Two Foodies Walk Into A Kitchen…

Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

 

Seriously though – what do two bored foodies get up to in a kitchen on a Saturday afternoon? Keep reading, and you’ll find out.

(Oh, and we’re just skipping right over Friday. Because it’s my blog, and that’s just how things are gonna go. You aren’t missing much, trust me. And please excuse any typing errors – the backspace button has stopped working on my laptop. Technology hates me lately.) 

Saturday morning started off early, as I was off to work for a short 4 hour shift (I’ve had alot of those lately). I looked some something quick to prepare, since I obviously had slept in as late as possible. Did I mention mornings aren’t really my thing?

I’d seen a few people spreading their toasted bread product of choice with Laughing Cow and jam, so I followed suit with a toasted whole wheat english muffin, the LC, and marionberry jam.

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My rummaging through the produce drawer in the fridge produced (haha) a forgotten pink grapefruit. I cut it open, and it was still good, so I dished up half.

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Plus a glass of Happy Planet Pomegranate Blueberry Bash.

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I swear, it was a sunny summer morning. The sun just hadn’t made it over the trees yet!

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Anyone else think the english muffin and grapefruit kinda look like a face? Anyone? Bueller?

So I worked. It was thrilling as always. I, of course, packed a snack.

White and orange carrots, plus some local snap peas.

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And a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar. It’s been far too long since I’ve enjoyed one of these.

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Great little mix of crunchy, chewy, veggies, fruit, and nuts to keep me going.

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Once I was back at home, I set out to make lunch. I had cooked up some wheat berries the night before, with plans to make Lori’s Cucumber Dill Wheat Berry Salad.

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The salad was made as written (although I didn’t totally measure my ingredients – that’s only necessary for baking!), but I added a few finishing touches.

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I had seen some customers buying these stuffed inari from our sushi counter at work. They had shrimp and avocado in them, and they looked like the perfect summer bite.

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Since I knew I was going to make this cool, creamy salad for lunch, I thought they would make a great addition. I picked up some fresh west coast shrimp meat after work, and I was set.

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Another great summer lunch.

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This was a treat for the taste buds. I would imagine any fresh seafood would be great in here – crab, lobster, salmon. I also think you could mix up the grains, or turn it into more of a deconstructed sushi bowl by changing up the flavourings. So many possibilities.

I finished my lunch with another summer staple – a plate full of watermelon.

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Somehow this ended in me throwing one of the rinds the entire length of our front lawn. I believe it was to prove to my sister that I could indeed hit her with them as she was walking away. She didn’t think I could throw that far. I proved her wrong. If only I had better aim…

After all that excitement, I was at a loss as to what I should do for the rest of the afternoon, or evening for that matter. I updated my Facebook status with something to that effect. Then I received a text from Jill. The ensuing conversation went something like this:

J:  Found something to do yet?

M: Nope.

J: Me neither. What is there to do?

M: I dunno. It’s nice out – I feel like I should be outside.

J: Me too but too lazy. Spent an hour at dog park earlier. I feel like making cookies!

M: Do you need a helper?

I think you can see where this is going.

Soon enough, I had packed up a container of chocolate chips, and was making my way up the other mountain to Jill’s place.

Jill had already picked out a couple of recipes to bake, so we set out mixing up batches of cookie dough by hand (I’m so bringing my stand mixer next time – and a cooling rack 😉 ).

Cookies were sampled, dogs were walked, and I was sent home with more than my share of our baking adventures (plus some hibiscus tea). Apparently because I live with 3 other people, I needed most of the cookies. I guess that’s logical.

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For batch number one, we made a chocolate chip macadamia nut cookie based on Jill’s Updated Chewy Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies.

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I’m not even going to try and list the modifications we made, because I’m not really sure. I just know we replaced the cranberries with macadamia nuts, because that’s what we found in the cupboard. Did you know that macadamia nuts keep for years when the sealed package they are in has never been opened? I’m just saying 😉

Our second cookie of the afternoon involved a stash of oversized ROLOS

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We whipped up a batch of ROLO Chocolate Cookies, ignoring the fact that we were supposed to freeze the candies for 6 hours before hand. They still turned out great.

Obligatory cross section view.

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Apparently next time we bake, we’re making a cake, because Jill says I make fancy cakes. What can I say, I’m a baker at heart.

With no plans for the rest of the evening, I decided to pick up a little sushi for dinner from my favourite local place, Gin-Mi Sushi & Grill.

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They may not be gourmet sushi like you get at some downtown establishments, but they still make an effort to present your food, use fresh ingredients, and have those little extra touches that make you feel like a valued customer. For instance, while I was waiting for my order, they gave me a chilled glass of plum juice to sip on. Plus they have reasonable prices.

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I ordered the Crispy California Roll, which is your basic California roll done up tempura style.

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Plus two pieces of salmon nigiri. I spent the extra $.50 per piece for the wild sockeye. I like that they give you the option. Most places just have the farmed salmon.

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The super thin slices of lime on top add a brightness to the sushi.

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I also got an order or agedashi tofu. Love this stuff. Crunchy outside, smooth and creamy inside. Awesome.

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I enjoyed my meal as the sun was setting out on the back deck. No one else was home, so it was a nice quiet evening to myself. Followed by some necessary Wii playing, and some reading. Oh, and a mug of the hibiscus tea Jill gave me – also delicious.

Saturday turned out to be one of those great summer days, even though when I woke up, I had no clue what I was going to do that day. Always a treat when that happens. How was your Saturday – did you get up to any unexpected fun?

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8 Comments on “Two Foodies Walk Into A Kitchen…”

  1. July 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Those rolo cookies look so good! I feel the need to bake some cookies now.
    We visited my inlaws yesterday but the unexpected fun came when we stopped at a new roadside chip stand for poutine.

  2. July 18, 2010 at 3:48 pm #

    definitely heading to the store and making sure to pick up sushi. i need sushi so bad and its been too long- especially after seeing urs- made me hungry!

    uno how they say that everyone has an inner fat kid in them? well mine is awoken because of rolo cookies!! Rolos were one of my favorite chocolate candies growing up, along with snickers, eatmores, aero, smarties, mr.big, skors, etc lol.

    two foodies in the kitchen turned into bakers! i cant even imagine how amazing ur place spelt afterwards!! ❤

  3. July 18, 2010 at 3:49 pm #

    smelt*

  4. Yuki
    July 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    I’m craving sushi now!

  5. July 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Wow! Those oversized Rolo cookies look amazing!

  6. July 18, 2010 at 8:33 pm #

    Too funny.

    *Mental note – Marianne may post text conversions. 😉

    The Rolo cookies were good but look damn awful. I blame the oversize Rolo.

    It may please you to know, I only have 5 or 6 cookies left. I am very glad I sent you home with more than your fair share.

  7. July 18, 2010 at 9:17 pm #

    Yeah I pretty much want to bite through the screen to get to your cookies. Man I should do some baking soon. hhhhmmmm cookies.

  8. July 19, 2010 at 1:29 pm #

    Great cookies! I’m liking the looks of the Rolo ones for sure… 🙂

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