My Favourite Tofu Hash, Zucchini Bread, and Overnight Carrot Cake Oats

Sweet.

Spicy.

Savoury.

Salty.

Basically, you guys need to make this ASAP.

Sweet Potato Tofu Hash

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • large COOKED sweet potato or butternut squash, diced
  • 8 oz firm tofu
  • 5 sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cooked sweet onion or scallions
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp fine black pepper

Directions:

  1. Turn your stove on med-high. Place your olive oil into a soup pan and wait until it starts to steam and sizzle.
  2. Add your mushrooms and onions. Saute for a few minutes, until mushrooms have shrunken in size.
  3. Add tofu to the pan. Use a spatula to break the tofu block into ‘hash’ while it’s sauteing in the pan.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, cumin and paprika.
  5. Saute tofu and veggies for about 3-5 minutes. You want all the seasonings and spices to penetrate the hashed tofu scramble.
  6. Midway through your tofu saute, add in half the maple syrup. Keep hashing and sauteing. The edges of the tofu should start to firm up.
  7. Add sweet potato to your hash on the stove. Also add your last half of the maple syrup. Do a gentle fold of the ingredients. Keep the heat at low-medium and allow the hash to cook for about 2 minutes. Serve and enjoy.

Came to the realization that if I lived in ancient Greece, I could be an acrobat model for one of their vases! Important realizations, you know?

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I also made these and froze a bunch. They are an incredible snack! In fact, I want one right now.

Low-fat Zucchini Squares

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups flour: I used a mixture of spelt flour and whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 containers of applesauce (about 1/2 to 2/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (do not drain)
  • OPTIONAL: 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • OPTIONAL: 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Directions:
Mix wet ingredients. Add brown sugar, then dry ingredients. Add flour at the end. Do not overmix, and carefully fold in nuts or chocolate chips. Bake in an 8×8 pan for 30 mins at 350 degrees, or until done! Enjoy.

I had a carrot to make black bean burgers, but the burgers never happened. Instead, this DID happen, and it was heavenly.

Carrot Cake Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded finely
  • 2 scoops of Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup almond milk OR coconut milk, or more/less depending on how thick you like your oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp ground flax seeds
  • Optional-but-recommended topping: toasted walnuts, pecans, or granola for crunch
  • Optional-but-recommended topping: raisins for chewiness
  • Optional-but-recommended topping: unsweetened shredded coconut for flakiness
  • Optional-but-recommended topping: almond butter, peanut butter, or cashew butter for rich creaminess

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in fridge overnight, or for around 4 hours.
  2. Enjoy cold, room temperature, or heated up with desired toppings.

Rain is icky. But hey, at least it’s not -30 degrees. And it’s a good excuse to wear my rain boots. 🙂 With sweatpants.

Seline’s room is so beautiful! She made all of these out of straws, spray paint, necklace chains, and fake plants.

I miss Montreal! My roommate was planning to go to Montreal, so I was digging around my blog to search for some of the best places to visit. It was fun to look back on all the fun memories and great food I had while living in Quebec two summers ago. Some memorable places I’ve been in Montreal were…

  1. Olive and Gourmando: MY #1 FAVE. Think fancy-ish Princess Cafe with a vintage European twist. I went 3 times.
  2. Maison Christian Faure: pastry school with lots of amazing and modern baked goodies
  3. Cafe Vasco da Gama – fig and duck sandwich
  4. Jean Talon Marché (Market) – great crepes, fresh produce
  5. Creperie Chez Suzette
  6. La Banquise
  7. Cafe Muru
  8. Presse Cafe is the Montreal version of Tims/Starbucks – they have the best carrot cake I’ve ever eaten

Halloween was a while back, but I wish I had made some of these! How cute are they?!

Bye for now! Two midterms in the next five days, and lots of labs to write. Have an awesome rest of the week!

I Miss Vancouver! {Earls // Breka // Nuba // Soirette}

Before I went to Waterloo, I had some fun foodie adventures with family and friends. Sorry for the late photos and post – these have been hiding in my Drafts box for over half a year!

One Sunday morning we went to Earls for brunch. Click here to see our first meal at Earls! We were served complimentary cranberry muffins that were topped with powdered sugar. I had a bite of this muffin, which was tasty!

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Seline ordered the margherita pizza, which she thought was delicious as usual. This was her third or fourth time ordering this pizza at Earls!

