Archive | November, 2013

“Culinary One Night Stand”

29 Nov

brian-rudy

There is a Museum and it exists not on a street corner of some major city but within the span of 56:41 minutes recently released by Brian Rudy + the Architects.  This past Tuesday, Hugh’s Room offered the rare opportunity to sit close to the artist and absorb an album that was over a decade in the waiting. Rudy was amazing with his unusual acoustic guitar playing that draws upon a spirit of recycling and leaves nothing to waste.  He uses the neck of the guitar to reprocess sounds that most other musicians abandon to rot in the open garbage pit of guitar playing.  The Architects were also able to capitalize on the musical angles by filling in with amazing tones and talent that touched on the Celtic.  Candide and Museum are already on the faves list while Dining Alone is a nugget for its lyrical contribution of a “culinary one night stand.” Loved it!  Previous tunes from the acclaimed Divided Man also returned. Be sure to have a listen to the Museum as it dabbles with the concept album and brings with it echoes of Pink Floyd and Nick Drake.  The evening combined for something special and here’s hoping Rudy will complete the shrimp recipe for the Starving Musicians Kitchen!

-Guest Blogger

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Kalila: The Slug and The Shell (More Metaphors)

19 Nov

My latest song and live video 🙂

Stop by The Central on November 29th for Fundraiser Fridays to hear me perform at 7:30!

The Slug and The Shell (More Metaphors)

One board
off my body
replace it with two more.

The years we spent
caught in
suspense,
lingers
yes, it shows.

Stuck and still
waiting
thinking of
the same things
who said it would stop?

We build
we absorb.
And wood to flesh
bury me in this house
for good.

For Good.

Snail, snail.
You wouldn’t dare leave this house!

Vanilla Matcha Kale Smoothie (A.K.A Mega-F@%king Awesome Smoothie)

13 Nov
Vanilla Matcha Kale Smoothie

The Mega-F@%king Awesome Smoothie

Although I started this blog for musicians who like food rather than health nuts and athletes, it would appear that the food I like to make is appropriate for the latter. On a whim I’ve  decided to take up Ashtanga Yoga again and since I’ve been biking downtown on a regular basis I’m noticing and increased need for protein. To top things off I’m a vegetarian (sort of) so protein is already a source of concern for me. What I’m saying is that there’s going to be a lot of protein/ smoothie posts for the next little while because I’m attempting to come up with creative solutions to combat potential deficiencies.

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I actually drank some of this before taking the picture… I couldn’t wait.

Most people know by now that Kale is a super veggie. If you’ve spent anytime on the internet looking at food blogs you would have learned this by now because kale is EVERYWHERE! And truly for good reason, the stuff makes you feel like a boss. Besides being high in iron and fibre with absolutely no fat, kale is a great source of vitamin K (cancer preventing supposedly) and vitamin A ,which helps repair skins cells. To top it all off kale is high in antioxidants (stuff that prevents you from the bad stuff that hippies are always warning you about). Being ever so knowledgable of the ultimate powers kale possesses, I decided to throw in another super-hippie cancer preventing thang to create a mega-f@%king-awesome antioxidant smoothie. That supreme ingredient I’m spending way to long building up to revealing is matcha. Matcha is finely ground up green tea leaves that will provide people with an energy boost and extreme levels of antioxidants. Basically this stuff is also boss at preventing the bad stuff from giving us cancer. Combine these two with protein powder and you’ve got a great drink to have after a morning exercise. I recommend visiting your local tea shop to buy some matcha, you can also find it at various health food stores.

The song to drink with this awesome cancer preventing godly drink is Morcheeba‘s “Gimme your love” from their latest album Head Up High.

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This is that Matcha stuff I’m talking about

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. Whey Protein Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Matcha
  • Two Kale leaves (stems removed)
  • 1/3 cup Almond Milk (or cows milk… or any kind of milk.)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tbsp. Agave or Maple Syrup

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients together in a high powered blender such as the Nutri Bullet.
  2. Blend until completely smooth
  3. Drink and enjoy!

