Friday, September 22, 2017

Five on Friday

1)  Lately we have been into the olive bread from our corner grocery store.


We are both carb-lovers, and this bread is perfect.  We toasted it up last weekend and dipped it into the yolks of our cloud eggs.

2)  Recently we used leftover chili up by making homemade fries, and topping them with the chili and a Velveeta cheese sauce.


3)  Last weekend we stayed in and relaxed, and cooked up king crab legs with baked potatoes for dinner.


This week flew by so fast, I didn't even have a chance to tell you about last weekend ...

4)  On Sunday Christopher made a giant pico de gallo omelet with bacon, just like the one I always order in Saskatoon.

 

Yum!  Cut in half, it was a lovely breakfast for two.  He always makes the best breakfasts.

5)  Last weekend we also roasted a chicken, which we used in dinner on Sunday and Monday (more on that in the next post).


Speaking of chicken, we also snacked on chicken wings some time over the weekend.


And just like that, it's the weekend again.

How was your week?  Do you ever make a new dish with leftover chili, such as chili fries or dogs?  What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cloud Eggs

Sunny-side-up, over-easy, poached, scrambled ... however you like your eggs, it's safe to say none of those eggs are as pretty as cloud eggs.


If you're looking to take your breakfast to a whole new level of extra, well then I have the recipe for you!  Cloud eggs are incredibly easy, and they taste better than I could have imagined.  I thought they might turn out slightly meringue-like due to whipping them, but instead they were perfectly fluffy and soft, with a gorgeous runny yolk.

Cloud Eggs

4 eggs
salt and pepper
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (optional)
1/3 cup minced green onions (optional)

Preheat the oven to 450 F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment.  Separate your eggs, putting all the whites in a mixing bowl, and setting the yolks aside each in their own small bowl.  Season the whites with salt and pepper and whisk/beat until stiff peaks form (or somewhere between soft peaks and stiff peaks).  Use a spatula to gently fold in the optional ingredients.  Create four mounds on the parchment and indent the centers of each to look like little nests.  Bake until slightly golden, or about 3 minutes.  Carefully add an egg yolk to the center of each, season the yolk with salt and pepper, and bake an additional 3 minutes until yolk is just set.  Serve immediately.


A lovely way to start the day.


You can mix up the add-ins, using whatever you have on hand, or just make plain eggs with salt and pepper.

I think the only prettier breakfasts we've made were our beet breakfasts.

How do you like your eggs?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tetley Super Herbal Tea: Immunity

As the weather gets cooler and people stay inside more often, colds and other viral illnesses become more prevalent.  Vitamin C contributes to the healthy functioning of the immune system, and in the fall/ winter I like to supplement my vitamin intake.   

Tetley has introduced a new peach and orange tea with vitamin C, which allows you to get cozy with a cup of tea and boost your immune system all at once.


In addition to peach and orange the tea also includes beetroot, roasted chicory root, licorice root, ginger root, hibiscus flowers, apple, and rosehip.  It has a nice fruit flavour, and I found that the orange really stood out.

On the weekend we tried this tea in an iced beverage.

We steeped the tea with a cup of hot water for 5 minutes:


Then cooled it and poured it over ice:


Finally, we topped the cup off with ginger ale:


It had a really light flavour when cooled and iced, and with 1/3 cup of ginger ale per drink, it wasn't too sweet.  It would also be great with a bit of honey for those who like a sweeter tea.

We drink a lot of tea in our house, so this will be gone in no time!

Do you drink tea?  Have you tried Tetley's Immunity tea? 

* The tea was provided to me free of charge.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Week of Meals

Last weekend when we got home from Saskatoon, and before our plumbing issues started, Christopher made dak galbi for dinner while I worked on the pavlova for dessert.

 

The leftovers were lunches for a couple of days.

On Monday evening I BBQd burgers and made salad, while Christopher fixed the broken tap/sprinkler hose hook-up on the side of the house.


Dinner on Tuesday evening was a large salad with chickpeas (1/2 can).


On Wednesday evening we had salmon and sweet potato fries, with a grainy mustard dip.


The rest of the chickpeas were great in Thursday's chili dinner.


Chili is even better the next day, and we both enjoyed it for lunch on Friday.

