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Chips, anyone?

15 Mar

Wait! No, I didn’t trick you. Promise.

So just what are you looking at?

Kale Chips!

So Good!

Healthy, delicious and close enough to chips to make me happy!

Check out this video to learn how to make them or follow these easy-peasy instructions:

Preheat oven to 300. Wash kale thoroughly. Dry kale thoroughly. Tear kale up into pieces. In a bowl, mix kale with a little bit of oil (less than a tablespoon) and shake on a bit of sea salt.  Spread kale out on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes and Get Crunching!

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Asia Recap and Sunday Lunch

22 Jan

So where was I ?

Right so last month this happened:

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As I mentioned last post, I went to Asia. It was such an amazing trip. I’ve never been before and it opened my eyes up to a lot of new things. The food was yummy and interesting. Stinky Tofu, for instance, is not something I like. Taiwanese sausage, however, is super yummy. There was also a bit of culture shock. I also never thought I would be able to shop so much! My friend and I ended up buying an extra suitcase to take home and there was a last minute scramble when I found out my own suitcase was overweight at the airport. The highlight of the trip was being a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s wedding in Taipei. We had such a fun time from trying on our dresses at the dress shop to getting our nails and hair done. The bride was beautiful and the wedding was super fancy and just perfect. I will definitely be returning to Asia soon.

Back to reality and back to winter! Brr. Things are really starting to cool down here and get snowy. For lunch today, I thought I would try something different and get back in the kitchen.  I knew I needed to get some veggies in my diet so I spiced things up a bit with this recipe.
It tasted great! I added a piece of roast beef to it and yum yum yum, lunch was complete:

Have a Happy Sunday!

ps-There is cauliflower in my slideshow..haha. That was a mistake that I don’t know how to fix. Oh well.

Down Time

17 Sep

Today I’m not feeling so hot and I fear that my regular scheduled activites may be put on hold for the next week. Super bummed. Cross fingers I feel better for Wednesday’s Samba class!

So while I’m hanging around the house this Saturday, I’m trying to keep myself busy and not get  too bored. This morning to distract myself from some pain I’m experiencing, I decided to watch two back to back episodes of Chuck Day’s Off on the Food Network. For some reason watching cooking shows really relaxes me!

Here are a couple of dishes Chuck made on his day off:

Creamy Tomato Soup  — I’m not a big fan of tomatoes but I do enjoy tomato soup. His trick: adding a rind of parmesean cheese to the tomatoes while cooking and then of course sprinkling grated parm on top.

Grilled Cheese with Carmelized Onion — obviously the carmelized onion was the unique ingredient. Everyone on the show was like “Mmmmm!”

Everything he makes is looks yummy but he does use a lot of butter and cheeses for example and isn’t afraid to fry things. This ain’t no healthy dining. He does work in a bar, afterall. Once I made his fried stuffed olives which were delicious! However after the 4th olive…it was just too much.

Do cooking shows relax you too or just make you want to cook what they’re cooking?…Or do cooking shows make you want to eat in general? I ain’t going to lie. I’ve already decided to have some soup for dinner.

Completely unrelated but I also spent some time this morning over at Leo Babauta’s blog Zen Habits. He organized a webinar featuring Jennifer Gresham (a career guru) and discussed how to find your passion. It was really interesting.

For the rest of the afternoon I plan to continue sitting on my butt, catching up on blogs, watching some tv, reading my new book (The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein), reading fashion magazines, and cleaning out my make up bag, including cleaning all the brushes. EXCITING..hahaha.

If I was my normal self and things were going according to plan, I would have done the following this morning: an early A.M. spin class, followed by weights, or some Pop Pilates videos and then possibly a ballet class downtown.

I hope your Saturday is much more interesting.

Paleo Balls

12 Jun

Friday night the boyfriend and I made the most yummy snack/dessert, comprised of healthy ingredients. They are called Paleo Balls and boyfriend got the recipe from a friend who is following the Paleo diet. Don’t ask me what it’s all about. All I know is that it’s a kind of back to basics/cave man/hunter-gatherer kind of diet. If you know more or are following this diet, please feel free to comment about it.

