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Showing posts from August, 2011

Victoria, British Columbia

Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia and is located on Vancouver Island, about a 1 1/2 hour ferry ride from the mainland of British Columbia.

It is famous for its Aboriginal Arts, fishing, wildlife, mild climate, and local seafood.

We ended up spending a few days here recently. It was not nearly long enough.

Pasta alla Carbonara with Summer Corn and Back Bacon

Nothing says Summer like fresh corn on the cob. Where I live, Taber corn is thought to be the best corn around. There is a real excitement in the air when the first batch of Taber corn makes an appearance at the local farmers markets. We bought a half dozen ( plus one extra that was thrown in for good measure) at the market last weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed a couple ears apiece, with just a little butter and salt and pepper. 
 The next day, I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner. I had a chunk of back bacon ( also known as Canadian bacon) that needed to be cooked, as well as a couple of ears of corn. Since I was in a pasta kind of mood, I decided to make  Pasta alla Carbonara.  Pasta alla Carbonara is a very simple pasta dish that has only a few key ingredients : bacon or pancetta, eggs, Parmesan or Romano cheese, and pasta. The raw eggs and the cheese are tossed into the hot pasta, stirred vigorously, and the eggs and cheese magically turn into a creamy sauce, without …

Roasted Carrot Hummus

Hummus is a popular Middle Eastern dip that is made with cooked chick peas (garbanzo beans), garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and tahini ( sesame paste). I have never really been a huge fan, even though chick peas are one of my favorite foods. I realized that it was the tahini that I didn't like - I find it a little on the bitter side.  I just made an awesome version of hummus. I used roasted carrots which gave a nice natural sweetness, and I used toasted sesame oil instead of the tahini which gave lots of sesame flavour, without any bitterness.
Who knew hummus could taste so good?

Roasted Carrot Hummus
2 cups peeled, chopped carrots olive oil, salt and pepper for roasting
1 16 oz. can chick peas, drained and rinsed cooked carrot juice and zest of one lemon 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika 1 or 2  cloves garlic, crushed ( use 2 if you like it really garlicky) 1/4 cup E. V. olive oil 1/4 cup cold water about 1 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp.  pepper 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
Preheat oven to …

Bacon, Sun Dried Tomato and White Cheddar Beer Bread

Simple Pleasures...

Laughing so hard it hurts
Freshly washed cotton sheets
 Peanut Butter cups
The feeling of hot sun on bare skin
White sandy beaches
Sharing a smile with a stranger
Dim Sum
Foot rubs

Nanaimo bars
Laughing babies
Lazy Sunday mornings
Hot buttered popcorn
Getting lost in a good book
Sea glass
Bike rides
Wine and cheese
Singing to yourself when nobody is around
A long hot bath on a cold day
Chocolate chip cookie dough
Old family photos
Antique stores
Discovering hidden treasures
Hot stone massages
Summer Rain
Mom's home cooking
Handmade presents
Indian Summer
Car dancing
White Sangria
Penny candy
Finding the perfect gift
Fresh seafood at the beach
Learning something new
Partying like it's 1999
Making someones day
Grapefruit scented soaps
Farmers markets
Reliving your youth
Rooting for the underdog
Holding hands
Birthday cake
Helping out someone in need
Shakin' it like you are gonna break it
People watching
A good hair day
Fitting into your old…