Thursday, April 22, 2010

Hardly Homeless

I have been on "summer vacation" since last Tuesday, I finished my last class at 830 pm that night. However, I have been workin' my butt off at work since then. HELLO "summer"...I wish I was still 12-years-old so summer vacation was actually two months of doing essentially nothing --- Well, except for working on my tan...

So today was my first day off, but it was no time to laze around. I woke up at around 830 so that I could get a head start on the day.

For breakfast I had an oatmeal pancake with plain yogurt, flax meal, apples, and bananas. For some extra pazaazz, I spread on some PB!

After breakfast I headed out to the gym to get a workout in before I had to run around the city viewing potential homes.

When I got home I had a quick shower and lunch.

For lunch I had a simple sangy --- complete with cheese, tomato, cukes, pickles, red onion, lettuce, Dijon, MAyyoo (I don't know what has gotten in to me...I used to hate mayo with a passion and yet I am just lovin' it lately. Can't be a good thing,) and Sriracha.

I headed out to my first potential home after lunch. SO glad I rushed out the door to view that puppy...turns out the idiot didn't take down the ad for the May 1 availability! So after seeing it and being quite pleased, I was informed that it was available for July 1 and the May 1 one has been rented out already. SWEET --- Next place.

I had to trek down to work to pick up my lost T4 in between house viewings as apparently I need to do my taxes before the end of the month...I love leaving things to the last minute --- Hence me still not having a place to live.

I looked at another place in China Town tonight which was UBER cute and artsy...but it needed some serious TLC as some things were really showing rust. If I was flighty enough I would have signed the lease, but I saw too many potential problems...One being, INFESTATIONS.

There were over 20 people applying for the place anyways, and I didn't have my roommates with me to sign anything...Super helpful.

I finally got home at around 830 tonight after waiting for the street car for seriously half an hour...Let's just say I was plenty hungry when I stepped through the door. Good thing I thought ahead and picked up some key ingredients on the way home for dinner.

For dinner tonight I had a "caesar" salad, a salmon filet, and a dinner roll.

Oh my gosh. It was incredible.

The caesar salad dressing was a take from the Refresh cookbook.

Caesar Dressing

1 1/2 tbsp. capers (I had to use pickles as capers were not in my household)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. lemon juice
3/4 cup chopped tofu
2 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. pepper
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup olive oil

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and puree until tofu is smooth.

I chopped some romaine lettuce and put it in a tupperware with some dressing --- I then proceeded to shake'r (the best way to toss a salad as each leaf gets evenly coated!)

For the salmon, I marinated a filet in some white wine and then sprinkled an array of herbs (literally anything I had in the cupboard.) For an extra kick, I lay on some slivered garlic.

I baked the salmon in a 375 degree pre heated oven for about 12 minutes.

Wow. Everything turned out incredible. The salmon was perfectly cooked as it basically melted in my mouth...and the caesar dressing was flowin' with garlic.

I also had a dinner roll to sop up the extra dressing. I will definately making this again soon. It was amazing --- all I could think about for a few hours post consumption...

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tuna Pancakess

Waking up after going to bed at 3 am slightly wonked, you'd expect it to be difficult. That's why I could barely move when my alarm clock went off at 730 am. I would have hit snooze a few times, but it was a necessary shower day --- It rained cats and dogs the night before, and let's just say Tatomme's Hair + Rain = Disaster.

Luckily the shower helped in the waking up process too...

I had some breaky in between the shower and getting ready period. I had some oatmeal as it was the only substance that my body could handle.

I had to hurry out to class as I was definately going to be late...

And I was. But better late than never??

Being our last feature writing class evvverr, we watched a feature documentary on CKLW...It took me awhile to get into it as I missed the beginning...but it turned out being quite entertaining.

After class our instructors took us out to a pub down the way to treat us to some pitchers and pizza...Not a bad gig. Those three months of hell finally paid off...Kidding, feature writing wasn't THAT bad...

I hung out around downtown after as I had to pick up some bare essentials...I have to get through April showers some how!!

When I got home I made some dinner...For dinner I had a salad with a spur of the moment tuna cake.

For the tuna cake, I mixed together half a can of solid white tuna, an egg, a couple tablespoons of spelt flour, some raisins,a broken cracker, some cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper... It sounds bizarre but just wait.

I fried that little puppy in some olive oil and then placed it on my salad. The salad consisted of tomato, red pepper, cucumber, red onion, avocado, and asparagus.

The fish cake actually turned out quite well...I may add a few more spices next time though as it wasn't very flavourful and tasted more or less like FISH.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Sunday/Monday

In previous years, I would be waking up at 7 am to see if the Easter Bunny had come yet...In fact, I would be so anxious that I couldn't help but hop out of bed, but this year I was up at that time for work --- AND the Easter Bunny hadn't even arrived...I'm thinking it was the padlocked door downstairs that prevented him from laying his eggs.

I spent all day working and was lucky enough to have a quesadilla for my easter lunch/dinner...It took me a few hours to eat as I had to run back and forth from the door to the kitchen. At least it became edible during the last hour of eating as the grease from each slice had hardened...

I got home at around 10 pm and immediately began working on my feature story which was due at midnight. Thankfully I finished it at 11:59 pm...I'm getting really good at completing assignments 1 minute before they're due --- Impressive, no?

I went to bed soon after as I had to wake up early for class.

Even though I went to bed pretty late, I was able to get up quite easily on Monday morning --- My body must be adjusting to these early mornings.

After a shower, I had breakfast. I had a piece of toast and fruit salad for breaky...As much as I love fruit salad, I hate to think that the morsels travelled from across seas to fill my bowl. I can't wait for the summer when I can have a fruit salad from the garden...or in my case, someone else's garden.

I headed out to broadcast class after breaky --- We had to go early again as it was our second live newscast and my group had to film and edit a field report before 430pm.

Unfortunately, I was the only group member that showed up at the right time...But that happens --- We had to trek all the way out to Etobicoke for our story as it was about the Daily Bread Foodbank. They have extended their spring fundraiser as donations are far from the goal of 250 000 lbs and $250 000...Right now, they're only at 70 000 lbs and $70 000.

We interview a city councillor, the executive director, and some volunteers at the food bank...Even though we were tight for time, we got a really good story.

While we waited for a taxi to bring us back to school, I had some lunch...I actually packed one today! I have to save every penny from here on in as money will be hard to come by soon for me.

I had a cheese and soy slice sandwich with cucumbers and carrots on the side. I also had a sexy empire apple...

We got back to class with enough time to edit our footage before we went on air --- Thank god.

I got home at around 7 pm and made dinner...For dinner I had an omelette filled with sauted garlic, onion, red pepper, asparagus, zucchini, and extra-old white cheddar.

I had a green salad on the side with balsamic vinagrette.

I had a couple chocolate chip cookiess latterr....