Bacalao – Newfoundland Cuisine With A Twist

Late last week we celebrated Bruce’s mom’s birthday by going out to dinner at local restaurant Bacalao. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I had been to Bacalao once before for brunch a few years ago and wasn’t impressed. However, dinner was a whole other experience.

I started off with a glass of Italian Pinot Grigo – it was perfect. Not too dry not too sweet just the way I like it.

 

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For my appetizer I had Bacalao fritters – breaded salt cod with potatoes and a small salad on the side. It was perfect, I was concerned it would be too salty but it wasn’t at all. They were very flavorful.

 

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For my main I had Penne and Moose sausage pasta. It was a huge portion but I managed to eat all of it. The sausage was a pleasant change from the normal pork sausage. It was complimented perfectly with a spicy sauce, I asked for mine to be cooked to medium spiciness and I would hate to try hot, it was SPICY! 🙂

 

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Overall I really enjoyed our visit to Bacalao, I will definelty be back.

Any locals try Bacalao before? Thoughts?

Anyone every try moose or salt cod? I think they’re a mostly Newfoundland thing!

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A Seaside Picnic

One of the most fun things I did all summer was the lighthouse picnic. Bruce and I went 2 weekends ago and loved it. For the locals the lighthouse is in Ferryland, about an hour’s drive from the city. Once you arrive in Ferryland the lighthouse itself is about a 25 minute walk in, the walk and drive were really both a fun part of the experience. I love driving around and seeing new things!

 

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Once we arrived at the lighthouse we ordered our picnic and were given a blanket and a flag to find us when our lunch was ready! We spent the time waiting taking some pictures around the lighthouse.

 

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Quite a view isn’t it? After about 20 minutes our fresh picnic was brought out! Each picnic consists of a salad, sandwich, dessert and fresh squeezed lemonade! We also ordered coffee to go with ours. The lighthouse salad was a mix of orzo, peppers, cherry tomatoes and parmesan cheese – it was heavenly. We chose mango curried chicken for our sandwich and again it was delicious. All the sandwiches are made on fresh bread baked at the lighthouse. Finally, for dessert I had the chocolate ganache cake and Bruce had the apple cake. It was probably the best lunch I have ever eaten.

 

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We enjoyed all this amazing food while overlooking the ocean watching whales and seals play – it was incredible.

 

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A whale that kept coming up for air, he was too quick to get a good shot!

 

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Hello little seal!

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I feel so thankful every day to live this close to the ocean! Smile I loved every second of the lighthouse picnic and will definitely be back to enjoy it again next summer.

 

Just a note for the locals it took us over 2 weeks to get a reservation and I believe it closes the end of September so you’d better book early if you want to get in before the summer is over!

 

Anyone else enjoy a picnic this summer?

Any locals experience the lighthouse picnic before?

Nutrition Know How

Look at that gorgeous sunrise, there is nothing better then starting the day watching the sunrise while running. This week has been a great work, running, food, and everything week. I am incredibly thankful. Smile

 

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I made these tonight for dinner, do yourself a favour and make them asap. Put a slice of Havarti on top and enjoy! They are an incredible veggie burger. I personally think there is nothing better then good homemade veggie burgers that don’t have ingredient lists a mile long. They taste fabulous, freeze well, and make great leftovers. What more could you want!?!

 

Speaking of things that are good for you I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I eat recently. Last year when I originally lost weight I did it by keeping a journal of what I was eating and calorie counting and it worked well for me. I know for some people calorie counting can become obsessive unhealthy behaviour but I have decided to start doing it again to get a handle on what I am eating and hopefully drop some more weight. This time I am using an app to help me track what I’m eating, My Fitness Pal.

 

As I started this journey of tracking again I decided that I wouldn’t obsess and would use what I learned as a tool to make myself healthier. I have made some interesting discoveries since I started using this app:

 

Natural protein, I always wondered if I was getting enough protein so I started adding protein powders to my granola but turns out I don’t need it. I get more then enough without having to use processed powders so that was a useful piece of information.

 

Iron, like protein I wasn’t sure if I was getting enough in my diet. I don’t eat a ton of meat especially very little red meat. However, since I’ve been tracking I’ve discovered again I get enough.

 

Sugar, on the negative side of things I am consuming almost triple the amount of sugar I should be. I’m starting to be more mindful of the sugar I am consuming in my diet and making some small changes. It’s hard to do though, sugar is in everything!

 

Snacking, I snack a lot more then I probably should typically on the weekends so again like sugar I am trying to mindful. It’s so had on the weekends though, I consume way more on the weekends then I do on the weekdays.

