For shame! My last post was on the 22nd of October? Oi, school does really make me nonexistent.
Well, I was going to not post until I was done exams, but I figured I'd end up with an obscenely large photo collage (not that that's a problem, since who dislikes food porn?), since goodness knows I'll be taking breaks from studying in order to cook or bake (hopefully cook since baking and studying is a bad combination: I tend to want to eat when I'm studying, which is why I chew loooots of gum during finals. My dentist loves me).
Just a quick update first, though: I went to Italy last week for a two-day conference in the town of Frascati, jsut a half hour away from Rome. It was the fifth regional conference on emigration. I was the youth delegate for Montreal and well over 100 people attended from all over the world. Basically the conference is held in order to help the various Lazio associations around the world (Lazio is the region in Italy in which Rome is found and from which thousands of people have emigrated over the years) find strategies to keep in better contact with the mother region and how to keep customs and traditions alive overseas and throughout the upcoming generations. I ate very well, naturally, since pasta and pizza that are eggless are not at all hard to come by, though I did not have dessert (not a huge deal, since cholesterol-laden croissants and butter-filled cookies are not my bag). I definitely had soy chocolate ice cream on the last day of my trip, though! Allll right. Here are some photos of what I ate:
Candies, some of which were vegan, provided in the room of the hotel
Pasta with olive oil, artichoke, and garlic
Peanut butter cookies from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz for Matt's graduation (I ran short on peanut butter so I added vegan chocolate spread) filled with chocolate icing (left over from my sister's birthday cake)
Sunny blueberry muffins (recipe by Isa Chandra Moskowitz from Vegan with a Vengeance) for my yoga class
Banana-marshmallow muffins (recipe by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau in The Joy of Vegan Baking), modified by me to include marshmallows! I had no idea that they would explode when I sought to make these today. I guess I have that little experience with marshmallows. But dude, get your hands on some Dandies. These things are amazing and taste just like "regular" marshmallows. No joke.
Breakfast bars (recipe by Happy Herbivore), filled with date puree and vegan chocolate spread