food

Open-faced Flatbread with Dressings

Sometimes the best food combinations come out by accident. Made this meal one night after coming back from night class and just threw some things together. My roommates made fun of me for calling this a lazy meal; but hey what can I say, I guess i’m just not a KD girl. Honestly though, can’t even describe how good this combination is!

Toasted flatbread with ricotta cheese, cucumber, fried egg, honey mustard, ranch dressing and BBQ sauce. Added some mint for a garnish

Delicious.

Figs, Ricotta and Marmalade

Noms: Figs, Ricotta and Marmalade

It’s so easy to make fresh figs taste good! This simple appetizer is a great summer treat that takes minutes to make but looks beautiful when plated. I baked my figs until they slightly browned then added a dollop of ricotta cheese, citrus marmalade and an alternating sprig of mint or thai basil. I added a squirt of fresh lime to enhance the citrus flavour and add a punch. Next time (and there will definitely be a next time) I want to add some crushed chilli flakes for a bit of a kick. Nonetheless this simple appetizer is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Ice cream by the river at The Boathouse

Noms: Icecream by the river at the Boathouse

As I mentioned in a previous post, I spent a couple days with some friends at a nearby university city. While there, I managed to sneak in a trip to The Boathouse for some delicious ice cream. Excuse the slightly melty pic!

The Boathouse is located right beside Speed River in Guelph, Ontario. You can spend the day kayaking on the river or munch on your ice cream while strolling down the beautifully covered bridges.

The Boathouse offers some small entrees at a reasonable price and is connected to a quaint tea room however the real star is the ice cream. With 16 flavour options that vary by the day, you can always stop by for a new combination. The flavours I chose were polar paws (top scoop) and cherry cheesecake (bottom scoop) both equally delicious!

Polar Paws is a white chocolate ice cream with pieces of dark chocolate, white chocolate truffle and a raspberry jam swirled in. Whereas cherry cheesecake is just that a tart yet creamy flavour all overtop a fragrant waffle cone. And to think that this double scoop was a mere $3.50! Will definitely be making a visit back the next time I’m in Guelph!

Blueberries, Bananas and Ricotta

Noms: Blueberries, Bananas and Ricotta

Nothing like a quick breakfast smoothie to start your day! I had a bunch of blueberries to use up so that’s why the color is so vibrant! Today’s smoothie was made with bluberries, banana, almond milk, a couple almonds topped with a dollop of ricotta cheese and a mint leaf. Yum!

Mushrooms and Cauliflower

Noms: Mushrooms and Cauliflower

sauteed garlic and mushrooms with a cauliflower, roasted garlic, roasted bell pepper mash

Felt like being a bit more creative in the kitchen today 🙂 I’ve never been one to make many vegetable mashes but I think that will soon change! I love the difference in texture between the creamy mash and the firm mushrooms. Cauliflower is also a great alternative to mashed potato, they’ve got lots of nutrients and are much lower in starch. I blanched my cauliflower, so it became a bit tender, then blended it along with some other spices for flavor. Delicious!

Film: Ratatouille

Anyone can cook.

A powerful message and one that I wholeheartedly agree with. The way I think of it the phrase anyone can cook can be taken a step further. Anyone can cook, anyone can have style and anyone can be great. Its only the limitations that we put on ourselves, and the expectations that we allow to affect us that hold us down. A strong message coming from an unlikely source.

Ratatouille is one of my favorite Disney movies in general, let alone in my top pixar movies. I recently re-watched the film and thought why not do a movie review? First off a brief synopsis. Ratatouille is a typical french peasant dish consisting of vegetables; onion, eggplant, peppers, zucchini….. oh wait this is about the movie not the dish.

Ratatouille (the food), this also happens to be a great recipe!

Ratatouille (the film) is the 8th film produced by Pixar and was released in 2007. The movie is about a rat (Remy) who has a love of food and dreams of becoming a chef. He has an incredibly developed sense of smell and taste which allows him to create tantalizing flavor combinations. However since he is a rat there are (of course) certain stereotypes that prevent him from becoming a chef. Remy tries to achieve his dream by forming an alliance with a Parisian garbage boy.

Okay, so let’s think this out. You know how to cook, and I know how to… appear human. We just need to work out a system so that I do what you want, in a way that doesn’t look like I’m being controlled by a tiny rat chef – oh will you listen to me I’m insane I’m insane!

As a food lover myself, this movie really spoke to me. The artistry and cinematography are beautiful, the story is quaint and the film has that quintessential french feel. Although the concept is still a bit icky (can you imagine finding all those rats in the kitchen!) I can’t help but get warm and fuzzies whenever I watch this movie.

I will admit that I’m not the biggest fan of all of Pixar and Disney’s films however this is one of the few that I continually watch over and over again. I would absolutely recommend this movie to any food fan, Disney lover or if you just need a quick me up to get you through. 10 stars, 5/5, 2 thumbs up and all of those other rating scales; basically watch it. You won’t regret it.