Friday Finds (on a Monday)

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I missed my usual post this Friday. I have a (kind of) good excuse. I had an interview in the morning and then spent the afternoon at the beach with my sister. I hear what you’re thinking, does Toronto have beaches? Yes, we have some seriously beautiful beaches (see above) And contrary to common belief you can in fact swim in lake Ontario. Not everywhere no, but Woodbine beach, Toronto Island all have swimmable beaches. If you are willing to brave the constantly freezing water. All weekend was busy, especially with Father’s day on Sunday. I baked the vegan key lime pie for my Dad. So what’s been happening in the world this week? Really, not a lot of great things. A lot of really heartbreaking things have been happening.

First of all let’s listen to what Samantha Bee has to say about gun control in America following the devastating hate crime massacre in Orlando. She and John Oliver seem to be the spiritual successors to John Stewart.

Second of all, let’s have a moment of respect and silence for all those murdered because of their sexual orientation. We need to know the names and faces of the victims in Orlando.

So, to completely switch topics from horror to small wonders, have you all heard about aquafaba? Aka bean water? You know when you get a can of chickpeas and you drain it? Apparently we’ve been draining away a miracle ingredient for vegan bakers! Chickpea water, sorry aquafaba (sounds so much fancier that way) can make vegan meringues! I will 100% be testing this out soon.

To go with my beachy theme here is a list of the Best Toronto Beaches if you are in Toronto or going to visit my fair city in the summer time, you should definitely check them out. We only get three months of summer here in Toronto so we soak up every possible moment of it.

Finally a simple recipe for lentils and rice. When I was a kid I loved lentils and rice and my Dad would always make it for me. I had a disastrous attempt to make it myself way back when I was first living on my own and learning how to cook through trial and error. I think it’s time I give it another go and see if I like it as much now as I did then.

And while I’m on the topic of my Dad you should all check out his blog . My Dad is a pillar of strength and generosity. He raised me and my sister to believe in ourselves unequivocally, he taught us an appreciation for good, wholesome food, to work as hard as we can, to never apologize for who we are. He taught me how to garden, how to fish, how to write. There are a few people in my life who are always at the forefront of my mind when I am making life decisions and “what would Dad do” is something that I have asked myself on more than one occasion. I am eminently proud to be his daughter.

 

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