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


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.



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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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



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.


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.


I also got some blueberries, blackberries and nectarines.


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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