Happy Canada Day! Enjoying Picnic Food and a Giant Bowl of Potato Salad

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Before you go “Oooo!”, I didn’t make these myself!  This was just a cute cupcake display celebrating Canada Day and Canada Day long weekend!  I feel kind of silly for not thinking of this sooner, but I totally should have compiled a bunch of food posts related to yummy maple things in the city!  A d’oh! moment on my part now that it’s after the fact, but the idea has inspired me to be on the lookout for some sweet maple goodies the same way I want to find all the best Nutella items in town!  I have a few maple foodie items in mind already (maple cupcakes!  Maple crepes!), so hopefully when Canada Day rolls around again next year, I’ll be prepared. 

I hope everyone is having (and will have) a fantastic weekend whether you’re staying in the city, going to the cottage, or leaving the province all together.  I’m actually spending my entire weekend at home and I am so looking forward to it.  I’m a little bummed to be missing out on some awesome food events (the 1st gourmet food truck fest in Toronto at the Distiller District tomorrow!  Why oh why did it have to be THIS weekend at one of my fave neighbourhoods when I’m not going out??), but I know that the heat won’t be good for me and I know when my body is telling me to slow down and stop.  So staying at home it is.  I’ll be catching up on my ZzzZzzz’s, scrapbooking, cookie baking, reading, watching baseball (I’m still bitter that our Jays lost today!), and taking advantage of some much needed down time.  Hopefully I’ll be able to take new photos of some previous scrapbook layouts, update the Food Calendar, and pinpoint my next farmers’ market visit for next week which is expected to be quite the scorcher, eek!   

I was very excited about dinner today.  Canada Day = picnic food in my mind and we had a giant bowl of potato salad chilling in the fridge from this morning with the baby potatoes I bought at the Queens Quay market on Wednesday.  Carrots, cucumber, red bell pepper, green onions, hard-boiled eggs, julienned salami and ham, black pepper, and chives make for one yummy Canada Day summer salad!  Annnd we can’t forget about the ice cream 😉  A lickety good ice cream post to come tomorrow!  Happy long weekend and happy Pride everyone!

Chunks of the baby potatoes, diced cucumber and red bell pepper, sliced carrots, and green onions all mixed in together.

Adding the wedges of boiled eggs, YUM!

The finished potato salad dressed in some mayo and seasoned with black pepper, dried chives, and bacon bits!  I like eating my salad on bread, so here’s the potato salad sitting on a bed of romaine lettuce on French bread.

P.S.  My brother has recently discovered the joys of sticking bars of chocolate in the freezer.  He says it tastes incredibly good, much better than room temperature chocolate *chuckles*

Here Fishy, Fishy, Fishy – Fish Fillets & Mum’s Home Cooking

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I hope everyone’s long weekend has been going fab so far despite the baffling weather!  Yesterday morning people were in t-shirts and restaurants temporarily re-opened their outdoor patios.  By sleepytime, snow was blowing around the streets like a cyclone, and I was huddled under the covers with the blankets pulled up to my nose, scared to death my roof was going to blow off from the wind.  Other than that, things are for the most part, peachy 😀  I’ve been spending a ton of time scrapbooking my little heart out (12 pages in 3 days, not bad at all!) and I can’t wait to dish out the new layouts to show you all real soon!  Not to mention I’m working on a few new additions to the blog which I hope to have set up in the next week or two.  I’ll be setting up a Twitter account (oh the joys of technology) and I’m also adding an “Address Book” feature where restaurants and eateries will be organized by category and arranged alphabetically for your perusing pleasure.  Kind of like my mini version of the Yellow Pages!

In the meantime, it’s fishy time!  It’s been awhile since I last posted any photos of my dinners at home, so here are a few recent fish fillet dishes my mum cooked.  My mum will normally keep the marinating for the fish really simple.  A lot of the time she’ll use some garlic, a bit of cornstarch, black pepper, and a little lemon or lime juice.  Up top we have fresh fish with a bit of soy sauce and lots of roasted garlic, green onions, and black pepper, and down below is fish seasoned with thyme and served with sautéed onions, carrots, green bell pepper, and lots of fresh flat leaf parsley!  Lately we’ve been eating carrots like bunnies and adding them to everything!  They really liven up a dish with colour and I loooove carrots steamed so it’s win-win for both me and the camera 😀

Stay warm everyone and hopefully the bright colours from the pictures will remind you that spring WILL come!