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A Taste of Iceland

A Taste of Iceland

Iceland isn’t necessarily known for being a food destination. Because it’s an island, and there’s not much arable land, they have to ship a lot of food in. That’s reflected in the prices. It’s not super cheap to eat dinner out, that’s for sure. Here’s […]

All of the things we ate at The Ex 2019

All of the things we ate at The Ex 2019

The Canadian National Exhibition, more affectionately known as “The Ex” is akin to State Fairs in the USA. There’s wild food, carnival games, rides I mostly refuse to go on, and so much more. It takes place over the last few weeks of the summer […]

Summer Steak Salad

Summer Steak Salad

It’s a great time to be enjoying the bounty that Niagara has to offer. The local farmers markets are stocked up during the summer. It’s a great place to pick up ingredients for an easy summer salad.

I know you know how to make a salad. I’m not performing any David Copperfield-level magic over here. But here’s how I put it together.

Summer Steak Salad

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 small peppercorn encrusted steaks
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1/2 large carrot
  • 1 cob of corn
  • 1 head of lettuce
  • as much blue cheese as you’d like

Instructions

  • Wash and prep veggies
  • Sautée onions and peppers
  • Grill corn and steak on the barbecue
  • Cut corn off cob into the sautée pan
  • Throw everything together and then eat it and be happy about eating a salad for the first time. Add a dressing if you want

I love love loooove steak and blue cheese, and I rarely make a meal that doesn’t include sautéed onions and peppers. The sweet Ontario corn is just the perfect element of sweetness to cut the blue cheese tang.

Niagara Restaurant Roundup – Counterpart Brewing

Niagara Restaurant Roundup – Counterpart Brewing

There’s a real craft brewery boom going on in Niagara right now. The best part, besides the great beer, is that a lot of these breweries feature some great food too. Counterpart Brewing is no exception. We’ve visited this hot spot a couple times so […]

Mexico – A Taste of Cabo

Mexico – A Taste of Cabo

Of course the thing I was most excited about going to Mexico for was the food. We didn’t really eat off of the resort much (except for our boat trip) which I wish we would have been able to do. Next time. Here are a […]

Cooking with Chrissy: Roasted Tomato Soup

Cooking with Chrissy: Roasted Tomato Soup

Soup is one of my favourite meals. I think I could eat it every single day. I was going to be out of commission for a couple days, so I thought I would make a big batch of the Roasted Tomato Soup from Chrissy Teigen’s first cookbook ‘Cravings’.

Here’s the recipe:

Roasted Tomato Soup

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time1 hr 45 mins
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Ripe Tomatoes doesn’t matter what kind
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt I used pink salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 3 Herb Sprigs (whatever you have) I didn’t use sprigs, i just used loose herbs
  • 1 Small Onion diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic
  • 2 1/2 cups Low-sodium Chicken broth

Instructions

  • Roast the tomatoes with olive oil, salt and black pepper at 450 F on foil after coring and halving the tomatoes for 35-40 minutes
  • Tie up the herbs into a bundle
  • In a large pan or pot heat oil over medium high heat. Add the onion cook until soft, 7-8 minutes and then add in the garlic for one minute
  • Add in the tomatoes and break them up with a spoon
  • Add in the broth and herbs, bring to a boil, simmer until thickened 25 to 30 minutes
  • discard herbs, transfer to a blender, puree until almost smooth

I made a few changes to the original recipe. I had exactly 3 cups of chicken broth left in the box, so I just used all of it. it made for a thinner soup, which I was fine with. Instead of using springs of herbs, I just shook in some basil and chili flakes. I also used an immersion blender instead of a regular one and that worked just fine.

I love this soup. It’s hard to believe that someone wouldn’t like it, because it is such a classic. It’s a very simple recipe that uses a lot of ingredients I already have around the house.

What’s Left in the Fridge Chunky Tomato Soup

What’s Left in the Fridge Chunky Tomato Soup

We’re in the midst of what feels like a 45 year polar vortex, so all I want is warmth. What better way to do that than with a comforting, spicy soup. I call this the ‘What’s Left in the Fridge’ because literally there were a […]

Influenster – Hello Flavour Holiday Voxbox

Influenster – Hello Flavour Holiday Voxbox

It’s no surprise that I love food. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love cooking and more so eating. I was super excited to receive the Hello Flavour Holiday Voxbox from Influenster complimentary for review. The box came with a few […]

Sangria Sunday – Christmasy Sangria

Sangria Sunday – Christmasy Sangria

Do you need something to help you get through the holiday season? Maybe to impress your friends and family? Maybe you just love beverages with snacks in them? Well do I have the drink for you. I made this Christmasy Sangria for a friendsmas get-together.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of red wine (it truly could be anything, a cab merlot usually works well in something like this. Don’t spend too much money on it, you will mostly be tasting Christmas cheer anyway)
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz) of spiced rum
  • apple cider
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • apple, orange, cranberries
  • a fairly large sangria holder (a jug, a cooler, a container, a boot, whatever you want really)

The Method:

  • Pour your wine in your jug first, followed by the rum. Top off the jug with apple cider.
  • Sprinkle in some cinnamon, stir until it is blended in with your beverage mixture.
  • Cut up your fruit and throw that in there too.
  • Let the sangria mixture marinade for a couple hours in the fridge.
  • Serve to an adoring crowd.

Hot Tip: Freeze some cranberries for an icy component without diluting the sangria.

A Taste of London – Part 2

A Taste of London – Part 2

Before heading to the Harry Potter Studio Tour we stopped at Wetherspoon in the Victoria Train Station for lunch. There I had a really tasty chicken pie with chips, gravy and peas. It was super tasty. but very rich and I couldn’t even look at […]