Good Stock Restaurant & Catering

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On the morning of Saturday June 10th, Good Stock  (located at 11409 40th Ave Edmonton AB T6J 0R4) opened its doors to the public for the first time. As I was being lazy for most of the day, checking in on face book posts from friends or those who are in the same group I’m in, and seeing all the delicious looking pics, I knew I had to do something. I missed what I wanted to get, which was the weekend brunch special my fault- I was in a mood, wanted to take the kids to Pride, but they were gone for the weekend, conflicted on what I wanted to do (I just wanted  to stay in pj’s all day long and not go anywhere- but-). I decided I’m going to check this place out. It’s not 100% vegan, but promised to be clearly labelled, I thought, why not. Let’s check it out. FYI, anything with honey in it IS clearly labelled.

I got there, kinda nervous as I’m there alone. I was sure I would be the only one to come alone. NO I was not. I entered the clean modern feeling place and noticed a man sitting by himself, there was a family that entered before me, they were all smiles and laughing and having fun. Behind me was an older couple, quiet and more serious. The (lone) man was looking around taking it all in. A fellow people watcher I see.

I came in knowing what I wanted to eat. After looking at the menu in real life… I couldn’t choose. The family ahead of me ordered the donair, cheese burger and potato salad, not sure what the child ordered as something caught my attention, or maybe I stopped people watching. It was my turn… I still didn’t  know what I wanted…..

Cashier “Welcome, how are you today?”

Me “umm, I’m good… how are you?” he totally threw me off in a good way.

Chashier “I’m good, thank you. I just wanted to let you know unless otherwise stated this is a vegan restaurant”

Me 🙂 “I know, thanks” I’m liking this place already.

Cashier “What would you like to order?”

Me “One of everything” the look on his face “Seriously, I can’t do that today, so…. tell me what’s in your cheese burger?”

Cashier “well I’m not exactly sure, I’ll find out for you”

Comes back with the Chef. Michelle, even though really busy explained what was in it. I assumed because of what was in it, it would be kinda loose. She said no not loose, it holds together well. Even when I went with another choice and thanked her, her attitude didn’t change, she maintain her friendly smile, and even though I can’t remember what she said to me, I felt like everything was ok. (She is more professional than I am sometimes). The main reason why I didn’t get the burger was because potato salad. Don’t get me wrong, I love potatoes but room temp is the coldest I go and I don’t like mayo on my potatoes.

I order the smoked TLT, which has tofu, lettuce, tomato and in-house mayo made from cashews. The sandwich had a nice smoky flavor to it, nicely cooked (I’m picky when it comes to tofu, I hardly ever order it) paired with fresh tomatoes and crunchy lettuce and a hint of vegan butter and cashew mayo…. I was in taste bud heaven. I had my choice of soup, so I decided to go with a chickpea barley. It was hardy, savoury- it was perfect. I didn’t finish it all as I wanted to try more food, and leftovers that’s always the test. (This soup is still amazing 2 days after being ordered)

As I was eating my meal, the lone male went up to order more food. I know he ordered bagels but not sure what else. None of my business really, but I wanted to talk to him to see what he had and what it was like.

I went back up, and had to thank the cashier for the wonderful meal I had. I asked for a kids mac n cheese, a multi grain bagel with cream cheese. Again, just when I thought I knew what I wanted, after hearing the options, I couldn’t decide. They all sounded wonderful. In the end I opted for the Italian herb. I asked if the cream cheese could be in a separate container as I didn’t plan on eating it right away. I had ordered this food to go, but when I got it.. I had to sample the mac n cheese when it was fresh. OMG: I seriously had to stop myself from eating the whole thing. The kid’s mac n cheese comes with a side of veggies. Some celery, carrot and red pepper sticks. The adult portion comes with a rainbow salad.

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The next day I had the bagel and cream cheese. Oh yeah baby- you’re right up there with someone who I hold the upmost respect for. The cream cheese can’t be compared to any other cream cheese that you buy in stores. No, this reminded me of Miyoko’s cheese. Yummy. I need some more, seriously, you can not get enough.

 

Before leaving, I needed to talk to the people who I assumed were prepping, I didn’t want to bug Chef Michelle, even though I wanted to express the gratitude I felt. I thanked them for the great tasting food. I was impressed. I love(d) everything about Good Stock.

