Tuesday, April 22, 2014

urban china (edmonton)

We spent a few days in Edmonton last week. After Q and hubby's morning swim, everyone was famished.  Luckily Urban China was around the corner from our hotel and we thought dim sum was the perfect thing to fill our bellies.

The place was packed and although there was a line we were seated quite quickly. Carts loaded with dumplings, noodles and buns were pushed around the room, giving us a view of the delicious dishes before choosing what we were going to eat. This was also ideal in getting ourselves eating right away.

All three of us were happy about our choice for brunch, as we loaded up on many seafood items. Here are some highlights from our meal. I'm totally craving dim sum right now.


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Monday, April 21, 2014

meatless monday: butternut squash curry

After a weekend of chocolate bunnies and candy eggs, we definitely need to implement Meatless Monday. This is one of our new favourite things - butternut squash curry. Made with roasted squash, and tossed with some Indian flavours, it definitely hits the spot.


Once the squash is roasted, the curry comes together in minutes, making it the perfect dish to use up leftover squash.

Butternut Squash Curry

1 medium squash, cubed and roasted
oil
3 TB crushed tomatoes
2 tsp tomato paste
3 TB fried onions
1 tsp crushed ginger
1 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup water
coriander for garnish

Heat a pan and add a little bit of oil. Add the tomatoes, onions and spices and cook for a few minutes.  Add the squash and water and let simmer for 10 minutes. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

avocado pasta sauce

I have a new favourite pasta sauce / dressing! After seeing so many people post pictures of the avocado pasta on Instagram, I decided that it was something I needed to try. I know the recipe is in Angela Liddon's new "Oh She Glows" cookbook but I was so happy that I was able to find it on her blog.

With lemon, garlic and basil incorporated into the creaminess of the avocado, it is perfect on pasta - so fresh and flavourful! I find it also goes great with salad, brightening things up immensely.


The sauce comes together easily in a food processor and was so simple to make. Q took charge of this one, tossing things in. He loved it so much, he licked the processor bowl! We threw the sauce with orecchiette and topped it with roasted salmon. Just thinking about that satisfying meal makes me hungry.



Avocado Pasta
From Oh She Glows

1 medium sized ripe avocado, pitted
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 - 3 garlic cloves
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 TB extra virgin olive oil


Place the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Add the avocado, basil and salt. Process until smooth and creamy. Pour sauce onto pasta and toss until fully combined. Serve immediately.

Monday, April 7, 2014

winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered all the great contests for Anniversary month!  A huge thank you to all the amazing sponsors who helped me celebrate! Winners have been contacted and are listed below.


Facebook Contest (Edo Japan): Pat S
Cheese Board from Castello Canada: Rust H
Gift Basket from Cococo Chocolatiers, owners of Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut: Sky M
Gift Cards from Edo Japan: Suzi MH, Shainoor D, Lisha H
Gift Card from London Drugs Photo Lab: Aamina C
Gift Cards from the Real Canadian Superstore: Penny C, Roberta H
Gift Card from Second Cup, McKenzie Towne: Stephanie W
Gift Basket from Starbucks Canada: Tammy R

Saturday, April 5, 2014

willow stream granola bars

Hubby and I escaped last month for a weekend at the Fairmont Banff Springs. It was a much needed break and the perfect place to sneak off to for a couple days.


Willow Stream Spa was amazing!  From the waterfall treatment whirlpools and mineral pool to the  relaxing massage, everything was perfect.  With our package, we had access to the spa for two days which was a real treat. In the co-ed resting lounge, we sipped on flavoured water and snacked on housemade granola bars.

These granola bars were fantastic! They were chewy and packed with nuts, seeds and coconut. Even after we came home, I kept thinking about these morsels of goodness.



The Fairmont graciously gave me the recipe. It was clear why these were so delicious - condensed milk! When I made the bars last week, I divided the recipe by 4. I knew it was a hit for Q when he kept sneaking some from the kitchen when he thought no one was looking!

Willow Stream Granola Bars

200g sesame seeds
500g rolled oats
350g coconut
325g raisins
325g currants
100g pumpkin seeds
150g sliced almonds
675mL sweetened condensed milk

Combine all the ingredients together. Mix until combined and holding together. Press down firmly in a sheet pan and roll with a rolling pin to pack; the pan should be smooth. Bake at 175 degrees Celsius for 12 to 16 minutes.

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