Bacon & Bakin’

And…I’m back! I told you I’d be back with a Tuesday recap. So much to share, so little time. Let’s get cracking.

I started off my 3 day stint off from work by…you guessed it – sleeping in! That’s not entirely true. I did wake up around 8, wandered around the house, and decided to go back to bed for a couple hours. By the time I did get up though, boy was I hungry. Good thing I had half of a double chocolate muffin waiting for me.


I often see people in the blogworld eating their chocolate Vitatop muffins with yogurt, so I went the same route with mine.


I crumbled up the half of a muffin, then added some plain, non-fat yogurt, fresh BC raspberries, and a peanut butter drizzle.


With a glass of uber-sweet mango juice.


What a fantastic way to get some chocolate into your day. Not that I seem to have troubles doing so 😉


Full of good eats, I was off to accomplish a long, but fun, to do list. It started with a trip up to the SFU library for a book I’d requested.



This 1000+ page tome isn’t exactly bed time reading material, but I needed it to to help me date the antique cookbook I received over the weekend. Apparently printing dates weren’t standard back in the day.

After driving up the mountain, I headed across town to score some Liberté Greek Yogurt that was on sale at Choices Market, and ended up with a few extra things in my basket.

Like gums – guar and xanthan.


What I like to call Kombucha shots (love the little cans!)


And Popchips. I rarely see these in stores, let alone the Sour Cream & Onion or Cheddar flavours.


Next stop on my journey was Karmavore in New Westminster. I was in search of the elusive Turtle Island Tempeh Bacon, and had received a tip (from Dreena Burton no less) that I may find it there. I checked out their website, and could have ordered some, but I hate paying for shipping, and I was going to be in the area anyways, so I dropped in. And struck gold! Er…bacon!


I chatted with the girl working there a little bit. She tells me they sell out of the stuff every week. I told her it’s probably because it’s so damn hard to find in the Lower Mainland. At least I know it’s only a 15 – 20 min drive away now 😀

By the time I was back at home, I was in need of lunch.


It started with a simple toasted cucumber sandwich on Silver Hills sprouted grain bread.


Sour Cream & Onion Popchips on the side.


And a chocolate cherry smoothie.


Just a simple blend of frozen cherries, Vega Choc-a-Lot Shake & Go Smoothie, and Almond Dream almond milk.


Which I don’t really recommend. I wasn’t a fan of the taste on it’s own. In the smoothie it was okay, but I wouldn’t want it on my cereal. Too bad too, because it’s one of the few fortified with Vitamin D.

Fuelled up, it was time to start out on my baking project. Mom had made a recent trip to Costco, and picked up a giant bag of dried apricots. This meant we finally had all the necessary ingredients to make Mama Pea’s KIND bars. I was overjoyed. Or at least a little bit excited.

I even documented it Mama Pea style.




(oatmeal raisin cookie break)



So getting these babies out of the pan proved to be…interesting. The directions said to let them cool slightly, then remove them. I tried that, and they were a crumbly mess. So I left them until after dinner and Zumba, and then took them out. It was way easier. No chiselling involved either 😉



They are still really crumbly, but smell great. My mom and sister both had one, and seemed to enjoy them, even though my sister doesn’t like coconut. I nibbled on some of the broken crumble pieces, and they were lovely. I feared they might be too salty, but they weren’t. Thanks for the recipe Mama Pea!

So back tracking to dinner…it was one of those “pull all the random containers of things out of the fridge and see what you can make” nights. I think there were deli sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs available. I put the last lonely hot dog out of it’s misery, with some salsa, sour cream, and cheddar.


With some fruit & veg on the side.


Zumba followed, as per usual on Tuesdays. They finally fixed the air conditioning in the gym, which was awesome. A somewhat less sweaty time was had by all.

Back at home, I set out on backing up all the files on my desktop computer (something I should have done…years ago), and had some kettle corn with a side of cat.


This was a sample I picked up at The Wellness Show way back in…April? May? I can’t remember. I apparently also forgot about the bag full of samples I still have kicking around from the show. Still tasted good!

The rest of the evening was spent waiting…and waiting…and waiting for my computer to finish its back up. Turns out when you want to copy 140 GB worth of music and photos, it takes a long time. Who knew? I thought I might get my laptop backed up, but that was put on hold. Perhaps that’s something I should be working on right now? I think I might just do that. Later gators!

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Categories: Baking, Breakfast, Dinner, Grocery, Lunch, Sienna, Snack


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8 Comments on “Bacon & Bakin’”

  1. July 14, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    That tempeh bacon is so delicious…..I should use my connections and try and get that at Choices. Mind you…my husband also works a few blocks from Karmavore so perhaps I should just send him on a mission! Hmm…he has already left work now. Too late!

  2. July 14, 2010 at 6:10 pm #

    I just picked up some xanthan gum too–any ideas on how to use it?
    Tempeh bacon will change your life. SO delicious!

  3. July 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    I’m going to need to make a sugar-free version of that chocolate muffin simply so that I can copy your breakfast. That looks DIVINE!

  4. July 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    Awesome finds! How many mls are those cans? I’ve only seen the big ones. I need to make it over to Karmavore to pick up tempeh bacon! Also tempted to try daiya cheese but it’s only sold in bulk I believe.

  5. July 14, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    you must have the best equipped fridge and cupboards and pantry and everything! to just whip up that hot dog and whip up that sandwich- WOW!! i remember having a double chocolate muffin once, it was at the same vegan place i get most of my muffins, and it was the best one i ever had. i asked them if they were going to make it again but they said that most people didnt like them because they were too rich!! geez.. thats an oxymoron if ive ever heard one.

    haha, have a great night! ❤

    ps. i LOVE your crumbly coconut and almond cookies- seriously, the crumblier, the better cuz its more fun to lick up the little pieces that fall apart on ur plate 😛

  6. July 15, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    I really liked the Kind bar recipe, too, but like you had trouble getting them out of the pan in one piece. Worth it, though! That tempeh bacon sounds good, too. I’ll have to check around here to see if we carry it, too.


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