I am so happy it’s finally Friday, roll on the weekend! I’m looking forward to a spot of bargain hunting, a friend’s birthday & catching up on some blog reading & I might take a visit to the gym, which will be badly needed after my latest baking experiment – Gooey Chocolate Pudding taken from The Good Mood Food Blog – The recipe jumped out at me for three reasons;
1) Donal mentions it’s one of the easiest recipes – perfect for a lazy Friday
2) I can finally put my new ramekins to use
3) It’s chocolate – no further explanation required!
The puddings turned out so tasty, slightly crispy on the outside with a warm gooey chocolate center. Delicious! – recipe (here)
I hope you all enjoy your weekend x
When it comes to cooking there are two types of people…The Cant Cook & The Won’t Cook & I’m somewhere in between. My boyfriend happens to be a great cook so I guess it’s too easy for me to “won’t cook” which in turn leads to me “can’t cook”……but of late I decided enough is enough it’s time to get back into the kitchen!
My boyfriend introduced me to Donal’s The Good Mood Food Blog, it’s packed full of simple home-cooked recipes, naturally as a choc-a-holic I chose these Whoopie Pies (recipe here). I have to say the pies were pretty easy to make, however my first batch turned out looking a little sloppy – due to me forgetting to convert the Irish oven temp to Canadian, rookie error! They were still very tasty though. I was pretty impressed with my second batch…..I guess practice makes perfect!
I’m sure you’ll have no trouble figuring out which batch is which 😉
After a few “quiet” drinks with friends on Friday night, turned into a mini pub crawl followed by after pub drinks on their front porch at 3am! My Saturday was needless to say pretty much a write-off! No way were either of us able to cook.
So in our hung-over state myself and my boyfriend went out to HoSu Sushi on Queen St for diner. I love this casual bistro, it’s always busy & has a warm welcoming atmosphere. Each time I go I make sure to try something new. As they also specialize in Japanese & Korean cuisine, there is so much to choose from. I decided to go with Dolsot Beef Bibim Bop & a California roll to share with the boyf. While he went with a Sushi & Sashimi combination.
Both meals were yummy & true to form our eyes were bigger than our bellies & too much was ordered but as I always say waste not want not! I brought home my left-over Beef Bibim Bop home & we enjoyed it today.
We finished off our night with a quick pit-stop to Wanda’s Cafe, where my boyfriend managed to take a sneaky pic.
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Lucky for me my boyfriend loves to cook, and you will hear no complaints from me! Don’t get me wrong I can cook & sometimes I even enjoy it……but for me to get into the kitchen & cook something special, the conditions need to be right!
For me to cook I need,
2. A clean kitchen
3. All the necessary ingredients & utensils must be right at hand (no last minute trip to the shop involved)
Creative Cooking - "Whatever is left in the fridge"
I can go into the kitchen in search for something to cook for diner, and unsuccessfully announce that there is nothing there “Presses are empty…we need to go to the shop”. My boyfriend on the other-hand can walk into the very same kitchen (that has little to no food) & come out with a beautiful tasty meal cooked in no time! He is a creative cook and tonight he didn’t disappoint. He made a beautiful diner called “Whatever is left in the fridge” AKA Chicken & Rasher/Bacon with egg fried rice (which was our left-over rice)….creative & resourceful!
One of the many reasons I love living and working in a city like Toronto is because it is multicultural defined. In my office alone we have many countries from all around the globe represented…Canada (of course), China, Russia, Korea, Serbia, Ireland, Italy, Israel & Australia. I am a very proud Irish woman and I love to share Irish culture & traditions with all my work colleagues.
In turn it’s also great to learn about their cultures too. I was thrilled when one of my team mates from China gave me these Moon Cakes as a gift for the Moon Festival also known as Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Mid-Autumn Festival is on the 15th day of September, when the moon at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the Moon Cake. So to celebrate The Moon Festival myself and my boyfriend enjoyed our Moon Cake with another Chinese tradition a cup of Tea
Happy Moon Festival everyone
It was a strange first for me this morning, instead of waking with my usual post birthday nightmare alcohol fueled hangover I woke with a Food Hangover – I never thought it possible but my poor stomach feels like it has dramatically expanded overnight. Lose fitting comfy clothes an necessity today!
Ok so my Birthday Indulgence is where it all started and like any good foodoholic we persevered and kept the binge going all night! We went to Big Daddy’s Oyster bar on King St, it is unassuming from the outside.
Inside it’s decor is right from the south, as we arrived so late the dinning room was closed we took a seat in the bar in big armchairs by the fire nice cosy on a rainy nite!
Of course Oysters are the specialty however we went with the 3 – Course Lagniappe Feature Menu…bring on the challenge! Like most ladies I love choice so I always suggest myself & my boyfriend each choose a dish & share, he does not always agree but as it was my birthday I heard no complaints 🙂
We had Pei Mussels & Popcorn Shrimp to start
Wild Shrimp Boil & Snow Crab Boil
Snow Crab & Wild Shrimp Boil
We had Big Daddy’s Pecan Pie & Villa Ice-cream with warm chocloate sauce…..so tasty
Big Daddy's Pecan Pie
We were really impressed with Big Daddy’s & will definitely be back for more…as soon as we’ve digested the birthday damage that is
Asides from Christmas there’s no better day to indulge than your birthday! Today was pretty much a non stop binge-fest. It started early my boyfriend cooked up a full Irish breakfast…….no better way to start the day.
The full Irish
After we spent a few hours playing with my new gift the Wii, it was on to Queen St for a stroll.We stopped into Rivoli, the sun was shining so we sat outside on the patio & people watched…Queen St is definitely the best spot with so many characters & lot`s of great fashion style, you could sit & watch for hours!
I had a glass of pink zinfandel followed by a Gado Gado Curry & my boyfriend had a local ale & Chicken Tandoori. Both dishes were so tasty.
Gado Gado Curry
After our meal it was off to EB Games were I purchased the Wii fit balance board…..I don’t even want to think how many hours I will have to spend on it to burn off the brekkie alone!
Next it was onto our favourite coffee shop Le Gourmand Grocer Cafe where we treated ourselves to a coffee and a chocolate souffle to share…..yummy!
Le Gourmand Grocer Cafe
Now we`re off to meet some friends for a few drinkies & a bite to eat….I`m not feeling too hungry but I`m sure ill fit it all in somewhere….. 🙂