Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Photo Journal

Our Long Weekend in The Pas, Manitoba

Most of these were taken out at Barbe Lake; a source for some really amazing Rainbow Trout. Though I am not much of a fisher, I do enjoy the process a lot. It is relaxing and simply a great time to sit back and enjoy God's fine creation. 

Let's face it, there's nothing much better than grilled, fresh fish after a day of peace and relaxation. This trip our son Owen almost caught a beautiful trout. With a little more practice he could become a pretty good angler. Sadly it snapped the line before he could reel it in. Next time...

Poppy plant beginning to open.

Tenacious tulips peeking in on playing children.

Canadian Primrose flowers peeking through cold rocky soil.

Reeds, washed up on shore like a border.
Water, Reeds, Rocks.

Man/child-made bowl of rocks.

I think this is a young bird called a Yellowleg.

A lake FILLED with Rainbow Trout. YUM!

I often am fascinated by the ways rocks take shape.

Canoe "hidden" for future water adventures.

Many massive ant hills.

At least 2 feet in width and  12-18 inches high.

Used to play with these plants as a child.

I could watch water lapping at my feet for hours.

Love in solid rock formation.

Hard to see it here, but there's a really neat ray of light shining down.
It was good to get outdoors. Back to my roots. Brought back many memories of my youth; time spent with my friends, my family but most importantly my God. Nothing more rejuvenating than getting back to the basics.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

From My Table to Yours

Our kitchen has always been a place where I go to express the love language of serving for my family. I LOVE to serve them yummy food that tastes as good as it looks and more so, healthy for them. All but one of these were a hit at our table. The quiche was too strong a flavour even for me. Most of these recipes are sugar free and grain free. If the original recipe called for sugar, I usually just replace it with xylitol (or sometimes honey for a treat).

I seldom follow a recipe, but rather use a little this and a little that. Which is why I have fallen so hard for Pinterest these days. At least on this site I can see a photo of anything I want to try out. It takes me to the original site and BAM! instant inspiration. So if there is a link to a recipe here, not only did I probably find it on Pinterest, but I most likely just looked at the ingredient list and made it up from there.


This had a side of a rice pilaff which would be a cheat for sure, but having something like this once a week is something our diet can seem to manage well enough, for now. The pickles and beets were home-made buy a good friend and my mother. Not too much guilt there. I could eat the asparagus as a meal though. I really enjoy walnuts on most anything.
Slow Baked Pork Ribs, Brown Rice Bulgar Wheat Barley Quinoa Pilaf, Asparagus, Pickles and Beets

Steamed Asparagus with Cranberries, Walnuts, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, S&P

I have been cooking with a variety of curries for the last 8 years. It is a flavour my whole family enjoys almost weekly. This one would be very similar to butter chicken with the addition of mango and a bit less cream. If I could encourage you, don't be afraid to use curry. I know there are so many different types, but if you stick with, garam masala, red curry paste and yellow curry powder you should be just fine. Mixing those with coconut milk, cream, chicken stock or tomato sauce/paste make for fairly common combinations. Whatever tastes good to you.
Mango Chicken Red Curry served over Steamed Cauliflower

My husband often has to work nights so breakfast for supper is common during those days. It's the least I can do to make working these nasty shifts a little bit better. I started mixing italian sausage with ground turkey for a simple tasty patty (without all the preservatives you get in the pre made ones).
Turkey Italian Sausage Patties served over Saut├ęd Spinach, Mushrooms and Onions, topped with a Fried Egg

Like I mentioned earlier, this one was not a favourite of mine. The recipe called for shrimp, but I had leftover chicken; I replaced shrimp with that. These muffins were pretty good. The recipe is meant for bread, but I find that the pale breads often spoil before we finish them, so I thought smaller... worked great!
Artichoke Quiche served with Paleo Muffins and Strawberries

Paleo Muffins

Added chicken to this one. The recipe is an easy one and worth a look. The beans were simple mixed with tomato paste, garlic, onions, paprika, salt and pepper, apple cider vinegar, xylitol and a bit of molasses and then baked low in the oven. Added some hard boiled egg because my children like them so much.
Creole Chicken and Shrimp with a side of Homemade Baked Beans and a Hardboiled Egg

My original plan was to use some pale bread to make these sandwiches or at least some hame-made bread, but alas my schedule did not allow the time. So the children's store bought whole wheat will have to do. Why do I buy bread for the children? To be honest, I'm a bit lazy on the bread making and to make paleo for them every day might be a tad too expensive. After all they eat PB&J sammies 2x per week. I've removed much of their sugar and grains, bread seemed one thing I just can't take away just yet.
Green Goodness Avocado Panini served with Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms

I just marinaded the chicken in some olive oil and red curry paste overnight. Grilled it the next day on the BBQ. It was SO good! The veggies are zucchini, red peppers, onion and mushrooms. I put in some mango, but I wished I had left it out until the end. Mixed the veggies with some gram masala, coconut milk, sale and pepper and put it in a foil covered 9x9 pan to grill. Served with some red lentils flavoured also flavoured with red curry paste shallots and garlic, cooked in chicken stock. Right near the end, I used some leftover coconut milk, red curry paste and butter to make a tasty sauce to pour over the chicken. AMAZING good flavours here.
Red Curry Grilled Chicken Breast, Garam Masala Grilled Vegetables served with Red Lentils
With all this said, it's time to get tonights supper going. Warm weather brings later and later suppers around our house; thus maximizing our outside time. This Pinterest find looks like an easy one: grilled-salmon-with-avocado-salsa