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Mmmm #Doughnut? Oh what can it be, #BSMRCCE?

DISCLAIMER: This is a post for my class, Building Social Media Relationships at The Centre for Continuing Education at McMaster University.  This doughnut was free and this review was requested!

Note: Yes, that is my favourite clip!

You ever notice how our favourite shows make food taste even better.  Such as the beloved Homer Simpson of The Simpsons.

Homer Simpson – Wikipedia

doughnutSo, why am I writing about Homer Simpson?

When I think of doughnuts, I think of Homer Simpson!

Our teacher Jarod, just gave us a FREE doughnut.  We have to review said doughnut.  I happen to choose a blueberry fritter… which, if you didn’t know, its one of the yummiest doughnuts around ;)!

We also got a honey cruller Timbit, which are also lovely…

I, digress… Do you know why we got these doughnuts?

I do

Muahahahahah!!

Cheers,
Nahren

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Canada’s first ‘Geek Breakfast’ in our very own #HamOnt

On Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, Hamilton held Canada’s first Geek Breakfast at Williams Fresh Cafe on the Hamilton waterfront.

Photo by Adam Carter

McMaster University continuing education instructor Jared Lenover speaks with some of his students at Hamilton’s first Geek Breakfast. (Adam Carter/CBC) – http://www.cbc.ca/hamilton/news/story/2013/03/02/hamilton-geek-breakfast.html

What’s a Geek Breakfast?

Aside from AWESOME, a Geek Breakfast is a “Community-Driven Breakfast for Technology-Minded People Each month attendees congregate over bacon, eggs and plenty of coffee to discuss topics like social media, digital marketing, design, programming, and ways to better their communities” – http://geekbreakfast.org/.

Want to take part of the next Hamilton Geek Breakfast?  Don’t be shy and ‘Like’ their Facebook page to stay up-to-date with upcoming Geek Breakfast events in Hamilton.

What does one do at a Geek Breakfast?

Well, you see a lot of great people in your community, in this case, Hamilton, Ontario.  If you’re following all the top tweeters for the Hamilton area, you will likely see them there, almost celebrity like. You get the opportunity to introduce yourself as a person and not just @InsertHandleHere.

I was fortunate enough to meet some great people, some from Twitter, some from the Social Media Research and Techniques class as well as some new people.  Mind you, I’m a chatty gal, and I have to admit, I was shy at first, but there is nothing to be shy about!

Social Media?  I think so!

I don’t think there was a soul there without some kind of mobile device.  Laptops, tablets, smart phones, cell phones, you name it.  Everyone had a device of some sort to tweet out and share the great events of the day.  Connections were made and kept, it was a really great day for the use of social media.

Sign me up again!

Geek Breakfast

I would definitely go to this event again and suggest you also give it a shot.  The only thing I would suggest is putting up a sign, us first-timers missed out because we weren’t sure where to meet.  Although the next time, I will likely keep an eye out for the #HamOnt Twitter celebrities:)!  It’s a lovely feeling to be around kind people with the same interests and have great discussions.

Geek, signing off,
Nahren

#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

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

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

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