hmmm, a couple treats for you guys today! A review and a recipe! Ohhhhh I know!
So first up is a product review. Back when I was beyond busy and couldn’t do anything but pretty much cry because, well, I was that busy, the lovely folks at Dempster’s sent me some of their new products to review…
Oven Fresh Baguettes
- Come in packs of 2 loaves. Either multigrain or white. They’re partially baked when you buy them from the super market, and then you bake them for 8min (or 12 if they’re frozen) for a feeling of a fresh baked baguette with your meal.
I do enjoy them, and they freeze well, so for those of us who want something a little fresh but don’t have the time for bread, or aren’t patient when we have that fresh-bread craving, these work really well!
Of course I wanted to do something fun with at least one loaf before I reviewed them, but couldn’t think of anything. Then my teammates suggested a get together before our race on Sunday and while I was thinking of what to bring, this popped into my head:
Apple, Spinach and Cinnamon Crouton Salad
I started by baking up the bread: (From raw to baked)
While that was happening I tossed the following into a bowl:
- 3-4c spinach
- 1/4c raisins
- 1/4c chopped up almonds (could toast these if you want, I didn’t and it was good)
- 2-3 apples
In a seperate microwaveable I mixed:
- 1.5tbsp margarine, melted
- 1tsp (or so) cinnamon
- 1/4tsp nutmeg, or other spices that go with cinnamon
- 1tbsp (or just under) sugar
When the bread was out of the oven and had cooled for a while I chopped it up into croutons:
I then dumped these into the bowl with the cinnamon/margarine mixture and tossed and stirred until they were coated. Popped them back in the over (in an oven friendly tray of course!) for 3-5min… And then onto the salad and voila! A delicious salad for any meal.
This served 4 people as a side dish.
It’s a very “flexible” salad, and number of toppings would do; but everyone loved the croutons. They were sort of like mini cinnamon bun bits on a salad. Yum!
Well it’s a going, my new semester that is. Off to a roaring
good normal start.
So what have I been eating the last few days?
I’ve started a Green Monster habit. I actually had one every day after christmas, and I”m trying to keep the trend going. I’ve been having them for lunch:
I’ve been trying the Vega flavours, since I’m think of investing in a bigger container of them, and want to make sure I don’t waste my money. I want to up my overall smoothie’s goodness, and since I know I don’t get enough protein (I try, but sometimes I just fail miserably) I’m giving these a whirl. Does anyone have any favorite protein or health supplements for smoothies they’d recommend? I know a lot of the blog world likes amazing grass, but I’ve never tried it.
I’ve been having some toast with syrup (I’m out of honey! ). On a makeshift plate: I already want fewer dishes.
And last but not least I bring you my new fav recipe (of my own creation!). It’s not too serious a recipe, since it’s sort of a throw together, meant for one…
Chickpea and Squash Curry
- vegetable oil
- some onion (I used maybe 1/4)
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 butternut squash, or other, chopped up small
- some other veggies (Optional) (I used carrots)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon corriander
- 1/2 teaspoon tumeric
- 1/4 c coconut milk
- 1/2 c water
- 1/2 vegetable bouillon cube
- 1 can chickpeas (drained)
Heat the oil in the pot, add the onion and garlic. Sautee until onion is soft. Add in the squash and other spices. I then added the carrots as well. Sautee for maybe a minute. Add in the liquids. Allow to simmer for a bit. Then take a hand blender, or regular blender and blend. If you want leave some of it out to have a more chunky style curry. Also at this point I had to add more liquid. I added more water, if you want a smoother almost buttery texture add more coconut milk. It probably comes to a cup or more liquid, depending on how thick you want it. Return to stove if using normal blender, and add the chickpeas. Cook till chickpeas are heated, and voila! Chickpea and Squash curry.
This recipe make 1-2.5 servings. I know weird number, but I had a bowl the first night, and a bowl tonight, and there’s a wee bit left.
Alright… I should really go hit the books. Does that seem wrong? it’s only my first week after all! I should be having fun!