Do you care where your food comes from?

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Hubby and I started growing some stuff in our garden last year and our hard work seemed to have paid off a bit! By we, I really mean hubby since he’s the one with the green thumb.  I’m starting to … Continue reading

Product Review: Cuisine Solutions Lamb Shank with Rosemary & Mint Sauce

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I’ve been eyeing this at Costco for a few months and finally decided to bite the bullet… it’s not that they were expensive or anything, but I am trying to cook from scratch more.  Yet I’m a bit cautious when … Continue reading

Christmas 2012

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Christmas has come and gone, and we are moving to the end of 2012.  This year has gone by so fast for me and I have to say it’s been a great year! Last year I was too busy and … Continue reading

Food Product Review: Iögo Yogurt; President’s Choice Wild Clams in Garlic Butter Sauce

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I was watching a ton of Iögo commercials before their actual debut at the grocery stores and was slightly intrigued by their low calorie, no aspartame claim in their products.  However, I have a preference towards Greek yogurt and that’s all … Continue reading

Hoven Farms Organic Beef Meatballs; T&T Sea Urchin Tray

Trying to eat in isn’t that hard, if you’re well prepared and plan out your meals ahead of time.  It’s a huge commitment and you have to be really organized! I came home last night from the gym and almost decided to eat out and then thought nope… I must have something that I can eat at home! Then I remember that I defrosted some meatballs that I bought from Hoven Farms at Kingsland Farmers Market.  I really like their selection of organic/free range/grass fed meats at pretty reasonable prices.  So I decided to toss them with some ground pepper, parsley flakes, garlic powder and grated romano cheese – then pop them in the oven for 20 minutes at 350F.

Voila! They tasted so lean and healthy that I actually felt good eating them! I know they look dry and lifeless but I promise they weren’t… just not the best picture with my crappy iPhone >.< They were very flavourful, light and not the least bit heavy that you’d find with beef sometimes.  I also stir fried some veggies and called it my dinner.  I didn’t eat the whole thing… no.  Just about half of it.  Next time I will cook them with pasta.

One of my pricey indulgences that I try to limit on purchasing is this:

The Sea Urchin sashimi tray from T&T Supermarket.  I swear not that long ago they were only $14.99 but now the price has jumped to $18.99! Yikes.  However, it’s still cheaper than eating it at a restaurant, and seriously, most Japanese restaurants serve them from the tray anyway.  I’d love to try live uni one day one day though! I know Globefish has it once in a while but I have never came across it.  I also remember on an episode of Masterchef that someone made risotti with uni… omg… that will be added onto my list of food experiments!!

What have I been cooking?

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I was sick for an entire week after I vowed to not eat out.  My doctor scared me by nearly diagnosing me with appendicitis, but good thing ultrasound showed otherwise.  Still, my appetite and digestion was completely affected.  Ugh.  Anyways, … Continue reading

Banana Nut & Chocolate Chip Muffins, Chicken & Veggie Garlic Noodles

I had some super ripe bananas that were just limpy… and thought I should use them up for baking, so I found a recipe online for banana muffins that I actually had the ingredients for and voila! I added walnuts and white chocolate chips.  The muffins were very moist and just enough sweetness from the cane sugar that I used.  I shared with family and coworkers and haven’t heard any complains yet!

Even my toddler approves!

The next evening hubby had to drive back to work, and since he was short on time I decided to make him dinner and lunch for the next day so we didn’t have to go out and grab food, which was our original plan.  As I’m going on a meatless diet for a month (starting Tuesday), I had to use up all meats in the fridge.  I had a small container of shredded rotisserie chicken from Costco and a container of spring mix salad that was starting to wilt.

I heated up the chicken in the pan, sauteed the spring mix so they were completely wilted, and used my garlic sesame noodles to stir fry everything up.  I assure you that it was quite tasty! Hubby ate two plates and took another container to work!

Meatless diet… here I come.

Last BBQ of the season?

Last Thursday on his way home hubby stopped by at a farm in Innisfail and picked up a bunch of Angus steaks.  We were very excited to try them out and he decided to BBQ them tonight.

Unfortunately he forgot the name of the farm.

I always prefer leaner steaks so hubby got me the sirloin, whereas he got the ribeye himself.  I also made some chicken fried rice and garlic noodles from leftovers, plus sauteed spinach with garlic as I wasn’t feeling for salad.  As hubby loves smokies I also bought a pack of Spolumbos… maple breakfast sausages.  I can’t help it… the selection at Superstore was very limited and I love maple syrup – these ones had organic maple syrup in them too.  Who says you can only eat it for breakfast? Plus since they are half the size of a regular one so I don’t feel as guilty eating it.  I love Spolumbo’s because they are all natural, contains no fillers, binders or preservatives.  Apparently they are leaner than other Italian sausages.

So review on the steak… this was absolutely one of the best steak I have EVER eaten in my life.  The meat was lean, juicy, so flavorful, not dry… I nearly teared up eating it, no lie.  The meat was so tender it practically melted in my mouth… hmmmmm.  I don’ think I can ever go back to eating regular supermarket steak ever again.  The prices were absolutely fair – I believe it was $9.xx for the sirloin and $12.xx for the ribeye.  And they were huge pieces.  I’m going to make sure hubby jots down the name of the farm next time he goes there.