Oct 11

Amuse Bouche

Posted by Katie on Oct 11 2014

WELL HELLO THERE!

To my fellow Canadians I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving weekend!  To my American readers, I wish a very happy regular weekend :)

Last night was the kick off to mine and my Bestie Janet’s Globe season!

We ate at 20 Ten, a hip and trendy Downtown restaurant, with amazing ambience and even better food!

I drank a glass of Italian Pinot Grigio (which I did not photograph apparently!)

And we began with amazing an Amuse Bouche.  For the record, anytime anyone says AMUSE BOUCHE I think of Samantha from Sex and the City saying “I’d like him to Amuse MY Bouche.”  Dirty?  Sure.  But hilarious!

These amuse bouches were brought to us unexpectedly and they were absolutely delightful!  Sweet baby pepper filled with goat cheese and topped with smoked salmon, mustard something (we don’t know what it was) and fresh dill.  MERCY!!!

A little bite of heaven:

We each ordered a chicken entree, I ordered the Sea Meets Bay, a beautifully tarragon infused chicken thigh, lobster gnocchi and seasonal vegetables all with a tarragon marsala au jus.  WOW!

The portion was perfect (our plates weren’t full and it actually left us room for dessert!)

Which for me was a crustless apple cinnamon cheesecake in a glass.  There. Are. No. Words.  It was a tad rich so I couldn’t finish it but what I did eat was splendid.

Our waitress was charming, our wine was fabulous, our meals were over the top good.

So to my fellow Reginans or Saskatchewanians, check this place out.  We most certainly will be back!

And as for the show, well, the costumes were superb (1920′s dresses and pants stole the show for me!  LOVED IT!) and the acting was fantastic…BUT the language was Shakespearian and I couldn’t understand 3/4 of the show.  Oh well, a night out with Janet is a very special blessing in my world.

Today we are heading to our cottage to close shop (we didn’t end up doing it last weekend!) and then it’s a food and family filled weekend.  We will be staying with my folks and going to Jeff’s folks place on Monday for dinner.

I have an extra long weekend (I took Tuesday off in addition to Monday) so life couldn’t be better!

I will check in later when we are at the lake!


Oct 08

A Smoothie Kind of Day

Posted by Katie on Oct 08 2014

What a day!

It was busy, productive and full of technological challenges :lol:

My day began with a Leslie Sansone workout (3 Miles- Walk Away Your Waistline) followed by some smoothie action!

The smoothie on the right was actually my lunch!  For some reason I just couldn’t get enough smoothie today!

After work I ran to Walmart, The Bulk Barn and Safeway to get ingredients for my bake-a-thon this evening!

BUT before I got going in the kitchen I roasted some brussels sprouts and salmon!

What was the first item on my baking list?  Chai Tea Concentrate!

Followed by pumpkin granola!

Followed by apple crisp!

We are having a dessert auction fundraiser tomorrow at work and I am bringing all of the above :)

Now it’s time for The Office!

Goodnight!!

Oct 06

Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Soup

Posted by Katie on Oct 06 2014

Jeff and I went to a local bakery over the weekend where I enjoyed a bowl of some of the most delightful butternut squash soup I’ve ever had.

It was sweet yet spicy and velvety smooth.

Absolutely PERFECT for the Autumn season and perfect for my ongoing soup cravings lately!

Last week, while researching recipes I stumbled upon a soup recipe on Closet Cooking that I knew I HAD to make immediately!  Creamy roasted red pepper and cauliflower soup with goat cheese!

I adapted it slightly to my taste but this recipe is pure gold as it is!

This soup is unbelievably creamy (thanks to the pureed cauliflower and goat cheese) with a deliciously robust flavour.  Serve this with a slice of crusty bread and you’ve got yourself a perfect fall dish!

ENJOY!!!

Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Soup
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Recipe type: Main
Author: Katie
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour 10 mins
Serves: 6
This is a beautifully smooth, slightly spicy and wildly flavourful soup!
Ingredients
  • 4 red peppers
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup soft goat cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Deseed red peppers, slice in half, put them on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and place them in the oven for 30 minutes.
  3. Cut the cauliflower into florets, put them on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and place them in the oven for 30 minutes.
  4. In a dutch oven combine vegetable broth, garlic, red pepper flakes and paprika and simmer on medium heat.
  5. Once vegetables are roasted until tender, add them to the vegetable broth mixture along with goat cheese and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Puree the vegetable broth/vegetable mixture until VELVETY!
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Step by Step Instructions:

1)Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2)Deseed red peppers, slice in half, put them on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and place them in the oven for 30 minutes.
3)Cut the cauliflower into florets, put them on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and place them in the oven for 30 minutes.
4)In a dutch oven combine vegetable broth, garlic, red pepper flakes and paprika and simmer on medium heat.
5)Once vegetables are roasted until tender, add them to the vegetable broth mixture along with goat cheese and simmer for 15 minutes.
6)Puree the vegetable broth/vegetable mixture until VELVETY!
7)Season with salt and pepper to taste.

MERCY!

This soup is absolutely fantastic!

Enjoy :)

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