Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Weekend Eats

Friday was Chinese New Year, so we thought it would be fun to cook up a Chinese dish; we made ginger chicken, and served it over rice.

We had a few yummy breakfasts over the long weekend, and tried a couple new recipes.  We made shakshuka one morning, which is eggs poached in a tomato-based sauce. 

It was really good served with mini pitas.

After breakfast I ate a handful of cilantro, straight up. 

You guys, I think I have problems 😆 

On Sunday Christopher made skillets for breakfast:

And on Monday we had breakfast banh mi sandwiches:

More cilantro!

I was feeling like eggs again today so I had one, a piece of Ezekiel toast (so good), and a bowl of fruit.

For a late lunch/ dinner yesterday we shared a smoked meat poutine.

Then we threw a turkey in the oven, and nibbled on a bit of that for a snack later in the evening.  I'm going to make gravy and sides today, and we'll have that for dinner, and use a bunch of the meat for lunches this week.

Whenever we see turkeys on sale for about $10 we always buy a few and put them in the freezer.  They are super economical, extremely easy to cook, and we never get sick of turkey sandwiches etc.  We've started cooking the turkey one day, and making the sides the next, as we find that we never want to eat a full turkey dinner on the day that we make it.  There is something about smelling it cooking that satisfies us enough, that we usually aren't too hungry that day to eat it.

I am off today, and I didn't do too much other than a bit of straightening up around the house, and some laundry.  The rest of my afternoon will be spent with a book and some tea.

Forever Nuts tea from David's Tea is fabulous!

We only have one David's Tea in town, but every time I am in the mall downtown I stop there.  The other day when Christopher and I were running a couple errands I tried the English toffee tea - mmm!

What is your favourite tea?  Do you ever go to David's Tea?

Monday, February 19, 2018

Long Weekend

Since we stayed in for both our anniversary and Valentine's day, we decided to go out on Saturday evening for a little date night.  Sticking with our theme of firsts, we went to the first restaurant we dined at together - Korea House.

In the past couple of weeks we've eaten at more restaurants than we usually do, including Fomoso, which wasn't very good:

And Bushwakker last night to share a pizza before Christopher played a show at Revival Music Room, an awesome music venue.

This was both his and the guitarist's last show with the band.

They are moving on to do their own things, and Christopher was super pumped to get some new music started in the basement today. We went out shopping on Saturday and picked out a bass guitar for him (the one he was using in the band was borrowed), and he's been loving playing it and already has a couple songs almost fully written for a new project he's been experimenting with.

We had a tonne of fun at the show last night, and also got to visit a bit with Christopher's parents, and our friends Jeff and Alaina who came out to catch the last gig.

In other news, we tried a delicious new pasta recipe recently, rigatoni with sausage and fennel.

It's a recipe we'll hang on to and make again.  Other recent eats include spaghetti with puttanesca meat sauce:

Rice, acorn squash, pork chops and apple sauce for dipping:

Potato soup with biscuits:

Asian noodles:

Salmon and loads of veggies:

Workday breakfasts have looked like this ...

Today is the Family Day holiday in Saskatchewan, so we have been enjoying the day off.  I have the rest of the week off too, and plan to get a lot done around the house.

I'll be back tomorrow to tell you a bit more about our long weekend!

How was your weekend?  What have you been cooking lately?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Our Valentine's Day

When Christopher and I first started dating he invited me over for dinner.  He had rolled up some sushi and served it with kimchi, which he knew was my favourite.  I had told him that I was trying to learn to like smoked oysters, so he served some of those too, as well as seaweed and tea.  We had dumplings to start.  I was already smitten with him, but this definitely had me even more intrigued.

Since this was the first meal he ever made me, we thought it would be fun to replicate it for our Valentine's dinner.  We cheated and picked up the sushi from a restaurant, as we wanted more time to just hang out.  It was fun to re-do this dinner that brings back so many fond memories for us.

I remember Christopher putting on Jill Barber's Chances disc (so romantic), and then we danced in the kitchen, and he promised that we would always dance in the kitchen together ... forever.

