Friday, July 4, 2008

Tags, Wins and Acquisitions


Today is house cleaning day - so to speak. I must apologize for getting so far behing and I'm sure there's more to catch up on but this should bring me pretty close.

First and foremost:

HAPPY JULY 4TH TO ALL OUR AMERICAN FRIENDS


Anne at Cooking with Anne was sponsoring a pretty interesting cookbook giveaway a while back and I decided to enter. I'm always intrigued by chefs who work towards combining foods and techniques that work towards healthier eating. Charlie Ayers book Food 2.0 - Secrets from the Chef who fed Google interested me. I'm one of those people who never win anything - until now - imagine my surprise!!! Charlie's book is packed with really interesting information about food selection and use as well as of course, the recipes. Anne was so generous - after the fact
she found out that this contest was only open to U.S. residents. When I won,
she took it upon herself to make sure I got it. Thank you Anne - I would have understood and how decent was that of you. I'm very appreciative.

Just look at what I won!!!





When I found this article in the NY Times I thought it was pertinent enough to Charlie Ayers philosophy of living a healthier life.

I decided to try his recipe for beets and what can I say - it's delicious.




Beets with Bacon and Crumbled Blue Cheese

Ingredients

4 slices of uncured applewood-smoked bacon
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Red Onion, halved and sliced
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp smoked sweet paprika
4 Tbsp Banyuls or sherry vinegar
3 Large, fresh cooked beets, peeled and cut into wedges
1 tsp unrefined granulated sugar
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian parsley leaves

Directions

1. Cook the bacon in a nonstick saute pan until crisp. Remove from the pan, drain on paper towels, and roughly break up. Set aside



(here I roasted them rather than cook them)

2. Remove all but 1 Tbsp of the bacon fat from the pan, then add the olive oil and heat. Add the onion and saute, stirring until lightly golden, 2-3 minutes. Add the spices and vinegar and then the beets. Toss gently until they are hot, about 5 minutes. Add the sugar and season to taste.

3. Spoon the beets onto two plates. Sprinkle the bacon on top followed by the crumbled blue cheese and then the chopped parsley. Serve with whole grain bread.

Notes: I roasted the beets rather than cooked them. I found that this brings out a) more of the flavour of the beet and b) didn't need additional sugar at all.
I also didn't use the flat leaf parsley only because I didn't have any but found this recipe really fulfilling just as it was.





Here's the latest installment of recent acquisitions:

Because my camera was such an outdated "piece of metal" as Psychgrad calls it - she and Actor Boy teamed up and for Mother's Day bought me this camera:

I love it and it'll take me a lifetime to figure out all the features. I'm such a lucky mom.

Elle at Feeding My Enthusiasm passed on this meme several days ago and I apologize for taking this long to get to it. Here we go...


1) LAST MOVIE U SAW IN A THEATRE?

Sex in the City and I loved it. I love the cosmos but forget the stilettos - I'd kill myselef.

2) WHAT BOOK ARE U READING?

Loving What Is by Byron Katie


3) FAVORITE BOARD GAME?

Pictionary - I love watching competitive people go crazy


4) FAVORITE MAGAZINE?

Canadian Living


5) FAVORITE SMELLS?

Clean linen, Dulce & Gabanna, Honeysuckle when it's in bloom, Freesia

6) FAVORITE SOUNDS?

Kids laughing, The sound of a slot machine when it's paying you a jackpot


7) WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?

Helplessness


8) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN U WAKE?

I better let the dogs out before I find a mess in the house

9) FAVORITE FAST FOOD PLACE?

I don't eat fast food but Starbucks works for me


10) FUTURE CHILDS NAME?

If there's a child (of mine) in my future, just pass the rusty blade (no offense Psychgrad - I put in my time)


11) FINISH THIS STATEMENT—’IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY I’D......

1 Make sure everyone in my family was well taken care of.
2. Pack my bags and become Shirley Valentine
3. Adopt alot of kids in 3rd world countries

by this time I'm sure I'll be broke.


12) DO U DRIVE FAST?

Not usually


13) DO U SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?

I have one stuffed animal and 2 dogs on my bed.


14) STORMS–COOL OR SCARY?

Storms are cool until the dogs start shaking and crying


15) WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?

A 1952 Rolls CanHarley (it rolls down one hill and can hardly make the next)

16) FAVORITE DRINK?

Morning coffee, then water


17) FINISH THIS STATEMENT-IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD…

Do everything I don't have the time to do - read a book from start to finish without worrying about what I have to do next.


18) DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI?

Nope


19) IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY OTHER COLOUR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE?

Probably mahogany - but people already think I'm crazy enough

20) NAME ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS U HAVE LIVED IN?

Uppsala, Sweden
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Montreal, Quebec
Jerusalem, Israel
Toronto, Ontario

21) FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

Baseball, hockey


22) ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?

Elle is a warm, open and caring person who manages to push through no matter what. She's a survivor.

23) WHATS UNDER YOUR BED?

The Boogey Man


24) WOULD U LIKE TO BE BORN AS YOURSELF AGAIN??

Sure but with the wisdom I have today


25) MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?

Who sleeps?


26) OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP?

Over easy


27) FAVORITE PLACE TO RELAX?

In my family room with a gazillion cook books around me


28) FAVORITE PIE?

Pumpkin


29) FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?

Maple Walnut


30) OF ALL THE PEOPLE U HAVE TAGGED, WHO IS THE MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND FIRST?

I'll leave this as an open tag for anyone who would like to do it.

I Got Tagged ...

