30-Minute Comfort Food Dinner

Who doesn’t love pasta? No one, that’s who. Because this pasta is seriously delicious and loaded with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, and… cheese.

I announced (yes, it’s a big deal because it’s pasta) in a post earlier this week that I’d post a recipe soon. Voila – a delicious cheesy tuna penne pasta bake made with pantry ingredients.

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Sharp white cheddar, to be exact! It’s my all-time favourite for snacking, in eggs, and in pasta. I love bringing a little rectangle of cheddar to class to nibble with crackers, and grating it right into omelets or scrambles. What else is in here? Some tuna, lots of spinach, frozen peas and butternut squash, and roasted red peppers.

This awesome dinner was made up on the fly after a Power Yoga class with my new yoga friends, and since it was a Friday, I didn’t have much in the fridge. This is made entirely of pantry staples and turned out so well.

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I can’t wait to make this again! 🙂

Easy Breezy Tuna Pasta Bake

Serves 2

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • minced garlic, to taste
  • dijon mustard, to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped green onions
  • cubed butternut squash (I used frozen —> thawed in microwave)
  • around 1/4 cup peas (I used frozen —> thawed in microwave)
  • 1 roasted red pepper, chopped
  • spinach, as much as you’d like (I used three big handfuls)
  • 1/2 can tuna
  • 2 single-serving blocks of cheddar cheese (around 1/3 cup shredded)
  • more cheese for the top (I used goat cheese mozzarella)
  • breadcrumbs for sprinkling on top: OPTIONAL
  • uncooked pasta, I used whole wheat penne (enough for 2 servings)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cook pasta according to instructions. Use salted water. Drain.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  3. Cook green onions until soft over medium heat.
  4. Whisk flour and milk together.
  5. Slowly drizzle flour and milk mixture into the butter. Cook over medium heat until thickened.
  6. Add garlic, mustard, salt, pepper. Taste and adjust.
  7. Add squash, peas, roasted red pepper, spinach, and tuna.
  8. Stir in the cheddar. Add the pasta.
  9. Mix well.
  10. Pour into baking dish and top with additional cheese and optional breadcrumbs.
  11. Broil until golden and crispy on the outside.
  12. Serve with parmesan cheese and freshly-ground black pepper.

Leftover pasta keeps well in my opinion. I don’t mind microwaving it the next day. This makes fabulous leftovers, but let’s face it… there wasn’t much left over. 😉

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Makes two hearty and delicious servings but can easily be doubled and modified – add the veggies you like and remove the ones you don’t like or don’t have. This is my new go-to dinner for busy nights!

Lots happening lately, including soup by Mom at home in BC, henna with lotion (!), and Aunt Mimi’s wings night out. And Seline’s messages about what beauty is in 2016. She cracks me up!

Also, I found my photos featured on Princess Cafe’s Instagram page! Man, I really should make an Instagram…

And last but not least, Mission Nutrition! I’m part of this peer health education team that is responsible for lots of booths, fundraisers, and game nights for health and nutrition. I met some great people by joining this team. 🙂

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That is it for today, guys, because I have loads of studying to do! Three midterms on Tuesday, two on Thursday, and another one the week after that. Oh my!

PS: I love blogging and meal-prepping as an excuse to procrastinate 😉 But my “Clinically Oriented Integrated Anatomy” textbook is calling my name, so I’ll see you in my next post!

Too Much on My Plate?

Literally.

Well, it’s true figuratively too. As you can see from all of these photos… I’ve been busy but not too busy to cook and eat!

Speaking of cooking, I made poached eggs the other day and they turned out fantastic. Well, Round 2 turned out great. Round 1 = hard boiled eggs without a shell. LOL! Poached eggs are a new favourite here and I love the on a bed of stir-fried veggies with avocado toast.

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Like I was saying before I got distracted by, um, eggs, is that I’ve been super busy lately and my to-do list gets longer and longer every hour. Not exactly comforting.

With midterms less than a week away (I know, my brain is still in vacation mode), there’s lots more learning and studying to be done. The problem? I don’t want to study! I don’t want to be hunched over my desk for hours, reading and reviewing.