Anyway, these are delicious. They do not disappoint and are dead easy to make!

Paleo Balls

1 cup almond meal (I could only find almond flour: finely ground almonds)
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup honey
3 tbsp cocoa
Goji berries or dates (I used a handful of Goji berries)

Mix together in bowl, roll into balls, bake at 300 for 10-15 min
Note: We made around 15-16 balls from the recipe.

Hope you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty. No sense washing it off.
It definitely made for a great pre-snack snack! ha.

We also made another Paleo recipe called “Foccacio bread”. I’m not sure why it’s called this because it tastes nothing like Focaccia bread. I would describe it more as flaxmeal bread. We had pita bread on standby just in case the recipe didn’t work out. Surprisingly it tasted pretty good with the mini burgers we made.

Paleo “Focaccia” bread

2/3 cup flaxmeal
1/3 cup almond meal (ground almonds)
1 1/2 tsp baking powder (not paleo but optional)
3 tsp. olive oil
2 eggs

Mix in a bowl, spread out evenly on baking tray and bake at 350 for 15-20 min or until crusted.  Note: Double the recipe to fit a normal baking pan.

The bread was a little crumbly but otherwise tasty and held up as “buns” for our burgers just fine. The bread is also quite filling and I’m sure you could put all kinds of stuff on it like cheese or jam. They would be great as appetizers in this way!

Running with Bugs

5 Jun

I went for a 7km run this morning with the boyfriend. We plotted out a route around his condo. The scenery included nice little neighbourhood streets, a huge mall and a mini park/forest area. All was going well until a fly flew right into my mouth! Yes, apparently bugs are loving me this weekend. First I died of fright because I hate bugs! Then I struggled to stop my boyfriend from running so he could see I was in distress. Without anymore detail, I managed to spit the fly out. Eeeeewww!

After boyfriend realized I wasn’t choking to death, he started to mock me:

How did the fly taste? Was it good? Did it taste like chicken?

Well folks, karma is a b*tch because not 5 minutes later, back into our run, a fly flew into his mouth too!! And he ended up swallowing it! Gross!!

Oooh and two minutes after that, he saved a puppy from being roadkill. I’m serious. I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried! The owner was running after one of the two puppies while the second one wondered off really close to the curb of a very busy street.

The rest of the run was uneventful and we finished up in good shape, which is pretty good considering the amount of wine consumed from the night before.

Last night we tried to cook Jillian Michael’s Curried Chicken with Cilantro-Lime sauce, only we didn’t get the proper ingredients and ended up improvising and slipping in some additional veggies for good measure. It ended up being a decent meal.

Before the food, we went to get some wine. The plan was to try two different varieties…My pretend wine connisseurship backfired major. Has anyone tried a Moscato… a sparkingly Moscato? Well apparently I picked up a rosé and a white that were both this type of wine. Picture a sparkling wine, one step away from being the sweetness of an ice wine. Not what we were expecting or wanting! We ended up going back to the liquor store because none of us were going to be sipping this sparkling sugared wine!  I was super embarrassed since the same employees were there probably thinking we were big winos back for more.

We ended up choosing an old favourite: a Reisling by Sawmill Creek. So much better, which I exemplified by drinking 4 substantial glasses! 🙂

 

 

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

29 May

 

1. Trying out new outfits:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clothing items of interest: MaxMara studio skirt purchased on the cheap from Marshalls, Michael Kors stiletto heels in deep purple and über cheap Forever 21 blazer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jacket and silk blouse from Femme de Carrière – one on sale 🙂 and the other one not so much 😦 Skirt is from Zara, purchased for $6 after gift card.  I was also wearing new shoes (one of 3 pairs) that I got from this crazy shoe sale held at the Markham Fair Grounds last weekend. Picture a huge warehouse filled with 20,000 pairs of shoes, with new ones coming out every half hour. It was pretty crazy.

2. Travelling to New Places:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My boyfriend and I decided to go on a road trip. Only we didn’t really plan exactly where we would be travelling to. Niagara was discussed. Oakville was mentioned. Instead, however, we ended up in Guelph. We simply drove through, only stopping for coffee, since there was really nothing much to do. However, they do have a lot of nice green space with parks, ponds and trails. We also drove by a really nice church. The overcast weather really brought out it’s Gothic-ness.

