Did you say Under-represented Kitchen???

I did indeed!

And I am not kidding!  In earlier posts, I have talked about my ‘kitchen’ in the bachelor/studio that I rent here in VanGroovy (Vancouver) and basically the only thing missing is an stove and oven and a sink in which to wash my dishes. I have to wash them in the bathroom sink which is kinda gross but it is what it is, right?  At least I have one or two things with which to rustle up some tidbits to eat!! And it isn’t really that gross to share the shower with a rogue lettuce leaf!!!

Lately I have been thinking alot about our various eating choices such as paleo, raw, no carb, low carb, low protei, all protein etc, etc. Since being in Vancouver and in my under-represented kitchen I have considered whether I should give some of them a go. Particularly paleo. I think that the paleo way of eating has heaps going for it and people I know who have taken it on board are changed quite drastically. Better moods, weight loss, just general increased sense of well-being!  Fabulous!  I guess what holds me back is the cutting out of all dairy and of course, sugary stuff!  I love cheese, sour cream, milk and Cheerios (although Cheerios are pretty good right out of the box) and of course, ICE CREAM!!!  Can I do it!!!??? Should I give it 30 days?  I think I might!  I think that this way of eating would suit the fact that while I have a fridge, it is a bar fridge with an eensy, weensy freezer that doesn’t really work and is therefore incapable of holding more than a package of frozen dumplings!  When you live on veg and fruit and meat, you can buy all that daily. 

Quitting sugar! Hmmmm, this is a tricky one, right?  I love sweet things but have certainly cut down alot since living here. I don’t eat anywhere near the amount that I used to and I am pretty sure it is making a difference. But it is scary to give it up altogether and I am a wee but hesitant to take that leap!  Have any of you done it?  I would love to hear all about it.

I would also love to hear from people who have gone paleo. Tell me how you feel, what you eat and maybe you can pass on some recipes to me. I would love that.

Watch this space. Give me a week or so and I will let you know whether I took the leap and how it is going.

Lots of Love

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Kitchen? What kitchen?

As well as landing a job, I found a cute little bachelor suite in North Van. It is furnished, has a separate bathroom and loads of sun – on the rare days when we see sun and the neighbourhood is awesome. Rent is cheap, too. That would mainly be because there is no actual kitchen which has been horrifying to my friends who know how much I love to cook. My ‘kitchen area’ has a bar fridge, microwave, large toaster oven, hotplate and a crockpot. These all come with the place which is furnished. Now, this has not phased me at all because I see it as a challenge for 2014 to see what magic wonders I can produce and to share the outcome right here in the blog.

It will be a bit Julie and Julia……..only from the standpoint of cooking and writing about it rather than trying to emulate someone fab like Jamie or Nigella – tho I do have Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals on the window sill!

I am totally up for the challenge.

On coming here, everything I owned was given away and that makes you realise how much you take your kitchen gadgets and bits and bobs for granted. I don’t even have a potato masher right now, tho I do have some fab collapseable measuring cups. Apparently I can bake with the large countertop toaster oven thingy. I admit to missing having a proper kitchen but hey, why not make it into a fun blog topic?

My early blog posts usually included a recipe, a picture or at least 5 references to food so I am excited to show that wonders can come from an unusual variety of kitchen appliances. The hard thing is not having a freezer. The fridge has a wee one but not big enough for much more than a loaf of bread. Wonder if the boss would mind me using the one at work………

So, watch out as I get adventurous in the ‘kitchen area’ in 2014. If anyone has experience with limited kitchen things, please feel free to share.

Love,
Cinnamon
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See???? I am not kidding about it being an ‘area’. Love it though ♥♥♥♥

I love cooking!

Bet that was a surprise, eh? I have been doing a bit of a post bomb today but it was so fun. This blog is not intended to specifically be a food blog and this is because I would get bored keeping to one area. I notice that the blog gets alot more traffic when I post food-related things and that is very cool indeed.

Anyhoo, I adore cooking food,reading about food,writing about it,and sharing it. It is a serious passion for me to the point that I did do some professional training but did not enjoy the professional kitchen at all especially being yelled at…….

For me,cooking for others is simply the most loving thing that I can do. Teaching others about food is awesome as well. New Zealand has taken a long time to adopt overseas food trends and ingredients can be expensive and crazy-hard to find. Thank god for online shopping………I can’t wait to get back to Toronto and to have so many ingredients to cook with.

Cooking food also gives you control over what goes in your mouth but rest assured I am not going to waffle on about ‘healthy eating’. I do watch what I eat but I do not go without a single thing and refuse to quite frankly. Let’s face it, baking is not the same without butter and sugar. My food philosophy is simply to keep your food real and make as much of your own stuff as possible and here is an example:

BLENDER MAYO

1 3/4 c oil
2 eggs
1/2 t salt
juice of half a lemon (add more if need be)
1t mustard (I use dijon)

Put all of this into an old jar and whiz with a stick blender. I swear you will have THE BEST MAYO in under 5 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Love Cinnamon

Slutty Brownies

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I promised that I would share the recipe for Slutty Brownies so it is. It is borrowed from a website called Gaby Cooks.

Slutty Brownies
Yield: 1 9×9 brownie pan

Serving Size: 16 brownies per recipe

Ingredients

For the Brownie layer:
10 tbsp unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup AP flour
For the Oreo layer:
1 package of Oreo (regular stuffed or double stuffed)
For the Cookie Dough layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temp)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups AP flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions

For the Brownie layer:
In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter over medium high heat. Add the sugar and cocoa powder once the butter is melted. Whisk to combine and remove from heat. Add the salt, vanilla and eggs and continuously whisk until the eggs are combined. Add the flour and continue to mix. Set batter aside.
For the Cookie Dough layer:
Cream together the butter and sugars in a mixer. Add the eggs and vanilla, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl. Add the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder and mix on low until everything is incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Set dough aside.
Assembly:
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan with tin foil and then spray the tin foil with a layer of baking spray.
Layer the cookie dough on the bottom of a 9×9 baking pan, pressing down to form the bottom of the slutty brownies.
Layer as many oreos that will fit on top of the cookie dough. No need to overlap. One single layer will do.
Pour the brownie batter on top of the oreo layer and make sure it’s evenly layers on top.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Test with a knife to see if the center is done. If the knife comes out clean, let the brownies rest before serving. If the knife comes out with batter still on it, allow the brownies to bake about 5 minutes more.
Serve with ice cream 🙂

Enjoy!