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Sunday Baking

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I love baking, everyone who knows me well knows that. Yesterday, I decided I was going to bake. Why you ask? Because I want to and I bought all the necessary ingredients the day before. I have a tendency of going all out when I do something. Why bake one thing when I can bake multiple things?

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Icey!

I started by making a cheesecake and this time, I had a springform pan! My cheesecake was perfect! Well amost because I didn’t have enough graham crackers to make the crumbs but I still did it so my crust is tiny. I used the recipe from the Philadelphia cream cheese box, which is slightly different than the one available online. I had shared a link when I had baked my first cheesecake in February. I decided to make a simple berry coulis to add over the cheesecake. The result was spectacular, I am incredibly proud of myself!

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Perfection!

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Slice of cheesecake with berry coulis

Then, I decided to make a banana bread because there were many bananas and they were going to go bad if not eaten soon enough.

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A classic

Lastly, I decided to make shortbread cookies. I had first made some in the end of April and they turned out great, except they weren’t perfectly cut. I had used the recipe from Field Guide to Cookies by Anita Chu. The second try was the recipe of the Club House rice flour. I needed xantham gum but I didn’t have any and I saw that chia seeds could be a substitute. That’s why there’s small dots in the cookies I made yesterday.

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Round shortbread cookies

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My first shortbread cookies

I had so many vegetables left over so I decided to cook them before they went bad. I mixed mushrooms, zucchinis, colourful peppers, carrots and tomatoes. I added some origan and cumin. It tasted nice over some rice and with some Portuguese chicken. It added colour to my plate and it’s nutritious!

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Sautéed vegetables

I had lots of fun baking and cooking yesterday. I really love my stand mixer, it’s the best investment I’ve made so far. I’m going to try more desserts this summer, I can’t wait!

Healthy Lifestyle

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So lately, I’ve been eating pretty healthy. Actually very healthy, it looks like I’m on a diet but I’m not. Maybe it’s my subconscious guiding me to eat healthy so I can get my body back in shape for the summer. Yes, I’m aware that I also need to some physical activity but I haven’t decided my plan of action yet. I think the best thing would be to start running outdoors. Yes, I’m very desperate because I hate running but I really want to have a flat stomach and wear that cropped shirt I bought last summer. Is this dedication or motivation? Everyone keeps telling me to cut my food portions, especially sugar if I want to have a flat stomach. But I live for sweets so it’s incredibly difficult. There is sugar in so many food products! I’m trying to consume those who don’t have an excessive amount but it’s hard.

I tried doing a 5-day gluten-free challenge last week starting May 11th. It didn’t go as well as planned for a few reasons. First, I didn’t have time to cook the meals in advance. Secondly, I started my new internship so I went to bed and woke up early. Thirdly, my internship had a party to welcome new employees on the 3rd day and they had lots of food containing gluten. As the glutton that I am, I couldn’t resist and after all, wouldn’t it be rude if I refused their hospitality? There was bagels, salmon, cream cheese, cheese, fruits, veggies and even wine! I think I’m going to enjoy my internship at this travel agency. The team is very nice and thoughtful. The bosses buy food for the employees: coffee, waffles, ice cream, frozen meals, bread, and much more. I have never seem something as wonderful as this at a job. The company seems too good to be true, maybe I’m dreaming and I’ll wake up soon…

There was another 30-day hot yoga challenge in the month of June at Enso Yoga. I was going to subscribe again but I knew I wouldn’t be able to go for 3 days, as I’ll be out of a town for a weekend. Plus, I probably won’t do hot yoga on my birthday! Also the last time I did the challenge, I was feeling half relaxed and half stressed because of time constraints and limitation of other activities. As I mentioned before, I was thinking of running outdoors because it costs nothing. However, I’m worried that my ankle isn’t ready to handle the pressure. My podiatrist said I could do some yoga, contemporary dancing and other sports, as long as I bandage my ankle for it to remain straight and stable. He also told me my ankle should be back to its former shape 6 months after the injury so by September. I was going to subscribe to the gym this week to start going 3 to 4 times a week, but I was told that it’d be cheaper if I registered as of June 1st. I’m thinking of seeing a trainer to have a fixed routine or training and possibly keep me motivated.

