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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
yes, it shows.

Stuck and still
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!


White Chocolate Popcorn

21 Oct

White Chocolate Covered Popcorn

White Chocolate Covered Popcorn. Yum. Like so addicted. But I will admit, this is not my idea! I first tried white chocolate covered popcorn in South Carolina at a chocolate shop called The Chocolate Tree . I couldn’t resist making a batch myself! Here’s to sugar highs!

Ohh so good

Ohh so good

Makes 1 bowl


2 cups Organic Popcorn after it has been popped. (Or whatever popcorn… It doesn’t really matter so long as it’s popcorn)

1 square or 50g of White Chocolate (I used Donini Baking chocolate)


1. Pop your corn! Then put that corn in a bowl!

2. Melt that chocolate for 1 and a half minutes in the microwave!

3. The pour that chocolate over that sweet tasty popcorn!

4. Put in the freezer for 5 minutes and then eat that sweet and salty magic corn!


Smokey Butternut Squash Soup

21 Oct
Perfect for the Fall

Perfect for the Fall!

Sometimes (actually more often that not) I will go on a crazy grocery store shopping binge and buy an array of random ingredients without any ideas for a recipe. On such an occasion I had a pomegranate, ginger, a butternut squash and brussels sprouts among a few other random vegetables (there was indeed a lone artichoke).  When I got home I just started to cook without any forethought. By the time I finished I was pleasantly surprised by this little recipe. I loved it so much the first time that for Thanksgiving I doubled the recipe and got some enthusiastic feedback from my family. Hope you enjoy this recipe! Minus the goats cheese it is completely vegan and perfect for someone with lactose intolerance. 🙂

Smokey Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 4-6


1 butternut squash, seeds scooped and put aside

½ Shallot cut lengthwise

¼ of a small piece of ginger

2 tsp. Smoked Paprika

1 ½ tsp. chipotle and Chili powder

1 pomegranate

1 ½ cups almond milk

6 Brussels sprouts (leaves only)

3 tbsp. Canola oil

2 tbsp. maple syrup

Crumbled Goats Milk Cheese.


Pre-heat oven to 375° F


Start by cutting butternut squash and scooping out the seeds and placing them aside in a bowl. Dice ginger and shallot.Toss butternut squash, ginger and shallot in smoked paprika and chipotle/chili with canola oil. Then wrap in tin foil on a roasting pan and place in the oven.

Put timer on for 30-40 minutes.


While you wait, take squash seeds and place on medium heat in a cast iron skillet with 1 tbsp. Canola oil and salt + pepper for taste. While seeds are toasting wash Brussels sprouts and peal off the outer leaves. Put aside the rest of the Brussels sprouts and use later or throw them away (but I would advise against that…). After the seeds have been toasting for 5 minutes add the Brussels sprout leaves. Leave on stove for 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally. Once Brussels sprout leaves begin to get crispy and the seeds are slightly brown, add maple syrup and immediately remove from the stove.


Okay so you can either go to the store and by pomegranate that has already been dismantled, or you can do things the hard way (like I did) and remove the pomegranate seeds yourself. It isn’t really that difficult, but it is slightly time consuming! Whatever you decide to do the pomegranate is just garnish so don’t fret over it!


After 30-40 minutes check to see if butternut squash is soft. If it is easy to cut through with a fork, remove from the oven and place on the counter to cool. Once slightly cooled off, place in a blender with almond milk and blend on high speed until very smooth without lumps.


Pour soup into bowls and top with crumbled goats milk cheese, roasted maple toppings and pomegranate seeds. Serve with toasted bread or alone.

Black Truffle Oil Kale Chips

20 Oct


First of all, if you’ve gotten over scoffing at how standard it is for some chick to post a Kale Chip recipe, you’ve come to realize that Black Truffle Oil sounds pretty good and you actually love Kale Chips. You also are probably coming to the realization that you need a cast iron skillet. I love cast iron. And you should too because they are indestructible, have great heat distribution and retain delightful flavours and oils that improve with each meal you cook.

Cook for approximately 5-10 minutes on a Cast Iron Skillet


1 head of Green Kale

Himalayan Pink Salt

Black Pepper

2-3 drops of Black Truffle Oil

1 tsp. Olive Oil


1. Heat a medium sized skillet over Medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Drizzle olive oil onto skillet.

2. Wash and tear leaves off of Kale. Toss handfuls of Kale onto the hot cast iron skillet.

3. Let kale cook for a couple of minutes until kale turns a darker green. Kale will eventually turn slightly brown and crispy on the bottom, this is the perfect time to toss the Kale. continue to cook until Kale has reached desired crispiness. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Keep a close eye on the Kale!!

4. Remove Kale from heat and place into a bowl. Sprinkle Himalayan Pink Salt and Black pepper over kale. Then add a few drops of the black truffle oil. toss Kale a few times until truffle oil is evenly distributed.

5. Eat.

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