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Foodie Penpals-Reveal Day!

I was surfing the internet and came across this website. I was so intrigued with the idea that I immediately signed up. April was my first month as a participant and it was really exciting. I sent a box to Hornepayne Ontario and although it was from a different person I also received one from Hornepayne which was a cool coincidence. My box arrived a couple of days after the 15th (which is send out day) and was filled with some delicious goodies! I still have some goodies left to try but I am still dreaming about Milk Chocolate with Toffee and Sea Salt which i devoured in like 3 minutes! I also really enjoyed the 5 seed crackers! Many thanks to Laurie for the kick ass box and to Lindsay at Foodie PenPals for making it happen! (Click here to visit Foodie Pen Pals Sign up page)

Foodie Penpal box from Hornepayne Ontario

Foodie Penpal box from Hornepayne Ontario

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Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

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Can you ever forgive me?

I miss this blog. Today I pledge to start up dating Foodventures as much as possible. Sorry I have been MIA but don’t fret I’m back!

xoL

Green Onion and Ginger Pork Dumplings

A few weeks ago, my super singing friend Todd came over and taught me how to make Dumplings. We created 3 different delicious dumpling recipes all made with the same pork base. I was surprise by how easy dumplings where to make. My favorite were the green onion and ginger pork dumplings; fried or steamed they will not disappoint.

Ingredients List: 

The Dough:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of Lukewarm water

The Filling:

  • 1 pound of pork
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of cornstarch
  • 1 tsp of oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp of Ginger
  • 1 bunch of green onions

The Steps:

  1. In a bowl combine your flour and water. Hand Mix well (until it’s smooth), cover and let sit for at least 10 minutes.
  2. While your dough is resting prep your pork filling! In a bowl combine your filling ingredients and mix well.
  3. Once your filling is prepped it will be time to knead your dough. (Click on this link for a great video on how to hand knead your dough.)
  4. Roll out your dough into a thin layer and cut into 3 inch circles. (Wine Glass size!)
  5. Lightly wet the inside edges of your wrapper with water. (Use your finger!) Scoop about 1 tsp of raw filling into the centre of your wrapper and fold over making sure the ends meet. Press down firmly on the ends to seal.
  6. You can cook your dumplings in several different ways: Steam, Boil or Fry. To boil: Fill your pot with cold water and a good helping of salt. Add your dumplings to the boiling water and cook for about 3-5 minutes (just because they float to the top doesn’t mean that they are ready)
  7. Serve with green onions and dipping sauce. (I should do a post on dipping sauces yum but until then you can click here for some ideas.)
Green Onion and Ginger Pork Dumpling Slide Show: A new way to discover the steps to delicious foodventures!

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It’s weekend! Make some dumplings.

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

My love affair with Sriracha

I often use sriracha in my cooking and i have to confess it goes on as a condiment for nearly everything. I first discovered this delicious and spicy ketchup like sauce (don’t let the look of it deceive you!) about 8 years ago. I can’t remember the why or the how but I do know that’s about the time I started getting a lot more adventurous with my meals.

Anyway this afternoon, I was sitting at a restaurant in China Town when I started to think about all the things that you can do and make with sriracha. My secret combo is an olive oil, maple syrup, lemon juice and sriracha mix; Incredible as a marinade or even a salad dressing.

Here’s my challenge: Send me your favorite ways to use sriracha and i will post them on this site and use them in my own foodventures! I cannot wait to discover some new ideas with my cannot live without condiment.

xo Lisa

Sriracha

 

Steal This Idea…

I am currently working (hanging) with a group of kick ass folks in Banff, Alberta…

Up Tunnel Moutnain there is this incredible place called The Banff Centre, a truly special place where people from all over the world come to work, create, play, inspire, write, paint, challenge, discuss, confer, explore…needless to say it is a safe place to get down with your bad self.

The Banff Centre, being as innovative as it is, offers Fettucinni Sticks in the cafes for the milk and sugar that you want to stir into your coffee. Such a neat and cool idea to save you from using wooden sticks and wasting precious trees. Seriously steal this idea…

 

 

My afternoon with Stefano Faita…

The CBC is producing a new show called In the Kitchen with Stefano Faita and  it is currently filming it’s second season at the CBC studios in Toronto located at  John and Wellington Streets.  The cool thing about shows at the CBC, that most people don’t know, is that when it needs a studio audience the tickets are FREE. All you have to do is fill out an online form. (Find it here!) And usually within a few hours you get an email from an actual person with  your tickets and offers for other shows. I’m not working right now and so I figured it would be a great way to spend an afternoon.

Anyway, the taping took about 2 hours and in between takes Stefano (who is really cute, really personable and really french) answers questions, chats with the audience (which is very small only 25 people or so) and is very engaging. I was flying solo and so the floor director placed me down front and center. The theme of the show was cocktail party (PERFECT!) and Stefano made 3 appetizers and a cocktail. We even got to sample one of the dishes (yummmy!). In between takes, I won a prize (EZwrap 1000) to take home due to my foodventure ways…. (woot!woot!) and at the end of the taping everyone in the studio audience received a bottle of Aurora Crushed Tomatoes with a recipe for for Stefano’s Penne Arrabbiata. Anyway, It was a super fun afternoon and I really hope to make it again before filming ends in mid December. My episode will air on a Thursday afternoon on during the second or third week in January.

**Click on the picture for a closer look at my afternoon with Stefano Faita:

 

I’m off to Banff on Saturday to work for a week and partay!

See ya on the other side.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

The Challenge aka Stupid Ideas

Steaks and Beers!

For the next 10 days I will not:

  1. Eat Meat
  2. Eat Dairy
  3. Eat Wheat
  4. Eat Sugar
  5. Drink Booze (vodka counts)
  6. Drink Caffeine
  7. Smoke Cigarettes ( which i only do sometimes (but that sometimes is increasing) when i drink booze)
  8. and I promise to go to the gym everyday
  9. and to do yoga at least 5 days out of the 10
  10. and it looks like i will avoid my friends (kidding!)

For those of you who know me, you know this is going to be tough. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the things that I am banning over the next 10 days. For those of you who don’t know me 10 days doesn’t seem very long does it?

So far today: 1  hour at the Gym and 1 hour of yoga, none of the illegal foods/drinks in my body.

I’m excited to see if I feel any different on the other end. Wish me Luck or join me in doing your own Challenge/Cleanse/Stupid Idea!

xoxo

Lisa