Monday, January 5, 2015

Recipes of the Week: Part 7

+ Full disclaimer, I modified the heck out of this recipe. Not by choice. 
+ Make sure you use the orange kind of sweet potatoes, aka yams. I would recommend organic ones as they always taste way better to me. I ended up using white sweet potatoes. They weren't as sweet, but they were still tasty. 
- It calls for 6 small sweet potatoes, I only needed 2 1/2 to make my crust. Ended up making sweet potato fries with the extras, since they were peeled.
+ It calls for a bunch of Spinach. I used two huge handfuls, but it's pretty much by look.
+ I used 1/2 stem of green onion for my "spring herbs".
- I didn't use the miso or asiago cheese, simply because I didn't have them.

+ This is probably my favourite of the lot, so hearty and delish!
- To be honest I have no idea what colour my lentils were...I think they were red. I'm gonna go ahead and say use whatever lentils you have. 
- I only used a little olive oil.
+ I didn't have veggie broth (so weird), so I had to use chicken. 
+ I used apricot jam. Do not be stingy. The jam makes the dish! 
+ I used a wild rice quinoa mix for the base. 

+ Cue this song.
+ So I managed to cook two of these at the same time for 9 people on New Year's Eve. I found out that I had to do this at about 3pm that day. YUP. Not gonna lie, I am proud of myself! And thankful for my sues chefs.
+ I definitely used more garlic than 2-3 cloves.  
+ Super important to have a thermometer, it just takes away all the guess work! 

+ So this was nerve racking. The last time someone made these in our house, the entire place smelt like smoke for days. Not fun. This time it worked! 
+ Make sure to make your batter FAR in advance! It needs 2-3 hours to sit at room temperature. 
+ They say the key is getting the batter in the tin as quickly as possible. I got my brother to help me to make sure we were extra speedy. 
+ They were divine "grease muffins", as my Uncle Doug calls them.

Hello friends,

I do apologize for the lack of recipes over the past month and a bit! I've been staying at home doing this last contract and have been so spoiled. I have really missed cooking though and hopefully I shall be back hunting down new recipes weekly. Here are the recipes that I've made this past week, some are healthy, some are not. I will say though that all of these recipes were incredibly successful and that they were hard to rank, as they were all faboosh!

Recipe Ranking:
#1 Cauliflower and Yellow Lentil Curry by Pinch of Yum 
#2 How To Cook Roast Beef by A Sweat Pea Chef
#3 Quick and Easy Yorkshire Pudding by Dwrightie
#4 Sweet Potato Crusted Quiche by Fourteen Forty

Let me know which one is your fav!


Wednesday, December 24, 2014

And A Beer...In A Tree.

Merry Christmas Eve everybody and Happy Holidays! 

Can we just talk about how adorable these holiday beer bottles are. Not only are they the cutest beers/ciders ever, they are also delicious and all from my home province of British Columbia! My favourite would have to be the extremely sassy, Naughty and Spice Porter from Russell Brewing Company

Thanks for tuning in and Happy Holidays! 


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Inspiration: Christmas Time is Here

Guys, it's already the 4th of December!!! That means only 20 days till Christmas! I'm a little excited, can you tell? This is my first time being home for all of December in 8 years and on top of that, Remi is here with me! 

Here are some Winter/Holiday Inspiration to get you in a festive spirit! All images where found on Pinterest and are posted on my "Inspire Me" or "Holiday Ideas" Boards. 

Hope you enjoyed them! 


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Pangea Organics from The Pretty Secrets

Hey Friends,
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a Pangea Organics Give-Away from Edmonton blogger, The Pretty Secrets. I was so thrilled, as Give-Aways always seem like something you enter and never win! I'd love to share with you what I received!

I really enjoy all 3 of these products, especially because lavender is one of my favourite scents and cardamom one of my favourite spices. I feel very spoiled indeed! I think my absolute favourite would have to be the lip chap. It does such a great job of keeping my very dry lips feeling hydrated and smelling like heaven. The bar soap comes in a close 2nd!

A big thanks to Pangea Organics and The Pretty Secrets!

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, November 29, 2014

The First Snow

Here are some shots from this beautiful morning we are having on Vancouver Island.

I hope everyone is staying warm! Have a lovely weekend!


Monday, November 17, 2014

Picture Post: October

[ First batch of pumpkins.]

[ I'm so thankful playing dress up is my job.]

[Yummy Zucchini Crust Pizza that I made. Recipe here.]

 [ Me and my pals, Brian and Jason! From Friends of the 40s.]

[ I dog-sat these two beauties, Atom & Edith. Miss the wee fur balls.]

[ More vintage hair for a Rocky Horror Picture Show event.]

 [ I am obsessed with these Samoa Bars. Recipe here.]

[Remi and I were mimes for Halloween!]

[ More Pumpkins. Yes, I carved the Deathly Hallows pumpkin.]

Here are some of my favourite memories from October! It feels so far away now! 

Thanks for tuning in! 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Fresh Coat

All images found on Pinterest

It's starting to get colder and colder here in Canada, which makes me wish I had all of these beautiful coats! 

Which is your favourite?