 

I eat fairly well but I feel like this app is really helping me take things to a new level. Hopefully with a few small changes I can see big improvements!

 

Anyone else try my fitness pal?

How do you keep sugar out of your diet? I need help!

What I Ate Wednesday: Weekend Edition

Normally my WIAW posts are about what I actually ate on Wednesday, I thought I’d try something different this week and share my weekend eats! I try not to eat completely different on the weekend, but rather make things I don’t have time to make during the week. I still try to keep things (mostly) healthy. This month for WIAW is love your veggies month, luckily I included lots of veggies in my post! Smile 

 

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I started my Saturday morning with 2 fried eggs, whole wheat toast, coffee and OJ. The perfect way to start the day! Smile 

 

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For a late lunch I had a slice of leftover pizza from Friday night and a big salad with spinach, red pepper, grape tomato, goat cheese, and my favourite homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing: 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, and fresh pepper! I love how on the weekends I have the time to make fresh salads for lunch and there is nothing better then homemade dressing. SO much better (and healthier) then the bottled kind. Salads are my favourite way to get lots of veggies in!

 

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For dinner Bruce made chicken, bacon, buffalo sandwiches with roasted balsamic vinegar asparagus. I try and add at least one veggie as a side to each meal, asparagus is an easy was to do this and very easy to make! After supper I made homemade oatmeal, banana, and blueberry muffins and had one with a green tea! These muffins (recipe blow), like my pumpkin bread, are my own creation that I am very proud of. I took a lot of trial and error to make these, but they (eventually) turned out great!

 

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Oatmeal, Banana, & Blueberry Muffins (makes 12)

  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp margarine
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Cooking spray

 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the first 6 ingredients (dry) and then separately the next 6 ingredients (wet). Combine the 2 and mix thoroughly. Add in the blueberries and mix well. Spray cooking spray in each muffin tin and pour in even amounts of batter (I don’t use paper muffin cups). Bake 20 – 25 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!

 

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What’s your favourite type of muffin?

Do you eat differently on the weekends?

What’s your favourite weekend breakfast?

How do you get your veggies in?

Workout Recap and Plan Feb 6 – 12

Lets focus on the positive shall we? Because if I don’t I might lose it altogether. Don’t worry I won’t be renaming this blog the injury project, though it feels like that’s all I write about here lately. I am sick of talking about it and I am sick of dealing with it. If I can’t get a solid training block in soon my hopes of an April 5K PR will be down the drain and pushed out to May. Not the end of the world but honestly? I just want to run. I am POSITIVE that I will soon, or at least I am hanging on to that hope for dear life.

 

Monday I had a lovely swim, 1280m of swimming fun! I look forward to my Monday swims now! Smile  They are one of my only means of a good dose of cardio without things hurting that = love in my books! Tuesday I hopped on my old friend the elliptical for 3 boring miles. Wednesday I did 2.5 miles on the wonderful elliptical again then headed to Body Pump. I originally had spinning on the schedule but I swapped Wednesday and Thursday when I realized I had a late meeting Wednesday. Wednesday during a plank I pulled something, bad forms are not good for your back. Remember that when you plank, give up the plank before you give up your form, stubbornness gets you nowhere! Because I am stubborn I’ve been on a heating pad, on my couch ever since!

 

So starting tomorrow I am going to try and repeat last week’s plan again, my back has improved today. If I don’t see improvement tomorrow I will go back to physiotherapy as much as I don’t want to. I have to put myself before my ego. So here is the same plan you saw last week:

 

Type Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday  Sunday
Run (Minutes)         REST 35 min   
Elliptical / Arc (Min)   30 min   25 min      
Class  Body Flow Spinning Body Pump   Body Flow Body Pump
Swimming 40 min            

 

Hopefully it goes as planned but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my string of injuries it’s that plans are meant to be broken.

 

On my planned “run” Saturday, which will be max running one mile and the rest walking, I will be running the virtual run for Sherry who was tragically kidnapped and killed while out for a morning run in Montana. I may have to walk on Saturday, but I’ll be out in support of Sherry and her family.

 

On a lighter note I made THIS (buffalo chicken soup) tonight in honour of the Superbowl. We were cheering on the Patriots but unfortunately they lost! Sad smile 

 

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Did you watch the Superbowl? What did you eat?

How was your week of training?

Ever been injured? How did you get through it?