The very lovely Ohio Mom of Cooking in Cleveland tagged me. The rules are you must answer the questions and you must tag five other people who will also answer these questions and they will pick another five people.

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Heavily entrenched in my career

What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today?

Walk my dogs
Visit my mother
Take old electronics to hazardous waste depot
Go grocery shopping
Mail a package to Psychgrad (note from Psychgrad: woo hoo! Unless, it takes up a lot of space, in which case...MOM!?!?)

Five snacks you enjoy?

Almonds
Fruit
Wasa crackers with peanut butter
Licorice (red or black doesn't matter)
Wasabe peas

Five things you would do if you were a billionaire

Pay off everyone in my family's mortgage
Buy Psychgrad and R a fabulous house
Get Actor Boy a property to open a theatre company
Take my mother to Australia to see her family (our family)
Make a sizeable donations to my favourite charities

Places you have lived:

Sweden
Central Canada
Israel
Toronto

Jobs you have had:

Potato chip factory picking burnt chips out of a really hot fryer (I was 14 yrs old)
Shampoo girl in a hair salon (also at age 14)
Executive assistant while I went to University
Fund Raising
Mental Health provider

Again, anyone who would like to do this tag - we're all enquiring minds - we want to know more about you. StumbleUpon

22 comments:

Ann said...

I was just thinking "wow, giz is really getting good at photographing!" when I scrolled a little more and saw your new camera! See? You always had the eye... and now you have the tool! Your beets looks fabulous.

Peter M said...

Nice camera..I too have a Canon. Yours is 7.1 Pixels...great for closeups for food. Ensure you have the feature on (tulip) icon when taking closeups...watch the photos jump.

Now, plate some beet salad or I'll get Baba to chastize you!

glamah16 said...

Congrats on the new camera, book, etc.Just lying low this Hoilday weekend. I confess I am a Meme Troll. I love reading them and finding out about everyone, I just dont play along like I should.

Lori Lynn said...

Very cute. Thanks for sharing.

Beets look excellent, OH YAY for bacon and blue cheese!

Katie B. said...

What fun stuff! Both the book and the camera look really snazzy!

We received a bunch of beets in our CSA a couple of days ago... our first beets since our first beets ever last summer
(which makes them our second beets ever)... (we found them too earthy in a ravioli dish)... but I want to try again and I have everything in your recipe in my kitchen! Can't wait to give them another chance!

White On Rice Couple said...

Congratulations!!
The beet salad looks sooo wonderful and happy 4th to you too! The red on the beets is perfect for this holiday!

OhioMom said...

That was fun ... congrats on the cookbook and the camera :)

noble pig said...

The chef who fed google? I'm intrigued.

Anne said...

Yaay! You really DID clean house! The beets are awesome looking. I got a new camera also a few months ago and I'm having too much fun using it!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Congrats on your win and your new camera! You are blessed, indeed.

Mary said...

Wow your beet salad sounds fantastic! And I'm intrigued by the new cookbook!

Michelle said...

Congrats on the new Cookbook!Charlie Ayers...hmmmmmmm! A few years ago, I believe it was on FN, they had a series about the road chefs for some of the rock groups. I remember the one for Madonna's road chef and sometimes his only choice for supplies was the local 7-11 and it was 1:00 am. Pretty interesting and the menu he came up with sounded wonderful!

It's too bad FN has taken another direction with low cut tops and cleavage.

Ricki said...

Wow--chock full blog entry! Congrats on the win and the new camera (I have camera envy!). The beet salad sounds yummy, too.

Oh, and Australia?? Lucky, lucky you!! :)

Vicarious Foodie said...

Congrats on the new camera! And thanks for taking the time to answer all those questions for us . . . it's always fun to learn more about the person behind the blog.

giz said...

Ann - no really, it's me becoming an expert photographer ...ya right
Peter - I'm loving that tulip feature - and you already know baba doesn't need a reason to chastize me - puleez
Glamah - relax is good - you've had a wicked time of late with flights and travel
Lori Lynn - even with low sodium bacon - yowzer, combined with blue cheese - wow
Katie - try those beats - I'd love to combine the red and yellow ones - how gorgeous would that be
White on Rice - do you think I can pass off a beet as a tomato for your roundup??lol
OM - thanx - it WAS fun
Noble Pig - it's a really interesting book with tons of information in it - and not just dribble - useful stuff
Anne - you're right - I did clean house and still forgot something that Psychgrad so nicely reminded me of - next catchup - I'm going through a period of sometimers
cookie baker lynn - nice to see you here - your blog rocks
Michelle - I actually saw that FN show with the road cooks - I remember one chef/cook who was tatoo hell
Mary - I'm wowed by the nutritional value of beets - the cookbook is very good
Ricki - wishing and hoping doesn't seem to work - I still don't have my fortune
Vicarious Foodie - these memes do show you that there's an actual person behind the blog

RecipeGirl said...

Happy 4th to you!! COngrats on your fun win, and boy does that beet salad look like something I could drool over~

Dee said...

I answered the same meme tag (the first one) :)
I'm so jealous that you've already watched SITC. We're still waiting for it to hit our shores, but we're planning a girl's night out. I'm Charlotte, apparently. Is that good or bad?

cakebrain said...

Nice camera...and congratulations on your win! btw, Happy Belated Canada Day!

Lore said...

I should eat more beets! Congrats on the goodies :)

That Girl said...

I wish I liked beets!

Kevin said...

Sweet beets with bacon and tangy blue cheese, what a combo!

Jaime said...

we love our canon powershot. used to have the SD500 and loved it so much we bought the SD1000 when it went on sale!

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