Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dandy's Artisan Ice Cream

There's a delicious new ice cream place in town!  We stopped by Dandy's Artisan Ice Cream last week and tried a flight.  For a flight you get four kid's sized portions, which is a great way to taste multiple flavours.

It was difficult to choose which kinds we wanted, as they all sounded delicious.  The ice cream is made in-house, using local ingredients, one batch at a time.  The flavours are interesting and unique, and the toppings are all homemade as well.  There are vegan options, and choices that are gluten and allergy-friendly.

We ended up choosing browned butter shortbread, olive oil sponge cake, espresso almond biscotti, and cereal milk with caramelized bananas.  My favourite of these four was the browned butter shortbread.  I was hoping the cereal milk one would have had more of a cereal milk taste (like Milk in Las Vegas), but the caramelized banana flavour was much more pronounced, which wasn't a bad thing; I was just looking for something to fill my craving for the cereal milk ice cream I got hooked on during our last trip to Vegas.

All in all, we loved Dandy's, and we're looking forward to going back soon!  I cannot wait to try the coconut ash honeycomb, and rosemary caramel popcorn.

Have you gone for ice cream yet this Spring?

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Quick and Easy

This week is flying by!  Our weekend was low-key.  We didn't have anything going on, other than a sweet little three year old's birthday.  After visiting and having cake at the party on Saturday, we ran some errands, and then were home for the rest of the weekend.

Christopher made this breakfast to keep us going until dinner that evening.

Meals lately have been quick and easy, like pizza buns:

And battered fish from a box, with curly fries:

We were just randomly craving curly fries, and figured we needed the fish and tartar sauce to go with them.  This is totally an old-school meal for me; I doubt I've had this combination since I was a teenager.

Sticking with the easy meals, on Sunday we threw a cook-from-frozen, stuffed turkey into the oven in the morning.

The next day I made some steamed veggies and gravy, and we ate the turkey and sides until today.

Yesterday we used the meat and gravy for a roast turkey poutine.

Now that it is nice out, I am just itching to do some Spring cleaning - stupid things, like cleaning the blinds, washing windows, and vacuuming behind dressers, etc.  We don't have a free weekend for a bit, but as soon as we do, that's the excitement we'll be getting up to.  I also want to purge a bunch of junk from the house.  I hate how spaces that we don't use often (the extra room upstairs and in the basement) get cluttered with stuff that we don't know where to put in the moment.  We also need to attack our ever-cluttered garage, which has more sets of tires in it than it should (I blame Canadian Tire; they said they'd dispose of them, and then I found them back in my trunk ... twice).

How is your week going?
Have you done any Spring cleaning?

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Seven Random Things

1)  We needed something little to hold us over until dinner on Sunday, so we picked up a Beyond Meat burger from A&W.  It was great!  I think you could fool any meat lover with this burger; it's impressive how well they perfected the texture, look and taste.

2)  Yesterday we woke up to a little buddy in our yard ...

Oh, and also snow 😝

Fortunately the snow is basically gone today.

3)  The other day I accidentally deleted a bunch of photos off of my camera that I hadn't uploaded yet, including the finished product of this chicken dish:

And the outcome of this white chocolate, coffee blondie batter:

Ooops!  Anyway, both turned out well.  The chicken dish had fennel, lemon, and olives in with it, and tasted great over teff.  The blondie recipe was from a Best of Bridge cookbook, but you can find the recipe here.

4)  We're getting so excited for our trip to Thailand that is coming up!  This is the type of trip we've been longing to take for what feels like forever.  Everything lined up for us this year.

5)  Christopher and I were running a few errands about a week ago, and found ourselves in the south end of town, seriously in need of a snack.  We stopped at Chopped Leaf, and shared this healthy bowl and a kombucha:

6)  Dinner this evening was perogies with farmers sausage cooked in sauerkraut.

7)  I am currently obsessing over the song Rumour Mill by Rudimental ft. Anne-Marie and Will Heard.  I have serious fear of missing out (FOMO) when it comes to music (and food), so I am always on the lookout for what might become my new favourites.  I spend my mornings listening to new songs on YouTube, and then seeing where those take me.  A couple of weekends ago Christopher and I went down the YouTube rabbit hole all afternoon, and found some new-to-us tunes that we're loving, including Rumour Mill

How is your week going so far?  
Have you tried the Beyond Meat burger?
What song are you loving right now?

Monday, April 1, 2019

Happy April!

