bits and pieces

Monday, September 29, 2014

1 Bowl, 13 Cloves - Raw and Roasted Garlic Cold and Flu-Time Soup

Creameh, creameh garlic soup. A taste of nature, and good for the ol'
immune system. Drizzled lightly with balsamic reduction and sriarcha.
Because, well, sriracha. 
Fall has fallen...? and with it I seem to have acquired a cold. More accurately, My sister acquired a cold, who passed it on to me, who passed it on to Taylor.., who I think has passed it back to me. Is it possible to have the same cold twice in two weeks? Ugh.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Yallah! Black Bean Hummus with Roasted Spices and Fresh Herbs

My garden parsley and chilies! Look at the sunshine! Wahoo! 

Wahoo indeed. A few weeks ago I was lamenting the loss of summer, and bemoaning the onset of winter. I love winter, but the past few in Saskatchewan have been... well... it's been -40something for weeks on end. And lasted until May. So as much as I love all our wonderful seasons in Canada, I am happy that summer has lingered well into September.

I had covered my tomatoes and chili plants with blankets to protect them from the frost, and it looks like it worked, as my chilies are still kicking and growing like mad. I need to can or dry them soon!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Peanut Butter Wings (no really).


Confession time. 

My favourite food in all the whole wide world? Peanut-anything. Sweet peanut things, savoury peanut things (hello thai food), raw peanuts, peanut butter. You name it. Never met a peanut I didn't like. They can put that on my tombstone if they still have tombstones in whatever post-apocalyptic world we're living in in 20wheneverIdie... 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Raw Raspberry and Chevre Walnut Tart with Boozy Caramel Sauce

Fresh raspberries, walnut and coconut butter crust, creamy chevre-lemon-and-honey filling, and a bourbon-based
caramel sauce. Yep. 

Yum!   Dessert!  it’s time for something healthy...ish. 

Now true story - I'm not much of a dessert person. I like something sweet once in awhile, but a) not too sweet and b) no cooked fruit. I HATE cooked fruit. Pie, muffins, chunky jam.. bleeeergh. I also don't really like cake (carrot cake and this cake excluded), and a variety of other delicious things. Yep, I know, I'm a weirdo. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Who's a Chicken? Me. Spicy All Dressed 2-Cheese Chicken Nachos: An Obscure Philisophical Tribute to a Songstress-Pal, or, How I'm Considering Getting my Groove/Nacho Back

Spicy chicken nachos with lime and habanero chicken, guacamole, chevre, cheddar, tomatoes, beans, corn, cilantro,
green onions, and tomatoes. 

Trying new things can be scary. 

I try to force myself to do new things, whether that's something as pedantic as eating meat for the first time in a decade (eep), or deciding to run for public office (double eep).

Last night I tried to make some epic nachos. Not so scary you'd think, right? 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Filet Mignon with Bourbon and Blue Cheese Braised Oyster Mushrooms and Balsamic Drizzle

oooh baby I like it rare. Wine courtesy of the Cypress Hills Winery! 
I don't want to alarm you, but today is September 9th and it's supposed to snow. Time to get ready for winter apparently...

Not only is it supposed to snow, it's a goshdarned Tuesday. I know Wednesday is supposed to be the traditional worst/hump day of the week but for me it's normally my most productive day, and cause for celebration because I'm halfway closer to the weekend. And I don't even hate my job.