Sunday, 2 March 2014

let's make homemade ketchup!

Hey guys!

So, I love ketchup. So much! I will never forget this one time that Nicole from helloavocado ate an entire plate covered in ketchup. This ketchup is lacking all that high fructose corn syrup terribleness though! It's sweetened with agave and made tart with apple cider vinegar.

Homemade Ketchup 
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 & 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp agave
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
To start, combine diced tomatoes, apple cider vinegar & agave in vitamix/blender and process until smooth. Pour into large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling bring down to a simmer. Stir occasionally until the excess water has evaporated - around 35 minutes or so. Return to blender to make extra smooth. Lastly, strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard liquid. Place in a jar and seal.

I'm not too sure how long this will last in the fridge. The online consensus is anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. To be honest, I think my little jar will be gone by the end of the week! We're a ketchup crazed house.

Serve with rosemary and garlic oven roasted fries! 

Saturday, 22 February 2014

let's make thai red curry pizza!

Hello lovelies!

Yesterday was "Pizza Friday" at the Cameron-Tingstad residence! Who knew that friday's could get any better? I sure didn't. We love thai food around here, so why not make a thai-inspired pizza? That's exactly what we did and it turned out great! I have so many more ideas for so many more pizzas that I can barely handle it all. Also, peanuts on pizza?!?! We have all been missing out for way too long. It's so good!

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (makes 2 large pizzas)

Thai Red Curry Pizza Sauce

  • 1 796 ml can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 400 ml can of coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch cube ginger, finely minced
  • 1/2 Tbsp agave
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil for frying
To make the sauce add coconut oil to a pan and heat on medium. Add curry paste and garlic and mix until fragrant. Add can of drained tomatoes, coconut milk, agave and ginger. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer until majority of liquid has evaporated, mixing occasionally. Transfer to a blender and process until smooth. Return to pan and let simmer until ready to use.

Thai Red Curry Pizza (makes 2 large pizzas)
  • 1/2 small head cauliflower, chopped into flat bite sized pieces
  • 3 carrots, julienned
  • 1 small zucchini, julienned
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 head of onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • large handful fresh cilantro 
  • daiya cheese (mozzarella) 
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • lime wedge (optional)
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 

To begin, caramelize your onions! Add coconut oil to a small pan and heat on medium. Add turmeric and mix until fragrant. Add onions and saute until soft. Set aside.

When dough is ready, roll out onto a floured pizza stone or a lightly greased pan.

Layer pizza as follows: generous amount of your thai red curry pizza sauce, cheese, mountain of vegetables, peanuts. 

Bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until edges are browning.

Top with fresh cilantro and devour! 
I even squeezed some fresh lime juice on top for something extra special.

Clearly the most appropriate shirt for the occasion! Have a pizza filled weekend :)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

let's make quinoa glory bowls with a sriracha tahini dressing!

hello all you beautiful people!

I'm actually obsessed with this glory bowl! Sooo delicious! Is it becoming apparent that I love beets around here? It was quick to whip up, super filling, healthy, and of course delicious.

 Vegan, Gluten-free Quinoa Glory Bowl with a Sriracha Tahini Dressing (serves 2+)

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 small napa cabbage, shredded
  • 1/2 a cucumber, chopped into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 large avocado, halved & sliced
  • 2 beets, shredded 
  • handful cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 package extra firm tofu, cubed
  • coconut oil for frying
  • lime wedge

    Sriracha Tahini Dressing 
    • 1 Tbsp tahini
    • 1 Tbsp Sriracha (less if you don't like spicy!)
    • 2 Tbsp Braggs
    • 1 & 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp agave
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 Tbsp water
    • Salt + pepper to taste
    For the dressing, combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth!

    To start, cook your quinoa. Add 1 cup uncooked quinoa with 2 cups water in a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, cover and turn heat to low. Cook until all water is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy! (About 15-20 minutes)

    In small frying pan heat a small dollop of coconut oil on medium. Add tofu cubes and fry until crispy on the outside. If you'd like you can squirt a little braggs in the pan. If not, they are good as is too! 

    Prepare all your veggies!

    In a big bowl, layer quinoa, veggies and dressing. You're done! That was easy....

    Squeeze lime wedge on top and devour!

    Friday, 14 February 2014

    let's make veggie loaded deep dish pizza!

    HEEEYYY YOOOUUUU GUUUYSSS!!! (preferably, to be read in the voice of chunk)

    This is actually the most amazing pizza I have ever eaten in my entire life, ever, ever, ever, ever. Hands down. No questions asked. This is also the first time I have ever had deep dish pizza! Boy, was I missing out or what?!