Last night we BBQd some wild duck that our friends Jessie and Chris had given us a while back.  We thawed it, soaked it in milk and soy sauce (to reduce the gaminess), and then dried it well, seasoned it with salt and pepper, and threw it on the grill.

After chopping it up, we used the duck in hard tacos with mango chutney, seaweed, and kimchi.


These tacos might sound weird, but they were great!  We figured the sweet chutney would pair well with the spicy/sour kimchi, the savoury duck, and the salty seaweed.  It was a great combination, and I think Christopher devoured about five tacos!

Breakfasts most of last week included toasted, homemade bread with fruit on the side.


We cleaned the house and did laundry on Thursday, and got groceries on Friday, so this weekend we can just relax, snack, and enjoy each other's company.  We're trying a couple new meals in the next few days, so those will be coming up in posts this week.

What are you up this weekend?  
Did you make any delicious eats last week?
Have you ever had wild duck?

Friday, September 15, 2017

Chocolate Pavlova

This summer I made a pavlova for the first time using this recipe.  This is one of Christopher's favourite desserts, and he loved it, so I decided to try out a chocolate pavlova for my second go at it.


I used this recipe, and it turned out perfectly.


Christopher said it was the best pavlova he's ever had, and that we should definitely make it for company.  Sooooooo, our next dinner guests just might be having this for dessert ...


This is a recipe that we will be hanging on to and making again and again.  It has the most satisfying texture, and the chopped chocolate inside added to this in an unexpected way.  We topped it with very slightly sweetened whipped cream (with a dash of vanilla), blueberries, and chocolate shavings.  Both of us were sad when the last piece was gone.


What are you waiting for?  Go and make a pavlova!

What was the last dessert you made?  What is your favourite dessert?

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Household Hassles & Other Stuff

Things have been pretty busy around here lately.  We had a couple plumbing issues (neighbors' tree roots decided to make their way into our main water line), and the tap on the side of the house for the outdoor water/ underground sprinkler hoses also decided to break off.  Ugh.

We were lucky though, as we caught the water line blockage just before it backed up into the laundry room and damaged anything in the basement.  Phew!  If I hadn't gone downstairs to grab bread on Sunday evening, things could have been much, much worse.  We always try to look on the positive side in situations like this, and we both realize how fortunate we are that the events played out as they did, and also that it was on a Sunday evening, and not a Monday morning before work.  The inconvenience and price aside, we felt lucky.

This past weekend, just before the plumbing issues, we were in Saskatoon visiting my mom.  We left town on Saturday morning, stopping for coffees and breakfast before hitting the road.

Subway breakfast subs.
A little autumn spice cookie too:


After spending the day with my mom, we ate dinner at a new restaurant, Number 1 Noodle House.  The menu isn't too big, and if you order off the smaller, stand-up menu, you can get the dishes made with handmade noodles for an extra dollar.

Since we hadn't eaten since our early breakfast, we were quite hungry.  We shared two starters and two mains.  First up was a Chinese pancake stuffed with pulled pork:


Next was fabulous won ton soup:


The main dishes included spicy, chicken-fried, hand-cut noodles:


And five-spice beef slices, knife-cut noodles with soup:


The beef in this broth was incredible; it was so tender and flavourful.  I kept saying it was "buttery", although I know that's a weird way to describe beef.  You'd have to try it to see what I mean.

The hand-cut noodles were so good, and reminiscent of perogy dough.


We really enjoyed this meal, and will definitely be back to this restaurant.

After grabbing breakfast the next morning, we spent the rest of the morning and afternoon with my mom.


Not long after we were home, the issues started ... but thankfully we were in bed by about 11:30 p.m., which isn't too bad, even if it's past our usual weeknight bedtime.

Workday breakfasts last week included cinnamon raisin toast a couple of days:


And a few tropical smoothies:


I made the smoothies with coconut water, strawberries, frozen mango, and 1/2 a banana.  I added a big handful of greens to a couple of my smoothies for an added nutrient punch.

Freezer waffle that we made a while back.
Our dinners last week included a veggie pizza:


Vegetarian stir-fry:


Raw veggies with dip, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus:


And pan-seared salmon with brown rice, and a coconut curry sauce:


How was your weekend?  What did you do?