Since yesterday was my birthday, I thought it might be fun to share some of the highlights of my day on my blog!
I spent the weekend leading up to my birthday back home with my family, and I enjoyed lots of good food while I was there, starting with a nice breakfast on Saturday morning. We went to a cute and quirky little cafe called the Bag Lady Variety. My Mom and I decided to splurge and each ordered the "Mojo", which was two thick slices of cinnamon french toast, stuffed with a layer of bananas, crunchy peanut butter and honey. I was in heaven!
After breakfast, we went shopping at the new Organic Works Bakery & Cafe. All of their baked goods are vegan and gluten free, and they have lots of products for sale too. There were so many things I wanted to buy, but I limited myself to some sweet potato tortilla chips, a shortbread cookie and a cinnamon raisin scone.
I ended up saving the scone in the freezer so that I could have it for breakfast on my actual birthday, spread with some Earth Balance Coconut Spread (my new favourite product!) and pumpkin pie butter. It was the perfect way to start my day!
Later that day, I got to open my wonderful birthday presents from my family. They spoiled me as usual, and I loved everything I got - especially all of the food-related gifts!
Some of my foodie gifts included a vegetarian cookbook and magazine, a mango slicer, and a chip maker so I can make my own chips out of any vegetable or even fruit! I also got lots of edible stuff that I can't wait to try, including some icewine, a blueberry kombucha drink, a jar of raw honey, some almond-hazelnut butter, my favourite kind of granola, and some pumpkin-ginger soba noodles.
My edible gifts also included four different coconut products - clearly my family knows my tastes very well! I got a bag of coconut flour, a Zico pomegranate-berry coconut water, a bottle of coconut vinegar, and a bag of coconut chips (as you can see, I couldn't wait to rip that bag open - they are soooo good!). I'm also excited to try the coconut vinegar, although I'm not sure yet what the best uses for it are - if anybody has tried it before, let me know!
Since my twin sister Natalie and I have always shared a birthday, we have to try to compromise when it comes time to choosing our birthday dinner! This year, we each chose a main dish that we wanted, and we shared the sides (a delicious strawberry salad and sweet potato fries).
Nat chose a chicken cheesesteak sandwich as the non-vegetarian main course. Not surprisingly, I wanted to have something with beets so I made a beet flatbread, which my older sister and I (the only vegetarians at the table) shared.
I used a storebought flatbread to reduce the amount of cooking I'd need to do. For the toppings, I spread on some bottled fig and balsamic sauce, then topped it with slices of roasted beets and goat cheese. Once it came out of the oven, I scattered some arugula that I had tossed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The beets were a bit undercooked, but overall I loved it! It was kind of like eating a beet salad but in the form of a light flatbread.
Our birthday cake is one thing that Nat and I don't even bother to try to compromise on...since we were both really excited to choose what kind of cake we wanted, we each decided to make our own and serve them both for dessert!
Nat chose a banana layer cake with peanut butter and cream cheese frosting - I only had room for a tiny slice, but it was delicious (and she'll be posting the recipe on her blog soon if you want to check it out...in the meantime, you can see a picture of it here in her own birthday recap)!
My cake turned out really well too! It was just what I wanted - moist and light with some tropical flavor! I'll save the recipe for my next post because this one is already getting long, but I'll leave you with a teaser for now...
If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already seen what kind it was, but you can tell from the picture that it had lots of coconut...I'm sure that doesn't surprise anyone - if you've been following my blog for a while then you could probably guess that I would choose a coconut cake without needing to see a picture!
Overall, I had a great birthday, and I'm excited to try all my new food products - hopefully some of them will make re-appearances on my blog soon in new recipes!