Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fish Tail

Wouldn't it be nice to look like this? Or at the very least photograph this well. I'm seriously digging this girl's braid.
Picture taken from here.
I’ve been jonesin’ to learn how to do fishtail braiding. I’ve even watched a few online video tutorials but still have yet to come anywhere close to success. I found this great DIY step by step explanation for how to do it on the blog Running on Happiness and I thought I’d share with you all. I’m definitely going to try it again when I go home tonight (I think I’m starting to sketch out my co-workers by continually trying to braid my hair at my desk…) and I will post a picture with the results!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Picture of the Day

Just an inspirational picture to help us get through this work day! Quite pretty I think...edited on my phone. Can we say a Hallelujah to technology? 
How are you getting through this slow Tuesday? Personally I'm enjoying a beer at my desk, I swear this behaviour is recommended where I work.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wedding Compares

Though the video footage won’t air until October, and Kim Kardashian is reportedly profiting from her wedding (that includes having almost everything at the wedding paid for so that the brands can be featured in the special), I have an extremely strong feeling that Kate Moss’s wedding will trump Kim’s in terms of class and sheer beauty.  This wedding was themed Great Gatsby (my favorite), was shot by Vogue and looks absolutely amazing. I just love the romantic hippy with a mix of old world glamour vibe.

I swear this blog hasn’t suddenly turned its focus on celeb gossip…. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Roasted Lemon and Parsley Cornish Hens with Rice, Mushroom and Dried Fruit Stuffing

For the last few weeks, every Sunday night has been HBO night. With a killer line-up of True Blood, Curb and Entourage there really is no better way to finish off the weekend than by vegging out and watching good TV….and of course, eating. This week we decided to go all out with a Thanksgiving inspired meal consisting of Cornish hens with a rice mixture stuffing, green beans topped with homemade candied walnuts and a fresh salad on the side. 
I really liked this recipe because of how crispy and tasty the skin turned out and how succulent and juicy the meat was. This was my first time brining meat and I will definitely do it again, putting the hens in buttermilk, salt and pepper for a few hours before cooking made the meat oh so tender.
Pour another glass of red wine and keep the weekend going!
Recipe adapted from and 2 Stews.

Roasted Lemon and Parsley Cornish Hens with Rice, Mushroom and Dried Fruit Stuffing

The Final Product!!

2 Cornish Hens, giblets removed
4 Tbsp of Butter
Olive Oil
1 or 2 Onions thickly sliced
1 lemon, sliced
4 Cloves of garlic
½ Cup of White Wine
½ Cup of Chicken Broth
¼ tsp of Seasoning Salt
Salt and Pepper to taste

1 L of Buttermilk
Salt and Pepper

Zest of 1 lemon
½ cup of Parsley, finely chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste
6 cloves of garlic

Place hens in a deep dish (with a lid) and pour in buttermilk, season with salt and pepper.  Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
Combine marinade ingredients and mush a bit with a fork to make a sort of paste.
Make the Rice, Mushroom and Dried Fruit Stuffing. (see recipe below)
Grease a roasting pan with butter and arrange onion slices on the bottom to create a bed for the hens. Season with salt and pepper. Place garlic cloves in the pan and top onions with sliced lemon.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Once the hens are done bringing, discard buttermilk and rinse the hens with cold water. Pat inside and out with a paper towel and make sure those puppies are dry!
Get a large frying pan on high heat and add lots of butter and olive oil. Once hot enough brown hens one at a time, making sure you get all sides nice and brown. Remove hens and put to the side.
To the same pan add a bit more butter and the seasoning salt, stir well. Add the white wine and use a spatula to loosen all the brown bits stuck to the pan. When the wine starts to bubble, add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Simmer for a couple of minutes.
Once the hens are cool enough to handle, apply the marinade on the hens inside and out and wherever it will go.
Now stuff those hens full of the stuffing (see recipe below) and place them breast side up on top of the onion bed. Pour the wine-stock mixture all over the hens. Place in a pre-heated 400F oven and cook for about 55 minutes. Half way through cooking baste the hens with the juices from the pan.
Remove from the oven and let the hens rest for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Rice, Mushroom and Dried Fruit Stuffing
2 Tbspn Brandy (I used whiskey…anything would work)
5-6 dried Apricots, roughly chopped
15 dried cherries, roughly chopped
Olive oil
½ carton of mushrooms, washed and sliced
½ onion, chopped
2 gloves of garlic, minced
½ cup of Basmati rice (any rice will do)
1/3 cup chicken Stock (optional)
Parsley, finely chopped
Salt and Pepper

Soak the dried cherries and apricots in the whiskey for about 2 hours.
Cook the rice following package instructions. I used 1/3 cup of chicken stock and 1 cup of water to make it more flavorful (optional).
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onion, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté until onions are translucent and the mushrooms are cooked, about 10 minutes.
Once rice is cooked mix in the mushroom and onion mixture, dried fruits and parsley. Season with Salt and Pepper. Now stuff those Hens!

