Adventure Time Bacon Pancakes

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So I was browsing around YouTube last night and came across this video:

I couldn’t help but realize that I REALLY wanted bacon pancakes so I decided to take matters into my own hands. After Google-ing a bunch of photos of how people have attempted these pancakes I quickly realized that I could  make my own version rather than attempt to copy awkward teenagers’ interpretations of what could possibly be the greatest thing to happen to breakfast since Gay Brunch.

This is just one of many burnt bacon pancakes…. Source – http://i.imgur.com/5lBoJ.jpg

 

RECIPE: ADVENTURETIME BACON PANCAKES

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Budget: Is bacon on sale?

Ingredients:

Real Bacon Bits (get this from an actual butcher — should be like $2-$3CDN)

Maple Smoked Bacon

Complete Buttermilk Pancake Batter (Just add water) [Side note: I was going to put an actual from scratch recipe but realized aint nobody got time for that.]

DIRECTIONS:

1. Fry the bacon bits till they’re crispy morsels of heaven.Bacon Bits

2. Follow pancake directions, then add bacon bits to the batter. I added about 2 TBLSP of maple syrup to add a bit of depth to the flavourIMG_4335

3. Cut the bacon in half then fry it to desired crispy-ness

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4. Ladle batter thinly onto the skillet, place two pieces of bacon in the middle then ladle another layer of batter on top covering the bacon.

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5. Sing the Adventure Time Song  while taking a moment to flip and cook, then eat the delicious pancake

Bacon Pancakes with an Egg and some Fruit.

Seared Salmon with Dill

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Seared Salmon with Dill

Hey guys! Its day 3 of eating healthy for me and I finished off my day with a nice piece of salmon. I don’t typically enjoy cooked fish (but I can eat sooooo much sashimi) so I like to jazz it up with mild and sharp flavours. 400 Calories

Ingredients:
Salmon (75g atlantic fillet)
1/2 cup of cooked quinoa
Spinach
Rye Cracker
1 Extra Large Egg

For the Dill Sauce:
Dill, Lemon juice, Horseradish and 1/2 tbp of butter.

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients for the dill sauce until it boils slightly then turn off the heat.

Sear the Salmon on each side on medium heat until it reaches the temperature you prefer (I like mine medium rare), set aside.

Poach Egg.

Place a small amount of the dill sauce ontop of the quinoa, then place the salmon ontop of that. Layer a desired amount of remaining sauce over the top of the salmon.

Place other components however you wish (sometimes I enjoy the egg directly ontop of the salmon).

Enjoy!

the after date Breakfast

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the after date Breakfast

You know that moment where the person next to you expects breakfast? And here you are thinking to yourself — I guess I can slap together some scrambled eggs and cheese and make an omelette — then all of a sudden, you’re alone?

Well here is the solution! (This is also delicious if you are alone anyways)

Here is a simple, sexy way to wake up.

There are 6 ingredients to this 350 calorie breakfast.

Ingredients:
2 Eggs (per serving)
Baker’s bread (or you can use WonderBread but that’s not very sexy)
Baby Spinach (I just buy the salad, its great for multiple types of meals)
Herbs (dill, basil, oregano — you can use whatever you like)
REAL bacon bits (you can get this at a local butcher, or you can buy it from a grocer — make sure its not the artificial crap)

Fruit (figs are sexy — but oranges are just as sweet)

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Directions:

1. In a non stick pan, fry the eggs together with a tiny bit of oil to prevent sticking. You can use a 250ml non stick sauce pan to make it easier (I bought mine at Walmart for $5) . While the eggs are cooking, sprinkle your herbs on top of the eggs.

2. While eggs are cooking, toast bread. I like to use a Toaster, I’m fancy.

3. Find a Clean plate and set the toast in the middle, lay the spinach on top of the toast and drizzle a tiny bit of salad dressing of your choice on the leaves.

4. Place fried eggs ontop of the spinach

5. Place bacon bits on top of the eggs

6. Slice fruit and place it around the toast as seen in the picture.

7. If you have Balsamic glaze (about $5 from the grocer for a bottle that will last you awhile) drizzle it on top of the fruit and around the plate in a circular fashion.

8. Be sexy.

And there you have it! the Sexy breakfast of Champions (and third dates)

Red Velvet Surprise Pancakes!

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Red Velvet Surprise Pancakes!

RED VELVET SURPRISE PANCAKES

Stats: Swag Way to Wake Up | Mid Budget | Slow and Time Consuming

Cost: $10-$20 (depending on what you already have)

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vanilla sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 oz red food colouring
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup Cookie dough (optional, but delicious)

DIRECTIONS:
1. Mix everything together, they’re pancakes.
2. Ladle them into a skillet about low medium heat.
3. Cook them like pancakes.

Not Another Stir Fry….

After a looooong and interesting day in class, I decided to cook most of the produce that was about to go bad in my fridge. I doubt students anyone in general wants to do the typical stirfry solution. The goal of this blog is to prove that good food isnt a far off dream to students, professionals, or anyone who has a time crunch.

ENTREE STATS:

Type: Budget |Time Saver

Cost: Less Than $6 for Two servings

Time: Less Than 30 Minutes

Main Ingredients: Chicken Thighs, Okra, Red and Yellow Peppers. 

 

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I pan seared two boneless chicken thighs and seasoned it with basil, olive oil and lemon juice with a small amount blend spices.

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I pan fried okra using a small amount of butter, garam masala, pink himalayan salt, and pink and black peppercorns. 

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With some of the jus from the chicken, I created a sauce using basil, white VQA wine (reisling) and creme.

 

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Finally, I chopped up some red and yellow bell peppers and tossed them with a little bit of salt and pepper with some white wine (reisling).

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Cheers!

 

Christiane.

Learning how to shuck oysters….

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As I was walking home tonight after work, I noticed that I haven’t tried out LaPointe Fish Market which is really close to my house. I was greeted with wonderful staff, and decided to buy some Ontario Rainbow Trout. While talking to the staff they told me to try out the Blackberry Point Oysters that they had on special, I thought it was a great idea and asked them the basics of shucking an oyster….this is what resulted.

Allow me to introduce myself…

Why hello there. I’m glad you have taken the time to stumble upon this little blog. My name is Christiane, and I am passionate about delicious and local food. I have spent that last ten years experimenting in the kitchen with different spices, herbs and ingredients to create food using what was readily available. This would be usually occur when trying to create dishes with whatever was in the fridge.

I grew up with the head to tail philosophy on food from my parents and try to use as much as I can and waste as little as possible (although I still have a bit of trouble eating pig face).  My cultural background is a mix of Filipino, Chinese and Canadian and all three cooking styles have merged into what I loosely call a technique I use to cook (such as my fried eggs which I usually cook using the Peking duck method of frying).

The goal of this space is to showcase the wonderful ingredients that are grown in and around the area that I am in, wherever that may be at the time. I try to limit the distance to the usual 100KM radius, favouring local farmers produce, dairy and protein.

There are a few reasons why I think it’s important to utilize local ingredients. Firstly, it helps  the farmers’ and local food economy — which I will probably expand on in the future. Secondly, its FRESH FRESH FRESH, thirdly it is also typically healthier and often tastier than mass produced foods.

On this blog, you will see different dishes that I have cooked, local restaurants that everyone should try and of course, local beer, spirit and wine reviews from myself and friends’ local cuisine from around the world.

Current Local Zone:

Ottawa,Gatineau and surrounding suburbs. Here is a local map.

I hope you enjoy the ride!

Cheers,

Christiane J