Hi Blog, are you there? It’s me, BA.

Oh here I am again.

It’s not that I didn’t want to blog – but do you really want to see the boring meals that I’ve been eating? Or the really unadventurous things I’ve been cooking up. Well, there have been a few gems, but I’m so out of the habit that my camera has been neglected and rarely gets used to document my cooking.

Two great things I made (no photos – just the recipes):

Roasted Carrot & Avocado Salad (via NYT c/o ABC Kitchen)

Salmon Tartare (via Bon Appetit/Epicurious.com)

The salmon dish is really, really simple. It’s a great dish to bring to a dinner party (as I did). Please don’t be scared of serving uncooked fish, just make sure it’s fresh and comes from a reputable fishmonger. I am lucky to have a great one across the street from me that serves only wild fish. I usually up the ante a bit with the recipe and add a generous splash of sriracha for an added kick.

The roasted carrot dish turned out really well – it took a bit longer than expected to cook, so please budget your time well with some extra in case!

One of the reasons I have blogged about my food is because it’s…really quite boring these days. Far more functional than I’d like, and I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t appreciate pictures of the wraps I make at work (tip: pack your fillings & tortilla separately, assemble at work). As I work a pretty sedentary job, I’m trying to eat healthy and bring nutritious snacks.

GranolaBar

In looking for healthy alternatives, I found some great ideas to make my own granola bars. Boxed, store-bought bars are tasty – but they are chock full of processed sugars. This great recipe from The Kitchn uses brown rice syrup as a binder and it works beautifully! I think you can even make this recipe gluten-free if you are careful with the type of oats and rice cereal.

Essentially you prepare 2.5 cups of oats/cereal mix and another 1.5 of mixins. For this batch I used dried cranberries, dried apricots, slivered almonds, dried figs and cashews (leftovers from making homemade granola). Then mix in 1/2 cup of warmed brown rice syrup (with some vanilla and salt added), mix well, press-in-a-pan, bake and you’re done!

The recipe here: How to Make Homemade Granola Bars (from The Kitchn)

To be honest, this recipe was easy – but the results I had were really boring. They were TOO healthy! My next batch, I kicked it up with toasted coconut, toasted hazelnuts, cranberries, yogurt chips and a generous scoop of peanut butter. I gotta say – the toasted hazelnuts gave it a really luxe flavour – they are amazing. So be creative! Add in the ingredients that you love.

Happy (healthy) baking!

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Author:bainvancouver

Communications specialist by day, baker/cook/triathlete/dog-owner by night. I blog about my adventures inside and outside my kitchen. Come take a look - no big whoop!

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One Comment on “Hi Blog, are you there? It’s me, BA.”

  1. Michelle
    October 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Thanks for posting the recipes! Both the carrots and the salmon were delicious. I have some carrots in my fridge right now, will try it out 🙂

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