Some moments are for life. This weekend was one of those moments. We filled our days with good Friday services at Hillsong, coffee dates in Greenwich Village, Easter Sunday services, bocce in Fort Green park, potlucks in Brooklyn and the most exceptional, imperfectly perfect people. So although this was our first major holiday without family (and we missed them bundles), we consider ourselves truly blessed to be able to spend it the way we did and with whom we did.
My contribution to our Easter potluck was Cilantro Lime Bean Salad, peanut butter cookies and Naniamo Bars (get excited fellow Canadians). Being from Vancouver Island, Naniamo bars to me are ubiquitous with cupcakes, cookies and brownies. So naturally upon moving to NYC I figured everyone had been enlightened to their awesomeness. I was shocked, no, I was horrified to learn that even my fellow Torontonians had no idea what I was babbling about. So this Easter potluck I set out to rectify that atrocity by trying my hand at what for me I had always considered a super complex dessert (I prefer simple, no fuss no muss baking that reaps rewards quickly).
My dear friend Alyssa, filled me in on her little tip that if you place each layer in the freezer for 30 minutes it makes the processes a little more seamless. So with that in mind I decided to stick to the basics and took the recipe right off the city of the Naniamo website (although I couldn’t help but throw in a few of my own twists), and after one batch of burnt chocolate and a forgotten egg in the first crust I alas mastered these delicious treats. However, my sincerest apologies because in terms of food photography this post gets a below failing grade, only because we were having too much fun enjoying our company to craft a pretty picture (and Jay had to cut the bars with a spoon because I forgot a knife. Opps.). So regardless of the aesthetic, enjoy as you soak in the amazing Canadian-ness that are Naniamo Bars. Continue reading “Our Easter Weekend and a Nanaimo Bar Recipe”
My mom makes excellent paella. It is bar none one of her unsung talents. So last weekend when I was meal planning and missing her a little extra I decided to try my hand at it. Now she is the master, and I the student so I do not in any capacity feign superiority in my dish. I have watched her whip it up on several occasions, but what is tricky is that my mom happens to be a wiz in the kitchen so she never follows a recipe directly. Thus no paella is ever rendered the same again. It is a dish only to be enjoyed in that moment, because next time it will be equally as wonderful but slightly refined. So as I crafted my version I tried to think back on what I seen her incorporate, and then substituted in and out a few items to suit our palates (like quinoa instead of rice, extra veggies instead of meat and turkey sausage instead of chorizo). I am sure I missed plenty of ingredients but the result was nonetheless stellar. Furthermore, pausing to enjoy my take on paella on this sunny New York Spring evening, whirled up all sorts of nostalgia as it left my feeling as if I was sitting on my mom’s back porch catching up over our days. I love you mom 🙂 Continue reading “Skillet Shrimp and Chicken Paella”
When midterms are in full swing, so is my culinary prowess. It is my best procrastinator and my biggest relaxation strategy. During the chaos of graduate school it seems that I can barely find the time to check my e-mails, but I always have time to bake cookies in mid afternoon. Add to that that proper nutrition fuels the brain and energizes the body and you will understand why there have been a plethora of new recipes on the blog these past weeks (with more to come).
Today’s recipes arrives in Celebration of St. Patricks Day. To be honest I have never even put much thought into this holiday before, let alone celebrated. In St. Patricks Day’s prior you would find me doing little more than donning a green cardigan while teaching an Irish themed art project. However, New York takes it’s St. Patty’s day very, very seriously. As such I made time to get together with friends and enjoy the festivities. We ventured down into the madness that is Times Square, tucked ourselves into a warm, cozy booth in an Irish Pub and spent our time watching the parade, eating potato leek soup and sampling a variety of beers. Good times were definitely had, but its is hard not two when the afternoon is spent with two of my absolute favorite New Yorkers.
Afterward I polished off the evening with this homemade, hearty bowl of greens. So whether you are feeling thematic or in need something scrumptious to recover from your weekend of Irish induced debauchery -Enjoy.
Continue reading “Greens Bowl (in honor of St. Patricks Day)”
The thing I miss most about the west coast is the seafood. Atlantic Salmon just doesn’t cut it. Shellfish is hard to score. Cheap sushi is non existent here, and even the pricier fare isn’t as tasty as back home. So last week I saw a photo on Pinterest of Salmon Tacos, and my taste buds started to tingle (actually). When I clicked through there was no recipe so I resolved myself to craft something that tastes as good as the Pinterest perfect photo looked. Then Pacific Salmon was in stock at Trader Joe’s and the rest is history. These, amazing, tasty, filling, simple, awesome, nutrient rich tacos were born. Enjoy first, and you can thank me later. Continue reading “Salmon Tacos with Sautéed Kale and Cilantro Lime Yoghurt”
One of our favorite things about America is Chipotle (yes fellow Canadians I know Vancouver got one right after we left). When we were in Texas for one of Jay’s closest friend’s weddings he introduced us to it’s sheer awesomeness. We experienced our first encounter with another dear friend, Tang, who is nothing short of a force to be reckoned with in terms of lifting heavy weight and eating. As such, Tang polished off two entire Chipotle bowls in that one first sitting. If that isn’t something short of amazing and a testament to the greatness that is Chipotle than I don’t know what is.
My inspiration stemmed after I had stumbled across a few recipes for a DIY bowl on Pinterest but none of them seemed to stack up (one was a cold version which just didn’t cut it for me). So I decided to try my hand at a recreation myself, and the results were spectacular. The thing about Chipotle is everyone’s bowl will taste different depending on what they choose, so I based my creation on a combination of my normal order and Jay’s. So here is our take on a healthier, cheaper and you can get it in your pajamas version of the coveted Chipotle bowl. Continue reading “Homemade Chipotle Bowl”