    We have officially dubbed friday night, "pizza night". It's a new tradition that I'm very excited about!
    I'm going to be experimenting with fun and healthy pizza recipes. I already have so many ideas buzzing around in my head for different ethnic inspired pizzas. Pizza pizza pizza!

    This recipe whips up in a jiffy and you can have an (almost) completely homemade dinner. That's what I'm talking about!

    Whole-wheat Veggie Deep Dish Pizza with Roasted Garlic (makes 2 large pizzas)
    • Pizza dough 
    • Pizza sauce 
    • 1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
    • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
    • 1 large onion, sliced
    • 1 head of garlic
    • 1 cup sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
    • daiya cheese of choice
    • fresh basil

    To start, make your pizza dough. This recipe is my absolute favourite. It is so easy and completely fool proof. It makes delicious fluffy yet crispy dough every single time. Yum!

    Next, make your pizza sauce! (alternatively you can use store bought stuff, but you're really missing out). Recipe for the best pizza sauce you have ever tasted in your entire life can be found right here!

    Now, roast your garlic. Peel head of garlic, toss in oil, place in small oven-safe ramekin, cover with tinfoil and roast at 350 until golden. Remove and set aside.

    Caramelize your onions. Heat oil in small pan on medium heat. Add onions and saute until perfectly caramelized.

    When dough has doubled, punch down and divide into two equal parts. Roll out into a circle on a lightly floured surface. Lightly grease a cast iron skillet or pie dish and line it with your dough, coming up around the edges. Allow that to rest for 15 minutes or so, while you prepare your veggies. 

    Layer as follows: cheese, generous amount of pizza sauce, more cheese, veggies and roasted garlic. 

    Heat oven to 450 degrees and place rack in lowest position. Slide cast iron pizza in and cook for about 10-15 minutes, or until the edges are browning. Remove from oven and let sit for about 5-10 minutes to cool (if you can wait that long!!).

    Sprinkle with fresh basil and devour an entire pizza by yourself, I dare you. 

    Tuesday, 11 February 2014

    let's have the ultimate galentine's: DIY sleepmasks

    Hey guys!

    Galentine's: What to Drink & What to Make, Part 2

    How cute are these little sleep masks? 

    I absolutely loooove them! Head on over to Young Love to see how they are made! It's been a lot of fun collaborating with Nicole on these past two days of posts. I hope you all enjoyed them as much as we enjoyed creating them!

    let's have the ultimate galentines: blueberry, basil & lavender pimms cups!

    Hello beautiful people,

    Galentine's Day: What to Drink & What to Do: Part 1

    I'm over on Young Love today showing you how to make these extra tasty blueberry, basil & lavender pimms cups! Later on we'll be showcasing a fun DIY to do with your ladies.

    Head on over there to see the full recipe & post

    Monday, 10 February 2014

    let's dress for the occasion!

    hello lovies,

    I am so very excited to have Nicole from Young Love guest blogging here on TOP KNOT today. If you haven't met Nicole yet, she's a beautiful artist from the Okanagan currently studying in LA. She has killer style, a creative soul, and even her own handmade jewelry shop on Etsy. I absolutely love her style because it's so real. She wears classic, comfy, and chic pieces. She always looks great without looking too 'put together'. Which is something I truly admire.

    Now that you're drooling over dessert, we're going to give you some tips on what to wear on this lovey dovey day.

    Valentine's Day; What to Eat & What to Wear, Part 2: Inspiration by Nicole from Young Love

    With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I wanted to share a Valentine’s wardrobe tip with you guys. I’ve only ever had a “real” Valentine once in my life, but I’ve always had a special love for Valentine’s day and I like to think of it as a day to not only celebrate couple love, but love in general. With that in mind, on Valentine’s day you should wear what you love.

    There can be a lot of pressure on Valentine’s Day to look perfect and to have a perfect night. But none of the matters if you’re spending it with someone you love. Instead of getting stressed out trying to find the right dress for the perfect evening, think about what you’ve already got in your closet. I think we all have that one item that no matter what you’re doing or where you’re going, makes you feel like you can conquer the world. For your Valentine’s date, wear that thing you truly love, that makes you feel beautiful. Me, I love stripes, maxi skirts, these Sam Edelman Boots, and my handmade jewelry. If you wear what you love, you will feel really great about yourself and the person you are with will pick up on that. A little bit of lipstick doesn’t hurt, either.