Monthly Archives: June 2012

Foodie Penpals June 2012

The Lean Green Bean

Let me tell you about an amazing experience…



The month of June 2012 was my second time doing the foodie penpals experience and like last month, I loved it! I’m kind of an addict now, haha! I just signed up to do it for July too! It’s so fun that it will be the third time for my mom too.
The concept is easy, you join and you’re matched with two other food lovers (blogger or reader) The first one send you something and you send something to the last one.
Here’s a detailed explanation of the program:
(Thanks to THE LEAN GREEN BEAN to letting us copy this text instead of all writing it over!)

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
-Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

Want to give it a try? It’s easy!! Just click HERE or on the image on  top of my page! You’ll see it’s fun!


The moment where I find which persons I’m matched too is always so great! This month again was two great ladies. I was sending a box in British Columbia and was receiving one from Toronto (and I’m from Quebec). I have so much fun to prepare the box I’m sending but when I receive mine, I’m so trilled! I look at the box.. I’m excited to open it but wanna keep a little surprise too.. but finally I open it to each time be very surprised! Awww what an amazing experience. You should all try it at least one time in your life!


Let me introduce you to the lovely Vicky from Menu By Vicky
Her blog is beautiful, her recipes inspiring, beautiful pictures too. She’s a foodie, like me she’s having an healthy lifestyle.
I strongly recommend you all to go take a look at her blog, follow her or even go like her facebook page, you’ll see she’s amazing!
It’s funny how people seems to know me well.. the two last months I received only things that I really like! Life can be surprising sometimes…
So.. I received…
I know you’re all very curious! Haha!
1- Dark chocolate and raspberries bar, it was simply pure heaven! I shared it with my husband and both of us liked it very much. Raspberries and chocolate will always be a perfect match. Ohhh and dark chocolate.. my favorite!
2- Lentils crackers It was my first time trying lentils crackers, I tried chickpeas crackers but not these one, but let me tell you that it is AMAZING!!!! They are so thin and flavorful! Gosh I have to find the same here!!!!
3- Pure Lemon marmalade , She wrote me that it was her favorite and that it came from the farmer’s market. I didn’t tried it yet, I’m still on the jar I received last month, hahaha! But I’m sure it’s more than delicious! How can marmalade be not good..hehe.
4- Organic truffle , MIAM!
5- Sesame Strips (with fruits), What a great finding. I never saw these kind where I live. We only have the nature ones… these one are WAY MORE interesting, flavorful, fun, fruity than regular sesame treats. I’ll search to find more!!!!!
A special thanks to Vicky, your box was funny and you made me smile!
This is the blog of the sweet Jeniffer, the girl I sent the box to. She’s in British Columbia.
And… she loved everything I sent her! (Hopefully!)
I bought her goodies when I was in United States.
You can see what I had found her HERE

Like I previously said, this experience is not only about food, but for me it was also about getting in touch with others and had the chance to meet interesting people.

Don’t be shy, try the experience at least one time!

The Lean Green Bean

Versatile Blogger Nomination


The Versatile Blogger Award

First of all, I would like to thank Vicky from MenubyVicky for nominating me for this award, it made me smile.


If you’re nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, you’re suppose to:

* Thank the person who gave you this award.

* Include a link to their blog.

* Next, select 10 to 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.

* Nominate those 10 to 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award

* Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.


7 things about me…

* I have a lot of tattoos, both full arms, neck, chest, right side of the ribs, behind the ears and (some in my)back.

* I named my daughter Dalie in honor of my favorite artist, Salvador Dali (since I am a painter myself)

* I’m not a girly girl at all, I never wear makeup, girly cloths, heels, I don’t have a purse but a khaki back pack, I don’t watch myself in the mirror, I just hate pink, I don’t wear jewelry except for my wedding ring and Buddhist Om symbol pendant.

* I’m a HUGE fan of jazz, blues, bluegrass, jazz manouche, swing, retro bands or singers , classical, Gregorian chants. I’m such a fan that when I was like 9-10 years old I made a class work on Debussy (classical music)!!

* I’ll never buy a e-book reader… I LOVE BOOKS!!! I’m always reading something, I love going to the library and I even studied in literature. I love buying old and used books, they have a smell, a story… they have a life..

