Recipe- Gluten Free Savoury Magic Sauce…….. yeah thats right

a few weeks ago, we had sweet magic sauce. this week its savoury. Mainly cause I am a firm believer that you need sweet and savoury in your life. And also, because I really wanted something salty to eat.

SAVOURY MAGIC SAUCE 

1 large white onion, sliced 

3 bell peppers sliced (I used Red, Green and Yellow) 

1 cup spinach 

1/4 cup water 

2 cups Low Fat Cottage Cheese 

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp salt 

2 tbsp Vegan Margarine Spread 

Sauteing the pepper and onions with 1 tbsp of the margarine, salt and the honey until soft , then blend with the water, spinach and cottage cheese until smooth.

Then you are good to go!

Its an easy dip thats perfect for veggies and crackers. The entire thing is only 4 Weight Watchers Points, is Vegetarian friendly (make it vegan friendly by using Agave Syrup  and Vegan Sour Cream instead of Cottage Cheese and Honey) and its Gluten Free!!

Try it as substitute for sour cream on tacos, nachos, or pierogies… really with anything that you use sour cream in. I tried it as a new salad dressing and it was awesome, it would also make a great  filling for the BARWM Beggars Purse.

until next time

– be a river with me

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the lonesome road

CJ pointed out to me when she came to visit that I always live with attractive people. And I thought about it for like a second then it slipped my mind.

It came up again a few weeks ago when I listed my current roommates to someone from head office, and they said the same thing.

90% of the time I love the guys I live with, but that other 10% I hate that Im the “girl roommate” it puts me in instant “friend zone” and i HATE it! I live with 4 amazing guys who are all babes in there own ways. And I know nothing can or will ever happen with them and if I am being honest (and i usually am here). Yes I have slept with one of them, (Jack)  but that was YEARS before we lived together.

I’m the girl they live with, the one who watches the Y&R and tears up at Glee, but a part of me will always want them to see me as just a girl.

Its kind of like Dean and I, I know that were friends and I love that about us and I do love that I’m friends with Alan, Nick, JP and Jack… but it hurts that I’m always going to be in the FZ, never anything more than that. At least with Dean and Monty I got to have sex first and then go into FZ.

I dont want to be the perpetual friend, it sucks. But at the same time, this lonely heart has seen way to many RomComs to count myself out of the game… I mean if Ginnifer Goodwin can get the guy at the end of almost any movie she’s in than maybe theres still a glimmer of hope for me yet. or maybe I still need to work at  get my confidence/mojo back.

I did have a great moment of confidence at BettyLivin’s AMAZING wedding last month, I had a great time with one of the grooms men but just couldn’t close (wow that sounds crass) but who knows…maybe I need a few almost awesome moments before I get to where I’m supposed to be.

‘The Lonesome Road’ is the title of a Season 2 episode of One Tree Hill and a song by the late great Frank Sinatra, i feel that no explanation is needed for why I picked it for todays post

until next time

– be a river with me

Recipe- Beggars Purse ‘BARWM’ style

yes, BARWM is Be A River With Me, shortened.

when i first moved out West  I worked at a resort and they had this vegetarian entree called a baggers purse. It was this heavenly pocket of deliciousness…..

I have tried so hard to remember what was in it, but cant seem to remember all of the ingredients. I know it had sauteed onions and goat cheese in a golden brown Phylo Pastry. Other than that I just cant remember.

So…I made my own tonight, heres what you need for 2 grown up sized “purses”

Beggars Purses BARWM Style 

1 roll of pre-made crescent dough

1/2 cup mushrooms

1/4 cup spinach

1/2 cup cheese (your call on this one, I like Brie or Cheddar, make sure its something that melts nicely)

2 tbsp of cream cheese (I didn’t have any plain, so I used Philly Onion Chip Dip)

and a tea spoon of margarine or butter.

pre heat your oven to 35o and grease your pan

Take 2 triangles of the dough and make a square (pinch them together) then load on the stuff. I like going mushrooms, spinach, cheese and cream cheese. Than take 2 more pieces of the dough and top the base, pinch the sides, and make a “pocket”, rub a little margarine on top, peirce the top so some steam can get out, then repeat on the next one.

toss them in the oven for about 15 minutes or until golden brown.

then your all set!

Ways To Jack’em Up:  Add ANY veggie you like! Satuee them if your feeling crazy, add a differnt kind of cheese or several different types of cheese, sub ranch dressing for cream cheese, add some meat (pre-cooked)

Like all the recipes i post here, have FUN with it. Add what you like! Cooking should be an adventure, not a chore. Try new things, new flavours, new methods, you never know when you’ll find that dish of that becomes your signature dish.

until next time

– be a river with me

Recipe- Gluten Free Garden Biscuits

this is a new one:

GARDEN BISCUITS

3 cups Gluten Free Baking Mix

1 bag of pre-made Salad (I like American)

2 cups cold water

1/2 pint of cherry tomatoes

1 tsp Pumpkin Seed Butter

1 tsp Becel Vegan Margarine

2 tbsp salt

1 tbsp Lawry Seasoning Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

 

Take the pre-made salad, and blend with the water, add to the baking mix, mix until smooth and  the consistency of a tea biscuit dough. Then add pumpkin seed butter and margarine and mix well. Stir in the cherry tomatoes and baking soda. Drop by spoonful on a prepared baking sheet (i use gluten free pan spray) and then sprinkle salt and Lawrys on top. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean.