And that’s why I’ve been doing more and more outside the classroom. Now I’m practicing yoga 6-8 times a week because it’s just so much fun, and I registered for a beginners ballet class as well at my school. It’s amazing how much UWaterloo offers. I suck at ballet, by the way!

PS: this was Round 1 of poached eggs. You can see how the yolk is already firm! I had it in the water for a little too long. Avocado toast is my love.

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But even on top of ballet and yoga, there is volunteering to do and club meetings to attend. Of course, I also need to do the essentials: laundry, dishes, cooking, and taking the bus. If only there were more hours in the day!

Right now, my hardest course is definitely Human Anatomy. We’ve learned 23 muscles so far, and all of them are in the shoulder and elbow. I can’t believe how many muscles we have in our upper limbs. Each of the 23 muscles has its own insertion point on a bone, an origin on another bone, as well as its own nerve supply and artery. Of course, it also performs one or many functions, often with other muscles.

Too. Much. To. Memorize.

I complain a lot, I know! But it’s therapeutic. Right?

Oh, you know what else is therapeutic? Oatmeal with chocolate banana cake squares, coconut, yogurt, and almond butter. With a banana whipped into this oatmeal to make it extra thick, creamy, and fluffy, I nearly died of deliciousness. The chocolate got melty and perfect… I don’t even have words to explain this. Will be repeated ASAP!

Leftovers have been a savior. I put my leftover veggie + potato bake in the fridge and reheated it two or three times throughout the week as a nice side dish. Potatoes are so good! I always ditch white potatoes in favour of sweet ones, and this dish totally reminded me of how yummy plain ‘ole white potatoes are. Enjoyed with avocado toast and cheesy spinach scrambled eggs. I loved this lunch!

Before Dad left, we bought strawberries and I used them to decorate my oatmeal a couple times.

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Speaking of Dad, I really miss my family. We do see each other on FaceTime every day, but it just isn’t the same.

I tried to eat dinner while studying and that was pretty much the biggest joke in the world. Dinner = devoured, textbook = unread. Then I ate some dessert and looked at Buzzfeed for a good half hour. Then dishes. Anything to procrastinate my readings!

Multigrain pita halves were also enjoyed. These babies are SO yummy! I packed three of them up for Dad to take home to BC because I didn’t think I’d be able to finish them all. But I totally would have! They are really chewy, crispy, and tasty with avocado. I’m going to buy more next time from Sobeys.

As you can see, I eat yogurt every single day. Once, I made a yogurt dip with sunflower butter and cocoa powder. It was heavenly with strawberries!

Hasselback sweet potatoes made an appearance too. I enjoyed this with some pre-marinated salmon from Zehr’s, and roasted veggies. The potato was seasoned with garlic and butter, cayenne, and some cinnamon. It was really flavourful and fun to eat!

These multigrain pitas have my heart. Filled with avocado, cheddar, roasted red pepper, and spinach, this grilled sammie rivals the ones I enjoy at Princess Café.

Here’s a sneak peek into a recipe that I’m going to share soon. Any guesses? 😀

And before I peace out to go study (for real this time!), take a look at what Mom’s been making. I am so jealous of Seline who still gets to enjoy Mom’s fried rice! Mine just isn’t the same. I admire how Mom always cooks with so much diversity. I don’t know where she gets all these brilliant ideas! 🙂 GO MOM!

Alright, that was a long enough break for me and now I need to focus on innervations and blood supply of the upper limbs. 😥

Happy Monday and have a restful week!

Lately + Mediterranean Diet 101

Hello, hi, hi! How are you all doing today? Let’s take a look at some tidbits of my life recently, and then I have a cool presentation to share with you 🙂

Can you guys believe this is an iPhone photo? I can’t believe it. That just goes to show us how important lighting is. Simple avocado toast with truffle salt and black pepper, scrambled cheddar eggs with spinach, leftover veggie and potato bake.

