enjoying a mid-morning snack, which usually is a bowl of creamy cereal or a piece of fresh fruit.
For lunch yesterday I went completely meat-free. Actually, thinking back, I was entirely vegan the whole day!
Unfortunately I have no vegan picture, so you will just have to imagine. I do have another meal though. This one is actually inspired by last week’s WIAW.
RANDOM NOTE/INTERRUPTION: They just announced over my dorm’s sound system that there was going to be free ice cream at some event. It’s 10:30 PM. A girl down the hall said, “Oh!” and apparently that also means “GO!” in girl language because pretty soon I heard the sound of running and two girls giggling down my hall. OH. ICE CREAM.
For a snack between classes I headed over to my college’s annual Farmer’s Market. There were racks of flowers being sold, as well as mini loaves of sweet bread, jams and produce. Most of the fresh produce would have required some form of cutting and cooking before I would have been able to eat it. Since I have no kitchen, I had to settle for this bag of apples.
Nature’s nectar. Ready to eat whenever!
And might I add an awesome price to boot! At my dining hall they charge 69 cents (I think) per apple… which for five would be $3.45 (Did that in my head!!). So I saved…
Speaking of dining hall prices, check out this medium “salad” that I bought yesterday from the cold bar:
Yep. $3.49. For grapes, cucumbers and lettuce. I could BUY a 1/2 bag of grapes, a whole cucumber, and a head of lettuce for that much!
WOW. I’m really on a rant today, aren’t I? In truth, I really appreciate all of the fresh options that my college’s dining facilities offer. I know that I have it good compared to some places where all they serve is hot food.
I love my salads, I really do. Especially topped with chicken!
Later I enjoyed a pumpkin/banana microwave bread. Only a picture of the pumpkin can, sorry! I must say though that Kroger’s off-brand pumpkin is fabulous! It’s not quite as strong or sour as Libby’s and I’m really loving that. In baked goods though, I think Libby’s would be better because it has a stronger flavor.
I also ate another apple! This one from home:
Now time for some of my memorable weekend adventures!
I did do some REAL baking this weekend as well in the form of pumpkin apple bread:
In case you were wondering, that is not how successful bread is supposed to look when it comes out of the oven. Total. GOO.
I’m still trying to figure out the “in’s” of gluten-free and vegan baking. Separate they’d be okay, but together? Nightmare.
And for nightmares, how about this awesome movie that I watched over the weekend?
This movie was great! I honestly liked it more than Mirror Mirror.
While in town my mom also got me these window decals for Halloween. How kind of her!
Back to baking. There was one recipe that did come out of my kitchen relatively “successful”….
Irish Soda Apple Bread
Based off of my banana bread
Allergy-free, high fiber, sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan
- 3 medium apples
- 1 banana (86 grams)
- 3 tbsp chia seeds, ground
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup rice flour (140 grams)
- 1/2 cup sorghum flour (68 grams)
- 1 tsp baking powder (sodium and corn-free)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- stevia (optional. I went for a savory-type bread and omitted this)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Peel and chop up two of the apples and place in a bowl. Cover with water and microwave for 2 minutes. Drain the water and place the steamed apples in a food processor. Blend. Add the banana and blend again until it forms a smooth puree.
- Grind 3 tbsp of chia seeds into a small powder and place in a large bowl. Add the 1/2 cup water, fruit puree and stir.
- In the same large bowl measure out the rice and sorghum flours, baking powder and baking soda. Combine until thoroughly mixed (don’t worry about over-mixing. It’s impossible to over-mix gluten-free breads!)
- Peel and chop the remaining apple. Place in the food processor and pulse until shredded. Stir into the batter.
- Pour the batter into an 8×5 loaf pan lined with wax/parchment paper. Spread out the batter evenly then place it in the oven. Bake for 40-60 minutes (depending on oven temperatures). The bread is done when a fork comes out clean and it sounds solid with a tap.
Peel off the wax paper when slightly cool.
This bread was originally supposed to be sweet, but when I tasted the batter before adding the stevia, I realized that the baking soda was very pronounced… Almost like Irish Soda Bread!
You can slice this bread, but really it comes off better when you just break it into chunks.
Now for my question. For many this may be a sensitive topic, but I figured that this place is the best to ask it…
What do you think about the website called “Get Off My Internets”? If you’ve never been there before, a quick search in Yahoo! will take you to it.
I personally found it when searching for a recipe by Chocolate-Covered Katie. They raise some interesting discussion points, but I’m starting to feel that they err on the side of ranting and rudeness rather than true concern for the bloggers that they are trying to “Get Off My Internets.”
Where do you stand on the issue?
Have you ever been attacked on there?
Are some of their claims valid?
Overall do you think that they are “negative Nancys” or “checks and balance”?