Monday, May 16, 2016

Is it too late now to say sorry?

Double Trouble hits up Justin Bieber Concert in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Center


In a lucky turn of events, we got last minute box tickets to see Bieber. It was so much fun!

Thanks D for hooking us up the tix 


Windy hair, don't care

photo booth fun

JB- doing his thing

Monday, April 25, 2016

Carrot, Ginger Lemon Soup

So, the weather's not getting any better and I never know what to eat when I get home super late from the gym. So I thought i'd make a big pot of soup which will hopefully last me for the week.... Hadn't thought about my parents eating it too so I'll probably be making a new batch of soup soon :) 

The soup was okay to make. I've never really made soup before let alone with a double portion recipe, 1 kilo of carrots and cutting up 1 1/2 onions... 

The end result though was delicious.

I followed a recipe that I found online, though I must say I did whatever I wanted :p

Here's the list of ingredients:

- 2 tablespoons of oil (to fry the onion in)
- Around 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh ginger
- 3 small garlic cloves (my garlic press didn't work so I just chopped it up real small)
- 1 kilo peeled and chopped carrots
- 5 small tomatoes, chopped
- grated lemon peel
- 3 cups of veggie stock
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions:

-> chop up everything so you're nice and prepared.
-> heat up the oil and simmer the onions --- then add the ginger and garlic
-> once it smells good at the chopped carrots, tomatoes and lemon peel
-> saute for a bit then add the broth mix :) 
-> put a lid on the pot and let cook on low heat for about 20-25 minutes (till the carrots are fully cooked)
-> Lastly puree it all together if you please :)

I had a couple of spoons of the soup normally and I have to say I think it tastes better pureed as all the tastes are blended together :) 








Friday, April 15, 2016

Mason Jar Salad: Greek

A while ago, I saw the Jamie Oliver cookbook- Everyday Superfood- over at Stu's. He always has a big pile of random stuff that he buys for gifts for people. Anyway, I saw it and was like, I want this! It was supposed to be a gift for someone else but I hijacked it.  Then, it sat at my place pretty much untouched for a couple of months. I was starting to feel a bit bad. Maybe it should have gone to its intended recipient..nah!! I flipped through and saw so many great recipes that I can't wait to try. It has several recipes for different "Jam Jar" salads. I modified it a bit- replaced quinoa for barley, as I didn't have 1 hour to cook barley and quinoa takes only about 20 minutes. 

Mason jar salads are super convenient as you can make a few and then have lunches ready to go! I made some back in the day- recipe here . Wow my photos used to be a lot prettier. I forgot to take layer photos this time around. To eat them, I find it's best to pour out of jar into a bowl so you can mix it all up. If you don't have a bowl at work, you can eat it out of the jar. 





Ingredients:
- cooked quinoa
- fresh dill
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (and maybe a dash of paprika or spice? it lacked a bit of je ne sais quoi in my opinion. maybe some sriracha)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- lettuce or arugula
- olives (I omitted because I didn't have any)
- tomato (optional- I omitted because I don't find they keep well. cherry tomatoes work best for jars)
-cucumber
- cooked chicken (I omitted because I didn't have any)
- Italian parsley
- 1 oz feta cheese
- toasted sesame seeds (I forgot these!)
- 1 wedge lemon for squeezing over the salad

Layer in jars and enjoy! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Fudgy Chia Brownies

Even though I have 10 million cookbooks and food magazines, I always want more. I can't resist buying them. It's an addiction. I saw this magazine on healthy recipes by Better Home and Garden in the pharmacy in the building where I work and all the recipes looked so good, had to buy it. Pas de choix.

I decided to make these brownies to bring to a wine and cheese at friends'. I soaked the chia seeds as recommended and thought I'd be good to go. Unfortunately I didn't realize that I was missing several key things: sugar,  enough flour, and a brownie pan.. Remember what I said about how sometimes, the stars line up and you have all the ingredients?  Well other times, you just have to make due, or make something else.

Note to self: check that you have the ingredients before baking something the morning you need it, in a rush before work.- scratch that- stop baking in the morning before work. you won't have time, even if you have all the ingredients!

It turns out, I do have a brownie pan but I only found it after (of course!). Anyway, I decided to use this silicone pan from Epicure, "Perfect Petites" intended for small bars (granola bars etc). I hadn't ever tried it yet and it worked great.  Because they are non-stick, I didn't need to grease the an at all. So there really is no butter or oil in this recipe, which is pretty sweet!


I used brown sugar instead of white sugar- I substituted 1-1 but maybe there is a known ratio? Does anybody know?  And I used half all purpose flour and half almond flour..hey extra protein right?


They turned out well and were all eaten up.  Even my friends' little 1.5 year seemed to like them and ate several.

Cherry Pumpkpin Nut Bread

Hello!! It has been a while :) Spring is in the air and the sunshine just feels so nice.

My friend Daniele came to visit a few weeks ago for March break. She mostly came to see her little baby nephew, who is so cute, but I got to see her and hangout for a few days which was really nice. Why is BC so far?