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Check out my old and new USB sticks! The one of the left was one that Dad brought for me from BC. The blue part with the chain is supposed to be connected to the actual metal USB part, but the superglue got undone and all of the parts separated. It’s too scary just carrying around that baby USB chip because I’m worried I will lose it! I keep all of my schoolwork on that little guy. So yesterday I bought a brand-new USB stick from my school’s bookstore. I’m so thankful now for having a USB stick that isn’t microscopic!

Even though this semester is much busier for me, I still spend lots of time FaceTiming my mom, sister, and dad. Sometimes we don’t even talk, but just go about doing our own things with the occasional comment. It makes me feel like they’re here. Or I’m there. IDK.

And Dad thought the picture on the bottom left was the funniest thing ever! I didn’t get why he was laughing for so long until he sent me a screenshot.

BRrrrrrrr. It’s been really cold here in Waterloo recently. This morning, it’s -18 degrees but gloriously sunny outside. I’m worried to go out because I might accidentally become a human popsicle! Last week, I’ve been bundling up like crazy every morning. Winter boots, scarf, fluffy jacket, and hat. My new lunch bag is now becoming an all-purpose bag – I put all my random things (calculator, computer mouse, iClicker) inside 🙂

Do you like colouring? I do. Mom and Dad bought me the human anatomy colouring book from Coles for my birthday, and I’ve been corresponding the lecture material with certain pages in my book. We’re learning about upper limbs now – the bones, the muscles, their innervations (nerves), functions, and blood supply. The human body is so, so much more complex than I had ever thought.

My aunt Mimi has been colouring, too! She bought a very cool historical people colouring book from the bookstore in Wendel’s Cafe a couple weeks ago and has been putting her colouring skills to use by filling out this King Tut. It’s almost done – amazing job as always, Mimi! 😀

Another day, I went to my school’s Henna Club and doodled all over my phone case with a Sharpie. It is so addictive! A simple google search for “easy henna” gave me tons of inspiration. Okay, Sharpie isn’t exactly the most authentic form of this intricate, traditional Indian art, but this was such a therapeutic and relaxing way to end my afternoon with some friends. The gold and silver are from little drops of fabric paint 🙂

PS: It’s been a couple days and my sweaty fingers have smeared off most of this design!

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One more thing: there’s nothing cooler than writing in third-person.

Especially when the person you’re talking to (MOM) tells you to make “mula”.

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A couple months ago, I approached my school’s nutrition professor, Doctor Heather Keller. Professor Keller is a nutritional epidemiologist (someone who researches the patterns of health and disease in a certain population) and dietitian. Her job is to analyze samples of data and turn the information into real practice to support frail older adults who are malnourished. She’s also published numerous articles and aims to improve the nutritional intake of seniors across Canada.

She is so amazing. 🙂 Did I mention that she is so kind and smiley too?

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Anyways, I told her that I was interested in helping out with her research in any way possible, whether that’s data entry in a lab or volunteering with the participants. Professor Keller’s grad student, Tara, contacted me a little later and told me that I could help by creating a presentation on the Mediterranean Diet.

A lot of the time, Professor Keller is asked to give presentations at schools, hospitals, and senior homes about health and nutrition, but she doesn’t always have time to put together a slideshow with facts and photos about a healthy diet. So I put my winter break to good use and compiled these facts and photos to make a PowerPoint presentation about the key components and tips of the Mediterranean Diet.

The Mediterranean Diet

PS: See if you can identify which photos I took! 😉

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The following slide really amazed me. I looked at lots of studies about this (sources on the last slide) and they all agreed with each other for the most part. It’s amazing what diet can do for the mind and body!

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Not too bad, right? 🙂

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I think I need to take my own advice and look beyond bread, quinoa, and oats. I really want to try cooking barley, buckwheat, and enjoying popcorn as a snack!

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As if my titles weren’t bad enough already (Go Fish? Grain Brain? Get Fresh?)… they are about to get worse and worse… beware. 😉

I need to get my hands on some kefir! Foodies, do you drink kefir straight-up or use it in recipes?

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Moderation is key.

