Check back tomorrow for a recap of tonight's events!
Friday, July 31, 2009
Check back tomorrow for a recap of tonight's events!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Here is the harbour sans fog.
The wharf is sometimes jammed with scallop boats, but most were out this day.
Friday, July 24, 2009
My mom, sister, Baby Emma, and my Uncle Mark met me at the airport. We went for breakfast in Enfield, then stopped in to a chocolate shop (more on that later), and visited my Uncle Mark and his wife Cindy. Then off to see Dad! I am going on hour 36 with no sleep, only have to go at least another 6.
I bought Emma some clothes a few months ago. This is the Children's Place Haute Couture Yoga ensemble. It is so incredibly cute!!!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
They are always so darn helpful!
So I fly on the red eye and arrive Friday morning!!! So excited. So stay tuned, cause we'll be live from Nova Scotia and it's Saturday Night!
Well, not really, but close enough.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I found said recipe on Saturday!! So of course we had this over the weekend. It is a spicy Asian dish that you can add whatever you like too. You can adjust the spiciness by adjusting the chili flakes in the marinade and the sambal in the sauce. I have added red pepper, green pepper, onion, mushrooms, bean sprouts, carrots. You can add veggies, or leave them out. If you like tofu, add some.
I am not on the tofu bandwagon.
Don't like chicken? Try pork. Or beef. Or scallops. I serve mine over Farkay's WunTun noodles. I found them at Safeway in the asian aisle. But you could use other noodles or rice. The sauce calls for Sambal Oelek. I found it in asian aisle in a small plastic jar with green lid. If you can't find it, I think you could sub for sriracha.
Whatever suits your fancy. I would love to hear your variations if you give it a spin.
Kung Pao Chicken
3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped in bite size pieces
2 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp dried red chili flakes
1 tsp corn starch
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 Tbs soy sauce
1/2 tsp sambal oelek
1 Tbs balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs sugar
1 tsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp corn starch, dissolved in 2 tsp cold water (for thickening at end)
Marinate: Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl, and add chopped chicken. Stir to coat and let stand for at least 10 minutes.
Prepare Sauce: In a seperate bowl, combine sauce ingredients and set aside.
Heat 2 Tbs oil in a non stick skillet. Add chicken and marinade. Stir fry until no longer pink. Add sauce and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Add the dissolved corn starch to thicken.
Serve over hot rice or noodles.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I will be in Nova Scotia bright and early on Friday morning! I am quite excited if you couldn't already tell. I get to meet Emma and see the rest of my family.
Who wouldn't want to smooch that cute face?I get to visit with my friends. I will eat lots seafood and downhome good cookin'. I will get to the beach at least once, and my hair will frizz out from the humidity. I get to see the friend I have had longest in life FINALLY get married. They have been going to get married every year now for a few years, but something comes up, and plans change. It is sure to be a good time!
So stay tuned, as I plan to blog as much as I can, post as many pictures as I can, all in an effort to make you wish you were there with me!
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
They make milkshakes with real fruit instead of flavoring. The strawberry one is the best. Lee's favorite is the double mushroom burger.
It comes in a super size muffin liner to catch all the drips! Genius! The burgers have their fair share of house seasoning, and are very tasty.
As you can see, we are dining a la automobile. Wendy's only has 3 or 4 picnic tables and this is a popular spot.
Wendy's Dairy Bar is far better than any franchise fast food could dream of being.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
We flew to Montreal to attend UFC 97. Despite the main event being a lackluster performance, most other matches were great to watch. I am a huge Chuck Liddell fan and it was great to see him in what was possibly his last UFC match. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame last night which was a testament to his devotion to the sport. If you enjoy MMA, Chuck has written a book which I found to be a good read. Lots of insight into his start in MMA and the birth of UFC.
Fight Night can be a big deal at our house. We skip dinner and have a big munchie cookout. Wings are a must, and we have cheese dip, chicken wing dip, chips, salsa, guacamole, and a host of other yummies.
Last night was no different. We just did wings though last night. I was in the Hat with Tina most of the day and we brought take out from a awesome Chinese place. I make my own honey hot sauce which is our favorite. I usually make honey garlic too, but found a awesome store bought sauce that I use for that.
Sorry, I don't have a picture of the hot and fresh wings from last night. We got them done just as UFC was starting and I forgot to get some shots. Here is my Honey Hot Wing Sauce recipe.
1/4 cup Frank's Red Hot or Louisiana Hot Sauce
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
1/4 cup butter
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat to boiling. Pour over cooked wings. Toss and serve.
The recipe can be doubled or if you find it too hot for your taste, just add more honey. And don't skip the butter! It does produce a different sauce.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Last weekend, we went to see Public Enemies. I love Johnny Depp! He is such a versatile actor, who excels at any role he is given. It was a great movie, but don't expect the whole movie to be shoot 'em up action scenes. Don't get me wrong, there is lots of gunfire in the film, but it is more about the life and story of John Dillinger. I loved the film, Lee would have like more bank robberies.
So, tonight we dined in Royal Chinet style. BBQ steak and onion potatoes! Onion potatoes is something I learned from my Mom. She does hers by fanning the potatoes. I prefer to dice mine.
Simply dice some potatoes and place a couple handfuls onto a large square of foil. Sprinkle generously with onion soup mix powder and dot with butter or margarine. Fold foil into a packet and place in preheated oven or BBQ. I cook mine from anywhere to 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the size of the dice. Tonight was large dice, and they took about an hour. When I am pressed for time, I will dice a bit smaller for quicker cooking.
While eating dinner tonight, Lee says to me "I love that we met,"
"cause I would have never known onion soup mix potatoes otherwise!"
I guess I will take that as a compliment?
I love that we met too......cause otherwise I would have never tasted his mom's homemade bread!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with tinfoil and set aside.
Dump the mixture into the tinfoil lined pan and press evenly with the back of the spoon.
In a small saucepan, add the chocolate chips and margarine. Melt over low heat. Tammy's recipe calls for 1/4 cup of margarine. I just used the remaining 1/3 of the 1/2 cup block I started with. I also used 1 1/4 cups of chips. You could probably do this in the microwave too, if you prefer.
Spread melted chocolate over the cereal mixture and refrigerate. Once they are hardened, remove the tinfoil from the pan and cut into squares.
They are absolutely tasty and they are like Lay's. Bet you can't eat just one!
One tip I have, don't be like me and use cheap chocolate chips. Mine tasted funny. Tammy's doesn't. Can never beat the original!