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Let’s Talk About…Food. Recent Foodie Catchup.

How about we mix a little Lately: Kitchen Creations, recent eats and some random foodie rambles together. Mmm? Because as much as I prefer to eat my food, talking about it is can be pretty fun, too. 

So let’s talk about…

Montreal Bagels!

Oh man. I’m officially such a fan. I can’t get enough of their super doughiness (FYI it took me forEVER to figure out the word I was trying to use here…moist? spongey? stoggy? …DOOOUUUGHY)

Montreal Bagel / half peanut butter half regular cream cheese / berries 

I’m officially a cream cheese on bagel girl.  Peanut butter belongs on toast. Cream cheese on bagels. 

Okay so this wasn’t montreal style but it WAS the cinnamon french toast crunch bagel from Panera bread which I need in my life more often. 

And speaking of things with holes…

Let’s talk about…


Donuts? Doughnuts? I’m so confused. 

Doesn’t matter. I made my first donut guys!

This was even more satisfying than I hoped it would be. I don’t care if its basically a muffin in a different shape, the different shape makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE. I made this recipe but halved the chickpeas with lentils (because I didn’t want to open a new can – obviously) and they were incredible. Seriously, perfect. I made my own glaze by gently heating 1 cup almond milk + 2 Tbsp cornstarch + 3 Tbsp cocoa powder + 2 Tbsp maple syrup + sprinkling of stevia in a sauce span, stirring constantly until thick. I also added a Tbsp of plain 2% yogurt. I don’t think it was needed but I really liked the extra bit of tang it gave. I glazed my donuts and then ate the rest of the icing with a spoon. It was basically homemade chocolate pudding. I will be doing this again. For that very purpose. 

And now of course I have 109099 doughnut ideas rumbling about in my head. I want to turn my favorite chickpea blueberry muffins into a hole-y masterpiece next.


Let’s talk about…


Actually. No. Let’s not. Let’s talk about supplements later. Come back… friday?


Let’s talk about…

Suz’s muffins. 

Not much to say. These muffins are delicious and perfect and everything you want when craving a good ol’ chocolate chip banana muffin. 

There is a hint of the chickpea flour, and I personally love it.  It’s subtle, but enough to make you think, “Ahhh… these are healthy aren’t they……” 

And you better believe I added the extra banana and extra avocado. Give me the option for more moisture and I’m there. ‘Cause I love the word MOIST. Moist moist moist. 


Oh hello little green thing! 

Let’s talk about….

My own muffins 

I may have also had some experimental muffin success of my own this past weekend. Recipe will be coming. So for now I’ll just tantalize with pictures. 

…. though not all my experiments were a success. #Fail at those damn gluten free carrot muffins. Again

Sigh. Rise my pretties, rise…

BUT let’s talk about….

Turning SOME foodie fails into totally edible… masterpieces?

When life gives you a shitty ass waffle maker….

Let’s talk about….

Finally trying a turmeric latte. 

Here’s the thing. I’m not a conformist. I’M NOT (grumble grumble). But I am curious. So that, mixed with my nerdy desire to get all the inflammatory benefits from turmeric (okay fine I conform) made me want to finally try this “golden milk” or “tumeric latte” fad. It was super good. I put in what I thought was only a dash of black pepper (helps to absorb turmeric’s benefits) and a good smashing of ginger and….wow… it was sinus clearning that’s for sure. But strangely calming and soothing at the same time. I mixed 1 cup almond milk + 1 tsp coconut oil + 1/2 tsp turmeric + 1/2 tsp ginger (or more?) + pinch of pepper, heated it up in a sauce pan and got out my handy dandy milk frother to lather it up. 

So pretty. 

Let’s talk about….

Adding, not changing. 

I’m trying to be liberal about just adding in more of those (awesome good) things – like pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, chia, avocado etc –  wherever I can…without thinking about it.  At least that’s the goal. I know there is no surplus to the amount of good things I can give my body, so I’m trying to just load it up with as much as it can take and not make it any sort of calculation. Yogurt. Baking. Pancakes. Salads. Little bits here and there wherever I can. 

Snack of greek yogurt + hemp seeds + pumpkin seeds 

Extra avocado extra goat cheese please 

Avocado/sweetpotato/quinoa salad + yogurt + carrots + apple for lunch

I’m trying to give my body all the whole foods and nutrients and food groups, but I’m also still giving myself a lot of chocolate and as many sugary baked breakfast treats as I want. I’m not trying to change what I’ve been doing, but rather add to it. 

And I’m trying to stay true to my self-promise to never cheap out on eggs again. I havn’t been able to get to the farmers market, but grocery store free run are a close second. This is one of those seemingly very little things where I find it really hard to spend the extra money, yet when I do, it feels like a true gift to myself. A reminder that I am deserving of the best quality. 

  Just look at that grocery cart!! What a beauty.  

…now where’s the chocolate?

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Oh right, there it is. 

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Tell me,

Cream cheese or peanut butter on your bagel?