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Dad had their special cheeseburger with truffle fries. We still prefer the truffle fries from the Sandbar, though.

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Mom decided on the Mediterranean linguine with grape tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and parsley.

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The Kung Pao noodle bowl for Grandpa! These noodles were tossed with tofu, carrots, peppers, cucumber, cilantro, and topped with sesame seeds.

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I had the eggs florentine with two poached eggs, mushrooms, spinach, creamy parmesan sauce, and polenta. The polenta was my favourite part! This was served with a slice of sourdough bread for dipping, but I didn’t find it necessary.

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One afternoon, Seline and I enjoyed desserts at Breka Bakery in downtown Vancouver. I chose two and rated them…

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1Not good 2Okay/Decent 3Good 4Very good 5Excellent 6Incredible! Must-try and would order again

Chocolate Almond Croissant: 1.5/6

  • Thick and chewy, reminiscent of a Costco or Superstore croissant
  • Not at all flaky or shatter-y
  • Quite dense, no prominent butter flavour
  • Outside: large amount of sliced almonds, thin drizzle of semisweet chocolate, and a generous sprinkle of powdered sugar
  • There was no almond paste inside
  • Layer of chocolate flat “balls” inside, like M&Ms without the shell: not entirely melted
  • Scant amount of chocolate inside
  • Mostly I disliked the texture of the croissant, because I think they should shatter and be very flaky/buttery. I was also disappointed with the filling, which was only chocolate. The only almonds here were the almond slices on top.

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This was the white chocolate cheesecake, which I enjoyed quite a lot!

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake with Pecan Crust: 4.5/6

  • Great white chocolate flavour
  • Cheesecake part was not too sweet nor too tangy
  • White chocolate tasted great with the slightly sour raspberries and nutty crust
  • Thin layer of raspberry at the bottom
  • Two raspberries on top – I liked how there was no sugary glaze on top
  • Whipped cream was flavourless and bland, probably store-bought
  • Whipped cream made in-house with some vanilla would be better
  • Crust was nutty and buttery, great texture and not too crumbly

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Another day, I had dinner with Rachel from Moments with Rae. We went to Nuba downtown after I finished a day of volunteering at the aquarium.

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Nuba is famous for healthy and delicious Lebanese food. The restaurant was busy, but not crowded.

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I ordered chicken kebabs with hummus. They were good, but not super memorable. I’m not big on chicken, so I wouldn’t recommend these. 😦

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This was another thing I ordered: halloumi cheese with tomatoes, basil, honey, and walnuts. The cheese was chewier and more rubbery than I’d expected. It was like a cross between mozzarella in terms of texture, and feta for flavour. A little salty for my taste, but the chopped herbs and sweet nuts balanced it out pretty nicely.

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Rachel’s tabbouleh was loaded with parsley!

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After a long day at the aquarium, I stopped by Soirette in Coal Harbour where I met Mom and Seline.

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I ordered one chocolate ganache macaron and one pistachio macaron.

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Essentially I wanted to come to Soirette to try Vancouver’s best macarons before leaving for Paris. Now that I’m back, though, I can say that although I’ve tried some of the best macarons in Paris and Van, these still aren’t my thing. 😦

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The chocolate one was good but could’ve had a more pronounced chocolate flavour with a hint of nuttiness. This was a little plain for me. The pistachio was excellent and had notes of white chocolate. I liked the pistachio macaron much more! To be honest, I liked Soirette’s pistachio macaron more than the famous pistachio macaron from Laduree in Paris.

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That is it for now, everyone! Have a delicious week 🙂

Kitsilano Foodie Day with Seline

It’s Flashback Friday!

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Thomas Haas double-baked chocolate almond croissant // organic quark danish // Moroccan chicken sandwich

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Beehive ceiling

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Row after row of chocolate

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One of my top three favourite sandwiches in the world

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YUM.

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Danish

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Tasty but lacked something :/

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Mmm, almond frangipane and chocolate perfection

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All together

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Leftovers to go

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Terra Breads

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Their famous blueberry flatbread

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Las Margaritas

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Chips and homemade salsa

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Mexican rice, flautas with chicken and salsa, sour cream, guacamole

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We love Mexican food!

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Rain or Shine ice cream cone

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I miss summer and I miss BC!