Monthly Archives: August 2009

What’s the Buzz, Tell Me What’s a Happening

Sorry that I haven’t been very present lately in either posting or commenting. I like to say that I’ve been off doing wondrous things, but that’s not quite the case as I haven’t been feeling terribly inspired or great lately. I don’t want to write too much, in fear that I will sound really whiny and depressed.  So, instead, I’ll tell you the more exciting things that I’ve  been up to lately.

Today was the start of block week, which is a week long course before actual courses start. It’s interesting because on of  my school friends who didn’t go on internship is teaching it. He’s actually a really good teacher, especially for someone who hasn’t really taught before, so I’m quite impressed.

Yesterday was a baby shower for the 4th baby related person I know – it was a surprise Noah’s ark themed shower and the mommy-to-be was definitely surprised!

Saturday, I went out for dinner for my best friend Heather’s birthday and then we went out clubbing afterwards. There were quite a few stagettes and quite a few brides looked like they brought their mothers/aunts/MILs.  I felt sorry for one of the brides-to-be because she didn’t look like she was having much fun – her mother/aunt/MIL spent the entire evening in the corner not looking terribly impressed.  I promised Heather that I wouldn’t invite her mom to go out clubbing when her bachelorette rolls around. What do you think about inviting mums to bachelorettes?

I made borscht for the first time with the beets that I got from the farmer’s market and it was delicious. Can you believe I’ve never had it before? I forgot to take any pictures – sorry – but rest assured that it was very red.

One thing I am terribly excited for is that Mr. Bean and I leave for Vancouver Island on Wednesday to go hang out with my family and for my cousin’s wedding. I really wish it were tomorrow evening right now!

What is the most exciting thing that you’ve done in the last week?

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A Winner is Announced!

The winner of a copy of the Joy of Cooking is:

contest winner

#12 – Kelly!

Thank you to everyone who entered  my giveaway! It was a lot of fun – maybe I’ll have to do it again! 🙂

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Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free August: Chill Out

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This month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free Challenge is hosted by the lovely Kim Hopkins aka The Food Allergy Coach and she chose the theme “Chill Out.” I was a bit uncertain as to what I wanted to make given that I’ve made lots of salads already and don’t have either a blender or an ice cream maker to easily make homemade ice cream, so I procrastinated until today. Fortunately, today was quite warm, so that was inspiration enough to make something cold!

So what did I decide to make? A gluten and dairy free parfait – I got the idea while looking through the “frozen desserts” section of the Joy of Cooking.

Gluten and Dairy Free Fruity Parfait

Note: You could make the ice cream/sorbet yourself if you have the appropriate equipment. I used So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Ice Cream and Natural Choice Mango Sorbet bought from my local health food store.

Dairy Free Ice Cream/Sorbet in at least two different flavours
Blueberries, washed
Strawberries, chopped and soaked in lemoncello (or your favourite liqueur)
Raw Cashews, chopped

  1. In chilled wine glasses (or a parfait glass if you happen to own some) layer the ingredients like so:
  • 1 scoop coconut ice cream
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 2 scoops of mango sorbet
  • Handful of chopped cashews
  • 2 scoops of coconut ice cream
  • Handful of strawberries

If not eating right away, put in freezer until ready to consume, up to 2 hours.

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If you’d like, you could use any other fruit, other ice creams, other nuts and/or other sauces like chocolate, caramel, etc.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget that my giveaway for a copy of the Joy of Cooking ends this Sunday!

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Our Anniversary Dinner

Dear Calgary Tower,

Thank you for your hospitality for our first anniversary dinner. Your food was fantastic and I was impressed that the vast majority of your menu selections were gluten free without trying. We also enjoyed the 360 degree view of Calgary.

Your restaurant did a good job of starting us off with lovely drinks (Punch Drunk for me, Dark Night for him) – Mr. Bean even enjoyed the sambuca.

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Grenadine, how I love you. You make drinks that much more delicious.

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Mr Bean would like to say how much he loved the scallops with bacon potato pancakes. I think you sent him to heaven for a moment.

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Mushroom soup, I was so happy that I could eat you.

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Steak and mashed potatoes, you were apparently one of the best steaks Mr. Bean has ever eaten.

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Pan Seared Halibut and Ratatouille, you made my plate look bare, but you filled me up perfectly.

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Banana split, your presentation almost but my Creme Brulee to shame.

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Mr. Bean really enjoyed the glass floor you recently had put in.

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Me, on the other hand, wasn’t quite so thrilled – I think my whole “I’m afraid of heights” thing played a big part in that.

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Regardless of the floor, thank you very much for the very enjoyable evening.

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Cheers,

Mr. and Mrs. Bean

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Oh, I Love Fresh Produce

Have you ever been to a farmer’s market? I find them to be quite the novelty as I live in Alberta, where we have fresh produce MAYBE 3 months out of the year and it is still questionable whether or not some of it is grown in greenhouses. For the record, I am envious of people who live on the west coast, where plants never die and fruits are grown all year round. Anyways, I headed over to our friendly neighbourhood farmer’s market this afternoon to pick up some, oh so delicious and Albertan grown produce.

If you have the chance to go to such a market, it’s highly recommended. Just don’t forget your wallet at home the first time you go. Not that I know of anyone who has done that.

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I picked up some beets, carrots, zucchini and an onion for veggies. I love beans, but I already have free ones from my parent’s garden.

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I also got some blueberries, blackberries and nectarines.

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Aren’t the nectarine’s happy?

I’m really looking forward to going to Vancouver Island in a week – so much good food. Yum. Now that I’ve made myself really hungry, I should go and make dinner.

What is your favourite fruit or vegetable?

If you haven’t already, do enter my Joy of Cooking cookbook giveaway!

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