Monthly Archives: August 2011

Grilled Ginger Beets with Goat Cheese and Sauted Beet Greens

Beets are something that I love but Mr. Bean hates. One night while he was at one of his guy’s nights, I decided to make something beet-tastic with the beets I had bought at the farmer’s market. I tried to make something that had a balance of flavours – the sweet beets, bitter greens, salty goats cheese and sour balsamic vinegar. In a word, yummy.

This recipe is easy to make despite the number of steps. It’s also a great way to use up the whole beet and get lots of veggies. šŸ™‚

Grilled Ginger Beets with Goat Cheese and Sauted Beet Greens

Beets
Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper
Ginger (fresh is best)
Soft Goat Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar or Glaze (I just used vinegar, but I know that glaze would be better as it would be tastier and easier to make pretty.)

  1. Turn your BBQ on high.
  2. Trim the beets, leaving 1 – 2″ of the stems on the beets. Trim off the thin root bit
  3. Wash the beets really well. Cut into halves or quarters depending on their size.
  4. In a small dish, mix together some olive oil and grated fresh ginger or ginger powder.
  5. Rip off a piece of aluminum foil large enough to create a packet to hold the beets. Oil the foil with the ginger oil mixture using a brush. Place the beets in the foil, brush a bit of oil on the beets, sprinkle on salt and pepper and wrap foil into a packet.
  6. Turn the BBQ down and place the packet on the BBQ.
  7. Cook the beets until soft. Brush the oil mixture on the smooth faces of the beets and place down on the grill.
  8. Grill beets until soft and have grill marks. Rotate once or twice to get crisscrossing marks. Once done, remove from BBQ and place on a paper towel.
  9. Meanwhile, remove the leaves from the beet stems and wash very thoroughly.
  10. Heat up some olive oil in a pan. Saute the greens until soft and pliable.
  11. Remove the greens and squeeze them slightly. Arrange on a plate and put cooked beets on top.
  12. Sprinkle goat’s cheese on top and drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  13. Enjoy!

Do you like beets?

Recipe shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays and Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

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Another Backpacking Trip to Remember

Maude Lake - Click for Larger Image

Every time I go out to the mountains, it makes me want to return the moment I leave. Last week’s backpacking trip to Kananaskis with my mom was no different.

I thought I was going to be really nervous about the whole experience – I guess I got rid of most of the first time jitters last year – but the moment I slipped on the much lighter pack than last year, I was good to go. It took us a bit longer than expected to hike in the 8 km (5 miles) – apparently it takes much longer to get somewhere when you’re carrying a 50 lb backpack and it’s over 25C (77F) outside.

Photo for this week's Good to Wow Photo Challenge

We set up our base camp at a lovely campground called Forks (aptly named as there are many rivers and streams meeting). One of the reasons why I liked it was because it had a communal eating area with fire pits and bear lockers. I think bear lockers are fantastic as it means you don’t have to string all your food up and hope that a bear won’t get it.

Lower Kananaskis Lake by the Trailhead - Click for Larger Image

Upper Kananaskis Lake - Click for Larger Picture

Speaking of bears, there were a few bears in the area while we were there. My mom and I didn’t see any, just lots of scat. The thing with bears is to make as much noise as you can and if you see one, to respect it by quietly backing away and letting the bear move away. I was glad to have my mom there as she has lots of experience with bears from working in the field and thus isn’t paralyzed by the thought of meeting one, so that helped me not to be so afraid of them.

You definitely get to meet some interesting people while backpacking. One of the other groups that was there while we were was a family of eight: a mom, 5 siblings ranging probably from 18 to 6 (4 boys and 1 girl), a girlfriend, a cousin and their dog. They made popcorn and baked potatoes over the fire every night, brought up a huge kettle and went to bed before dark. All the younger boys spent their time running around with their burnt walking sticks and jumping in the glacier fed river, so I guess it’s no wonder why they all went to bed so early!

