Summer (Sort of)

As we all know, this school year is winding down to those last few days and summer is on its way. Kind of. I don’t know about you, but here its been raining nonstop this month and I’m not too thrilled. So this post isn’t really about food, as you can probably tell by now. This is just a random post so that its clear I’m still blogging.

So this summer I don’t have too many plans, maybe a small trip here and there but nothing major. My days will be filled with books, Netflix, and trying not to be a victim to boredom.

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Try New Restaurants! 

I love food. Whether it be a simple dish from a take out restaurant, or a five star meal. Though some of us can get stuck in the same routine. Going to the same chain restaurants and ordering the usual can become a habit. 

So, try new things. Try local restaurants and different foods wherever you go. 

Chocolate, Bananas, Coffee and Peanut Butter Smoothie

I want to try this smoothie!

SunflowerSweetness

This smoothie is one of my favorite go-to breakfast or snack foods. It’s healthy, filling and super delicious. It’s a homemade spin-off of my favorite smoothie from Planet Smoothie, Java the Nut. If you love smoothies as much as I do, buying one or two smoothies everyday from places like Planet Smoothie or Smoothie King can really begin to add up. The ingredients that go into these smoothies are super cheap and easily affordable for any budget. Most people usually have peanut butter and coffee around the house at all times, so all you have to do is go to the store and get some bananas and cocoa powder, then mix them together in a blender, and viola!

Ingredients

1 1/2 ripe frozen smoothiepicbananas

1 tsp cocoa powder

1 medium sized cold cup of coffee (I use Seattle’s best Toasted Hazelnut, but any flavor or type will be suitable)

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A lovely cheesecake with a pop of local flavours

Looks amazing!

Ottawa Citizen

Love can be sweet — but isn’t it more interesting if it’s also a bit savoury, salty and fun?

In addition to pink heart-shaped marshmallows and pretty decorated cupcakes, Kylie Anglesey, the pastry chef at Thyme & Again Creative Catering and Take Home Food Shop, has come up with an original and uniquely local cheesecake for Valentine’s Day that includes the tang of goat cheese, the salty pop of bacon-laced caramel corn and a grown-up smattering of jellied ice wine.

“It’s something I’ve had in my mind for a while,” says Anglesey, who worked at Thyme & Again from 2009 to 2013 before doing a two-year stint at the Château Laurier, then returning to preside over pastries at the Wellington West shop in the fall.

“It’s not super-sweet — the goat cheese cuts the sweetness a bit, and it gives the cake a really nice creamy texture. The confit apples have an almost jerky texture that I find goes really…

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Moussaka Recipe

One of my favorite dishes!

Nancy's Notes From Florida

Moussaka

After buying a plump eggplant at the Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale, I had a choice of three dishes to make with it: My chopped eggplant appetizer, eggplant parmigian, or moussaka. I chose the last one and made a substantial dish that will last us several nights. Full recipe below.

First I peeled and sliced the eggplant, then salted the slices. This bleeds out the bitterness.

eggplant

Next I made the beef mixture then set it aside while I did the sauce.

beef

Make sure you stir constantly during the sauce stage.

sauce

Once the ingredients are prepared, you can assemble the dish. Cover and Refrigerate to bake later if desired.

assembly

And here is the finished meal. Doesn’t it look good enough to eat? Add a salad and a glass of red wine, and you are all set.

moussaka

MOUSSAKA

1 large eggplant, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
2 Tbsp. olive oil

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2015 Super Bowl Commercials

I think that most of us watched the super bowl, but some of us payed more attention to the commercials… Personally, my favorite was the Clash of Clans commercial with Liam Neeson. Now, Liam Neeson usually stars in the serious action movies, but here he was promoting an animated game. At first I had no idea where this was going, but as he kept talking, I think we all came to a realization that he was talking about Clash of Clans. This was one of the funnier commercials, as opposed to some which were actually pretty sad.

As always, this year the super bowl commercials used humor to appeal to the audiences, but they also touched on the feelings and emotions of the viewers. Some of them brought up memories of old shows, or current problems in society.

The next one I thought was just adorable, it was the Friskies Dear Kitten commercial. It added humor, but also gave you that warm fuzzy feeling when the older cat was looking out for the new little kitten.