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A Much Needed Pick-Me-Up

On Friday, I Tweeted this:

image After three days spent in bed, 10 days of a straight fever and the remnants of a sore throat and sinus infection, I was feeling pretty lousy.

Thankfully, my sister knows there are two ways to make me happy.

Butter.

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And chocolate.

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Our original plan was to meet-up in the East End for coffee before my shift at the running store this morning. But getting around the city on a Sunday morning is slooooow. So I ended up going to her. She was conveniently located at Le Gourmand at Queen & Spadina.

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I’d already eaten breakfast by this point because not eating the second I roll out of bed is not an option. Oh, hell, I also already had one coffee. You know, coffee to get me out of the house for coffee.

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Apparently Le Gourmand is known for their big and thick cookies, but Sara and I had other plans.

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Sara insists these are the best croissants in Toronto. I can’t back this statement up a they’re the only croissants I’ve had in Toronto.

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I knew I was in for a good time when I saw how much was flaking off the outside. The first sign of a good croissant is an incredibly flaky outer shell.

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The second sign? A spacious, soft and buttery inside. You should never feel the need to add butter to a croissant, for there should be enough baked into the pastry already. This one gets two BIG thumbs up from me!!

Of course, one always needs chocolate for good measure.

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Not sure what these were called, but they were comparable to a lava cake. Outer chocolate cake shell with a soft, fudgy and creamy centre.

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Very rich, but the cocoa used to make this was SO good. Definitely not cheap. And delicious with the day’s second coffee ;)

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After almost two weeks of being the sickest I’ve been in years, I’m happy to report I’ve now come through the other side. I may workout for the first time in 10 days tomorrow. I may do laundry. I will definitely get my drivers licence renewed. Big things. And I thank my sis for this butter and chocolate pick-me-up I so greatly needed <3

 

Question of the Day: What’s the best thing you ate this weekend? I love hearing the answer to this one!

Feline Frenzy

As you all know, I’m a dog person. Well, for the most part. I’m that annoying person who loudly goes “awwww” every time I see a dog on the street. But just because I constantly plaster my blog posts with cute pictures of dogs, doesn’t mean I don’t love their feline counterparts.

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I don’t warm up to cats as quickly as I do dogs. That’s because they require a little more coaxing. Unlike dogs, cats don’t immediately demand your love and attention. But once they get used to the idea of you, they can be sooooo sweet.

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Few things are cuter than a kitty pawing at your belly while purring loudly.

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And few things are funnier than a cat going nuts and jumping all over the place.

I got to hang out with the above Lennox and Simon while visiting with my bestest friend Meghan.

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Meghan and I were roommies in university and have been friends for almost 20 years now.

She’s studying science-y things in Halifax now. And apparently knows one of my blog readers! Hi Abby!!

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Don’t Meghan and I look like we’re related? We’re totally sisters from different mister (and mother, I suppose. But her mom is still my Second Mom).

After catching up with Meghan and the kitties, I swung over to my dad’s abode to hang out with him and the step-family.

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And look at what was there!! A baby Siamese my step-sis got for Christmas. SO CUTE.

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She slept for a long time, and then starting trying to climb up everyone once she awoke. I want. She’s just small enough to fit into a purse ;)

In other news, the final sister has arrived! I’m the baby of the family with two older sisters. The three of us are usually only together at Christmas.

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My sister Sara and I had just returned from a hot yoga class, hence the sweaty look. Tonight was Moksha style and it was just what the doctor ordered!

Alright, that’s all I got. Consider my kitty quota met ;)

 

Question of the Day: Would you classify yourself as a dog or a cat person?

Christmas 2010: The Food

Hope everyone’s Christmas was merry! Even if you’re not into the Christmas thing, hope your Saturday was at least stellar ;)

We’re missing a sister this year so it didn’t feel quite the same. But she’ll be here for New Years to party. Which in my opinion is way more important ;) Muhaha.

My mom and I were up early Christmas morning worrying about things we still had to prep for dinner. We got started right away while the others slept.

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Mom assembled her layered salad. Something my sisters and I request every year and is one of our favourites!

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A layer of iceberg, sweet peppers, celery, red onions, carrots, peas, mayo dressing, cheese and bacon. Peas may sound strange in a salad but it is SO DANG GOOD.

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Meanwhile, I was assembling The Wife Saver. Aka “savory bread pudding.” Called the wife saver because it can be made the night before and just thrown in the oven on Christmas morning.

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Much like this savoury bread pudding I made last month, but with the addition of spinach and green onion.

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Recipes for some of these dishes to come in a future post!

Mom also assembled a meat pie to add to our brunch line-up.

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Mom’s meat pies are a mix of chicken, pork and beef slow cooked in spices and put into a pie crust.

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My whole family makes meat pies every year for Christmas. As a kid, I always loaded them up with ketchup. But this year, I’m obsessed with the fancy relishes I keep finding in my mom’s fridge and pantry.

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We patiently waited for the step siblings to arrive to finish unwrapping presents. It was tough! ;)

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I asked for mostly camera stuff this year – including a Canon 50mm/f1.8 lens. I am in love with it already. I can’t stop snapping photos. I’ll do a post on the lens soon too!

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Other gifts included a Snuggie for my Nana, and a cute specialty apron for myself.

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Mom and I did quite a bit of food prep in advance so we wouldn’t have to spend all Christmas day in the kitchen. But we still had a couple hours where all four burners were going.

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And in this household, the booze is always flowing.

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I was DD so I stuck to a club soda with frozen raspberries. Deeelish!

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We added a new dish to our rotation this year and it was a total hit! Scalloped tomatoes. A mix of tomatoes, croutons, basil and cheese. Super simple and waaaay delicious. The flavours fit in well with the rest of the dishes.

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I insisted we have some roasted veggies on top of all the mashed ones. Sometimes I feel like I’m eating baby food on Christmas :P

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My plate!

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A bit of the tomatoes…

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Roast veggies…

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Mix of white & dark meat (later loaded with cranberry sauce) & stuffing…

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Lots and lots of layered salad.

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The annual Christmas table shot!

Last, but certainly not least, dessert!!

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I am so proud of this – a pumpkin roll! I thought for sure my family was going to end up with scrambled cake. Rolling up a sheet cake was a stressful affair. But it held up!

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And boyohboy, it was goooood. Very spicy with lots of cream cheese. Paired with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.

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And a cup of decaf with a splash of eggnog (new addiction alert).

In all, a fabulous day filled with fabulous food and even better company. Best of all, is knowing I’m still here for another week!

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Fret not, recipes for some of these dishes to come! For now I’m hunkering down for the 30-40cm (12-15 inches) of snow we’re supposed to get tomorrow. Finally – the snow I’ve been wishing for!!

 

Question of the Day: What’s are the best things you ate over the holidays? Mine include pumpkin roll, scalloped tomatoes, meat pie and chocolate trifle. Ohmy!

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