Wednesday, November 14, 2012

DELICIOUS Cinnamon Buns!

ok... I won't be able to post my own experience with this recipe because I have not made it yet, but check out Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns at Too Stinkn' Cute!

This looks Too Stinkin' Delicious for words!!! Recipe is apparently originally from All Things Delicious, where there is an even more detailed recipe.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Chef Michael's Fish Wings

Yep that's right - you heard me. Fish wings!

Once upon a time, I was watching the food network. In front of mine eyes, a fair prince called Chef Michael appeared before mine eyes, with magical and wonderous recipes for all different types of Chicken wings, all of them looking delicious. The fair prince declared that his favourite wings of all, were called Fish Wings. Why? Because the name weirds everyone out, and the are delicious of course!

I was intrigued.

And so, I decided to take up the challenge and make Fish Wings too. Here is my tale.

Are they fish or are they chicken?? Either way, DELISH!

Ingredients: (I doubled this recipe as I was making a boatload of wings)

  • 24 (or more) chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of Sambal or your fave garlic chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated frozen ginger (I did not double this ingredient as ginger is very strong)

Prehead your oven to 350 degrees F and turn on your convection fan if you have one. (I set my oven, which is convection, to Convection Roast). Line a baking tray with parchment paper for speedy cleanup. (Wax paper works as well.)

Whisk the fish sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, chili garlic sauce and ginger together. Flip, toss and coat the chicken wings. (Be advised that I doubled the sauce recipe and then did an entire pack of costco's chicken wings which was probably at least 35 wings). Marinate your wings overnight if you can or even a few hours before.

Arrange the wings on your baking tray(s) and set aside the extra sauce. Bake your wings until cooked through but still juicy, about 30 to 40 minutes. Also for those who like crispy wings, once they are done, place them under the broiler for 2 minutes and WATCH THEM LIKE A HAWK. Then flip'em over and repeat. You can do this until they are to your liking but I'm tellin' ya - make sure you have the fan on as the sauce on the pan may burn a bit.)

Meanwhile, pour the remaining sauce into a pot over medium-high heat. Heat it through then continue cooking it until it thickens noticeably into a syrup-like consistency, about 5 minutes.

Toss the cooked wings with the sticky sauce, and share!

What I thought: I thought these wings were really great and really different. If you don't like salty taste, you might want to use like, slightly less than 1/4 cup fish sauce as I did find I could taste it's saltiness in the wings. The Ginger gives these wings a great pungent citrus-like finish. They are delicious, sticky and easy to make. If you are a wing lover I would definitely suggest you try them! Also - I used "cock sauce" which here is slang for the bottle with the rooster on it - I'm not sure of the brand name exactly but they are famous for their sirracha sauce. Their garlic sauce I thought, was a wonderful addition to this recipe which added a kick but was not over-the-top spicy. 


Friday, October 12, 2012

Silky Smooth Maple Flan

I'm gonna let you all in on a teensy little secret: Every so often I like to do something that I hope will get me some brownie points with my newly acquired in-laws. I'm not talking like, doing sneaky things. But I happen to know that one good way into their hearts (much like with myself) is through their stomachs.

So, this Thanksgiving I set out to try my hand at a dessert I have seen making the appearance at several Portuguese events and dinners: Flan.

Flan is pretty simple in theory. It's basically custardy-egg like stuff, with a caramel sauce on top. Sounds not too complicated, right?

I wasn't sure. People tend to take their desserts seriously, and I have heard my husband utter the word "Flan" in a reverent, hushed tone... which made me think there must be some mystery to this odd looking dessert. With the help of last year's Rachel Ray thanksgiving magazine, I set out to make her Silky Maple Flan, not only to use up the leftover eggs I had, but to earn myself one or two good-daughter-in-law points in the process!


Silky Maple Flan - From the Rachel Ray Magazine

They started eating it before I got a photo!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Spaghetti Squash

Does anyone else think spaghetti squash is sort of... ominous and suspicious and downright wrong?

Borrowed image from

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Missing anything?

