July 21, 2011

The heat, my birthday, the hottest day in Toronto....ever!

Not gunna lie, I've been indoors most of today! Now I'm getting ready to go out to dinner aka. melt in the heat :)
I thought this picture that I found seemed appropriate!
I'm 24 today :D

Making fresh pesto

What better way to use up an abundance of basil than to make a batch of pesto!? This stuff is delicious on anything and everything- even if it's vegan and parmesan free. (DID I JUST SAY THAT?! Yeah..I did...all so I can share this goodness with Richard. I love cheese, I really do!) Anyways, making pesto is easy and versatile.All you need is... basil, cloves of garlic, nuts (I used almonds), nutritional yeast (or cheese), olive oil, salt, pepper and a bit of lemon juice. Measurements? What measurements? Add everything to taste.

About 3 cups of freshly picked sweet basil from my indoor garden

I pre-ground my almonds since they're harder than the traditional pine nuts. It helps everything blend smoother!

After 1 minute in the Magic Bullet, taste test, adjust salt & pepper - done.

This batch was approved by Tank, and because I made this in advance, I divided the pesto into two small containers then popped them in the freezer to preserve their freshness. Simple yet so good. :)

July 14, 2011


It took me a while to find him, but I did thanks to his loud chirps! I wanted to check up on the little buy to see if he was okay. Momma Cardinal was in the tree as well, keeping a close eye on us. I was relieved, took this snap shot and went about my business. :)

A ball of feathers, chrip, chirp, chirp!

For the last couple of weeks I've been working on the house; painting mainly. A couple days ago, after painting all the kitchen cabinet doors I decided to take a stroll around the front yard to stretch out a bit. Out of the corner of my eye, I spot something moving in the grass. I was curious, so I walked in a little closer to find this little gem in the grass below my maple tree! He must have fallen out of the tree, learning to fly!

He was a loud fellow, the size of a ping-pong ball and covered in fresh feathers. It was sunny out, so he was keeping warm but it was also really windy. We have out door cats in the neighborhood, so it was decided that it would probably be best to give him a lift back into the tree.

We (my brother and I) put on some gloves and got a box. Cute, yes? I must say, I really do make a fine bird's nest!


Literally light as a feather.
Right after this was taken, he pooped in my hand. Good luck or just scared shitless?

He seemed like a happy little thing. The gloves were for both the bird's protection and myself. I didn't want to touch it with my bare hands...who knows what kind of things are on it! lol I also didn't want to contaminate the bird with the scent of a human for fear that it's parents may reject it. So we secure the homemade nest into the tree securely with duct tape, I climbed up on a latter (in flip flops, safety, what?) and placed the birdie inside of it. The end!

July 13, 2011

A very green garden

Cherry tomato, in the process of flowering.

Cherry tomatoes, waiting to ripen up. (Hurry up!)

Roma tomato cluster. I can't wait to make some yummy bruschetta!

Marglobe tomatoes, the first to fruit.

Look how many! Looks like I'll be handing tomatoes out to...everybody.

Little Marvel peas, look at them grow!

Ja[a[emp peppers, photos are of the same pepper, just a week apart.

An abundance of Swiss Chard! 4 for $1 at Canadian tire, they sure do grow fast!

Edited to add....

Photos from this day forward will be taken with my Nikon P5100, my point & shoot until I get my Canon T1i repaired.

Hot weather grilling

My dinner- jumbo all beef (left) and spicy Italian sausage (right) topped with creamy Dijon, vegan mayo, ketchup/smokey bbq sauce and raw onions. Love.Too bad we didn't have pickles or hot peppers, because I like those.

Rich's meal. He couldn't wait and inhaled the first of this two hot dogs before I could take a photo. In the back, there are a couple slices of pizza that we made the weekend before. We like to make huge pizzas and freeze the left overs. They reheat fabulously, even on the BBQ!

Sexy swimming face

My eyeballs! (Yep- I'm sitting on two floaty noodles. I'm way too lazy to actually..swim..haha)

Hi! Excuse my frazzled, swimming hair.

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Jumbo vegan "ball park" hot dogs! Richard and I got these last summer, fell in love with them and could find them again until this past weekend! They were on sale, so we stocked up after having to learn our lesson the hard way the first time. lol He is in love with these things and they taste amazing on the grill.They're vendor style dogs and are packed with 18 grams of protein. 60 hot dogs! Awesome!

July 04, 2011

Cross your fingers for me

I am ashamed to say that my Canon T1i took a dunk in the pool this weekend. DEVASTATED!! :( Thank goodness it wasn't in salt water or sandy water or I would have written it off automatically. I'm going to stick it in a bucket of raw rice. Apparently this method works wonders...

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Hi, I'm Janetta from Toronto. I cook, bake and often veganize recipes. I photograph nearly everything and those photos will most likely end up being posted here. I've got a little black cat named Tank, who's really cute and a little bit nosy. You'll see a lot of photos of her too!

Contact me at: jubesandtank@gmail.com

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