Saturday, October 20, 2012

Royalty?

Well, I have just had a week off of work, and head back to the grind on Monday. It's been a great week - I just wish that when I said 'week' that I meant 'four weeks'. But, the week has been lovely - and I am truly blessed to have had a week off with my husband.

We visited Summerland - and hung out with my brother and his family. I just love it there. I love his farm, I love the weather, I love the town, I love it all. I loved, LOVED, spending time with my nieces and nephew and just reconnecting with them and catching up.

My brother's farm is full of apples, pears and asian pears right now. SO MANY. I made pies, apple crisps while we were there and brought home a suitcase full of asian pears and apples. I haven't done anything with them yet except eat them. They are so delicious. There really isn't much like picking something right from the tree and devouring it.

The rest of the week - we haven't done anything too exciting. There have been daily dog walks, lunch out, dessert out, meeting friends for tea and lunch, a movie, house cleaning, getting rid of stuff, and just taking it easy. We're sort of the King and Queen of taking it easy this week. I wonder if that is really a thing? OMG - we could be royalty!!!

Last night - after a long of tea with a friend and a Costco trip - and sitting on my Royal Canadian - and before we went to 'Looper' (I highly recommend it) I whipped up a batch of Lettuce Wraps. Typically THIS is my recipe for Lettuce Wraps - but I switched it up. I switched it up b/c I didn't have my normal ingredients for my 'typical' recipe - but I am so happy that I tried it a different way.

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 Lettuce Wraps Version 2.

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts - chopped into small bite size pieces
2 red peppers - chopped into small bite size pieces
1 small onion - chopped

Sauce
3 tbsp low sodium soya sauce
1 tsp of hot sauce
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 clove of garlic
1 tbsp of fresh ginger
Juice of half a lime
1 tbsp of honey

Romaine lettuce leafs
Organic sesame seeds (optional)

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In a skillet or large pan - over medium heat - heat a dash of olive oil and add in the onion with a pinch of kosher salt. Saute until the onion is soft and translucent - about 7 minutes. Add in the chicken and cook.

Meanwhile - in a small blender* - add the garlic and the ginger - and chop it all up. Add in the rest of the ingredients and puree it all up. Add the sauce to chicken and continue to cook - add in the peppers at this time too.

Stir consistently - and continue to cook it until the chicken is done.

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Scoop out the mixture on to romaine lettuce leaves and top with a tsp of sesame seeds.

And that's it. They are crisp, delicious, flavourful and healthy!!!

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*I have a small Cuisinart food processor that I LOVE. I used it all the time. And I saw one at Costco yesterday for $39 - I paid double for mine at the Bay.

Alrighty friends. I have a panko crusted chicken in the oven right now. It's one of my brother's chickens that he raised - and we are super excited to try it. I will share.

Loves.

Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

ChChChangin'

Well hello Wednesday. How did you sneak up on me so fast? It was just Thanksgiving and now it's Wednesday. Soon it will be the weekend and I will be on holidays. HOLLYDAYS!!! Nothing fancy - a week off. A week of sleeping in, staying in my pj's all day long, eating bonbons, not answering the phone, watching hours and hours of my shows. Oh man. This is going to be grand.

KIDDING!

I can't sleep past 7. I don't really have pajamas - I need to get some. Bonbons - I wish. Not answering the phone - this actually may happen. And watching a lot of tv  hopefully.

So, I started this new workout program last week. It's quite intense. I am expected to go to at least 3 workouts a week - and aim for something everyday. Last week I went to 4 classes and went on a 35 run/walk. This week I have been to three classes and have one tomorrow morning early. It will be a Spin class. I like to refer to it as 'The spin bike seat is stuck up my hoohoo' or 'Sh*t!!!'. I sweat. I sweat a lot.

It's great. I love it. Some days have been harder than others - but the feeling afterwards - the sense of accomplishment, the energy in my bones, the encouragement, the urgency of change. I am not setting goals at this point. I am just wanting a change - I am looking for a lifestyle change. Changing my life. I am running for my life again.

About a month ago, my husband told me that he had bought something - and that I couldn't laugh at him. I wouldn't laughed. Well I would have - if he bought a thong. Or a snuggy. He told me that he had bought the NutriBullet - and that we were going to give it a try.

Well - it's been a month - and we love it! We use it everyday. I make a drink every morning for my breakfast. Chris has his between work and Kunga.  He has already lost some weight - typical boy - but we are both feeling healthy. And how can we not. The drink can be filled with whatever you want to add.  Everything is raw - fresh - deelish.

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Here is a typical breakfast drink.

A bunch of spinach, a kale leaf, half an avocado, half a grapefruit, grapes, hemp hearts, a plum, flax seed and water.

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 Add it all in - and whip it up.

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And that's it. Literally 10 seconds.