Bottom line, you need to eat there. One of these days I will make it over there for their brunch special. Also, they have a special going on each day.

If you have been there let me know what you have tried. If you don’t live here, place it on your bucket list. You won’t be disappointed.

 

 

You Don’t Want A Unicorn

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You may think having a pet unicorn would be fun. Glitter and rainbows. A magical horse with a horn. No one else has one. You would be the envy of all your friends. Who else would be able to ride a unicorn to school, be pushed on the swings by one, and eat lunch with Magic?

WRONG!!!!!!!!

Unicorns are not like that at all. They are messy, destroy your bed, toys and will invite all of their friends over to help mess up your house. How will they ever get their home back to normal? You’ll need to read it to find out.

Be careful what you wish for, you don’t want a unicorn!!

Fun story written by Ame Dyckman with colorful illustrations by Liz Climo that will delight your child. Although I’m not so sure it will be a great bed time story as your child will be laughing.

My Daughter’s favorite part is when they kept saying “poof” because it’s fun to say. She gives it 6 unicorns out of 10. I give it an 8 unicorns out of 10.

This book will be released on Feb 14, 2017 but you can pre-order now! Hachette Book Group sent my daughter and I – You Don’t Want A Unicorn in exchange for an honest review of the book.

Book Review of Plant Powered Families

 

Over 100 kid tested- whole food vegan recipes, by Dreena Burton. OVER 100 recipes.

Part 1, there’s an intro to eating with plant power including Dreena’s story. A handy guide to what you should have in your pantry. And she talks about plant power batch cooking. I’m all for batch cooking. I know that I can go to my freezer and pull something out that’s healthful and not have to resort to some junky processed foods because I’m in a hurry.

Part 2: plant powered recipes

Sugar N spice cake pg 204, vanilla bean almond butter fudge pg. 197, no- bake granola bars pg, 190, “nicer” krispie squares pg. 186, natural berry jam pg. 179, chocolate chia pudding pg. 174, ultimate teriyaki stir fry pg. 166, tofu in cashew ginger sauce (I used the sauce over rice, but didn’t add the tofu- added chickpeas instead) pg.156, home fries pg. 152, balsamic glazed seasoned yam fries, mac-nificent pg.134, thick n hearty tomato sauce pg. 133, Creamy Fettuccine pg. 130, chick n rice soup pg. 126, sniffle soup pg.122, smoky bean chili pg.121, super cheesy sprinkle pg. 113, cheesy Caesar dressing pg. 106, red lentil hummus pg. 87, mild cheesy dip pg.83, chickpea nibbles pg. 77, chickpea salad pg. 64, apple spice hemp muffin pg. 52, best banana bread pg.48- just a few recipes that I have made. Click on the links for the recipes.

Part 3, challenges and solutions. Dreena has 3 kids so I’m pretty sure at some point she’s had some challenges during meals. She talks about the 3 C’s: consistent, certain and calm. Don’t give up. She offers sound advice and handy tips to help avoid the dinner table looking like a battlefield. Stuff like how to involve your children, get them interested, how to make it interesting to them and some of the culprits that might causing the food fight.

Who hasn’t had to face the “dreaded” bday invite? How should you deal with that? Without offending the host. Well there’s tips on how to handle not only that, but hosting your own plant power parties , with the most popular recipes kids love.

Part 4: Support, including DIY staples, cooking guides, meal plans and FAQ’s. I love how wholesome the menu plan is. There’s a nutritional breakdown, so you know that you are providing your family with all the nutrients they need.  She answers questions about protein, soy and so on. Has nutrient charts, did you know that 1/2 cup of brown rice has 2.5 g or 8% protein of calories? Now you do.

I think this is a MUST have book for anyone that has children, or watches children. Or even for those without kids.

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Brandie’s Girl Crushes of 2015

I have a lot of respect for these 5 ladies, who have offered us many recipes to make our families happy for years to come. And just when you think you have their best recipe/book yet? They have gone and proved me wrong. All these Ladies have released a book this year and have some recipes to tease you with on their blogs. I highly suggest visiting each and every one of them, but don’t do so on an empty stomach. You have been warned.

