June Craft Beer Review

June Craft Beer Review

In my May Craft Beer Review I mentioned at the end briefly that in June I was reviewing a 12 pack case of beer from Parallel 49 Brewing. They teamed up with 12 different breweries in British Columbia, and each made one unique beer, named after a rock song. This June Craft Beer review is a long one (12 different beers reviewed); so I don’t want to take any more of your time! If you’ve tried this specialty pack, let me know what your thoughts were on the brews! What was your favourite; which was the most unique; was there one you could have done without? 

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Orange Cardamom Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

Orange Cardamom Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

June is the month that kicks off summer and what better way to welcome the warm months ahead but with an orange cardamom chocolate no churn ice cream! If you are a food blogger or a person who follows a lot of food blogs, this won’t be your first no churn ice cream recipe that you’ve come across. It’s kind of all the rage right now and I just couldn’t help myself from jumping on the no churn ice cream bandwagon! I can understand now why this is trending with food bloggers alike; you literally can whip it up in a snap and wow, it tastes really good! 

This flavours of this recipe were actually inspired by a cookie I saw at a Farmer’s Market in Edmonton. I walked by a booth of homemade cookies, and saw the orange cardamom chocolate chip cookie and instantly the light bulb went off – wouldn’t that be amazing in ice cream!? I love cardamom already, and paired with orange and chocolate?! Amazing is too weak of a word to describe the flavours going on. Make it and you’ll know what I mean!

Orange Cardamom Chocolate No Churn Ice Cream

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Red Pepper, Spinach and Cheese Chicken Rolls

Red Pepper, Spinach and Cheese Chicken Rolls

It’s a weeknight and you are just getting home from a long day and the last thing you want to think about is what to make for dinner. Ordering in is not an option because you already ordered the last three nights in a row and frankly you can’t handle one more processed, overpriced, high sodium and fat piece of pizza, burger or tin dish of whatever Western Asian cuisine is in your neighbourhood. I’ve been there and the best plan of action that works for me is to have a super simple, healthy and tasty meal in your back pocket that can be made in under 30 minutes! I bring you roasted red pepper, spinach and cheese chicken rolls! Healthy and nutritious – check! Tasty – check! Easy – absolutely! Family will love – I sure hope so; mine does! 

I struggled with the name of this dish; essentially it is just stuffed chicken, but it felt wrong leaving out the roasted red peppers, spinach and the gooey melty cheese. Roasted red pepper, spinach and cheese chicken rolls. It’s a mouthful…pun probably intended. Let’s get to it! 

Red Pepper, Spinach and Cheese Chicken Rolls

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Fajita Spice Blend

Fajita Spice Blend

My husband and I love making our own spice blends and rubs, and lately we have been hooked on our homemade fajita spice blend; using it on fish, chicken, pork and beef! Sometimes…. we don’t even make fajitas with it!! It’s incredibly easy to make in a flash and adds so much flavour that I guarantee you will wonder why you ever purchased the processed blends from the store! 

You can make your fajita spice blend, seal it in an air tight container and store it for months! Pull it out when you want awesome flavour added to grilled chicken, fish or shrimp, beef burgers, pork chops, and of course anytime you are making fajitas!

Fajita Spice Blend

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Campfire Cooking: Pull-Apart Pizza Bread and Baked Avocados

campfire cooking

It’s May long weekend here in Canada and I am sitting in my tent trailer camping as I write this. Not my usual camping, I have to admit. I am in a site that has power, water and sewer. None of these services I need. We bring our own power and water and the forest provides us with a latrine or we build a latrine. But it’s May long and we went out without a reservation, so the only site we found is basically “glamping”. So I figured I might as well bust out the computer and write about campfire cooking.

It just so happens that I have a camping post I have been waiting to write so I could share with you the great cookbook I had the opportunity to review: The Flaming Marshmallow’s Guide to Campfire Cooking, by Nikki Fotheringham. I was given this cookbook to review and try out some of the recipes! The recipes are simple enough for any outdoor enthusiast and they can be made over a campfire or your barbecue grill. The book not only has over 50 recipes, it also has some tips on packing, cooling and storing food; building a campfire; and tips to start your day while you are out in the wilderness. The camping recipes include breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks and desserts. And to finish it off you can find scary ghost stories at the end of the book.

In today’s camping post I am going to share with you two campfire cooking recipes that I tried from The Flaming Marshmallow’s Guide to Campfire Cooking. Both simple and both delicious! I have to provide full disclosure here though. In Alberta we are on a complete fire ban, so neither of these recipes were made over a campfire, but instead the barbecue grill. They will work just as well over your campfire and once this fire ban is lifted, I will be using this book a lot more all season!

campfire cooking

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May Craft Beer Review

May Craft Beer Review

Winter is officially gone and spring has come in big with lots of warm weather meaning lots of great beer drinking weather! With winter behind us, so are the dark, heavy stouts and porters; now I find myself grabbing the lighter lagers, wit beers and IPAs. The May craft beer review is an assortment of great beers to celebrate the outdoor weather. Some are strong with loads of flavour and others are the lighter, easy drinking fare. Either way the variety I am reviewing are craft beers that can be enjoyed during these next few spring and summer months. 

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