Friday, May 27, 2016

world partnership walk 2016

There's less than ten days until the World Partnership Walk, taking place in Calgary on Sunday, June 5th.  This walk is Canada's largest event in support of global development, taking place in ten Canadian cities.  I've been participating in this walk since I was little and it's so great to be able to do the walk with my kids.

It's a fun day walking around Prince's Island Park, enjoying the entertainment and, let's not forget about the food!  Samosas and Chicken Tikka from A Fine Balance, Butter Chicken and Bhel from Africana and Ribs and Kebabs from Royal Quality Catering. These great vendors are donating a portion of their sales to the World Partnership Walk.

Subway and The Burger Shack will also be there and will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the walk. So basically, you're making a difference by eating - perfect!

Q is raising funds and if you would like to donate, you can do so here. Thank you! Hope to see you at the walk. Step forward and help end global poverty.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

cheesy puff pastry sticks

Puff pastry is one of those versatile things that are great to have in the freezer.  It's perfect for desserts or main courses and great for making a range of appetizers.

I had people coming over and needed something to add to the charcuterie board. I was hoping for bread sticks but didn't have any. I did have puff pastry though so cheese sticks sounded perfect. I had recently found Nigella seeds which added a burst of flavour with every bite. These taste great, and even more so when they are warm.

Cheesy Puff Pastry Sticks

1 sheet puff pastry
1 cup shredded cheddar / marble cheese
2 tsp nigella seeds

Roll out the puff pastry. Sprinkle the cheese on the pastry and fold it in half. Roll it out again so that the cheese gets incorporated into the dough. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the pastry and run the rolling pin over it so that the seeds get embedded into the dough. Cut strips and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, giving them a little twist. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

spiced garlic bread burgers

It was a typical May long weekend - cloudy, rain and even snow! This past weekend was a far cry from the 30 degree weather we experienced the week before. You gotta love Calgary weather.

Last week's hot temperatures made us want to bbq. We really felt like having some burgers and not having any buns was not going to stop us. I had a couple loaves of garlic bread in the freezer and it made the perfect enclosure for some juicy, spiced burgers. Adding cumin and coriander definitely added the pop of flavour that I was hoping for. Combined with the buttery garlic from the toasted bread, it was a satisfying summer time meal.

Spiced Garlic Bread Burgers

1 lb ground beef
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground corainder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
garlic bread

Combine the beef with the spices, mixing just enough to get everything mixed together. Make patties and bbq. Grill the garlic bread and any veggies you want to top your burger. Enjoy!

Monday, May 16, 2016


Did you know Edo has bento boxes? What a great way to enjoy their delicious Teriyaki meals with one of your favourite sides! Have one of Edo's suggested Bento Boxes or create your own!

Here's my Bento - I named it "Under the Sea"! Sizzling Shrimp with Tempura Shrimp and Dynamite Rolls as the sides. Can you tell I love shrimp?

Want to win a $50 gift card to Edo and create your own bento box? Leave a comment below, on Instagram or on Facebook and let me know what you would put in your bento. Contest closes on Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 11:59pm MT.

Friday, May 13, 2016

international hummus day...and a sabra giveaway!

Did you know today is International Hummus Day? We love hummus. I love that's it's packed with protein and that it's easy to make. The kids love dipping their veggies in it, making me happy they are eating their veggies!

Hummus is great when entertaining, especially this Jalapeno Hummus. When you don't feel like making it though, there's Sabra!

Sabra's dips are made from fresh ingredients and are inspired by flavours from around the globe. From Classic Hummus to Roasted Red Pepper, Carmelized Onion and the ever popular, Roasted Garlic. To celebrate Hummus Day, Sabra is offering up a prize pack valued at $50!

Want to win? Leave a comment, send a tweet or leave a message on Facebook and let me know, what do you like to dip in your hummus?  Contest closes on Sunday, May 22nd at 11:59PM, MT.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

panzanella salad

When I went grocery shopping last week, tomatoes were not on the list since I had so many at home. But when I saw the container of coloured ones, I just couldn't resist. Red, orange, green, purple - they were just so pretty!

I immediately thought of a Panzanella salad - tomatoes and bread, the perfect combination. I bought a loaf of French bread which got polished off way before I had time to make a salad. Did I mention we love bread around here? I went and bought another loaf on the weekend, determined that it would make it into the salad this time.

Saturday was a hot day so we pulled a few marinated items from the freezer (so handy!) and enjoyed them with this salad. It was bright and refreshing and we polished off the bowl.

Panzanella Salad

1/2 loaf French bread, cubed
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 red pepper, cubed
1/2 red onion, sliced
10 basil leaves, chopped

1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
2 TB white wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil

Place the cubed bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil, salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees until toasted.

Combine all the ingredients for the dressing. In a bowl, combine the vegetables, add the toasted bread and drizzle with the dressing. Let sit for a little while for the bread to soak up the dressing.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Hope all the moms out there had a great Mother's Day. I got spoiled by my boys with cards and bath bombs and even made it to the movies!

We had our moms over for lunch on Sunday, celebrating how awesome they are. We had spinach salad, dhokra, barbecued chicken and oven-fried cassava. There was also plenty for dessert - fruit, a bundt and knafi.

I tried Knafi at my aunt's house a couple years ago and loved it! Shredded phyllo enveloping a sweet ricotta mixture - it was so good, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I finally got the recipe for this Lebanese treat last week and thought it was perfect to try out for Mother's Day. I was surprised at how easy this dessert was. In fact, Q did all the work. The crunchy phyllo, the warm cheese - it was heaven!


2 lbs. ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar
1 lb shredded phyllo
3/4 cup melted butter

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 TB lemon juice

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Combine the ricotta with the sugar. Place the shredded phyllo in a large bowl and pour the melted butter on top. Mix until the pastry is coated with the butter.

Spread half the pastry on the bottom of a 9 x 13" pan. Spread the ricotta mixture on top of the phyllo. Cover the cheese layer with the remaining phyllo.

Bake for 1 hour until golden brown. In the meantime, make the syrup (see below). Remove from the oven and pour cold syrup over top. Serve warm.

Syrup: Combine the sugar and water and stir until dissolved. Boil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice and boil for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
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