Saturday, July 23, 2016

Sunday dinner - Chicken with Coconut Pineapple Sauce and Coconut Tea Cake

This was a GREAT Sunday dinner!  We tried 3 new recipes, and they were all hits.

First was Chicken with Coconut Pineapple Sauce.  This was a recipe saved from my recipe collection purge.  I've probably had this recipe at least 10 years.  No idea where it came from.

We served the chicken with salad, green beans and delicious roasted carrots 
from Gwyneth Paltrow's second cookbook.  The book is growing on me, 
but I don't like it nearly as much as I like her first.  
The carrots could change my mind though - so good.  


Dessert was Coconut Tea Cake from Dorie Greenspan, from her very good book, Baking
 I omitted the rum, and served with berries and whipped cream.  
It's good on its own, but so tasty with berries and cream. 



Chicken with Coconut Pineapple Sauce
source unknown with some changes from me

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts
3 Tb flour
salt
2 Tb oil

Sauce:
2/3 cup coconut milk
6 Tb pineapple juice or orange juice
4 Tb soy sauce
2 Tb lemon juice
2 Tb brown sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ginger, minced or grated

Preheat oven to 425'.  Spray a baking dish with cooking spray.  I used a 9x13.
Stir flour and salt together.  Lightly coat the chicken with flour.  Shake to remove excess.


Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat, and cook chicken until brown and nearly cooked through.
Place in one layer in your baking dish.

Meanwhile, whisk together the sauce ingredients.  

Pour the sauce over the chicken and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked.


Coconut Tea Cake recipe here, with bonus icing recipe.  I would try this bonus icing recipe.....

Carrot recipe here - although note that the website says the recipe 
is suitable for vegans which it is not, because of the honey.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Bad Tattoo Brewing Company

When the possibility of a weekend in Penticton came up, almost the first thing everyone said was - 

We've got to go back to Bad Tattoo!
 Our last visit made us big big fans of the pizza (and for The Mister - the beer!).

Once again we started our meal with the soft pretzels, which are SO GOOD.  
The mustard dip is out of this world.  On the way out I asked if it was possible to buy some.  
A lady told me the name of the store in Penticton where they get it from 
but I didn't write it down and forgot it 2 minutes later.  
An internet search reveals the possibility it might be Il Vecchio's.....

Then we moved onto 2 pizzas; the Chicago pizza and Los Muertos.  
Both were pretty good.  I could have done without the arugula on the Los Muertos, 
but the pork was fabulous.  
The Chicago was good too.  


Caprese Salad, fresh and delicious.



Service was pretty disappointing - our waitress was super unfriendly, inattentive and actually rolled her eyes a couple of times when we attempted to ask her some questions. 
 If the food wasn't so good, and if our last visit hadn't been so great, I would probably not go back. 

They've got another chance out of me for another visit though.  
Can't get those pretzels out of my head...

Website here

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mountains and stuff - Field BC

A"heart shaped leaf" given to me by The Boy.







Monday, July 18, 2016

Book Club - Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs



"When the sun was too hot we fell back into the water, and when the chilly sea made us shiver we crawled out again, and so it went until our shadows began to lengthen across the cove."

"She laughed and ran off to catch up with the others.  I didn't know what to call it, what was happening between us, but I liked it.  It felt silly and fragile and good."

For The Summer Reading Club - Juvenile or Young Adult.  Because I've wanted to read it since it was published, and now I'm on a list for the sequel.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Too much

“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” ―Albert Schweitzer 



These weeks and months have done me in.  
So much hate, anger, intolerance, cruelty, devastation.
Indifference.   
Why?  When will it end?  
This is not the world I wish for my children.  
For anyone.  

Believe there is good in the world.
Be the good.
Be it.

Be compassionate, be kind, be caring, be strong,  
be supportive, be a voice, be a shelter from the storm.

Be love.