Still not cooking much…

Well, it’s been over 8 months since posting and I figured it might be time for an update.  Tons has happened in the last 8 months, I moved from Winnipeg, MB to Mission BC, I’ve changed Universities from the University of Winnipeg to the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.  I’ve been doing tons of knitting and basically zero cooking!  The bad thing about moving is that I had to leave my job in Winnipeg and look for a job here in the Abbotsford/Mission area.  Thankfully I was only unemployed for 5 weeks, I finally found a job at Best Buy in Abby as part of the Merchandising and Product Placement team.  Basically doing inventory, organizing, rearranging shelves, and putting up displays.  I’m really excited about it, hoping to find a job I love like I loved my job at Chapters.  Classes start in 3 weeks from Tuesday and I’m kind of excited about that too.  Another wonderful thing about moving to Mission is that I was able to move in with my boyfriend, Chris.  Things are going awesomely awesome and I haven’t been this happy in a very long time.

The only thing I’ve cooked is a roast in the slow cooker last week when Chris’ parents were in Calgary visiting his brother.

Slow Cooker Potroast

3lb beef roast

1 pkg french onion soup mix

3 cups water

3 carrots, peeled and thickly sliced

1 onion, peeled and cut into rings or wedges

3 large potatoes, cut up

 

1. Place onions on the bottom of the slow cooker.  Put roast on top of the onions, put potatoes and carrots around roast.

2. Put onion soup mix on top of the roast, pour water over.  Cook for 4-5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.  The gravy can be thickened with cornstarch or arrowroot powder after the roast is done on the stove.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update :o

So I’ve decided to post again a bit.  I’m starting to feel more like myself, but some days are still rough.  I still haven’t been cooking much for myself, it’s been all quick easy foods or a lot of takeout unfortunatly.  I want to make minestrone this week and found a recipe for curry beef stew which sounds interesting.  I also want to make biscuits to take to work isntead of buying them from Tim Hortons.  I have all this meat in my freezer that I was saving for when Adrian was up here, but since that’s not happening I don’t really have to store it up anymore.  I also haven’t really felt like eating much meat in the last few months.

I’ve been able to register for University courses, but I’m on a waitlist for 3 of them.  One of them is a compulsory course for my degree that I might not be able to take till next semester.  I’ve decided to take introductory french this year to brush up on my french, hopefully it’ll be an easy-ish credit.  Textbook prices are making me cry.  I’ve already bought one, but have more to get.

I still need to go see a doctor, but haven’t.  I dont have a family doctor in Winnipeg and hate going to clincs for serious stuff, but I dont have a choice really.  I don’t know when I’ll have time tho, so we’ll see.  I still have August 20th off so I might go then.

Hopfully I will have a more substantial post soon.

Time out

Chances are posts will be more infrequent then ever for awhile.  I’m having a lot of shit happening right now and haven’t been cooking much.  There might be a chicken finger recipe coming up soon as well as some more canning as vegetables come into season, but I don’t know when that will happen.  It’s just too much to deal with right now.  Thanks for reading.

-Raylene

Thinking ahead to Winter Part 1 – Freezing

This is the first year ever where I’ve had my own apartment and really want to start canning and preserving things for winter.  The easy stuff is making sure I have fruit prepared and in the freezer for winter green smoothies and baking. I’m going to be doing a 2 part series on preparing foods for winter.  This is the first post and will be all about freezing food for later use.  I mostly freeze my own berries, I usually buy pre-frozen veggies.

I found a place just north of the city that has u-pick raspberries that will be ready in a few weeks.  These people purchased the land last fall and found out that there’s 5 acres of raspberry bushes!  They’re also selling plants, but I don’t have anywhere to grow a raspberry bush so unfortunately can’t take advantage of that, but at least I can go pick my own raspberries.  Raspberries don’t travel well and go bad very quickly after they’re picked so it’s impossible to buy a large quantity from the grocery store, especially if you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for them.  My plan for the raspberries is one ice cream pail frozen and a batch of raspberry jam.  I looooove raspberry jam, but store-bought is never sour enough for me.

