Category Archives: Dinner

Anniversary Dinner

 

Tonight me and my hubby are going out to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. It’s not technically the day (actual anniversary is August 26th) but when Grandma offers to babysit, you take advantage of it!  I’m wearing a blue Diane Kennedy t-shirt, black jeans from Winners, and a Very Valero necklace.

These jeans were such a steal!  I found them for $11 at Winner’s but they had these awful big, blingy rhinestones on all the pockets and buttons.  I took them to my dry cleaner who also does alterations and she ripped them all off and added just one big black button.  The alterations cost $10 but it was worth it because I love the fit of these jeans.

I actually started dating my husband when I was 15 years old and in grade 10!  It’s freaky but true.  We grew up as neighbours on the same street in a small B.C. town and I was totally obsessed with him right from the start.

Tonight we are baby free and have some gift certificates to The Keg which have been patiently waiting to be used.  Nom nom nom doesn’t steak taste even better when you aren’t paying for it?

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Homemade Pizza

Who loves pizza?!?!  Well now you can love it even more because I am going to give you a fool proof dough recipe that you probably have all the ingredients for already.  Horray!  Cheap, homemade pizza!

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The dough:

– 2.5 teaspoons active dry yeast
– 1 teaspoon white sugar
– 1 cup warm water
– 2.5 cups all purpose flour
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 teaspoon salt
* minced garlic
* dried rosemary

In a small bowl add 1 cup warm water, the salt, and the yeast.  Stir that up and let it hang out for 10-15 minutes.
In the meantime, in another bowl, combine the flour, olive oil, salt and any additions of your choice (I used minced garlic and dried rosemary).
Mix everything in both bowls together until you’ve got a nice little ball. Cover with saran wrap and cover. Let it rise for 5 minutes or however long you want.
Roll that baby out and pile it with whatever toppings you like.  I used tomato sauce, mortadella, spicy salami, mozzarella, parmesan and then added fresh tomatoes and arugula too.  I love arugula on pretty much anything.  Spinach is soooo last season.
Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 15 – 20 minutes.
Voila!

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Salmon!

Last night for dinner I made one of my favourite meals!  Candied and smoked salmon on baguette with cream cheese, capers and red onion.  It was delicious!! Everything here came from my S.P.U.D. delivery which I get every now and then. (Try S.P.U.D. and for a limited time get $20 off your first order. Use this referral code: CRVAN-KEIDAN).

IMG_0706.JPGThis is the perfect summer time meal because there is no cooking involved.  Can’t beat that!

 

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Galette for Leftovers

I made another galette for dinner the other night.  It was inspired by Smitten Kitchen’s burst tomato, corn and zucchini galette.  I followed the recipe and threw in all our leftovers from last night’s dinner too!  Two boneless skinless chicken thighs, asparagus and onion.  It was really good and kind of tasted like chicken pot pie.

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Tomato, Corn and Zucchini Galette

I know what you’re thinking… “Another galette?”

You’re right, I’m completely obsessed.  But they are so easy to make and pastry makes me like vegetables, so sue me.

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Just look at that beauty!  Deb at Smitten Kitchen has so many recipes that are to die for.

Plus, my mother-in-law dropped off a big bag of homegrown cherry tomatoes and some local corn.  A woman at the farmer’s market gave me three free zucchinis too so I mean…it is kind of meant to be.

I’ll be posting my version this evening. 🙂

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BBQ Bruschetta

Tonight for dinner my hubby and I made bruschetta on the BBQ. First time we’ve ever tried that! It turned out great and we only burned a few pieces of baguette.

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Instead of mozzarella we used this delicious cheese called Hot Jill from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks that we got from the farmer’s market this morning.

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Risotto

Mmmmmm risotto!  I love the stuff.  When it’s done well it’s incredible.  When it’s done poorly it fills my heart with sadness.

The first time I cooked risotto I was so nervous.  The recipe sounded complicated and tedious.  It is a labour of love but definitely not as daunting as you may think.  Just warm some stock and slowly add it to arborio rice.  I’ve tried loads of combinations…kale and mushroom, peas and parmesan … hell, I even made a bacon risotto.

I don’t recommend making this when it’s hot out.  Unless you are able to cook outdoors.  You’ll be stirring this for quite sometime.  But Fall is just around the corner!!

making some pea & mushroom risotto for dinner 🙂

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Trying a new risotto combo tonight…mushroom & kale! Smells yummy!!

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Zucchini and Ricotta Galette

I’m pretty much obsessed with galettes.  Sweet, savoury – both are just as tasty!  Since my post on blueberry galette was popular I thought I’d share this zucchini and ricotta one I made awhile back.

Not too shabby 🙂

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This recipe can be found on Smitten Kitchen.

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Dinner Time!

When it’s hot out I prefer to cook outside or just make something easy and simple.  I also hate throwing out food.  So tonight was one of those nights I threw together dinner with what I had on hand.

Supper time!!

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Mmmm greek salad, raspberries, cashews and couscous.

Don’t forget wine.

Happy eating 🙂

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Canada Day & Strawberry Cake

I’ve been away from my blog for far too long!  But I have excuses…my little girl Audrey is keeping me plenty busy.  She’s 9 months old now and seriously going to walk any time.  I’ve also been taking on a lot more writing projects.  Regardless…I’ve still been eating plenty of delicious food!

On Canada Day we went to my cousin and her boyfriend’s house just off Commercial Drive in Vancouver.  It was a gorgeous day!  It was a potluck and I wanted to bring something Canada Day themed so after scouring my favourite food blog, Smitten Kitchen, for ideas I made a delicious Strawberry Cake. Yumm!

Happy Canada Day!!

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