Orcchiette and Sausage

It has really felt like summer this past week!  It has been extremely sunny and warm out and I am not compleining!  Last weekend I was up in Whistler and it was freezing!!!  It actually snowed!  It’s amazing how in 1 week’s time you can go from snow to 22 degrees!  Yeah, it was 22 degrees here the other day!  Vancouver really didn’t get much of a winter this year.  There was no snow, and literally only 1 week of cold weather.  Although I do enjoy the warm weather, I am quite concerned about global warming – and I think you should be too!  With the glaciers melting early, there could be huge water shortages up a bit North of where I am over the summer.  However global warming really effects everyone around us – did you know the maldives are at risk of being submurged in water… All thanks to the glaciers melting away. 

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

The other day I was sitting at my desk at work when my co-worker walked by and planted this recipe on my desk. I absolutely love getting these types of recipes. Printed off from some email chain, you know they are going to be good. The best part was all the ingredients were in my pantry, and I was able to make them as soon as I got home.
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Saffron Chicken and Herb Salad

Do you have a favorite cookbook that is your go-to when you want a delicious meal? I got the Jerusalem cookbook for Christmas from my mom. It is definitely one of my favorite cookbooks right now! Everything I have made out of it has been absolutely delicious! I had to share this recipe with you because it is just so fresh, and extremely delicious. This salad really reminded me of spring because of all the fresh ingredients! I have never had raw fennel before trying this salad, and I think I will definitely have to eat it more often!

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Mini Egg Fudge

Easter is just around the corner, and that means it is time to gather with friends and family and eat lots and lots chocolate. I love every occasion to go back home to Victoria to see my family, and am always happy to connect with my old (and new) friends in Vancouver. Family and friends have always been a very important part of my life, and I would like to take this time to let all my family and friends know how much I love spending time with them (as I’m sure they already know). Along with my adoration for friends and family comes my adoration of enjoying delicious food with them! I just got off the phone with my mommy, and it sounds like she is going to be making an amazing feast for Easter dinner!

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Oatmeal Banana Nutella Muffins

Both Nutella and bananas are a staple in our household. English muffins with nutella are the most fool-proof breakfast to grab when you are running out of time in the morning (which seems to be happening more frequently after the time change). I find it much harder to get up in the morning when it is still dark out! If only we had one of those lamps that slowly woke you up by gradually turning on. I wonder if that would help!

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Chickpea Lentil Curry

Alright we are continuing with the healthy legume posts. I enjoy eating meatless at least once per week. I often find it hard to find vegetarian recipes that I like and are filling enough. With both lentils and chickpeas, this recipe is actually packed with protein and I am not hungry 5 minutes after! I don’t repeat dinner recipes often. There are so many different things out there to make, I feel like I want to make them all!! This curry recipe is so delicious, I have actually made it twice!! And all within the past month…

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Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Paprika Hummus

There has been a lot of baking on my blog recently, I think it’s time to switch gears back to some healthy eating! Andrew and I have been taking on a more mediterranean diet lately. We’ve been trying to limit our meat intake and start eating more vegetables, fruit and legumes. One of my favorite all time snacks is hummus and veggies, or hummus and pita! I definitely do get bored of the same old hummus though, so I’m always looking for ways to spice things up and try something new! My momma gave me some smoked paprika for Christmas, and I finally got around to opening it. Man does that smoked paprika smell and taste good! For some reason, all I could think of was sticking it in hummus! And man was it good!

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Cherry Chia Steel Cut Oatmeal

I have a new breakfast obsession. Have many of you had steel cut oats? They are amazing. Pure protein packed goodness! I found this massive bag of quick cooking steel cut oats at Costco and scooped it up and bought it as soon as I could! These oats cook in a combined time of 10 minutes! It’s perfect for me in the morning when I have very limited time. You could also make up a big batch of this the night before, or at the beginning of the week and then scoop out a bit and re-heat.

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Ancient Grain Quinoa and Farro Salad

Ok ok sorry I know I haven’t posted in a week!! This week has been really busy for me, and my gymming 4 days during the week is not helping free up much time. Want me to recap some of the stuff I’ve been doing? Probably not, but too bad I’m going to anyway. So I booked my wedding venue! Yup that’s right I’m super excited about it! I bought a new bike, biking shoes and shorts (I pretty much look like a pro now). Did I ever tell you mine got stolen the first week I moved to Vancouver?? I went to my lovely friends bachelorette party – she looked so beautiful in her little white dress :) and last but not least I drove all the way across the border to go to my Nexus interview, only to find that their system is down and I had to re-schedule! Yup, it’s been a busy week!
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Coconut Lemon Curd Cake with Italian Meringue Buttercream

My parents came over to visit me in Vancouver for my mom’s birthday! I knew I had to make a special cake, but what cake should I make?! There are so many options to chooce from! I know my mom likes coconut cake, and my dad’s favorite cake is not even a cake, it’s lemon meringue pie… So I decided to combine the best of both worlds and make this coconut cake with lemon curd filling! Happy birthday to my beautiful Mother who doesn’t look nearly her age at all!
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