Sunday, April 30, 2006
I WANT: World Peace.
I WISH: I could take an extended trip to Europe.
I HATE: The weather we are having today. Yesterday we sat on our deck all night. This morning it's SNOWING. Again.
I MISS: My family.
I HEAR: Some people better than others. Scott is a mumbler, people.
I WONDER: If the Calgary Flames will win game 6.
I REGRET: I have a lot of regrets.
I AM NOT: Wearing any shoes right now.
I DANCE: All around the house.
I SING: In the car when I drive to work.
I CRY: Sometimes at sad movies. The other night I cried while watching What Not to Wear. Oh, the shame.
I AM NOT ALWAYS: Polite.
I MAKE WITH MY HANDS: Things to give to the people I love.
I WRITE: A lot, everyday at work.
I CONFUSE: Easily.
I NEED: To relax.
I SHOULD: Not be writing this, but cleaning my house instead.
I START: Projects with good intentions, but if they're not fun, it takes me forever to finish them.
I FINISH: Every day by reading before I go to sleep.
I TAG: EVERYONE!
scooped from hillbilly, please.
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
I make these shortbread cookies every year for Scott and my boss. I wish I could tell you some heart warming story about how my Grandmother and I used to make these together and this is the recipe she made with her mother; but no. It's from the back of the Canada brand cornstarch box.
from the Canada Cornstarch box
Makes about 24 cookies
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup soft butter
Sift together the cornstarch, icing sugar and flour. Blend in butter until a soft smooth dough forms. Shape into 1" balls and chill 30 -60 minutes. Place 1 1/2" apart on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly with a floured fork. Bake 300' for 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Rocky Road Truffles
From the Calgary Herald
1 cup popped popcorn
1 cup mini marshmallows
1 cup salted peanuts
1 lb chocolate chips
Spray a mini muffin tin with non-stick spray. Mix together the popcorn marshmallows and peanuts. Divide the mix between the cups. Melt the chocolate and pour carefully over the tops of the cups. Tap the tin against the counter to settle the chocolate and eliminate air bubbles. Cool until chocolate is set.
Come and join me as I celebrate Christmas in April! If you have any leftover Christmas pictures or posts, put them up!
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Saturday I woke up to this:
Yeah, that's Calgary for you.
We've recovered, and might get to 16' today and we are supposed to get to 18 or 20 tomorrow.
So! Because of the snow, and the fact that I have drafts in blogger from the Christmas season that I never got around to posting, I hereby decree that this week is CHRISTMAS IN APRIL WEEK!
Hope you enjoy, and if you too have any Christmas pictures or posts you didn't do anything with in December or January, join in, put em up and let me know.
Monday, April 24, 2006
But then came the day I turned it from a crappy grill to a fantastic panini maker. And lo, the suckage was much less great. See above, our spectacular Garlic Roast Beef with Tomatos and Smoked Cheddar Cheese Panini. Georgie-boy may not end up being donated to the Salvation Army after all.
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Mu Shu Pork
Serves 4 or more
8-10 flour tortillas
1/2 tsp sesame oil
5 tb water
1 tb cornstarch
3 tb hoisin sauce
3 tb tamari
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp sugar
1 lb boneless pork, like tenderloin, cut into thin strips
1 tb oil
4 cups packaged coleslaw mix
Mix all the ingredients for the sauce. Set to the side.
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the pork and stir fry until cooked through. Remove the pork from the pan, and add the coleslaw mix. Pour the sauce over top and cook until the sauce is thick, and the slaw mix is heated through and slightly soft. Add the pork back in and cook until heated through. When you are ready to serve, place the tortillas on a place and cover with a damp paper towel. Microwave for 20-30 seconds until the tortillas are warm. Serve with extra hoisin on the side.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Most Easters we spend with my parents, either here in Calgary or with them in B.C. Since no one has to drive anywhere, we'll usually have a couple of drinks before dinner. And during. And after.
My mom always has a different "drink special" every time we see them - margaritas, mojitos, or everyone's favorite - the Caesar.
Now, I am going to hazard a guess that most non-Canadians don't know what a Caesar is. Oh man, you don't know what you're missing!
Here's what wikipedia has to say:
"A Caesar...is a cocktail popular mainly in Canada. It contains vodka, clamato, Worcestershire sauce, tabasco sauce, and is served on the rocks in a large celery salt rimmed glass, and typically garnished with a stalk of celery and a wedge of lime. It is not well known in the U.S., and many Canadians living abroad prize a bartender who can mix a good Caesar."
Incidentally, the Caesar was created right here in Calgary, where I live. The original was made with tomato juice and mashed clams. Now they are made with Clamato which is tomato juice and clam nectar. DON'T say ew, or yuck or gross. It is truly, truly delicious.
So for WCC, I present to you:
Caesars - Three Ways.
Here are the basic ingredients you'll need for a Caesar:
lemon or lime wedges
celery salt or rimmer
1 oz vodka
6 oz (3/4 cup) Clamato
2-3 dashes Tabasco
2-3 dashes Worcestershire
Pour some celery salt or rimmer on the small plate. Run a wedge of lime or lemon around the rim of the glass, and dip in the salt. Set aside.
In a large glass, combine the vodka, Clamato, Tabasco and Worcestershire. Mix well. Place 2-3 ice cubes in the rimmed glass and pour in the Caesar. Add a celery stick and wedge of citrus.
Same as above, but add 4 drops of liquid smoke.
Same as above, but substitute 1 oz of tequila for the vodka.
The tequila one is my current favorite. Scott can't stand it, but he doesn't like tequila, so there you go.
You can also substitute the celery for a piece of picked asparagus, a pickled green bean, or a couple of pimento stuffed olives. All are equally delicious.
If you have a chance to try one of these out, be it on a visit to Canada, or perhaps if you local store happens to stock Clamato, give it a go. It's a perfect brunch drink. And if you don't enjoy alcohol, a virgin Caesar is just as good.
I'll raise my glass to you all this weekend as me and my family enjoy our Caesars.
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
This bean salad is so tasty and good for you, you're gonna want to smack yo' momma. But don't smack mine; she's the originator of this recipe.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 16oz can green beans
1 16oz can yellow beans
1 16oz can kidney beans
1/2 cup diced red onion
Drain and rinse the beans. Blend the first four ingrediants and add the beans and onions. Toss and chill at least 6 hours; overnight is preferable.
**NOTE** I always substitute one of the cans of beans for a can of mixed beans. Sometimes I take out the green beans, sometimes the kidney beans. Anyway you make it, it's good.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Check out my FANTASTIC new t-shirt! I am going to wear the crap out of this beautiful thing. A thousand thanks to Poppy at Poppy Cedes for introducing me to T Shirt Hell. Scott is so jealous! He says that as soon as we get our home computer fixed, he's getting a shirt from them too. Little does he know, I've already got one picked out for him!
Friday, April 07, 2006
Just wanted to remind you that WCC event number 4 is happening next weekend. Our theme is Easter Breakfast and/or Brunch. So go grab an unexplored cookbook and whip up some tasty morning treats!
Email us your entry by April 17.
Alicat and Sara