Sunday, 15 March 2015


4 eggs
1 banana
1 Teaspoon baking soda
¼ Teaspoon salt
3 Tablespoons of maple syrup
¼ cup  pure GF cocoa
540 mls can chick peas (or black beans but use less cocoa then if you do). Rinse well.
¼ cup vegan/GF chocolate chips (optional but why would you?)

I use my Cuisinart food processor and add the eggs, banana, baking soda, maple syrup and salt, then process until smooth.
Add cocoa and process until well blended.
Add the beans next and process until smooth again
Stir in chocolate chips.
Lightly grease a micro-wave bundt pan with olive oil. Pour batter in and stir around pan with a spatula to evenly distribute the chocolate chips.
Microwave on high for 7-10 minutes depending on your mic wattage. Mine is 1200W. I mic mine for 7 minutes. Cake should be springy to the touch and will rise up almost double the size of the batter.
Cool in pan on wire rack for about 5 minutes, then turn onto cake plate. This cake is REALLY good still warm!!! I know as I HAD to test it and is the BEST flourless/GF cake I’ve EVER had!!! I’m going to serve it with warmed up maple syrup drizzled over it . ENJOY!!!

Notice the texture is just like flour cake! :-)

Tuesday, 3 March 2015


1 can chick peas ( 540ml.)
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 large egg
1Tablespoon rice flour
1 ½ cups shredded carrot
1 slice GF bread
Dain and rinse chick peas well. In processor, add chick peas, quinoa and bread and process for a few seconds.  Add egg and process for a few seconds more, add flour & carrot and process until slightly smooth but with some texture still in mix. As much or as little as you like actually. You can add your fav spices here as well. I then hand or use a mixer to mix well and then make the patties. I use a potato scoop and then press down on the scoop with my fingers. Might want to put some rice flour on your fingers as the mixture is very sticky and wet but freezes really well!
Form into patties and put onto cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Put in freezer until frozen and then transfer to seal tight bags or container.
I cook mine in some coconut oil on med/low heat. Heat through well on first side, then flip over to just brown other side. Make sure ALL your ingredients are GF!!!! Enjoy!!!

Sunday, 1 February 2015


Loved our 7 day Western Caribbean cruise on the Carnival Sunshine. We sailed Jan. 17, 2015. Our ports were Cozumel, Belize, Isla Roatan  &  Costa Maya. Our Cruise Director, Jaime was incredible! She is top notch at what she does! Our wait-staff, Saint, Alit and I Made were awesome too!
Here’s a quick run-down of our cabin # 6352.
Our room stewards Mahamed and Yoanna, were amazing. ALWAYS treat the crew with respect and use your own manners and you’ll find that your service will always be top notch. A lot of people that complain of poor service (not that there’s many of the millions of people that cruise every year) are rude to the wait and cabin staff.  Saying please and thank-you goes a long way whoever you are talking to.
PROS: larger balcony as it’s on the stern (aft) with two chairs, a table and a lounge. If you want to trade the two chairs for another lounge, the room steward may be able to do that for you. Great views off the stern.
Lots of great lighting in and out of the cabin and in the hallways. Love the new bright d├ęcor in the hallways and cabins. There are two -way lights over the bed and sofa, lighting around the vanity mirror and the main part of the cabin and bathroom. Room darkening curtains for nighttime or afternoon naps :-)
There is a flat screen TV, larger shower, great views off the stern and it is quiet as there are no cabins across the hallway, so not as much traffic. Handy to stern elevators, huge window and glass door to balcony and handy to the Sunrise Dining Room which is on the stern as well.
BEST Serenity Deck on any of the ships we’ve been on so far!!!! Three levels, one spa and adults only pool. However, the pool was cold!!!
CONS: no fridge, clothes hang up front to back rather than side to side ( I had a hard time hanging things up as I’m short. I would hang something up only to have something else fall off because of this configuration)/two less shelves in bathroom for storage (may be like that in all cabins)/balcony gets wet when it rains due to configuration of balcony (part of it is not covered but room steward squeegeed it off for us when we asked him J)/balcony not as private due to configuration of balcony(the stern is slanted so you can see your neighbours when you are near the railing.) No make-up extension mirror in bathroom. No goodie basket in bathroom.
Hope this is helpful and remember, when you get home no one is going to make your bed, clean your bathroom daily, make your meals and put your napkin on your lap for you!!!! :-)

Thursday, 13 November 2014


Thursday, 26 September 2013



I used a soup cup to make this cake as it’s wider and I figured the cake would bake more evenly. I was right btw!

Gently melt butter in the mug in the microwave. You can use a vegan sub for this if you want.   Add peanut butter and stir until blended. Add applesauce and blend well.
Add sugar. Blend well.
Add flour, cocoa, salt, BP and stir well. Then add Choc chips and stir in.
Microwaves vary so check your cake after one minute. Mine is about 1000 watts. I did one minute, dug a hole in the middle to check it and allow the cooking to be more even.  Then another 30 seconds, checked and then another 15 seconds. Perfect! This was by far THE best cake in a mug I’ve ever made! SO yummy!

 Some of my fav ingredients above :-)
 Part way done with the hole I dug in the middle :-)
 Tout fine! Enjoy!

