Saturday, August 30, 2014

pc spice of the prairies burger

It's hard to believe that summer is almost over. We had a great few months, and the heat that we enjoyed was so welcomed. The summer has definitely been one where we got out of the kitchen and used the grill as much as we could.

Earlier this year, PC challenged chefs throughout Canada to create the Ultimate Burger for their region using PC products. Food writer Dan Clapson created the Spice of the Prairies Burger made with PC Free Bison Burgers.


The folks at President's Choice sent me some ingredients to try out Dan's creation for myself. Dan's creative take using the bison burger and a spicy blueberry aioli was made even better with the crunch of PC Regular Potato Chips. The heat from the aioli is mellowed out by the coolness of the lettuce with PC Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing.  Add some provolone and put it all in a pretzel bun and you've got yourself a winner. Click here for the recipe - it's definitely a must try!



Friday, August 29, 2014

edo japan sushi rolling competition

Last month, I had the opportunity to participate in Edo Japan's first Sushi Rolling Competition. I was up against some fierce competitors:

The competition was simple. We had twenty minutes to create a sushi roll and we were judged on presentation, creative content and taste.


My entry was "Land and Sea - The Ultimate Surf and Turf". Lobster along with shrimp tempura and a spicy sauce were rolled and topped with Sukiyaki beef, Edo's signature teriyaki sauce and crunchy fried onions. This came a close second to Bonnie's beautiful creation which was topped with blow-torched salmon! Check out pictures from the event here.


Congrats to Bonnie for winning the coveted prize of Edo for a year!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

summer time!

August is already half way through and I've just realized I haven't updated the blog in a while. Things have been a little crazy around here. Besides the fact that we are packing up and putting up our house for sale and getting ready for a trip (Z's first!), we have been busy enjoying the summer.


There was a fun sushi rolling contest at Edo with fellow food bloggers (more on that soon), a couple of concerts, a delicious Tomahawk, or two (more on that soon too!). Besides running Q to all his summer activities, we managed to fit in some festivals, a day trip to Sylvan Lake, a cousins getaway to Canmore and even a big picnic with the whole clan at Lake Minnewanka.






Although I haven't posted anything recently, I have tons of posts written to share soon. Hope you all are enjoying your summer!





Monday, July 28, 2014

eid mubarak!

Wishing everyone celebrating a joyous Eid! Hope your lives are filled with happiness, prosperity, love, but most of all peace.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

keeping it local with red hat

It's been a couple weeks since the Stampede took over our city. With pancake breakfasts and the guilty pleasures at the grounds, it was a wonder that one of the best meals I had that week was fresh and clean and a great feel-good lunch.



I was invited to the Red Hat Co-operative Stampede lunch at Bite Groceteria. Red Hat is a group of local Alberta growers, whose offerings were showcased at this delicious lunch. With over 50 members, this group is committed to getting you the best quality of local produce.



The guilt-free lunch had us feasting on salads made with the tastiest tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, flatbread with eggplant and fried jalapeƱos. There was even a juice bar using the local veggies.



We were lucky enough to take some veggies home and I immediately made a caprese salad to keep enjoying those flavourful tomatoes.


Keep an eye out for Red Hat at your local grocery store. You can collect grower cards in their products which could lead to a beach getaway. Good luck!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

sour cream cake with cherries

One of my favourite parts of summer are the delicious cherries that we get to enjoy. I could eat bowls of them, just by myself. Not only delicious fresh from the market, they are even great when used for baking. Cherry pie, yum!


I had been thinking about this for a while and I finally had a chance over the weekend to try it out.  One of my go-to cake recipes studded with cherries. The cake came out of the oven with the cherries blackened and the flavour intensified from the roasting.







It was a really great combination, served with a sprinkle of icing sugar right on top.



Sour Cream Cake with Cherries

1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup cherries, pitted and halved

Combine the butter and sugar and beat for a couple of minutes. Add the vanilla and eggs until incorporated.  Add the sour cream.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add to the butter and egg mixture.  Put batter in a greased 9" x 12" baking pan and top with the halved cherries. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Once cooled, cut into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar.
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Combine the butter and sugar and beat for a couple of minutes. Add the vanilla and eggs until incorporated.  Add the sour cream.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add to the butter and margarine mixture.  Put batter in a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. - See more at: http://www.foodmamma.com/2013/03/sour-cream-cake.html#sthash.cuDnwAay.dpuf
1 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Combine the butter and sugar and beat for a couple of minutes. Add the vanilla and eggs until incorporated.  Add the sour cream.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients and add to the butter and margarine mixture.  Put batter in a greased pan and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. - See more at: http://www.foodmamma.com/2013/03/sour-cream-cake.html#sthash.cuDnwAay.dpuf

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