For The Sweet Tooth: Oatmeal Apple Crunch

September 26, 2016
The perfect fall breakfast recipe: Oatmeal Apple Crunch! Sink your teeth and start your breakfast with all of your favourite fall flavours. Warm, spiced and extra simple to make, this breakfast treat will become a staple will keep you feeling energized throughout the day. Click here to read more or pin and save for later.

In Toronto the seasons are as fluid and as unpredictable as the rain. One moment your wearing shorts and your hair is constatnly frizzy due to the sweltering heat. The next moment, you're wearing sweaters and sipping on tea to try and keep warm. There's never any in-between or happy compromise between the two extreme seasons -- there is simply a small respite from either the extreme cold or the extreme heat. So, I take advantage of each in-between season as soon as the warning signs begin to appear. In this case, as we welcome autumn back into our lives I've decided to change my breakfast habits so that they fit in more with the chill that seems to linger in the morning hours. So without further adieu, I present to you, the ultra simple (and extremely tasty) Oatmeal Apple Crunch. Enjoy!



Ingredients:



  • Instant oatmeal
  • Almond vanilla milk (or regular milk)
  • 1 apple
  • Cinammon
  • Peanut butter
  • Sunflower seeds 


Pst! : Regular milk will work just fine, but I found that it adds a nice subtle flavouring to the oatmeal without having to add any honey or other flavoring myself (and besides I don't drink regular milk).



The perfect fall breakfast recipe: Oatmeal Apple Crunch! Sink your teeth and start your breakfast with all of your favourite fall flavours. Warm, spiced and extra simple to make, this breakfast treat will become a staple will keep you feeling energized throughout the day. Click here to read more or pin and save for later.

Steps:



  1.  Follow the instructions on the back of your instant oatmeal sack and substituting the milk or water for almond vanilla milk make your designated amount in a small saucepan. 
  2. Clean and peel one apple. Slice it into eighths and then chop those slices horizontally down the center so that you'll have reasonably bite-sized chunks.
  3. Grab a bowl and pour your designated amount of oatmeal inside. Grab the peanut butter and place a heaping spoonful on right on top of it (so it warms up and becomes less viscous).
  4. Now, spread your desired amount of apple chunks over everything (I just ate the leftovers afterwards). 
  5. Use a small spoon to dust some cinammon all over your apples, and then use it to sprinkle some sunflower seeds over it all.
  6. Eat and enjoy!
The perfect fall breakfast recipe: Oatmeal Apple Crunch! Sink your teeth and start your breakfast with all of your favourite fall flavours. Warm, spiced and extra simple to make, this breakfast treat will become a staple will keep you feeling energized throughout the day. Click here to read more or pin and save for later.
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Happy September!



The (Ours, Hers and His)tory of Food

September 19, 2016
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For as long as I can remember I've loved (and thankfully have always been surrounded by) good food. So, over time it has surpassed being a mere tool of survival, but a key. A key that unlocked different cultures, a connection to my parents' pasts and inevitable my own future. It's been the source of learning foreign languages and ones from my parents' mother tongues, as I learned to pronounce the delicious foods, with intricate names, whose taste and aroma are ingrained in my memory forever.

That's why I have a particular place in my heart for any sort of food related entertainment. Whether it's Master Chef, watching a pizza bake in the oven - the cheese all bubbly as the dough rises and forms a golden brown crust - or baking treats for my family. Recently, TVO (a Canadian TV channel) aired a weekly series called, Eat: The Story of Food produced by National Geographic. I fell upon the docuseries haphazardly, but it quickly captivated my mind, heart, stomach and taste buds.

I will have to watch it again, because I was often distracted by the sizzling, roasting, and frying shown on screen. In between the mesmerizing display, there was an epic tale of how food really is (and was) the driving force of innovation and change all over the world. In each episode, we're plunged into the past and are introduced to unlikely food revolutionaries, who not only changed the way we eat food but the entire course of history. For example, Christopher Columbus and Napolean Bonaparte had huge roles in both.

Narrated and drawing references from modern day food personalities, cooks, authors, scientists and pizza enthusiasts, our journey reaches new heights and flavours with each meal. It reminded me time and time again that the power of food is truly compelling. It brings people together, reminding them through similar tastes and smells that the would is a whole lot smaller than it seems.

~Alexandra XO

For a more interactive tour of Eat: The Story of Food head on over to natgeoeat.com or if you want to find out how to watch an episode or two head on over here.

Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

September 05, 2016
Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com
It's well-known that water has a special, mystical power that compels us to build elaborate and simple innovations that allow us to cross it, surf it, and most importantly explore it. The ocean has a magnetic energy that has captivated my attention since I was little.

Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com
Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com

Maybe it's the feeling of being powerless against the powerful surge that is the push and pull of the ocean's tides. I make you feel like you're stuck in a sort of gentle tug-of-war against the seashore and whatever awaits you out in the vast ocean. 

Maybe it's all of the strange fish that live below its depths.

Maybe it's because it's the only force of nature that truly can't be tamed, no matter what we do. And so for eons it has offered a source of healing, intrigue and fear all at once.
Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com
Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com

I'm always faced with an overwhelming sense of awe when I go anywhere near the open water. In a matter of seconds, I morph from cautious 18-year-old to ecstatic and curious 8-year-old. I run to the shore eyes glinting, arms wide and feet burning from the sun roasted sand. I plunge my hand into the shore, enacting my own exploration mission; using my bucket like some sort of Nautilus as I search not 20,000 leagues under the sea, but probably about 20 centimetres below the surface.

The bottom line is that I've always admired all of the surprises that the water's depths hold in store. Sort of like a reverse Arielle, I've wanted to see the dark and unusual depths, while she has dreamed of experiencing the bright and equally strange world on the surface.

Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com
Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com
Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com


Finally, I got my chance in the form of an aquarium. Filled with mysterious kelp, fish, sharks, and other strange hydrophilic invertebrates, my family and I descended below the surface and into one of my most fervent childhood fantasies. Mouth agape, phone shutter ready and little sister in tow, it was quite an experience and one that I won't soon forget.

Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com
Exploring Ripley's Aquarium of Canada | Itsalamb.com

What's your favourite place by the water's shore?


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