Hi 2013!

Happy 2013 everyone!

December / January were a bit busy, but pretty delightful. I think it's gonna be a great year :)

I baked away all December, working on macro versions of my family's traditional swiss cookies.

I made most with oat flour, and some with a mix of spelt & oat flour---using whole grain varieties. I played around using a bit of brown rice syrup in some, maple syrup & granulated maple syrup in others, and even a bit of coconut palm sugar that seems to be all the rage these days. Instead of butter I used a mix of tofu and olive oil, or a bit of high quality vegetable oil or coconut oil.


Christmas was lovely, but I am ready for warmer weather! Thank goodness I am in Victoria, BC right now, for a week! I'm here visiting & working with my dad. It's a great place, and I sure have missed the ocean air.

It has been soul-reviving to see green on the ground and on the trees. I even saw some daffodils beginning to poke their head up in gardens. Victoria reminds me a lot of the winters I experienced while living in Japan.

Victoria is lovely, and this time around I have been able to check out some great veggie/vegan/gluten free places to eat. I was really excited to try out Green Cuisine, as the natural foods shop I frequent back home carries their amasake, mochi, tofu and tempeh. The cafe/restaurant is set up buffet style, and includes things like brown rice, steamed and fresh veggies, soups, a few kinds of bread, homemade sauerkraut and pickles, and lots of delicious treats. All options are vegan, and as far as I could tell most things were baked with brown rice, oat and/or spelt flour. Basically, LUCKY ME.

There are many more things to see, including a yoga studio I hope to check out if not this trip, then the next one when I return in May for another week. I've been doing lots of walking to see the ocean, as that is something I can't do back home. My sister & her boyfriend are joining us out here tomorrow---it'll be lots of fun.

Right now i'm about ready to devour a Green Cuisine brown rice flour & fresh blackberry muffin for breakfast, and it's shaping up to be a great day.

I forgot my camera on this trip, but when i'm home, expect some more posts of new-to-me macro recipes i've been playing with. 

Lots of love from the land of waves & greenery,