Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Perfect Saturday

We had such a great weekend - Saturday especially.  We had no plans for breakfast, but ended up whipping up some fantastic shrimp and grits.  The shrimp was spicy, the grits were cheesy, and we were happy.


A sprinkle of fresh herbs for colour ...


In the afternoon we headed down the street to see one of my elementary school friends get married!  Congratulations Tricia and Lee!


After the ceremony, while the wedding party was doing photos, we went to The Lobby for some drinks/appies. 

The reception in the evening was so fun!  The dinner was absolutely delicious - some of the best food I've ever had at a wedding. 


Many of our friends from elementary and high school were at the wedding (Christopher and I went to the same school since he was a little cute kindergartner, and I was in grade 2), and some family was there too! 

Christopher's sister Victoria, brother-in-law William, and his brother Steve (Melody, Steve's wife, was in the wedding party)

We caught up with old pals, and then danced pretty much non-stop for the rest of the night. 


We were still dancing up the front steps when we got home around 1:30 a.m..  Once we get started ... we can't stop.  I love weekends that are as fun and memorable as this past one was. 

We wish the happy couple all the best in their future!  Friends' weddings are the best, especially friends you've known for 20 years! 

What was the highlight of your weekend?  
How's your week going so far?

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Flip!

Flip is one of the best restaurants in the city.  Everything we've had on the menu has been incredible, and the service is always excellent.  We got a gift certificate to Flip as a wedding gift from my coworkers, and we used it on Friday night.

We started with the veggie poutine.


The olives and pickled hot peppers really added to this fantastic dish.  

Christopher ordered the ahi tuna curry, which had crispy tofu and coconut basmati rice along with the curried vegetables.  The tuna was absolutely perfect. 


I had a hard time ordering because I am pretty much obsessed with the spaetzle, and never want to order anything but that.  I decided to try something new for a change and ordered the ramen.


The pork belly on top was spot on.  Seriously amazing.  The broth was extremely satisfying, and it was loaded with noodles and veggies, as well as a cured, soft-boiled egg.

We don't usually order dessert, but the butterscotch pana cotta caught our attention.  It wasn't too sweet, which I really enjoyed.


We love Flip, and this was a great start to our fabulous weekend! 

How was your weekend?  What did you do?  Did you go to any restaurants this weekend?  If you live in town, have you been to Flip?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Friday!

It's been a week of good eats.  On the weekend we had made some extra waffles, which we then toasted during the week for breakfasts.  We did this with pancakes too.


Lunches were either leftovers, or Asian pork noodles that lasted for about two lunches each.


Some of our dinners with week included mushroom pot pie:


BBQd ribs:


And breakfast for dinner:


The most exciting thing about this week was that it was so beautiful, that we got an early start on our after work backyard time.


This is the best spring ever!

Tonight we're going out on the town, and then tomorrow we have a friend's wedding; it's going to be a wonderful weekend.

What are you up to this weekend?

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Sustainable Salmon

We've had some fantastic salmon within the past few days, because the kind people at Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fishery gave me a little gift bag of a few types of salmon to try.

Skipper Otto's CSF is based on the Community Supported Agriculture model, which helps to connect consumers to local, organic, fairly-traded, and sustainable food.  All of Skipper Otto's seafood is caught and processed ethically in British Columbia (the pictures depict three generations of family fishermen).






We got to try chum sticks of "hot smoked" salmon, and candied, peppered smoked salmon made from pink salmon.


The aroma when we opened the packages of the smoked salmon was fantastic!  Both were excellent, and of really high quality, but the peppered salmon really caught our attention.  It was so flavourful, and the coarse-ground pepper gave it a nice touch of spice.  The pieces were bite-sized already, which was convenient.  The smokiness in both the sticks and the peppered bites was perfect.


We also tried a sockeye salmon fillet.  It was firm, and dense, and had beautiful colour.  It was one of the best pieces of fish I've ever had.


Christopher and his handsome father went salmon fishing in BC a few years back, and I've heard how good the salmon was fresh out of the water ... since we won't be going salmon fishing any time soon, I think this is the closest we're going to get to snagging our own from the water.  It tasted fresh and flavourful, and we can feel good knowing that it was caught in an ethical, sustainable way.