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I want to buy a jar of tahini, but it seems like the only thing you can do with it is hummus (which I don’t have a blender for) or possibly lemon-tahini dressing. Is there anything else to do with tahini?

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Tea after a meal is a totally new concept for me. I’m always 90% full after eating and don’t have room in my belly for liquids!

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Yay! These next few slides are all my photos. You’ve probably seen them before, actually!

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Okay, I couldn’t do a slide without oatmeal. You knew it was coming.

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Looking at the following slide, I really need to spice up my life a little more. I want to experiment with sage and spicier spices like cayenne!

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I used the following resources – no Wikipedia here! But gosh, I love that website. “I don’t know, ask Wikipedia” is my motto.

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That’s it for today! My to-do list this weekend is a MILE long. Although most of the things are tasks that I’m not very excited about I really don’t want to do and will probably procrastinate on (Physics assignment, I’m looking at you), there are some things that I actually want to do. Namely, my yoga teacher training scholarship application (I LOVE writing essays – especially about things I love), my French presentation script, and my Psychology readings. These are things that I can’t wait to get started on! 🙂

On a side note, Psychology readings are SO interesting! I never thought I would find the human mind so fascinating, but it truly is. The psychology textbook is NEVER a chore to read, in my opinion! What are your favourite classes?

Time to wash dishes, make my bed, and get on with the day!

Happy Friday, friends!

Healthified PureBread Chocolate Banana Bottom Recipe

This recipe was from a loooooonnnng time ago. Like, a year ago. And by that, I don’t mean December 2015… I’m talking February 2015.

But it’s better late than never, right?

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Especially if it involves bananas and chocolate.

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This recipe was inspired by a dessert that I enjoyed from PureBread Bakery in downtown Vancouver. After my first bite, I knew the dessert was delicious but could be made 10x better at home with more bananas, less sugar, and some sour cream for moistness. This is what I came up with, and I found it even better than their famous chocolate banana bottom!

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Healthified PureBread Chocolate Banana Bottom

INGREDIENTS
  • 160g coconut sugar, light brown sugar, or sweetened coconut chips
  • 115g melted coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 115g sour cream
  • 2 medium overripe bananas
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 170g spelt flour, divided into 95g and 75g
  • 20g cocoa powder
  • 35g semisweet chocolate chips for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8×8 square baking pan.
  2. If you are using coconut chips, place them into the blender to grind into sugar. Add melted coconut oil, eggs, vanilla, and sour cream. Blend until thick and creamy.
  3. Mash bananas until slightly chunky (mostly smooth!) and stir into wet mixture.
  4. Add baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt into wet ingredients.
  5. Pour half of the wet ingredients into a separate bowl. Now you have two bowls with equal amounts of the banana-sour cream mixture.
  6. Add 95g spelt flour into one bowl. Stir to just combine. Do not overmix.
  7. Add 75g spelt flour and 20g cocoa powder into the other bowl. Stir to just combine. Do not overmix.
  8. Pour chocolate batter into the bottom of the square pan. Spread, shake, and tap on the counter to allow the batter to cover the bottom. Pour the plain banana batter on top. Spread carefully. Do not mix the two layers!
  9. Sprinkle with chocolate chips.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool the chocolate-banana bottom for 15 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Cut into 16 squares and serve!

9 servings (106 g each) = 332 calories, 18g fat, 23g sugar, 5g protein
16 servings (60 g each) = 187 calories, 10g fat, 13g sugar, 3g protein
20g serving = 62 calories, 3g fat, 4g sugar, 1g protein
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These babies are rich, moist, and fluffy all at the same time. I enjoyed slices with peanut butter, and others au naturel.
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Definitely on the fussier side for a recipe, but so worth it. 🙂 This is my mom’s favourite banana bread recipe!
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Let me know if you give this a try!

Eat with Your Eyes

Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen: 2054 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC

If you haven’t been here, you need to come ASAP. It’s been a while since I enjoyed lunch at Kishimoto with my family, and that seriously needs to change because this place is incredible. The food is just purely amazing, and everything is insanely beautiful. I’m not even going to write too much about each dish – I don’t have to! You’ll see 🙂

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We arrived at around 11:30. This place gets very busy during peak hours, as I read from Yelp reviews. Luckily we scored a great seat near the window.

