Sunday night blahs

November 2, 2008

Tina at Carrots n Cake had a great post this morning about Sundays. I should really wake up and enjoy every moment of the day… but instead, I just think “ahh, X hours til bed and the weekend is done” and then the day just ends up being a count down. Bad way of thinking, I know! 

Let’s start at the beginning…

Had some issues making the pancakes – used the wrong sized pan on the wrong sized burner, so they were hard to flip and got a little messy. I’m not used to using the All Clad frying pan because I mostly make pancakes just for me. I use the crepe pan because its low sides make it easy to flip. Anyway, they were still tasty and Graham seemed to enjoy!

I went to Yorkdale and spent a frustrating two hours looking around – and came home with zilch! I think I will go back to Town Shoes sometime this week though…

We had a really easy lunch…

The naan bread was a little freezer burnt, so I only ate a few of the pieces.

Our afternoon was a little random. A survey-taker from Statistics Canada came to the door and I ended up taking the health survey. It took probably about 15 minutes! Graham and I were just going out to Loblaws and on the way there, I got a pair of shoes at Nine West. So I did get something today!

We went for dinner at Graham’s parents’ house, with his sisters and all the kids. We had roast beef, roasted potatoes, broccoli and apple strudel. Yum! We stopped at my parents on the way, too.

Graham is finishing all the law stuff and tomorrow, he’s off to his new job! He’ll be there Monday and Tuesday, but we have a date to watch all the election stuff on Tuesday.

Good luck going back to work tomorrow!


Election Day

October 14, 2008

Hope you all voted! My loyal Canadian blog readers, that is. I left work around 4:30 to get to the polls. There was no line at all! I even brought my book, just in case. Graham was home early and then we went to Running Room. I think we went about 6k today.

Dinner was leftover chili, raw broccoli and dinner rolls. Oh, and wine too!

His and hers!

FYI about the wine: Graham’s mum read about it in the paper, I think, and picked us up a case when she was getting one. It breaks out to about $7.75* a bottle and is really, really good. Apparently it’s flying off the shelves of the LCBO. My boss was talking about it today at work, that she had been able to secure a case, and I was proud to chime in that we already had a case! Here it is…

Highly recommend if you can score a bottle or a case!

[For any non-Ontarians, this is a bargain price! No Two Buck Chuck up here, that’s for sure! $8 is about as cheap as it gets, and that’s normally garbage wine.]

As promised, here is the side dish that we made yesterday. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture! So, here it is, from the magazine. It was so tasty – everyone ate every last bite!

Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Gratin with Pine Nut-Breadcrumb Topping
Bon Apetit November 2008

10 to 12 servings

1 1/2 lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed, quartered lengthwise through core 
1 1 1/2- to 1 3/4 lbs head of cauliflower, trimmed, cut into small florets 
2 3/4 c heavy whipping cream
1/2 c chopped shallots
1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c plain dry breadcrumbs
1/2 c pine nuts, lightly toasted 
2 tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
3 c grated Parmesan cheese, divided [used 1 c Parmesan, 2 c Cheddar]

Fill large bowl with ice and cold water. Cook brussels sprouts in large pot of generously salted boiling water 2 minutes. Add cauliflower to same pot; cook until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 3 minutes longer. Drain. Transfer vegetables to bowl of ice water to cool. Drain well.

Combine cream, shallots, and sage in large saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until mixture is reduced to 2 1/2 cups, about 10 minutes. Season with salt. Remove from heat. Cool slightly.

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add breadcrumbs; stir until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Transfer to bowl; cool. Stir in pine nuts and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.

Butter 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish; arrange half of vegeatbles in dish. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then 1 1/2 c Parmesan. Arrange remaining vegetables evenly over, then sprinkle with remaining 1 /2 cups Parmesan. Pour cream mixture evenly over.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover gratin with foil. Bake covered 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle breadcrumb topping over and bake uncovered 15 minutes longer. 

Hope you’re enjoying a relaxing evening at home! Off to score myself some dessert…