Guess what? It has been snowing here for a couple days now! I can’t even tell you how stoked I am for winter. I know some of you might be disgusted and are ready to head South, but I love winter. Right now it’s fall and I feel like there is nothing to do. During the winter, I can go skating, snowboarding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, have some fun in the snow, sliding, ice fishing and lots of other completely awesome activities. Josh said he would take me up in the mountains snowmobiling. I love getting bundled up and going on an adventure, especially with some tea or hot chocolate in my mug (and maybe some Bailey’s). You come in from outside with your cheeks all rosy red and feeling like ice cubes. You feel such comfort and warmth when you get inside and change into some cozy clothes – I love my fuzzy pajama pants and socks.
As mentioned in my previous post, I try and cook as much as possible on my days off. When I’m deprived of delicious food while I’m away, it makes me want to eat like a Queen when I’m home. Josh has me make French toast, waffles or crepes nearly every morning. Sometimes I make omelettes or we just have cereal, but it’s usually the first three. Yes, I know, I’m so nice! I guess that’s the perks of dating a cook. I get real maple syrup, some fresh fruit and at his request, whipped cream. I also go to the deli and get freshly sliced bacon. Yes, I know, it’s not the healthiest breakfast, but moderation is the key. When I used to eat super healthy, I felt like I was depriving myself of all the amazing food that is out there. I just choose quality of the food over anything.
Just a note that the internet has been really frustrating, so I couldn’t get all my pictures for this post loaded. It’s very frustrating because some of the pictures looked so good (I’m talking about the delicious food in them). Hopefully I can get this post updated so you can see the rest of them.
When we went to Prince Rupert fishing, we had all of our fish vacuum-packed so that it would keep longer and better in the freezer. We have halibut, ling cod and salmon (spring, coho and chum). I took a whole side of coho out and cooked it on the BBQ on a cedar plank. I love the flavour the cedar gives the salmon. All I put on it was a little olive oil, garlic and some salmon seasoning. At the end I sprinkled it with fresh parsley. I served it with a mix of sautéed vegetables and some steamed rice. Simple, but delicious!
Another night we made homemade pizza. It didn’t turn out as good as I wanted as the dough was a little thick. Josh put so much toppings on it which included a lot of cheese. One piece was all I needed. His sister and her boyfriend had Thanksgiving dinner which was awesome. As much as I love to cook, I don’t mind going to someone else’s place for dinner. Of course I try and help out with the cooking and cleaning, but it’s nice not having to plan it and slave all day in the kitchen. It turned out awesome. One of my favourite dishes that night was her rosemary and balsamic roasted carrots – I went for seconds on those. I also made sure to save room for a slice of pumpkin pie.
Still have a few more things to add. I made homemade ‘chicken cordon bleu’ except with pancetta and brie cheese stuffed in the middle and breaded with herbed panko crumbs. I decided to have a gourmet cooking night. Along with that was baked Boursin cheese smashed potatoes. They were also baked in the oven with cheddar cheese melted on top. Oh I know, they sound deadly, and they were. I’m not even kidding; they were the best smashed potatoes I’ve ever had. I served this with roasted vegetables. While I was preparing all of this, I was sipping on some wine and listening to music.
Oh, another night I didn’t have to cook was when Josh made chili. He got everything ready the night before and had it in the slow cooker the next day. That same day I made homemade buns to go with it and some peanut butter cookies for fun. It was cold outside and I was in the mood to bake. The chili turned out very good. He doesn’t cook very often, but when he does, it’s usually always good. We had left over’s for a few days.
Now I must tell you what we made on our last day home. We decided to have a big seafood feast with the family. I made a delicious hot crab dip (recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart) which ended up being a great hit (and of course the picture won’t upload). There was none left by the end of our meal. We also had bacon wrapped scallops, tempura battered halibut and prawns, and some king crab legs. All of it was AMAZING. We ate seafood until we couldn’t eat anymore.
Oh! I also made mini pumpkin cheesecakes. I think I started making these at 9:30pm. I did two things wrong when I made this recipe. First of all, I should have whipped the cream cheese by itself first, because the whipped cream in the recipe ended up increasing the volume of the batter by a lot more than it should have. In my defense, the recipe said to add all the ingredients at once. I also added sour cream to the batter and I wasn’t supposed to because it was a topping to add to it after. You would think in my two years of culinary school I would have remembered one of the most important things they taught us: read over your recipe before you start. Nope, overconfident me just went at it and made a couple mistakes. I was so upset about it. I cooked them anyway and put them in the fridge to set overnight. I decided I would remake them in the morning. I’m not even joking when I say that I had dreams about making those cheesecakes all night. I think I woke up stressed out in the morning! Luckily, they turned out okay. They tasted like cheesecake and still had a good texture. I didn’t take a picture at the time because I was so devastated at all the mistakes I made. However, I can assure you that it tasted good.
I already have a lot of dishes I want to cook when I’m home next. I’m going to get a head start on a little Christmas baking. I’d also like to make some homemade protein bars and healthy muffins to bring to work with me next time.
That’s all I got for today. On my next post I’m going to share with you what food I bring with me to work. I have a whole tote of healthy and delicious surprises. Hope everyone is having an awesome day. I really wish I would have brought some warmer clothes with me for this winter weather. It’s freezing, but I want to go play in the snow!