Saturday, September 24, 2016

Goodbye Summer

Well Fall is officially here, and it definitely feels like it.  This week has been cool, rainy, and all-around gloomy.  I started the week out with some pancakes and fruit:


On Monday evening we had a quick dinner (deer sausage, potatoes, salad) before heading to the University to see David Suzuki give a lecture on climate change.


It was wonderful, and such a neat experience to see him live. 

On Tuesday evening we enjoyed king crab legs and corn on the cob.


And then on Wednesday we made chicken noodle soup, with a stock we had frozen a while back.


Breakfasts this week included a lot of fruit:


And oatmeal on the first day of this gloomy Fall:


On Thursday evening we BBQd burgers and potatoes for dinner.


This weekend we're staying in and having a themed weekend of cooking!  Check back tomorrow evening to see what we sorts of delicious dishes we cooked up.

What are you up to this weekend?
Is it gloomy and cool where you are?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Weekend Things

On Saturday morning we had veggie-loaded omelets, bacon and kale/banana smoothies before heading to the farmers' market downtown.


In the afternoon Christopher whipped up some more of his amazing ghost pepper cilantro sauce, and a big batch of homemade salsa.  We're now officially hooked on both.


The rest of the day was spent watching movies, playing Scrabble, hanging out, and snacking:


We BBQd chicken for supper and made tacos, with salad on the side.


Sunday's breakfast included buttermilk pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs.


We tested out the homemade salsa with nachos for lunch.


They were topped with green and black olives (I think nachos are best with both types, and when they are strategically placed so that each chip has a few), red onion, and two types of cheese.  We sprinkled cilantro over them when they came out of the oven.


Dinner was just leftovers and snacky stuff, but we did throw together a batch of pork noodles for our lunches to start the work-week out right.


How was your weekend?  What did you do? 
Have you ever made salsa?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Week Re-Cap

Happy weekend friends!  This was a busy work-week for us.  On Monday evening we took my dad out for supper to Swiss Chalet.  He loves getting his chicken and ribs from this place, and I could drink the sauce there (okay, I do drink the sauce).


We wanted some of the limited time, Chalet Sauce Lays chips, but they were out - boo!  We'll just have to go back soon.

On Tuesday evening we drove to Moose Jaw right after work.  We stopped for supper at BPs before heading to see Dolly Parton in concert!!


She put on a great show, and is an absolute sweetheart.  It was a later night than we're used to during the week, but it was definitely worth it.

On Wednesday evening we BBQd burgers and had salad on the side:


On Thursday evening we went to our friends Jessie and Chris' place to meet their new baby Eli, and have some snacks and visits.  They sent us home with a load of tomatoes.


Extra produce never goes to waste in our house.  We have big plans for all these tomatoes.

Breakfasts this week have mostly been cereal, with a banana:

 

I topped the banana with chunky peanut butter, a drizzle of cinnamon honey, and hemp seeds.  I also had a few green smoothies this week (kale, banana, almond milk, a T of cocoa, and a tsp of vanilla).

Yesterday evening we made lamb meatballs, and BBQd those along with romaine lettuce, which we used in a caesar salad.


While we cooked we snacked on olive tapenade and pita chips.


Dinner was fantastic!


We threw this apple crisp in the oven while we were BBQing, and enjoyed it with ice cream later on in the evening.


We're spending the weekend at home soaking up the last of summer.

How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sunday Things

The ghost pepper, cilantro sauce that Christopher made last weekend is already long gone.  We bought some more cilantro today, so we could make another batch.  We both devoured it on pretty much everything we ate all week.  It really isn't too hot; I'd say sriracha is hotter.

Monday was a holiday, and we enjoyed a cozy day at home, with spaghetti and meatballs for dinner.


On Tuesday we had a big warm salad, and also snacked on some of these cute little guys:


They look like baby watermelons, but they're actually little cucumbers - cute!  We picked them up at the Farmers' market along with some adorable little carrots.  The cucumbers are quite sour though, and not very good.  I don't think we'll buy them again.

Other recent eats include pizza:


And dak galbi:


Tonight we made bee bim bop (we're feeling Korean these days).