Serving Idea– Warm a bowl of  soup (I used Cream of Celery) add some fresh tomatoes to the hot soup (semi poaching them) then top with a Garden Biscut and a dollop of margarine or organic sour cream. And BAMO! You have a fancy looking meal.

Ways to Jack It Up:  Toss some cheese in the mix, I like a shredded marble. Toss in some jalapenos and chipotle peppers for a e-spicy biscuit. Bake it in a brownie pan for a base for a delightful quiche.

until next time

– be a river with me

Recipe- Gluten Free Magic Sauce……

so that change i was talking about.

its not world rocking but it is to me. so here it is.

about a week ago i started cutting back eating meat and gluten, and i feel fantastic.

Its tough being surrounded by delicious pub food that has meat and gluten all over it. But the little victories in everyday make it worth it.  I had yesterday off and had time to make some g-free food from scratch, and couldn’t have been happier with the results.  Heres one of the recipes I invented yesterday:

Magic Sauce. 

1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk 

1 large Granny Smith Apple, cut into small chunks (about the size of a dime) skins on 

1 can E.D Smith Strawberry Pie filling 

1 tbsp Becel Vegan Margarine 

In a frying pan on medium heat, put 1/2 the can of milk, the apple, and the margarine. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Then add half the pie filling and the remaining milk. Let simmer for 5 minutes again, then add remaining pie filling. Turn to low and let it all hang out for 10 minutes. Then your  sauce is ready.

The sauce will be thick, almost like a pudding, but heating it will thin it out. And if you have a thing about chunks in your sauce, you can easily strain it in a colander or if your so inclined, a cheesecloth.

I put this on top of a low fat cottage cheese as a treat last night and it was awesome! Not gonna lie I also ate a bowl of just sauce.  Its a perfect topper for your favourite dessert, try it on cheesecake, ice cream,  or use it as a pie filling.

If apple/strawberry isn’t your favourite flavour combo, heres some suggestions:  Apple/Rhubarb, Pear/Cherry, Mango/Strawberry ….. no combo is wrong. But do be careful when you use a softer fruit (Mangos, Fresh Strawberries, Blueberries) in place of the apple, they will cook quicker.

Make it your own. Have some fun!! And DONT USE CIRTIS as the fresh fruit…bad things will happen to good people.

-until next time

be a river with me

An Attempt To Tip The Scales

Diet is a dirty word,

but much like other dirty words, the older we get the more we tend to use it.

My body type is often described as the following: Plus Size, Curvy, Voluptuous, Soft, Real, Horizontally challenged and my personal favourite : “Just more for a Man to love”. So if you haven’t guesses yet, Im a size 16-18. (5’6″ and a nice sized “upper deck”). And most of the time I am ok with that.

I’ve cared about my weight since I can remember, I remember sitting with my cousins on their dock when I would have been 13 or 14 eating Sun Chips and looking at the label thinking “Maybe if I only eat a few, I can look like them”. That didn’t work. I was still the one with a one piece suit while they wore cute little bikinis that when I look back were borderline in appropriate. Anywhoozle.

I started my first real diet when I was a Junior in high school, it was a modified Atkins diet (Low carb essentially) and I felt great. My guy friends started telling me I look good. Then I got a job as a sports camp councillor and I was being paid to be active for 8 hours a day for 5 days a week. I started my senior year looking as good as I ever would in high school. I was tanned, blonde and in the neighbourhood of “in shape”

I kept it pretty much under control all through senior year, then came university. The freshman 15 turned into the freshman 30 pretty quickly for me, I didn’t diet again until mid-way through my Junior year of university. (seems like I have a thing for losing weight in the 3rd year of things)

That diet started by accident, I got super sick for a week (I’m sure it was Strep Throat) and couldn’t eat for a week. I survived mainly on Honey Lemon Tea, coffee and Chicken Broth. At the end of the week, one of my good friends at the time looked at me and we had this conversation:

Merhan: Keir you look great, what have you been doing?

Me: I’ve been sick and not eating

Merhan: Its working for you

Me: I havent ate something solid in a week

Merhan: Thats awesome! 

So I kept it up, and steadily lost weight for the rest of the school year (I was also hella poor and couldn’t afford to eat out or drink) Then I went home for the summer and my parents and I went on Weight Watchers together. I lost almost 45 pounds, my mom (small to begin with) lost 20 and my father lost almost 65. Again I started my senior year feeling great.

Since then I dieted off and on, nothing more serious then a month. Sometimes giving myself “challenges” to try to push myself to be healthier but they never seem to work after the challenge ends. I’ve gained and lost weight, never really keeping a constant weight. But sometimes thats how she goes.

