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The Perk of Sardines (NaPoWriMo #1)

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Yes I realize this is supposed to be mackerel, but the design is so cute! Posted by Deborah Upton Savedoff on Pinterest

From a hardy thermos to keep droopy eyelids from shutting,

Sips strong hot tea while moving to the back of the bus on feet dragging. Because

of last night’s agonizingly late crunch.

Piecing together a presentation the boss wanted this morning
Announced nonchalantly without the slightest warning –

life is hard. But 

there are grilled sardines for lunch.

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The last two lines are from “Saudade” by Andrew Johnston as given to me by the Bibliomancy Oracle – a magical  generator of literary wisdom. I was feeling quite stressed out at the time, so this response made me smile. I’ve never actually eaten sardines, but I’m curious to try…

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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Halibut or Haddock? (NaPoWriMo #14)

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From Buster's Sea Cove! Photo via Cupcake Queen on Pinterest

A conversation over the counter:

-Your order?
-Is there a special?
-Do you like crab?
-Is it from the Pacific?
-No, but how about traditional fish and chips?
-Can I have salad instead of fries?
-Halibut or Cod?
-Do you have Haddock today?
-Sorry, it’s very loud, Haddock as in the captain in Tintin?
-Yes please, two, but they won’t come out burnt like that one?
-Oh, you don’t like black olives and fried onions on your fish?
-Can you please put the toppings on the side?
-Any drinks?
-No thank you, but any napkins?
-It comes in the box, is that ok?
-How long will I have to wait?
-Will you listen for the number 29?
-I must first get fresh air; however do you survive behind those hot stoves?
-It is rather claustrophobic in here, isn’t it?

-Thank you, it was very delicious.

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From the NaPoWriMo website: The idea is to write a poem in which every sentence, except for the last one, is in the form of a question.

Went to our favourite fish joint today where the line up stretches around the block for hours before and after noon. Five chefs dish up steaks, sandwiches, ans seafood pasta as quickly as orders come in, from a horde of hungry strangers eagerly awaiting their first bite. The customer came out pretentious at first, and it is tricky to write conversation strictly in questions. It is so busy we would never have the chance to speak to the chef, so I’m paying compliments here.

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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More summer culinary adventures

We spent a weekend up north at a friend’s cottage where we enjoyed a clear lake, beautiful view,  and of course, good food. Here are a few things we dished up :

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Stuffed and baked cheesy zucchini

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Good ol ‘ steak and potatoes

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Pizza and Caesar salad

Thanks for reading!
thebookybunhead

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Cooking day

Had tons of fun cooking with my family yesterday. Nothing like homecooked food with simple ingredients to put a smile on everyone’s faces!

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Coconut Baked Boston blue fish with mango salsa,  quinoa and chickpea lime salad,  and strawberry frozen yogurt.

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Brown rice edamame salad and baked kale chips.

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Sweet potato wedges.

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Seared sesame tuna.

Hope you enjoyed the photos. I know I said that I was finally back after post -exam avoidance of reading and writing,  but it turns out summer is very busy, even with the end of summer school. I will most likely be posting photos during the rest of this month and returning to responses in words when time allows!

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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Meek (NaPoWriMo #29) *plus* an optional quiz

.A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.

The albinos sit  huddled together in the cafeteria
Picking at bits of rice drowned again since the paddies
In shy angst, they watch plates topped with hamburgers pass
As owners chow down on ketchup dipped fries
In quiet murmurs they sip fruit juice at their table
Watching with curious eyes, but no words.
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THE QUIZ:
In each line except the last, there is at least one “loan word” used in the English language that originates from another country. See if you can match a word to each of these languages and post your answer in the comments below!
Chinese, French, German, Bahasa (Indonesian), Spanish

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So it’s a bit of a variation on the prompt, but that’s alright, I think. This one was inspired by the group of young dancers from Denmark who are very sweet but extremely shy. They are a wonderful addition to the international cast of the dance festival, and are dearly loved by everyone. So this one’s for the Bournonville dancers!

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

PS: I know I am late on this NapoWriMo business, but I’m doing my best to finish it ASAP with the time that I have.

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Frolicking in Downtown TO: A Pantoum (NaPoWriMo #15)

Cool circular shot of Dundas Square.
Source: http://imgfave.com/view/22260

A cluster frolics the streets, wandering but fast
Fun to have, stomachs to fill, memories to make
Long hours rewarded and in the past at last.
It was the best chocolate banana milkshake.

Wind collects – lights, sounds, smells – as it circles the square
Pass the man drumming rhythms on buckets and tins,
Through the lively city we walk without a care.
Seems where the weekend ends I want it to begin.

