Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday afternoon lunch.

Bean ragout with grilled polenta, topped with pan fried cherry tomatoes with black olives, shallots, and lemon juice.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In serious news...

The not so ominous world of Vegetarianism.

To me, a good meal has always involved meat. It may be archaic, but I know what I like. But lately, on account of health and bewitchment, I've been experimenting with *gasp* vegetarian cooking.

Thick cut aubergine, rubbed with lemon, thyme, and olive oil, grilled. Much more filling then one would expect. The trick is the thick cut. Then they have the grill lines on the outside, but are nice and soft on the inside.

Tomato, cucumber, red onion and black olives, in a light vinaigrette. Topped with Greek Feta.
The difference between Greek and Canadian Feta? Greek is sheep's milk, while Canadian is cow's milk. Hence the price difference. Greek feta is much more flavourful. Canadian feta usually has a rather salty flavour to it I find.

And finally, a warm lentil salad, with parsley, sauteed red onions, and black olives, in a lemon vinaigrette, garnished with bbq'd cherry tomatoes.

My goal for Friday: a fancy vegetarian dinner. The heat is on.

Friday, July 17, 2009

For the love of Caesar's.

I consider myself quite the Caesar connoisseur. My two favourite spots here in the city being Mr. Green Jeans in the Eaton Centre, and the Cadillac Lounge. Both which offer you the "double" option up front- a favourite of mine.

Calgary, being the self-proclaimed home of the Caesar, found me drinking quite a number of them.

These lovelies are from The Unicorn Pub. They came accompanied by pickled asparagus spears and a large dollop of horseradish. Horseradish is the key to a great Caesar, yet unfortunately many a restaurant has yet to learn this little trick.

While on a mini-putting excursion, I was confronted with the option of beer or a Caesar in a bottle. Unfortunately beer and I do not agree, so I made the reluctant decision to choose the bottled Caesar. Thankfully, I was quick to appreciate my choice. I've tried the Motts Caesar, as well as the Keg Caesar. Both were brutally disappointing. But this, this was a little piece of heaven. For something you have no control over, it's the perfect combination of tomato and spice. I liked it so much, I had 4. For breakfast.

Though I'm unfortunately without a photo, another great spot I found myself consuming Caesar's at was Joey Tomato's. Despite being a chain, the food here was quite lovely. Sunday night is also Caesar night, which finds you drinking them for a measly $4.99. These came accompanied by a pickled green bean.

The moral of this post: I need to start taking more photographs of Caesars.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

In keeping with childhood dreams...

My partner in crime is vegetarian, so yesterday when I saw Vegetarian Corn Dogs (aka Pogos!), I got really excited. When I got home, I wondered if gluten-free Pogos also exist. After a bit of googling, and a quick trip to Whole Foods, I too was able to relive childhood dreams of food on a stick!
Verdicts on both sides are good. Both were rated with a promising 8/10. The Yves Corn Dogs looked a little more like pogos, with the gluten-free corn dogs being slightly lighter in colour, but i suspect that's because they are able to use a similar recipe to actual Pogo's.

Additionally, I picked some raspberries from the garden today. My garden has not been flourishing as well this year as it usually does. I think the weather is to blame, because god forbid I'm losing my green thumb. Nonetheless, my raspberries are delightful!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Heaven has a taste.

Gluten-free, Vegan, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream. by Purely Decadent.

It tastes like every childhood dream you ever had coming true.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Calgary+Food= Jealously

I hate when I go somewhere that's not Ontario, and find so many delicious gluten-free products that aren't available in Ontario.

Exhibit A - Rock Creek Dry Cider by Big Rock Brewery. I'm drinking it as I type, and it's fantastic. Far superior to Strongbow, Magners, and the like. I might even go as far as to say better than Bulmers, but I'm only on can one. Further consumption will need to happen before I make such a wild statement.

Exhibit B - Products like this. All I want is to find a gluten free, dairy free freezer pizza. Apparently that's not a problem here in flat-land Alberta.

And finally - Second to None Meats. I suspect I will come home with lots of delicious things from them, if I can figure out a way to bring them home with me.

Today I ate a Fred Flintstone sized smoked turkey leg, hand-made salt water taffy, a "potato Tornado", and a candy apple. Picture to come, of course.

Goal for this weekend - find a liquor store that carries gluten-free beer.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

"I have so many delicious things for you to put in your mouth!"

I ate a few raspberries off of my raspberry bush. They were delicious. And consumed too quickly to take photographs of.

The night before last, I had a dream about Taquitos. For most, this would probably be strange, but for me, just par for the course. Now obviously when one has a dream of this nature, they should make said dream come true. Freud did say your dreams are merely your subconscious speaking to you, did he not? (Though I'm sure Freud would see Taquitos as being something phallic, and not the delicious snack food that they are. Dirt bag.) The brand of taquitos that I love even happened to be on sale! (meant to be, right?!)

I made a delicious cumin and paprika spiced bean rice to accompany my taquitos, and picked some lettuce from the garden for some roughage.

In more delicious news:
Earlier, I posted a recipe for chocolate banana pops.Last night I made this post a reality. And let me tell you, reality is delicious!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

food food food

Some of my favourites - gluten free beer, grilled veg skewers, and sausages.

A trip to Kensington Market for some summer essentials:
the goat yogurt to make a delicious dill dip for veggies and dip!
(the little white ball at the bottom is sausage casing!)

Steaks in the garden = heaven.