Monday, May 22, 2017

Beet It

Cause, we got the beet, we got the beet, we got the beet, yeah, we got it!

We've been thinking of all things beet lately, and I don't see any sign of us stopping.  I don't think a vegetable could be any more gorgeous.

On Saturday we fried up latkes to use as a base for eggs benedict.

We topped each with smoked salmon:

Then a soft-poached egg, and beet hollandaise:

Finally fresh dill:

To make the beet hollandaise, we juiced a raw beet, and used the juice in place of the lemon juice that would typically be in hollandaise.

It was incredible.

This weekend we also made bagels.

And a beautifully whipped, beet-horseradish cream cheese:

To make the beet cream cheese, we blended puréed, cooked beet, with a block of cream cheese, and horseradish to taste.

We topped the bagels with smoked salmon and dill (we clearly can't get enough smoked salmon either).

Today we made beet hummus, subbing in puréed beets for chickpeas in a basic hummus recipe.

The wheels are already turning with other ways we can make beets stand out front and center. 
Do you like beets?  
Have you ever used them in a dish in an unexpected way?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

All Week

Last weekend was wonderful!  It started with a nice evening out with our nephew, and then on Saturday morning Christopher made breakfast.

On Saturday evening we went out with family/friends Mel and Steve for sushi to celebrate their 35th birthdays, which are about a month apart.

We were so full after all-you-can-eat sushi, but later that evening we were craving something sweet, so I whipped up a couple mini chocolate cakes.  We shared one, and saved the other for the next day.

Sunday's breakfast was a pan scrambler.

Christopher made that while I worked on double-chocolate merlot cookies for his mom, as part of her mothers' day gift.

I used black cocoa, which I don't usually use (I normally use ruddy red from Bulk Barn), and they still turned out well, but I think I prefer them with the red cocoa.

On Sunday afternoon we went to Christopher's parents' house for a visit, and to give his mom some mothers' day gifts.  We had a lovely time catching up with them.  It had been about two months since our last visit; I don't know how that happened!

That evening we made Asian pork noodles for dinner.

On Monday we made borscht.  We used a ham bone to whip up a quick stock first, and then tossed in loads of veggies, and topped our bowls with sour cream and dill.

On Tuesday evening we had a dippy dinner.  We grilled an eggplant for a while, and made baba ganoush.  We also made raita, and some za'atar spiced pita chips.


On Wednesday we grilled shrimp, and enjoyed them with rice and salad.

We had a retirement gathering to attend on Thursday evening, and snacked a bit at that.

On Friday we picked up groceries after work, and then BBQd ribs, broccoli, and a rice/veggie mixture.

We are soaking up this gorgeous long weekend - more on that in the next post.

What are you up to this weekend?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Last Week's Eats

Last week I made up a batch of quinoa with coconut milk, cocoa, a bit of vanilla, and a pinch of salt and nutmeg.  I cooled it, and kept it in the fridge to use in my breakfasts.  I made a variety of yogurt/quinoa bowls and parfaits, with different toppings throughout the week.

These kept me full each morning, and were really satisfying.  I totally miss yogurt parfaits with pomegranates though - pom season is way too short.

Last Monday evening we BBQd salmon, and a rice/veggie mixture.  We used leftover rice, seasoned it up, added raw veggies, oiled up tinfoil, and cooked it all in the foil on the BBQ.

We BBQd again on Tuesday evening - turkey legs with tabbouleh on the side.  The legs were coated in a sticky Korean sauce.

Wednesday's dinner was stuffed pasta shells, with a spinach salad on the side.  We were both excited to have the leftovers for our lunches.

On Thursday we made lentil, mushroom moussaka.

We had a lot of leftovers from this dish too, so we ate them up on Friday evening before taking our nephew out to try virtual reality gaming, and for frozen yogurt.

What have you been cooking lately?  How's your week going?

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Last Weekend

Whenever we eat at Grainfields in Saskatoon I order the pico de gallo omelette.  Since we had pico de gallo on hand from Cinco de Mayo, Christopher decided to recreate this omelette for me at home last Saturday.

Sour cream and cilantro on top - mmm mmm!

He made some crispy parsley potatoes to go on the side.

For lunch we had smoked salmon, with cream cheese and bread.

We spent a good part of last Saturday sitting out in the backyard for the first time this year.  It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend, and we soaked up some sun, while listening to tunes, visiting, and watching the trees start to bud.  They go from no leaves to having large leaves within about a day; it's fascinating to watch.

We BBQd potatoes, pork chops, and corn for dinner.

On Sunday morning we had breakfast skillets with farmer's sausage, egg, veggies and cheese.

In the afternoon I went to my sister's baby shower.  She's due at the end of June.  Another nephew on the way!

We had plans to cook dinner on Sunday evening, but just ended up having nachos, as we weren't too hungry.

I made mini funfetti cakes for dessert.


I followed this recipe from Christina, a sweetheart of a blogger, who I met years ago at the Food Buzz festival in San Fransisco.

We shared one for dessert on Sunday, and the other on Monday.

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

What are you up to this weekend?