Saturday, July 31, 2021

Meeting Meg


You know how young children can announce after playing with a random kid fot five minutes at the playground that they have a "new friend"?

Today my husband and I had a discussion about having a walk somewhere.  We settled on going to the pier/marina in Comox.  While today was sunny and still relatively hot  it was also hazy with the miasma from the wildfires in the Okanagan and elsewhere.  The smoke and mackerel clouds took.the edge off the sun's persistent burning pounding of the past several days.  

So, after wedging our car into the last of the parking spaces near the kiddie playground, we headed over to the pier.  

As we walked alongside the chain link fence bordering the road that eventually forms a 4-way stop, we see a lone dog walking at a brisk pace towards us.  She had a sweet Border Collie face, but registered no interest in our concerned inquiries as to where her person  was etc.  Indeed, she trotted purposefully through the small opening between us and continued on her way at the same steady pace.  

We watched her until she turned a corner.  We suggested possibilities: perhaps she was meeting her person at the dog park? Maybe she lived around here and was headed home?  

We continued on to the end of the fence and were just on our way to the entry to the pier when a woman with another black and white dog stepped out in front of us and the marina office and did a shrill dog whistle, the sort I had never been able to accomplish even with much practice and up-close tutelage as a kid.

"Are you looking for your dog?" my husband asked.  

Smiling and friendly, she replied, that yes, she was.  Ed told her about the dog we had seen moments before and how she had bowled through the space between us, seemingly on a mission.

"That would be Meg... headed over to the playground. She slipped out when I turned my back.  She goes looking for a kid to throw a ball for her."  Eye roll.

We said goodbye and went off in opposite directions.

On our way back from the pier we again ran into our smiling new friend and her two dogs.  We told her our names and learned that she was  Becca, formerly an art history teacher.  

Becca introduced Meg to us.  When Becca said  "Meg, these people want to meet you, look up," she did, indeed, look up, perked her ears and wagged her tail.

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Meg was wet, had had a swim.  Becca had found an old child's Croc and thrown it for Meg to retrieve.  Meg loves to go to the playground where there is bound to at least one child who loves throwing a ball for her as much as she loves chasing it and bringing it back, over and over and over.  She is attracted to kids' energy in the way moths are attracted to patio lights.

She told us that she had sailed her 50-foot boat as far as Alert at the North tip of the Island and was on her way back to Bowen Island where she lives.

She had just seen an eagle up close, sitting on the fence rail, and was digesting that experience.

She also bubbled over with some other stories of synchronicity-- but her story to tell, not ours.

Ed and I were charmed by the lovely lady and her dogs and I found this article about her when I got home.

Thursday, July 22, 2021

2-Ingredient Apple Butter


I am very grateful to have a bounty of berries and other fruit to store away for winter meals.

I must admit that these apples (above) are not a big thrill. They mature early-- in the July heatwave-- and are a fave with the tent-butterflies, wasps, bunnies, deer and crows. I also hear they attract bears. The fruit goes punky on the tree and falls off.

 BUT if I take them in and process them (as in juice for breakfast, apple chunks in freezer bags and canned apple butter) we surely enjoy the results and soon overlook the minor hardships. 

 This recipe for apple butter is tasty and healthy-- I didn't add any sweetener just 3 teaspoons of cinnamon and a 1/2 teaspoon of ginger powder. Use it in oatmeal, vegan yogurt, on muffins, toast and bagels. Yummy and smooth as silk.

 Ingredients

 Apples (however many you need to fill your crockpot or Instant Pot.  I filled a pint-sized mason jar (2 cups) and had enough for a small fridge storage bowl and some sample butter for the yogurt (above pic) for my hubby and myself.

 Cinnamon and Ginger (and/or nutmeg) 

 Method

 Wash, core and chop into pieces that are pretty close to the same side. I left the skin on. If your apples are not organic, you will likely want to peel them. (about 10-18 apples to fill your particular size of crockpot.)

 Put apple chunks in a crockpot on high for 4 hours. 

 Carefully blend with an immersion blender or in your regular blender carafe in batches. This will be super scalding hot so take care with the blender. A couple of small batches is a good idea. 

 ADD in the spices during this step. I use about thee teaspoons of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of ginger. You may want to add more. Taste and see. 

 Wash out your crockpot liner (yeah, I know) and put the pureed apples in. 

 Turn pot to high again for another hour. At the end of the hour you may want to put it into a wide-mouth mason jar and let it cool completely before putting in your fridge or freezer. You may also want to can your apple butter. Either way, you will enjoy this spicy healthy treat!



My favourite childhood cookie, 
baked by my maternal gran 
or 
purchased in the bakery at Safeway-- 
now you can bake the vegan version-- 
just as yummy and kinder 
with way less sugar 
than the hermits at Safeway.
*Click on the cookies above 
to go to the recipe*

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Blue Heaven Pie

 

Blue Heaven Frozen Pie

We are soooo blessed in having a bounty of organic blueberries growing on a U-Pick farm just a short drive from us. Last night we dropped in and picked 12 pounds of the yummies. Before they go into the freezer I thought it would be nice to make us a pie. The following is an adaptation of a recipe by Rhonda J. Malkmus who originates most of the recipes on the "Hallelujah Acres" site. This is a nutritious treat (if you don't have allergies to nuts, that is)with just a little sweetener (raw honey and dates) and a smidge of salt, no dairy, eggs or gluten. Refreshing and delicious!

Ingredients:

The Raw Crust:

1 cup Sunflower Seeds
1 cup Walnuts
1 cup Dates
¼ tsp. vanilla teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt

Blueberry-Banana Pie Filling

5 cups Blueberries
2 Bananas
¼ cup Virgin Coconut Oil (solid not liquid)
¼ cup Raw Honey

Directions

Pie Crust Recipe Directions

In food processor using “S” blade, process sunflower seeds, walnuts, vanilla and salt until pea size. Add dates and continue processing until well combined. Press evenly into 9” pie plate.

Blueberry Pie Filling Directions

Put 4 cups of blueberries, 2 bananas, coconut oil and honey in food processor. Using “S” blade process until smooth and creamy. With a spoon, fold in remaining blueberries and pour into pie shell. Chill at least 3 hours.
To your living health!

Here are some more frozen summertime treats (sorry, vegan but not all raw vegan):
Mango-BlackBerry Vegan Ice Cream
Ingredients: nondairy milk, frozen mango chunks, starch, vanilla, maple syrup, ripe avocado, blackberry jam

Blueberry Nicecream on Raspberry Chia Pudding
Ingredients:
Nicecream: frozen blueberries, frozen bananas
Pudding: chia gel, raspberry jam, nondairy milk, maple syrup

Spunky Monkey Ice Cream
Ingredients: chia seeds, frozen banana, cocoa or cacao, maple syrup, vanilla, peanut or nut butter

Maple Walnut Cashew Banana Ice Cream Sundae
Ingredients:coconut milk, ripe frozen bananas, raw cashews, walnuts, maple syrup, vanilla, chocolate chips

Vegan Ice Cream and other frozen treats you can make yourself

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