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Monday, 2 March 2015

Still Thawing

The thawing is taking longer than expected (Read Thawing Weekend). I continue to be living with no groceries. I am too frozen to go shopping.

Digging deeper in the deep freeze, all sorts of forgotten frozen munchies appeared. Dinner was sorted out; beautifully.


Green chilli stuffed with cream cheese served with home made thousand islands dip; Garlic potato puffs with Dijon mustard.


The shrimp gyozas dip was a mix of soy sauce and hot chilli sauce.


I will worry about what to cook tomorrow tomorrow; that is if I  have thawed by then.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Thawing Weekend - Sunday Dinner

I continue to be occupied with thawing (Read Thawing Weekend - Saturday Dinner). While not advisable while thawing, I dipped into my deep freezer to find a McCain Frozen Pizza.


It is bad enough I am having frozen pizza for dinner, but a bad frozen pizza is not acceptable. 


Light bulb! I have Manakeesh in my yet-to-be unpacked luggage. So Pizza goes to Jupiter while I spread a delicious Mankousheh.


I add some cheese, tomatoes and olives. And a very satisfying dinner is served.

 

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Thawing Weekend - Saturday Dinner

I am way too occupied thawing from my trip to the east that I have no time to cook this weekend. Replacement Chef offered to make Saturday Dinner.


The only challenge is the house has tuna and pita bread and nothing else edible. So dinner was tuna salad pita pockets.


Feeling down due to my thaw preoccupation, I was hoping for something more adventurous to cheer me up.


So the second sandwich was shaped as an egg roll and the third one as a Japanese roll.


As I was getting excited over my boring-turned-fun tuna dinner, Catsess needed to drink some wild water to rinse down her tuna dinner. 


Friday, 27 February 2015

Grand Dim Sum

Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant in Burnaby is, in one word, grand.

10 other words that describe it.

1. Elegant
2. Good service
3. Authentic 
4. Inventive foods
5. Freshly cooked food
6. Non-rushed
7. Comfortable
8. Good baking
9. Well priced
10. Fun experience

(but be prepared to see a picture of the owner with PM Stephen Harper in the entrance)


The traditional baked pork pastry could easily be mistaken for something white and creamy oozing out of it. The fine dough is covered with sugar, but stuffed with pork. Excellent.


The steamed rice roll had 3 types of mushrooms in it. You can taste different mushroom textures as you eat it. Exceptional.


The steamed pumpkin and seafood dumpling looks pumpkiny but does not taste too pumpkiny. Loved the colour.


The deep fried taro dumpling was a step up from any other place I tried those. Typically I find them overly fried and a bit scratchy. These were just perfect and the stuffing delicious. Good job.


Sticky rice was probably very authentic, but had all sorts of weird meats that I was biting into. Not my cup of tea.


And then there was dessert. Excellent pastry on both. Egg tarts are addictive.



Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
4331 Dominion Street
Burnaby, BC

Grand Dynasty Seafood Restaurant 金殿皇朝海鮮料理 on Urbanspoon 
 

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Wacky But Nice Nippy Snack

My last day of nippy weather before heading to the California of Canada.


A sweet smart mini human prepared an afternoon snack for me to warm me up.


Even the cat came out to witness this sweet snack production.


Simple toast with jam - but mine was special, it had cheese on it. And no coffee in these mugs; just juice.


Thank you mini human for such a lovely sweet tasty and memorable snack. See you again soon.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Fishing In The Ice

A restaurant that prints menus with their key staff's pictures on them is a restaurant that is confident of keeping its chefs and bar tenders for a long time.

With this confidence comes quality. The name of the restaurant is Canyon Creek Chophouse. The location is in Etobicoke, Ontario.

Service was swift and good. Food was inventive, well priced and tasty.

The starter was avocado and bacon salad - tomatoes, onions, avocados sprinkled with bacon and blue cheese and drizzled with a simple creamy bacon vinaigrette.


For the main, it was an Ontario fish called Pickerel. Here's its story....


Canyon Creek Chophouse
25 Carlson Court
Etobicoke, Ontario

Canyon Creek Chophouse on Urbanspoon


Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Eating In From The Chill

Canadian Winter Wonderland continues its freeze so hiding in tonight.

What's on the menu? Food to warm the poor cold visitor.

Healthy greens with olive oil and lemon dip.

This was followed by a hearty chicken barley chickpeas soup with lots of warming spices like cinnamon, caraway and peppers.

And for dessert (scroll down to end of article) a heartwarming cinnamon rolls and custard cake from McEwann's - a perfection of a dessert.