Monday, June 21, 2010

lots of summer flavours in couscous salad

Yay...summer's here!  Lets hope that sunshine is here to stay.  Time for patios and barbecues and fresh summer flavours.  We've been trying to eat more grains and veggies.  Unlike hubby, I can't eat a bag of celery and carrot sticks - its just too boring!  This is the perfect salad that incorporates veggies and beans and with the addition of lemon zest, no one can call this boring. 

Couscous Salad

1 cup couscous, cooked
1 cucumber, cubed
1 tomato, diced
1 bell pepper, cubed
2 green onions
1/2 red onion, diced
zest of one lemon
juice of one lemon
2 TB olive oil

Just toss everything together and enjoy!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

happy father's day!

Ahh, Father's Day.  The one day a year that we get to honor the wonderful dads out there.  I am lucky enough to have gotten the wonderful father that I did.  He is a strong and amazing man.   

It was a lovely day - breakfast with my dad, made by my mom; fresh samosas with my father-in-law made by my mother-in-law; and a delicious dinner at home to celebrate hubby, with grilled steak and lobster.  The perfect Sunday.

To all the amazing fathers out there - Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

pick up some nan khatai at the calgary food blogger bake sale!

I'm so excited to be part of the Calgary Food Blogger Bake Sale taking place this weekend.  Vincci, from "Ceci n'est pas un food blog" has rounded up local food bloggers to raise funds for Calgary Meals on Wheels.  The bake sale is part of Market Collective's 2nd Anniversary.  Come down and meet Calgary's own food bloggers and have a taste of their delicious offerings.  Click here for more information and a list of the blogger participating.

It was hard trying to decide what to make for the bake sale.  I finally settled on Nan Khatai - Indian wheatlet cookies.  These are cookies from my childhood and is a treat that my 19 month old son now enjoys.   My dad makes these regularly and its the perfect offering for when friends drop in.  These crispy, crumbly cookies can be made like below or you can add some cardamom.  Delicious on their own, they are even better when dipped in warm milk or chai. 

Nan Khatai
(makes 60 medium sized cookies)

1 lb margarine or butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups wheatlets (sooji)
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
food coloring

Cream the margarine/butter and sugar.  Once combined, add the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla.  Combine 3 cups of flour and baking powder.  To the butter and sugar mix, gradually add in the flour and wheatlets, alternating between the two.  Knead the dough and slowly add in the last cup of flour until the dough pulls away and is soft enough to roll into balls. 

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  While still warm, place a drop of food coloring in the center of each cookie.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

to satisfy your chocolate craving: chocolate puffed wheat squares

I first came across this delicious square in high school chemistry.  We were learning about measurements and, to teach us about how important accuracy in measuring was, we cooked!  Each member of the team was asked to bring an ingredient and Mrs B. brough the puffed wheat.  It was the best chemistry class that I can remember.  Chocolately goodness in minutes, its the perfect lunch box snack.

Chocolate Puffed Wheat Squares

1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 TB cocoa
5 cups puffed wheat

Over medium heat, melt the margarine.  Add corn syrup, brown sugar and cocoa and let the mixture come to a boil.  After 1 minute, take it off the heat and add the puffed wheat.  Pour mixture into an 8" x 8" pan and cool before cutting it into squares.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

a delicious way to start the morning: fried egg sandwich from cafe mauro

We're less than a month away from our big office move.  I know many of my co-workers will miss Cafe Mauro, which is located in the lobby of our building.  Everyone raves about Sal's sandwiches - the bocconcini sandwich served on top of focaccia or the chicken parmesan on toasted baguette.  My favorite meal though at Cafe Mauro is breakfast; in particular the Fried Egg Sandwich.

Nestled between two pieces of toasted and buttered sourdough bread are juicy tomatoes, the fried egg and provolone cheese.  Its a simple sandwich but so delicious, and a great way to start the day.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

sumo does good sushi

It had been a long week and definitely a day to order in.  We needed something that would keep a picky 18 month old and a dieting hubby happy.  Sushi it was! 

We order sushi often from Sumo Grill in Sunridge Mall and enjoy doing take out so Q can thoroughly enjoy the sushi and we don't need to worry about making a mess at the restaurant!  The sushi is fresh and the high quality of the food entices us to go back again and again.

We ordered spicy salmon rolls that were covered in a creamy sauce with some kick.  Q loved the simple avocado rolls and the delicious yam tempura rolls.  My favorite at any sushi place is dynamite rolls - filled with tempura shrimp, yummy!  The salmon and tuna sushi were melt in your mouth good.

Satisfying and delicious, can't wait to have some more.

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