* I don’t smoke, do drugs or drink any kind of alcohol. Never. ( I prefer water, tea and orange juice)

* In my backyard you can find muskrats, country mice, groundhogs, ducks, birds of all kinds and a river!


Enough of me…

go send some love to these amazing pages!

* The Fig Tree

* Two Vegan Boys

* Rich Fletcher’s Good Food Revolution

* Knead to cook

* Gastronomical Sovereignty

* Bakeaholic Mama

* Mommy Made from Scratch

* A little bit crunchy a little bit Rock n Roll

* The Healthy Foodie

* Living large in our little house


Once again.. Thanks Vicky!

Strawberry & Carob Pancakes


Again!!! My father-in-law brought us some fresh strawberries that we had picked, it’s always a pleasant surprise!

True happiness is hidden in small things of our life .. we just have to open our heart to find them..

So this morning to make a surprise for my husband who was on his way home (he works at night) I made him some pancakes! (I know he really enjoys eating pancakes!!!) They were delicious.


8-10 medium pancakes


* 2 cups whole wheat flour

* 3 tablespoons baking powder

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 2 tablespoons carob powder

* 2 cups almond milk (you can use another kind if you like)

* 3 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

* 1 cup diced strawberries (I used Quebec strawberries! They are just the best)

* 1/3 cup carob chips, chopped


* In a bowl combine  flour, salt, carob powder and baking powder.

* Add the apple sauce and the almond milk. Mix until smooth. Add the chopped carob and the strawberries to the pancake mixture. Mix.

* Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour the mixture with a ladle. Cook on one side until it became to make some bubbles. Cook on the other side.

* Remove from heat and serve (with pure maple syrup, fresh fruits, honey..)

Quinoa Salad


Quinoa is such an amazing grain! You can use it in tons of ways.. even in desserts! (I make delicious quinoa brownies..)

It is rich in proteins and in essential amino acids and it’s gluten free!en my daughter was still a baby I was making her some quinoa and beets meal.. she was in love, hehe!

The spices gives a little Indian touch to the salad..


4-6 servings


* 2 tablespoons olive oil

* 1 onion, chopped

* 1 1/4 cups uncooked quinoa (organic)

1 cup sliced almonds

* 2 cloves garlic, minced

* 1 teaspoon garam masala (Indian spice)

* 1 teaspoon caraway powder

* 1 teaspoon curry powder

* salt/pepper

* 2 1/2 vegetable broth

* 1/2 acorn squash (about 2 cups), peeled, diced

* 1/2 medium cauliflower, chopped (about 4 cups)

* 1 bell pepper, diced


*Wash and cut veggies.

* In a pot (medium-high), brown the onion with oil. Add quinoa and almonds. Cook until the almonds are golden.

* Add garlic, masala, curry, caraway and salt-pepper, cook for 1 minute. Add broth, squash, cauliflower and bell pepper. Bring to boil, reduce heat,  put the lid back on and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

* Remove from heat and let stand covered until all the liquid is absorbed.

* Serve hot or cold.

Carob Dog Cookies



Today my boxer dog Meya is turning 2 years old!

I made her these fun little cookies and as always she loved them! Haha! No surprises here!

Carob is great for dogs, it is used as a chocolate substitute. It is very similar to chocolate and will not cause any damage to your dog. It is also a very good source of calcium, fiber and potassium. Not only dogs love carob, I do! In fact I prefer carob than chocolate!


16-20 round cookies


* 1  cup whole wheat flour

* 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats

* 2 teaspoons carob powder

* 1/2 cup peanut butter

* 1/2 cup milk

* 2 tablespoons carob chips


* Preheat oven 350′F

* In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Mix.

* Warm the peanut butter few seconds. Add the milk and peanut butter to the dry ingredients bowl. Mix.

* Fold in the carob chips.

* Make small balls with you hand (the dough is thick) and press a little so they’ll have a cookie shape.

* Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes.

* Remove from the oven, cool.

* Serve to your furry friend!

