Thursday, July 19, 2018

Backyard Dining

Last night we had my sister and Riley (and our little nephew) over for dinner.  Since summer is so short in Saskatchewan, we like to take in as much of it as we can, so we planned to eat outdoors.  It was supposed to storm in the late afternoon, but as luck would have it, that never happened.

To start we had a couple of cheeses that I had picked up from Takeaway Gourmet (Oveja Con Trufa, and Clos Du Berry).  They are two of our favourites, and Leah and Riley loved them as much as we do.

Alongside the cheeses we also had edamame dip with rice crackers:

For dinner we had banh mi tacos (with grilled pork), a tomato bocconcini salad with homegrown basil, and a cucumber salad.

So fresh.  So summery!

Dessert was a caramel banana cream pie.

It was a gorgeous evening outside, and we had a nice visit with family.  

The leftovers for lunch today were so good!

How is your week going?  When was the last time you had tacos?

Monday, July 16, 2018

Chimichurri Sauce and Other Things

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  On Friday we met up with some people at Birmingham's, a restaurant/lounge in town, to celebrate my brother-in-law's birthday which is tomorrow.

We started with a delicious appetizer which was basically an egg roll filled with mashed potatoes, bacon, and cheese - like a perogy egg roll.

Then I had a chicken caesar wrap, and Christopher had a sandwich.  We took home most of my dish, as I couldn't finish it.  The appetizer would have been enough for both of us for a meal; it was really filling!

The rest of the weekend was spent with my mom.

Last week was beautiful and I got a lot of steps in as I did six laps around the lake from Monday-Friday.

On Wednesday I made a trip to the farmers' market and picked up some veggies, as well as ground wild boar, which we then used to make meatballs on the BBQ.

The wild boar meatballs were excellent, and we topped them with a chimichurri sauce, which made them even better.

I cannot get enough chimichurri sauce.  We use whatever herbs we have on hand, but our basic recipe is as follows.

Chimichurri Sauce

1/2 cup olive oil
3 T white wine vinegar
4 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin
a couple grinds of pepper
approximately a bunch and 1/2 of green herbs (flat leaf parsley, cilantro, mint)

Pulse in a food processor or blender until desired consistency.  Use as a sauce over grilled meats.

Speaking of using whatever we have on hand, I made cookies the other day just to use up some leftover peanut butter chips and peanuts that we had in the freezer.  They had been in there since I did my Christmas baking, so it was time that they got used.

For breakfast one day last week I made a maple cinnamon raisin overnight oat parfait, which is super healthy, but tastes like oatmeal cookie ice cream.

You can find my recipe here.  If you don't have chia seeds, that's okay!  I didn't have any on hand this time, so I used ground flax.  Or you could just make it without either.

When Christopher came home for lunch today we had Montreal smoked meat sandwiches on homemade rye bread.

So far the week is off to a good start, and we have some fun plans with family coming up this week/ weekend!

How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Do you like chimichurri sauce?  Have you ever had wild boar?

Thursday, July 12, 2018

One of Those Meals

On Monday evening we made a meal that just totally hit the spot.  Christopher grilled jerk chicken that he had been marinating for a couple of days.  We had wood chips in the foil to add another depth of flavour.

It started to pour rain while we were outside BBQing, so we had to run in, and then Christopher would venture out into the storm to check on the chicken every couple of minutes.  We brought it in the house in a covered roaster to keep it from getting wet.

On the side we had coconut rice, and bourbon baked beans, which I had cooking slowly in the oven all day.

The three elements paired so perfectly together.

Dessert was a key lime pie with macadamia, graham cracker crust that I had made earlier that day. 

There was enough food for lunches for the following two days, and we've still got some pie left.  This is a meal that I am sure we'll make again and again.

How is your week going so far?  Do you like key lime pie?  Have you had a meal recently that totally hit the spot for you?

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

10 on Tuesday

1)  Our patio is getting so much use this summer!  We sit outside most evenings, basically all weekend when we're home, and I spend a good part of every afternoon reading in the yard.

Our outdoor meals lately have included rack of lamb:

Beer butt chicken (with fennel, mushrooms, and carrot):

And snacks!

2)  Speaking of snacks, Christopher recreated one of his favourite treats from the resort we love in Mexico.  It's not my idea of a yummy snack, but he just loves his anchovies in vinegar, and ate this dish all to himself on the weekend.

3)  We've really been enjoying President's Choice Cold Brew Coffee.  It's good over ice with a bit of half and half, or in a smoothie!  On the weekend we made smoothies with cold brew, banana, dates, almond milk and coconut milk.

4)  Over the past few days I've made three loaves of bread ... I can't stop.

It's chewy and addictive, and I think we're in trouble #carbloading

5)  When Christopher came home for lunch on Friday we had a yummy chicken chow mein dish. 

6)  It's our littlest nephew's 1st birthday today!  The party was on Sunday, and we had a fun time at my sister's place watching him daintily eat his cake, and watching him and our (almost) two year old niece play in the splash pool.


7)  My sister, sister-in-law, the two little ones, my 11 year old nephew Giovanni and I met up today in the park for another visit.  It was adorable to watch them swing and slide.

Niece - almost two!
Nephew - ONE!
Big brother and little brother 💙
Cousins 💜
8)  Breakfast this morning was cottage cheese with fruit (and coffee of course).  This kept me fueled up for a long walk around the lake, and then I had one slice of my homemade bread with butter before heading to the park to play with the kids.

9)  Lunch today was at Skye, a restaurant in the park, connected to the Science Center.  I had the beef ramen, although I was a bit disappointment that they didn't use ramen noodles ...

It was still pretty good though.

10)  It has been really, really hot outside, and super humid and muggy, which I am very much enjoying.  With that brings chances of major thunderstorms though, and we got about 15 minutes of one last night, and now it appears as though another one is starting.  It's nice that they're waiting until the evening, so we can at least enjoy the gorgeous days.

I kind of like an evening storm (if they don't cause damage); they're cozy!

How is your week going so far?  How was your weekend?  Is it storming where you are?  Do you like cold brew coffee?  Have you tried the store-bought stuff?  Would you put cold coffee in a smoothie?