Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Irish for a Weekend

In the spirit of Saint Patrick's Day on Friday, we decided to have a whole Irish-themed weekend.

On Friday at lunch I kicked off the theme weekend of eating with an ugly looking, but yummy tasting, shepherd's pie from Canadian Brewhouse.

I had never been to this place before, as we don't often frequent sports bar-type restaurants, but I thought the shepherd's pie was really good, and the menu had a great variety (and was also pretty humorous - you'd have to see it).   The portion was HUGE, definitely enough for two meals.

For dinner on Friday night we whipped up boxty with sausage.  Boxty are Irish potato pancakes, and are delicious topped with sour cream and onions.  We loosely followed this recipe.

Christopher made his amazing homemade French fries sometime on the weekend, because ... well ... potato.

Dinner on Saturday evening was colcannon with lamb chops and salad.  Colcannon is a mashed potato dish, jazzed up with cooked cabbage and onion, loads of butter, some milk, and seasoning.

We marinated the chops for a good 12 hours before giving them a quick broil on each side.

Dessert was Irish coffee cake, topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

We had a basic breakfast on Sunday, with bacon, potatoes, poached eggs, and coffee - festive lattes on the couch to follow.

Dinner was an Irish stout stew, with Irish soda bread for dipping.

The lamb chops, coffee cake, stew, and soda bread recipes all came from the cookbook, The Irish Spirit.  I've made numerous dishes from this cookbook, and they have all turned out well.

What a nice, quiet, tasty weekend at home.

How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Seven on Saturday

1)  We're loving this cheese we picked up the other day.

When we go to the grocery store we often pick up a new-to-us cheese to try out.  This is one we'll definitely buy again.

2)  Dinner the other evening was a turmeric chicken stew.  We followed this easy recipe, although our grocery store didn't have fresh turmeric (laaaaaame), so we used the ground stuff instead.

We had paratha on the side for dipping.

3)  Our 2nd anniversary was last month, and we decided when we got married that we'd follow the traditional anniversary gift theme, but pick out something together each year for us as a couple.  For the second anniversary, the traditional gift is cotton.  We thought about getting new sheets, which we need, but instead decided on something we'd be able to use forever.  Since we're both music lovers, we had the sound wave of our song, Latch by Disclosure, printed onto a throw pillow for our bed.

It turned out perfectly.  It's difficult to tell from a picture, but the quality of the pillow is great!  We were super impressed.  We ordered it online from Finch and Cotter through Etsy.

4)  Breakfast this morning was smoked salmon bagels.  This is our new favourite, and it's so easy to throw together.

5)  Speaking of breakfast, I'm so happy it's finally light out in the morning when I'm making breakfast during the work week; it makes it easier to get going, and is also much better for photographing my morning eats.

Greek yogurt bowls were the staple during this past week.

6)  This weekend we're cooking Irish-themed dinners each night.  We started last night, and have a couple more planned.  We love themed weekends of cooking!  I'll tell you all about it in the next post.

7)  We made sushi bowls last week.

We bought some sashimi-grade tuna, and marinated it in red onion, sesame oil, soy sauce, fish sauce, and cilantro for about half an hour.  Our bowls included sushi rice, cucumber, avocado, seaweed, the raw tuna, pickled ginger, wasabi, and a drizzle of soy sauce.

What are you up to this weekend?  
Did you do anything for St. Patrick's Day?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Weekend & Eats

On Friday evening we drove to Saskatoon, and had a very late dinner at Fuzion, where we got the sweetest greeting from the lovely owner who remembers us every time we visit.  She brought out some tea for us, which was perfect, as it was a freezing cold day.

I ordered the ramen and it totally hit the spot.

This restaurant is a good place for a quick meal, and we were cozy in our hotel in no time.  On Saturday morning we ate at Aroma, the restaurant in the hotel.  I had the bagel with smoked salmon, and Christopher had a bowl of oatmeal.

We picked up perogies for my mom from Baba's, the only drive-thru perogy restaurant in the world.  This place is so good, and we always stop in for my mom when we're in town. 

When we came in they just said, "The usual?"

After spending the day visiting we grabbed a bite to eat at Samosa King.

On Sunday morning we had breakfast at Grainfields and got a breakfast to-go for my mom.

Once home again that evening we made a really, really easy chicken and rice dinner, with peas and carrots on the side.

Easiest Mushroom Chicken and Rice

3/4 cup long grain, white rice
1 cup water
1 can mushroom soup (we used a larger sized can this time to make it saucier)
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
chicken thighs

Put the raw white rice into a casserole dish (that has a lid), add the water, soup and spices.  Top with raw chicken thighs.  Cover with the lid.  Put into a pre-heated oven 375 F for 45 minutes.

This meal takes only about three minutes to throw together, and you don't have to cook anything ahead of time, so it's perfect for the days that you're in a rush.  We actually made two batches, one a modified version subbing the mushroom soup for a can of coconut milk, and instead of the spices, adding a heaping T of Thai yellow curry paste, and some fresh ginger.  We did everything else the same with the rice and chicken, and then topped it with cilantro.  With the two different dishes we figured we'd have enough food for dinner on Sunday, as well as lunches for a few days.

On Monday evening I didn't get home from work until 8:00 p.m., so Christopher had dinner ready when I got home - spaghetti and meatballs.

This evening we stuffed bell peppers with cooked rice, and an Italian sausage/ veggie mixture, and then topped those with cheese.  About 20 minutes @ 375 F and they were done.

How was your weekend?  What have you been cookin' lately?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Thursday Things

Guess what!?  Christopher's band has a music video!  Check it out here.

The amazing thing about this video, was that the lead singer Steph's brother filmed it during their Halloween show at The German Club, using only one camera.  It turned out pretty great for how simply it was shot.  I didn't even notice anyone was filming!?  Incredible.

They played a big show on Friday night.

In other news, on Sunday evening we went out to an all-you-can-eat pizza/pasta fundraiser night for the NICU.

On Monday evening we took my dad out for supper to Bushwakker to have a visit.  I had a Greek chicken wrap with caesar salad.

Other eats this week included breakfast for dinner:

A giant plate of roasted veggies:

And other random eats, including leftovers from our Southern dinner on Saturday.

We don't often go out for lunch during the work week, as we always pack a lunch/ come home, but today we didn't have much for lunch stuff, so Christopher and I met up for a buffet lunch.

We're looking forward to a weekend getaway to visit my mom.

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