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The chefs are, as always, focused and careful while our server was kind and helpful when it came to explaining.

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Beet salad

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Fried eggplant with miso sauce

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Caterpillar roll and oishi-sushi.

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Look how elaborate everything is!

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Seline’s teriyaki chicken with rice

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Rice-paper pinwheels and candles on our plates 🙂

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The Caterpillar roll was designed to look like a real caterpillar!

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Sashimi on rice

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Seared black cod, which is something I always order at Japanese restaurants. This was perfectly flaky, so tender, and melted in my mouth. The glaze was incredible.

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A Japanese-style seafood pancake slash omelet

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With bonito flakes and a tangy soy sauce, I found this to be a little bit salty.

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What an incredible meal! I think Kishimoto beats Ajisai sushi in my Vancouver-sushi rankings. Will definitely be back!

High School vs. Uni, Dining Out, and a New Favourite Recipe

Happy Sunday morning everyone! I hope you’ve all had a beautiful and restful weekend so far. The weather here in Waterloo has been pretty nice to me – nothing below -10 recently. Whew!

PS: This post is gonna be another very random one, so click away or close your eyes if you just aren’t ready for that kind of chaos in your life 😉

Maybe you remember from my post last week that Dad and I went to explore Toronto on Saturday the 9th, and we had such a good time. Well, on Sunday the 10th, we were planning to go again but the weather wasn’t looking so nice. Instead, we hopped back into the car and drove to Guelph, where we had a nice breakfast.

We were actually planning to go to a Guelph patisserie for croissants, but they were closed. It always irks me when restaurants/cafes that I plan to go to are actually CLOSED, with no mention their website or Facebook page. Either way, The Bakery and With the Grain were my second choice for breakfast.

From date squares to scones to lemon bars, this place has all kinds of sweets and breakfast treats. I got a raspberry lemon muffin to go {now frozen for a future oatmeal topping}, as well as a Dream Bar and a Bee Sting for our after-lunch dessert. 🙂

Dad started with the almond caramel latte, which he found just perfect. Dad doesn’t like almond OR whipped cream, but found the latte sweetened just right. While we waited for our food, I sipped on a London Fog latte (unpictured). Dad’s breakfast plate had a little of everything! He enjoyed it all, sans salad.

I ordered the trout hash: wild trout with butternut squash and potato hash with a poached egg, dill, and multigrain toast. This was absolutely incredible. The squash and potatoes were flavoured to absolute perfection and I couldn’t stop eating them. The trout was cooked until tender, and the dill added a pop of freshness.

My favourite part, though, was any bite with squash + trout + dill, or that bread! They bake their own bread in the bakery across the street, and you can totally tell that it is homemade. Crispy, chewy, nutty, and smeared with salted butter, this was some darn good toast! I stole a piece off Dad’s plate, too. 🙂

That day, my lunch involved tofu, peanut sauce, quinoa, and lots of veggies and a big sprinkling of sesame seeds. I have been so addicted to peanut sauce recently – you’ll see a lot more of it in this post.

Here are the aforementioned Bee Sting and the Dream Bar. I found both to be very, VERY sweet! Sticky and ganache-y, these nicely-textured bars were quite good. I had a quarter of each and Dad enjoyed the rest.

Alright, let’s move on to something totally different – I recently made a compilation of ways that high school differs from university. 🙂 Let me show you!

High School: Teachers give worksheets with key information written on it. All you need to do is study the worksheets and notes, and possibly the textbook.

University: Powerpoint slides all day long. Most of the Powerpoints have just key words on them: “walking, cell cycle, or motoneuron”. Then, the professor goes into extreme detail during the lecture, elaborating on the key terms on the slides. It’s really up to you to take good notes in class, otherwise exams would be a nightmare! This leads me to my next point…

High School: Parents and teachers tell you what your responsibilities are. They help you organize your time to accomplish these responsibilities.

