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food: chicken & broccoli on sweet potato noodles

so, i ventured out of my cooking comfort zone the other day with this chicken & broccoli with sweet potato noodles from inspiralized. i saw it on my FB feed and since it was Whole30 compliant, i figured it was worth a shot. 

the sauce is a creamy cashew nutritional yeast mixture and it was damn tasty. totally not the usual thing we make, but really glad we tried it. 

since it was my first go at it, i followed the recipe pretty much to a t. 

the only thing was that i didn’t have a shallot, i used onion instead. also threw a raw jalapeño into the blender. 

the noodles didn’t really hold together… maybe i baked them too long or maybe i stirred too much, but it was still really yumm, it just didn’t photograph as i’d hoped. 

recipe is below… photo on instagram 😊

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2016 update

hello friends… it’s been a while, ya? since i have been paying for this blog, but not updating it, i’ve decided it’s time to get back on it and get my money’s worth.

so i’ve going to be posting some old trip reviews from the past couple of years, because you can bet your ass i’ve done some traveling.

i’ve actually crossed FIVE things off the travel bucket list since my last update!

most of you have been following along on instagram (vancityrockgirl) so you’ve gotten some idea of what i’ve been up to, but i have much to share.

as well i’ve had a lot of foodie progress… i’ve fallen in love with the Whole30 lifestyle and have perfected a lot of W30 friendly recipes that i’d love to share.

so… please, check back in 🙂

travel: Austin!

you know those trips that you plan SO FAR in advance that they feel like they’re never going to actually happen?
well that’s my return to Austin.
last year, literally within days of returning from Austin, I bought tickets to ACL festival for 2014.
I didn’t know the bands… the actual lineup wasn’t announced until about 7 months later… but I knew how much fun I had in 2013 and I wanted to go back.
so the lineup was announced and while it wasn’t the greatest thing I’d ever heard, there were plenty of gems to make me excited.
old favourites like AFI, Interpol, Beck and Pearl Jam…
and then bands I’ve more recently gotten into like St Vincent, Lana Del Rey and Lorde…
and then plenty of bands I’ve heard of, but don’t know much about and am excited to see. and so randomly, Belle and Sebastian are playing, who I haven’t seen live in over 15 years.
and honestly, last year’s lineup was like someone asked me to handpick my favourite bands for a dream festival… so I knew that regardless of who was booked this year, I’d be a little disappointed. so I was pleasantly surprised to find so many acts to look forward to this year.

anyways, it all didn’t seem real until this weekend when I finally got my wristbands in hand.

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and now I’m really ready to go.
we have tickets to the late show with Fitz and the tantrums on the night we arrive… and tickets to the Saturday night late show with Austin natives Spoon. and gospel brunch booked for Sunday morning, naturally…
but besides that, we’re just going to play it by ear and see what trouble we get into. I know we’ll be just fine… Austin will take care of us.

food: overnight refrigerator oats

good morning! on my seemingly never-ending quest to be better at breakfast, I have discovered that in addition to the overnight slow cooker oats, there is a magical refrigerator version…
many people on the intrawebs refer to this as “summer porridge” and while I agree that the cool light texture makes it perfect for hot weather, I’m gonna go ahead and say that on a beautiful clear sunny day like today, it’s just fine for winter too. (as long as you’re inside, obvs)

my inspiration was twofold. first off, I have a ridiculous amount of chia seeds thanks to homesense… and I was in the f&v (that would be fruit & veg) market and found fresh passion fruit. aaaaaaand then some blackberries.

so, behold; blackberry & passion fruit overnight refrigerator oats.

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the recipe is simple and definitely flexible. all you really need is 250ml mason jars or containers (I like mason jars because I have reusable plastic lids for things like this. plus; pretty)
and here’s the recipe.

1/4 cup old fashioned oats (raw)
1 1/2 tsp chia seeds
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (I used plain, but use anything you have/like)
1/3 cup milk

put those in your container and shake/mix well. if you don’t have greek yogurt, use regular yogurt and a little less milk to keep the texture right.
then add your fruit.
I used 1/2 a fresh passion fruit and 5 blackberries cut in half.
you can really use anything…. lots of people use fruit jam/preserves.
add sweetener if you like; honey ect…
put the lid on, give it another shake and let it hang out in the fridge for the night.

in the morning, it’s an easy grab & go breakfast to eat at your desk, or lovely on a sunny morning patio.
it’s a nice texture with the yogurt,
enjoy!

2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,900 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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food: 2013 in review

I normally don’t post a lot of other articles on this blog, but I really enjoyed buzzfeed’s most important food things in 2013
and I hope you enjoy too.

2012 in review

I thought this was VERY cool! thanks for reading my blog and cheers to it being bigger and better in 2013!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 11 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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