Monthly Archives: January 2013

#BSMRCCE To-Do List

You ever have so much to do, eventually you need or want to just write it down?  Well here are a few items on my list, off the top of my head, for anticipated items to do over the next week or two.

Bake

  • Irish Car Bomb Cheesecake
    • Create shopping list, style of cake and distribution
  • Cupcakes
  • Geek Food
  • Monday Class Treats

Read

  • Latest in social media
  • Read text book up to chapter 4
  • Fellow classmate blogs
  • Book for book report

Homework

  • Write daily blog posts
  • Write on particular post on sushi and social media
  • Write blog posts on aforementioned baked goods
  • Write book report, due March 18
  • Comment on classmate blogs
  • Tweet

Geek Out

  • Prepare for Toronto ComiCon
    • Geek Recipes
    • Geek Food
    • Geek News
    • Geek Items
    • Geek Chic

Have I forgotten something?  Do you share most of these tasks?

Stay Tuned,
Nahren

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Vine – Bringing food ‘photograpy’ so close, you can almost taste it

I know, I know…You’re probably wondering where yesterday’s post was?  Ok, you win… I’ll get back on track sooner or later.

On Monday, we learned about a new app called Vine (only available on iTunes).  I had heard about this last weekend, but I didn’t pay much attention as it was meant for Videos.  That was, until it was brought up in class – they are only SIX SECOND videos?  After looking at the app, I thought to myself, ‘uh oh… this is like Instagram, but with video”!  Naturally as an ‘insta-addict’ (Instagram addict), I think I’ll enjoy Vine.

Why am I calling this ‘photography’?

Food photography is infamous. We all do it (don’t deny it), and it’s a nice memory of a great meal, great for letting the public know where they can get this meal and even try to make it at home.

With Vine, I feel people may use it to tape table side dishes, such as Caeser salad, steak tartar, roast carving, fish serving, crêpes flambé, etc. As well as family prayer, blowing out the candles of a birthday cake, etc.

Normally we take photos of these events and now, 6-second video clips will give us a new and real feeling of these events.

S-u-c-e-e-s-s that’s the way you spell success!

Ah, good ol’ Bart Simpson

After succeeding at home, I’ve already posted four videos, about food and my cats (I love my cats)!

Check out my 3 out of 4 videos on Vine:  here, here and here.

You’ll definitely be seeing a lot more food content in the near future :).

Have you tried Vine out?

Cheers,
Nahren

Monday Class Treat – Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Monday’s Class Treat is…

Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Top Hat Triple Layer Bars

Recipes can be a lot easier then you would think…

I’ve made this recipe a few times, it’s simple, rich and has layers of flavour.  I tend to decorate the top, it makes for easier handling and gives it a bit of colour aside from a solid sheet of chocolatey goodness.

When you have a recipe like this, I feel you can adapt it anyway you like, you just have to use your imagination.

This recipe comes from Eagle Brand and the recipe for Top Hat Triple Layer Bars can be found here.

Cravings?

What would you like to see me bake?  Leave a comment and share what food interests you!

I hope you enjoy!

Cheers,
Nahren

What I want to Accomplish with my Blog – A True Story

This blog is based on a true story

This week, our teacher Jared, asked us to write a post on what we want to accomplish with our blogs.

Good question… What DO I want to accomplish?  At first, I thought, this is going to be a great class, enjoyable, lots of communication and keeping it light.  Although, it most certainly is all of the above, we really should put a bit of thought into our blog.

I dream of Food Network

The first part of the question was, ‘what would a dream accomplishment be’?

Well, I have to say, if any dream can come true, let’s dream a proper dream, shall we?  I would LOVE to be on Food Network (Canada, U.S. or UK, I don’t discriminate :)).

Secondly, writing a book wouldn’t be too bad!

Creativity

The second part of the question was ‘what would a realistic accomplishment be’?

I’d like to think I’m pretty simple. If you enjoy my writing, humour, pictures and recipes; that makes me very happy.  I am happy to reply to questions, share recipes and make people smile.  Simple.  This blog gives me an opportunity to explore my creativity and share my passion with everyone.

Mission Accomplished?

How do I know when I’ve reached my goal?  The realistic goals.  Well, I feel that if people are liking, commenting and sharing my posts, it’s a good amount of accomplishment.  You know people can see your blog, reading it and enjoying it.

I don’t plan on changing the world with this blog, but I am most humbled to have readers add my recipe choices to their recipe arsenal and daily reads.

Stay tuned next time for Monday’s class treat (and recipe).

Cheers,
Nahren

So… Tired…

Do you ever feel like this?

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My goal is to write you all on a daily basis… Sadly, this week I have let you down. My last post was Monday and I was full of pep, sadly, lately I have just been so, incredibly, tired…

I am just flabbergasted. Why am I so tired? Fasting and my lack of visits to the gym have taken a toll on me :(.

What goes up, must come down

When your body gets used to something, once you stop, your body almost wants to shut down. You’ve stopped putting all the sunshine, energy and healthiness in your body and you start getting lazy and going for comfort food.  Yes, it’s delicious and relaxing, but man, what a toll you pay… *sigh*.

Ok, energy, come back to me, come back so that I can work out, do more of my homework and feel like a million bucks – maybe tomorrow…

Note to self… Don’t tweet when tired!