(You can keep them few days at room temperature in an airtight container or in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them! )

Vegan Blueberry Mini Muffins


Knowing that my daughter Dalie loves my muffins,  I decided to make her smaller one.. it’s a bite size for us adults, but she can cut them in two with her small hands.
It’s a great and healthy snack idea!


20-24 mini muffins


* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

* 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons wheat bran

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/2 cup almond milk (well you can also use soy, hemp…)

* 2 tablespoons unsweetened apple sauce

* 1/2 tablespoon molasses (to add some iron to the muffins)

* 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, cut in half


* Preheat oven 350’F

* In a bowl combine almond milk and wheat bran. Let the wheat absorb the milk. (Few minutes)

* In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder.

* Add the molasses and the applesauce to the wheat bran. Stir in the dry ingredients to the liquid mixture. Add the blueberries and mix.

* Pour the batter into mini muffin pan and bake. The silicone molds are a great eco-friendly option. No need to throw papers muffins anymore.

* Bake for about 18-20 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are ready.

Vegan Strawberry & Banana Muffins


This morning my father-in-law came knocking at the door. He gave me a big box of Quebec strawberries(They are smaller and have a sweeter taste than regular strawberries). I was SO happy! It’s funny because last weekend when we were with him, I was talking about making some rhubarb and strawberry pies because he was giving me fresh rhubarb from is backyard (again, haha). When I opened the door this morning he said: Here’s your wish granted, now you can make pies! Life is wonderful!

So here’s a quick and delicious muffin recipe (I made those because I had very ripe bananas to use), I’ll make some pies later!


10-12 muffins


* 2 cups whole wheat flour

* 1 teaspoon salt

* 1 teaspoon baking soda

* 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce

* 3 very ripe bananas

* 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped (Oh yeahhh Quebec strawberries!!)

* 1/4 cup carob chips (optional)


* Preheat oven 360F

* In a bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix.

* Mash the ripe bananas.

* Add the bananas and apple sauce. Mix, then add the chopped strawberries and carob chips. Mix again.

* Pour the batter into muffin pan and bake. The silicone molds are a great eco-friendly option. No need to throw papers muffins anymore. (You can decorate them with everything you want, I used some strawberry slices.)

* Bake for about 22-24 minutes. If a toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are ready.

Banana Cookies


Like always, I made some cookies for my lovely boxer dog Meya! Awww she’s such a gorgeous baby!

This time I tried banana cookies.. and… she loved them!! HAHA! Not a big surprise, she love everything! *laugh*


24 medium cookies (bones)


* 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

* 1/3 cup wheat bran

* 1 cup old fashioned oats

* 1 medium ripe banana, mashed

* 2 tablespoons pure honey (I’m using organic)

* 2 tablespoons peanut butter

* 2/3 cup water


* Preheat oven 350′F

* In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients. Mix (with your hands, it’s easier!).

* Roll out the dough without making it neither too thin nor too thick. Cut out biscuits with a cookie cutter or just with a knife. (I used a bone shaped cookie cutter)

* Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.

* Remove from the oven, cool.

* Serve to your furry friend!

(You can keep them few days at room temperature in an airtight container or in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them! )

Chewy Cookies


I’ve made these fantastic chewy cookies this morning to bring to the woman community center I’m going to each Monday and…

everyone loved them!!!! So I guess they are good! Hahaha


12 cookies


* 1/4 cup whole wheat flour

* 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

* a pinch of salt

*1/3 cup brown sugar

* 2 tablespoons avocado oil (but you can use any vegetable oil, or applesauce…)

* 1 large egg

* 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened

* 1/2 cup dried cranberries

* 1/4 cup Sultana raisins


* Preheat oven 375′F.

* Using a food processor grind the oatmeal until you have a fine kind of powder.

* In a bowl combine flour, salt, baking soda and oats. Set aside.

* In another bowl combine the egg, butter or margarine, brown sugar and oil. Mix.

* Pour flour mixture into liquid mixture. Mix.

* Add cranberries and raisins. Mix.

* Refrigerate at least an hour.

* Drop by spoonfuls on a baking sheet.

* Bake for 10-11 minutes.

* Remove from the oven and let cool a few minutes before putting them on a cooling rack.

* Enjoy!