Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Bar baaa

‘I was a celebrity,’ droned the robot sadly, ‘for a short while on account of my miraculous and bitterly resented escape from a fate almost as good as death in the heart of a blazing sun. You can guess from my condition,’ he added, ‘how narrow my escape was. I was rescued by a scrap-metal merchant, imagine that. Here I am, brain the size of…never mind.’
Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

Tonight we are off to see Coldplay!!!

Moving on...

J has a small obsession with
torpedo7 ever since we got our mountain bikes. This does have its benefits though as he spotted they were selling clif bars for an insanely cheap price for a couple of days. We ended up getting several packs (there was only one flavour - Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch).

J's description: "I thought that bar was yummy by the way. Still tasted kinda ‘healthy’ i.e. not a chocolate bar, probably coz of the protein and stuff but still pretty good. No raisins!!" He doesn't like raisins (obviously). They haven't lasted long as we are already halfway through our order. Pity they're sold out now.

I've found them great for before evening orienteering events or afterwork training as they're not too filling/not too light. Just make sure you drink plenty of liquid with them as they're a bit dry (not that it's a problem since I've got to down a fair amount of water beforehand anyway).

Then today my chiropractor told me that the
New World (one of the big supermarket chains in New Zealand) across the road was selling Lara bars in one of the checkouts so I had to go see for myself! They're stocking, maybe, 5 flavours in total?

Of course, I had to get some while I was there!

Anyway, I actually managed to squeeze in some excuses for some baking recently! First up was my orienteering friend's birthday so I made carrot cake from
Damn Tasty Vegan (this is one awesome recipe) which we devoured at a night orienteering event at Ambury Farm Park. I love how the animals' eyes light up under your headlamp!

The following night I had some of my cousins round for dinner which was a challenge - one of them can't have gluten or any vegetable from the nightshade family. I think I wracked my brains until they exploded to think of something that fitted all requirements
and and still tasted good!

Here we have corn bread (adapted from the recipe in
Damn Tasty Vegan so that it was completely gluten-free), stir-fried veges with chickpeas and kidney beans topped with a cheezy sauce and rice salad (made by my cousin). It was actually surprisingly good!

Last up on the cooking agenda were some cookies for J and his friends to take to the beach. I settled on the Chocolate Peanut Butter Shells from
Damn Tasty Vegan (again! Yep, this book got quite a workout that week!). You can find the recipe here but I find that the dough mixture ends up being too sticky to work with so I add another 1/3 - 1/2 cup of flour. Maybe our flour is more moist...?

This is a pretty shocking picture (these were the leftovers a few days later) but they were, well, damn tasty (I had to have a sample before I sent them off with J - quality control you understand).

We're off to see Coldplay!!!!!!

That's all...


  1. Have fun at Coldplay! Did they broadcast any of the Sound Relief concert across the pond? Coldplay and John Farnham played together, it was rockin.

  2. hope you had a good time!
    after a long break away from clif bars, I had a bad return to it and then my faith got restored thanks to the cool mint chocolate one. thank gad.

  3. That carrot cake does look damn tasty!

    Hope you had fun at the concert!

  4. We only heard about the Sound Relief concert on the news - sounds like it had a very impressive lineup (there were 2 right? Sydney and Melbourne?). Pretty awesome by the sound of it.

  5. mmm, that plate of cheezy sauce goodness with cornbread and veggies... pretty heavenly looking! hope the concert was great, too, :)

  6. Yeah, it was pretty kickass. The midnight oils even got back together (peter garrett got the weekend off from governmenting, I guess).

  7. ooh Clif bars, Larabars and I spy a Jocalat bar!

    Sadly, you cannot get the Jocalat or the Clif bars here in the UK. I have always been tempted to order myself a stash online but the postage is sooo expensive!

  8. That carrot caked looks delish! YAY coldplay!! I saw them a few months ago -- FANTASTIC show. I'm going again next month and can't wait ;)

    I'm new to your blog and just wanted to say hi!

    I started a blog of my own recently and hope you check it out ;)

  9. Yay! Those are two of my favorite recipes from the book. That's interesting about the difference in flour, sometimes my dough is a little dry. Elevation maybe?

    You are so lucky you got to see Coldplay! I tried to buy tickets when they came through here but they sold out too fast.