Gado Gado (ish?)

July 19

gado gado
Let me start this post off by saying that I am not 100% sure what gado gado is supposed to taste like. My one and only experience with it was at the Naam, a vegetarian restaurant in Vancouver (that is certainly not known for authentic Indonesian food) with a perpetual line. We ate there the last time we were in town. It was an awkward time, between when you’re supposed to eat lunch and you’re supposed to eat dinner, and we hadn’t eaten anything. I chose the salad because I thought it would be light and wouldn’t ruin my appetite for the ample amount of sushi I needed to eat later that night. But I was wrong. I left the Naam pretty full, and with gado gado on my mind.

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Orange, Sesame and Banana Smoothie

July 16

orange, sesame and banana smoothie
I used to be a cereal-only girl for weekday breakfasts. But, I can confidently say, that is no longer the case. Now, I am generally a cereal or smoothie or oatmeal breakfast lady. I think I can attribute this change to working from home. There is something nice about eating the same thing every morning that makes it so much easier, faster, and more predictable (in terms of how much food you have to bring to the office, what time you’re going to get hungry etc) when you’re working from an office; luckily, I don’t have to concern myself with consistency anymore.

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Roasted Plum and Black Tea Popsicles

July 11

roasted plum and black tea popsicles
Why do I only make popsicles in the summer time? I know they are cold, but I make plenty of cold things year round. Since these popsicles have been in my fridge this week, I’ve really enjoyed having them on hand as a snack. Hopefully I can get in the popsicle groove and find some addictive ones that will stock my freezer in all seasons. This seems like a good start since  I “had to” eat them really quickly because I wanted to make a couple of other popsicle recipes before I take off for a few weeks, and I didn’t get sick of them even though I ate all six (on my own, my boyfriend is not a fan of the taste of tea) in a couple of days.

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Moroccan Style Quinoa and Fish

July 7

moroccan style quinoa and chermoula marinaded fish
When I’m trying to get out of a cooking rut and make something different, the most helpful thing for me to do is try and think of a cuisine that I am not used to cooking. The other week, we bought some fish with the intention of making fish curry, which I never got in the mood for. Luckily, I thought that moroccan style fish, with a hearty quinoa salad sounded absolutely delicious instead. I hardly ever eat or cook moroccan food. I am not sure why because the flavours are definitely something that I am attracted to. To be honest, I didn’t really have a clear picture of what moroccan food was before I went there a couple of years ago.

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