If you want to join the Skipper Otto CSF, you can get $20 off of a membership by using the coupon code EverydayFoodie by May 8th, 2015.  You can sign up or learn more about Skipper Otto's seafood and where to buy it on their website.

If you live in Regina, you can buy Skipper Otto seafood at Body Fuel Organics.

Where do you buy seafood?  Have you had salmon recently?  
Have you ever been fishing?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Weekend at Home

We are out of town a lot.  The past three weekends in a row, we've been away.  When we are in town, we don't like to be too busy.  In fact, our favourite weekends are usually the ones when we don't have to leave the house at all; this weekend was one of those weekends. 

On Friday evening we cooked up some Asian noodles, and then fell asleep on the couch watching comedy (obviously wasn't that funny).


Yesterday morning we made buttermilk pancakes and bacon for breakfast.  In the later afternoon, friends Tricia and Lee, who are getting married next week, came over for a visit.  We're looking forward to their wedding in 6 days!

Later in the evening we had take-out from Western Pizza because we didn't feel like cooking supper.


We didn't even come close to finishing the yummy lasagna, poutine, salad and garlic toast, so we'll have a good lunch or dinner today.

This morning we were up bright and early.  We made a twist on eggs benedict, with buttermilk waffles as the base.  We put bacon into the batter, and then topped the waffles with poached eggs and hollandaise


After breakfast we had fun researching future vacations, and chillin' in the basement while Christopher played bass and drums; it's only 1:00 ... who knows what the rest of the day will bring!

What did you do this weekend?  
Do you have any weddings coming up?

Friday, April 24, 2015

BBQ Recipes

We're so lucky to have an early spring!  Now that it's nice out, Christopher and I have been trying to think of new things to BBQ this spring and summer.  We found so many inspiring and tasting looking ideas on the BBQ recipes page of RicardoCuisine.com

First we BBQd the chicken drumsticks with Indian spices.


They were fabulous!  We marinated them in the coconut milk and spices overnight, and then they took no time at all on the BBQ.  We served them with potatoes and salad.


Because the chicken was so good, we were inspired to try another recipe from the BBQ recipes page.  We chose the grilled endives with melon and prosciutto for a sweet and savory appetizer.


They were easy to put together, and after brushing them with olive oil, we tossed them on the grill for a few minutes per side.


These are an extremely satisfying appetizer.  They are salty, and just a tiny bit sweet, with a bit of crunch.  We'll definitely make these again when we have dinner guests.


Ricardo Cuisine has a lot of recipes on the website.  We're looking forward to trying a lot more of the BBQ ideas this summer.  Most days after work we head straight outside and visit in the backyard, and we often end up cooking dinner out there too.  On weekends, we'll sit outside all day, while our dinner cooks very slowly and makes all the neighbors jealous ;-) 

You can find both of the recipes I made and a lot more at BBQ recipes.

What is your favourite thing to throw on the BBQ?

* Full disclosure - All opinions are my own.  The recipes were chosen by me and ingredients purchased by me.  In exchange for trying a recipe, I will be receiving a subscription to Ricardo Magazine.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Grapefruities

I've done a lot of baking this week.  In addition to four loaves of bread (for our breakfasts), I also baked some double chocolate cookies.


You can find the recipe here

I also baked grapefruities, which are similar in style to brownies, but are grapefruit flavour instead of chocolate.


Grapefruities

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
zest of one grapefruit
3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
3 T grapefruit juice (squeezed from the zested grapefruit)
1 tsp vanilla

Glaze

1 cup icing sugar
2-3 T grapefruit juice
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 F.  Spray an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray.  Mix the sugar, flour, salt, b. powder, and zest.  Add the butter, grapefruit juice, eggs and vanilla.  Pour into baking pan & bake 20 minutes.  Cool.  Mix up the glaze ingredients (adding the grapefruit juice a little at a time until the icing is pourable).  Pour the icing over the grapefruities, and put them in the fridge for the icing to set.  Cut into squares to serve.


Have you done any baking recently?