Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thai Chicken Wraps

Thai Chicken Wraps, Salad and Mango Juice
There was also a dessert (not pictured), but I was too full to eat it.
Do you know that expression, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach? Well I think that definitely applies to women too. There is something about a delicious dinner, and nice presentation, that just melts my heart. If you want to impress that special someone, definitely make these wraps!

This meal was so yummy, I may have asked S to marry me after. I definitely got down on one knee. I am not sure what happened after that as I was a bit delirious, overtaken with love and acting kind of goofy.  It occurs to me that If I did propose, I never got an answer! Hmm.. Anyway, yes these are THAT GOOD!

S actually wanted to make some wraps for a potluck with his friends and so this was a bit of a trial run. He added a sauce to them the second time around and they were even better.  I'm happy to be the test kitchen anytime ;)

I'm hoping to share some of S's recipes because they are so yummy!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna


So did yall watch the election results last night? We did and it was quite a late night. In theory the night was pretty bad. We lost soccer 7-3, I got a parking ticket trying to do a good deed of watering my friend's orchids (grrrr), Sens lost and then Trump won the election.. and yes that last one is in a league of its own. Despite all that it was a really nice evening yesterday watching the results come in with S's colleagues, and although I woke up with some anxiety and apprehension about the future of mankind,  society, the stock market and everything else, I can't help but be in a generally good mood.

Lasagna holds a special place in my heart. I really love it and find it so comforting. However it's not exactly light. When I came across this recipe on Paleomg and modified it a bit. I was excited to try it out, as I happened to have spaghetti squash and the rest of the ingredients on hand. It requires a bit of time, mainly just because you bake the spaghetti squash first and then bake it again with the sauce in the casserole. It is quite simple though and tastes great. It makes a lot and is perfect for dinners or lunches.

This recipe could easily be made vegetarian just omit the meat and add in more veggies.


Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Beer-Braised Pulled Chicken



It was hard to get a good photo of this dish, mostly because it was so good and I just wanted to eat it right away. I found the recipe in a random magazine- Style At home. Well it's not random, but I didn't know house magazines had recipes in them. I picked it up in the lounge in MTL.. thanks Pat for the passes!

I haven't been cooking too much, mainly because I've been spoiled.  My boyfriend is an amazing cook and makes everything with such ease, faster than I could, with less mess, better presentation, and it tastes better..  so, let me tell you, my motivation to cook was low.

I decided though it was time for me to get back to the kitchen to make casseroles or dishes that last a few days, so that I have some food for lunches or quick dinners. I have started a new fitness regime and find that I am STARVING after the workout. If I don't have something ready to heat up quickly, I will eat everything under the sun defeating the point of the workout. I am also known to get HANGRY.

My favourite way to eat it is in a lettuce wrap with avocado and sour cream. It is also good on top of rice or in a tortilla. (Note: you will not believe the flack I got from my trainer for eating this sour cream. Oh what blasphemy ;) If only he knew what I ate on the weekend !!)


The recipe calls for one chipotle pepper in Adobo sauce. I had to call my friend Kristin and ask her if it meant just 1 pepper or just 1 can. Well good thing I asked!  If I'd put in the whole can it would have been so spicy!!

Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Blackberry Mojitos

Amazing St Catharines recipes part 3..


I am sharing this recipe with you now so you can  make it on this long weekend- one last burst of summer before we delve into fall. We were all set to make these and then we realized we didn't have any rum..woops!! Not to worry, a short trip to the LCBO later, and we were ready for business.

You do need a muddler to make these. I don't have one so I just ordered this one on amazon.






Ingredients:
- 1 lime 
- blackberries ( hand full)
-  a few sprigs of mint 
- 3 teaspoons sugar
- one ounce rum  (or more!)
- club soda
- ice

Instructions:
- cut up lime and put at the bottom of glasses ( apparently I cut limes completely WRONG- HAHA ;))
- add blackberries, mint and sugar
- muddle to squish blackberries and lime juice
- add ice, rum and club soda

 enjoy!!



Chicken a la King




Okay, so here is the recipe for chicken a la King that Carolyn and I made when I was visiting St Catharines. I've never tried to make anything like it before. It seems complicated but is quite easy. It  was so good!  The recipe was made easier with pre-made shells.

Monday, August 22, 2016

What I ate in a long weekend

I had such a nice weekend in Toronto and St Catharines visiting great friends. I spent a lot of it chilling by different pools, reading and eating, of course! I should say this is from Wed-Sunday.

I am excited that I have a few recipes to post, but first- here's a sneak peak of some of the delicious food I ate this weekend.

