Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sesame Chicken with Fennel & Orange Salad

Spring has sprung!!  The salad on the cover of Canadian Living magazine (on shelves today) is perfect for spring.  I had never had raw fennel before trying this dish, and I thought it blended perfectly with the red cabbage, orange, and creamy dressing.

This salad is beautiful, but it's also full of a variety of flavours and textures.  The orange with the sesame chicken is a perfect match.

This dish took very little time to prepare, and besides the fennel and cabbage, most of the ingredients included things that we have on hand all the time. 

Now that we can grill and eat outside, I envision many more meals like this one in the future.  You can find the recipe in the May issue of Canadian Living magazine, or on their website here.

Do you like fennel?  Have you tried it raw?

* This is sponsored post.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

We've been eating a lot of leftover ham this week ...

In other news, I thought spring was here, but I woke up to this:

Gross.  Thankfully, my bags are packed, and we're headed to soak up some tropical sun very soon.

We shared a giant omelet for dinner this evening (we were trying to get rid of the eggs, mushrooms, and other veggies in the fridge).

Fun times are ahead - holidays start tomorrow around 4:00!!

What's up with you this fine Wednesday?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Rest of the Weekend

After the ham dinner on Saturday, the rest of our weekend was just as great!  We saw Day Trip play a wicked show!  If you don't know this band, check 'em out.

We also went out with family/friends Mel & Steve for dinner to Thai Basil.  We shared some tofu to start:

Then we had the Singapore noodles and the salted crispy chicken (which is insanely good):

So far the week is off to a great start, and this evening I packed for Mexico!!  We're getting pretty excited!

How's your week going so far?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dinner Guests: Early Easter

On Saturday evening we had Christopher's parents over for an early Easter dinner, as we will not be around over Easter. 

We started with some cheeses, and homemade shrimp fresh rolls:

Next up was a creamy batch of clam chowder soup:

The main course included fresh dinner rolls:

Roasted broccoli (with parmesan, olive oil, orange zest, and fresh basil):

Spinach salad:

Ham (bone-in):

And cheesy potatoes:

We served the ham with two homemade sauces, an apple sauce, and a mustard sauce:

Dessert included a red wine chocolate cake (with whipped cream):

And double chocolate merlot cookies:

What are your plans for Easter?
If you are cooking an Easter dinner, what will you be making?
How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday Things

1)  Did you know that egg whites take longer to cook than the yolks?  It's true!  When we have scrambled eggs, I always separate the eggs first, and then cook the whites for a bit before adding the yolks.

Check this page for my perfect scrambled egg method.

2)  I have a fool-proof method for separating eggs that my parents taught me as a kid.  I plan on doing a vlog (video blog) post about this in the future.  I never knew that people had trouble separating eggs until I witnessed some very bizarre methods on a cooking show one time.

3)  Homemade fresh rolls before the Screaming Daisies show last night.

4)   The snow is melting!!!!!

We are excited that we can see this:

After the extremely cold winter we just had, BBQing and sitting on the deck sounds utterly glorious. 

5)  Sometimes we eat Costco pizza.  Tonight was one of those times.

What are your Thursday things? 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Keep Your Brain Young

As a psychology major, I've always been very interested in the brain, and brain research.  I am also passionate about health.  Needless to say, I jumped at the chance to review Keep Your Brain Young, when the lovely people at Robert Rose offered to give me a review copy.

Although the book was provided to me at no cost, a blog review was not required, and all opinions are my own. 

This book is broken into five parts:

1 - Understanding Brain Diseases
2 - Smart Nutrients
3 - Standard Care for Dementia
4 - The 12-Step Healthy Brain Diet Program
5 - Menu Plans and Recipes for a Healthy Brain

I loved the section on Smart Nutrients, as it was very straight forward, providing food sources for each nutrient, recipes that correspond, and signs/symptoms of too much or too little of the nutrient.  My other favourite section was section five - no surprise there I'm sure!

We made two of the recipes from this section, including the red lentil curry with coconut and cilantro, and the cucumber raita

These were both super easy to make, and full of healthy, fresh ingredients rich in brain-nutrients.

We served the lentil curry over basmati rice, and then topped it with the raita.  It was refreshing, and tasted very light.  We plan on making both of these recipes again.

What are you reading these days?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fabulous Weekend

What a great weekend!!  On Friday evening we cooked up a calzone perogy to share before heading out to see Kenny vs Spenny

After the show we went to Original Joe's for a little snack:

After a lovely breakfast on Saturday morning, we lounged around for the afternoon, and then booked a Vegas vacation!!  Why not!?

In the evening we met up with friends Kim & Chris for a really nice dinner at Crave.  We got the beef tartare to start:

Then I had the chicken dish (which was incredible), and Christopher had risotto with seared tuna:

After a wonderful dinner and visit, with a lot of laughs, we headed to Bushwakker to celebrate a birthday with some other pals. 

We did some running around today (a BIG Costco trip was in order), and now we're chilling out, listening to vinyls in the basement

Life is good.

How was your weekend?