Cold Snaps

Today when I woke up, it felt 20 degrees warmer than it did yesterday. The sun was out, the sky was blue, I can handle -15°C no problem, I told myself. It’s like the weather mocked my mood and decided promptly that grey skies were going to be the forecast for the greater part of the day.

I started off heading to the orthodontist for a quick visit that I’ve been neglecting for the past…four years? Hi retainer!

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With everything looking swell, I hopped, skipped, and jumped over to Starbucks next door for what I decided would be my morning salvation in a cup. (Just because I was up and moving, doesn’t actually mean I was awake).

After, I popped into work and was promptly whisked downtown to the government building, and then headed lunch at Pagolac. Nom nom, pho.

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I also headed to a market in Chinatown for a quick grocery run. Considering the weather, the veggies looked so fresh and yummy.

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I went back to work for a few hours, and was planning on dropping by the second hand store quickly, but then the weather looked like this…

So home I go, to sit under a big blanket with lots and lots of tea until gymnastics time.

PS, the picture of the starbucks cup is my picture of the day for the 365 photo challenge! 

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Baked Beans on Toast

In the past few days, the temperature here as dipped down to -30°C (with windchill, it actually feels like -42°C!!!). It takes a lot of will power on days like this to get out of bed, let alone go to work. It’s funny because all that snow that I swear comes up to my waist no longer feels like snow. The nicest way to describe to those who live in tropical climates about how cold it is here right now, is that our snow is starting to freeze. Well, that’s what it feels like to me anyways when I step into it.

The masochist in me kind of wants the weather to dip down to -50°C just so I can say “IT’S SO COLD HERE THAT IT’S -50°C, AND WE STILL DON’T HAVE SNOW DAYS!” (in all seriousness, in all the years I went to grade school, I NEVER once had a snow day; and let me tell you, we get a looooooot of snow)

The other side of me wants it to be -6°C, or what Albertans affectionately call it: T-Shirt weather.

Side note: when I was in England and it was 10°C, I couldn’t stop laughing at all the winter jackets I saw! Child’s play, I thought through the entire trip

But I digress, this post is supposed to be about beans. And these little guys are cooked in a tomato base. Something that my friends frown upon. Because here in Canada, we call our beans fèves au lard aka beans cooked in maple syrup, aka cooked in deliciousness and bacon is usually included.

But I love this tomato based recipe and this one of things I looooooove to eat on super cold, horrible mornings. It warms you right up, and gives you enough energy to get you through to lunch.

PS, it’s super tasty on burgers too!

Baked Beans on Toast

Adapted from What Katie Ate

 

Olive Oil

1 Onion, finely diced

2 Cloves of Garlic, smashed

1 Large sprig of Rosemary

28 oz can, Chopped Tomatoes

5.5 oz can, Tomato Paste

1 Tbsp,  HP or BBQ sauce

1 Tbsp, Worcestershire sauce

1 Tsp, Dijon Mustard

1 Tbsp, Horseradish

14 oz can, Cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Salt and Pepper

Toast

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Put a healthy glug of olive oil in a large saucepan and cook the onion for about 5 minutes on medium heat.

Throw in your smashed garlic cloves, season your mixture with salt and pepper, and cook for another 5 minutes.

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Dump all of your sauces, chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, and rosemary into the pan and stir. Simmer for 20 minutes, and then add in your beans.

At this point, taste the sauce and if you feel like it needs more seasoning, or adjusting the sauce ratios, do so now. Once you add the beans, turn down the heat to low and let it simmer away for 20 more minutes.

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Toast and butter your bread, and spoon your tasty and super tomato-y beans on top.

Insert into mouth, and chew.

PS, the original recipe didn’t include tomato paste, but I really, really, reaaaaaaaaaaaaally wanted the tomato flavor to shine through, so I threw it in there.

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I love you tomato paste.

29 and 30

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29/365: Mother son relations at lunch. Who knew talking about calcified nerves in your teeth was so riveting?

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30/365: trying to plan a trip to Europe… so much harder than it seems once you add multiple destinations. my wallet and head hurts, ow!

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Currently tinkering with an apple cake recipe. I’m used to only doing something in one go and having it turn out well right away. I’m a little stumped, not going to lie.
Maybe if I triple the rum in the cake? (kidding, but not really)
PS, bonus springform pan shot.

New Girl

Have you ever watched New Girl? It’s my absolute favourite, and I’m pretty sure there is no limit to my love for this show. I’ve had the biggest girl crush on Zooey Deschanel for the past few years, and I absolutely love her acting as Jess, aka the best dressed awkward person I’ve ever had the privilege to feel bad for on TV. (The situations she gets into are awkward to the point where I can’t do anything but laugh).
But really, whoever dresses Deschanel for this show deserves a medal in my eyes. I’m just saying that though, because a lot of the pieces she wears are things I’d wear on a day-to-day basis.
New Girl Jess
Polka dot dress here, red dress here, colour block shirt sold out :( , blue & green cardi here, navy cardi here, cotton pjs here, blue heels here, belt here, and glasses here.