Wednesday, March 20, 2019

1st Day of Spring - Yay!

We just stayed in for St. Patrick's Day, but I did make Guinness brownies!  I've made them once before, and I will continue to make them probably every time I make brownies from now on.  They are our favourite.  I bake them for exactly 32 minutes, and they come out so insanely moist and delicious.  You can find the recipe here.


These will be dessert all week.

As for meals, we roasted a chicken on Monday evening, so we've been eating the leftovers since then. 


We won't be eating too many more meals like this now that it's getting so nice out.  Both yesterday and today when I left work I didn't need a coat.  This is pretty warm for March, but everyone is sure enjoying it.  People just seem happier; the sunshine has us all in good moods.  Now that it is officially Spring, Christopher says he's most excited to fire up the BBQ, and for the day when he doesn't see any snow on the ground at all.  I am most excited to sit outside on a patio allllllllllllll afternoon.

Anyway - off to eat a brownie!

Did you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  
What are you most excited for now that it is Spring?

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Thai Weekend ... or More?

It got so nice outside last week that Christopher rolled his car windows down for the first time in many, bitterly cold months.  Unfortunately the passenger side window was so happy to be down, that it just wouldn't go back up.  We ended up meeting at Canadian Tire on Friday after work.  After dropping his car off, we went out to grocery shop.  Once the groceries were put away we didn't want to start cooking, so we ordered in from a Thai restaurant in town, Siam.


The leftovers were lunch on Saturday.

On Saturday evening we went to our friends' place.  Cori and Chris were having a bunch of pals over to celebrate Cori's birthday, and they ordered in Thai food for dinner.

 
We were looking forward to this spread, as Thai food is a fave of ours.


We spent the evening visiting with friends, playing with the kids, and eating ice cream cake.  All the Thai dishes we enjoyed over the weekend really got us in the mood for our next adventure!

We're heading to Thailand next month!!!!!!

This will be my first time out of North America.  I have done a lot of traveling within North America, but have never left the continent; I always knew Asia would be the first place I headed when I did. 

Our favourite dishes in the world, and the best meal we've ever had, was from Lotus of Siam, which specializes in Northern Thai food.  We decided we'd head to the place where khao soi, and our other favourite eats, originate - Chiang Mai.  Chiang Mai is not near the beaches; it's in the mountainous regions of Northern Thailand.  The food is distinct from Southern Thai food, in that it is has more of a Burmese and Indian influence.  According to the Lonely Planet, "Northern Thai food is a world away from the dishes you've probably encountered at your local Thai restaurant at home - or even in Bangkok for that matter."  We cannot wait to experience all that the beautiful city of Chiang Mai has to offer.

How was your weekend?  
What has been your most adventurous vacation?  What continents have you traveled to?  Where do you hope to visit one day?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

50

For the past ten years I've had a really cool habit of ripping these little booklets out of Food Network Magazine, throwing them into a drawer, and then never looking at them again.


So, on the weekend I decided to pull them out and actually try a handful of the recipes.


The best thing about these recipes is how quick and easy they are; they are all really short on ingredients and steps.  We made two breakfast sandwiches that were decent, but not worth making again.  The first was an herb egg sandwich:


The other was an Elvis sandwich:


I think we're just not really breakfast sandwich people.

Two appetizers/sides that we enjoyed were the Greek halloumi:


And mushrooms with rosemary:


Greek Halloumi
Source: Food Network booklet: 50 Cheese Appetizers

Combine 3 tablespoons each olive oil, chopped kalamata olives, and roasted red pepper, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and 1 minced garlic clove; stir in 1 tablespoon each chopped mint, oregano, and scallion, and a pinch of red pepper flakes.  Halve one block of halloumi cheese into two thin rectangles; dredge in flour.  Cook in olive oil until golden, 3 minutes per side.  Top with the olive salad, and serve with bread.

Mushrooms with Rosemary
Source: Food Network booklet: 50 Vegetable Sides

Toss 3 lbs mixed mushrooms with 3/4 cup olive oil on 2 rimmed baking sheets; season with salt.  Add 4 crushed garlic cloves, and 3 sprigs of rosemary to each pan.  Roast at 450 F for 25 minutes.  Add a splash of water to each sheet, and scrape up the browned bits.

* we halved this recipe *


I made a really simple no-bake treat, which we enjoyed.  It was hard to press into the pan without getting all sticky, so I sprayed a piece of parchment paper with cooking spray, and used that to press the mixture into the pan.