Did you celebrate Valentine's day?  What did you do?
It's almost the weekend - any plans?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Third Anniversary

Three years ago we secretly got hitched!  For our first anniversary we enjoyed dinner exactly where we said our vows.  For our second anniversary we went to our favourite restaurant in town, which is now unfortunately closed.  This year we decided to stay in and cook the first dinner that we ever enjoyed together, back in 2012.

We started with a few cheeses as a little snack, while watching Jeopardy.

The cheeses are from Takeaway Gourmet, a wonderful little shop in the Cathedral area.

Dinner was maple-glazed, pepper-crusted salmon, sweet potatoes, and salad.  When we first cooked this meal together we BBQd it, but that was in the spring, and since it's winter now, we replicated this meal in the oven.

Dessert that first meal together was chocolate, vanilla bean pear crumble.  I made it again this evening, with a scoop of ice cream on the side.

Each year we pick out something together that fits with the traditional anniversary gift themes ... paper, cotton, and this year it's leather.  Our gift to ourselves is ordered, and I'll post a pic when it arrives in the mail. 

We have another little at-home celebration for Valentine's day tomorrow, and then on Saturday evening we're having a date night out on the town!

Do you have any anniversary traditions?  
How is your week going so far?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Super Bowl Snacks

We don't actually watch the game, but we totally get behind the snacks!

On Sunday we tried a couple of new recipes from the current issue of Food Network Magazine.  The chickpea pancake was great, and super easy to make.  We thought it would be a good vessel for a dip.

Chickpea Pancake
Source: Food Network Magazine

Pre-heat oven to 425 F.

1.5 cups water
1 cup chickpea flour
2 T olive oil
3/4 tsp kosher salt

Put the above ingredients into a blender and blend.  Let rest 15 minutes, then skim off the foam.

Heat 2 T of olive oil in an oven-safe, non-stick pan over high heat.  Pour in the mixture, and cook until the bottom is set, or about 2 minutes.  Sprinkle with coriander and cumin seeds (we only had cumin seeds), and bake for 20 minutes.  Remove and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Another winner from the same magazine was the edamame dip.

Edamame Dip 
(pictured above on right)
Source: Food Network Magazine

2 cups frozen edamame, cooked in boiling water (see label), rinse under cold water
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 sliced green onions
3 T water
2 T pickled ginger
1 T pickled ginger brine
1 T rice vinegar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp shichimi togarashi (Japanese spice mix)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp kosher salt

Add all to blender, and blend.  Thin with more water as desired.

Serve with sesame rice crackers, or anything else for dipping!

We halved the recipe for this dip, and enjoyed it with the chickpea pancake.  We also had chicken wings, and cheesy Tuscan sausage dip, which we also halved.

These snacks were dinner on Sunday, and also on Monday.

Did you make any Super Bowl snacks?  Do you watch sports on TV?

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Weekend Things

On Friday evening we celebrated our nephew's 11th birthday.  The party was starting at 7:00 p.m., and we didn't have enough time to get groceries beforehand and make dinner, so we went out to Pho Milu before making our way to my sister's place.

After dinner we headed to the party.  My sister had a couple snacks out, and made a yummy chocolate cake.

It didn't last long ...

The kids entertained the adults with their "skits" and we laughed a lot. 

On Saturday morning Christopher made cloud eggs, bacon and potatoes for breakfast.

Breakfast sandwiches on Sunday:

The best thing we cooked all weekend was braised pork ramen.  It was fantastic, and we'll be making it again.  You can find the recipe in the current issue of Food Network Magazine.

You braise the pork in the oven for hours, while making a chicken/pork stock on the stove.

Then you strain the stock:

And add the braising liquid to the stock:

Then put cooked ramen noodles into a bowl, top them with the braised pork, and other desired toppings, then ladle the broth over the top.

The soft-boiled egg makes it extra delicious.

We also made some Super Bowl snacks this past weekend (but didn't watch the game, haha) - more on that in the next post.

I was writing this post last night, when my computer decided to restart on me, and then do updates for ever and ever.  When I went to bed, it was at 3%.  Ohhhh technology.  At least Blogger auto-saved the post.

How was your weekend?  Did you you do any cooking?
How is your week going so far?