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5 things that you will always find in my fridge

If you come over to my house anytime and open the fridge you are always going to find the following:

1. Mixed Leafy Greens/Legumes (kale, baby spinach, Broccoli etc..)

2. Beets

3. Huge condiments and sauce collection including my beloved Sriracha, mustard collection and Maple Syrup

4. Beer

5. Egg

 

 

What's in your fridge?

What’s in your fridge?

Guilty Pleasure: Condiments!

Guilty Pleasure: Condiments!

*Other usual staples include: cured meat and cheese!

 

 

 

What’s in your fridge? I’d love to hear all about your staples!

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

Homemade Holiday Irish Cream (WARNING: This recipe will change your life!)

I am not even going to get into the many reasons that I have neglected this blog and all my followers for so long…let’s just say that I’m back and ready to inspire, cook, drink and be merry.

Last night I got together with a couple of my gal pals to do make some goodies for Christmas. We each decided to make a liqueur to give away my choice was Homemade Irish Cream! Needless to say it turned out better than I imagined  and I PROMISE you that you will never ever buy pre bottled Irish Cream again!

Ingredients List: 

  • 1 cup 18% cream
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (1can)
  • 1 2/3 C Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract (I skipped this entirely)

The Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate. Shake before using

Homemade Holiday Irish Cream: 

Step 1-The Fixings for Irish Cream

Step 1-The Fixings for Irish Cream

Step 2-Add your ingredients and Blend

Step 2-Add your ingredients and Blend

Step 3-Bottle and sample

Step 3-Bottle and sample

Happy Festivus!

Happy Festivus!

Bring this amazing drink to your next holiday party, give away as gifts or just enjoy at home with your loved ones!

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

 

 

Pumpkin Hummus

This afternoon, I am hosting a fall mixer. I have been away most of the summer and I am finally able to catch up with friends and what better way to catch up, than with all of them at once.  I am serving an array of fall  themed food and hopefully I will be able to post some pics of the different offerings.  But at the risk of photo blogging the mixer fails…I figured I would to share this recipe with the world and give you a preview of the day’s treats.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 large can (28 oz) garbanzo beans (chick peas)
  •  ***save 1/4 cup of the chick pea water and add if you are having trouble blending your mixture!)
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling!)
  • the juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • salt and pepper to taste

****Click on the picture for a step by step explanation of how to make Pumpkin Hummus:

This delicious fall themed recipe takes minutes to make and will seriously rock your world. Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds.

On another note, I’m totally hooked on this blog:  (Under The Hill), it is thought provoking, funny, heart breaking and informative. A genuine perspective on the government, the people of Canada and world issues. Please take a moment to check it out!

Happy Sunday!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Foodventure: Prince Edward County

About 2.5 hours east of Toronto off the 401 hides a gorgeous part of Ontario known as “The County”.  Up until 3 weeks, I had no idea that this incredible place existed. I fell into a work contract in Wellington Ontario by The Festival Players of Prince Edward County and it has turned out to be better than I could ever have imagined.

The County (as it’s referred to by locals) is home to the “new” wine country and manufactures some of the most incredible local foods. From sweat peas, to artisan cheese and delicious cider, it really is a place that anyone interested in local, whole foods should come to visit and support.

Yesterday. I bought this great book called The Ontario Table  by Lynn Orgryzlo and she states that if everyone one in Ontario spent $10.00/week on local food, drink and products it would generate billions of dollars into Ontario’s economy which means more jobs, more education and  more accountability to the people by the people. The choice to know where your food comes from and how it’s made.  If you think about it $10.00/week isn’t very much. In fact with $10.00 you can buy a bottle of wine or a block of cheese or  a bag of vegetables from your farmer’s market or fresh berries or mustards, or jams or…i mean the list is endless and it’s so easy to do anytime of the year. And it’s a lot easier than you would think no matter where you call home- Think about it and join me in this $10.00 a week challenge!

Today I spent the day visiting a few local hot spots in The County and got some great and tasty finds! I enjoyed the best pizza EVER at the County Cider Company, scored some delicious cheese at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co and The Black River Cheese Company, got spoiled with ice cream made by the Kawartha Dairy Company and purchased a few bottles of wine from the Waupoos Winery. A solid day of local fare!

****click on the picture for a closer look at my foodventure in Prince Edward County!

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Rapture Food Event!

If you’re bad and you know it RSVP so that i can plan the menu.

I do know that i will be making  pull pork sliders as a yummy treat to celebrate and you can read all about to make em yourself very very soon!

Pulled Pork Mexican Styles! (AKA EL Pastor)

Hail Caesar!

Brunch Potluck idea: Caesars…

This morning, I crashed a brunch potluck at the artscape lofts in the west end. The spirit of the afternoon was incredible and I had the chance to meet some cool people.

Brunch Potluck???? I was stumped about what to bring (breakfast is not my forte): and then VOILA vodka saves the day…again.

Seriously though the Caesar is a Classic Canadian Cocktail and the perfect addition to brunch. I mean who doesn’t love the caesar? Well lot’s of people…you either love it or hate it.

Traditionally the drink is garnished with a lime wedge and a celery stick BUT this being a Foodventure I decided to get creative and make a few different types of garnishes.

I made 3 combo’s:

  • Spicy shrimp, Jalepeno, Celery
  • Grape tomato, Baby Spinach, Chorizo Sausage
  • Pickled Pearl Onion, Beet, Cucumber

***click on the picture for a closer look!

Finally:

How to make a Caesar! ( people love to make variations of this cocktail ***including myself*** but this is a classic caesar recipe)

  1. Take your cocktail tumbler and dip it in lemon juice.
  2. Take you celery salt and rim your glass with the salt (the lemon juice will make the salt stick to the rim of the glass)
  3. Add ice with a spoon
  4. Add 1.5 oz of Vodka
  5. Add 1 dash of Tabasco
  6. Add 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  7. Add Clamato Juice
  8. Garnish with Celery Stick and Lime Wedge
  9. DRINK!

Some cool additions/variations:

  • You can never have too much Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add a dash of lemon juice to the drink
  • Add some salt and pepper
  • Add some freshly grated horseradish or wasabi.
  • My sister loves to add pickle juice (weird) but a pickle is a delicious garnish for the caesar.
  • A spicy bean is my favorite garnish.

It’s okay to drink in the morning if it’s a caesar but just remember to daytime pour and not nighttime pour! Try one tomorrow morning. Speaking of tomorrow, I am doing another brunch like activity but this time it’s mimosa’s and oysters. Oh and if you can think of something that rhymes with mimosa other than samosa email me at foodventuresandotherstories@gmail.com.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa