Now don’t get too shocked when you read this next sentence: hello, it’s Carlene here. I know….. I’m slightly ashamed to say I haven’t blogged in the past four months… yes FOUR months. Luckily Bob has been able to keep everyone up to date with some delicious recipes while I took on the challenge of a new job and a completely new schedule, said “see you when I see you” to a dear friend who lost his courageous battle with cancer, took a new focus on myself and those who matter most to me and continued to tackle my photography business. While food was still a centerpiece in my life over the past four months, unfortunately the blog got the shortest stick while I took some quality “me” time to figure what life really is about and what truly matters. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s not money, a job, things or status. It comes down to time and who you choose to share it with and who chooses to value yours and share theirs back in exchange. Within that shared time is where memories are made and friendships take life. Perhaps it’s time that is the most valued commodity, not gold, gas or oil, and the one true gift you can share with those who matter most to you.
After taking some of time to “spend” on me, I’m back in action with a fresh cherry scone recipe using Saskatchewan cherries picked from our parent’s orchard. Let’s get to this recipe… Continue reading
Posted in Bread, breakfast, Dessert, Fruit
Tagged buttermilk, cherries, cherry, fresh, homemade, saskatchewan, scone, scones, Sour
The Breakfast Pizza – the end of a trilogy! This also marks the 4th day in a row that I have eaten pizza. I can’t complain though, pizza is a wonderfully balanced meal in my eyes (and stomach)!
I figured it was time to try making a breakfast pizza, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Not only did it gift my nostrils with the pleasant aroma of my breakfast favourites, the flavour was wonderful! Combining breakfast classics onto thin, airy pizza crust, how could you go wrong? Well you can’t! Unless you burn it of course…
Posted in breakfast, Cheese, Dinner, Egg, Pizza
Tagged Bacon, breakfast, breakfast pizza, cheese, egg, green onion, ham, how to make pizza, no knead pizza dough, Potato, thin crust
Continuing on with the pizza and pesto of the previous posts, here is a pizza stacked with some awesome flavours! Delicious fresh pesto, juicy mushrooms, savoury red onion, finished off with the smokey flavour of creamy smoked gouda! A pizza that not only looks great, but tastes awesome too!
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Fresh herbs, Pizza
Tagged basil, Garlic, gouda, mushroom, no-knead, pesto, pizza, recipe, red onion, smoked gouda, thin crust
In a never ending quest to expand my culinary horizons and due to a large amount of fresh basil in my fridge, I decided it was time to try making pesto for the first time!
It certainly won’t be my last!
This stuff was delicious! I ate a significant amount just “taste-testing” the pesto and I had to stop myself before it got out of hand and I ate it all! Along with trying my hand at pesto, I figured why not shoot a video for it too right!? I wanted to try a different editing style on this video, and decided to channel my inner James Brown and make a funky piece of music to go along with my vision. I gotta say I’m pretty happy with the results!
Posted in Appetizer, Condiment, Easy, Fresh herbs, How To, Video
Tagged basil, basil. pesto, easy, food video, herbs, how to make pesto, how to make pesto video, olive oil, parmesan, pesto, pine nuts, recipe, video
For whatever reason, this week just felt like a pizza week, but truth-be-told, every week could be pizza week because that stuff is freakin’ amazing! Especially with this ridiculously easy pizza dough recipe. It literally takes about 5 minutes to make (maybe less).
For this pizza I decided to keep it simple and go with a classic margherita style pizza with tomato sauce, fresh tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, topped off with a sprinkle of salt! So simple, so good!
Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Easy, Fresh herbs, Lunch, Pizza, Vegetable
Tagged basil, classic, homemade, how to make pizza, margherita, mozzarella, no-knead, pizza, pizza dough, recipe, simple, tomato
Browsing through my favourite magazine (Bon Appetit of course!) I came across this simple and delicious looking recipe for Citrus Marinated Chicken. Taking some chicken out of the fridge, I went about assembling the marinade when it took a bit of a left turn! Cutting into what I thought was an orange, but was actually a small, very orange-esque grapefruit, I had to make a little change of plans! Undeterred, I went with it, using grapefruit as my main citrus and making a few changes here and there to the recipe.
In the end, it all worked out and I had myself some tasty chicken. It had some great teriyaki flavour with hints of citrus and a really nice caramelization from the sugars in the marinade. Served with some rice and fresh veggies, it made an easy and delicious meal!
Posted in Barbecue, Chicken, Dinner, Duck, Grilled
Tagged asian, Barbecue, bon appetit, Chicken, citrus, citrus marinated chicken, drumsticks, grapefruit, marinade, recipe, soy, soya sauce, summer, Teriyaki
Here is a short and sweet blog post! I just wrapped up my latest Tablespoon.com video, this time it’s about mango! If you have trouble slicing mangoes then you definitely need to watch the video, because it’s easy!
Read the full blog post over at Tablespoon: http://taste-for-adventure.tablespoon.com/2013/07/25/how-to-cut-a-mango/.
Check out the video below:
Posted in Easy, Fruit, How To, Snack, Snack, Tablespoon.com, Video
Tagged cutting a mango, food video, fruit, how to cut a mango, how to slice a mango, Mango, recipe video, video
I have had visions of creating a salad in this style for quite some time and finally got around to actually doing it the other day! Along with fancying up the presentation of a watermelon salad, I wanted to try marinating watermelon and this was the perfect opportunity!
Initially I had plans to add some baby arugula into the dish, unfortunately when I went to the grocery store they were all out, so I just had to make do without it!
This salad really transforms the watermelon into a savoury dish that felt surprisingly hearty! Marinating the watermelon adds subtle hints of lemon, honey and balsamic to the freshness of the watermelon, and pairing it with the feta, mint, bacon and red onion makes it much more savoury. Topping it all of with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar gives it a bit of needed acidity and a nice tang!
Posted in Appetizer, Dinner, Fresh herbs, Fruit, Lunch, Salad, Side
Tagged Bacon, Balsamic, cheese, easy, Fancy, Feta, fruit, marinated watermelon, mint, recipe, red onion, Salad, summer, vinegar, watermelon, watermelon salad
Did you have braces?
Does the thought of corn terrify you?
If so, I apologize in advance, this post is not for you, but for the sake of others I must go on! In the latest installment of Tablespoon.com videos, I present to you “How to Grill Corn”, a quick recipe video detailing the process of grilling corn in their husks to some bumpin’ tunes (made by yours truly)!
I was blessed with straight teeth, and fortunately didn’t have to exile my pearly whites to years behind bars. As a result, my love for corn has remained strong and every summer when corn is in season, I fully embrace it!
Check out the video below and the full blog post here: http://quick-dish.tablespoon.com/2013/07/17/how-to-grill-corn/.
Posted in Appetizer, Barbecue, Dinner, Easy, Grilled, Side, Tablespoon.com, Vegetable, Video
Tagged Barbecue, barbecued corn, BBQ, Corn, general mills, grilled corn, how to grill corn, how to grill corn in husks, how-to, husk, recipe video, summer, tablespoon.com, video
This recipe begins something like this:
“Nooooooo Megan!” I shout, as my girlfriend reaches into the Sobey’s refrigerator, pulling out a box of *gasp* frozen chicken strips!
“Put the box down, step away from the refrigerator!”
Posted in Chicken, Dinner, Easy, Lunch
Tagged Chicken, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, chicken strips, chicken tenders, easy, homemade, how to make, Panko, parmesan, strips, tender