In Toronto
  • Not pictured: delicious rum cake at T&C's
  • Delicious Lunch

Cobb Salad at House on Parliament

  • Not pictured: delicious bbq, including such a yummy persian eggplant dip
  • Not pictured: late night Mcdonalds- with milkshakes, chicken nuggets, fries, and a surprise junior chicken from T
  • Not pictured, lattes and pastries at Sumach Espresso- lovely cafe



In Oakville


  • Not pictured: delicious falafel sandwich from Bru. Carolyn and I split it. They put it on two plates and it came with fries and mayo. yumm!! it was the best falafel wrap I've ever had. 
In St Catharines:
Chicken a la King- recipe to follow

Peach pie with Fresh Niagra peaches 


Breakfast with soft boiled eggs

signature cocktail- blackberry mojito! 


Amazing cheese plate with cheeses
 from
Upper Canada Cheese/

 Delicious waffles-  note: the waffle maker that flips
is so much better than the one that doesn't! 
  • Also not pictured, delicious donut from beechwood doughnuts- I had the cookies and cream and wholly hell it was delicious. Carolyn had the fritter and it was really good too. 
Back in Toronto

on my way home I had some time to kill in transit. Luckily there is this thing going on called - Union summer where restaurants have little booths, right outside the train station. There is live music and it's really nice.

I bought one  jerk chicken taco and immediately
went back for anotherit was so delicious!
It had mango hot sauce and plantain chips
from: Come and Get it

Variation on Mexican Street Corn-
meh not as good because it wasn't spicy
I forget what booth
I  only went on one run!

 Needless to say, I need to eat healthy for a few days.. so here is my lunch

Home in Ottawa- time to detox

Kale Salad with Fresh Kale and Tomatoes from S's garden
and fresh basil from my plant


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bakesale Trifecta Squares





S asked me if I would bake something for a bake sale fundraiser for his work. Sure. I love baking and this is for a good cause: win-win. Oh, and I won't end up eating it all: win-win-win. I came upon this Food Network recipe by chance in my monthly magazine and thought it was perfect. It said bake sale trifecta, I needed something for a bake sale. Voila, I was sold. It combines 3 popular bake sale items, the brownie, the cookie and Rice Krispies squares into one.

Warning: these are very intense!!

Baking these squares made me feel a bit Martha Stewart-y. Well, sort of.  Maybe a messier, less perfectionist version of her (oxymoron right?). I always say that I have 'butter fingers'  but for this recipe, you really do need to cover your fingers with butter..

Unrelatedly, while making these, somehow, the bag of cocoa fell, on it's own, pouring out of the cupboard onto the counter, toaster and the floor. How does that even happen?   When I was younger,  I used to say something fell, and my mom would ask, did it fall or did you drop it? In this case, it really did fall.  I must have put it back off balance somehow, in such a way that it was fine at first and then just fell on its own a few minutes later. What a mess!!

Daniele told me that sometimes cocoa can be used as blush and is great for staining.. good for environmentally friendly makeup, not so much for cleaning the kitchen! Wahhh. Luckily she helped me clean it up. Haha, it was a pretty funny sight.

They turned out pretty well. I would definitely make them again.

Layers:






Ingredients:

For the brownie layer:
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the pan
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

For the cookie layer:
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips

For the cereal-treat layer:
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for your hands
1 10 -ounce bag mini marshmallows<< I used half of a 400g bag
3 cups rice crispies or other rice cereal

Directions
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 9-inch square, 2-inch-deep baking dish with foil, leaving an overhang; butter the foil. Make the brownie layer: Beat the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until creamy, 4 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla; mix until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low; beat in the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Spread in the prepared pan.

Make the cookie layer: Beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a clean bowl with a mixer on medium speed until creamy, 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low; beat in the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips. Gently spoon and spread the cookie dough on top of the brownie batter. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely in the pan.

Make the cereal-treat layer: Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the marshmallows; stir until melted. Remove from the heat and stir in the cereal. Let cool slightly. Butter your hands, then press the cereal mixture on top of the cookie layer. Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Cut into squares.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Tater Tot Waffles

This recipe is as simple and delicious as it looks. I got the idea from Damn Delicious and couldn't make it soon enough. I went out and bought some frozen tater tots, and made these the next day. 

Tater Tots are really the only ingredient you need, along with ketchup, sriracha and whatever sauce you would like. Oh and a waffle iron. Note, you could easily make this with homemade potatoes that are grated. I'd probably grate potatoes and onions and make it into hash browns. This is the lazy/easier version. 

Place tater tots in waffles iron- close iron


Let the iron go for regular period until the light goes green ( depending on your waffle iron)-  we left it a bit longer to make sure they were nice and crispy.


voila!
heart waffles? 
Enjoy! We had them with jerk chicken- nice variation on the usual chicken and waffles! mmm

Aren't these napkins cute? I got them at the newly opened Simons at Rideau Centre

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