Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Break

If you haven't noticed I have been gone for a few months now.  I have not had any motivation to blog lately.  I have still been cooking and running I just haven't felt compelled to document any of it on here.    It has felt like a chore and that is not what I want out of my blog, it should be enjoyable.  I am going to stop blogging for now.  I won't delete it.  I just won't be posting anymore.  Who knows maybe I will return to blogging in a few months or years.  I still check my email though, so feel free to email me anytime.  Goodbye :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Edinburgh!

Hi guys.  First off, this post has no pictures.  I wanted to post pictures but apparently I have reached my limit on blogger?!  Well that is unless I want to pay for an upgrade :/  I am thinking about creating a wordpress account.  I would use the same blog name and everything.  Let me know if you think this is a good idea :)  I will let you all now in a follow up post what I decide to do.  But onto todays picture-less post.

This past weekend I was in Edinburgh with my family.  My brother has been looking at universities and that was one that was on his list.  Since he had a long weekend, my family decided to just spend the weekend there.  I flew up to meet them and we had a great time (even if I only was with them for 36 hours)!  

On Friday evening, we went to dinner at a restaurant that was a the top of a museum   The view was really nice and that was about the only thing that was nice!  It sounds harsh but I was really unimpressed by the meal.  For a starter I had a warm squid salad with fennel.  It was fine but it was almost as if the chef had forgotten to add the acid (some lemon juice would have been perfect) and salt!!  It was also an extremely small portion.  Then for the main I had fish with peppers and potatoes.  This portion was HUGE.  It tasted fine but was nothing special.  I just got the cheese for dessert which was again, mediocre.  It was quite a disappointing meal, but I was happy to spend time with my family and catch up.

Saturday my mom and I went on a food tour!  It was really interesting.  We went to various restaurants and wine/whiskey bars and tried different foods and drinks.  It lasted nearly 4 hours and we were SO full by the end of it.  We definitely shouldn't have eaten lunch beforehand!  Although, lunch was good. We ate at a cute cafe where I had bean and tomato soup and granary bread sandwich with spicy prawn filling.

Of course I wasn't hungry for dinner because of our day of eating but we already had a booking.  We ate at The Witchery which was better than the night before.  I really enjoyed our meal.  For starters I had a fish soup (we had this soup over Spring Break when we were in the south of France) which you eat with toasted bread, grated cheese, and a garlic aioli.  I had baked salmon with greens and baked sweet potato chips for my main.  To be honest I was so completely full that I couldn't even THINK about dessert!  My brother ordered this really dense chocolate tart though which looked delicious!

It was a great trip; however, 36 hours is WAY to short of a time to spend in such an interesting city.  I will definitely try to go back sometime soon and explore it more :)


Have you been to Edinburgh?

Have you done any food tours of cities before?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Quick and Easy Sunday Morning Pacakes

I have really been craving pancakes for a while now.  I always like to experiment with different recipes and I found one which used cottage cheese.  As you know from my last post, I just purchased some and have been trying to figure out what to do with it.  This seemed like the perfect idea.


Also, you might notice there is no sugar in this recipe.  At first I was a bit hesitant, but after making them realised they really don't need the sugar.  The banana and sauce provide more than enough sweetness!


I don't usually choose to put blueberries (or fruit for that matter) on pancakes because I think it ruins them.  I had no peanut butter or chocolate chips in the house though, so I had to resort to fruit.  I was very pleasantly surprised though; these were delicious!


Cottage Cheese Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce

Ingredients:

-1 large egg
-1/3c cottage cheese
-1 small banana
-1.5T ground flax
-2t whole wheat flour

-1/2c frozen blueberries
-1t honey

-cinnamon
-butter for pan


Directions:

Simply mix the egg to flour together.  Heat a pan and grease with butter.  Pour the batter on and cook until golden brown.  Flip and repeat.  this made four medium sized pancakes.

For the sauce, simply heat the blueberries and honey over medium heat.  Then pour over pancakes and top with cinnamon.


Have you used cottage cheese in pancakes before?

What do you like in/on your pancakes?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WIAW #53

Happy Wednesday everyone.  If you haven't already head over to Jenn's blog to check out what all the other bloggers have been eating lately.

Peas and Crayons

I am definitely ready to start decorating for Christmas. There is such a long break between Halloween and Christmas that it is hard to fill the gap.  Fortunately, I have been so busy with Uni work that I haven't had to much time to dwell on it.  The weather has been around 10 degrees so it actually feels really warm for this time of year; but I am not complaining, it means I can still wear shorts when i run :)  I am planning on doing some baking soon.  So far there are just two items on my list: apple cake and molasses cookies.

Open faced sandwich

Tomatoes from my vegetable box, sprouted bread, avocado, smoked salmon



This was my take on a salad Nicoise 

Soft Boiled Egg


Smoked salmon, potatoes, and broccoli

This is my favoutite take on the classic Korean dish Bimbap

I absolutely love to make this because it has so many different layers, textures, and flavours.

This particular version has matchstick carrot pieces with edamame and sesame seeds sauteed in some soy sauce.

Two poached eggs

Tofu blocks marinated in ginger, garlic, and soy and then quickly cooked on both sides.

And finally, a mix of quinoa with amaranth and chia seeds with some crumbled seaweed.

It. Is. So. Good.  Try it.


