Even though today was rainy, I can’t help but feel happy, relaxed and above all, blessed (and not just because my lawn needed the rain).
I just had the most amazing weekend. There was lots of cooking, talking, relaxing, reading, wine and quality time spent with My Other Half. It was just us, all weekend long. Since he’s been away so much (and I was too), I definitely needed some special attention (yes – even more than normal) and was reminded once again that buying our home was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Now we’re looking forward to our trip to the UK in 36 days – we’ll see lots of England and hopefully Wales and Ireland too!
Saturday, after traveling to a Calabogie resort/golf course where we found the most perfect little beach (with a bar), My Other Half cracked open his new cookbook and made Guy Fieri’s Chicken and Avocado Egg Rolls. They were a lot of work and took forever to make, so I sat outside in the sun, working on a bottle of red wine and finishing my book, The Glass Castle. The egg rolls were fantastic! Totally delicious and worth all the effort. Guy Fieri might be crazy, but he certainly doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to flavour! Not to mention my boyfriend is an incredible cook. I wish he’d do more of it! Hint, hint…
Just a note about this dish – do not underestimate how long it takes to make these. They’re a lot of work. In addition, you can leave out the bamboo shoots – we didn’t bother to go to the Asian grocery store to get them and we didn’t miss them at all.
On Sunday night, after a day of gardening, errands and playing football in the park near our house, I decided to conquer yet another appetizer from Guy Fieri’s cookbook – Ginger Pork Potstickers! These are more commonly known as wontons. They weren’t as much work as the egg rolls, but let me warn you – Guy uses a lot of minced ginger and minced garlic. It’s kinda crazy, actually. So we’re planning on hitting up the T&T and stocking up. These wontons were, however, just as good as the eggrolls – lots going on even though there were way fewer ingredients. Needless to say we had two solid appetizers this weekend – great food and great company. “Happy Julia” is an understatement to say the least.
Yum yum yum. Now these things are not healthy – I’d say Guy Fieri and Nigella Lawson are about equal on the lack-of-healthy side of things – but boy, are they delicious. And when you’re with people you love, it’s better to go big or go home.
Now to just get through this work week and then my most favourite girl, Miss Kacie Hollins, will join us for a huge feast at our home with lots and lots of friends!