Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

It’s no secret that I love bagels. You might recall I had 2 packs of 6 bagels each in my grocery cart. At the time, I was thinking of simply eating them plain with butter. Anything beyond that might be a little too involved. But guess who got fancy one fine day and made herself a dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast?

Yes, the bagels. These are the trendy new onion bagels I snagged. Just look at the insane coating of black and white sesame seeds. Lovin’ it! Plus the fact that I could totally be setting a new fashion trend here with my million-dollar sesame seed-studded smile. Way classy, yo!

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

Right, so here’s the thing. I noticed that the outside is hard (as it should be) and crunchy , a crunch intensified by the sesame seeds while the inside is almost bread-like. Is it just me or are bagels no longer the rocks they used to be? Hmm, I’m not sure if it’s just this particular batch, or if softer bagels are indeed here to stay. If they are, I’d be the first to jump for joy.

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

Most days, I go minimalistic with my bagel with just a ton bit of butter which, by the way, is good with everything. My personal opinion, of course. But I have 33 eggs in the fridge so I thought, why not spend 2 minutes whipping up a low-fat version of dill egg mayo and slapping it on?

And that’s lunch. Care to join me?

Dill egg mayo on onion bagel toast

Thanksgiving on Black Friday?

Thanksgiving on Black Friday?

Oops, I’m late posting this. Busy, busy, busy. Well, this year’s Thanksgiving swept in and out like a whoosh. When friends invited us to spend Thanksgiving with their family, it meant throwing our own Thanksgiving dinner to the backseat, yup, to very late Black Friday. Strange, I know, but shopping comes first, food can wait.

Yup, people, you gotta get your priorities right. Black Friday waits for no one. So we headed out to the stores early Friday morning to join in the shopping frenzy. This is the first time we’ve done this and it was fun. But we came back with only one bag of gifts for friends and nothing for ourselves *sad face*. But all is not lost. There’s always online shopping, right? So you know where I’ve been.

Since we chose to cook the entire dinner ourselves, pretty much, I can tell you the kitchen was a hive of activity. With all the running back and forth between kitchen and computer, you would expect some delay and lack of focus in the cooking and roasting. But apart from that, everything went smoothly and the dinner gong sounded right on the stroke of 7:00.

Thanksgiving on Black Friday?

Our roast turkey was a little under-roasted, I know! No doubt, the result of paying more attention to shopping than roasting lol. Well, that + the fact that we didn’t want it overly charred + we were so hungry we couldn’t wait. But trust me, it tasted ama-azing!

 

Twas a simple meal with no room for dessert. Everything here – mashed sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, my tricolor coleslaw (so pretty!) and the best gravy ever – is homemade except for the stuffing.

Thanksgiving on Black Friday?

If there’s one thing you’ve probably noticed by now, it’s that I don’t give two hoots about my food photography. I mean, when your tummy’s growling and your hands are shaky, you can forget about pretty pictures. This is what I call organic photography. It’d be nice spending hours arranging everything on fancy table mats for those glamor food shots but that’s not me. So excuse me, I’m hungry, I just wanna eat *rotfl*

Have a great rest of the long Thanksgiving weekend. Drive safe!

Happy Thanksgiving

Popping in to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Hope y’all had great food, good company and family time. Just back from spending the entire Thanksgiving day with a friend and family. Now knee-deep in Black Friday shopping. Be right back to post about our Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving menu planning, check!

Thanksgiving menu planning, check!

Hey, Thanksgiving week is here and I’m happy to report I’m ahead of schedule with my menu planning! How did that happen? Well, I got off my butt and went shopping earlier than usual. Simple as that!!

Aa-and I have a turkey in my shopping cart to show for it, yay! Most years, my turkey has been much bigger and frankly, quite a weight-lifting challenge after it’s stuffed. This year, I have a modest 11-pounder.

Thanksgiving menu planning, check!

And speaking of stuffing, last year, I said I’d make my own stuffing this year since it’s pretty easy and I’ve done it before. But as I was making my rounds at the sampling booths, I tasted the stuffing they were giving out (same one I bought last year) and I was instantly reminded of how much I like the taste. So forget about making my own, let me just grab a box!

The cranberry sauce I sampled also turned out to be the same one I bought two years ago. Last year though, I found cranberries in the frozen section at $1.99 for like a 2-pound bag which I grabbed without so much as batting an eyelid to concoct my own sauce. This year, I’m going to continue the tradition of making my own cranberry sauce which tastes really good and will have more natural goodness if I cook it myself.

To complete the meal, I made mashed potatoes last year and a romaine salad which proved to be too much for one sitting. I mean, Thanksgiving is a huge, huge meal that’s eaten over several meals. So I’m trying to scale it down this year. The mashed potatoes will stay but I’m changing up the salad for homemade coleslaw instead. So that’s going to be interesting.