What would you like to ADD more of into your diet?

What is one item you won’t cheap out on? 

What foodie “fad” have you tried lately?



  1. chasetheredgrape | 29th Mar 17

    As much as I adore eggs and eat them every day, I would never ever cheap out on them. They have to be free range eggs or none at all. Just a rule both David and I have for ourselves.
    I have never tried a turmeric latte either! I add a tonne of tumeric to my rice that I eat throughout the week but have never ventured into the milk side. I like your easy recipe for it – will have to give it a go!

    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      I think the fact that you eat your eggs everyday is exactly WHY you should not cheap out on them. And tumeric rice sounds awesome, im definitely going to do this.

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 29th Mar 17

    I am so glad that you did the muffins and when ham on the avocado and banana! I made another batch on Monday… and they were gone by Tuesday afternoon. I shit you not. I’m going to have to make your chickpea blueberry muffins. I just polished off a pint of bluebs, so I need more… so I’ll just have to get some extra!
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      They were really comforting, Suz. Exactly like any regular “mamas” recipe would taste. So thankyou for that comfort.

  3. Cindy | 29th Mar 17

    Turmeric lattes are amazing. I like adding some cayenne pepper, cinnamon, and a spoonful of honey. The colour is great! Nice baking. I can’t wait to see all the recipes. Also, my grocery cart looks the same as yours – probably because we go to the same grocery stores! I live above a Sobeys and a Metro. How do you like the Nahi 2% yogurt? I’m normally a Liberte person but it’s often out!
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Oh adding cayenne and honey would be SO good when sick!! I honestly dont find much difference between yogurts…so tend to just get whatevers cheapest.

  4. Jamie@TheMomGene | 29th Mar 17

    I want to make your mystery muffins!!!! Orange and bran? That’s my guess. I’d also like to sneaky in more healthy fats. I get plenty through snacks and desserts (my specialty) but I want more in the main courses.

    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Sshhhhh…..the secret must not yet be revealed!!….

  5. danielle | 29th Mar 17

    lovely!! i can count on one hand how many bagels i’ve had, 4. that’s so sad! for some reason we didn’t grow up eating them but did have donuts and kolaches.
    believe it or not i went on to open/own/operate my own donut shop and kolache shop from 2007-2010… yes, i did. you can ask me ALL the questions because trust me i have way too much donut/baked good information in my brain that will rot away.
    i love good quality anything. good yogurt for my daughter, the best butter, the best cheese… i definitely like quality in life. in fact i’ve been incorporating this theme throughout my life. i’ve gotten rid of junk and it feels great.
    great post, thank you
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Ok 1) only 4!? Lady come over and eat bagels with me!!
      2) what the heck is a kolache?
      3) WHAT?! I swear every single comment you leave me i learn something completely new about you. You just keep amazing me with all your experiences. Is there anything you havnt done…? Im coming to you for donut advice. Or i could just beg you to make me some…

  6. Kat | 29th Mar 17

    Lets NOT talk about bagels and doughnuts, ok? Cause the craving is real here woman. REALLLLLL. Like so real I’ve debated saying “F it” and getting a gluten version – stomach pain, breakouts and insomnia be damned. Yep – I’ve gone off the wagon because of my cravings! Ok so I haven’t….yet. I need to hit up my local health food store STAT and get me some freaking GF options…
    Also, turmeric lattes. I’m addicted. I don’t like being a bandwagoner either [like hateeeee it] but those things are freaking TASTY. I have one daily, no joke!
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Baha oh my god i did it to you AGAIN!! I didnt even think about it. I swear i am not trying to torture you. But girl when you GO GET yourself a dang gf bagel you are taking a picture and sending to me. And we will REJOICE.

  7. Emily Swanson | 29th Mar 17

    BAGELS and DONUTS. In one post? Yes ma’am. I really love homemade cake donuts, and Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.

    I’m totally behind this concept of adding food. Lately I’ve been just adding food when I’m still feeling hungry instead of saying, ‘No, I’m going to go to bed and not listen to the hunger.’ It’s been really freeing! <3
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      I liked my holes this week didnt i? I think my favorite donut will always be a plain sour cream glazed. Mmmm. Lots of love to us for giving our bodies more of what it wants <3

  8. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 29th Mar 17

    You know I’m a huge donut girl over here – those look delicious! And the cinnamon crunch bagels from Panera are the best, aren’t they?! With ample cream cheese of course. So many delicious creations coming out of that kitchen of yours!
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Um yes it was to die for. Your donut recipe will be happening very soon!!

  9. Lyss | 29th Mar 17

    bagels, muffins, donuts… all my favorite foods. I love bagels and cream cheese!!
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      I could live off those three things i think <3

  10. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 29th Mar 17

    Oh man I want those donuts!!! Actually, can I just have everything in this post?! I’ll even give that waffle fail a whirl! haha!
    I never cheap out on gluten free bread and I love peanut butter on everything including bagels. Current bagel spread rotations have been cream cheese, peanut butter, just jam, guacamole, or hummus!
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Haha the waffle fail still tasted pretty delicious. I lovveeee that you find yourself good gf bread and bagels. Id be too sad thinking you were living a life without.