I’ve been eating salads for dinner. My mother always eats salads and she would make me sometimes but I didn’t like her lettuce so I decided to buy better ingredients. Lately, I’ve been adding fruits in my salad from raspberries to blueberries to blackberries to pears. I bought some feta cheese to add as well. Also when there’s almonds, I’ll throw them in the salad. If there’s some fine herbs, I’ll add them too and cover it in a balsamic vinaigrette. I just bought a berry flavoured one last weekend and it’s delicious.

For breakfast this past week, I’ve had plain Greek yogurt with raspberries and oats covered in maple syrup. I’ve been trying to cut bread out of my diet forever so this is a good alternative so far. I’ll talk about the nice recipes I learned during my gluten-free challenge in a future post.

If you follow me on Instagram (@nyeba), you’ll notice my healthier lifestyle and all the salads I’ve been eating. Here’s a photo of my prettiest salad creation!

Colourful salad

Colourful salad

Other blog articles

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I’ve been asked to blog for other blogs and here are a few of my posts!

 

 

Montreal Rampage

The Magic of Cognitive Cooking: Extraordinary Recipes and Wonderful Tastes

Cognitive Cooking event during La Poutine Week.

Queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race invade Montreal 

Pre-interview before RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Tour.

RuPaul’s Drage Race Review: Drag Queens conquer Olympia

Review of the Battle of the Seasons Tour.

 

Sweets & Squats

Three healthier cocktails at the Montreal cocktail week 

Pre-interview about Invasion Cocktail.

Vegetarian, gluten-free and health-conscious finds at the First Fridays food truck gathering

Healthy choices at the First Fridays.

Getting back in shape with Montreal’s outdoor bootcamp classes

Workout through bootcamp classes.

 

I’ll get back to updating mine next week and mention my 5-day gluten-free challenge, which was harder than I thought.

 

N.

April Rush

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In the end, I didn’t write anything in the month of April. At least, I had mentioned in my previous post that I wouldn’t be posting for a few weeks. I finished my internship this Friday and I’m relieved because I had so much work. I was also pressured to find another internship for the summer, which I thankfully found or it would have had some repercussions on my final grades. Of course, I’m still dealing with other personal things and I’ll never know when I’ll stop worrying about those things. For now, I’m trying to relax and breathe. Pretty ironic since I always tell people to do those 2 things while I barely do it myself.

My ankle healed after being on crutches and using a cane for 5 weeks. It was really annoying and I’ve decided to consult a podiatrist to fix my problem or at least try to. Somebody asked me if I could survive 2 years without wearing heels and I told them “no”. I don’t want to sacrifice anything because of my ankle and especially not my beautiful heels.

I’ve started writing for a new blog called Sweets & Squats! This awesome blog is from a graduated journalism student, a common friend introduced us. So far, I’ve written 2 articles, which I’ll share shortly. I urge you to check out her blog, especially if you’re into the healthy lifestyle.

Thanks everyone!

N.

March Madness!

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No, this post won’t be about basketball, only about the crazy month I’ve been through. I thought it was important to mention why I haven’t updated my blog as often as I had intended.

Firstly, the 30-day hot yoga challenge was taking over my life. I had to make plans through work and hot yoga. It was manageable but complicated sometimes. Did hot yoga make me feel like a better person? For the first days, I felt happy and relaxed but then I started feeling annoyed and exhausted. I took a break on the 11th day because I wanted to get some free henna at the Museum of Fine Arts. I took another break on the 23rd day and then I stopped.

