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What I’ve been making lately – May 3

What I’ve been making lately – May 3

Shawarma We have been craving one of our favourite take-out dinners lately – Shawarma. We thought maybe we could take a stab at making it. We more or less followed this recipe for the chicken. For the garlic toum we used this recipe. For the […]

April Reads

April Reads

Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West 3/5 Stars Lindy West’s 2016 debut novel reads like a collection of essays about her trials and tribulations of growing up and coming to age as a self-proclaimed fat woman. She discusses how it feels to […]

What I’ve been watching this week – April 28

What I’ve been watching this week – April 28

Notting Hill

We had ordered ourselves a nice London skyline LEGO set, and thought that building it while watching a quintessential London movie would be nice. It was my turn to choose the movie, so I chose one of my favourites, Notting Hill.

I still love it!! It’s a great romcom, leaning more on the rom than the com.

On our trip to London a few years ago, we made it to Notting Hill and even visited the famous blue door from the movie.

Check out my Notting Hill post here.

Too Hot to Handle

Oh boy was this a real winner. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but it feels like my exact order. A bunch of hot people travel to Mexico where they find out they can’t make out with each other if they want money and a robot tells on them when they do. I feel like that’s a pretty simplified description of the show. I feel like if you watch the preview, you’ll know if its for you or not.

Check out the full blog post I wrote about Too Hot to Handle here.

Top Chef Canada

A new season of Top Chef Canada started a couple weeks ago. So far I am enjoying it more than I did last season. I like the cast more. I still find that this iteration of Top Chef is missing a bit of charm.

I watched all of Too Hot To Handle

I watched all of Too Hot To Handle

The world may have come to a total stop, but the Netflix reality programming department has not. Too Hot To Handle was unleashed upon the world on April 17, and it was exactly what we all needed – a trashy tv show with heart featuring […]

What I’ve been watching this week – April 17

What I’ve been watching this week – April 17

The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart So like, I was always probably going to watch this. But now I have nothing better to do than to watch LTYH. In an inexplicable move, The Bachelor created a show just for people that are looking for […]

What I’ve been making lately – April 15

What I’ve been making lately – April 15

Souped Up Trader Joe’s Miso Ramen Soup

Whenever I make the trek to Trader Joe’s, I pick up a couple of these soups. I love them for lunch. I was a little hungrier this day, so I add some more ramen noodles, frozen corn, and sauteed shrimp. Really delicious!!

Cavatappi with Homemade Meatballs

We had some meatballs that we had previously made in our freezer. For some reason we had only 5 meatballs in this particular meatball pack, so we each had two and a half meatballs. We just had jarred sauce. That’s just what we do, okay?

Pulled Turkey Tacos

I broke out the trusty slow cooker for the turkey. I threw in two turkey breasts with half a packet of taco seasoning with about a cup of vegetable stock along with a big of onion and garlic. After a couple of hours in there we pulled it and topped the tacos with the usual stuff.

Edible Cookie Dough

I love eating cookie dough. It’s just so good. I like it better than cookies. Ethan always yells at me when I eat it though because it’s ‘unhealthy’. Whatever.

I was craving cookie dough. I found this recipe and made it. I added sprinkles to bring a little bit of joy into our lives. It was delicious. Would recommend. I told some people about it and they all made it and loved it too. It was a great dessert that lasted a couple days.

Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli

This was a great ‘well, what do we have that we can throw together?’ kind of meal. We used a jarred alfredo sauce, we thinned it out a bit with pasta water, and threw in some more garlic and a bit of lemon. The chicken is grilled chicken we bought in bulk from Costco a while ago (it’s really tasty, would buy again), and we steamed some frozen broccoli to mix in. To top it, we grated some parm and added a few chili flakes. For how simple this was, it was really tasty and I can’t wait to have this again.

Caesar Salad (sort of?)

