Friday, 24 June 2016

homemade pickled radishes


if you pickle it, they will come. 
#fact

i know this because i'm a sucker for anything pickled.  
jalapeƱos
carrots
beans
you name it, i'll eat it.


i decided to try my hand at pickling radishes for the first time.
earlier in the week i purchased a bag to accompany my new favourite lunch; hummus and avocado sandwiches.  
and, with a bounty leftover, i decided pickling them was the route to take.

family consensus;  nice route mom!

perfect to top off sandwiches, salads and yes, my beloved tacos.


cheers.xo.




Pickled Radishes

ingredients:
16 radishes, thinly sliced
2/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons coarse salt

method:
in large bowl, combine vinegar, sugar and salt.  whisk till dissolved.  add in sliced radishes and allow to sit for 30 minutes.
radishes are best served within a few hours or can be refrigerated up to 1 day.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

open faced hummus & avocado sandwich


summer is officially in full swing, and with the countdown to the end of the school year being marked off at an alarmingly fast pace, i'm eagerly trying to find ways to keep our little family busy for the next two months.

family roadtrips, stampede, summer camps, and days spent beachside, pretty much have it covered.

with summer planning out of the way, i now direct my attention to the next important task at hand, lunch.


an open faced, hummus & avocado sandwich w/ crunchy cucumbers and crisp radishes.  this is what summer looks like and this is what summer tastes like.
round two will be happening tomorrow, or tonight, or both, or all summer long, i'm undecided as of yet.


Open-Faced Hummus & Avocado Sandwich

ingredients:
1 slice multi-grain bread, toasted
1 heaping tablespoon hummus
1/4 avocado, sliced
3 thinly sliced cucumber rounds
1 radish, sliced thin
sea salt, pepper & red pepper flakes to taste

to assemble sandwich:  spread hummus in an even layer on toasted bread.  top with avocado, cucumber & radishes.  sprinkle with sea salt, pepper and red pepper flakes

Monday, 13 June 2016

Annual Girls Lake Weekend & Whisky Sours Win


this past weekend my best friend and i took our annual trip to baynes lake just outside of fernie for some much needed peace, quiet, rose consumption & a few whisky sours along the way.


it was amazing, much needed and went by way too quickly.
we managed to get in a beautiful hike with scenery shots worth the the busted knee {kudos B} for. i mastered the art of hula hooping and wood chopping {not at the same time, but wouldn't that be something} and thanks to our friends at black fly booze we were  treated to delicious whisky sours to keep hydrated.  not too sweet, but tangy and tart and everything i love in a cocktail.

being from alberta, black fly booze is something new to me. the company was founded in 2005, as ontario's first micro-distillery. they pride themselves on products with a more natural and less sweet premium spirit beverages, using quality ingredients that only recently entered the alberta marketplace.  yay for me.

quality and taste were on point and we thoroughly enjoyed. 
this is likely to become our new summer regular since we are now in peak the cocktail/lake life season.
cheers.xo.


for more information on black fly booze and other flavour cocktails offered visit blackflybooze.com

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Strawberry Rhubarb Loaf


there is something quintessential about the early summer combination of sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb.  i just love it so.
  
and with a lovely care package of homegrown rhubarb courtesy of my friend KP, i knew that i had to make something to go with the pint of fresh strawberries in my refrigerator.
  
there are no shortage of rhubarb recipes on this blog, from pies, to crispscake, oatmeal, parfaits, cobblers, and heck even salad, my love for the stalk runs deep.


so yesterday with the kids off of school, and L at his friends house, it was just the girls in the house, so we baked, naturally.  a strawberry-rhubarb loaf and a sweetened vanilla glaze.  perfect for monday.


cheers.



Strawberry-Rhubarb Loaf

ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted & cooled
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup diced rhubarb
2/3 cup sliced strawberries

glaze:

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


method:

preheat oven to 350F.  spray a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with non stick spray and set aside.
in large bowl, whisk together first 4 ingredients.  set aside.
in another bowl, beat together, egg, sugar and butter.  stir in buttermilk and vanilla.  
slowly add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  gently fold in the strawberries and rhubarb.
pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
allow the bread to cool in pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

for the glaze:  whisk together sugar, milk and vanilla.   pour over cooled bread.  allow to set before slicing .

Monday, 6 June 2016

Blink Restaurant + Bar


this weekend mr. handsome and i celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary.  which is odd because i'm pretty sure i'm still only 23, at least that's my wishful thinking 33 year old self talking.

being it was a huge milestone marker,  i left the planning up to him.  although to be honest, i did make a back up reservation in the event that he left things to the last minute.  just call me type A

i actually don't do well with surprises, i like to know things, so this weekend was difficult for me.  he divulged some information to me the day before.  things like you need to be ready at 1pm and you need to pack an overnight bag.  so fast forward to saturday, and the plan took shape.

reservations at the fairmont pallisar,  afternoon patio lunch downtown to soak up the 24 degree weather and dinner at blink restaurant + bar.  i married a good man.

blink, located at 111 - 8th ave sw, was voted restaurant of the year 2015 by where magazine and it's easy to see why.  from its historic exposed brick walls to the open concept kitchen, it's as visually appealing as is the food delicious.  fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a creative & imaginative manner, means my palette was more than pleased.  well done mr. handsome.
the halibut will bring me back hands down.



albacore tuna tataki |  avocado mousse, grapefruit get, spring radishes, seaweed from nova scotia, sesame, soy & horseradish vinaigrette

salad of buffalo mozzarella |  burnt walnut puree, fave beans, english peas, asparagus, frisee, torn brioche, watercress & lemon

wild caught pacific halibut |  name of spring vegetables, globe artichokes, rainbow carrots, sea beans, grilled spring onions


arctic char from whitehorse |  potato croquette, english peas, bc fire morels, vinaigrette of grilled asparagus


warm rhubarb & brown butter cake |  double churned ice cream, almond crumble

here is a look at the remainder of the weekend.  it was  simply perfect.
the best part is my surprise james taylor tickets which is happening on wednesday. xo.

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