Friday, May 31, 2013

Chocolate Pudding

This pudding recipe is amazing, versatile, and totally delicious! I have used this recipe for trifles, cookies and cream pudding, regular chocolate pudding, cupcake fillings and countless parties. I absolutely love it! The original recipe is from Joy The Baker with a couple adaptations. I will post the recipe soon, but for now, here's a few pics from when I made it last night. It heals souls. Really!

I adore these raspberries on top! They just give them such a nice spring touch.

Pictures from this perspective always make me smile! 

The pudding has this wonderful rich colour that makes it stand out.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cucumber Salad

I was reading Upfront magazine, when I came across this wonderful little article on school lunches around the world. The French lunch looked divine, but the one that really caught my eye was one from Japan. It had rice, miso soup, sardines, and this lovely pickled cucumber salad. I had never made anything like pickled cucumber salad before, so I decided to give it a whirl. I was thrilled! I was easy, relatively quick, and didn't contain anything I didn't already have in my pantry. I liked that it tasted like a mild pickle in a way, a little sweet, and a little sour. Plus, it's pretty too. You could eat it plain, but I ate it with some rice for my lunch. Because I already had rice in the fridge, it was a wonderful lunch that I will definitely be having again!

Start off by letting the sliced cucumbers sit in a sieve or strainer for 20-25 minutes. This gets rid of the excess water, so that the flavour of the vinegar will come out better later.

Dust a little sea salt on top and use lotion so that your hands aren't as nasty as mine.

Add the shallot, basil, vinegar, and oil. The shallot is underneath the cucumbers in my pic, so you can't see them. Sorry! I also added some dill to mine, just to see how it would taste. Personally, I didn't like the taste. Next time, I would stick to the recipe.

Wasn't that simple? I served mine with rice. I ate it right away, but I think it would work just fine if you kept it in the fridge for a day or two!

Cucumber Salad
adapted from the Skinny Chef

1 Cucumber, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground sea salt
1 small minced shallot
1 tablespoon apple cider or rice vinegar
2 tablespoons olive, vegetable, or canola oil
Fresh mint or basil (to taste)

Spread the cucumbers in a strainer and let sit for 20-25 minutes. If the cucumbers are a little wet, pat them dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle the salt, shallot, basil/mint, vinegar, and oil on top. Toss the cucumbers to coat them all evenly. Enjoy!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Signs Of Spring

The last week of April, we went down to Hawaii for my uncles wedding. It was on Maui and was absolutely gorgeous. I thought that I would share a couple of my favourite pics!

This is actually a picture of my right foot and my sisters left foot. She is a year and a half younger than I am, so we thought that it was pretty funny that our feet were almost the same size!

I took a picture of these palm trees while we where waiting for breakfast. I really like the black and white version of this picture even better that the color, because it makes them look almost like a silhouette. 

We are used to maple syrup living in Minnesota, but this coconut syrup was positively divine! 

This was called a pineapple spear. Being on Hawaii, it was super fresh too!

We always look forward to these macadamia nut pancakes when we go to Hawaii. They were heavenly with the whipped cream, bananas, and coconut syrup.

I loved being able to eat out on the deck in the mornings given there was still snow on the ground at home!

I really liked this classic picture of a Hibiscus. 

This was where the wedding happened. It was a stunning beach with a grass area.

We went to a luau later that night. I liked this view of the torch over the sunset.

We went to visit the blowhole on the side of the island, where water crashes up through a hole in the rock. This is a photo of a farm along the way.

Here is a black and white photo of the blowhole. I always love coming here. The views are spectacular.

This is also a picture of the ocean from the blowhole. The choppy surf is what causes the blowhole to shoot out water.

On a different note, yesterday, when we came home from school, there was a incredibly huge pile of feathers all over the house! Who could have done such a thing?

There was pretty much a trail crossing the whole house.

The pillow was only torn at the corner, but the culprit still managed to get a ton of feathers out of it.

It's starting to look a lot more like spring around here, which is a welcome change!

This was a homemade Peach Blackberry Crisp by the Pioneer Woman. I also made some homemade ice cream to go with it.

Angus actually prefers the winter and is a little disgruntled that it is 100F outside.

Note: Sorry the more recent pics were such bad quality. My good camera is broken and is in a shop being fixed!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Day

I needed a cup of hot chocolate today because it is thirty-two degrees outside, and snowing. It's May Day too. The day when, last year, we brought baskets to the neighbors. That's not happening this year.

It's not snowing yet. Trust me though, it will later. 

I'm not sure that I even want to go outside, let alone bring around May Day baskets.  It's kinda depressing. 
I think I might need another cup of tea, or hot chocolate.