The Craziness that is Comic Con!

My last week has been ABSOLUTELY insane.

Last Wednesday, my day began like usual… class, class, more class, oh! and another class. After 6 hours of class and a three hour break before 3 more hours of class, I get a little exhausted and have very little time to make fancy dinners. So, I made sweet potato fries from scratch (served with home-made chipotle mayo), and Broc/Cauli Cheddar Omelettes.

Omelette w Sweet Potato fries

My sweet potato fries are really simple, I peel the potatoes then cut them into french frie sizes, then toss in olive oil, Franks hot sauce, and a bit of freshly ground black pepper. To cook, I bake them at 450 for about 8 minutes, flip and cook them for about 10 minutes. This time around, I cut them a little to thickly and so they were a bit soggy be still YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY!! The Chipotle mayo is simply mayo, franks hot sauce, and Chipotle seasonings- I have also made it with ground up chipotle in adobo, but prefer the seasoning.

The omelettes are SUPER SIMPLE. I used the Green Giant Broc/Cauli Cheddar frozen vegetable side that you can get in the freezer at most grocers, cooked that according to the package directions and used it as my omelette fillings, melting some mozz. on top 🙂

After dinner I went to my night class, and when I got home from night class things got CRAZY for me. My boyfriend started to freak out about me not having my passport renewed (we are going to Greece this summer) so we (he) decided that I had to go home righht away. I caught the Red-Eye Greyhound to Toronto, and Thursday becomes a blur. 2 hours sleep, go get passport photo, go get father-in-law-to-be to sign them, go to passport office (which smells AWEFUL), sleep 2 hours, ESSAY ESSAY ESSAY! For dinner, even though I had planned an amazing St. Patty’s day dinner that I couldn’t make, I ended up breaking my Lent (I knew going into Lent that the weekend I went home would not work because of Comic Con). For dinner we got poutines at a new Poutine restraunt downtown Brampton. If you ever find yourself in Brampton, go to the Poutine place downtown!! We had these with burgers and Green Beer while watching the 4 hour Destination Truth special!

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were purely dedicated to COMIC CON!! My father is a cartoonist (on the side of his normal job, owning/operating Aquality Fish) and so we have a booth at Comic Con (and Fan Expo, and a bunch of other conventions of this type). The business is called “Blockheadz!”- check them out at or on their facebook page “Are you a Blockhead… I am!”… they are really, very cool unique gift ideas and collectors peices!!

(thats me in front of the Blockheadz! booth)

With Comic Con going on, there is no time for cooking ANYTHING. My weekend was full of junk food, crap, and CHIPOTLE FRIES, which is what I will end on for today. Chipotle Fries are fantastic, gooey, yummy, spicy fries that you can get at the Direct Energy Centre in TO, which is where Comic Con is held. Last year, we fell in love with them. By we, I mean everyone that comes out to support Blockheadz! This year they weren’t as good as last year- but were still our valued chipotle fries!!


Portobello “Cheese-Steak”

This weekend Chris & I didn’t eat any good meals. It was just one of those weekends, yeah know. I worked Saturday night, so Chris fended for himself, then on Sunday we just snacked on junk food all night instead of making an actual dinner 🙂

Last night, we got back into our normal habits. After class all day, and a TERRIFYING nightmare the night before, I needed to escape into the kitchen but was too tired for anything big. I made Portobello “Cheese-Steak” sandwhiches, which are a vegetarian alternative to normal Cheesesteak meals. The recipe is from Good Housekeeping’s Budget Friendly cookbook.

Mushroom, Green Pepper, and Onion in Balsamic Vinegar with Melted Cheese all wrapped in a pita. Yumm yumm. We had them with some french fries, nothing special.

For dessert I attempted to make Maccaroons. Keyword= attempted!! I didn’t make them compact enough, so even after cooking a little longer and letting them cool they just crumbled. Lesson learned, next time I will make them much smaller. Although the crumbles taste good 🙂

Sweet Red-Pepper & Cayenne Sauce

I got a little adventurous last night for dinner. I have NEVER liked sour cream, ever! The smell of it makes me stomach turn. BUT- I decided to make a sour cream based pasta sauce for dinner last night, you know…. break out of my shell.

Well, it was a big mistake! I did not like it at all, and we ended up dumping it in the toilet. But I tried, and that’s what counts… right?

The recipe is “Sweet Red-Pepper and Cayenne Sauce” from Allrecipes (sticking to my allrecipes based menu this week). I am sure that if you liked sour cream you would enjoy the sauce, but it was not for me! I ended up having plain pasta with butter and seasoning salt. I think that is I had used a light cream instead of sour cream the sauce would have been perfectly fine.

But, I have learnt from my mistakes, and will never venture into the sour cream area’s again.

That is my boyfriends meal, he had steak with his. Lucky him, I don’t really eat steak. I was a vegetarian for years, and have jsut recently began reintroducing meat into my diet… so I only had the pasta… ugh.


Buffalo Chicken Wontons

Last night Chris and I remade a recipes that we had tried before, and this time it was MUCH better.

When we made them last time, we could not find wonton wrappers at any of the grocery stores where we live… so we made them into Buffalo Chicken Spring Rolls, using rice paper.

