Saturday, February 26, 2011

Peppino's Oven

Phil and I stumbled upon this place on Friday after an appointment on the other side of town.  The plan was to go to Stoney's Bakery in our neighbourhood but we found this place by chance.

I was starving and didn't feel like taking a chance on a new place but I'm so glad we did. I was judging it from the outside because it was in a strip mall in a newer subdivision and I don't always have luck at those kinds of places.  I thought this could either go horribly wrong or be really good, and it was really, REALLY good.  Haha - I take my food so seriously!

We went with the large hand-spun Bianco pizza and added some prosciutto.  You could also choose thin crust if you like.  The crust was perfect and fresh and was the perfect in between when it's not too thin or thick. It also wasn't too heavy and you could tell they used good quality olive oil.  I might even go as far as saying it was one of the best pizzas I've had in a while.  I just wish it was closer to home! 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Life at 9 Months Pregnant

Phil and I have had to change our routine a bit. Instead of commuting to work by train and subway we’re driving together, and that means unpredictable traffic and getting home later. This doesn’t give us much time to make dinner and I’m also feeling so tired with only 3 weeks left until my expected due date.

So on the weekend I decided to think ahead  and buy some pre-made meals. Last night I was feeling exhausted but was relieved to remember I had a lasagne in the freezer. It would be perfect since Phil had hockey in about an hour. I was busy chopping up makings for a salad when Phil said “you realize that takes over an hour to cook right?” I looked at him as if he was crazy and flipped the box over to read the instructions. It takes 2 hours to cook!!! Now what’s so convenient about that? I could make one from scratch in that time.

Anyway, here it is. We finally sat down to eat just before 10 pm.

Wow, was this the most boring post ever? Sorry, this is my way of saying I have nothing for you guys.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Pickled Fennel

I’m not sure if this combination tasted so good because I’m pregnant but I really enjoyed this simple fish sandwich. Phil did say he liked it too but he'll eat anything.

Breaded Tilapia with pickled fennel, lettuce, horseradish mayo and sliced pickles. For breading instructions go here.

I found the recipe for the pickled fennel in Fine Cooking Magazine.  It was nice and easy.  These days, being  nine months pregnant, I haven’t been cooking as much so I need something quick.

 For the Pickled Fennel:


½ Tsp of yellow mustard seeds
½ Tsp of whole black peppercorns
1 1 lb fennel bulb, trimmed and sliced
1 Cup of white wine vinegar
½ Cup of granulated sugar
3 Tbs of olive oil

For the fennel:

Have ready two sterilized wide-mouth pint jars, bands and lids. Toast the mustard seeds and peppercorns in a small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant. 1 to 2 minutes. Grind to a medium-coarse texture with a mortar and pestle. Place the fennel into jars, layering it with e spice mixture.

In a medium saucepan, bring the vinegar, sugar, oil, 1 Tbs of salt, and half a cup of water to a boil over medium heat. Pour the liquid over the fennel until it reaches the top of the jars. Screw on the lids, cool to room temperature, and refrigerate for three days before using. The fennel will keep in the fridge for at least two weeks.

Yields about two pints.