What I Ate Wednesday: Veggie Edition

This has been a great week so far, lots of sleep, training is going well, the Canadian Blogger Series launched, and I got new sneakers! What more could a girl ask for? Smile  Plus it’s Wednesday, which means were half-way through the week and it’s WIAW, that’s reason enough to be thankful.

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Today was my vegetarian day, I thought it would be interesting to share a veggie day during a WIAW. I started my day with an egg white sandwich with tomato and OJ. It was a great start to the day!

 

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For lunch I had a tuna sandwich and some leftover lentil soup. Not exciting enough to photograph! For dessert with lunch I had a strawberry Greek yogurt. Before I headed to my first ever spinning class (more on that later this week) I had a chocolate almond fudge Cliff Bar.

 

For dinner I had Mama Pea’s black bean soup and bruschetta. Both were really good, Mama Pea makes eating vegetarian easy! I have had bruschetta 2 nights in a row now, it’s soooo delish. I marinate grape tomatoes in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper. then top with mozzarella and bake on 400 for 15 minutes. Not really a recipe but I thought I’d share.

 

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A great day of eats for sure!! Smile

 

Share your WIAW posts with me!

What’s the best thing you ate today?

Favourite soup?

A Snowy Day

We had 20cm of snow fall overnight and into today, so I spent the day working from home. It was a nice change of pace, I actually got a lot accomplished. I spent the day curled up in an arm chair next to my front window. For an afternoon snack I had a smoothie – who has a freezing cold smoothie on a snow day? I just love smoothies – look at all that snow!

 

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In the mix was frozen strawberries, bananas, blueberries, spinach, Greek yogurt, and chia seeds. It was cold deliciousness, I just drank it wrapped up in a blanket. I don’t mind being a little uncomfortable for the sake of food so I finally decided to complete another 25 for 25 goal and cook a little outside my comfort zone. I channelled my inner Julia Child with beef bourguignon. I was nervous about cooking this – it seemed like one of those recipes my mom would make.

 

I am not a cook of the “big things” as I call them. I don’t do whole turkeys or chickens and beef bourguignon just seemed like an insurmountable recipe. I saw the recipe weeks ago but kept avoiding it – finally I decided to take it on as a challenge, a recipe outside my comfort zone. The result? Amazing. Go on and step outside your comfort zone today, the results may even surprise you!

 

 

What recipes are outside your comfort zone?

How much snow is in your area?

Favorite smoothie blend?

Veggie Saturday

I went on a glorious interval run this morning, it was just above zero but it was so nice to run in the daylight. I love running outside in the sun, it really is the best feeling.

 

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I was doing 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 minute intervals with 1 minute rest in between. My splits were:

Mile 1: 11:05

Mile 2: 9:57

Mile 3: 10:13

Mile 3 – 3.85: 10:46

Not super fast but not bad considering it was an interval workout and I walked during my rest interval. My IT band felt okay, I have been dedicated to my physio exercises so I think it’s helping. I will be heading out again in the sunshine tomorrow so I hoping the weather stays good!

 

As per my resolutions I am going veggie once a week and this week I chose today.  I started the morning with a bowl of Kashi, then went for my run and came back and had a green monster, in the mix was frozen strawberries, bananas, blueberries, greek yogurt, and spinach, yum! Mid-afternoon I had a Kashi granola bar. For dinner I made Mama Pea’s Roasted Chickpea Tacos and my roasted balsamic asparagus. The tacos were AMAZING!

 

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I had a realization about tacos today, the best part about tacos is the fun shells and the toppings, not the meat!  These were super easy to make and the chickpeas were delish. My taco layers in order: homemade guac, roasted chickpeas, sliced grape tomatoes, light cheddar, and jalapeño and passion fruit salsa. This was my first time making homemade guacamole so I figured I’d share the recipe.

 

Homemade Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1.5 tbsp epicure spices (you could use a mix of garlic, crushed red pepper, onion powder, and fresh ground pepper) 

 

It was so yummy, guacamole makes everything yummy. I have tons of leftovers for lunch tomorrow, can’t wait to eat it! For dessert we had Tina’s Apple Crisp Light which Bruce absolutely loved. I really liked it as well, paired with Starbucks Christmas blend it was a great end to a day of veggie eats!

 

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Favourite meatless recipe? Share! I’m going to need lots of ideas!

What’s your favourite taco topping?

Favourite Starbucks blend?

An Ugly Sweater Christmas

So I wanted to do a recap of our Christmas party we had last Friday and all the fun and food we enjoyed! First of all I have to say we had a lot of stylish sweaters at our party. Including our own:

 

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But the winner of the night and the prize is below, our friend Steve! What a great vest don’t you think? He made it himself (I am sure you couldn’t tell).