Sunday, 25 August 2013


Like water views? LOTS of water views!? Then you need to visit Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada!  Nestled in the Bay of Fundy, Grand Manan is a bird-watcher’s/hiker’s/photographer’s/cyclist’s/kayaker’s/ boater’s/bum-around-and-do-nothing person’s dream vaca!
 If all you do is stand and stare at the break-taking vistas of ocean, beaches, lighthouses, fishing boats, pleasure boats, and drink in that fresh, salty air, then “Mission Accomplished” as far as your visit is concerned!
Getting there is easy-peasy.  Just Google Map or set your GPS and you’re set to go!  Once you get to the ferry terminal in Black’s Harbour, New Brunswick, it’s a beautiful, breath-taking 1 ½ hour trip across The Bay of Fundy. Please call or book on-line for reservations at least the day before but personally, I’d book the day I knew I was going asap.  There are two ferries: The Grand Manan V and The Grand Manan Adventure. Here’s the site for more info on the boats & schedules:
It is advisable to take your own vehicle but walk-ons are great if you’re hiking/backpacking or cycling. There are no rental cars or public transportation and I don’t believe anyone has a taxi service anymore. You’ll just need to hitch a ride if you’re hoofing it to your accommodations but it shouldn’t be a problem!  Here’s a handy page for where to stay:
Google Map the island and have a look at all the villages and get an idea of the size of the island. Once you’re on the ferry, you will be given a handy tourism guide that will feature some of the places of interest. The map on the front of the hand-out features all the places of interest and inside is the key to the numbers on the map.  I highly recommend the Grand Manan Museum as this will give you a great starting point in getting to know the island’s history.
LOTS of fun things to do and see on Grand Manan! You won’t be bored or disappointed when you book a couple of the activities listed on the back of the tourism hand-out.  Everything from whale watching, island boat tours, Grand Manan Art Gallery, golfing, GM Farmer’s Market (Sat. from 10:00-12:30/see my blog on the market), unique shopping, GM Museum and the Sardine Museum & Herring Hall of Fame (actually is really interesting and cool!) and a host of lighthouse vistas, beaches to experience and one of my fav things,….kayaking (I’ve gone twice and saw things from the water, up close that were amazing!) and my other  fav things to do is beachcombing!
Oh, and you have to try some dulse! Roland’s Sea Vegetables on Hill Rd and other venues on the island is where to buy. Now, if you’d like to “try before you buy” the Sea Shell Restaurant has some dulse that you can sample. Personally I eat one piece a year and that’s my quota! They also carry a few bags to sell as well. They’re just up from the ferry as you drive off, on the right. Great fish and chips btw! 
As far as “where to eat” is concerned, that’s really a personal preference and we’ve not eaten at all the restaurants. There’s everything from fine dining to take-out.  Here’s the personal, recommended list where we’ve eaten:
The Sea Shell  Restaurant (as I’ve mentioned above). Not fine dining mind you but you’ll get the “recommended by the locals “ for their food (two people suggested it to us!).  They have a great menu selection for a diner,  great service and the fish and chips are really good! The fish was flakey and the batter was not greasy. Great fries too! They have a patio out back and if you’re lucky you’ll see the kitten tree! ( two mumma cats and their offspring were entertaining us and the kittens would run up a tree….thus the “kitten tree”!)
Galloways Family Restaurant in North Head (right beside The Surfside Motel) has great food, great service and a view to die for looking out on the water! Lovely patio out back for the al fresco crew. They have a great variety on their menu with many choices even for fussy eaters!
Greco Pizza (in the Save Easy/gas bar/drive through coffee) makes terrific, yummy pizzas and also has donairs, oven subs and a great variety of other menu items. We ordered a medium, 3 ingredient with medium garlic fingers for supper one night and had enough left over for lunch the next day.
Also, the Save Easy grocery store has many take-out foods that are a great option for people on a budget or feeding the tribe.
Shopping is very unique on the island. You won’t find the typical “cookie cutter” stores with the same clothing, jewelry and sundry items. Each store is different and unique in its own character. I went to The Cheeky Magpie (154 Route 776) in North Head and found beautiful clothing, jewelry , yarn and many other items I wanted to buy but I went on the last day of my vaca and my budget was pretty well shot by then….sad face here….The Magpie is many stores within a store so lots of variety and great prices too! Next year I’ll make sure I have Christmas present $$ to spend at The Magpie!
If great artwork is your thing then you’ll not be sorry you bought a prized work of art on Grand Manan.  Grand Manan is blessed with truly talented artists from painters, carvers, potters, jewelry makers and many other artisans. The GM Farmer’s Market features many local artists and you can view many pieces in a short time. Just keep an eye out for signs along the way as you drive the island for artist’s homes & galleries outside of the farmer’s market day. I guarantee you’ll not be disappointed in your choices of great art/craft work! Again I say, very unique and nothing that’s “run of the mill” when you choose any art work from Grand Manan.
So in a nut-shell, leisurely explore the island from head to toe, watch a couple of sunsets (Dark Harbour or Long Eddy Point Light), go on a whale watching tour (the whales will give you a show to remember!), bird watch ,kayak and do a whole lot of looking out to sea! Oh, and it’s good for your health too to go to Grand Manan as you’ll start to feel stress-free the minute you walk on the boat!
 My hubby's fav place to sit, read and drink his morning coffee!
 View from our room at The Surfside Motel

 Long Eddy Point Light and below Swallowtail Light