We had a wonderful weekend, and now we have a busy, fun week ahead.

How was your weekend? 
Have you ever tried those miniature cucumbers?

Monday, September 5, 2016

Just Right Ghost Pepper, Cilantro Sauce


Our friend Mike's parents grew a bunch of peppers (along with other delicious veggies) this summer, and sent us home with some of the peppers on Saturday evening.  Christopher was super excited to make a ghost pepper sauce, but one that didn't assault the taste buds

On Sunday afternoon he couldn't wait to get into the kitchen to start on his sauce.  It turned out perfectly.  The flavours in the sauce don't get masked by heat; you get a little bit of everything.  If you don't like cilantro, however, then this sauce is not the one for you.  Our friend Mike asked if the ghost pepper masks the "soapy" taste of the cilantro ... nope, it doesn't

Just Right Ghost Pepper, Cilantro Sauce

1 ghost pepper (ribs and seeds removed; wear plastic gloves)
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 large garlic clove
juice of half a lime
1 medium tomato
half a bunch of cilantro

Blend everything together until smooth (he used the Vita-Mix).  Put into a pot, and bring to a boil.  Simmer 10-15 minutes. Cool, bottle and enjoy.


We both covered our eggs with this sauce this morning.  It was perfect.  It's not too hot at all; we've both had way hotter sauces.  It's delicious with a nice bit of heat, which is exactly what we were hoping for.  You could always add another ghost pepper if you really want a punch of heat.


Do you like spicy foods?  Have you tried ghost peppers?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Busy Week

Wow - this past week went by quickly, but was pretty hectic.  I went back to work, and this time of year is always the busiest for me.  It takes a couple weeks to really get into the swing of things, and feel completely organized and with-it again.  Added to the busyness, Christopher and I did not sleep well all week, and felt very zombie-like.  We're still trying to catch up on sleep.

Over the past week we enjoyed some miso soup, which we made using the beef broth I had made.



We roasted a turkey ...



Then used the bones to make a stock to freeze, and ate the meat all week in sandwiches.

We fried up some beet perogies:



And BBQd salmon with cilantro potatoes and mushrooms:



My breakfasts all week were yogurt bowls:



Sometimes with a side of avocado toast:



On Thursday evening we celebrated our niece Charlotte's 2nd birthday, and then ducked out of the party early to go to Christopher's bands' show at a local cafe.  It was a loooong (but fun) Thursday.

We're so happy that it's a long weekend this weekend.  Yesterday morning we were up by 7:00 a.m., and out the door not long after.  We picked up tea and breakfast, and went to watch our nephew Giovanni's football games.  It was pretty chilly out, making us think that Fall is definitely on the way.  His team won both of their games.  After the games, we headed downtown to pick up veggies from the farmers' market.  We also snagged this poppy seed roll.



It was pretty dry.  Next time, I'll just do the baking around here ;-)

Christopher's parents were in England recently, and they brought us back these chips, that Christopher loooooved when he was in England many years ago.  I got to try them yesterday, and they are delicious:



We shared a club sandwich for lunch yesterday before heading to our buddy Mike's house to celebrate his birthday.



This morning we were up bright and early again.  We enjoyed a big breakfast with French toast, French toast flavoured sausage, and scrambled eggs.



Yesterday was our day to do stuff, but now we're not doing anything for the next two days, except chillin' out and relaxing together at home. 

Years ago I used to be go-go-go, and rarely stayed home on weekends.  I was an extrovert to the max.  Then my Christopher came along and really changed this for me; my desire to go out diminished, and nothing was as fun as spending time at home.  He has always preferred his own company, and doesn't really like going out (but, one the other hand, he is outgoing).  He's an outgoing introvert.  His energy levels are drained when around people, but replenish at home.  I never thought I'd be a convert to the hermit life, but I am, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Unless we're out of town, we don't really want to leave our house (much) #sorrynotsorry.  This is probably hard for some people to understand, but I bet there are some that completely get it.

How was your week?  Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?  Is it a long weekend where you are?  What are you up to this weekend?