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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.

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Happy Sunday!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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

I dream of Mexico…

I recently booked a trip to Mexico City to spend a week with one of my oldest gal pals. I leave the first week of Feb and it won’t come soon enough. It is -15 degress in Toronto right now! (YUCK!) I realize that I am Canadian (and a Canadian from Northern Ontario nonetheless) but I cannot get used to this brutal weather!!!! Anyway, my friend Jen is coming over this evening for dinner and a catch up and so feeling inspired by my trip I decided to make something a little Mexican (Mexican Lasagna with Guacamole Rice) and a little Naughty. Perfect for girls night. Bring on the Tequila!

Ingredients List:

  • 1 package lean ground turkey
  • 1/3 cup of lime juice
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • handful of cilantro chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion chopped
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 cup of black beans
  • half a red pepper chopped
  • half a jalapeno pepper chopped
  • half a tomato chopped
  • 4 green onions chopped
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese (i used the taco/nacho shredded cheese mix)
  • 4 tbsp of salsa ( this is just a guideline)
  • 3 corn tortillas
  • handful of tortilla chips
  • 1 1-/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 1-/2 ripe avacado’s
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Gloves of Garlic
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make this Naughty Mexican Lasagna with a side of Guacamole Rice

 

The rice is intense and the sour cream adds the perfect flavour and creaminess to cut that intensity. Everything works really well with the Mexican Lasagna and it is a fun and very tasty dish!

I’d love to hear from you and know if you have tried to make anything at home. Thanks for reading. Stay Warm!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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Better than Chinatown Chow Mein

Toronto was covered in a blanket of snow overnight and looks beautiful from the window of my downtown condo. I’m in the mood to order in chinese and I’m feeling a little tickle in the back of my throat. All I want is something delicious and comforting to enjoy while getting cozy on the couch with a class of vino and a movie. So here’s my twist on Beef Chow Mein.  Seriously, it will take you as long to make this dish as it would to get it delivered and this is a much healthier and tasty option!

Ingredients List:

  • 1/3 cup of rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp Fresh grated ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1/2 tbsp Sriracha sauce (my favorite condiment! yummy!)
  • 1/2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of Honey
  • ground pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 portobello mushroom
  • 4 stalks celery
  • handful of baby carrots
  • half of a small red pepper
  • half a head of broccoli ( i used a little leftover cauliflower as well)
  • 3 green onions
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 steak (marinating steak or skirt steak will work perfectly)
  • 2 portions of  Rooster Brand instant noodles (any chow mein noodle will do)

Serves 2

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Beef Chow Mein.

 

Happy Saturday! Enjoy the snow… ( i wish i had a backyard to make snow angels!)


Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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Maniacal Monkey Loaf!

I have the chance to spend the Holidays at my parents house in Northern Ontario this year. It’s my first Christmas “home” in 4 years.  It’s pretty chaotic right now: Mostly because Oscar and my sister’s 3 month old puppy Elton won’t stop chasing each other! In honor of the two little monkeys I decided to name this yummy chocolate banana loaf the Maniacal Monkey loaf.

Ingredients List:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter-soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 -1/2  tsp of vanilla
  • the juice from half a lemon
  • 1- 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3  very ripe (rotten) banana’s
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

Makes one loaf

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Maniacal Monkey Loaf

 

It smells and looks incredible AND it tastes like heaven in your mouth! In a pinch this is a very easy and tasty treat to bring over to someone’s house or to serve during the festivus season.

It’s going to be a busy couple of days and i will be doing a ton of cooking so many updates in the next little while. I hope that wherever you are and whatever you believe you are well fed and content. Happy Christmas!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa