Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Craft & Food Roundup


Happy Easter.
I thought it might be fun to revisit some easter themed crafts and food that have been a hit with our family in years past.  
It's also safe to say that based on the recipes below, my diet for the next month will likely consist of 80% mini eggs and I'm perfectly okay with that.
























Cheers & Happy Easter!


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Cured Delicatessen



i was fortunate enough to be extended a lunch invitation to try out a hidden gem in haysboro, Cured Delicatessen. 
specializing in wide selection of cured meats, they also offer delicious dine in meals, weekend brunch, and take out options to make dinner at home a breeze. 
 the rustic, yet modern decor provides a great atmosphere and the large windows offer a bright and airy feel.  oh not to mention the owners, Dale & Shaine, are beyond lovely and make you feel right at home the moment you step into the front door.



upon sitting down, Dale brought us a mini butcher's board that he put together which included the famous chocolate chorizo, smoked beef, truffle salami, another salami (that my memory seems to have escaped me)  served with two varieties of Smak Dab gourmet mustard;  a white wine & herb, and a beer chipotle variety.  both of which were delicious, and one of them is now residing on my pantry shelf, eagerly waiting for a sandwich to be slathered on.



then it was time for sandwiches...


i love a good sandwich, this you all ready know to be true.  of course i asked Shaine for her two favourites and promptly ordered them, no beating around the bush for this girl.  her suggestions were  "the belly of the beast" & "the big dipper." and great suggestions they were.  hands down, probably two of the best sandwiches i have ever eaten.    seriously.
i suspect that since mr. handsome office building is 8 minutes (yes, i timed it) down the road, we will likely be frequenting this place every couple of weeks.  can you blame us?

thanks for the hospitality Cured Delicatessen, i suspect we will be seeing a lot of each other.
cheers.  xo.



butcher's board |  served alongside condiments & rustic bread


belly of the beast |  grilled cajun-spiced pork belly on a jumbo kaiser bun, lettuce, tomato, pickle, chipotle mayo and mustard


the big dipper |  house made roast beef with horseradish cream, caramelized onions, melted swiss cheese on a soft roll.  served au jus


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Snickerdoodle Crumb Muffins


i make it a point to try and always have fresh muffins in the house.  they fill the hunger void in so many ways, from car snacks for our weekly mountain road trips, to quick add ins for the kids school lunches, and even on the go breakfasts for mr. handsome because he hates mornings and refuses to get out of bed in time to eat anything.  plus, home baked goods, just make the house smell heavenly.


this weeks muffin is a mash up of my favourite cookie THE SNICKERDOODLE and a coffee cake.  you know this is already go to be a good idea.

cinnamon and sugar is such a simple combination, but yet it makes me weak in the knees and crumble every single time.


cheers.xo

Snickerdoodle Crumb Muffins

ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla

crumble:
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, softened

method:
preheat oven to 350F.  spray 12 cup muffin tin with non-stick spray and set aside.
to make batter, combine all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to incorporate.  in a small bowl combine all of the wet ingredients and mix well.  fold the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until batter just comes together.
to make crumble combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter and using fingers mix until it resembles small peas.  pour half of the crumble into the batter and mix well.  divide among prepared muffin tin and top with remaining crumble.
bake 25-28 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Monday, 27 February 2017

Juniper Bistro


brunch w/ a mountain view is just plain good for the soul.  mr handsome and i decided to try out a new venue for our weekly banff brunch, juniper bistro.  located at the base of mount norquay not only is the food delicious but the wall to wall windows offer unbeatable views.
it was the perfect precursor to our hike and day spent in nature.

cheers.  


it's also going to be where you'll find me next sunday because it's my new favourite breakfast spot.



smashed avocado on grilled sourdough |  blistered cherry tomato, evoo, arugula, soft poached egg.  served w/ green onion hash


salmon benny |  citrus biscuit, house smoked wild salmon, medium-poached eggs, hollandaise, lemon creme fraiche, pickled shallots.  served w/ brown butter hash


and now to explore the beautiful lake minnewanka and find a street name that matches mr. handsome.



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