 

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I went all out on the food this year so I figured I’d create a post with my menu including all the yummy recipes I created and those I found around the internet. Unfortunately I have no food pictures but trust me it was yummy and this menu would keep any holiday or New Year’s party happy!

 

Cookies

Chewy Peppermint Mocha Cookies

No-Bake Snowballs

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups

 

Appetizers

Meatballs  

Oriental Party Pack (spring rolls, pot stickers etc.)

Dry Spiced BBQ Chicken Wings

  • 1 pack of split chicken wings from Costco or about 4 pounds of wings
  • Roasted red pepper seasoning
  • Steak spice
  • Salt and pepper

Season with above spices to taste and barbeque for 15 – 20 minutes on medium heat until done.

Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls (Inspired from Eat. Live. Run.)

  • 3 cooked chicken breasts chopped
  • 1/3 cup buffalo sauce
  • 1 cup old cheddar cheese
  • 1 pack of egg rolls (30 – 40 wrappers)
  • oil for frying

 

Mix chicken, cheese, and sauce in a bowl. Heat oil in large skillet with cover over medium-low heat. Take each individual egg roll and place a tbsp of filling in the middle. Wet the sides with a little water ( I kept a small bowl next to me for this purpose). Fold in both sides the roll up and seal seam with a little squeeze and a little water if needed. Do up enough to fill the pan and fry on both sides 4 – 5 minutes in batches then drain on paper towels and put next batch on pan, adding more oil as needed. You could serve them immediately but in my experience it is better to freeze then in an air-tight container and re-heat them on a cookie sheet on 350 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping once! These were a huge hit and the great thing is you can make them early in the week and freeze them for the night of the party!

 

Snackables

Cheese platter with various cheeses

Kielbasa

Crackers

Tandoori spiced nuts

Spicy salsa (jalapeño and passion fruit) and tortilla chips

 

Everyone really seemed to enjoy the food, I had a great time at our party and hope my guests did as well. This was our second year having our Christmas party and every year I love planning it as much as hosting it. I hope this menu gives you some inspiration for your next party!

 

What’s your favourite party food?

Ever attend an ugly sweater party? How ugly was your sweater?

The Hangover Cure

Christmas party season has officially begun for us. Starting with last night, we attended Bruce’s work Christmas dinner and dance.

 

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The meal was pretty good. The starter was a spinach salad, the dressing was a little too sweet for my liking. For the main I had the chicken (other options were beef and surf and turf) the chicken was wrapped in bacon and stuffed with spinach, feta, and sun dried tomato. The green beans were definitely not fresh, either frozen or canned but they weren’t good. Dessert was chocolate bread pudding which had dairy in it so I had wine for dessert instead. haha After dinner we danced and chatted with many of Bruce’s co-workers. It was a great time. We left around midnight to take a cab to party #2 of the evening. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Multiple parties in one night? Party number #2 was for my aunts 50th birthday so my family was there. Family parties are the best!

So I woke up this morning with an unbelievable headache and I haven’t left the couch all day. I had a little too much fun I think. Late nights and too much wine have taken there toll on me. Tonight will be a quiet night! I got up this morning and made bacon and egg cups, a full belly is always the solution to a hangover for me. Make these the next time you’ve had a little too much Christmas cheer the night before or they would be great for a Christmas brunch.

 

Bacon and Egg Cups

  • 2 eggs for every person
  • 4 slices of bacon for every person
  • can of Pillsbury biscuits (10 small biscuits per can)
  • cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper

 

I made 4 cups for myself and Bruce and just baked up the rest of the biscuits. Start off by partially cooking the bacon a few minutes on each side and drain on paper towels. Meanwhile spray each muffin tin with non-stick spray. Place one biscuit in a muffin tin. This will work better with jumbo muffin tins but I only have small but it still worked out. Place a small piece of cheddar cheese on top of it.

 

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Crisscross 2 pieces of bacon over every biscuit as pictured below then crack an egg on top of it and season with salt and pepper.

 

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Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until egg is cooked. The finished product is below! If hung-over serve with a green monster smoothie (blueberries, strawberries, banana, pumpkin, spinach, greek yogurt, and soy milk) and proceed to the couch. Stay there the rest of the day and relax, maybe think about decorating your Christmas tree and doing some online Christmas shopping. You’ll be feeling better in no time!

 

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What’s your favourite breakfast food? Oatmeal and eggs are mine!

How are you spending your Saturday night?