  1. Dreena Burton, her newest book Plant Powered Families came out in May 2015. This is *the* book for families (you don’t need kids to enjoy the recipes, but it’s excellent if you have picky ones- these recipes will make dinner time easier) See what I have to say about her Creamy Cauliflower Soup.

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She is also the author of: The Everyday Vegan, Vive le Vegan, Eat, drink and be Vegan, Let them eat Vegan and her e-book Plant Power 15.

I own every single book including e-book. If you have her books you can tell she’s changed the way she cooks. Her older books include more processed foods, uses more oil which I still cook from- but her recent she’s found a way of making recipes that uses natural sweeteners, hardly any oil and they are DELISH every single time. Pick up any of her books- close your eyes and flip to any page- you will love it 🙂

2. Kathy Hester, her newest book The Easy Vegan Cookbook came out in Aug 2015. This book is amazing and must have to get healthful dinners on the table in 30 mins or less. I’ve made several from this book and all keepers. Short and sweet list of ingredients. Great for those who are overwhelmed in the kitchen and just need something simple yet gives a WOW factor! For more of a review see mine : review of The Easy Vegan Cookbook

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She’s also the author of: The Vegan Slow Cooker, The Great Vegan Bean Book, Vegan Slower Cooker for two or just for you, OATrageous OAT meals and her e-book The Ghoulish Gourmet.

I have The Easy Vegan cookbook, The Vegan Slow Cooker and  The Ghoulish Gourmet. I have borrowed the other books from the library and they will end up in my collection of must have’s as the recipes I’ve made, I’ve enjoyed and hate waiting in line for them to be available.

At first I thought I would never get much use out of Vegan Slow Cooker for 2 or just for you, because, I love left overs- but honestly this book allows me to try more recipes as I don’t have a lot of left overs…. and you can always double up if you want to. Head over to her site and start planning dinner!!

3. Somer McCowan, She’s a new comer to me and all I can say is THANK YOU to whoever “introduced” me to her. Her book The Abundance Diet This is NOT a book about dieting, it’s not a get thin quick book- it’s about eating an abundance of healthful foods and bettering yourself in a healthy way. If you like Cheesy Potato bake (the dish is way better than my “review”, and pastas, and smoothies and juices- you are in for a treat!

Check out her blog- she has those cheesy potato recipe online… one bite of that is worth buying her book alone. But don’t stop there, she has many recipes that are drool worthy. Check out her Foxy Moxy, one would say it’s better than chocolate.

4. Richa Hingle. She’s another one who has come onto my radar this past year. Her book Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen: Traditional and Creative Recipes for the Home Cook offers the best of the best Indian cooking. I did have to look up some meanings, or searched for some of the spices. But they were easy enough to get or it was optional. Keep in mind I’m new to cooking Indian- but not to eating it.

She has an e-book Diwali- Sweets which- I must check out after writing this….. I suggest you have a look at it too.

If you want home cooked Indian food- this is *the* book to buy. It  is easy to follow along, and the spices you may have to buy will not go to waste.

5. Finally but not least is THE Isa Moskowitz. Her last book is actually a 10th Anniversary edition of Vegan with a Vengeance. I get hungry when I think about this book. Everything I’ve made from it- has been awesome! Who knew she could make brussel sprouts tastes great?!

She’s written Isa Does It, Appetite for  Reduction, Vegan Brunch, Vegan with a Vengeance, Veganomicon

And co-written with Terry Hope Romero Vegan cupcakes take over the world, Vegan cookies invade your cookie jar and Vegan pie in the sky.

I have  Isa Does It, Appetite for  Reduction, Vegan Brunch, Vegan with a Vengeance, Veganomicon and Vegan cupcakes take over the world all get books.  In fact, I just wrote a post about the Vegan cupcakes take over the world in my Girl just wanna bake cupcakes post. Head on over and see what she’s cooking up. It’s worth the trip.

Now that I have totally overwhelmed you with 5 wonderful Ladies with blogs and cookbooks to keep you and your family healthy, happy and satisfied for years to come- my advice is grab a note book and pen and jot down some notes- or book mark pages and start your menu planning. And have fun in the kitchen. As I cook and blog- I will give tips on how to make recipes easier, or what freezes well, what doubles well, how to make the most of a batch cooking day and anything that I think is helpful to help you in your kitchen.

Who is your girl crush? Let me know, I’m always wanting to meet more people 🙂

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