Secondly, I sprained my ankle last Monday after a beautiful evening of bliss and joy. I was invited to the cocktail launch of the 15/16 season of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. I was very honoured to be invited because I love the ballet! Sam accompanied me to this luxurious event with lots of wine and yummy cocktail bites. I was ecstatic when I found out that some of the ballets would Kaguyahime, Coppélia and Don Quixote. Since there were no desserts at the cocktail launch, we decided to have some at Cacao 70. It was a first for Sam so we did a sharing experience with triple chocolate pizza, banana split waffle, milk chocolate fondue and much more. (It wouldn’t be a decent post without mentioning food!) We left stuffed and walked to the nearest metro. We were walking down the escalators when it happened. My left foot touched the ground and I felt it twist inside my boot. I knew I had sprained my ankle, I could feel the swell. Two nice and good-looking security agents asked if I was alright and if I needed an ambulance. I gently refused because I didn’t need to spend hours at the hospital when I knew exactly what was wrong. I mean it’s the 4th time that I sprained my left ankle after all and no, I’m not even joking.

Thirdly, I was feeling sick and unmotivated. I was given anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce the swelling. I didn’t see the doctors I usually see and was surprised to be prescribed medication. Of course, I had side effects and had horrible stomach burns. I thought nothing was worse than menstrual pain but clearly I was wrong. I spent the week home with crutches mostly sleeping in my bed or on the couch. This pain led to a drop of motivation and I couldn’t even stay long in front of my computer.

Why am I explaining all this you ask? Many people in my surrounding told me that it was a sign that I needed to relax and slow down. I told them that it was pretty ironic that the day I slowed down, I sprain my ankle. I’ve never been a lucky person so I’m not surprised. So I started questionning myself and found that yes, I was doing too much. I’m always doing too much. Why? I think I’m a workaholic and I can’t bear the fact of not doing anything. Is it the fact that I’m pumped on adrenaline while trying to pull my hair out at the same time? I know that I always complain that I’m super busy but when I’m not, I’m bored. I’ll never be satisfied in life it seems, well until I find a perfect middle.

I had recently questioned myself about my career in journalism. Am I really cut out to be a journalist? Can I survive as an arts & culture journalist? Maybe I should be more involved and write more stories in different publications. The only problem is that I don’t have the time and even if I try to make it happen, I’m still dealing with personal things, which are draining all my energy. Sometimes, I just want to take all my things and throw them away in a hole or burn them. I just want to tell everyone to leave me alone. Yes, I know it’s mean but that’s how I feel lately. So it’s possible I don’t post much in the next few weeks but I’ll definitely catch up. I’m sorry if this post sounds emotional and dark, but I had to explain why the blog wasn’t updated.

N.

Mac & Cheese Week

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Montreal now has a Mac&Cheese Week, a collaboration of Le Cheese, L’Gros Luxe and Nudabite. It started today, March 9th until the 16th. There are 9 restaurants participating in the first edition: Burger Royal, Diablos BBQ, Dinette Triple Crown, Dirty Dogs, Evoo, L’Gros Luxe, Le Cheese, Pierre & Pierre and SuWu. Prices will vary between $8 and $18.

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I want to try at least one and I’d like to try the Burger Royale mac’n’cheese with homemade bolognese sauce, bechamel sauce, macaroni, shredded cheese and bacon.

 

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Mac’n’cheese by Burger Royal ® Nudabite

 

For more details, visit the Nudabite website and see the offered poutines. Use the #MacWeekMtl hashtag on social media.

I am really happy to see many food festivals happening in Montreal. I’m just sad that they seem to happen when I’m poor so I have to limit myself.

Coconut Curry Shrimp

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Saturday after my hot yoga class, I decided I was going to cook. I had bought a pack of shrimps the previous week but hadn’t had the chance to cook a meal. I had a can of coconut milk left so I looked for recipes including those 2 main ingredients. Many recipes looked delicious but I didn’t have Thai red paste. I finally found a simple one, which required less ingredients. You can find it here on a website called The Pioneer Woman. It was very detailed and with nice images to help you through the steps of cooking.

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It was delicious served over basmati rice. I’m just sad that I had small-sized shrimps. Next time I’ll try another recipe but with medium to large sized shrimps or maybe I’ll try the same again, my mother loved it. I think the reason I love Thai food a lot is becaus of the coconut milk, the creaminess is wonderful. It was even better with some curry, definitely my favourite spice!

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