Wednesday, October 07, 2015

How to: Freeze Spinach

This is a, I think, helpful share for an easy way to store spinach and add it into your meals.

I buy those big bags of spinach that cost only a few bucks and pack one or two large
handfuls into baggies and freeze them. 

Then they're available anytime to be added to smoothies, curries, soups,
rice bowls, pastas, stir fries.
Whatever floats your boat and needs some greens.  

Easy peasy.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Okanagan Almonds

One thing I found at the Penticton Farmer's Market that I was not expecting to 
see was locally grown almonds.  

The vendor offered The Boy and I one to sample, and they were 
delicious and such a cool find, I had to buy a bag.

Here's what they looked like - they had a beautiful green grey velvety outer shell.

The outer shell was split open, so it was easy to pull the seed out.  
It looks almost like a small peach pit.

Along one side of the shell is a ridge.  The shell is soft, so it's easy to pull/tear 
off the ridge down the side of the shell.

Pull the shell open, and.....

There is the almond!

Now repeat that for a whole bag, by yourself while sitting on a hotel bed.  It gets old pretty fast.

I was so excited by the purchase, and trying to keep an eye on all the family at the busy market, that I didn't think to ask the vendor how long they would keep, or any details like that.
I did a quick search on the internet on my phone, but didn't see anything about storing or keeping them, so we ate them quickly.  The texture was a bit softer than almonds you'd buy in the store, and slightly more delicious.  A fun find on our trip.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Bad Tattoo Brewing Company

We spent a rainy lunch hour at the Bad Tattoo Brewing Company in Penticton last month.
The Mister had it on his list of places to visit, and it worked out perfectly that we were 
only blocks away from it one day when lunch time was approaching 
and we needed some shelter from the rain. 

Bad Tattoo is in a gorgeous building with a beautiful covered patio.
I wanted to sit out there in the storm, but I was the only one.

The Men both had a sampler tray of beers.
Below, The Mister and The Waitress are discussing and pointing at The Beers.

When we were walking to our seats, we passed a couple enjoying the soft pretzel appetizer, and I informed the table that we too would be having that.
It was sooooooo good.  The stone ground mustard dip - omg.  OMG.

We also shared two pizzas.  The Fromaggio -

And the Carolina BBQ.

There was also a Caprese salad I didn't get a picture of.

All the food was great.  I heard the beers were pretty good too.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

New plates!

We've had our plates for a long time, 8 years now. 
And they look it. Most are chipped, a couple have small cracks. 
The big plates are TOO big, and too heavy.
We've lost a few to outright breakage. 
Chips and cracks in something you eat off of isn't a good idea, so I decided 
to treat myself to a new set of plates. 

The thing was, I didn't want a new set of dishes.  

I love mismatched things.  If you've ever seen the way I dress, you know how true that is.
But I really do!  I don't like things to be too matchy matchy.  
I sprung my idea of not only new plates, but new unmatched plates on The Mister one day when he seemed fairly agreeable.  I didn't want him to have too much time to think about it.

He was, as I thought he would be, pretty "Whatever" about it.  

Figuring out where to look took a bit more thought.  I didn't want to do dollar store cheap, and although my first idea was thrift store, I decided I wanted new, not vintage.  
And the price had to be right too.

I stopped by Pier One on a whim and found just what I was looking for 
in the corner - the clearance section!
We picked out 6 small and 6 large plates.  2 of the large and 2 of the small are the same patterns of each, because they were The Misters favorites, but the rest are all gloriously different.  

I love how great these look on the table, with our mismatched napkins and mismatched place-mats (when we use them).  (The place-mats, I mean.  We always use napkins.)

The other thing I love is how reasonably priced the 12 plates turned out to be.  They ranged in price from $1.98 to $9.95 for one of the large plates that I just couldn't resist.  The total for all 12 - $64.62!  Including tax!
Way less than buying boxed sets would be, especially since we didn't need bowls, and 
I didn't want mugs.  Don't get me started on matching mugs.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Instagram - 40 books reviewed

I've reviewed 40 cookbooks from my collection now over on Instagram, and 30 are back on the shelf.

5 additional books were sent packing untested - another kids cooking book that held no appeal to The Boy or myself, 2 diet cookbooks that I didn't see anything worth trying in.  A tofu cookbook went too - while I don't mind tofu, the few dishes I'd already tried didn't deliver.  Canadians may be familiar with the last book  - Looneyspoons.  I've cooked a few recipes out of it over the years but was never a fan.  I'm not sure why I held onto it for so long, but it's outie now.

Below - a peek at some of the books I'm cooking from/will be cooking from soon.