Wednesday, September 30, 2009

So, I like to enjoy a glass of wine once in a while. You'd think I would have been all over the Niagara wine tours, but up until last spring I had never been. Phil surprised me with a tour and a nights stay at a B&B...AMAZING! I really really recommend you go if you can. I have a new appreciation for Ontario wine now. Not that I had anything against it, but I always found it to be more expensive compared to other regions and wasn't sure if it was worth it, but let me tell you it is.

Wine is fine

This was the dinner we had at the Queen's Landing. We had reservations somewhere else but got confused and ended up here. Can't remember what fish this was but it was very disappointing. I think mainly with this is was the presentation that put me off with all that brown sauce. That, and it was very fishy - and that normally indicates it isn't fresh. The owner of the bed and breakfast told us that there are only a few places in N-O-T-L that are really good. Wish we spoke to her before! Annoying when you're spending more on what you normally would.

Wine is good

This is the amazing lunch that we had at Strewn Winery that was included with the tour. I had the duck and Phil the omelette. The skin on the duck was so crispy and amazing. Good thing we stopped for lunch because by this time I think we had been to 3 wineries. Very very pleased with this place.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Simple is good

I love these egg cups! I have a bunch of them and want to host a brunch very soon. Only problem is not a lot of people like boiled eggs like this, I don't think. Maybe they'll just pretend they're as into it as me just for one Sunday. But really they're good with little toy soldiers (strips of toast for dipping). I've also made it a little fancy with asparagus wrapped in prosciutto for dipping.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Pizza Joint

sigh... I'm a real sucker for pizza places like this. You have no idea how excited I get when I see the pizza comes on a pedestal. What a perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Markets are fun!

This is the biggest farmers market I have ever seen! We stopped in Madison (very cool city) for the night on our way to Chicago. We got up early to grab a coffee and tea and discovered this gem. It killed me that I couldn’t buy anything to cook with because we were hitting the road. I did however manage to buy apple rhubarb jam and some honey... does anybody want to come over for some...toast? I don’t know why but I always feel like I want to buy both those things at markets and I rarely eat them.

Phil decided what he needed was 5 pounds of bread, that we ate for breakfast. We ended up leaving it in the car that was parked for the weekend under our hotel annnnnd... it might still even be in there.

Farmers' Market are Fun!

The market stretched all around the capital square. Very cool.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

My Life in France

I can’t help but wonder if the movie Julie and Julia would have been better if it focussed solely on the life of Julia Child. If it wasn't for Meryl Streep I don't think I would have sat through the entire movie. The character (can’t be bothered to look up his name) who played Julie’s boyfriend's repulsive eating made me feel sick watching it scene after scene. The movie did however leave me wanting to know more about Julia Child. I picked up JC's book, My life in France last week and so far so good. I plan on going to Italy with Phil next fall and have been trying to decide on a second country to visit. I think I may have to convince him to take a food tour around France! OMG can you imagine?

Sunday, September 6, 2009

And of course when you have chicken you have to make a stock. This one here is with red onion only because I was out of the other kind. Don't think it matters. Love having homemade stock. It feels satisfying? I don't know what the feeling is but it feels good. I used to cut up all the veggies and peel the carrots and so on but I now know you can just throw everything in whole... did you know that? You don't even have to peel the onion, garlic or carrots.

Poulet Part 2

I love how you get like 3 meals out of a chicken. With the leftovers Phil made chicken sandwiches(sandwiches and breakfast are always Phil's department). You could REALLY taste the lemon and tarragon in it, almost more so from the night before.

This was an AMAZING lemon tarragon chicken we did on the BBQ. Have always wanted to grill a whole chicken but was a little intimidated by it for some reason. Really there's nothing to it, it just took a really long time. Really though who cares when you're hanging out in your backyard on a fine summers night sipping drinks.