  11. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 29th Mar 17

    I like butter AND cream cheese on my bagels. I’m such a glutton and it’s fabulous.

    Also, I am digging that salad with the goat cheese and avocado. It’s a thing of beauty.

    I like the adding it in mentality. That’s how I operate too.
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Oh geez the thought never even crossed my mind. You are a genius! But we already knew that.

  12. Ellie Pell | 29th Mar 17

    I’m definitely a peanut butter girl on bagels but honestly, who says no to cream cheese? One thing I’ve been trying to add more of lately is greens. I don’t buy them so when I’m at work I add a bunch to my smoothies…then I add a lot of peanut butter and agave too so my smoothie is crazy huge. Not sorry, it’s like a sweet salad in a glass 😉 I added pumpkin seeds to it last time too and it added something…not sure how to describe it, but the final product was delicious. I can’t want to read about the bran muffins and I still want to try using Raisin Bran to make something soon hahha
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Lucky you getting to get all that good stuff in at work. Pumpkin seeds – brilliant! I would think it would add a little crunch and nuttiness. You so smaaaat.

  13. Evangeline | 29th Mar 17

    Isn’t it just the best when you finally find that perfect word you’re looking for? So satisfying…just like those incredible looking bagels. What’s the difference between a Montreal bagel and a regular bagel. I need to be educated.

    Those doughnuts look mighty fine. I’m a little jealous. Also, I’m PUMPED for your muffin recipe. Muffins are near and dear to my heart, but your recipes are extra special because somehow they always turn out with an amazing texture, moist but crumbly too. Is it that you add date puree to some of them??

    One item I won’t cheap out on is chocolate. It’s gotta be guuud.
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      Baha oh man it is so satisfying. Equally as frustrating when you cant think of the word you want to use though! Im super happy about these muffins especially. I doooo like my date puree. Not sure that is what made these guys so good though, but never hurts thats for sure. Oh and a montreal bagel is cooked differently.,sybe steamed??…so that it is a smaller and more doughy. Im not sure. But they are so good.

  14. Casey the College Celiac | 29th Mar 17

    Cream cheese or peanut butter on your bagel? NUT BUTTA ALL THE WAY. I’ve never actually tried cream cheese, but I have such a sweet tooth person so I’ll stick with the nut butter life.

    What would you like to ADD more of into your diet? I can never have enough avocado. I think I should also add some VARIETY. I’ll actually be on vacation from work for the next two weeks (I haven’t had a vacation with 0 work since Christmas week last year) so I’m hoping to do lots of experimentation in the kitchen!

    What is one item you won’t cheap out on? Hmmmm…well, for me, it’s certified gluten free products ’cause well #celiaclife. But I also won’t be one to skimp out on good produce.

    What foodie “fad” have you tried lately? Hmmm…I’ll go with smashed black beans ’cause they may not be a fad, they certainly should be! 😉 YUM
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      YES for you getting a vacation!!! Oh girl you could not deserve anything more. Im behind on your blog. I want to know all the things going on for you!

      What do you do for your smashed beans? Literally just..mash them..on something? Aha

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  16. Kate | 30th Mar 17

    Bagels and cream cheese. That is all.
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    • Cora | 1st Apr 17

      That one was all for you.

  17. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 30th Mar 17

    Blargh I am so behind on my blog reading!
    First, I’m with Kate. Peanut butter is delicious, but bagels need their cheese.
    I keep being tempted to buy a donut pan. But the truth is I really need to be spending my foodie money on a good-quality slow cooker. The donut pan can happen when I have a bigger kitchen. I love that you’re using yours though. Those donuts look awesome!
    Gluten-free muffins. So many attempts. So many so closes. Sigh
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  18. Cora | 1st Apr 17

    Ahhhh yes slow cooker wins our this time. Those things are straight from heaven

    My gf muffins actually tasted SO good! They just look like mumps of poo….

  19. Kristy from Southern In Law | 1st Apr 17

    Yep, cream cheese was TOTALLY made for bagels. I love peanut butter, but cream cheese ALWAYS wins.

    I never cheap out on chocolate… ever 😛
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    • Cora | 2nd Apr 17

      Wise woman you are. Wissseee woman.

  20. Casey the College Celiac | 6th Apr 17

    Regarding my mashed beans 😉 I love just mashing black beans in a bowl with oregano and thyme. Serve with chips for dipping (especially with my nacho or enchilada stuffed spaghetti squash) or potatoes, pita bread, etc. So delish!

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  21. Sophia | 10th Apr 17

    OMG those donuts, I could use one of those right now, they just look delicious!
    I tried turmeric latte a few times but it’s just not my cup of tea. I like turmeric as seasoning in cooking but in a drink the taste is just too strong for me. Maybe I should experiment with the recipe.
    But I love that post!

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