Finding my way om

Rewind to eight years ago. I’ve just returned from my first time travelling overseas. I’m buying new pants and my eyes are bloodshot from the continual hangover. Needless to say, I’m not doing so hot. I had known from a young age that I would travel extensively. Number one on the list was India. This … Continued

Instant Pot potato soup recipe

The idea that a university student dragged an Instant Pot to dorms has gotten a chuckle here and there; but I am quickly learning the power of the multi-function unit. Nothing beats setting food on the slow-cooker function and then heading to a six-hour time block knowing that supper will be ready for me when … Continued

Get involved

Being at VIU is more than just going to class, eating, sleeping, repeating. It seems, however, as though some of us are scared to leave our comfort zone and take the leap into something that would actually benefit us. The “something” that we are referring to in this instance is getting involved on campus.  Getting … Continued

Ballin’ on a budget

Waiting on that student loan to come in? Wallet feeling a little light? Here are a bunch of things you can do for free—or at least, on the cheap—in the Nanaimo area until your bank account hits the quadruple digits again. The Cultural Couch Series The Cultural Couch Series is a student-led weekly event. Each week is … Continued

14 Vancouver Island summer activities

Now that the school year is coming to a close, you may be looking for things to do in Nanaimo and beyond—especially if this is your first summer on Vancouver Island. Here’s a list of activities to keep you occupied on your days off. Kayaking You can kayak almost anywhere there’s a source of water … Continued

Caramelized onion hummus

This hummus tastes even better than the store-bought version—and it won’t give you garlic breath. Ingredients 1/2 of a medium onion, thinly sliced vegetable oil of your choice, for frying juice of one lemon 3 tbsp tahini 1 tsp salt, or to taste 3/4 vegetable oil of your choice, or water for a lighter version—a … Continued

Vegan chocolate drops

This no-bake cookie is one of the easiest things you’ll ever make, and a perfect treat to make for Easter.   Ingredients: ½ cup vegan butter, margarine, or coconut oil ¼ cup and 2 Tbsp cocoa powder 2 Tbsp vegan milk ⅔ cup sugar 1 ½ cups quick oats or rolled oats 1 cup coconut … Continued

Vegan health

If you’ve spent any time in the vegan corner of the Internet, you’ll have noticed a wide range of opinions about the vegan diet. There are those that claim it’s the healthiest diet that ever existed, and those that claim it will kill you. A vegan diet, like a diet that includes animal products, can … Continued

Vegan chocolate cake recipe

This vegan chocolate cake is also called Depression Cake, because it was common during the ’30s when milk, butter, and egg supplies were limited. The addition of vinegar has no effect on the taste of the cake and helps the ingredients rise in a similar way to a cake made with eggs. The recipe makes … Continued

Vegan spring rolls

The following is a delicious way to trick all your friends and family into eating tofu. Seriously, though—these spring rolls are the best thing ever. Ingredients Note: This isn’t a recipe that requires exact measurements. Approx. one handful of vermicelli noodles* or 2 handfuls of lettuce 1 regular-sized block of firm tofu 1-2 tbsp soy … Continued

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