July 31, 2010


It's going to be a post-o-rama today! I'm at Sean's house and while he's sleeping, I've got a whole bunch of posts lined up for you to enjoy today, beginning with a food recap. You've got to get through the boring stuff before you get to the good stuff, alright?

I only have one photo from Friday...a pic from dinner that Sean and I made at his place using the BBQ. Or really, I prepped the veg and Sean did all the meat and grilling. This is what we had to eat:Grilled pineapple rings, veggie kebabs (mushrooms, red/yellow pepper and red onion), chicken wings and pork ribs. There was also fresh corn and salad. I skipped on the salad and ate my corn while Sean chose vice-versa. It was fantastic Friday food but too much food. I clearly have issues with cooking for two. The other problem is pre-packaged meat at grocery stores. In fact, that's what I'm going to blame my problem on: the grocery store.
I spent Saturday making cupcakes and prosciutto and grape crostinis with Sean for our mutual friend's condo-warming party. She and her common-law husband had bought their condo six months ago but were finally ready to celebrate these weekend. After a mass email and one person who decided to up the ante, I told Sean we had to go "balls to the wall" and knock everyone's socks off. So after browsing a whole lotta websites, we settled on prosciutto and grape crostinis. Here they are in all their iPhone glory (ugh!):
The making of said crostini involves slicing white bread baguette into 1/4" slices, brushing with olive oil and toasting in the oven for 5 minutes. In the meanwhile, saute some grapes in olive oil and after a five or so minutes, take off heat and add balsamic. (Sean and I forgot to pick some up from the grocery store so we used some kind of wine vinegar instead.) Once the toast has cooled, you then place a basil leaf on top, spread on some goat cheese, layer on a half slice of prosciutto and then place some grapes on top. It was delicious and addictive and the favourite of some of the guests in attendance.

Here are the two dozen triple vanilla cupcakes I also made:Operation Cook To Impress: Complete!

Once back home, Sean and I had leftovers for dinner while we wached The Yes Men Fix The World and then half of My Neighbor Totoro. Leftover ribs and wings (Sean had the ribs while I had the wings):My salad (store-bought mix with Ontario peach):
Sean also had a grilled cheese sandwich on sourdough bread:I can't remember what kind of cheese he used but there were at least two types. One was a Danish cream cheese. We spent the evening finishing off My Neighbor Totoro (Japanese version with English subs)
The day's eats began with a late breakfast/lunch:Two eggs sunnyside-up, three leftover crostinis, a peach and two slices of sourdough bread. Yummy and filling!

Sean and I then headed downtown to Ed's Real Scoop for some ice cream. They didn't have the flavour I really wanted (mojito) so I rolled with the Macaroon flavour (finely shredded coconut and finely grated flakes of chocolate) while Sean had the Stout, which was flavoured with Guinness. I really liked mine (which had a lot of taste but Sean's was really good and smooth). Afterwards we decided to try our luck at BBQ ribs from The Stockyards only to arrive there shortly after 5:30 with their kitchen closed. Thank goodness ribs were still being served! We ended up getting a rack of ribs:a fried chicken (which I think was actually a half of a whole):potato salad (herbed, non-dairy):and a buttermilk biscuit:All together now (with half an ear of leftover corn):Unfortunately the woman behind the counter couldn't guarantee the free-range-ness of the chicken (and she seemed so unwilling to find out, bummer) so Sean only let me have a small bite. It was really good (but a little cold so the skin was no longer crispy). This was after I asked Sean how it was was and his response was "sorry, but it's really good." The potato salad was to-die-for. Seriously. I was kind of obsessed. It had mustard seed, lemon, mint and something else (maybe) and it was just so darn good. Oh and the ribs? I wasn't totally crazy about them. They were a little too peppery for my tastes. Like there was a bit of a peppery aftertaste that I wasn't crazy about. Sean and I did drive all the way back to Stouffville so they were a little cold but still, they were good, just not totally awesome.

We had our meal with local beer:That would be Mill St. Lemon Tea Beer. It was really smooth and I mean really, really smooth. Any beer that is really, really smooth is considered dangerous by me. But I still drink beer really, really slowly--especially when I eat. Blueberry vodka and lemonade is still my drink of choice.
Lunch was rib and potato salad leftovers from The Stockyards. No photo as I was in a rush in the morning and it ain't nothing you ain't seen before. See above. After work I went blackberry picking in our backyard. We have tons of these beauties popping up all over two huge bushes:And this was my haul after picking from one bush:That's a little under 1.5lbs of berries! This is THE best summer for blackberries I've ever experienced. Of course, it just had to be the worst summer for me yet, and the summer that Sean declared that he officially hates summer but the apricots and blackberries have been amazing!

