Winnipeg, Yum!

6 09 2011

Summer, boy how time flies. I have nothing but outings to share with you these days because I feel like I haven’t been in the kitchen for weeks (well, to experiment and cook up new and wondrous things that is…I have plans though). This past weekend took us to Winnipeg for a lovely wedding. My pal Lenore and her man Jack got hitched at the Hitch’n Post in Grosse Isle, Manitoba. What a great spot and if you knew these two, you’d say the location was perfect. The wedding was outside nestled among the trees, you could hear birds chirping and a friend strummed a guitar as Lenore walked down the aisle. Lovely. Outside, all around and inside on walls and in the rafters were relics from days gone past. From old trucks to chainsaws.

The Happy Couple

L is a very clever-crafty-stylish gal that blogs at Lather.Write.Repeat. If you haven’t already made your way through my links section, do check out her blog and if you are ever in Winnipeg (with car) you might want to pick up a piece of vintage furniture she has freshened up to bring home. Her sense of style landed her a page in Style at Home magazine recently (September issue, at the back, spotlight on Winnipeg), and in it she shares some of her favourite picks in her home town. T and I decided the best way to see Winnipeg is follow the advice of a friend, so we spent a day doing just that. Here is our tour of Winnipeg.

We stayed at the Inn at the Forks, which is near the Forks Market. A public park along the Assiniboine River with restaurants and shops where we met the new bride for tea. You know me and my thoughts on sugar…if I am going to have it make it worth it, like a cupcake. Well I made it worth it with the best Cinnamon bun I have ever had from Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company. It was whole wheat, not that sweet actually, full of cinnamon and no gross icing. It was warm out of the oven. I washed it down with a tea from Human Bean Coffee and Tea Shop. T and I ventured out to hit up three areas of Winnipeg; The Exchange District, Osbourne and Corydon.

Tea Time Treat

I put together a sweet necklace at Silver Lotus jewelry shop. L bought me earrings and T cufflinks from there for our wedding.

T is for Tony

We picked up more sweets at Baked Expectations for dessert (holidays are for indulging right?). I chose the caramel pecan cheesecake, T picked the Key Lime Pie. More on this later. We headed to the Fort Garry Hotel to check it out. We heard from wedding guest Kelly that it was said to be haunted. Darn, didn’t see any ghosts. Before our flight home we settled in for an early dinner at Bonfire Bistro. This was the perfect spot. Ingredients of the season, modern Italian menu, nice glass of wine (I need a cleanse now). I know some of you LOVED that watermelon salad I posted a few weeks ago, here is another version. Try cubed watermelon, shelled edamame beans, cubed cucumber, thinly shaved radish with an avocado creme dressing (or dressing of your choice) and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. I have an avocado creme dressing somewhere…i’ll have to share that one day.

Watermelon Edamame Salad

I have to say, I wish we had more time than the afternoon to see the museums. A new Canadian Museum of Human Rights is being built right by The Forks and I plan on visiting that one day.

We got back to the airport with plenty of time to catch our flight and of course it was delayed, grrr. We had planned on eating our dessert on the plane, but the terminal would have to do. I love the box.

Baked Expectations

Now it is September, the harvest is among us (although I am patiently awaiting the redness of our tomatoes…wait, I see red!!!) and hopefully you are able to enjoy the extended summer if you are in Calgary. We might just get a ‘fall’ this year!

Eat well, Be well,


Watermelon, a Treat and Dinner

16 08 2011

August is sneaking by and it is a bit of a frenzy to get as much of the seasons fruit as you can. Nothing says summer like watermelon. As I was cutting up watermelon for another road trip, I thought of all the ways to cut watermelon, everyone has their way. I wash first…never know where it’s been, even organic. I slice the bottom off, so it doesn’t roll and depending on how big it is, cut it in half and slice the rind off, then into chunks. I had quite the production going, chopped the scrap into small pieces and threw into the bucket for the compost (my under the sink Budweiser bucket, nice ;)), containers for the road and what didn’t fit, into a bowl for Tony. How do you slice your watermelon?

I had a fantastic watermelon salad at a great restaurant in Vegas last year. I hadn’t tried making a watermelon salad until a few weeks ago. I found a few in my books and they were all similar. I happen to be at my favourite farmers market, KFM, and at my usual tomato, cucumber and pepper stop, The Cucumber Man, they had fresh bags of arugula, ooooooohhhh. It was then it popped into my head I could make a watermelon salad. Done. I love cooking by the season and what I find at the market. Here’s the recipe, it is so good. Makes enough for two dinner size salads or four side salads.

  • 4 cups of cubed Watermelon, about 2 cm
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh Oregano, fresh from the garden (or use 1 tsp dry)
  • 1/2 small Red Onion, sliced really fine (optional for sattvic)
  • 5 cups of Arugula (at least I think that’s how much was in the bag)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Feta (I bought a low-fat one from Sylvan Star, it was really good. You can use ricotta or parm as well)
  • Fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • Fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 2-3 tbsp Olive Oil
Whisk the vinegar, salt, pepper and olive oil together for the dressing. Toss the watermelon, oregano and onion into the dressing, careful not to break up the watermelon. You can chill this for a bit before mixing the rest. When you are ready to serve, gently toss the arugula with the dressing and watermelon, add the feta and more fresh cracked pepper. Enjoy.
Eat well, Be well,