Monday, March 14, 2011


I have moved my blog. I'm now writing on wordpress. I've decided to move because I'm looking for something different from here. But I am just trying it out, who knows, I might be back =)

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Chicken salad sandwiches and lackluster inspiration

I have LOST my creative inspiration. Okay, maybe it's not lost, per-say, but I've definitely hit a wall. I've been feeling defeated lately, and that's really rubbing off on my creativity. I felt a little better today, Adrian and I went to the park. We channeled our inner children and played on the merry-go-round and swings. I love swinging (on swings!). I am hopeful that tomorrow will see a greater improvement in my feelings. It could also just be PMS... HA!


Although I've been lacking creative skills, I still managed to make up a new recipe last night, for chicken salad sandwiches. Okay, I guess I didn't necessarily MAKE it up, because it's a pretty common recipe .... but I did give it my own twists and I didn't follow any other recipes, I came up with everything on my own. So here's what I did!:

You'll Need

- 4 to 6 chicken thighs (or about 2 or 3 chicken breasts)
- a frying pan
- oil and any seasonings you love - I used tarragon, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and onion powder
- 1 to 2 sticks of celery, diced into small pieces
- 1/4 of an onion, finely chopped (you can totally use more, that's just how much I used)
- about 3 to 4 heaping spoonful scoops of mayo
- about a 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice
- mixing bowl
- knife
-cutting board

What You Do

- Season the frying pan with a few splashes of oil, and a few pinches of all your chosen spices and herbs
- Cut up your chicken into small cubes (I touched raw meat for the first time, for the sake of this recipe!! *I usually use a fork to hold it while I cut it up*)
- Throw your chicken cubes into the frying pan, which is heating over medium heat
- fry the cubes until a light brown colour and all the pink is gone

Pause: I'm a habitual over-cooker. I blame it on my hand-me-down germ-phobia
from my mom, and from the news. When I was younger, the news was always telling
me that undercooked meat was going to kill me, and I believed it! So, my chicken
cubes came out very much more brown and crunchy then they should have been.
DON'T overcook the chicken, it will still taste good, but you'll be wishing for
tenderer chicken in the end!

- Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and spread it out on a plate lined with paper towel (or a napkin, if you don't have paper towel) and put it in the fridge for about an hour to cool completely
- While your chicken cools, you can cut up your celery and onion and set aside. I also used green and red peppers because they were just gathering freezer burn in the freezer. Because I used frozen veggies I cut them all up and threw them into the frying pan and cooked them a little, just until all the water evaporated and then put them in the fridge as well. Fresh or frozen, either way works the same =)
- Once everything is cooled completely scoop your mayo into the bowl and toss in the veggies. Give the contents a good mixing and toss in the chicken. Mix until you're satisfied with it. You may want to add more mayo ... mayo makes everything better ;)
- Slap that spreadable goodness onto some toast of bread. I think cheese would be a fabulous accessory to this tastiness.
- serve with your favourite side dish and you have a delicious meal, enjoy =)

Makes about 2 to 3 sandwiches depending on how generous you are!!

Thanks for reading =)


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wedding music - to dance or not to dance? 500 days: Day 17

I signed up for this wedding site and I get their random emails. The other day there was an article about playing newer music at your wedding. It got me thinking, what kind of music do we want? .

Now, this did come up when we first decided to get married(and I'm sure it will come up again), and Adrian's suggestions were predictable. He'd be happy if we could just play Atmosphere, Tom Waits and the Black Keys the whole night. But thinking about how our families might react to "What's He Building In There" and "Until the Nipples Gone", provoked me to being a hunt for the best wedding music to play.

The first issue I faced on my hunt was 'do we want to have a dance, or not?' I mean, Adrian is not a dancer, he bobs his head, but that's about it. And me, well, I LOVE to dance, preferably when I'm at home and in my pjs, but I'll dance in public ... Preferably after a few drinks ;) (**Flashback to childhood**) Then I began thinking, what if we don't have a dance but everyone expects there to be one OR what if we do have a dance but no one dances!? I contemplated NOT having one, and putting it on my wedding website, just so everyone was clear. But then I talked to Gina, and she changed my mind. She made me think about all the people that WOULD want to dance and when I got home, I began hunting for songs that would be fun to dance to. So far I've got about 5 good songs, which is NOT nearly enough. I know there will be ABBA and Elton John ... I will probably choose a lot of songs from our childhoods. But now my issue is finding the balance between what us "younger" folk prefer to dance to and what the aunts, uncles, grandparents etc. prefer. I honestly never thought choosing music would be so stressful!!

