Sunday, December 4, 2011

Vegan Reuben Sandwich

I have to start off with a confession: I've never eaten a "real" reuben sandwich. In fact, when I was in high school, I would go with my sister and her boyfriend to their favourite little deli shop near our campus. Every time, I would want to gag at the smell of the reuben they always ordered. I don't even actually knows what goes in one of those things... sauerkraut, rye bread? That's about it.

So, for some reason that still escapes me, I started suddenly having vegan reuben cravings like mad earlier this week. Seriously, I was like a pregnant woman craving ice cream and pickles... I may have spent precious hours of prime thesis proposal writing time scouring Pinterest for options, like Option #1:
or Option #2:
I looked, I considered, I conquered... I had to try my hand at this. The upside? Since I'd never had one before, there was little chance I'd be disappointed! I knew I wouldn't make a traditional reuben anyway. I wasn't a fan of all the use of veganaise, fake cheese, and what not, so my final result was chock full of whole, organic ingredients and deeeeelicious local flavours:
2 slices of miche (a type of sourdough bread) from Art-is-In Bakery
red cabbage sauerkraut from Roots Down
pan-fried mushrooms
caramalized onions
tomato slices
home-made garlicky cashew cheese sauce*

*apple cider vinegar, soaked cashews, lemon juice, garlic, salt, nutritional yeast, hint of maple syrup

Reuben or not... this combination of flavours was addictive, and was repeated twice over the week in a big bowl minus the bread. Hmm, maybe I should create the "Reuben bowl" in that way that they have sushi bowls... yummy...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

5 New Flexibility Goals

For a change, I'll allow myself to boast and say (perhaps again) that I've always been fairly flexible. It might have been the years of dance or perhaps my obsessive childhood perseverance of trying to remember to stretch during commercials... whatever it is, something paid off. 

I mentioned a while back that, for almost a year now, I've achieved my lifelong goal of easily being able to go into the splits. I also posted the basic stretching routine, which I do after every workout, that I think really contributed to where I am now.

After reaching my splits goal and all sorts of other crazy stuff, I've decided to up the ante. As of today, here are some of my goals for the year ahead. Good thing I've started dancing a couple times a week again... Hopefully, that will both help and motivate me to get there.

1) The Standing Splits
(not necessarily on pointe, but hey, why not dream big)

2) Laybacks like I used to be able to do...
a la Rachel Brice...
or in a crazy "I have no spine" way...

3) Controlled Forearm/Headstands
kinda like that, so I can one day move it slowly into...

4) ... this Crazy Chinese Acrobat-Looking Pose
Though this definitely requires strength, I find is so absolutely beautiful...

5) Partnered Goal

Andrew's new goal is also to be able to do this... Essentially, to use me as his human kettle bell, which I have no problem with! It will require more lightness and body control on my part, and some more crazy man muscles from him... Yay, we all win!
Here's to continuous new crazy shoot-for-the-moon goals!