Food Glorious Food

winter veg hash 2016

I enjoy food and eating well, and to eat well you pretty much have to make it yourself, not to mention it’s more economical to cook at home. Fortunately I enjoy cooking and baking, and have some training in these areas. Thought I would encourage you to check out my food blog Boca Delicia  click on the blog name to visit.

poached egg over tuscan ham, red peppers and hash browns with chimcicherri sauce

It’s still a “young” blog and in development as I work to designate blocks of time for recipe research and preparation and set a regular cooking/posting schedule, which is my biggest challenge even though I cook everyday to feed myself and Bob. I tend to not use recipes, along with very little meal planning, using what I have on hand and that isn’t the best formula to convey recipes to others!  The exception of course is Baking- there isn’t much room in that area for improv!

Almond Biscotti 2106

I hope you don’t mind that I peppered this blog with food shots from my other blog but a little taste won’t hurt ~ Salute!

Chocolate Spice Cookies 2016

Food Flash

A bit of cooking and baking did happen while I’ve been absent from posting, so here is a small sample of what I remembered to photograph~

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Pizza with chicken breast, goat cheese, tomatoes, zucchini, red onion, basil and parm.

 

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Pulled pork and crispy onions.

 

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Ratatouille. My favorite vegetable dish. Not my husbands. I make it anyway and he eats it.

 

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Awesome breakfasts. And there is an awesome blueberry scone.

 

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Mini cupcakes! Which I brought along to a girlfriends wedding shower.

 

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Sockeye! Oh and a fennel and radish slaw.

 

IMG_7354A veggie soup with tiny Occhi Di Pernice pasta. This soup was so good and just got better the next day. I’m on a Chimmichurri sauce roll here, that’s the green sauce, I put that $!^*t on everything. Except cake.

 

IMG_7286Chicken breast with yogurt/Dijon sauce and beans and tomatoes. My favorite sauce b.t.w.

 

IMG_7509Blueberry Pie. I made small ones. I know better. I ate them. Both.

I also did a catering event for 35 people for an island neighbour. It was a family get together on the beach and a variety of sandwich platters is what they wanted. Along with fruit and veggie platters and a big cake.

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There were sandwiches of roast beef, chicken, lox, croissants with shrimp and egg salad. There were wraps of beef, and of chicken breast, and veggie, there were veggie sandwiches on baguettes, there was hummus, there were rice wraps and lettuce wraps for a gluten, non dairy person.

13879471_10154192549665733_5878824867494023474_nOne of the fruit platters and 2 veggie platters and some special diet wraps on their way. Ah island life, my van was broken down so between my cart and their golf cart we got everything down the road!

 

Kootenay Time

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I’m presently in Kimberly spending time with my daughter, having taken the opportunity to go along with Bob to where he will be working for the next 10 days in Cranbrook, 30 minutes away. We chose to travel from Vancouver taking the more serpentine route of Highway 3, better known as the The Crowsnest Pass instead of the big wide Coquihalla and stay a night in Nelson on the way to Kimberly, well it was a little out of the way but in the general area all the same!

When I was a single mom I almost moved myself and daughter to Nelson in 1986 when hearing of affordable rents for big character houses in an artistically vibrant community, but was then also put off by reports that the town was so surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains that even summer daylight hours were short-lived.

I should have checked it out myself at that time. Yes, the mountains are there but on the town side they slope low and away and while being established on a wide western arm of Kootenay Lake created a charming and rather open valley. Walking its downtown streets I felt an attractive urban pulse akin to my Islands’ capitol Victoria.

Baker Street is the main drag of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, a village of approximately 9,700 nestled in the Selkirk Mountains. The area offers scenic drives, hot springs, mountain bike trails and quirky shops, galleries and restaurants. The 1987 movie "Roxanne" was filmed here. (Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times/MCT)
Baker Street is the main drag of Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, a village of approximately 9,700 nestled in the Selkirk Mountains. The area offers scenic drives, hot springs, mountain bike trails and quirky shops, galleries and restaurants. The 1987 movie “Roxanne” was filmed here. (Christopher Reynolds/Los Angeles Times/MCT) Photo courtesy of internet

I kinda loved it. Of course my daughter does too after visiting herself. ‘We could’ve lived here mom!’