Salty-Sweet Crispy Treats
Source: Food Network booklet: 50 No-Bake Treats

Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a pot; add 1 bag (10 oz) of mini marshmallows, and stir until smooth.  Stir in 3 cups each of Rice Krispies, and broken thin pretzel sticks.  Press into a buttered (and lined if desired) 9x13 pan.  Let set, then cut into bars.


The combination of sweet and salty went well together.

For dinner on Sunday evening we made gruyére and sauerkraut grilled cheese sandwiches.  These were a hit!


Gruyére and Sauerkraut Grilled Cheese
Source: Food Network booklet: 50 Grilled Cheeses

Spread dijon mustard one 1 slice of crusty bread.  Top with 2 slices of cheese, 1 tablespoon sauerkraut and another slice of bread.  Cook, flipping once, until golden.


On the side was a bacon corn sauté.

Bacon Corn Sauté
Source: Food Network booklet: 50 Things to Make with Bacon

Cook 1/2 cup chopped bacon in a skillet; pour off half of the fat.  Cook 1/2 each chopped red onion and jalapeno in the skillet until tender.  Add 3 cups corn, cook 4 minutes.  Add chopped cilantro, lime juice, and salt to taste. (*We reduced the recipe, and did not pour off any fat, as our bacon didn't render too much; we used canned corn.)


We'll make this again for sure!

Another that we'll make again (actually, we already have) is spinach with salami.  This recipe is a great way to get in plenty of greens, while loading them with flavour.  The two of us ate all these greens in one sitting!


Often we'll have a giant bag of spinach to use up in the fridge, so this will likely be a go-to recipe for us.  A little bit of salami goes a really long way, so go easy.

Spinach with Salami
Source: Food Network booklet: 50 Vegetable Sides

Sauté 3 sliced garlic cloves and 3 chopped slices salami in 3 tablespoons olive oil until crisp.  Stir in two 10 ounce bags baby spinach; cook until wilted.  Season with pepper.


Do you have a drawer full of random recipes that are just begging to be made?  How was your weekend?  How's your week going so far?

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Last Week's Eats

This weekend it finally started to warm up, which I'm pretty happy about.  Winter was getting discouraging.  In the past week when it was still cold, we made a couple warm, comforting meals, like sausage and kale soup:


And beef stew:


We also had breakfast for dinner:


And spiced lamb patties with couscous, and a yogurt sauce:


Most mornings I had toast and fruit for breakfast:


And I made a chocolate pavlova for dessert for the week:


On Friday night it was beautiful, and I was happy to put on a dress and heels and go out for the evening.  We met up with some pals at a tasting event, and had a wonderful evening.


It was so great to head out without having to bundle up.

This weekend we made a few new recipes - more on that in the next post.

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A Week of Eats

We were supposed to land in Regina around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday 23rd, after coming home from Havana.  We had to do a quick detour to Saskatoon, as the visibility was too bad in Regina to land, but were back in the air again after only an hour in Saskatoon.  We landed at 8:30 p.m., and decided to head straight to the grocery store, without even stopping at home to drop off our luggage.  I had made a meal plan and grocery list on the flight, so we were good to go!

The next morning, after a great sleep, I made a veggie frittata, toast, and smoothies for breakfast:


That evening we cooked dak galbi and a batch of pork noodles.  I made a berry crisp for dessert. 


There was enough food for dinner Sunday and Monday, as well as work lunches for a couple of days.

On Tuesday evening we had trout with a kohlrabi slaw, served over a yogurt sauce:


Dinner on Wednesday was a rosé meat sauce over some interestingly shaped noodles that we found in PC's Black Label section.  We wanted a quick sauce, so we just cooked up ground beef in olive oil until done, then added two jars of rosé sauce, and a few splashes of milk to thin it out.  It was delicious!


Before Spanish class on Thursday we made a vegetarian stir fry.


On Friday we had Greek chicken, rice, and a roasted beet/ mushroom mixture.


For a third weekend in a row of traveling and staying in hotels, we spent this past weekend in Saskatoon to see my mom.

I had some satay beef soup for lunch on Saturday:


And Afghani food for dinner:

 

Breakfast on Sunday:


And donair for lunch:


We are very ready for a weekend at home, and other than tomorrow night, we don't plan to leave the house again until Monday morning.

How was your week?  What are your plans for the weekend?  
What have you been cooking lately?