So, we saw this ‘eggless’ Caesar recipe (it uses mayo instead) on an episode of The Kitchen. We were looking forward to it because we had pretty much everything we needed. Except dijon mustard. We substituted it with regular yellow mustard, and it’s possible that this was what threw it all off. Don’t get me wrong, it was a nice salad dressing, it just wasn’t particularly Caesary.

Home-fried Chicken Sandwich

Ethan was very inspired to make fried chicken sandwiches. I’m always afraid of frying things, but Ethan is pretty good with it. To coat the chicken, we did the egg dip thing, and used my favourite coating, fish crisp. You can find fish crisp pretty much anywhere and it’s great for coating everything.

Tortilla Soup

Once again I pulled out my trusty copy of the Joy of Cooking for the tortilla soup. It was a nice easy recipe that made for a delicious lunch. We topped ours with some baked tortilla strips, a dollop of plain greek yogurt, and some lime.

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What I’ve been watching this week – April 6

What I’ve been watching this week – April 6

Nailed It What a joy this show is!! I mentioned Nailed It in my favourite ‘comfort’ shows post because it just makes me so happy to watch it. Nailed It is back with its fourth season on Netflix, and it’s just as wonderful as always. […]

What I’ve been making lately – April 4

What I’ve been making lately – April 4

Shakshuka I love making Shakshuka. I make it for any brunch I’m hosting, and often for dinner when we’re not sure what else to make. It’s easy, tasty, and decently inexpensive. For mine, I used a jar of tomato sauce (but obviously feel free to […]

I tried out Chef’s Plate for a week

I tried out Chef’s Plate for a week

A friend of mine had a code for Chef’s Plate, a meal subscription service here in Canada. I was able to get 3 free meals for 2 (thanks Natalie!!)

It felt like the perfect time to try something like this out. We’re trying to limit going out in public as much as possible, and it was nice to have fresh, interesting meals delivered right to our door.

We tried out a week of Hello Fresh some time last year and liked it, but we never got it again. We wanted to try out something else!

Recipe 1: Steak with Chimichurri Sauce with Roasted Red Potatoes

This was the recipe we were most excited about so obviously we made it first. It was a pretty easy recipe to follow. It says it takes 35 minutes to make and I would say it took around that long.

This was a really tasty dinner and it ended up being our favourite meal of the week.

Recipe 2: Mexi Beef Enchiladas with Guacamole and Lime Sour Cream

We were very much looking forward to these. We both love Mexican food. I had never made enchiladas before, but this recipe was pretty easy. I loved the addition of guacamole and the sour cream. We did add some extra cheddar cheese to the top of the enchiladas.

This was a 15-minute recipe, and I think it took us about 25 minutes to make.

Recipe 3: Japanese Umami Burgers with Sweet Potatoes and Spicy Mayo

Our third and final recipe of the week were these burgers. I liked them a lot. It was a nice twist on something that we already love. The patties were easy to assemble, and they were very tasty. I’ve got to say, my favourite part was the brioche bun. I love a brioche.

The recipe says it will take 30 minutes, and it probably took us about 35. We didn’t find the mayo particularly spicy, and we added some regular potato fries to the sweet potato fries to make the meal a little more substantial.

The carrot for the slaw they sent us was massive, and we ended up making some carrot cake muffins with the rest of it.

What did we think?

We had a great time with these recipes and meals. We made them together. In times where were obviously spending a lot of time at home together, it was nice to do something like this. We love going out to restaurants, and now we aren’t doing that. It was fun to make some restaurant quality meals at home.

I believe it’s about $60 a week for 3 meals for 2, which is a little pricey for us on a regular basis. I think we would try out Chef’s Plate again as a nice treat.

If you want to sign up for Chef’s Plate, you can use my code here.

March Reads

March Reads

Well, I didn’t read much in March. I aim for at least 2 books a month. Things came up I guess. I also had a hard time getting through the one book I did read so I guess that slowed me down a bit. My […]