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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Festival Food

Plaid Tin Picnic Basket

Who doesn't  love a picnic ? Who? No one that's who!

It's that time of year again, Folk Fest is in town, weekend road trips are upon us and dining al fresco is the only way to go. I love packing a picnic too, I consider myself an expert in the art, I even  have a collection of vintage picnic baskets from flea markets.

Artichokes in oil with lemon, tomatoes and parsley onion

Simple simple to put together, use whatever you like I used cherry tomato's, artichokes packed in oil, red onions,  juice of 1 lemon, salt, pepper and fresh parsley.

Sliced Jicama with fresh squeezed lime juice and chile powder is a healthy road snack that keeps you happily hydrated.

Carrot Orange Salad

This salad turned out really well, and it hold for 2 days and transports perfectly, the photo is blurry but man was it good. I used Gordon Ramsey's recipe. The dressing is killer, taste the salad before you put in the herbs, i think I liked it better with out the herbs, next time I'm going to leave them out.

"A fresh and zingy salad that's versatile and easy to prepare"
Serves 4
  • 5 carrots, peeled and grated
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 75g pumpkin seeds
  • sunflower seeds
  • 11/2 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3–4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp torn coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp torn mint leaves
  • Sea salt
1. Mix the carrots in a bowl with the orange zest and juice, the pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
2. Grind the cumin seeds with a little sea salt using a pestle and mortar, then stir them into the carrot mixture.
3. Combine the mustard, honey, vinegar and olive oil in a bowl. Add the mint and coriander leaves, then taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Pour over the salad and toss well. This can be eaten straight away, or will keep for up to 2 days in the fridge.
Recipe from Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Home Cooking. Hodder & Stoughton (2013)
So yes!

Next up is cranberry and black pepper Boursin cheese stuffed Medjool dates wrapped in thick cut bacon!

Bake bacon 400 degrees for 15 minutes with some fresh ground pepper

Pit the dates and fill the inside with Boursin cheese, wrap each date wit one piece of bacon, secure with a toothpick and set aside, heat them up for 15 minutes in a foil pack and bring them with you right out of the oven, don't unfold, just wait until you get there. 

Are you ready for the best part of the whole picnic experience in my opinion? Take out...seriously stop by and get yourself your favourite fried chicken, who wants to deep fry chicken in the Summer, not I Popeye, so I just stop by get a few Hungry Man's from Chicken-on-the-way, our famous local chicken joint.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Isabella Rossellini's Pasta Recipe

Isabella Rossellini shared her family recipe for Summer Pasta with her daughter Elettra Wiedemann who launched a really great food blog called Impatient Foodie. Isabella is Ingrid Bergman's daughter and an amazing beauty and talented actress. I recently watched this documentary entitled About Face which she talks about her modelling career, she is so endearing. 


One package of spaghetti
One cup finely chopped basil
One cup finely chopped parsley
One cup of chives
1/4 cup finely chopped sage
1/2 cup finely chopped mint
1/4 cup finely chopped oregano
Zest from a whole lemon
1/2-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Generous handful of grana parmigiano
Salt to taste
Garlic (optional)
1.  Add cooked, drained pasta to large bowl of chopped herbs
2.  Add olive oil and lemon zest and toss
3.  Add salt and a handful of grana parmigiano and serve

Serves three to five"

Oh baby! It's already been a year!

It was one year this morning, Duchess Catherine went into labour with Prince George. As a total Royal lover, Butterfan did not let this joyous and historic occasion go by unnoticed or uncelebrated.

I'm proudly showing off all of my Royal collectables to Calgary Sun photographer, 

I'm ready for my close up

Oh wait...almost

I'm not the only one getting into the spirit of the day!

My neighbors came over and asked me if I had any more British flag pennants, which of course I did and happily obliged!

This finished product online (made the front page of the paper too)

So fun! What a great memory, I will cherish it forever.

Here is a great gallery of photos of Prince Georges first year on earth

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Rest in peace Maverick

James Garner died at the ripe old age of 86 last night of natural causes. 

Playing Jim Rockford in the Rockford Files, I loved his voice and ornery aattitude.

Guilty dog apologizes baby for stealing her toy:It is never too late for...

Friday, 18 July 2014

OMG! Lemme eat my selfie!

The Selfie Toaster Is Exactly What It Sounds Like
The toaster that toasts your selfie into the bread, I have a feeling that this $75 product encapsulates all that is wrong with the world today...but it's still cool. I think of some of the hilarious photos I have and a good laugh in the am is what we could all use more of.