Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Easter

Happy belated Easter! I hope you had a nice weekend filled with family and mini eggs. We were very lucky having TWO ham and scalloped potato dinners with our families. I had some girlfriends for brunch (see the brunch bake recipe below), explored the Crossroads Farmers Market, sat outside and soaked up some sun and on Sunday we lazed around watching movies (Mistaken for Strangers, August: Osage County). It was the perfect long weekend.









A friend sent me this Brunch Bake as a good alternative to quiche. I followed the general recipe as far as the eggs, ricotta, and spinach, but I substituted ingredients that I had on hand for the filling.

Brunch Bake
2 sheets (one box) puff pastry
6 eggs
1 c. ricotta cheese
2 cups spinach
4 slices of bacon cooked, chopped
1 c. cheese (I used gruyere)
fillings of your choice- I used caramelized onions and asparagus

Preheat oven to 400. Separate the sheets of puff pastry and roll out to 11 inch squares. Use one to cover the bottom and sides of a greased 9 inch spring-form pan.
Whisk the eggs together in a bowl. Reserve 1 tbsp. Combine the rest in a food processor with the ricotta and spinach. Mix until the spinach is chopped and ingredients are combined.
Pour half the egg mixture into the pan. Top with half of your other ingredients. Repeat.
Cover with the other sheet of puff pastry, pinching the two sheets together to seal everything in. Brush the top with reserved egg. Cut slits into the top of the pastry. Bake for 45-55 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the spring-form pan.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Personality Tests

Who needs Myers-Briggs when you've got these beauties. What else could you possible need to know about yourself?!

What Your Favorite Cheese Says About You



I had a hard time picking a favorite cheese, which tells me I'm indecisive (as if I didn't already know), but it's between
Brie:
You like to take it slow and savor the moment. We only get one shot to live, so why not indulge, right? You also really love crackers.

Gouda:
You understand the value of waiting for something to be perfect before you enjoy it. You also have great freaking taste in cheese.

and Gruyere:
You are a fan of the classics. You prefer the symphony to a rock and roll show, and a glass of Burgundy to a fancy new micro-brew. You also love fondue, which is about as wise a life choice as you can make.

What Your Beer Choice Says About You


Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Ahh the Weekend...

This weekend was our second annual Canmore girl's weekend. I kicked it off by checking out YYC Cycle on Friday morning. The space is amazing! Parking in Kensington can always be a bit of a nightmare, but it's great to have another spin option in the city.

On Friday afternoon I met my Mom, Aunt, and cousins in Canmore. We shopped, ate fantastic food at Rocky Mountain Flatbread Co. and Maple Leaf Grille, went snowshoeing at Troll Falls, and laughed (a lot!).





If you're looking for something to do this weekend, Canmore's first wine and food festival, Canmore Uncorked, is on until the 12th.

Eric had to be in Banff for a conference so I met up with him and spent Sunday night at Buffalo Mountain Lodge. The drive back to the city on Monday morning was gorgeous!





Friday, 21 March 2014

Camp Brand Goods

I first discovered Calgary-based clothing company Camp Brand Goods at Market Collective, but since then, I've seen their stuff everywhere. I'm a huge fan of their cozy and comfortable designs. I practically live in the happy camper sweater!





They're currently having an online sale of their FW13/14 designs or you can find their stuff in Calgary at Market Collective and The Uncommons.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Viva Mexico!

We really enjoyed the Occidental Grand Resort in Nuevo Vallarta. The rooms were modern, the food was good (typical resort food), and it was smaller than your typical all inclusive, but most of our fun was had off the resort.



Thursday, 13 March 2014

Around Calgary: The Big Taste

I'm working on getting some Mexico pictures up, but until then, a quick note to let you know there are only 4 days left of The Big Taste. It's a great chance to get out to your favorite restaurant or try something new for a great price.


As if seven gluttonous days of vacation weren't enough, we checked out the brunch at Ox and Angela last weekend. The whole menu was delicious, but I pretty much live for their delicias and patatas bravas. We're looking forward to checking out the Alberta Ate event on Saturday (I believe tickets are sold out).

The Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance presents the Alberta Ate, a posse of renegade Alberta chefs, including John Jackson and Connie DeSousa (Charcut), Justin Leboe (Model Milk), Paul McGreevy (Craft), Jessica Pelland (Charbar), Duncan Ly and Karine Moulin (Hotel Arts), Pierre Lamielle (Food on your Shirt), Darren MacLean (downtownfood), Andrew Winfield (River CafĂ©), John Michael MacNeil (Teatro) and Alison Bieber (Cucina), for an exclusive culinary experience. Calgary’s most talented and innovative chefs work together to tell Alberta’s tales of place through food in a truly unique locale, our +15 system. With multiple courses paired with multiple wines in a spectacularly transformed +15, this is not an event to miss.  Wines provided by 50th Parallel Estate, Black Sage Vineyards, Jackson Triggs Estate Wines, Inniskilli, Meyer Family Vineyards, Sandhill Estates, Suma Ridge Estate Winery and Therapy Vineyards.



I'm never going to fit into my pants again.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Wanderlust

While Eric and I were on our honeymoon, I mentioned that at some point in our lives I'd like to pack up and move somewhere for a year. We made a deal that as soon as I can speak Italian, we'll get a little farmhouse where we'll make our own wine and olive oil. I'll work in a little cafe and Eric can open a bar where we'll eat cheese and drink spritzes (oh, spritzes! I'll share those with you soon). I'm no further in my Italian than I was when we made this deal, but a girl can dream, right?


I've recently started reading the blog Bluebird. She makes me want to move to Nashville so badly. I'd open a cute little shop, listen to amazing music, and fulfill my lifelong dream of being from the South.

If you could move anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do there?

I moved around a lot as a kid and I think it instilled a sort of nomadic body clock. Every 4 years or so, I start to get restless and need an adventure. For now, I'll settle for a week in Mexico. We leave tomorrow for Nuevo Vallarta.

See you in a week!