When I came back East to see Springsteen this summer I decided to change some things, so when I went back I tried to be healthier, and was loosing a bit, my friend Salma commented a few times that I looked thinner. Since I’ve been back with my parents I’ve been trying to eat better, and I am happy to report that my pants are a bit looser and so are a few of my tops since I got here.

I think what I want is to just feel good again, to feel good in the clothes I have and not get depressed when I buy new ones. I want to feel pretty, I want guys to buy me a drink at the bar and make me feel pretty, I want to be able to borrow clothes from CJ and Salma, and I want to be more confident, and its on my shoulders to do that. No one else will stop me from eating the entire bag of chips, or adding gravy to my fries at work but myself.

When I go back, I’m going to make some changes to my eating habits and my life in general. But I’m not 100% sure what they are yet.

‘An Attempt to Tip the Scales’ is a season 3 episode of One Tree Hill and its a song by Bright Eyes. And its what I want to do, tip the scales in a good way, not a bad way.

so stay tuned

until next time

– be a river with me

being an adult in Eastern Standard Time

i havent lived at my parents house for longer then 4 months at a time since I was 17 years old. I moved to another city for university and then shortly after graduating, I moved out West.

I come home for a visit roughly every 6 months or so. Staying for at least a week but no more than 3.

Every time I fly back East there are some rituals that are observed

  1. My mother and I go see as many movies in the theater as possible, the more chick flicks the better
  2. My dad and I have an in depth conversation about hockey during which my mother sits and looks at me like i am the martian child
  3. My younger brother calls me a hipster, then procedes to quote ‘The Chive’
  4. My older brother and I take turns calling my little brother ‘The Hipster Child’
  5. I plot to see CJ in whatever way I can
  6. SOOOO much Sushi and Starbucks is consumed its redonk
  7. I get caught up on the gossip for: The Young & The Restless, The Bold and The Beautiful, The Good Wife and Duck Dynasty (Yes Avery and Nick are sleeping together, no i cant believe Steffy is preggers, THAT is the guy who played Logan in the Gilmore Girls! and Jace is a babe.)
  8. My dog goes bananas and I spoil her with apples and carrots.
  9. I always end up watching ‘The Young Victoria’

and 10- We visit family.

Most of my extended family lives about 3 hours North of my parents, and have pretty much my entire life. And to be honest, I love that. The 3 hour buffer between us and them is magical. It lets you calm down or get revved up. I enjoy it.

My family is the assortment of characters and I dig that about them

My Grandma, who I affectionally call G (everyone else calls her Grams) is my only living grandparent. G I have gotten a lot closer since my Poppa passed away 6 years ago, I think its because I’m the only other single woman in the family, and the fact that I’m awesome. She’s the woman who literally has something planned EVERY SINGLE DAY! She has a busier social life then I do, and I live in a resort town!  Shes awesome, despite some health problems she’s still given’r all the time

My Aunts. Both my mom and my dad only have sisters, and they couldnt be more different. My Aunt Emily is a Soccer Mom who reads the same books AT THE SAME TIME as her kids do for school. My Aunt Norah is a school teacher who tries really hard to be cool. And then theres my favourite relative in my entire family next to my parents and brothers, Aunt Annie.

Aunt Annie is the family member I see the least but love the most, she’s always been my idol. She’s this balls to the wall- take no shit from no one woman who is amazing. I went to her house in Toronto with my parents the other day and was reminded just how awesome she is. We come over right after the hugs and pleasantries, she hands my dad a Fresca, (yeah Fresca, its delightful) and goes right to the red wine for my mom. Then asks me what I want

Annie- Wine kid?

Me- Sure!

Annie- White or Red? 

Me- Ummm Red’s fine

Annie- I’m opening both!

Me- White then

Annie- OR! I have Champagne! 

Me- Champagne!!

My Mom hates champagne but both her sisters and I love it.  So Annie and I proceeded to drink an entire bottle of champagne while my mom sips on one glass of Merlot, then my aunt brings out the snacky bits.  My parents are ‘cheese plate’ people, they love them. So Annie brings out cheese and crackers and then asks if we want pate. My mother shakes her head and my dad stays silent, I smile. So Annie and I had champagne and pate, which is one of my top 5 favourite meals of all time. Then we just sat and talked while my dad watched the hockey game (which, as a side note, I am SOOOO happy that hockey is back this season )

Annie is my only Aunt that makes me feel like I’m myself. I don’t have to be overly polite or complacent, I can be honest and say what is actually on my mind. Life keeps trying to keep her down but she wont let it. She has a great house, 2 kids that love her and a grandson that is possibly the cutest kid ever to walk this earth. And she keeps Pate and Champagne on hand, she rocks.

I have also gotten to see CJ a few times, and that is awesome. We’ve become closer since I moved away and I am so glad and thankful for that friendship. I have also seen my best friend Monika who was in Nepal the past few times I’ve been back. I missed Monkia, she’s been a great friend and a constant sounding board for a lot of things in my life.

The point of the whole blog is that this visit home was different. Usually I feel like a teenager who hasn’t quite found her footing in life yet. But this time I don’t feel like that. I feel like a grown up and got treated as such by my family, and I have to say, that feels pretty good.