I’m very good at embarrassing myself, but, I figure, you’re only human and you just gotta go with it.  Replying to a tweet that doesn’t pertain to your class, no problem #FaceWall –> When your palm isn’t enough to contain the fail…

Writing an entire blog post in text area whilst coding the visual area, why not…

Yes actually,  now that you mention it, I didn’t have any coffee today :).

Recipe

Well I hope this post puts a smile on your face and confusion in your eyes!  Today I leave you with a recipe for some comforting and yummy, Nutella hot chocolate.

Nutella Hot Chocolate (not for the faint of heart)

Nutella Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbls. Carnation Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 2 tbls. Horlicks Malt Drink Mix
  • 2 tbls. Nutella
  • 1/4 cup 5% cream
  • 3/4 cup hot water

Directions:

  1. Put Carnation and  Horlicks into a mug and combine
  2. Add hot water and dissolve powder mix
  3. Add Nutella and mix until melted.  Add cream and stir to finish.
  4. Add marshmallows and enjoy!

Stay warm and toasty,
Nahren

Fasting

Good morning friends,

Today, I’d like to discuss something a little different in regards to food and eating.  Today I begin fasting, this fast is for the Baotha d’Ninwaye, translated to English as the Nineveh fast.  In my culture, our fasting lets us eat as we normally would, but for the duration of the fast, we are vegans, thus no animal products.

I’d like to share with you a definition of our fast, please note, this post does contain religious content.

Fasting – Baotha d’Ninwaye

Nineveh

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*Description: When Assyrians (Chaldeans Syriac) fast for three days and three nights.  The Nineveh Feast (Assyrian: Baoutha d-Ninwaye) is a three-day celebration that is composed of prayers and fasting that Assyrians (Chaldean church and Syriac church).  The word Bo’utho/Ba’uta is an Syriac (Assyrian) word for “pleading”, and from this meaning we receive the title of this commemoration. This annual observance occurs exactly 3 weeks before the start of lent.

This tradition has been practiced by the Assyrian Christians since the 6th century. In the 6th century, a plague inflicted the Northern regions of modern day Iraq or what was called at the time, Nineveh. The plague was devastating the city and the villages surrounding it, and out of desperation the people ran to their bishop to find a solution.

The bishop sought help through the scriptures and came upon the story of Jonah in the Old Testament. Jonah In the Old Testament story, God sent the prophet Jonah to warn the assyrian city of Nineveh of great destruction unless they repent for their sins or as it is directly quoted: “the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amathi, saying: Arise and go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach in it: for the wickedness thereof is come up before me.” Jonah did not wish for Nineveh to be saved since they (the people of Nineveh) were the enemies of Israel and preferred Nineveh to be destroyed.”

Thus, by fasting, we are pleading to God, we are giving up something to ask forgiveness from God and to save the city of Nineveh and asking that the city never be plagued again.

Further reading: Jonah (and the Whale) on Wikipedia.

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Vegan Baking and Cooking

It’s always a refreshing to try out being a vegan or vegetarian.  I’ve tried both and it’s a nice change, but it can be difficult.  Once you are into it, you’ll find it easier to adapt meals, find recipes and products.

Here is a recipe that I have adapted to be not only vegan but for the most part, cholesterol free.

Gingerbread Load (“Starbucks” copycat)

Gingerbread

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar (or brown sugar for a deeper flavour)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour (or line with parchment paper) a 9-inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and salt, then set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix oil and sugar until well incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Mix baking soda into applesauce and stir into oil and sugar mixture.
  5. Add flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

I tend to make this recipe a lot during the autumn season and around the holidays.

Give this recipe a try.  I hope you enjoy making this as much as I do!

Cheers,
Nahren

Monday Class Treat – My Version of Cowboy Cookies

Hello, Hello!

It really does bother me when I don’t make a blog post daily, before midnight haha, oh well, the weekends are a time for rest (most of the time).

This post is going to talk about tomorrow’s class treat, which is:

COWBOY COOKIES

Cowboy Cookies

Why Cowboy Cookies?

I was having a conversation with my sister and I was trying to think of what to bake for tomorrow’s class.  Well, I then said, OH, I will concoct cookies that you throw a whole bunch of yummy items in, to which she said, “oh like cowboy cookies?”.  That’s right… cowboy cookies, how could I forget?

Well, this is more of a play on cowboy cookies, as I  have added more items then the original recipe ( provided by Simply Recipes).  The original recipe consists of four items that makes them cowboy cookies:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Rolled oats
  • Coconut
  • Pecans

Recipe

Here is my recipe for Cowboy Cookies.

Cowboy Cookies by Nahren Shamoka

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup Skor bits
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds
  • 3/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine chocolate chips, Skor bits, rolled oats, miniature marshmallows, chopped almonds and shredded coconut in a large bowl; set aside.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  4. Beat butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in large bowl until combined. Add eggs and vanilla; mix until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined.
  5. Stir in chocolate chip mixture.  Keep working at it, dough will come together nicely.
  6. Chill dough in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.
  7. Drop cookie dough by tablespoons onto parchment lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are crisp but centers are still soft.
  9. Let cookies rest for 5-10 minutes on baking sheet before removing.

I really hope you enjoy my version of cowboy cookies.  They are fun, tasty and enjoyable for any occasion!

See you tomorrow #BSMRCCE gang (let’s hope I don’t forget these cookies lol)!

Cheers,
Nahren

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