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Hello everyone! My name is Gordon, and I’m going through a new phase called “The Kitchen Transition”. Before, I was just a bachelor with a spatula, without any skill, knowledge or confidence in cooking. Then I began to learn some easy recipes like fried rice, chicken soup and vegetarian chili. When those recipes got boring, I moved on to more complex recipes. As my cooking skills got better and better, I realized that many recipes which intimidated me before are actually quite easy.  Now, I feel like I can make anything!  By writing this article for Danielle’s blog I want to share my enthusiasm with everyone.

First off, here’s a recipe for Sugar-Free Bran Muffins:

In one bowl mix

  • 1 ¼ cup bran
  • 1 cup of milk

stir until the bran is nice and moist. Then let it stand for about 5 minutes. While it’s standing, you can do the following:

In a second bowl mix

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt

(if you want sugar, you can add ½ cup)

In a third bowl mix

  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

Take the second bowl, and make a little well in the middle of the pile. Then pour in the egg and oil from the third bowl. On top of that, pour in the bran and milk from the first bowl.  Stir, but do not stir too much. Also, throw in a handful of raisons at this point.

Then grease a muffin pan. My way is to dip my fingers in some margarine, and run them along the mould of the pan. But you can do whatever you like.

Now, fill each mould in the pan until it’s ⅔ full. For the big muffins that you see in the picture, fill each mould all the way to the top. Sprinkle with some oat flakes, and place in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius (400 degrees Fahrenheit) for 20 minutes or less.

Gordon is not a professional and everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt. His passion for cooking began about a month ago so let’s hope this isn’t a phase and he continues to cook delicious food for his girlfriend.

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Okay, I didn’t really want to start off writing a blog with food posts but I guess this is a true testament to my personality because all those that know me know that I love food. I was even a founding member of a ‘chubclub’ which consisted of me and my best friend in highschool. I am not ashamed.

This picture was taken earlier today of a Black Bean Quinoa Salad that I made after coming home from work. It’s the perfect healthy dinner that can be eaten at any time of the day. The recipe makes a lot of salad so you’ll have left-overs! (great for busy student living).

As I mentioned earlier, I love food but I am a terrible cook (my roomates can attest to that after last night’s dinner of curried lentil soup that looked and tasted horrible). Therefore, the recipes I seek out need to be easy, quick and painless. I took this recipe from www.ohsheglows.com and I absolutely love it! It combines healthy grains, black beans for fibre, advocado for healthy fats and a bunch of other colourful and happy looking vegetables.

Black Bean Quinoa Salad

1 cup Red (or regular) organic quinoa

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 red pepper, chopped

1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped (optional)

2 green onions, chopped

1 cup canned corn

1 advocado, chopped into bite sized pieces

Dressing

4-5 tbsp fresh lime juice (2 small limes)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

1/4 cilantro, finely chopped (optional)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp cumin

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to package

While quinoa is cooking, chop vegetables and prepare dressing

Toss together and enjoy!

Also, look at this beautiful flower that I got at the market last week! I bought another one too and it’s in a wine bottle as well. They were only a dollar each (which is a small price to pay for the continuous happiness I feel every time I walk into my living room). But yea, I think I may make it a regular habit to buy these cute flowers.