31 August 2009

The Irish Heather

An Amanda-Whitecapette reunion at So.Cial abruptly relocated to The Irish Heather when it was discovered that a new chef in the kitchen also meant the abolishment of the $4.50 weeknight martini menu.

There, I had a Guinness and a tongue salad: Shaved Pemberton Farm Beef Tongue with Radishes, Manchego and Sauce Gribiche. As you can imagine, it was delicious. Seriously, I doubt this will stay on the menu for long, but I recommend trying it while you can.

Buffaloswans Burritos

I arrived to shoot Buffaloswans in the studio conveniently in time for a break between songs for some pretty incredible homemade burritos.

29 August 2009

Simply Thai

Dinner today was Gai Ma-Muang (Cashew Chicken) at Simply Thai in Yaletown.

Wonderful Canon 5D Mark II camera courtesy of Janos

28 August 2009

Salmone al Miele with Green Beans +

This recipe for salmon with a honey dill orange juice reduction glaze, and the first home-cooked meal I've made in forever, comes from Mangia with Quattro, a new release from Whitecap hitting book stores in November (for a copy of the recipe, buy the book!).

Dinner #2: Thank you, Foundation, for being right there on the walk home from the Biltmore at the moment I suddenly discovered I could not walk another step without nachos and a gomae chickpea hybird salad in my belly.

Naan & Corn Nuts

So. Dinner was leftover Curry Point naan at the bus stop. Followed by nacho corn nuts at the Biltmore. I know.

26 August 2009

Pizzo Pizza

Tonight I had dinner with a statuesque friend.

25 August 2009


Capers; practice; Basketball Diaries; bedtime.
• Marinated BBQ Tofu
• Morrocan Cous Cous Salad
• Beet Fennel Salad

24 August 2009

Forgotten Starbucks Sandwich

For dinner I ate this Starbucks sandwich that I forgot to eat at lunch time. Also some cereal.

23 August 2009

Potstickers and Mexican tomatoes

I am systematically making my way through my Trader Joe's supply. Tonight: Pork Gyoza Potstickers with Hoisin sauce. On the side: Krown grape tomatoes from Mexico. Sorry to say these are much more delicious than the local Farmer's Market tomatoes I bought a couple weeks ago.

22 August 2009

Oakridge A&W

Thanks to the new Canada Line, I can discover new and glorious restaurants all over Vancouver! Like the A&W at Oakridge Centre.

Crispy things at So.Cial

I ate some of Claudia's poutine and had some chicken crackling along with various other crispy deep-fried things at So.Cial in Gastown. Colleen Tang photos

21 August 2009

Eggplant Jambalaya with Broccolini

I have about a billion various instant rice mixes from Trader Joe's. Today I planned to combine one with some sautéed vegetables for a quick dinner, so I headed for the green peppers in the grocery store when I remembered that someone said to me after perusing my blog, "Wow, you really like green peppers, don't you."

Actually, I'm not a particularly huge fan of them; they're just very . . . familiar. My family uses them a lot in their cooking, and they generally seem to go with everything. Anyway I decided to step away from the green peppers this time, and instead picked up an eggplant, a shallot, a jalapeño and some broccolini.

I blanched the latter in salted water, and mixed the rest, plus half a can of whole tomatoes, some garlic, salt, pepper and porcini mushroom spice, with Trader Joe's Vegetable Jambalaya. Success! This was definitely one of the better Trader Joe's-based meals I've made.

20 August 2009

Stew; Cereal

I had Indian seafood stew leftovers tonight, and a bowl of Trader Joe's Cranberry Maple Nut Gluten-Free Granola.

18 August 2009

Indian Seafood Stew

Tonight I made an Indianized version of the seafood stew we made in class. Dinner cost me 16 cents (for the onion), since I already had all the other ingredients at home.

The stew-making went something like this:
1. Sweat chopped onion, green pepper and garlic.

2. Spice with garam masala, coriander, cumin seeds and sea salt.

3. Deglaze with vermouth. Let alcohol cook off, then add small can of tomato sauce, 1/2 can of whole tomatoes and a packet of Trader Joe's Dal Makhani.