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So here’s a poem that is a pantun and about a walk (sort of). I tried ‘killing two birds with one stone’ as they say for missing the prompt on Day 13. Last weekend our whole class went for dinner at Mr. Greenjeans. With the busy and long schedules, we don’t hesitate when there is a chance to have an evening out, and we had a good time being outside in the streets of Toronto, even when it began it rain. It’s moments like these that make me so eager to have the school year finish so we can have the freedom of summer.

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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7 days of healthy snacks

This post is dedicated to my friend at greenembers.wordpress.com, who has convinced me to write about a few of my favourite snacks. As one of many dancers, I love snacking because it lets you pace your hunger throughout the day. Of course, the healthiest choices are raw and unprocessed foods, but we all know how to enjoy fruit salad, veggies with dip, or some almonds. However, there are different ways to fix and combine them with other products. So here is a countdown of my favourite snacks to eat that are simple, healthy, and above all, delicious:

7. My favourite smoothie

When my mom first made green smoothies, I was skeptical. That was a first impression that didn’t last long. Because fruits and vegetables lose lots of volume when they are blended, you can fit a lot of good stuff into one smoothie. I believe the one I drink has: half an apple, half an avocado, a kiwi, brown rice protein powder, flax meal (ground up flax seeds) or hemp hearts, almond milk, and one serving of vegetable – usually a handful of pea or broccoli sprouts. You can also use water and whey protein as the liquifier, and substitute the veggies with whatever you have, kale, bok choy, you name it. Trust me when I say you don’t taste vegetables here, so it’s an awesome way to sneak in your veggies! You can adjust the amounts of ingredients to your liking and hunger as well. Smoothies condense all sorts of nutrients and are powerhouse snacks ( and breakfasts too)!

6. Dried seaweed chips

If you are craving something crispy and salty, but are trying to stay away from those deep fried potato chips, here’s a new idea: seaweed chips! They are light, surprisingly addicting, and will give you an extra portion of greens without you realizing it. You can get these in sheets, or in smaller “snack-pack” versions; they are becoming more popular and I can understand why – they’re good! If you like sushi, you’ll probably like this, and if you don’t, you’ll probably still like this.


5. Dark chocolate stuffed raspberries

Chocolate stuffed raspberries

Yup, it’s as simple and tempting as in the picture – chocolate chips and raspberries. I like 70% or more dark chocolate; anything less, especially white chocolate which is basically pure sugar, does not give you the full benefits of cocoa. Of course, you can eat dark chocolate chips alongside other berries as well. They are a potent shot of antioxidants and a refreshing blend of chocolaty fruitiness!

4. Trail mix with natural sweets

A handful of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits is a yummy way to get pure protein and healthy fats. I often pair the following: dates and almonds, dried/dehydrated apple rings and walnuts, pumpkin/sunflower seeds and craisins. Raisins are good with everything, and other good trail mix elements are hazelnuts, cashews, and brazil nuts. I have a friend who makes candied pecans by adding agave syrup (a sweeter than sugar natural sweetener) and cinnamon; that kind of counts as a trail mix too, I guess. Sorry if you’re allergic to nuts, but this is an easy, fast snack option that is perfect for on the go!

3. Granola with all the fixings

Any granola. Because it is processed, just be sure to buy some that doesn’t contain so much sugar. You can eat it as cereal, but my favourite way is with yogourt. Add a few crushed almonds or walnuts, or raisins if they don’t already come in the granola. And top with lots and lots of berries for the antioxidants! For an immune system boost, you can also add a drizzle of honey and cinnamon. Use Greek yogourt, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try using yogourt from goat’s or sheep’s milk as they are generally ‘cleaner’ than ones from cows, and cause less bloating. This is also a great breakfast that is sure to keep my energy up until lunch!

2. Baked Cinnamon Plantain

It’s basically dessert. Cut ripe plantain into slices and lay them out on a baking sheet (use coconut oil to stop them from sticking). Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake for about 10 minutes or until browned at the bottom edges, then flip the slices, add more cinnamon and bake for another 10 minutes. Perfectly delicious, one pan will be gone in minutes.

1. Almond butter

almond paste and butterYou know how people eat spoonfuls of peanut butter or Nutella? Well,that’s me with almond butter. I really do live off this stuff – it’s so tasty (and a healthy substitute for the other two)! Make almond butter and jam sandwiches, mix it into oatmeal, or just eat it plain – it’s rich, filling, and packed with protein. It is also easier to digest because the almonds have been ‘ground up’ for you, so it’s good for quick energy. I love this one so much, I gave it up for Lent (only one more week, so excited!).

Please leave any questions or comments you may have – this is my first food post and I hope you enjoyed and decide to try some of these if you haven’t already. Happy snacking and conquering those munchies!

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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