Sources:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

Spicy Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

5 Nov

Spicy Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

I’m always trying to find new ways of cooking Tofu and I will admit, most of the time it doesn’t even come close to meat… actually it never comes close to meat. What I can accomplish is making the stuff around Tofu taste incredible and spicy! I’m a huge fan of savoury breakfasts and this Spicy Tofu Breakfast Sandwich has become a new favourite of mine. Finally a breakfast without eggs! Oh and in regards to the amount of chipotle and chili powder I used in the cheese, I recommend using only 1/4 tbsp. I used about 1/2 tbsp. in mine by accident, and was surprised when it worked out. Though really it’s only because I’m a spice fiend! For those of you who don’t want a crazy amount of spice in the morning, just use the 1/4 tbsp.

As a side note, this sandwich goes great with my Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie.

Braids also goes great with this sandwich! Braids is a Canadian band from Montreal, with a Cocteau Twins influenced sound that gives me butterflies. Hopefully they will give you butterflies too!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Slice of Multigrain Bread
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/3 Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1/2 cup Mozerella cheese
  • 1/4 Red Pepper
  • 1/4 tbsp. chipotle/ chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Spicy Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

Directions:

  1. Turn Broiler on.
  2. On the stove heat a cast iron ridged griddle at medium heat. Cut extra firm tofu into half inch thick rectangles and place onto hot griddle, turn once tofu has grill marks.
  3. Pour olive oil into a flat cast iron skillet, turn heat on medium.
  4. Cut peppers and onions into long strips and toss into the flat cast iron skillet. Stir occasionally. Slice Avocado into wedges and put aside.
  5. Mix Mozzarella, chipotle and chili power with salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  6. Put a single piece of multigrain bread in a toaster. Toast to a very light brown.
  7. Remove peppers and onions from heat once they are hot and slightly wilted. Also remove tofu once both sides have grill marks. To assemble the sandwich place toast on one of the cast iron skillets and layer tofu, onions, peppers and avocado. Carefully place spicy cheese mix on top of the layers and put into the oven for 2-3 minutes. Keep a very close eye on the sandwich, broilers have different strengths, you don’t want your sandwich to burn!

Spicy Tofu Breakfast Sandwich

P.S I recommend eating this sandwich with a knife and fork!

The Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie

5 Nov
Raspberries and Banana with rolled oats and flax seed

Raspberries and Banana with rolled oats and flax seed

Yesterday was my dad’s 50th Birthday and my mum had the brilliant idea of getting him a Nutri Bullet. For those of you who don’t know, a Nutri Bullet is a little piece of heaven that happened to land in an aisle at Canadian Tire. But actually, Nutri Bullet is an offshoot of the Magic Bullet, which can whip anything into a delightfully smooth concoction. Rather than being oversized, clunky and expensive like most high powered blenders like the Vitamix, the Nutri Bullet is fast, effective, light weight and not ridiculously pricey. Since the Nutri Bullet has been in my house for less than 24 hours, I cannot give a long term review on the product, but so far I’m impressed. This morning I used it for my “Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie,” which took less than 30 seconds to become fully blended together, which is an improvement from what my clunky Krups was accomplishing. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Krups blender, but only for when I need to make smoothies for a few people or a soup… and then even still, it probably won’t get much attention once I get my hands on a Bamix Immersion Blender….

Raspberries and Oatmeal were meant to be!

Raspberries and Oats were meant to be!

As per usual, this morning was a struggle to get myself out of bed, but when I finally emerged, I had this Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie waiting for me. Okay, it wasn’t waiting for me, I had to make it, but it took barely anytime with the Nutri Bullet. I love putting rolled oats in my smoothies because they give a delicious nutty flavour and provide me with an alternative way to enjoy oats rather than through a granola mix or hot oatmeal. Try this smoothie with other seeds and grains, I encourage experimentation! Also, you can easily substitute the milk for alternatives like soy, almond or coconut milk.

While you’re making this tasty smoothie, have a listen to Dr. Dog! Great morning music to make you wake up!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana
  • A handful of Raspberries (5-7)
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 tbsp. Flax Seeds Optional: 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1/3 cup Milk or Almond Milk or Coconut Milk or Soy
  • 1 tbsp. Protein Powder
  • Optional: Maple Syrup

Directions:

1. Toss berries, banana, oats, flax, milk, protein powder and optional maple syrup into blender or Nutri Bullet

2. Blend until smooth. Drink and Enjoy!

P.S It’s super easy to make smoothies…

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