So are you ready for Turkey Day? *winks*.

Between brunch and dinner

Between brunch and dinner

It’s another slow laid-back Sunday with the kind of weather that makes me want to dive back into my heap of b-b-blankets. Which I almost did. But didn’t. Instead, I zombied my way to the kitchen to get my coffee going while crunching down my bowl of cereal.

If you ever wondered how much energy it takes to wash your hair, let me tell you the answer. It’s definitely more than one bowl of cereal. Because by the time I emerge from the bathroom, guess what, I’m crazy hungry again.

So I’m off to the kitchen once again at mid-morning to start making Big Breakfasts of spicy-mango-with-jalapeno smoked chicken sausage, egg, Portobello mushrooms, green bell peppers and tomatoes. All to be washed down with cups of piping hot Chinese tea. How random is that?!

Between brunch and dinner

Barely two hours later, I’m back in the kitchen – again!! – this time, to make us an apple-cranberry pie for tea. With weather like this, to go from brunch to dinner with nothing in between would really be stretching it. And why not bake a pie when I have all the ingredients for it, right? Fresh apples and cranberries, let’s go!

Between brunch and dinner

Fish and chips that tickle

Fish and chips that tickle

… our fancy, that is. Yes, we may just have found a fish and chips joint that we can wrap our fussy lil tastebuds around. We’ve been trying to sniff out an alternative source to the amazing fish and chips we loved so much in Vancouver, Canada!

But sadly, that’s been a long and disappointing road and we’ve been hard-pressed to find anything that comes even close. This new fish and chips joint we found recently – well, it’s pretty good as fish and chips go, but no-ot nea-arly as good.

Still I guess we’re happy we have a place to satisfy the occasional craving for decent fish and chips. But to match the one we know and love, this batter would have to be a lot lighter and crispier, and it would have to be served with a huge heap of light tangy coleslaw. Unfortunately, it doesn’t!

Fish and chips that tickle

Ah, but that’s the thing about eating out, isn’t it? You can’t always have what you want and you can’t always have everything you like on it. You just eat what they serve you, then pay and leave. Hopefully the tab doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket as it oftentimes does, just that few like to admit they got ripped off.

Frankly, if fish and chips didn’t involve the oily business of deep-frying, I might be tempted to try it at home. But you know me, and you know how much I cherish an arm workout from the cleanup that comes afterwards. So yeah!

I guess we’ll continue to reminisce about the little fish and chips shop in Vancouver that we used to visit every week, sometimes a few times a week because it was within walking distance from where we lived, and their fish and chips is undisputedly the best.

Whenever the chef saw us file in past the open kitchen, he never failed to wave, smile and double up our order. If we ordered 2 pieces of fish, the waitress would bring us 4 and we’d be like, umm but! Only there were no buts with this guy. He obviously loved us and our business, and the strangest thing was, he wasn’t even the owner!

After a 15-minute walk in the wet, freezing winter, that hot-off-the-fryer fish and coffee was truly something we looked forward to. The fish was always fresh and crispy beyond crispy. We could have unlimited cups of coffee to warm ourselves up, and ya, we knew everyone there and ya, we miss you, guys!!!

Flipping pumpkin pancakes

Flipping pumpkin pancakes

We’re having pumpkin pancakes for lunch today. Now that Halloween is over and those cute little pumpkins

Flipping pumpkin pancakes

have disappeared from the promotional aisle, I guess it’s time to do some other stuff with pumpkins. One night after dinner, we slapped together a big bowl of pancake batter (gorgeous color that!) and the next afternoon, I was flipping pumpkin pancakes.

Flipping pumpkin pancakes

Ironically, it was pumpkin pie that I first fell in love with back in college. But since I am lazy and haven’t figured out yet how to bake a pumpkin pie, I’m best leaving it to the pro’s. For $5.99, I can pick up a huge ready-to-eat pumpkin pie at the store any day. If not for the fact that it’d probably take me a month to finish eating the whole thing by myself, that might not be such a bad idea.

But for now, I’m sticking to what I know – pumpkin pancakes which we all agree is a terrific lunch idea. Making my own pancakes means I get to be boss of my pancakes. I like being boss. Can you tell? *wink*

Flipping pumpkin pancakes

Frankly, I’m not that hard to please. I want my pancakes thin, not thick. In stacks, not singles. With honey, not maple syrup. With butter, lots of butter, not any number of the needless stuff piled on to achieve a premium effect.

Flipping pumpkin pancakes

And I want my pancakes made with real pumpkin, not pumpkin flavoring or powder or whatever it is that you can’t confirm is in there. And with that, I’m off to make my pumpkin pancakes. See you later, guys!

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