University: You are expected to know your responsibilities and be able to straighten out your priorities. No one will remind you what your responsibilities are. You need to keep track of to-do’s on your own, because no one will be nagging you anymore.

HS: 28-30 people in a classroom, each with their own desk.

U: 280-300 people in a lecture hall, each with a little fold-up desk. Or, in some theatres, no desk at all!

HS: Teachers, parents, coaches, and many other people schedule your time. You didn’t have any choice about school from 8:00-3:00, Mom planned your piano lessons from 3:30-4:30, and coach organized practices after dinner. The schedule is rigid and you have to conform, whether you like it or not.

U: You manage your own time! The schedule is extremely open. All you have to do is go to several lectures a week, and the rest of the time is yours to do anything you’d like. For example, last semester I had two classes a day, typically before noon. That meant the entire afternoon and evening was mine, and I could fill it up with any activities I liked. I really enjoy this about university – having the freedom to plan your own schedule according to your personal preferences and mood is fantastic.

HS: Countless assignments and projects for every class, and worksheets are handed in into a box, dropped on the teacher’s desk, or collected by a teacher or student.

U: There are usually one to three assignments in a class, depending on your professor, and all of them are submitted virtually. For instance, my Sociology professor designed three assignments: two critical reflections (500-word essays) and the skeleton of a research project. All of these were handed in on ‘Dropbox’, a program on Learn, which we use to get updates from professors and submit assignments. My Kinesiology professor, on the other hand, decided to do one project for the entire semester. The 8-person project was worth 25% of our grade and was a presentation based on a health-based controversy. Every professor, and their assignments, are completely different!

HS: 8:00-3:00 classes with two scheduled breaks for everyone.

U: Sometimes four classes a day, other times just two – sometimes 8 AM, other times not until 2 PM. Much more freedom, like I mentioned earlier!

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HS: It’s the norm to call your teacher “Mr.” or “Mrs.”, followed by their last name. No one EVER refers to a middle-school teacher by their first name!

U: Professors have completely different preferences. Some of my professors like being called their first names. It was pretty strange at first, calling my 50 year-old Kinesiology professor “Bill”, but other professors dislike that. Professors with a PHD are generally “Dr.” so-and-so. It’s always safe, however, to use “Professor Smithwick” or “Professor Engelhardt”.

HS: I don’t know about you guys, but in high school, I did all my homework on the same desk in the same room, with the same people (well, person… my sister).

U: I still do homework in my room 60% of the time, but most of my classmates and friends tell me that they absolutely cannot concentrate on schoolwork when in their rooms, surrounded by Netflix and a cozy bed. Now, I do quite a bit of studying in the school’s health building lounge with my friends, in cafes, and occasionally the library.

HS: Papers, pencils, binders, textbooks, highlighters of every colour, pens, and more

U: Laptop. They do everything! I’m still a little old-school and prefer the traditional pen and paper method for note-taking, because I can go back and colour-coordinate things and feel like it’s more interactive and engaging. Most of my friends use their computers for 100% of notes and studying, but I wouldn’t be able to look at a screen for more than 45 minutes at a time. Really, in university you can study any way you choose.

HS: My parents drove me everywhere. My mom was like my personal chauffeur, and I didn’t fully appreciate it until I started living on my own.

U: Buses became my life! Thankfully the bus system in Waterloo caters very well to students. One bus, the #9 that can take me to one end of campus, comes every THREE minutes between 7:30 and 8:30. Isn’t that crazy? In Waterloo, we also have Express buses that stop in key places like the mall, the school, and uptown – so rides are always efficient.

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HS: Fun. Every day in the classroom, is new and different. Teachers provide interactive demonstrations, games, workshops, and presentations to keep students engaged all the time.

U: The professor talks. If you want to listen and take good notes, go for it. If you just don’t want to, you can sit back or maybe even take a nap. You won’t get called out on it. In fact, you don’t even have to come to class. Sometimes my classmates sleep in, or just don’t feel like attending a lecture. In that case, they simply ask someone to send their notes over. Not the best idea. When we were filling out Scantron cards for my Sociology final a couple weeks ago, the boy next to me asked what our professor’s name was. He hadn’t been to a single class!

