Less than twenty-four hours until this semester is finally over! I’m so jazzed on the idea of being halfway through this degree that I haven’t bothered doing any work for the past two days! I’m pretty much screwed, but I’m feeling very optimistic despite this. So much so, in fact, that I’ve spent the day spring cleaning, taking “study breaks” to traipse around my downtown neighbourhood in summer attire (hello, denim jacket! Nice to see you again, bare feet!), and baking.

Sorry, Leanne. This one would definitely kill you. You see how I try not to use two thirds of my top three favorite-ingredients-of-all-time list each time we actually share food? (that would be coconut, almonds, and beans, by the way).

Anyway, I’m trying to empty out my cupboards as I am vacating for the season in two weeks. Cornmeal is admittedly not  something I made much use of this year, so I’ve still got quite a bit of this left to get through. This recipe comes from here, and I followed it fairly closely. The bread it bakes into is moist and just barely sweet, which was basically what I was hoping for.

Coconut Cornbread

1 C unsweetened, shredded coconut

1 C coarse cornmeal

1 C whole wheat flour

1 T baking powder

1/2 t salt

1/4 C firmly packed brown sugar

1.5 C coconut milk (1 can)

1 egg


Toast the coconut and let cool.

Combine coconut, cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar.

Whisk together coconut milk and egg in separate bowl. Mix into dry mixture.

Pour into baking pan (original recipe says 9×9, but I used a rectangular one instead. even though while squares are rectangles, rectangles are not squares…it was fine). Bake 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.

somehow, taking pictures of animals sleeping feels close to as creepy as taking pictures of people sleeping. especially when it’s getting dark out, and i’m standing at my apartment window in my pyjamas, zooming in discretely while the guy across the lane watches me from his kitchen with some concern (because this little guy camouflages so well, it probably looked like i was photographing my neighbours… which of course i never do when i have a free moment and a clear shot… never..).

look how tired he is! aww..

on a related note, today i saw a squirrel. a squirrel! which means spring is definitely on the way. i think i would be less obsessed with seasonal events if this city hadn’t been in the deep freeze for the past four months…. c’est la vie.

just off rue des pins. when i first walked by there was a guy ice climbing (maybe the chair is his?), though i’m not sure why, as when i stepped on the layers of it on the ground i felt it starting to give. some parts of this city are really, surprisingly beautiful.

this weekend marked the coldest consecutive days of the winter to date: current temperature, -19C/-29C with windchill (trust me, it feels more like the latter).  despite this, a surprising amount of time was spent walking around outside, which isn’t actually too bad if you’re wearing crazy amounts of layers, like i was. the only downside to not yet owning a balaclava is that within five minutes i lost the ability to move any part of my face. the first few pictures are from a birthday dinner friday night; the guest of honour treated us to a traditional iranian dinner, whose spiced lentils i still can’t get off my tastebuds. so delicious.  the second set of pictures are from a hike up mont royal today, this being the “mountain” behind mcgill, which people ski and snow tube on in the colder seasons.