Five Pancake Recipes to Try on Pancake Tuesday

Happy Pancake Tuesday! Today is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras. For those who celebrate Easter, this is the last day of indulgence before the period of fasting known as Lent begins. It’s also a great opportunity to eat pancakes for dinner in the middle of the week (as if I needed an excuse). I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite pancake recipes, ranging from classic to totally indulgent: Continue reading “Five Pancake Recipes to Try on Pancake Tuesday”

Things I Read This Week: February 24, 2017

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How was your week? The Oscars are this Sunday and the only 2017 major category nominee I’ve seen is Zootopia, so that’s the kind of year I’m having. Yikes! Don’t tell the university that granted me a film degree. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

The Atlantic – Is It Okay to Enjoy the Warm Winters of Climate Change?
Yesterday was the hottest February day ever recorded in Toronto, and I celebrated by walking around all afternoon in a t-shirt. Everyone I spoke to went on about how amazing the heat was, and it was hard to disagree, but … I don’t know. I need Neil deGrasse Tyson’s opinion on this.

My Name Is Yeh – Winter Farm Scenes
The picture above gives me major kitchen organization envy. In related news, I recently got a label maker, so my weekend plans are all sorted …

Eater – Pastry, Pizza, Bread: Recapping Nancy Silverton’s Obsessions on Netflix’s Chef’s Table
Nancy Silverton’s episode was my favourite part of the third season of Chef’s Table. She is amazing, and I need to eat all that bread and cheese immediately. (Also, Nancy liked my tweet gushing about this episode, so we’re best friends now.) Booking a flight to L.A. immediately!

Harvard Business Review – To Achieve a Major Goal, First Tackle a Few Small Ones
I recently started a bullet journal to keep track of my day-to-day life and help me tackle some long-term goals (a February accountability post is coming soon!). Good advice for those of us who struggle with how or where to start.

Indie88 – Best Music Moments From The O.C.
The final episode of The O.C. aired ten years ago, on February 22, 2007. Does anyone else feel extremely old right now?

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

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Confession time: if left to my own devices, I would eat burrito bowls every day of the week. There’s just something about the combination of flavours and textures that you get from a burrito bowl that keeps me coming back. Besides, I always make sure to load it up with lots of vegetables, so I don’t feel too badly about all the sour cream and cheese.

I love any excuse to pull out my slow cooker and have it do the work for me. This is a great meal prep recipe to tackle on the weekend and enjoy all week. You can use this chicken in a variety of ways — stirred into pastas, added to salads or sandwiches, or whatever you prefer. What I prefer is a burrito bowl heaped high with toppings that makes lunchtime more exciting, so here’s how to make that: Continue reading “Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls”

Things I Read This Week: February 17, 2017

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How was your week? Monday is a holiday and the new season of Chef’s Table is out on Netflix, so I’m looking forward to a long weekend spent planning lavish food-themed international vacations (a girl can dream, right?). Here’s what I’ve been reading:

Food & Wine – Michelle Obama and Martha Stewart Will Appear on MasterChef Junior
Ooh, this season is going to be good!

Science of Us – Psychologists Explain Why Ikea Is a Relationship Death-Trap
Forget the actual trip to Ikea — where any arguing can be placated with a well-timed trip to the hot dog stand — it’s assembling the furniture that always seems to bring out the worst in me. My brain just doesn’t seem to work that way.

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The Atlantic – What Mirrors Tell Us About Animal Minds
“Are eagles intelligent enough to recognize their own reflections?” Also: #notallcorvids.

Vulture – Rap Is Less Homophobic Than Ever, But It Has a Long Way to Go
“To be a rap fan that identifies as anything other than male and straight is to wade against a current pushing back at your very being, to be constantly driven by your heart to decisions your mind ought to reject.”

Ask Polly – I Got Sick, Dumped, and Fired. What Now?
“No one is watching you closely. No clock is ticking down. True emancipation means escaping the ravages of ego, escaping that second-to-second hunger and confusion that an insatiable ego entails. Emancipation means having the power to say: I am what I am, for better or for worse. This is me. I am here.”

(Pictured above: I recently made Smitten Kitchen’s dark chocolate tart with gingersnap crust and it was every bit as good as it looked. I sprinkled the top with Maldon salt prior to baking, which was a good decision. You could also easily make the crust with graham crackers if gingersnaps aren’t your thing.)