Saw this on Twitter: In high school, everyone is so judgmental – but in college, you see someone wearing a Snuggie and riding a scooter, and you’re like… “that is a smart man.”

I am going to testify that the Tweet above is completely true. One time, I saw a girl walking to the bus with one of those super-long, body-shielding umbrellas and thought it was so bizarre. Who on earth would use one of those?! Then I realized I was just totally jealous because my legs and backpack were getting soaked in the rain. I need to get myself one of those super-umbrellas!

Whew, that’s the end of my list 🙂

Dad and I went to Belmont Bistro in Kitchener on Thursday night, the night before he left for BC. We started with polenta fries and bolognaise sauce.

Dad ordered the chicken dish, which came with duchesse potatoes and bacon, broccoli, and a sweet potato puree. Red wine gravy on the side.

I had the salad with garlic baguette chips, arugula, celery, green grapes, walnuts, fig spread, and bruleed goat cheese. I personally found the salad overdressed, but the ingredients here complemented each other like nothing else. The sweet figs, crunchy walnuts, and tangy goat cheese all went so well with the fresh grapes and peppery arugula. Yum!

Our meals left enough room for dessert. This is the buttermilk oatmeal cookie with Saskatoon berry preserves and ice cream.

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And the deconstructed s’mores bar which came with graham crackers, peanut butter ice cream, chocolate ganache, and torched meringue. The peanut butter ice cream was to die for with the rich chocolate!

 

I told you there would be a lot of peanut sauce in this post!

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I made this crepe the other day! It serves one perfectly. Here’s the recipe:

Single-Serving Almond Flour Crepe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp almond flour/almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp ground flax
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tsp honey
  • heaping 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1 banana for topping
  • nut butter for topping
  • chocolate chips for topping (about 1 tbsp)
  • any desired fruit for topping
  • nuts or coconut for topping (OPTIONAL)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Mix all ingredients together up until salt.
  2. Heat pan over medium heat. Grease with coconut oil.
  3. Pour into pan and swirl to cover.
  4. Cook until the bottom turns brown. You do not need to flip.
  5. Put nut butter, then chocolate chips, then banana slices on the crepe.
  6. Roll it up and serve with more toppings!

I ran for my program’s Director of Computer Services, but I don’t think I got the spot. That’s okay, I don’t think I was ready for such a big time commitment and should probably focus more on my courses and volunteering this semester.

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Oh, and yoga! I’ve been doing lots more yoga recently. Since Dad was here, he was able to drive me to hot yoga and I could do more yoga classes at school. These are some of my favourite asanas (poses) that are incredibly beneficial for improving not only flexibility and balance, but also your muscular endurance. Some yoga poses have some funny names!

Do you do yoga? What are your favourite poses?

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I saw this online and it really made me think. What a powerful photo.

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Like I said, the weather has actually been quite nice! It’s -6 degrees today with wind and snow. I’m glad to be in my cozy, warm home in pyjamas. 🙂

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C’est tout! See you guys in my next post…

BUT WAIT!

Before you leave, though, check out some of my favourite posts from recently:

  • Steph’s yummy WIAW post! I always love it when she does these. You MUST go look at that pizza… now. Seriously.
  • Rachel is BACK! After quite the loonnngggg hiatus. The blog world has missed her, that’s for sure! Check out her new restaurant review – PS: I was there too 😉
  • Jack’s new page on eats around Ottawa – someone please take me to Ottawa so I can visit every single restaurant/cafe on her list.
  • Cora’s jaw-droppingly beautiful food photographs. Honestly, if this girl made a photography boot camp, I’d be the first to sign up. Isn’t she so talented at making and taking pics of her meals?! HOLY.
  • Kate’s epic meals recently – and valuable insight into why she’s waiting 🙂 Such a lovely and, as usual, honest read!

And, that is really it for now. 🙂 I have some psychology readings to do and notes to make for my anatomy class!

Happy rest-of-your Sunday and let’s get ready for a great (and hopefully not-too-cold) week!