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I love the drinks. They are earthy, flavourful and so good for you. We add so many different fruits and vegetables. Cucumbers, watermelons, oranges, bananas. So many possibilities. Adding the hemp hearts, flax seeds or goji berries - are good for the boost.

If you're looking for something different to incorporate into your diet - I would totally recommend this. I would order it online - as it will come with a bunch of nutritional information and a recipe book.

Alright - I need to hit the hay. Hay hittin'.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Mmmmm Bacon

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I just had the best dinner. Seriously! I am not going to post the recipe because there really isn't one - and I think that if I showed you a picture that you would tell me that it looked like I was eating baby food. FYI - I am NOT eating baby food. I also don't have a baby. Well unless Chris is my baby. Gag. We don't call each other 'baby'. We call each other 'Babe' quite often. Like 'hi babe'. Or 'babe can you pour me a full glass of wine?' Actually I am not a huge wine drinker. So it would be more like 'babe can you make me a chocolate milk shake?' And he would say 'babe, no. Milk shakes aren't good for you'. And then I would say something like 'Babe, screw you'. And then we would laugh and dance and hug.

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Anyways - for Thanksgiving dinner I roasted not one, but TWO huge roasting pans full of root vegetables and a few non-rooties. There were yams, butternut squash, parsnips, yellow beets, purple beets and carrots. They were roasted with a bit of olive oil, kosher salt and pepper - roasted at 400 for about 45 minutes. There were a lot left over. So tonight - I put the rest in the blender, added a bit of vegetable stock and pureed it all up. It was sort of the consistency of mashed potatoes. Seriously! The colour was spectacular. I sauteed a bit of onion with two red peppers in a pan, added the rest of the chopped up turkey and heated it all up. Yumma in my tumma.

Now although we loved the roasted veggies, but this recipe was the star of the dinner. Well I sort of think that it was. I found the recipe in a Canadian Living magazine, and it is going to be my new 'go to'. I think that there are many different variations to do with this. It's rustic, it's full of flavour and it is a deelish treat.

Please try it and tell me if you loved it like we did.

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Leek, Apple and Bacon Tart

2 leeks
3 apples - something a bit sweet not too tart - I used gala
10 strips of bacon
1/2 cup of white wine
1/4 cup of cream
3 tbsp of dijon mustard
2 cups of gruyere cheese
Puff pastry

PS - I also made this for our friend Stacey, who is vegetarian, and I just sauteed the leeks and apple in a bit of olive oil - and made her, her own little tart.

PSS - I made the tart filling the day before and just kept it in the fridge. It made the prep so easy.

Bake the bacon in a 400 for 20 minutes. You don't have to bake the bacon - but lining a baking sheet or tray wth aluminum foil - and baking them is so easy. So Easy!  Drain 2 tbsp of the bacon fat. Pat the bacon dry - to try and soak up the extra fat.

In a skillet, saute the leek in the bacon fat. (I feel so bad and guilty for using bacon fat!!!) Sigh. Ok, I'm over it. Saute the leeks - add in a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper, until they are soft, 3-5 minutes. Add in the white wine. Add in the apples and continue to saute - about another 3 minutes. Add in the cream and let the leeks and apple thicken. Rough chop the bacon and add it to the leeks and apples.

Puff pastry - make sure that it is fully thawed (I used Tenderflake and it never fails) - roll out onto a flour surface. Roll into a rectangular shape. Fold in the corners so that it makes and then fold over all of the sides - about 1/2 inch. Do this for both pieces of the puff pastry.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the puff pastry to the sheet.  Brush the corners and sides with milk. Spread the dijon mustard evenly over the puff pastry. Evenly place the mixture into each tart. Then top with the shredded gruyere cheese. Brush the sides again with milk.

Bake in a 400 oven for 25 minutes.

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Rustic, so flavouful, so deelish.

Alrightyo - off to tidy that messy kitchen.

Loves.

Enjoy!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving



Happy Thanksgiving.



I am thankful for so much.

I am thankful for:

My handsome husband.
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My wonderful mom.
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My great family.
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My pups.
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My fat cat
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Wonderful friends (I can't put pictures of them all up - but if you're my friend - then I hope you know I love you lots and lots!!)
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My feet - they are getting me active and healthy.
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My career - it has given me so much - and allows us to have the life we do.

My neighbours.
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Getting tickets to see Bruce. BRUCE!!!!!!!!

And so, so much more.

We did Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday. We had my mom, her neighbour and our lovely friends David and Stacey. I will definitely post a few recipes in the next couple of days - but wanted to share this - because I loved how they turned out.

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Seating cards - a little piece of card stock, a piece of raffia tied around a little pumpkin. I put the name on the top and on the back I wrote why I was thankful for them in my life.

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Alrighty - heading off to eat a healthy turkey leftover dinner. And maybe, just maybe, a small, tiny piece of pumpkin pie.

Loves.

Enjoy!