One of the foods almost synonymous with Canada, poutine has become a staple craving in my books. Its funny because in my high school years I was never a big fan of poutine, so much so that I wouldn’t even be able to finish a small on my own. However somehow over the years the combination of fries, gravy and cheese curds make the mouth salivate at the very thought.
Being a vegetarian, it can get a little frustrating when your jonesing for some late night poutine only to find out there isn’t any vegetarian friendly gravy; however with the ever increasing number of vegetarians in the Toronto area this hasn’t been much of an issue recently.
Pictured is a vegetarian deluxe poutine from a university town I was at a while back (I realize my blog hiatus was much too long!) and features hot fries, delicious vegetarian gravy, cheese curds, caramelized onions, mushrooms and peas. Its only 11 am and I’ve already got my poutine craving. I feel the beginning of an obsession coming on…
BTW how do you all like the new layout? Of course theres still a spot for my little moustache man 😉
This is a shade that I half got for the name and half for the actual color. Although this polish is from the OPI Swiss collection of Fall 2010, the name makes me think of William Shakespeare; both in his literal name and the slight poetical whimsy of the of the polish moniker.
I bought this polish since it looked to be that similar dark eggplant shade of lacquers such as OPI’s Lincoln Park at Midnight but with a name I much preferred. The polish itself is a deep vampy purple, however I found it to lean more of a brown toned purple. The formulation was great and boy is this polish chip resistant! When paired with my favourite Revlon Colorstay top coat, my nails were still chip free an entire week later!
Went back home for the weekend which means another mini feast courtesy of moi!
– kale chips
– tabouli (without parsley)
– hummus, tzatziki and jalapeño
– carrots, tomato wedges and lemon
The kale chips were a tasty bit of added crunch to the meal and were a cinch to make! Just baked at 300 until they were nice and crunchy (about 10 min for this batch). I’ve always been a fan of making falafel, its so filling and has such a great flavour. Believe it or not this was my mom’s first time having falafel! Was she the biggest fan? Unknown; but then again she is kind of a picky eater. Tabouli isn’t usually something I’ll have a hankering for, but stuffed in a toasted pita with some falafel, roasted red pepper hummus and tzatziki and my stomach starts to growl!
I picked up two Joe Fresh nail polishes while in Alberta (this is my first time dabbling in the brand) and, with the polishes at least, I’m pretty impressed! Wave is a pale robin’s egg or sky blue, a shade that I have had my eye on for a while but have never found one that was just right. Who knew I could score one on a 3 for $10 deal!
This isn’t entirely a cream polish, there is a slight shimmer however it is only noticeable in certain lighting and even then its not like this is a metallic polish or anything. Application was good, not as amazing as an essence or essie polish but not terribly streaky either. I’ve been using my Revlon Topcoat over each manicure now so it’s difficult to tell how chip resistant this polish is since the top coat works like glue.
This polish comes with 6ml as opposed to the 13.5 – 15 ml of an essie or OPI polish. But hey, considering I’ve NEVER finished a polish, I’ll gladly take the lesser volume. 2 coats gave full opacity
An easy recipe that can double as an appetizer or a light dinner. These cold spring rolls were made with rice paper sheets, carrot, celery, cucumber, red pepper and thai basil. The key to cold spring rolls is giving them enough flavour and moisture so they don’t taste like a boring salad or raw vegetables. For these I layered the flavours with different sauces to make them more interesting. I used sweet Thai chili sauce, teriyaki sauce and a poppy-seed dressing. A great quick and easy summer treat
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!
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!
I’ve been lusting after Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow since the beginning of the year and about a month ago I finally bit the bullet and bought it! Deborah Lippmann is pretty hard to find in my area, let alone finding the full range. This along with the price tag of this polish left me eying longingly at a distance (the distance being my eyes to the computer screen). Eventually picked this up off of ebay and it was love at first sight! Don’t know why it took me so long to actually use the polish, but it is perfect in so many ways!
Boom Boom Pow is a gold multi-glitter polish with a gold shimmer base. I had been on the hunt for a polish just like this for quite a while, but was never able to find one that was just right….well until I found this polish that is. The glitter doesn’t apply as easily as the milani glitters however it looks absolutely beautiful on the nail, especially when it hits the light. I used Essence nude it as a base and it worked perfectly. This polish applies like a dream, completely opaque in 1 coat. Love this combination and can’t wait to add some golden glitter to my future manicures!
I do apologize for the over-saturation of this picture (curse you phone apps!) however it does show the truest dimension of the polish; I got a lot of color cast from the natural sunlight.
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!
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!