Hi Daniele! 
Anyway, Daniele said she was thinking of getting a stand mixer but wasn't sure if she would use it. I suggested she pick a  bread recipe from my Kitchen Aid cookbook and I could show her how it works. Well, she ended up picking a recipe that had didn't even use the Kitchen Aid. Oops. And it isn't so much a bread in the normal bread sense but more of a bread in the almost cake-banana bread variety. It is still pretty healthy and tasted really good. It was one of those times where the stars just lined up and I had all the ingredients on hand..dried cherries.. pumpkin puree.. walnuts.. what are the chances?

Full disclosure Daniele pretty much made it on her own. I didn't help much as I was busy preparing a chicken to cook.. wow who are we? so domestic ;)

We couldn't stop eating this and it didn't last long. Daniele brought some over to her sis and cousin and fam and they all really liked it too.




The only disappointment for me was when I forgot it had dried cherries and not chocolate chips..They  really look like melted chocolate once cooked. Might try with chocolate next time.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Crispy Tofu Udon Stir Fry


Happy family day, or if you are in the US, President's day! Either way, I hope you are enjoying your day off. Unfortunately I have to work today. Somebody (Tino!) asked me if it's because I don't have kids. Imagine if everyone who had kids had the day off and all those who didn't had to work.. that would be a real kick in the shins. But no, family day is a provincial holiday and since I am employed federally I have to work.  Ah well, at least my usual Starbucks was open.. things could be worse. And yes I know how bad that sounds.

I decided to skate to work today. It saves me about 5 blocks of walking, and in this -25 weather I'll take what I can get! I love living so close to the canal. We have had such a warm winter this year that I haven't been able to skate much so I figured I should take advantage. I did get to skate twice this weekend and it was so much fun! I have the skating bug now.


I haven't posted much on the blog in 2016. I have cooked a bit here and there but just haven't gotten around to sharing any recipes. Or rather the ONE recipe- as I seem to keep making the same sort of dish over and over- an oven baked chicken and potatoes dish. I will share it soon, as it is really yummy and easy to make. I have contemplated turning this blog into a hockey column as it would seem I've gotten fairly  totally caught up in watching hockey and also in the twitter-sphere of Sens fans. I am starting to lose hope with them now as the gap to the playoffs widens.. so back to cooking.

I thought I would share this easy, healthy, vegetarian recipe. I got inspiration from a magazine from Canadian Living called "Quick Prep Dinners". I made it a few weeks ago at S's and it was yummy and filling!  Apparently I make a big mess when I cook..what else is new :) Some people cook and clean as they go, and others use every dish in the kitchen and by the end it looks like a tornado has hit. I am definitely the latter. For step-by-step photos and..

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cocoa Coffee Banana Smoothie

I guess one could say.. mocha banana?



I go back and forth on smoothies. I love drinking them in the summer, often post-running or yoga but in the winter I find myself craving something warm- usually oatmeal or eggs. However, with the unusually warm weather and the smoothie-kick that has been going around at work, I couldn't help try this one out when I saw it in this month's Bon Apetit magazine.

It saved me some time this morning as I didn't need to have a coffee and breakfast..instead just one super filling smoothie that included my caffeine fix.

Be sure to soak cashews (1/4 cup) and oats (3 Tablespoons) in boiling water the night before, and you are good to go.

Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup cashews (soaked overnight)
- 3 Tablespoons (large) oats (soaked overnight)
- 2 medjol dates
- 1 frozen banana << Is it just me, why do my frozen bananas always turn to brown mush? I had to throw out so many yesterday..
- 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder (if possible a high quality cocoa- mine is from Vienna, but a good one you can get here is Fry's)
- 1/2 cup coffee - cold ( I just put mine in the freezer for a few minutes. You can also add some ice to cool it down)

Blend all ingredients, enjoy!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Breakfast Quinoa with Cashew Cream






Continuing through the Salad Samurai, I made this recipe this morning. The book calls it "Quinoa à la mode". It makes a lot and I put some in jars, so I will have breakfasts on the go for the rest of the week. Before I go any further, I must tell you, this cashew cream is delicious!!! I've never tried it before and it tastes so good. I would make it again to put on oatmeal or even drizzle on some fresh fruit to add in some protein. Do cashews have protein? I think so.

I texted Juliet this morning and told her about it and said, all you do is mix soaked almonds with some lemon, maple syrup and vanilla. She asked me why is it called Cashew cream if it's made with almonds? well, because it's not. it's made with cashews, lemon, maple syrup and vanilla and I was just half asleep..woops! Good catch Juliet ;).. clearly I need more coffee.

Many of the recipes in the cookbook use soaked cashews, so I took a trip to Bulk barn last night to stock up. In addition to the cashews, I bought some dried apples for this recipe and some hazelnuts for a salad recipe.

I also tried a boxing class at Beaver Boxing, and it was so much fun! I can't wait to go back. There were so many people in the class, it is packed. We did a warm-up, some shadow boxing, partner work, heavy bag and core and the time flew by. My foot held up fine and it felt great to get some exercise.

I would recommend making the quinoa beforehand as that saves a lot of time. I used Gwynyth's recipe for perfectly cooked quinoa.  The recipe says to chill the quinoa but you can also eat it hot.

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