Thursday, November 22, 2012

Library Food Classes and Life Changes

I've been a busy hooman lately...


Caesar salad...


Ethiopian food - mild split pea stew and red lentil stew (this one doesn't fit in with the others, I just happened to buy some injera yesterday)...


Voluptuous pumpkin pie with coconut whipped cream...


...and eggnog!  Not pictured are dinner rolls (they got a little too dark and need to be re-done) and devilled tofu because I haven't made 'em yet.

Mike and I did a lot of trial and error with the eggnog, so I'm eager to share the recipe we came up with.  But not today!  Today I have to polish everything up for the class I'm teaching on Saturday, which is all about veganizing holiday food.  Alas, since the library doesn't have a stove or anything, the only things I can feed people will be of the cold variety.  But there are lots of good cold things - like pumpkin pie!

In other news, I will soon be going from this...


...to this:

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In January, I'm going to be moving to Austin, Texas for 6 months.  To go to school!  This means:

-Saying goodbye to all my piano students and coworkers, since once I'm done in Texas, Mike and I are moving to Toronto for good.

-Saying goodbye to Michael for 6 months.  ?!?!  This is the crazy difficult one.

-Saying goodbye to my band.  With the whole moving to Toronto thing, we've been anticipating this for a while.  But there are plenty of musicians in Toronto and we intend to carry on!

-Gaining EXP in food (experience points).  No, I haven't been playing video games lately, the accumulative hours spent playing RPGs as a child has forever altered my perspective on reality.

-Escaping winter!  Not bad, not bad at all. :)

-Saying hello to thunderstorms, my arch-nemesis...es.

-Inevitable terror.  It's scary moving to a different country where things are all weird and different and you don't know anybody!  I'm sure I'll get over it after sleeping with the light on for a few nights. ;)

-Getting to live in a frakkin' awesome city that I wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to live in.

There's probably a lot more where that came from, but that's the gist of it.  I've spent a long-ass time deliberating this, weighing the pros and cons, and in the end it came down to this: I could spend the next 6 months being safe and comfortable, or I could do something totally outside my comfort zone, something exciting and once-in-a-lifetime.  Sure it'll be hard leaving everyone behind, and there's always risks involved with big jumps, but when it comes down to it, it's my life.  And who knows what comes after life, right?  So it's best to make it count.

Take care, guys, and I'll catch up with you for Sunday brunch - in the meantime, there's oodles of work to be done.

:)

22 comments:

  1. This is REALLY awesome! Very excited for you to head to Austin. Sounds like a great opportunity and I'm sure you are stoked to make the jump!

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    1. Thanks Jared! Yup, definitely stoked, with a good dose of fear mixed in there. :)

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  2. Wow, good for you Allysia! It sounds exciting and scary but those can both be good things! I hope it's great for you and you learn to make even more delicious things than the already awesome looking pumpkin pie etc. And I'm SURE mike will come visit, Right mike??
    The nog looks incredible.

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    1. Ha ha, he'll get to come visit once during spring break. :) I keep trying to convince him to stay a couple months, but schools are kinda strict about their teachers missing that much work... :)

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  3. Good luck with the move, Austin is one of the better cities in Texas. I would have to say and yes you'll gain food exp points simply by eating the food in Austin.

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    1. Yup, that's pretty much what I've heard. :)

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  4. How exciting!! It is definitely scary to move to a new place but I think that the experience will be worth it for sure! I can't wait to see what you learn (since I know you'll share some fun recipes with us, right? ;]) and I know you'll get so much out of it! At least it won't be as cold?

    Great looking food, I really want to make vegan caesar salad! Got a good recipe? ;)

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    1. Thanks for the good vibes Sarah! And the caesar needs a little work, but I'll let you know, ha ha. :)

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  5. Vegan food in the library sounds good to me. I love that you make Ethiopian food at home. I've only ever had it at a restaurant, and it's delicious!

    Austin looks so tropical in that picture. The weather aside, I have heard it's a very cool city, right up there with Portland and Madison in terms of hipness so I imagine you will find it very vegan-friendly. I did the live-away-from-my-Sweetie thing for the second half of 2011 (although I visited most weekends), and we survived quite well. Also I was living in small quarters with my mother and sister and although we get along well for the most part, sometimes it kind of got to me. And it was still OK! Congratulations on this exciting new chapter!

    I hope the class goes well. That beautiful pumpkin pie and "egg" nog should convince anyone that vegan=delicious.

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    1. Thank you! It's good to hear you survived through it. :) I'm really not looking to that aspect of my travels!

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  6. Noooo, so the prairies loose another awesome vegan ;) That is crazy exciting! I have to say, I’m pretty jealous, I would absolutely love to go to culinary school and from what I’ve heard about Austin, it’s pretty much a food mecca. What do you plan on doing when you’re finished school? Open your own business?
    It might be scary at first but it will be an incredible experience, and I’m sure you and Mike can visit each other. And here I was just thinking you were going to move to Ontario, I was way off.

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    1. Honestly I have no idea what I'm going to be doing after! And yeah, we'll get one visit. Once in an entire 6 months! Which is not enough, but it's all we get. And you're totally right, I am moving to Ontario! ...Just not yet. :)

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  7. Four months ago, I quit my job and safe life in Australia, travelled around America for over two months (including Austin, woot!) and a month ago landed in Toronto, never having visited Canada before, with a two year working visa.

    Taking leaps in life is the best thing we can ever do. So much excitement awaits. You're going to have a blast.

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    1. Hey, that's fantastic, I'm excited for you! And thank you! :)

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  8. Hopefully you'll still continue blogging while away. Six months waiting for your next post would make me sad..... But if you shared your vegan eggnog recipe I think it would hold me over for a little while ;) you are one talented lady and good luck in Austin!

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    1. I'm definitely gonna keep blogging, I'll have all these crazy new experiences that I need to share. :) I will share the eggnog! And thanks. :)

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  9. I'm flying into and out of Austin at the end of December, sounds like we'll just miss each other. That's awesome that you'll be there for six months though, looking forward to reading about your school adventures!

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    1. Aw shucks, you should come back, ha ha. :) Groovy that you're going on a vacay (I assume) though!

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  10. If I had a glass of fizz to hand right now, I'd raise it to you (I'd also be wondering why I'm drinking at breakfast, but that's another story!) What great news! I'm really interested to see all the stuff you learn on the course - I wish London had something like that!

    And post the egg nog recipe soon - thirsty vegans need help!

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    1. Ha ha ha ha ha! Thanks for giving me a good laugh, Joey. :) And eggnog is on its way!

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  11. I have heard such great things about Austin - everyone I know who's been there says it is super cool!! Very exciting news!

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  12. You're going to have a great time in Austin! It's a good, progressive city where you'll meet insects you've never seen before. Ha, OK, that probably doesn't make it sound very good, but it is.

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