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At Home: B-day, V-day, Winter Eats & Weekend Faves

Vegan Cupcakes from Thimble Cakes

Vegan Cupcakes from Thimble Cakes in Ottawa, ON

There’s been a lot of celebrating going on here at the Vegan Backpacker household and no shortage of excuses to eat special things like cupcakes, for example. My birthday just passed, as did Valentine’s day, and friends and family came to visit us from Toronto and Halifax. That’s three great reasons to enjoy a cupcake. These cupcakes we’ve been indulging in, there from Thimble Cakes, a new cupcakery in Ottawa, Ontario. They’re a nut-free bakery with a great selection of vegan offerings. Our friends Calina and Dan, the same couple we traveled around South America with, came up for a weekend and surprised us with this trio, which included a banana split, espresso and double chocolate cupcake.

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At Home: Cookbook Overload & Vegan Coupons

Vegan Cookbooks from the Ottawa Library

Vegan Cookbooks from the Library

Now that I’m back home, I’m rediscovering all of my old hobbies. I’d completely forgotten how awesome the library is. The Ottawa Library has every vegan and raw food cookbook you could ever want. New and old. And not just one copy at each branch; they’ve got something like 20 copies of the more popular titles. I went through the list of vegan cookbooks that were added to the catalogue during 2010 and submitted online requests for almost all of them. A lot of the books had long waiting lists, so I figured they’d come trickling in one at a time. Nope. I suddenly found my inbox full of emails with notifications that my requested books were ready for pickup. So many came in at the same time, I couldn’t fit them all in my book bag. Now I’ve got a whole stack and almost no time to read them (the lending period is three weeks but I’ve been super buys). From this stack I managed to make one recipe, African Yam Stew from Vegan Yum Yum (I’ll share a picture in an upcoming At Home post). And after skimming the recipe index, I decided to buy a copy of Vegan Brunch. If you know any good recipes from the cookbooks pictured above, please let me know right away…I think they’re due back on Tuesday.

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At Home: Reunited with My Kitchen & Friends


Our Kitchen

Recently, I’ve been blogging about our time in Italy. My impression is that some readers still think I’m there. It may come as a bit of a surprise but we’re actually back in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada where there is snow on the ground (it’s -25°C today) and weekends are for laundry and going skating on the Rideau Canal. We’ve gone around the world and made it back to home. The Italian adventures you’ve been reading about happened about five months ago. Yep, I’m way behind. It’s going to take me awhile to finish writing about our 2010 travels. I still have to cover Egypt, India, Canada and the US.

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to start a Vegan Backpacker At Home feature, where I blog about what I’m doing (eating) now. This is the first one, so let me know if you like the idea…

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