{Food highlights from the past week}

I’ve been a bit of a slacker in posting my eats this week (a busy week of training and errands), so I’ve compiled a list of some of the tasty highlights from this past week..

Last Friday, me and girls were invited to the CUPS Annual Gala Fundraiser at the Hyatt Hotel where we got to enjoy a dinner of canapes.

Like these bite-size blue cheese pannacotta pyramids and mini cheese scones filled with pulled pork and fig jam.

Enjoyed while listening to the uber talented Juno award winner Johnny Reid perform live on stage 🙂

Weekend treats involved a batch of freshly baked hot cross buns from the Wild Grainz Bakery. Soft and pillowy rolls studded with chunks of soft dried fruit.

Topped with a crispy butter biscuit-like medallion and a glistening sweet glaze. I was lucky to enjoy these while they were still slightly warm from the oven.

No need for butter or jam. These are perfect on their own.

..and this crispy spinach and cheese croissant.

Sigh..I hate to be a puff pastry snob, but I have to admit, after eating croissants in Paris, no pastry here seems to come close 😦

Still ate every bite though.

Weekend brunch deviated from our usual Red’s Diner, in favour of our favourite vegetarian resaturant, The Coup. There’s no better way to quench the thirst than with a fresh pressed carrot apple ginger juice after a two hour workout. Soo refreshing.

Jam packed with delicious nutrients and fresh flavour. I’m salivating all over again just looking at this photo.

My usual entree of choice here?

The Greenhouse effect salad ($11) – a large bowl filled to the brim with goodness:

  • mixed organic baby greens
  • chickpeas
  • shredded carrot and beets
  • pea shoots
  • toasted sunflower seeds
  • creamy and crumbly sheep feta
  • kalamata olives

All tossed together with a maple balsamic dijon dressing and an extra side of sliced avocado (healthy fats – great for the hair and nails).

The boy went with Grilled treehouse sandwich($13) – your choice of smoked tofu or egg, with 5 yr. canadian reserve cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion & garlic aioli, served open faced on sunflower-rye bread. Served with a side of mixed greens.

Just look at all those beautiful colours! The boy was STUFFED after eating this. A very filling and incredibly tasty lunch.

Sunday night dinner at mom’s was epic as usual. Our appetizer consisted of this GIANT platter overflowing with fresh mussels cooked in a steamy lemongrass white wine broth.

Did I mention there were only FOUR of us here..ai carumba.

The empty half shells make the perfect spoon for scooping up those yummy bits at the bottom of the bowl.

Dinner consisted of freshly sliced tomatoes off the vine topped with thin slices of sweet Maui onion, crumbles of feta and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.

This dish reminds me of those warm summer nights, sitting out on the deck with the BBQ cooking away and the sun shining..

Quite the contrast to what it actually looks like outside (snowy, slushy, muddy and all-in-all unpleasant).

Blanched asparagus finished off with a drizzle of fruity extra virgin olive oil and freshly grated parmesan.

My favourite part of the meal…chewy and doughy pillows of gnocchi tossed in browned butter, herbs and ooey gooey mozzarella cheese.

Finally the star of the meal – this stack of juicy and meaty filets of rib eye steakWe do live in the Prairies after all.

I haven’t been a big red meat-eater lately, so I only ate about 1/3 of one piece. Don’t worry though, the boys finished these off with no problem at all 🙂

Weekday meals included variations on acorn squash – like this simple stirfry tossed with sliced mushrooms, zucchini, chunks of Valbella Tuscany pork sausage (my favourite flavour yet). Served atop a bed of brown rice.

The next day, I enjoyed other half roasted at 400F in the oven with butter and maple syrup for half an hour and topped with a spoonful of my balsamic onion marmalade and a scoop of creamy herbed goat cheese from the Kingsland Farmers Market.

One of my favourite “no effort” dinners:  a take and go bag of whole wheat pizza dough from Mercato rolled out and topped with shrimp, zucchini, mushrooms and basil pesto pizza sprinkled with globs of goat cheese.

On Wednesday night, the boy called me up at the gym with a craving for a calzone. So we headed to our new go-to pizza spot in Inglewood – WO Pizza, to tame our hunger.

Where I discovered my new favourite pizza here, The Shroom ($19)a mix of fresh wild mushrooms, black truffle oil, arugula and a roasted garlic white sauce.

Ah-mazing.

You know your meal was good when you start to feel sad when you get down to finishing the last slice and wishing there was more.

The boy had The Spicy Calzone ($16) – A crisp and chewy pocket of dough filled with calabrese, capicollo, gorgonzola and mozzarella cheese.

Sorry about the blurry pic, the boy was very hungry and eager to dig in..

Of course no meal is complete without a sweet at the end, so we tried Shelby’s chocolate cake ($8) – 3 layers of rich and dense dark chocolate filled with a creamy milk chocolate ganache. Topped with candied orange zest and decorated with caramel. 

Perfect for sharing and we left full and not overly stuffed 🙂

Last night was my last tough cardio workout before my half marathon race this Sunday.

After my workout, I prepared this quick and easy omelette. A nice balance of protein and carbs – A two egg omelette filled with black edamame, bamboo rice, zucchini, onions, orange bell pepper and diced tomatoes.

Topped with my zesty cashew ‘cheeze’ sauce and a sprinkling of tabasco.

There you have it , my week of eats. I promise you a recipe this weekend 🙂

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