Since we weren’t really feeling Guelph, we drove for awhile in the other direction and ended up at Frenchman’s Bay. It was really nice to be right on the water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Cooking up Yummy Food:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pita chips to start, naturally. This time we sprinkled a bit of cheese on them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Them we made a really nice summer salad by throwing in some corn, chicken breast, cucumbers, green peppers and almond silvers. It was delicious!

Happy Weekend!

May 2-4

22 May

Loving the long weekend.

Loving that I don’t need to work tomorrow.

Loving that I have extra time to relax and cook yummy food!

Crispy Shrimp Tacos from How Sweet It Is:

With Pita Chips on the side (pita+olive oil+rosemary)

More good eats continued today at a BBQ. No pictures but I pretty much ate everything in sight: Hot dog, shrimp skewer, chow mien, salad, chicken wing, hamburger slider, a couple macaroons, half a cookie, several handfuls of chips, all washed down with water and a glass of wine.

Plans for tomorrow include eating a little more clean, exercising, reading, organizing my life for the work week ahead and soaking up every last bit of RELAXATION that I can!

What Did You Cook for Mothers’ Day?

9 May

My brother and I made mulligatawny soup with shredded curried chicken for dinner last night. My mom loved it! I describe the meal as this yummy coconut curry lentil soup with chicken over brown rice. There’s also an apple in it and right in the middle of all the cooking you throw the mixture in a blender! Wha? I know. It was so yummy though.

The recipe is from Jillian Michael’s Master Your Metabolism Cookbook, which I really need to purchase sometime soon!

Here’s how it all went down:

Sunday Run

8 May

Have you ever tried taking a photograph of yourself running or walking?

It’s really difficult!

But yes, I went for a run/walk this morning. The plan was to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather even if it was just for a walk. However, I wore my lululemon running tights (which make me feel like a super athlete) and felt weird just walking in them so I took off like the wind! I ran/walked 8.46km (5.26 miles).

The rest of today will be devoted to my mom. My brother and I plan to cook her a spectacular dinner. If I knew exactly what it was I would tell you, but I don’t. We’re not exactly organized today but I’m sure we will be able to pull it together!

For now I’ll leave you with my wonderful Friday evening, celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday. We started out with some of these:

And munched on some of this:
Food bloggers would be disgusted with my pictures but when you are hungry, you don’t care too much about making things pretty:
We made Greek meatballs. The recipe is from Rachel’s blog.
They were super easy to make and very tasty.
Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there.

Boeuf Bourguignon

24 Apr

I did it! I cooked Beef Bourguignon and it actually turned out really well.

I used this recipe from the Canadian Living website. It was a bit challenging (since I’m not skilled in cooking) but totally doable. There were a lot of steps and it also took 3 hours to cook, so do not make this if you are already hungry. You will end up ruining your appetite by munching on random things like the French bread you are suppose to eat with the meal….

Some of the required ingredients are below. What’s that soaking in water? The dried porcini mushrooms. This recipe called for two types of mushrooms and two types of onions. If you don’t like either, do not cook this meal.

Frying up some bacon in the Dutch oven pot. Mmmm.

Chopped up onion, carrot, and minced garlic.


Enter the wine and the fierce instrument to get it uncorked. The recipe called for about 3 cups of red wine, so we got a huge bottle to make sure we had some to enjoy with the meal.

Then things got a bit technical. You have to tie together the bay leafs, parsley and thyme so you can easily remove them later on. I forgot about this step and didn’t have any string. The boyfriend saved the day with the idea of using dental floss! (It was not minted.)

Pearl onions in butter. Mmm…butter.

Now I would have shown a picture of the beef cooking but honestly, it didn’t look too appetizing. So here is a picture of the finished product. Not a great picture because I was too hungry to even care at this point. I just wanted to dive in! It was soo yummy!

Now I’m off to enjoy my mom’s cooking.  Happy Easter Everyone!