I can tell that Halloween is fast approaching - At least as far as stores are concerned! I found these delicious and nutritious snacks at my local Dollarama. I bet they are high in protein! Brains (in blood syrup!) are perfect for fighting off that Zombie Apocalypse I keep hearing about. Or, for those picky eaters who never know what they want, we have assorted body parts (also in blood syrup!) which is sure to have something for every little monster. I call the eyeball!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A visit to the CNE!

This past Monday, my Mom, Sister, Brother and I went to Exhibition Place to check out the Canadian National Exhibition, affectionately known to Torontonians as The Ex.

Here is the real reason people go to the ex: To give themselves permission to eat the grossest, most delicious, most heart-unhealthy foods they can find and not feel one bit guilty about it. In fact, in recent years the Ex's vendors big an small, have made the news numerous times for topping the previous year's food spectacles with something newer, greasier, and even more strangely fascinating.

A few years ago it was chocolate covered bacon. Up next was deep fried butter. This year I believe the talked about food was some sort of hamburger with bacon, between two pancakes or something.

The almost comical part was the apologetic signs I saw, pointing visitors towards a fresh taco stand and a more vegetarian-themed booth with phrases like "See? It is possible to eat healthy at the ex!"

Well. I am a bit torn on the issue. On the one hand, I'm not really in the market to eat deep fried butter or a hamburger that is so lubricated with bacon juice that it literally slides Down My throat. But I will admit, I do think it's true that the ex is about 100% temptation, and I do think it's ok to have a treat when you go - just don't eat your own body weight in fried meat or freshly made doughnuts! But one bag? Ok. After all, you will be walking around the Ex for many hours, so I feel that will at least even-out some of my worst sins from my trip.

What do you love, or love to eat at the ex? Here were a few of my favourite moments:
- Finding knee-high leather boots for less than half price
- Ordering a 2-scoop chocolate ice cream, only to be delivered a 2 scoop chocolate brownie ice cream the size of my head which was SUPER DELICIOUS (even though the order was wrong)!
- Seeing the sand sculpture contest, which I thought was amazing
- Going on the sky rider ride which takes you slowly across the ex grounds, up in the sky in a gondola
- Walking around with my family and everyone having a great time

Here are a few photos from our adventure:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Feeling Entitled

Do you ever feel that you are entitled to something when perhaps that's not really the case?

I'm not thinking of being entitled to like, basic human rights or freedom of speech or the right to be gay. Nope. I'm talking about way more insignificant self-imposed entitlements that can not only make us really indignant and moody when they are denied, but also can derail us and our lives and our goals.

Here is some examples of things I feel I am entitled to in my life. (And yes, I do see a trend). I feel that I am entitled to:

- ice cream. Even when I have no room for it in my meal plan.
- going out to eat for lunch or dinner
- getting a treat because everyone else is getting one even though my little conscience isn't so sure.
- being late for work often, because my boss doesn't care and I am good at my job ( I know, I know, I can see you wincing)
- to taking at least one vacation a year, savings be damned!
- to my hubby's help with my craft shows

These are a few examples. Now, in some ways I feel that what I wrote out is both real and not real. I don't TRY to be late for work, but because I try my very best for them, I sort of feel entitled to some forgiveness for my shortcomings. I also am pretty good at not spending extra money, and wouldn't necessarily take a vacation unless I felt I could afford it. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't be mighty pissed off about missing out!!

As for the food situation, I have an unending argument going through my head about what I can and cannot, should and should not eat. It is very hard to tell yourself not to eat something when you feel you are entitled to it - even if the scale says otherwise!!

Part of this I suppose, is emotional eating. I reward myself after a long day with a little treat or a glass of wine. I'm the afternoon, that heavy workload looks a little lighter when you have a latte and a few cookies by your side.

It's a really hard circle to break, but I am working on it. It's pretty hard to convince yourself not to think the way you generally think, to re-learn habits or activities. All I can say is I am aware of these problems and am trying to overcome them, one baby step at a time.

Do you ever feel entitled? Do you go with it? Or do you have ways or techniques to get around this feeling?


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