Sean had made me some homemade burgers (beef seasoned with salt, pepper and thyme) that I was supposed to take to Clarissa's condo-warming party but with everything going on, we forgot. So instead my dad cooked 'em up for me and I enjoyed one for dinner. I started out with a sandwich thin that I spread with goat cheese and basil:and then topped with my homemade burger patty:with the addition of fresh blackberries and grapes from Ontario, it was a delicious meal:===

No food photos but lots of strawberry picking photos! Sean and I went strawberry picking at Whittamore's for the second time this year in hopes of getting some awesome autumn strawberries. We also *had* to go on this particular day because it was the last day they'd be open late (until 8pm). Starting the next day they'd only be open from 9am to 5pm. Seriously, who decreases the hours of a pick-your-own so early in the summer? I suppose it has something to do with our ridiculously hot summer and the ridiculously good and early crop of produce, but still. Some people work until 5:30pm!

Anyway, here's a plethora of photos from the event. Sean with the ultimate strawberry:The fields:
A berry close-up:Flowers waiting to become berries:These strawberries were amazing and totally made up for the disaster that was strawberry picking on Canada Day. Back then, Sean and I only picked a $1.90 worth of strawberries. This day, we managed to pick a little bit shy of $19. Happy doesn't even begin to explain my reaction.

All I've got is dinner, which was kind of indulgent and therefore spectacular:Roasted organic chicken quarter with roast potatoes and Chinese broccoli. Awesome! Any time I get to eat roast chicken is truly an indulgent meal. (You know it must be awesome when I post a large version of a truly horrendous photo. Do not click to see a large version, it's not in focus!)
Lunch was leftovers from the previous night's dinner:
Thigh part of the roast organic chicken with roast potatoes. Fruit included everything local:Blackberries from the garden, strawberries from Whittamore's and peaches from Ontario. A+ meal.
30th...it was a No Photo Friday
Just had lunch which was...check it out:
Kraft Dinner with a salad! Yep, that's right, sometimes this girl gets down and dirty with the blue box. But to keep things "healthy" (or just to make myself feel better), I decided to serve it alongside a salad of mixed greens, cucumbers and an Ontario peach (buried at the bottom).

That's it...stay tuned for more!

July 26, 2010


It probably comes as no surprise that I don't eat a lot of bread. For one thing, I'd rather consume my carbs in the form of noodles. Secondly, white bread just doesn't do it for me. Thirdly, I can only eat nitrite/nitrate-free deli meat. So yeah, unless I'm having some high-end gourmet deli sandwich (that costs around $9 and I've made it myself), the chances of me showing you sliced bread on this blog is slim to none.

But now I take that all back because look at all the bread I bought in the span of less than 72 hours. I present to you Stonemill Cranberry Pumpkin Seed:Longo's Artisan White Baguette:and finally, Longo's Semolina Raisin:The latter ended up being my fave and the most costly. Le sigh. I totally picked up that bread without knowing the cost. You just ask for it from behind the counter and the Longo's employee can slice it for you and then places it within the priced bag. Oops!

My favourite way to indulge in these three breads is as follows:
  1. Stonemill Cranberry Pumpkin seed - with Earth Balance (preferably soy-free but I haven't been able to find it so I'm slowly using up the Buttery flavour) or with Dark Chocolate Dreams (mmm....chocolate peanut butter)
  2. Artisan Baguette - basically the same as above or with fresh basil, goat cheese, prosciutto and sauteed grapes. It sounds weird but is SO good. Plus, it was a hit at a condo-warming party Sean and I attended this past weekend.
  3. Semolina Raisin - plain, with Earth Balance or with DCD. Seriously this raisin bread rocks my world but I think I just love raisin bread in general.
Anyway, I should probably go update the rest o' this blog (ie: food recaps and what I did this weekend) rather than go stuff my face with two more slices of Cranberry Pumpkin Seed bread with Dark Chocolate Dreams. It probably wasn't the smartest idea to buy another jar of that crack. Er, I mean peanut buttery goodness.

July 22, 2010


It's been a week since the last food recap but certainly not since the last post--thank goodness! Can you believe that the past few posts have all featured recipes--what a miracle! Anyway, let's get down to business!