The other frozen goods I’m planning on are strawberries, blueberries and I still have rhubarb from last year.  I’m now thinking that I should maybe go pick my own corn and freeze a bunch of that…that’d be good too, I love sweet corn and add it to pretty much everything!

Frozen stuff is easy to prepare.  First you wash everything and make sure you got rid of any bugs/dirt if you picked them or got them directly from a farmer.  If you’re doing strawberries, you then remove the green tops and cut them into halves or quarters, depending on the size of the berries.  Once they’re cut, and for every other berry, the next step is to line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or saran wrap and spread out the berries in one layer.  If you have more then one layer worth, make sure you put another layer of parchment paper or saran wrap in between the layers.  The point of freezing them in one layer is so that they don’t freeze into one huge chunk of berry, making it easier later on to take out the amount you need while cooking.  Place sheet pan in the freezer and let freeze till solid.  Once they’re frozen, store in ziploc bags or 4L Ice cream pails.  My preference is Ice Cream Pails.

I usually try to have at least one ice cream pail of raspberries, and two ice cream pails each of blueberries and strawberries.  Strawberries and blueberries are integral ingredients in my green monsters.  If I can find nice peaches I would probably do some of those as well, but they require blanching which I’m not terribly familiar with but can probably get my mom to help.

Vegan Overnight Oats Take 2 And More…!

Apparently my first review of vegan overnight oats was wrong.  Since making them the first time I have made them about 4-5 times a week.  I don’t even add any maple syrup or honey before eating them, I’ve gotten into the habit of sprinkling chocolate chips or pecan (or both) on top and having at it!  I’ve gotten over the texture and really like the flavour that the flax seeds provide.  Between that and green monsters, I’m going through bananas like there’s no tomorrow.  Tonight the goal is to make something with my Bok Choy I purchased.  I can’t find the recipe that prompted me to buy the bok choy, leading me to believe that organizing my recipe collection did NOTHING.

On a completely different note, I’m getting a decent amount of cash next week and have some money to spend.  I’m struggling trying to figure out what to do with it.  I really need a new bra or two, could use some workout clothes, and need more work tops.  Honestly I could use another pair of work pants and Capri’s too.  The problem comes in that clothes for me aren’t cheap right now and if I do spend the money on what I need right now, what happens if it doesn’t fit me in a few months?  I hate wasting money.  Another thing I’ve been looking at is buying a used treadmill off kijiji or a mattress/box spring for my bed (although I don’t think I’ll have quite enough for a mattress after catching up the last of my bills and getting an oil change for my car). The other options for the extra are more fun and not necessarily needed things…things like a 1 Terabyte Hard Drive for my computer because I’m running out of space, or a Playstation 3, or a second TV.   Even tho I haven’t gotten a response from the University of Winnipeg yet, I should start saving up for books just in case.  I did set up an automatic savings withdrawal to my ING tax-free savings account of $50/week, which should be enough by the time I have to buy books.  Hopefully I can get a student loan for my tuition, otherwise it won’t matter if I can pay for my books!

Changing tastebuds?

I’m in complete shock that my tastes and preferences have changed already.  I’ve been having a green monster every morning for breakfast before leaving the house for not even a week, in addition to eating mostly vegetarian the rest of the day and I think my tastebuds are changing already. 

Yesterday I had a Cadbury Cream Egg for the first time this year (they’re on sale now and I’m cheap!).  I used to be able to down these things one after another…yesterday it was too sweet and made my mouth and teeth feel really icky.  For my lunch wraps this week the first two days I used some leftover chicken from Saturday’s Easter Dinner chicken and I just didn’t really like the texture much.  I left out the chicken today.  I’ve also been really enjoying fresh tomatoes in my sandwhiches/wraps and traditionally I’ve hated fresh tomatoes.  I can’t wait to see what else is going to change.