Instagram Favourites: Food Edition

I get so much cooking inspiration from Instagram that it’s hard to imagine a time when it didn’t exist. Seeing other people cook and bake beautiful things has given me the confidence to try new recipes and cobble together recipes of my own. In honour of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d round up a few of the food-related Instagram accounts I love best … Continue reading “Instagram Favourites: Food Edition”

Things I Read This Week: February 10, 2017

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How was your week? The Super Bowl was a nacho-fueled roller coaster of emotion — Lady Gaga jumped off a roof, the Stranger Things season 2 teaser had me cancelling my plans for next Halloween, and the Patriots engineered an unbelievable comeback that is probably already being made into a movie starring Matt Damon as Tom Brady. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

The Kitchn – Steak with Drunken Mushrooms & Roasted Blue Cheese Potatoes
We’re staying in on Valentine’s Day and making this recipe for dinner instead of settling for a prix fixe menu that never seems to include the dessert I actually want to order. I feel good about this decision.

New York Magazine – Barack Obama on Five Days That Shaped a Presidency
An oldie but goodie. I keep going back to this article because the contrast between the former President Obama’s remarks on the economy and healthcare and the current administration’s stance on just about everything defies explanation. Barack, we miss you. I hope your kitesurfing vacation is treating you well.

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“When I returned to Lincoln Place a few days later with the whole album, Mr. Burton and his wife, Lenore, were doing a puzzle at a card table. ‘You say you just found this album on the street?’ she asked, laughing. ‘I wouldn’t touch it. I’m amazed you would touch it.'” Would you have picked up this album?

Exclaim! – The Silver Dollar Still Facing a Very Uncertain Future, Despite Recent Reports
Between a number of smaller venues announcing closures in the past few months and others (Sound Academy, Molson Amphitheatre) changing their names in an attempt to revitalize attendance, something worrisome is happening to the Toronto music scene right now.

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Metro – Tish Murta’s Powerful Photo Series Captures Unemployed Youths of Thatcher’s Britain
“Unemployment and all its associated deprivations are not only getting worse, but new technologies threaten to make the situation permanent. Behind empty pathetic talk of increased leisure opportunities and freedom from repetitive labour, stands the spectre of enforced idleness, wasted resources and the squandering of a whole generation of human potential. This is vandalism on a grand scale.” Tish Murta wrote this in 1981. Oof.

Project of the Week: Getting Organized

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How do you stay organized? I use my email calendar to schedule my work meetings, calls, and due dates, but when it comes to my personal life, I prefer to do it the old-school way — a calendar pinned to the wall in the kitchen, a to-do list in a spiral notebook, and handwritten reminders for more urgent tasks. I even keep a list of what’s in the fridge taped to a cabinet to help me plan meals during the week and avoid food waste. While the visual reminders are a great way to stay on top of things, it means that my work space is occasionally littered with sticky notes that stress me out rather than inspiring me to work.

I’ve been wanting to try bullet journaling for a while now, but I wasn’t sure if it was for me. I liked the idea of keeping everything I need to know in one place, but found the notation style to be a bit overwhelming. Also, if the Instagram #bulletjournaljunkies tag is any indication, people who are into bullet journaling are REALLY into bullet journaling. It all seemed a bit intense for someone who had a mostly-functional system already in place.

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Things I Read This Week: February 3, 2017

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How was your week? I think there’s football on this weekend. Oh, and I think Beyoncé had some news. Here’s what I’ve been reading:

The Kitchn – Lemon Pepper Wings
These are on our Super Bowl menu in honour of Gucci Mane, #1 Atlanta fan and lemon enthusiast, who sported a gold Santa Claus chain and cartoon bunny sweater art the last Falcons game and will no doubt be wearing something amazing at the Super Bowl this weekend.

Toronto Life –  The Suicide Bomber Next Door
A closer look at Aaron Driver, who was all over the news last August and then seemingly disappeared from public consciousness. This is sad and scary and necessary reading for anyone still posting #MeanwhileInCanada memes as a reaction to what’s been happening elsewhere in the world.

Vanity Fair – How Author Timothy Tyson Found the Woman at the Center of the Emmett Till Case
I’m looking forward to getting Tyson’s book from the library very shortly.

Food & Wine – Go Behind the Scenes as Fortune Cookie History Gets Made
I can’t believe that the outgoing fortune writer at Wonton Food wrote 100 fortunes a year for three decades. How many ways can you say “Success will come to you soon” before it starts to lose its sincerity?

Torontoist – Kyle Lowry Thinks Donald Trump’s Travel Ban is Bullshit
Tell ’em, Kyle.