I had that awesome avocado-cucumber soup I blogged about separately. It truly was awesome. Sadly I have not had the opportunity to re-create since then because avocados do not feature prominently in my household. For shame! That will definitely change when Sean and I move in together. Pears and apples will go the way of the Dodo bird to make room for avocados.
I already blogged about this lunch but here's the reasoning behind it. I wanted to keep lunch super healthy because I knew I would hanging out with Sean after work and hanging out with Sean *typically* involves unhealthy eating. Sean's not unhealthy per se, it's just that his fridge is not always stocked (at all or with foods that I can eat, read: yogurt that contains migraine-inducing ingredients, caffeine-free, diet Coke, etc) so I made a conscious effort to keep one meal super healthy. As a result, lunch was the following, leftover avocado-cucumber soup:Red kidney beans:Fruit:Sean and I grabbed burgers at Johnny's Burger and then rushed to the theatre to watch Inception. It is definitely worth the current 9.3 rating on IMDB. Seriously. I'm sorry to say that I didn't have high hopes for this movie. I kept seeing a terrible commercial for it on TV (the practically 30-second spot with 3 phrases featuring Leo and Ellen was hardly a draw-in) but Sean was all ga-ga about it when he found out what the movie was all about and we just HAD to see it opening night. We grabbed popcorn and Coke and grabbed our seats (the theatre was packed!) and 2.5 hours later, I was a happy camper! That movie was awesome! I totally want to see it again.
There was a lot of bread eaten on Saturday. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you'll know that's not the norm. Saturday just ended up being one of those "bready" kind of days. It all started with a grilled portobello mushroom and zucchini "sandwich." That's a huge bun, I know. I ended up having to smush the bun down with my hand before actually eating it. It was so good! It's been ages since I've had bread! I opted to wash my bread down with watermelon lime juice:Refreshing, ain't it?Well if would be if you could drink from your computer screen. Trust me, it was. I blended about 2 cups of ripe watermelon, a whole lotta lime (I'm kind of obsessed with lime) and some ice cubes together to make it really cold. Delish!

Then a couple hours later I thought it was pertinent to consume more bread:So I had breakfast after lunch. Oops! Half a bread bun with an egg with salt and pepper. Good but I'm really not a fan of pepper. I try to like it but I just don't. Later in the afternoon I had me some fresh apricots from our very own apricot tree! Check it out:
And of course, what Saturday wouldn't be complete without blackberries from our very own blackberries bushes:That's just blackberry and look at how huge it is! The blackberries are thriving this year and they're gigantic. They're so good. Sean and I already went blackberry picking once. I'm going about once every couple of days now. I think soon I'm going to have to go every day.
Unfortunately all I've got from Sunday are two photos. Exhibit A: watermelon chunks for a hot summer day:Exhibit B: apricots from the backyard and blueberries:I'm certain that more food was consumed, I just can't remember what any of it was. Oops!
Breakfast on Monday was half a blueberry banana muffin and one raspberry banana muffin:The half was actually leftover from the night before (ha! there's another thing I ate on Sunday). Lunch was a case of "that looks gross but tastes good." I made whole wheat linguine with beef sausage cooked in blueberries and maple syrup. Along with that I have zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms and some onion:Sides included cucumber slices and bleached carrot sticks:Fruits included cherries and strawberries:It wasn't too busy at work but I was famished by the time I got home so I quickly made a snack while I got dinner ready. I had half a whole grain sandwich thin with almond butter and sliced strawberries:Dinner was ready an hour later and I had a luxurious meal to enjoy:Roasted organic chicken leg and thigh with roast potatoes and broccoli. I ended up seasoning the chicken with extra virgin olive oil and garlic salt. I seasoned the potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and lots of dried thyme. It was delicious!! After dinner I had a couple slices of watermelon:And then went blackberry pickin' in the backyard:

Home from work with a very severe migraine. No photos. At all.
Sometimes recipes seem like a good idea. Case in point: panzanella salad. Bread in a salad? Awesome. Except that I don't really like bread or tomatoes, which typically feature prominently in panzanella salads. What was a girl to do? Improvise? Why of course! So here I present to you, Dominique's Panzanella Flop:Canellini beans, cucumber, sliced black olives and baked bread chunks. Um yeah, not so good. In theory it was a good idea but the bread were pretty much huge croutons, which were awesome but the black olives (from a can) gave me a migraine or so I think. I had actually made this meal on Monday evening and had a massive migraine the next day. I couldn't even get out of bed. I'm not 100% sure if it was the olives but I wasn't willing to eat this salad again so I ate the croutons and most of the cucumber and that was it. Thank goodness for the following: Roasted potatoes that I had made the night before! Whew, nothing like a bunch of carbs to save the day. Along with that I had some backyard fruit, apricots and blackberries:===
First breakfast on Thursday was...interesting. Hahaha, just kidding. It was delicious! Two slices of raisin bread with a smashed apricot on top. Check it out:Who needs jam when your apricots are so ripe and sweet already? Second breakfast was just as good and featuring more apricots:Instant oats with Lindt Sea Salt, apricots and blackberries. Delicious! That bowl is my favourite way to eat my oats. For some reason it tricks my brain into actually finishing off my oatmeal. Lunch featured even more apricots. First off, I had dad's leftovers: basmati with beef curry:
There's a piece of beef in there somewhere. Mostly it's chayote with peas and carrots. Fruits: backyard blackberries and apricots:
And a homemade quinoa and oats power bar:
I made these from fANNEtastic food's recipe for Cranberry Quinoa Peanut Butter Power Bars. I highly adapted the recipe by using almond butter instead of PB and omitting the cranberries for dried cherries as well as forgetting the flaxseed and cinnamon and adding some organic toasted shredded coconut.
Dinner for the day was dad's beef and tomato sauce but I served mine with elbow macaroni:And that's it--for now!