My next issue was choosing the music for the main events. I have a whole playlist of songs I want to walk down the isle to, but, obviously, I can only pick one. OMG so hard! Do I go with She & Him "I Can Hear Music" or do I go with Bright Eyes "First Day of my Life"!? OR maybe I want to go with The Moldy Peaches "Anyone Else But You". Ugh, the decisions.

As stressful as it is, it is kinda fun searching for good wedding music. I'm finding songs that I never thought I'd like, but I actually do!

Do you have any suggestions? What is your favourite "at-home-in-your-pjs" dance music? If you've been married, what music did you play at your wedding? And did you have a dance at your reception?

**I remember when I was really young, probably around 6-7 years old. I was pretty shy. Not like so shy I ran away from people, but still shy enough. I loved to dance with my mom in the living room to oldies like ABBA and Elton John, so fun. And once when we were in the grocery store, I heard a song that I liked, and I just started dancing, forgetting that there was a bunch of people around. There I was, grooving to some ABBA song, totally lost in the movement, in the middle of the frozen food isle. People were watching me and as I started to realize this and stopped dancing, my mom just started clapping! I was so embarrassed. I stuck to my mom's side for the rest of the time in the store ... But funny enough, that wasn't my last time!!!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

banana-polooza - the story of how bananas made my day =)

I used a lot of bananas today!!

First I ate one, half on peanut butter on toast and half in milk (it's better than cereal if you ask me =)).

Then I made banana bread. We are just tasting it now, and OMG it's amazing! I used this recipe. I left out the butter, because we didn't have any and I added 2 extra bananas, a pinch of salt and a few drops of my butter vanilla Bakery Emulsion that I bought at Winners once... I always check when I go in there, because if it's there I buy it. I love using it, especially when I leave out the butter in a recipe because it still hints at a butter flavour. OH NO, I'm giving away my secret ingredient! I also sprinkled some brown sugar on the top to make a tasty crust and I ended up having to bake it for about 10 minutes longer than the recipe said. Adrian says "it's the best banana bread I've ever had", so I know it's good. Otherwise he would have just said "yeah, it was good".

While my banana bread was baking away I decided to try out this recipe for one-ingredient ice cream. It's not ACTUALLY ice cream, as it's made ONLY with bananas. I froze my bananas whole. I didn't know if the bananas were going to last long enough for me to get around to making this, so I just tossed them in the freezer to save for the day I decided to make it. Since we moved here, last August, I still hadn't unpacked everything. This included my blender. So I went on the hunt while my baking bread filled the house with it's sweet aroma =P Luckily I found it in the first place I looked, only to find the base and the lid, but still missing the top part. Also lucky for me, I found it in the first place I looked. So with all the blender pieces assembled, I cut up my banana. It was pretty easy to cut, even though it was frozen, and each piece easily popped out of the skin. The only thing that suffered was my thumbs, they are still tingling from the cold! Once I got the banana pieces into the blender I was so excited to start it up!! Only to be let down. Piece of advice: This recipe is probably not going to be very easy if you're using a blender like mine .... a cheap $20 plastic Betty Crocker. It took me about 15 minutes to get it all blended, which was just enough time, as the motor started to give up towards the end!! I had to add some milk just to juice it up a little so the blender didn't have to work so hard. I mushed it a great deal with my spatula and had to keep scooping it off the sides and mushing it on top of the blades. It made me feel like maybe next Christmas I will ask for a food processor!! But after all of that the banana mush started to take form and I had it to the same consistency as the recipe. So I got excited again =) I had to put it back in the freezer so it could solidify some more, but then I was too impatient so I tried a bit and sprinkled some chocolate chips on top =)

And thus is the story of my day with bananas =)

Oh, and I also talked on a banana phone ;)

Thanks for reading!!