Finally, this is a little snapshot of my homemade ricotta.  It was pretty decent for a first attempt and I am looking forward to experimenting more with making ricotta (and possibly other cheeses) over the holidays.  In this batch I simply took some milk, heated it on the stove until it was ALMOST boiling.  I turned off the heat and added some vinegar (unfortunately all I had was white balsamic which made the flavour a little strange).  I slowly mixed it and stopped when it curdled.  I left it for 5 minutes and then poured it into a bowl with a sieve and some coffee filters (I don't have cheese cloth).  I let it sit for about twenty minutes and then enjoyed it with some almonds, pear, and manuka honey.  Like I said next time I might try a different acid like lemon juice or a more neutral vinegar.

Any ideas of what else I should bake for the coming Christmas season?

Any tips/tricks on making homemade ricotta?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Vegetable Curry

I have still been so busy.  My second year of uni so far has been incredible but in so many different ways than last year.  First off, I am going out way less than last year, which is actually really nice.  I have more time to focus on my work, running, and finding a placement internship for next year.  

I have been going to a lot more of the cross country events with my running club.  Although the distance is much shorter than I would like (usually around 5k, while the boys get to run 10k!) it has been really fun.  The most recent race was run in Wimbledon Commons and it was by far my favourite race so far.  The weather was beautiful and the course was so much fun.  It had been raining for a few days so the ground was so muddy and it was super hilly!  It reminded me of running back home; I loved it!  The one problem I have with England is that it is so flat!  I love running hills so this course was really fun.

Sorry for the rubbish pictures but now that it gets dark at basically half three, there is no hope of having good lighting :/


Now for the recipe I have.  This was honestly the best thing that I have eaten in such a long time.  It was DELICIOUS! I've been receiving my Abel and Cole Veg box for two weeks now and I finally decided to try one of the recipes from their site.  I did alter it though, so here is my adaptation:

Ingredients:

-1 large carrot, chopped
-1 large parsnip, chopped
-1 small head of romanesco cauliflower, chopped
-1 T olive oil
-salt and pepper

-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 T fresh ginger, chopped
-1 small onion, chopped
-1T soy sauce
-1T olive oil
-chili flakes, to taste
-1t turmeric
-1t pb2 (I have run out of peanut butter, or else I would have used that!)
-1 can coconut milk
-250 vegetable stock

-frozen spinach

-serve with barley, chickpeas, and cottage cheese, or paneer


Directions

Toss the vegetables in the oil and salt and pepper.  Roast in the oven until tender, about 25 minutes.

Blend from garlic to the pb2 in a food processor.  Add the coconut milk and stock until combined.  Put roasted vegetables in a large saucepan.  Add the sauce mixture and frozen spinach and simmer for about 10 minutes.

Serve with cooked chickpeas and barley and cottage cheese.

I have actually never bought cottage cheese before, but I did on a whim today.  I tasted it by its self and, to be honest, it wasn't as bad as I had initially thought it was going to be.  After deciding I was going to make this curry for dinner, I though that the cottage cheese, which is similar to paneer, would be the perfect accompaniment.  It was really delicious with the curry and definitely completed the meal.

Have you tried cottage cheese?  Do you like it?  How do you eat it?

Are you a huge Lana del Rey fan like me?  What do you think of the Paradise Edition?? :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Vegetable Box and Where I Have Been

It's long overdue, but here is my Halloween costume:

It was hard to get a picture of the whole outfit.

Like I said before, I was wonder woman.

This year has been so busy!  I have less hours than last year, but for some reason I am always out of the house.  Since I am not living on campus, I guess a lot of my time is spent walking to campus; which I don't mind because it is good exercise.  I do have a lot of lab hours though, which is stressful and means you really have to apply yourself!  Despite being busier, I am really enjoying my second year of uni so far.  

I finally ordered a vegetable box!  I went with the company Abel and Cole.  For my first order I went with just the vegetable box, but I have changed it for next week to include fruit.  Anyways, for this week I got: onions, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, peppers, and broccoli.  I'm looking forward to creating some interesting recipes.

Here are some meals I've been eating lately:

Snap peas in soy sauce

Barley "fried rice"

Smoked salmon


I have been loving soft tofu lately.  I like to eat it raw with soy sauce.   It is such a quick and easy meal, but so satisfying.

Sauteed green peppers

Tofu with sesame seeds


Since it is getting dark so early now the quality of my food pictures is getting worse :(

Again with the tofu.  But this time I had it with avocado, edamame, and sliced cucumbers marinated in vinegar.

How do you like to eat tofu?

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WIAW #52

Happy Halloween Everyone!  I'm really excited for tonight.  My house is all dressing up as superheros. So I am going to be wonder woman and am really happy with my costume.  Although it is halloween, unfortunately I don't have any spooky or even pumpkin themed eats for today :( I have just been too busy lately to bake.  But before I get onto my eats, don't forget to check out everyone else's spooky posts for today.  Head over to Jenn's blog to check them out :)

Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

I love savoury oats and I always forget how much I love them!

Oats with chia, flax and salt with spinach, a boiled egg, and edamame.



Frozen mango with greek yogurt and mixed seeds


Prawns with snap peas and scrambled eggs with soy sauce.


That was a pretty quick post but I have to run off to lectures and then I have a race and then Halloween!! Hope you all have a great day :D

What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

What is your favourite Halloween candy?