In the evening, we got in to Nelson late around 8:00, we searched for dinner and decided on the Rel- ish Bistro on Baker Street, it was De-lish. Tenderloin for Bob and Butternut Ravioli for me. We left amply stuffed and contented. Next morning we walked around on the search for coffee and asking a passerby directed was directed to Oso Negro. Obviously a hot spot was bristling with patrons. Great coffee by the way. The cafe is surrounded too by a gorgeous garden and imaginative iron works.

I could live here.

After  breakfast we hit the road, crossing the bridge and drove up the coastline to catch the little Balfour Ferry ( the bigger one was being serviced) that would take us 30 minutes to cross over to Kootenay Bay, followed by a 3 hour drive into Kimberley. On a side note, we snidely chuckled when riding across the water saying how we’ve come a little out of our way (which it was) en route to Kimberley just to be able to ride a BC ferry for free, the only one in the fleet. We quietly rejoiced.

Kootenay Lake is massive, felt as though I was back among the gulf islands, and gorgeous. The remainder of the drive once reaching Kootenay Bay and driving down through Creston was bucolic. Stunning country continued all the way to Kimberly.

Kootenay Lake, BC

 

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Dinner at Re-LIsh Bistro, Nelson BC

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Oso Negro, Nelson BC

 

 

Washing up

 My kitchen sink

When we renovated the kitchen several years back we decided not to install a dishwasher thinking there is just the two of us, how many dirty dishes could there be? Not well thought out when one of us is a chef. I can utilize A LOT of pots and pans and cutlery when putting a meal together, but in my defense, I am a clean cook, meaning I clean as I go so I keep a handle on the fall out.

And although I find myself periodically pining for a dishwasher I do find it relaxing washing by hand. Sometimes. When I was younger living at home this was when I sang – over a hot soapy  sink, alone in the kitchen with good acoustics. Other times it seems as though my hands are constantly in the sink.

My hands, when I look at them I think of a commercial when I was a kid. It promoted a particular dish soap claiming you wouldn’t be able to tell who was the daughter and who was the mother by just looking at their hands. If my hands today were put up they would have no trouble guessing who was the mother; I’d win, hands down. I never wear gloves, my hands are in and out of water constantly when in the kitchen,  I should take out stock shares in Aveeno moisturizer.

But it’s all good; Bob washes up after dinner often, or in the morning before I get up – and to be honest washing up by hand is a meditative act. Hot water, fragrant soft bubbles and the slow action of rubbing a dishcloth around and around a plate gives you time to think – or sing.

 

 

 

Food Bomb!

Prepare to be bombarded by several foodie shots.

I thought I’d just get them all out there, some of the food I’ve made during 2015 (I don’t take pictures of ALL the food I make, ok I would but –  I forget to, or have eaten the thing before I think of a photo )

I am in the process of putting together a Food Blog, and when I get more organized and consistent I’ll put it up, but in the meantime …
Chicken breast with grainy mustard- yogurt sauce and quinoa

Chicken breast with a yogurt/dijon sauce and Quinoa with yam and kale

 

Pasta 2015

Hey, it’s pasta.

 

Stew, 2015

Beef Stew

 

Breakfast, 2015

Steak and eggs, guacamole and chipotle mayo

 

Chicken parma with pasta and veg 2015

Chicken Parma with pasta and veg

 

Grilled salmon, mango salsa, rice and veg 2015

Sockeye with mango salsa and I can’t remember what sauce that I put in there on the asparagus-

 

Roast beef in yorkies with sour cream horseradish sauce, ape's 2015

Some roast beef, caramelized red onion and yorkshires with sour cream/horseradish canapés

 

Nori cones, appy's 2015

Nori cones for canapes

 

apple pie 2015

Apple pie

 

Pistachio Biscotti's with white chocolate 2015

Pistachio biscotti with white chocolate

 

Chocolate cookies with pepitas, smoked paprika and flaked salt 2015

Chocolate cookie with smoked paprika and pumpkin seed and flaked salt

 

sourdough 2016, made with organic grape sour starter

Sour dough made with my grape sour starter

 

Grilled cheese with scallions and mushrooms 2015

Grilled mushroom, scallion and cheese

 

Wedding cheesecake I made, August 2015

A cheese cake I made for a wedding in August with lemon curd, baked meringue and blueberries -(along with 65 mini ones)

That ought to do for now – I hope I haven’t caused you indigestion, I’ll pace myself in future~