4. Add some black mustard seeds because I forgot them earlier, saffron, chili flakes, and salt and pepper to taste.

5. Throw in some prawns and chunks of salmon. Let simmer about 5 minutes or until seafood is done.

17 August 2009

Corn and Chile Salsa +

I didn't go out but didn't cook and instead went for the Trader Joe's Corn and Chile Salsa, with whole wheat nachos and sour cream and Trader Joe's Roasted Red Pepper & Artichoke Tapenade. While it looks and sounds at the very least interesting, I can't really say that it was a great night for food.


Sunday night, Claudia and Liz hosted a Madmen party at their apartment for a Season 3-debut screening. The Pimm's Cup Cocktails and Old Fashioneds were flowing.

The spread included deviled eggs, spinach dip, a shrimp pâté ring and a pineapple upside-down cake, and basically looked like it was ripped right out of a 1960s cookbook.

15 August 2009


Dinner at Simba's Grill, an East African restaurant on Denman. I had Muchuzi Mbuzi, a brown goat curry, with rice.

My favourite thing about Simba's is the coconut chutney. It makes anything delicious. I basically eat all of it every time I'm there.

Darchin Restaurant

Last night we ate at Darchin, a new Persian restaurant that just opened up on Davie Street. We had Mast-o-Moo-Seer, a tangy dip with yogurt and shallots, and Gheimeh -- lamb stew with split yellow peas, dried Persian limes and cinnamon, served with Saffron Basmati rice. The place is endearingly decorated with faux-brick wallpaper, and the waiter brought us an extra dip on the house to sample.

Samesun; Doña Cata

Pre-softball: Edamame, Pot-stickers & Hoegaarden at the Samesun hostel bar on Granville. Post-softball: Vegetarian tacos from Doña Cata topped with about 8 different kinds of salsa.

13 August 2009

Corn-on-the-cob! Also McDonalds.

So, for dinner I ate half a McDonalds Angus burger leftover from lunch. Yep. But I also ate this fresh corn-on-the-cob from the Main Street Farmer's Market. So, yeah.

12 August 2009

Sonya-Smoothie; Penny Lane

Fuel for softball provided by Sonya: a life-altering cherry-cacao-banana-blueberry-strawberry smoothie. THANKS SONYA!

Post-softball refueling at Penny Lane: Popcorn, Nachos and Guinness. Photos by Sonya and/or Sonya's camera

10 August 2009

Curry Point; Ginger Chips

I took the seabus home, so I stopped at Lonsdale Quay to pick up some Curry Point for dinner. Later: An Americano accompanied Stop Making Sense. And ginger chips while sorting through all of yesterday's photos. So many photos. So many ginger chips.

Kitchen Scraps

Whitecap author Pierre Lamielle hosted a humorous illustrated dinner party on Sunday, featuring several dishes from his new humorous illustrated cookbook, Kitchen Scraps. Such as . . .

• Devils on Horseback -- spiced prunes wrapped in bacon

• Whirled Peas -- a minty pea soup

• Snails in the Garden -- an escargot salad

• Triple Threat Risotto -- with arugula and white wine, and made with a Parmesan CHEESE STOCK

• Aphrodite's Hot Greek Goddess Salad -- Greek salad done HOT!

• A great little cheese plate thrown together by Candace, including Valdeón, my new favourite blue cheese

• Half-Baked Pot Brownies -- delicious warm chocolate sludge with whipped cream, paired with Guinness

Thanks to our host and all his helpers!

09 August 2009

Red Currant Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Dinner: Leftover Israeli couscous thing.

Midnight Dessert: This week I discovered these red currants at the grocery store, and reminded of my childhood at the sight of them (we used to have red currant bushes growing beside our garage, which we'd pick at the end of every summer to make jelly), I picked them up without a second thought.

When trying to decide what to do with them (they're too sour to just eat on their own), I recalled that my mom used to fill her chocolate cakes with a layer of homemade red currant jelly. So I did a search for chocolate- red currant recipes online, and came up with this one for red currant brownie-muffins.

Red Currant Chocolate Brownie Muffins
(Makes 6 large and 12 mini muffins)

5 oz. dark chocolate
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup red currants

Chop chocolate into small pieces. Melt along with butter in a saucepan on medium-low heat. Let cool a couple minutes, then stir in sugar. Add vanilla, then mix in eggs one at a time. Add flour and salt and mix well. Carefully stir in red currants, careful not to crush them.

Pour batter into greased muffin tins and bake at 375°F for about 20 minutes or until done.
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