Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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Let me start by clarifying – Team RAOP does not support drinking copious amounts of gross green beer and kissing strangers *just* because they’re Irish today, but we absolutely support getting lucky in whatever way you see fit. For us, that means devouring some extra sweet treats!

These VEGAN + GLUTEN FREE (yes, both) Rice Krispie squares are so super easy to make it’s almost funny, and the level of delicious is nothing short of shocking. Adapted from the Dandies Marshmallow website, we added matcha and a sprinkle mix crust to our version, because St. Patrick’s Day. Now if only we could find ourselves a pot of edible gold flakes…

Scroll down for the full recipe!

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Ingredients //

1 bag of Dandies Marshmallows
5 cups Gluten Free Rice Krispie Cereal
2 Tbsp. Earth Balance
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp. sweetened matcha powder
+ MANY sprinkles of your choosing!

Recipe //

In a medium pot on very LOW heat, combine margarine, coconut oil and marshmallows. Stir until it has all fully melted down to a sticky mess.

Mix in the cereal and stir until evenly coated with marshmallow mixture.

Stir in the matcha.

Press mixture into a 9×9 pan. Top with sprinkles and press even more to form a crust.

Once cool, cut into squares, and GET LUCKY!

Makes 1 9×9 pan, approx. 12 squares

Recipe adapted from the Dandies Marshmallow website!

This recipe also goes GREAT with last year’s LUCKY CHARMS CEREAL MILK MATCHA LATTE! What is it about St. Patty and cereal?

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Get Creative

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With the Spring Equinox almost upon us and the weather still cold as ever, Jo and I have been feeling a little drained. The days always feel too short, I was sick for quite some time with a kidney infection (OW) and we’re both in the process of moving, which is exhausting all on its own.

We couldn’t have asked for a better time to attend Hunt and Gather’s workshop with Witch in the Wild.

Let’s face it, a bad day (or month in this case) is no match for fresh blooms, self care products, and a touch of crystal magic. This two-part girl gang workshop started with an awesome lesson on blending your own organic, vegan, crystal-infused floral toner. The medicinal meets mystical with this simple DIY, and I loved how fun it was to make, even for a terrible crafter like me.

Part two was taken over by Tellie, one of my favourite florists, and owner of the brand new Hunt and Gather (go there and buy ALL the plants – you won’t regret it). Faced with amber jars and buckets of fresh flowers, we got to arranging our own divine bouquets to take home and treasure.

Topped with tea, treats, and a healthy dose of girl power, this evening event was exactly what Jo and I needed to recharge and power up. See you at the next workshop?

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Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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We took a bit of a break over, well, the holiday break, in part because we needed it, but also because we had a lot to figure out re: me taking off to La La land! With half the team (aka me) keeping toasty down here and the rest of us freezing their tails off back in Toronto, content has become a bit challenging.

Nothing wrong with a little challenge though, right?

The way I see it, our distance only means we can inspire each other in new, unexpected ways. One of my favourite things about the city of angels is the incredible food – so much fresh produce and so many amazing vegan options! Inspired by the dreamy menus I’ve seen here, and a potential upcoming trip to Hawaii (fingers crossed) I thought up this tropical veggie burger with the team, and they made it happen back home in the studio!

Taking a cue from some of the burgers I saw served to tables on trips to Hawaii as a kid, we topped our veggie patties with grilled pineapple rings, avocado and sweet bbq sauce. For a pop of pink, simply add a handful of pink pickled onions or turnips!

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Ingredients //

Veggie burger patties (we used St.Yves because they’re vegan!)
Burger buns
Lettuce
BBQ sauce
Pineapple slices
Avocado
Pink pickled turnips or onions
Umbrellas for decoration (optional)

Steps //

We started by grilling our toppings! Lightly oil your grill and allow it to heat up fully. For the pineapple, make sure you press as much water as you can out of it first with paper towels. Then place on the grill and wait for those dark brown grill marks to appear, flip and grill the other side as well.

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To grill the avocado, lighting oil your grill again, cut the avocado in half length-wise and carefully peel away the skin from each half. Place the halves flat side down on the heated grill until you see the desired grill marks.

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Now grill your veggie burger patties and assemble! Start with the BBQ sauce, burger patty, lettuce, turnips, pineapple and finally avocado. Top your burger off with a fun umbrella and fries and you’re ready to eat like the islanders do!

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Plates from the Cheeky Home + Brit & Co collaboration!

Dear DiaryI'll Follow You Anywhere

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When I made the decision to book a one-way ticket to LA with no sense of when I’d stop adventuring and come back, it was so spontaneous and unexpected I didn’t really think all of the details through. When a friend asked me about a going away party a few days after I made the announcement, I was totally blindsided – I needed to say farewell to all of my dearest friends!

With less than a week left I scrambled to put something together, and luckily Planta came to my rescue. A new upscale vegan restaurant in Yorkville, this place is literally to DIE for, and I knew it would be the perfect location to feast with friends. Their incredible team booked us our own massive table tucked away at the back for Sunday brunch, and no lie, it ended up being one of the best meals of my entire life.

Cauliflower tater tots, banana pancakes, nachos, crab cake benedict… the list of wondrous creations sent from the kitchen went on and on. Every single thing, from the tea to the blood orange mimosas was absolutely divine, and by the end of the meal we were confident our server was the nicest man alive. We ate like queens, chatted incessantly, and in the end shed a few tears over goodbye hugs and Christmas gifts.

It was the kind of sendoff that almost convinces you to stay, and ensures you’ll be back.

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A special thanks to Planta for hosting my special day!

Sips, Sweets & Snacks

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In our world, no one is ever too old to believe in Santa Claus, and why would he visit without a tasty treat to tempt him?

We wanted to whip something extra special up for old Saint Nick this year, so we decided to do a new spin on our cereal milk recipe: cookie milk! This concoction is perfect for the King of Christmas when he’s on the run and doesn’t have time for a proper snack, and oh my, is it ever so delicious. We highly recommend making a big enough batch to share with your friends and family – it’s sure to get you on the nice list.

Making this sweet holiday treat was made even more fun thanks to adorable rainbow shopping lists and letters to Santa. With the help of Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens we were able to turn our notes into rainbow works of art (also, because they’re so fast drying they’re great for the lefty on your list!)

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Ingredients //

Mini Rainbow Chips Ahoy cookies
2.5 cups of soy milk (or alternative of your choice)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
6oz boiling water
Cheesecloth
Maple Syrup and sprinkles (optional for rimming)

Recipe //

(Makes 2 cups)
You’ll need about 45 mins for this step.

1. Crush the Mini Cookies inside the bag until they are small to medium size crumbs.

2. Pour 1 1/2 cups of the cookie crumbs onto a cookie sheet. Toast in the oven at 350 degrees for about 5 mins until you can start to smell the cookies and they start to brown.

4. In a medium size bowl add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, boil a small amount of water to dissolve the mixture.

5. Measure out 2 1/2 cups of milk alternative (we used soy) and add it to the bowl.

6. Add your toasted cookies, stir and allow to steep in the fridge for 30 mins.

7. After the 30 mins transfer into another bowl using a sifter with cheesecloth to collect the cookie dust. You may need to strain multiple times to collect all of it.

Now rim your glass and you’re ready for Santa!