Weekend Living

Oh how sad it is when the weekend comes to a close and you wake up to that screaming alarm and realize that once again…it’s Monday. I had a wonderful weekend where my plans almost completely surrounded around eating. Which in my eyes is absolutely wonderful. I enjoyed drinks and snacks on the rooftop of the Hyatt Hotel with a beautiful view of the city of Toronto to gaze at while sipping my Gin/ Sake/cucumber martini (yumm). I tried an amazing new restaurant called Barque, check it out here.  Their thing is slow cooked meats and homemade bbq sauces…mmm. They opened in April and have been packed every night since. This was the case when we arrived, and even though the 4 of us settled for sitting at the bar we still had a fabulous time and we couldn’t stop raving about the food!! Other than that there was a lot of patios, lots of eating and maybe a little too much drinking. Happy Monday!

Martinis on the Hyatt Rooftop

My vintage inspired shot of the Toronto Skyline

BARQUE: The Tasting platter consisting of Beef Rib, Brisket, and chicken thigh. Sides of Cuban corn, Asparagus and potato salad. Talk about a meal!

Utensiles: Knife, Fork and BBQ Sauce brush

Potato Salad

Lois Lane enjoying her meal

 I went a little instragram crazy with the pics....

Thursday, August 18, 2011


I’m planning a little birthday soiree in about a week and have decided to hold on for dear life to summer (AH! it's almost the end of August) and obviously have a little BBQ in the backyard. My friend Steph showed me this wonderful website called paperlesspost which has the CUTEST e-invitations ever.  I had a really good time going through them and couldn’t help but imagine the endless possibilities using them for all the future affairs I plan on organizing as well. This is the template for the one I chose (I thought it had a fun, slightly “sexy” vibe to it).
I'll be changing the writing to suit my party....obviously. Check it out here.

For the party itself I’m hoping to find some Chinese lanterns to hang up, and I’m really thinking burgers, sangria, backyard bar, music, warm air, FUN. I found these pictures for some inspiration, and I am OH SO confident my small, worn down, chain link fenced backyard will look identical to some of these shots. Enjoy!

Pictures all found from pinterest, here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer Favs

Just wanted to share with you a few favorites of my summer. Kind of a random collection, but you have to remember whos blog this is!! Mostly my favorite things of summer have to do with being outdoors, especially in that summer heat, and eating the most ripe, juicy and flavorful foods. In my mind nothing is better than a perfectly ripened summer peach! (I even asked for one for my birthday…. No joke) I guess as a summer baby, this season holds a special place in my heart. First place. I see my friends way more, I spend as much of my free time in the outdoors sans shoes, and just because I can say so- I laugh much much more. That may or may not be a direct reflection on the fact that I drink much much more, whether it be on a patio or a dock. Cheers to summer, white wine spritzers and coronas with lime!

Fishing on the dock
photo courtesy of my sister, Erin
'Summer' the Dog
Photo courtesy of my friend Lauchlin
On the way to a summer oasis, the RCYC on the Island
Summer ripe tomatoes with fresh basil from my herb garden!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Let's Take a Trip to Montreal

I LOVE Montreal and I hope to go back soon to visit. After stumbling across these photographs of architect Sid Lee’s ferry boat converted spa…now I am desperate to go back. With views of the Old Port from the sauna window and 678 refurbished portholes creating beautiful bright light below deck, an absolutely gorgeous transformation of an old ferry boat has taken place. And let me tell you, the prices are extremely reasonable. Anyone in the mood for a little trip to Montreal??

Photos: Globe and Mail
Check out more of the spa:

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rainy Day Cravings

Fontina Spinach and Bacon Mac N Cheese
 photo cred:
On this miserable rainy afternoon I can’t help but sit at my desk and fantasize about when the weather gets a little bit colder and I will finally feel justified making the Mac n Cheese recipe I’ve been drooling over. (Please appreciate the direct contradiction to my last post where I ended with ‘I wish summer never ends!’… but really who wants Mac n Cheese in 35 degree weather!) Back to the Mac n Cheese. This recipe I found on Katie Goodman’s blog ‘Good Life Eats’ combines the oh so necessary element of bacon but also adds just the right amount of spinach so that we can all feel a little bit better about what we’re eating. I think when I make it I’ll add some breadcrumbs on top and bake it in the oven for a little bit to get that wonderful…oh how do you put it? Baked quality. Thanks to ‘Good Life Eats’ for the wonderful recipe idea (

And what do I think goes perfectly with Mac n Cheese? New Shoes! Well, not actually but alongside the Mac n Cheese I am also craving these funky Steve Madden platforms.  In my future fantasy I will thoroughly enjoy a steamy bowl of that Mac n Cheese with my friends and then proceed to stomp out of the house in my new platforms for a night on the town. Dreams can come true!!

On an ending note from the boy: “Meats meet cheese means mean eats”. Think about it.

Perfect Summer Nights

Last night, on what some might call a “double date”, I was fortunate to meet up with my boyfriend, my best girl Steph and her lover Steve after work for a glorious evening of Women’s tennis at the Rogers Cup. The night started off with some questionable food decisions, but we quickly got on the right path and focused on our liquid diet consisting of chilled Corona tall cans (with lime wedges of course!). We decided it would only be appropriate to sit in the very top row of seats, and spent the night watching Jankovic vs. Goerges duel it out, all while laughing away and enjoying the sunset in front of us.

                                          I wish summer would never end!