Tuesday, May 28, 2013

10 on Tuesday

1)  We made dak galbi for dinner last night and it made great leftovers for our lunches today.

2)  Trying to properly number the pages of my thesis will be the death of me!!  Ummmm, well at least the flowers outside the university library are pretty.  Now if only they'd figure out the formatting issues of Microsoft Word for me ... #firstworldproblems

3)  Dear neighbors, please take care of your weeds so that my yard doesn't become as hideous as yours.  Other than that, you're cool.

Sincerely, Jolene Sickofpullingweeds.

P.S. Mowing your dandelions does not constitute taking care of your weeds.  Nice try though.

4)  I'm currently making chicken stock for soup.  It's a great way to use up almost-bad veggies, and I enjoy eating soup all year 'round.

5)  I love juicing!  Tonight it was cucumber, beet and grapefruit.

6)  I've been buying Silver Hills brand bread.  From what I can gather it seems to be the healthiest choice in the grocery store, next to another favourite of mine, Ezekiel.

7)  I didn't really understand or even know what Instagram was until a few days ago.  I had a look at my sister's page, and was told by a friend that I should be on Instagram, and now I sort of need it.

One small problem ...

Yeah, not really Instragram-capable.  Maybe it's time for a new phone.  One of these days.  And by one of these days, I pretty much mean a few years from now.  Probably.

8)  We grabbed some Shallot infused olive oil a couple of weeks ago and have been cooking with it quite a bit.  Oliv is a cool store because you can try all the oils/vinegars that they sell.  They have stores in both Moose Jaw and Saskatoon.

9)  I'm going to try and get to bed early earlier than usual tonight.  I have some important reading to do ...

10)  And now for something adorable ...

Christopher and I sort of, unofficially, take turns picking series to watch, or movies, etc..  Anyway, there is a series that I own that he definitely does not want to watch, and he's going through great lengths to hide it in hopes that I will forget about it ;-)  Verrrrry sneaky!

What are your Tuesday things?  Do you Instagram?  
What TV series do you love?

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Weekend Things

This weekend we attended the Cathedral Arts Festival, which is one of the best yearly festivals in town.  Christopher's band, Screaming Daisies, wailed on the Friday night.  They played to a huge crowd, and everyone had a great time.  

On Saturday afternoon we wandered the street fair, ate street grub, and watched a killer performance by The Fortunate Isles.  We also made a stop at the candy store, because Christopher likes candy more than most five year olds ;-)

And, I like Hello Kitty more than most five year olds ...

We also had to stop for a pie.  Because someone needed a pie.  I bet you can guess who.  (*Hint - not me).

We caught three more bands on Saturday evening

This morning we enjoyed a late breakfast of fruit, potatoes, poached eggs and bacon.  

Dinner was cooked on the BBQ - pork chops, asparagus and potatoes.

We ended off a great weekend with a food documentary, Food Matters.

How was your weekend?  What was the highlight?  Do you have a favourite local band?  Plug them in the comments!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Korean Inspired Hamburgers

The other day we dreamed up some Korean inspired burgers.  Before cooking these however, we enjoyed some kimchi dumplings as an appetizer.

The burger patties were made with:

- Approx. 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 small package of seaweed, crumbled in
- A few grinds of pepper
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs

We also made a gochujang sauce with:

- 2 T gochujang
- T sake
- splash sesame oil
- splash soy sauce
- sprinkle of ginger powder

Also on the burgers - kimchi, and a fried egg sprinkled with sesame seeds.

What is your favourite burger topping? 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Grill Masters

Grilled asparagus is the best kind of asparagus.

Last night we also threw some fish on the BBQ.  I mixed sesame oil, soy, oyster sauce, sake, ginger, garlic and gochujang and brushed this on salmon.  We then rested this on a bed of celery and onion, and placed it on tinfoil over the grill.

Also, a first for me, was rice done on the BBQ.  Christopher cut up veggies including carrot, pepper, green onions, mushrooms and cucumber.  He tossed these with shallot oil and spices, and threw in leftover rice, wrapping it all in tinfoil.  It was sooooo good!  I had also never had cucumber cooked on the grill, and I discovered I really like cooked cucumber.

I found this last little chunk of haloumi cheese in the fridge and since I know how much Christopher hates "little bits of things" being left in the fridge etc., I thought we'd grill that up too.

Have you ever had rice cooked on the BBQ?  Cucumber? 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Getting my Spring on!

Things are happening around these parts ...


Spring, I love you.

How to Roast a Spaghetti Squash

Roasted Spaghetti Squash

1)  Pre-heat the oven to 375 F
2)  Wash the outside of the squash
3)  Cut it in half lengthwise

4)  Spoon out the seeds and really stringy stuff in the middle, and discard

5)  Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cut side up
6)  Roast for 30-45 minutes (depending on size of squash)

7)  Scrape out the squash with a fork, lengthwise, to get spaghetti like strands

8)  Fry up in a pan with some oil and spices, or top with spaghetti sauce, or spice it as is and enjoy!

Do you like spaghetti squash?  Have you cooked it before?

Sunday Sushi at Sake

On Sunday evening we met up with family/friends for an all-you-can-eat sushi dinner at Sake.


This was followed by a couple of hours of karaoke in one of the private karaoke rooms upstairs.  We had a great time belting out an interesting mix of tunes throughout the evening. 

Christopher, Devon, Karly
Will & Vicki
Me & My Christopher
I'm looking forward to the next sushi/karaoke night, whenever that may be.

Do you ever go for all-you-can-eat sushi?
Do you like karaoke? What is your favourite song to sing?