Tonight we fired up the grill for the first time this year!  It is a month earlier than we were able to last year, so that's a nice treat.  We BBQd something we very rarely eat, steak.

Caesar salad, garlic bread, and baked potato on the side:

We had a nice weekend away, spending time with my mom.

Breakfast in our hotel:

And out:

And two Chinese dinners:

I think this was our first time going out for hot pot.  We went to Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot, and thought it was quite good.  You pay an all you-can-eat price, and pay for your pot of broth (or two broths, for half-and-half), and then you order as many protein foods, veggies, and noodles as you want, and cook them up in the broth. 

A couple of recent meals at home were these nachos, with more cilantro than most people would like to see:

And stuffed pasta shells:

Alright, I'm off to watch a TV show before bed.  My new favourite is One Strange Rock on Netflix; it's one of the most fascinating, engaging shows I've ever watched.  We just finished, and are going to go back and re-watch all the episodes again. 

How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Have you ever had hot pot?
What are you watching on Netflix?

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Trying New Food Products

Have you heard of teff?

It's the smallest whole grain in the world, and a staple in Ethiopia.  The grains are about the size of poppy seeds.  They are a strong crop that grows really well in various climates and elevations, and succumbs to fewer plant diseases than other grains.  It's gluten free, higher in calcium than other grains, and high in resistant starch, which is beneficial for blood sugar levels, weight control and colon health.  It is around 14% protein, and it's also an excellent source of fibre, manganese, and iron.

We made some as a base for a saucy chicken dish.  To make the teff we just boiled 2 cups of organic chicken broth, and then added 1/2 cup of teff, covered the pot, and simmered it for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  At first when we looked at it, we thought we weren't going to like it.  It has a different consistency when cooked, unlike couscous, quinoa, or rice.  It becomes more polenta-like in texture and consistency (grits).  We tasted some on it's own and loved it!  The chicken broth works so well with it; it was creamy, buttery tasting, and didn't need any salt or anything added.  We also tried cooking it with water, and still loved it, although it had a milder flavour.  We both agreed we like it better than couscous or quinoa.  It's our new go-to grain, and a healthy one at that!

As you might know, we love beets in our house. So, when we saw a beet crust pizza at our corner grocery store, we had to give it a try.

I liked the vegetables on top, but thought that the ham didn't really go with it.  I also didn't get too much of a beet taste from the crust.

And, because I like my pizza piping hot, I ended up microwaving a slice or two, and I think that completely ruined it.  The crust does not microwave well.  We won't be buying this pizza again.

It also doesn't look very pretty.

What does look pretty, however, is this lovely olive loaf we found at our grocery store:

I am a fan of anything with olives, so it didn't disappoint, although it wasn't very focaccia-y, for being called focaccia.  Anyway, green olives make me happy, and bread makes me happy, so #win.

We tried an amazing new snack recently - kraut krisps!

They are made from sauerkraut, so they are loaded with probiotics.  We bought the dill pickle flavour from Dad's Organic Market, and each chip was absolutely covered in real dill, and so much flavour.  The ingredients are organic, and they are all recognizable.  This was another hit!

We love to try new food products (or new-to-us foods).

Have you picked up any new-to-you food items/ products recently?

Monday, March 25, 2019

Weekend Things

On Thursday evening I made spaghetti with a rosé meat sauce for dinner, before we went to Christopher's parents' house for a visit.  It had been a while since we had seem them, so it was nice to catch up.

On Friday evening we enjoyed crab legs with Greek salad.

After sleeping in a bit on Saturday, Christopher made rosemary scrambled eggs, Hungarian paprika paste potatoes, and bacon for breakfast. 

We then spent the day in our jammies, sipping coffees, watching shows, discovering new music, and having no where to be and nothing to do.  It was really nice.  We had been looking forward to having a pajama day all week.

For dinner we made a few easy Indian dishes, including cilantro lentils, lemon-cumin rice, and saag paneer.

I'm pretty sure, between those three dishes, we used every pot and pan in our house.  There were so many dishes to do after!  It was yummy though, so totally worth it.

On Sunday morning I made a puffy oven pancake for breakfast, along with some bacon.  I put crushed raspberries and a sprinkle of powdered sugar into the middle of the pancake.

So much snow melted this weekend, that I'm starting to believe the Spring weather might be here to stay.  I'm getting super excited to sit out in the backyard, go on long walks, have BBQs, and bust out my sandals #soon.  

Dinner last night was jambalaya

Between this and the Indian food, there are a lot of leftovers!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?