Archive for February, 2012

February 26, 2012

Happy Birthday to me

It’s not actually my birthday.. but my own cookware set!? Seriously?!!? YESSS! THANK YOU! 😀 Using it this summer : )

Just finished clearing up after dinner, and watching the amazing race while writing this. My friend Tammy and I are determined to be on that show someday! 🙂

On another topic, I had picked up some whole what orzo pasta at Whole Foods last week since I’ve never tried it, but had seen some delicious-looking recipes that used it.

Ingredients: Whole wheat orzo pasta ~ Chicken ~ Capers ~ Cumin ~ Tomatoes ~ Salt & Pepper ~ Lemon juice

Directions: Sautee the cumin and capers for a few minutes, then add the orzo and the rest of the ingredients! Most of these ingredients can be found in your pantry – and if not, replace it with something that is – just jumble ingredients that you think will work together : )

For a side, we had this random mix of random beans and celery. it was interesting.

Ingredients:

Chickpeas, Barley, Black turtle beans, Adzuki beans, Kidney beans, Celery, Pasta, Onions, Salt, & Dressing.

And for desert, Quinoa cake!!

Ingredients

~ 3 eggs ~ 1/4 cup sugar ~ 1 cup quinoa flour ~ 1/4 cup orange juice (about 1 small orange) ~ 1/3 cup of grated, unsweetened pure chocolate ~ 1/2 tsp salt 

Directions
~ Beat the eggs, and add the sugar gradually. Mix the chocolate and salt into the flour. Add the chocolate-flour mix, and orange juice into the egg/sugar mixture – alternating between the two. Then.. pour into pans and bake for about 35 minutes! 🙂

Is there a reality show you wish you could be on?! 

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February 21, 2012

Cracker Barrel

Go ahead, call me an old lady if you wish – but I love Cracker Barrel 🙂 They have retro-style candies, scented candles, antique-style coffee mugs and old-looking plates

Cracker Barrel doesn’t exist yet in Canada, so we always make it a mission to go there at least once whenever we go to the states. I love everything about it – cozy atmosphere, antiques, fireplace, & good food 🙂

They make the best biscuits. ever.

The food is always soo good, and you never get that  “oh-man-I-can’t-believe-I-just-ate-this-it-was-good-but-now-I-feel-guilty” feeling. you know what I mean, right? 😉

I got the lemon pepper grilled rainbow trout with green beans, corn, and applesauce.

They also sell antiques, and neat little things in the store attached to the restaurant which is always nice to check out.

Rocking chairs, and oversized checker boards are lined up on the big front porch. See ya next time! 🙂

Do you have a favourite restaurant? 

February 21, 2012

Spring Break!!

Hello Whole Foods 🙂

so inspirational.

Can’t wait to try this one 🙂

I could seriously live here.

See you again next time! 🙂

February 9, 2012

Kelp Noodles & Happy Dance

I’ve always wanted to try kelp noodles, and today was the day! 🙂 But the happy dance wasn’t for the kelp noodles, it was for getting the co-op position I really really really really really wanted this summer! I should say: Happy dances*.. since it happened for than once.

So Zhers sells this wonderful thing called… Artisan Lettuce. I decided to try the kelp noodles in a salad.. because not gonna lie.. they’re pretty expensive, and so mixing them in a salad will make them last longer 🙂

After I cooked the noodles, I realized that they tasted like.. nothing! So I mixed them with some dressing.

I’m not a big fan of onions, but there’s just something so visually appealing about onions in a salad, that I had to add them.

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