Friday, July 21, 2017

Sandwiches and other Eats

On a warm evening this week we ate dinner outside.  We made sandwiches on French bread, with cheese, bacon, red onion, tomato, kale that we grew, mustard, and horseradish mayo.

Couscous salad and pickles on the side, and watermelon for dessert.

Christopher loves sandwiches, so I made some again today.  When he came home for lunch we had Montreal smoked meat sandwiches on rye bread, with mustard and sauerkraut. 

For breakfast yesterday I made a mushroom, green onion, and cheese omelet.  Bacon and Saskatoon berries rounded out the plate.

This morning I made a breakfast skillet, with roasted veggies (potato, yellow zucchini, red onion), bacon, cheese, arugula, and egg.  As you can see I put loads of pepper on the egg - mmm!

I had coffee, juice, and a bit of berries too.  This breakfast kept me fueled up for a long walk around the lake this morning. 

We tried something new for dinner last night, having a grilled veggie salad.  We threw all the veggies, except the spinach/arugula mixture, on the BBQ, along with chicken breasts.  Once everything was cooked, we assembled the salad, and drizzled it with a very simple, light dressing (sesame ginger balsamic mixed with olive oil).

Have you made any sandwiches lately?  Any fun weekend plans?  Have you had a grilled salad (either like the one above, or perhaps grilled romaine leaves for a caesar salad)?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mocha Mousse Pie

Are you looking to put on a few poundsPerhaps that new bikini you bought for summer is a tad too loose

Haha, welllllll, have I got the solution for you!

This pie uses an entire litre of heavy cream.

And if that's not enough calories for you, don't worry - it also contains butter, sugar, and chocolate.  Oh, and vodka.  Weird, I know.

This was from the November issue of Food Network Magazine
You can find the recipe here.

I found the dough for the crust a bit annoying to work with, compared to other pie dough I've made (it shrunk a lot in the pie dish), but it tastes great.  I kept a close eye on it, and baked it about 10 minutes less than what the recipe calls for.  I'm glad I did, as it would have been way overcooked had I followed the recipe exactly.  I also skipped the chocolate syrup, as I felt that the pie was already very chocolatey and I wanted the coffee flavour to come out, so I just went with the espresso powder and no syrup in the topping.  Again, I was happy with this choice.

I was kind of hoping this pie would be terrible ... but nope, it's delicious.

Christopher has been devouring this all week; it's a good thing his job involves a lot of exercise.  But truthfully, we don't care about calories around here.  It all comes out in the wash #balance.

If you're feeling sassy, I recommend making this pie.  It would be great to serve up for company.  Also, the recipe doesn't state it, but definitely keep it refrigerated.

Do you like mocha/coffee flavoured desserts? 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

This summer has been super hot so far, and I've enjoyed nice cooling breakfasts a couple of mornings this week.

We had picked up granola at the farmers' market on the weekend, and I've been using it in yogurt parfaits, along with mocha coconut quinoa, Greek yogurt with a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia, and fresh fruit (strawberries and Saskatoon berries).

This is my recipe for the mocha coconut quinoa:

Mocha Coconut Quinoa 
(use cold in yogurt bowls/ parfaits)

1/2 cup quinoa
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup water
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 pinches cocoa
1 tsp instant espresso powder

Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer.  Put quinoa, and all other ingredients in a small pot, and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook 15 minutes.  If it's too soupy after 15 minutes, then give it another minute or two.  Remove from heat, leave covered, and let sit for a few minutes.  Once cooled, put in a container and keep in the fridge for use in delicious breakfasts. 

This will make quite a bit.  I had two parfaits, and Christopher's been eating the quinoa as is, along with a side of fruit for his breakfasts.


Another cooling, refreshing thing I've been enjoying is iced tea from David's Tea.  I picked up a few packets of their iced tea blends, and made a peach one recently.

When Christopher came home for lunch on both Monday and Tuesday, I served up this Asian noodle bowl:

We were feeling noodly on Monday evening as well, so we made a Thai, beef noodle dish, with a red, coconut curry sauce.

We loosely followed this recipe.  The leftovers were lunch today.

And, I'll leave you with this cute lil' guy:

When we were at Bulk Barn on the weekend we saw chocolate-covered, banana gummy bears!  We had never heard of such a thing, so we had to buy a few to give them a try.  They're pretty good as far as candy goes (I'm not a candy person).

How's your week going so far?  Is it hot where you are?  
Do you like candy? Gummy bears?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Summer Weekend

This past weekend was absolutely beautiful, and we soaked it up by being outside a lot.  Once we were home from camping on Friday afternoon, and we had met our adorable new nephew, we went home to make supper.  We were craving vegetables, so we threw veggie skewers on the BBQ, along with portobello mushrooms stuffed with broccoli, green onions and cheese.

Plants for supper - mmm!

On Saturday morning we got up early and went to the farmers' market.

This empanada was our breakfast:

We ran into our niece Remi (well, and her parents 😄) and visited for a few minutes, before carrying on with our shopping.

We stopped at the butcher too, and then dropped the meat and veggies off at home, before heading out again to the grocery store to grab the rest of our week's groceries.

We were home by about 1:30, and enjoying lunch in the backyard.

And that's where we stayed for the rest of the day and evening.  Our afternoon snack was a bowl of shelling peas, which we had snagged at the market that morning.

It took about 15 minutes inside in the evening for us to get prepped for dinner.  I got the potatoes ready, and Christopher made a BBQ sauce.

We cooked ribs low and slow, and sauced them up multiple times throughout their time on the grill.  The potatoes were cooked slowly too, with parsley, green onion, salt, pepper, and a generous amount of butter.

Farmers' market cukes on the side:

When I was little, someone taught me that these little cucumbers are best when first sprinkled with salt and rubbed together like so ...

I do this any time I eat these now, and it always brings back memories of childhood.  Am I the only one who does this, or is it actually a thing?

After making our banana French toast on Sunday, we were back in the yard for another day of sunshine, music and relaxing.  We ate lunch outside again:

For dinner we grilled salmon and golden beets, and had those with a couscous salad:

Have you been eating any of your meals outside?  How was your weekend?  What did you do?

Monday, July 17, 2017

Camping Part Two

Our first two days of camping got off to a great start, and the rest of our trip last week was very relaxing, and also super tasty.  Our breakfasts included eggs with sausages:

Eggs with bacon:

Cinnamon buns:

And eats at one of the restaurants in the national park, The White House:

Our lunches included a potato/sausage hash:


And pizza at TR Mckoy's:

Our afternoons were usually spent visiting around the fire or on the deck, or kicking back and reading:

We each read a couple books over the five day trip, which was so nice.  Listening to the birds chirp, munching on sunflower seeds, and devouring a book for a few hours each day was so relaxing.

One beautiful afternoon we went pedal boating on the lake:

We made s'mores ...

And Christopher's were much prettier than mine - haha!

Don't ask!  I had a bit of difficulty getting the marshmallows off of the roasting sticks, and well ...

Christopher shared his with me, and I shared my lovelies with him 😆

We wandered for ice cream a couple of times:

And got a beaver tail down by the water:

When supper time rolled around we enjoyed chicken and rice:

Asparagus, corn, and bratwurst:

And a pizza from The Boardwalk:

All in all, it was a fantastic camping trip, and we're already looking forward to visiting Clear Lake again next year.

We arrived back home just in time for the weekend (and instantly went to meet our new nephew)!

Are you doing any camping this summer?  If so, where?