My mom and I went on two hikes – one up to Turbine Canyon, Maude Lake and the North Kananaskis Pass (~20km) and the other to Three Isle Lake and South Kananaskis Pass (~16km). Both had pretty big elevation gains but the views were definitely worth it!

Self Portrait at North Kananaskis Pass

View Near South Kananaskis Pass

Like on last year’s trip, I couldn’t resist swimming in an alpine lake. Holy man is it ever cold but so worth it!

For your entertainment - me swimming in an alpine lake

That's right, I swam in this lake - Click for Larger Image

It may surprise some of you that I took absolutely no photos of our food on this trip despite putting in lots of effort to make dehydrated meals. It could be because I was hungry and I essentially made the same things as last year’s backpacking trip.

I learned a bit about geology on this trip from my mom as she put stations in for various outcrops – did you know that a syncline is where the rocks on a mountain are shaped like a “V” and an anticline is where they are shaped as an “A”? Well, now you do. You’re welcome.

A mini lake on the way to Turbine Canyon - Click for Larger Image

I’m kind of sad that the trip is over – we were blessed with gorgeous weather and a great time. I was happy to see Mr. Bean, though!

How was your week?

*Please see all the rest of the SOOCs for this week’s body-of-water themed Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit Photo Challenge! I used the picture of the creek as the lake panoramas technically aren’t SOOCs as I used photoshop to put them together.

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Shadows Edit

The photo that I picked for my Shadow themed SOOC for this week’s Good to Wow: Shoot and Edit kind of reminded me of a moon-scape or desolate place, so I wanted to show that with my edits.

SOOC

Welcome to the moon…

Since I couldn’t resist doing something silly, I played up the desolate environment…

Poor Stegosaurus.

You can see all the rest of this week’s Shadows edits over at Ashley’s Blog.

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Hornby Island Adventures

The most exciting thing Mr. Bean and I did while on Vancouver Island was visit Hornby Island, a small island off the coast of Vancouver Island in the Strait of Georgia. It’s a hippie island with lots of cute art places, farms and those kinds of things.

Given that my parents are geologist, I have to show case some of the interesting rock formations as there are lots of them. It’s almost difficult to believe that these are real.

My "Shadows" SOOC

This trip had a few firsts:

  • Mr. Bean’s first time to the islands
  • The first time we ever picked up a hitchhiker
  • The first time that bacon was ordered on a salad at the fish n’ chips stand we went to
  • We ate the first blackberries of the season

Okay, maybe we technically didn’t pick up a hitchhiker. To get to Hornby Island, you have to first take a ferry to Denman Island, drive across the island and catch another ferry to Hornby. While we were waiting in the first ferry line, a girl who works at one of the restaurants on Hornby asked for a ride across Denman. She was really nice, not creepy and quite helpful at recommending places for us to check out. For the record, we would never actually stop and pick up a person on the side of the road as that is illegal.

View from Helliwell Park - Click for Larger Image

There’s two things that I’m sad about: that I forgot to take my camera to the beautiful white sand beach at Tribune Bay where I went swimming and that we weren’t there when the stand with homemade rhubarb vanilla ice cream was open. I guess we’ll just have to go back!

Where do you want to go back and visit?

Almost all these shots are Straight Out Of the Camera. Go and see all the other Shadow SOOCs over at Jill’s blog!

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Need a Laugh?

1. Ever heard of Victor Borge? I hadn’t until Mr. Bean started watching some of his videos the other night. I never thought that one could use pianos to create comedy, but this guy is a champion at it. It’s ridiculous, hilarious and clean humour.

The next two aren’t piano related but funny nonetheless!

2. Did you know that Mr. Bean managed to stick a hole in the wall with a Cauliflower? Thankfully not at our house, but at a restaurant he worked in while in university.

3. A while ago our Prime Minister had a cameo on one of my favourite shows, Murdoch Mysteries. There’s a few jokes about the current Prime Minister not knowing the Prime Minister at the time of the series – yay for irony. I also think it’s so happy that Harper and his daughter watch episodes together!

What’s made you laugh recently?

 

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