This time, however, we had proper wonton wrappers. Instead of making them into triangles like wonton’s are supossed to be we made squares (using two wrappers) because we were having them as the main part of our dinner.

They are yummy and easy to make, and would make a great contribution to a pot luck or finger food meal.

I got the recipe from Allrecipes (I do actually use cookbooks, just this weeks menu was based on Allrecipe meals). It’s simply called “Buffalo Chicken Wontons”

I served them with Ranch sauce for dipping, but blue cheese would be good too, just like with wings (I just don’t like blue cheese).

Also, I baked them in the oven at 350 for seven minutes, then flipped them for seven more minutes. I chose to do this instead of frying them because it’s a wee bit healthier.


Spinach-Bacon Pasta

Wednesday is my ‘long’ day, I class from 8:30am until 4:00pm, then again from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. So for dinners on Wednesday I tend to make meals that come together quickly.

Last night I made “Spinach-Bacon Penne” from We had bacon pre-cooked in the refrigerator from the weekend, so that saved a lot on time. I had never had this recipe before, and at first I wasn’t crazy about it, but by the time I finished my bowl I was loving it- I even went back for seconds!!

The original recipe (on explained a new method for wilting the spinach, where you put the spinach in the strainer then drain the pasta over it. I did this to try it out, but the spinach did not wilt as much as would have wanted it to.

Another good thing about this recipe is that it is budget friendly! It cost a total of $6.50   (Bacon= $2, Tomatoes= $1.50, Penne= $1, Spinach= $1.50, Garlic= $0.50)… and that’s only if you don’t have some of the ingredients on hand. I lucked out, I had the tomatoes and the garlic.


Strawberries with Cream Cheese!

Chris and I are in the middle of moving into an new apartment, and when we went to view it, it looked like a decent size. But, once we had the keys in our hands and had to start moving stuff in it started to look really really small. So, yesterday I bussed to the apartment during the day (which included going into the Timmies downtown Sudbury, which is TERRIFYING!). I brought a measure tape with me and measured out all the rooms, mapped them all out in a notebook, and drew in the furniture, just to make myself feel better about things fitting into the apartment.

For lunch, I brought my Bento Box, filled with the fixings for a spinach-strawberry-walnut salad. Yumm yumm.

For dinner, I was planning on making a pasta dish, but when Chris and I realized that it was the night before Lent, we decided to go out since I have decided to give up fast food and eating out/ordering in for Lent. We went to Tony V’s, a cute little restraunt right around the corner from the old apartment.

But, of course, I felt the urge to make something. So, for dessert I made a recipe I often make for dessert called “Valentine’s Night Strawberries” from Allrecipes. Fresh Strawberries that have creamcheese filling in them 🙂

These ones are from one of the other times I made them, but they look very similar (last night I didn’t dye the cream cheese green though)!!


Bacon Potato Rounds and Winter Fruit Salad

Last night I was feeling much MUCH better, my teeth weren’t hurting as much 🙂 So I was back to making dinner instead of ordering in!

I decided to make a three-part meal. A ‘Winter-Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing’ from, ‘Bacon & Cheese Potato Rounds’ from Allrecipes, and we bought a rot. chicken while we were at the grocery store.

I love grocery shopping, even when my boyfriend gets impatient and grumpy! I’m not sure why, but I fond grocery shopping fun, walking down the aisles seeing all the different options to chose from. I always bring a shopping list that I make based on the menu I have planned out for the week, but it is still fun to look.

The Winter Fruit salad was good. It called for pear and apple- I don’t like pears, but I put them in anyway and I still enjoyed it. The Lemon Poppyseed Dressing was easy to make, and not to over powering which I enjoyed. I was afraid that it would be too sour because I usde freshly squeezed lemon juice, but the sugar balanced it out nicely.

The Potato rounds were delicious, what can go wrong with potato, bacon, and cheese- but they are NOT healthy!  If you are looking for an easy side or app these are perfect, but be aware that they are oily and fatty. I drizzled BBQ sauce over mine, and it was fantastic.


Maple-Apple Crumble

The other night I was NOT in the mood to cook dinner because I recently had some Wisdom Teeth pulled out. This is really strange for me because I love cooking! It’s my favorite part of the day!! So instead of making something for dinner, my boyfriend and I ordered Swiss Chalet and made some french fries. Not fun for me, since I had to rip my wings into small little pieces in order to eat them, which was messy, sticky, and cold by the time I got to eat them.

After eating dinner, I decided to make something for dessert. I had some crumble toppings in the freezer from the other week so I made a Maple-Apple Crumble. I am sure I’m not the first person to make this, but I just thought of it on the spot because we didn’t have any other berries or anything I could add to the crumble, and the maple syrup in the frige was teasing me. It is really easy to make (I mean, a 9 year old could master it), I will post the recipe below… but remember that I am only cooking for two people! So you may need to rescale the amounts.

The Maple-Apple Crumble came out DELICIOUS, and I served it with ice cream (Which feels amazing when you have teeth taken out!).


2 apples, peeled, cored, and sliced

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup maple syrup


Toss apples in brown sugar, and pour them into a small round buttered baking dish (mine holds about 1 litre of liquid), then pour the maple syrup over the apples. Spread topping mixture over the apples, bake at 375 for approx 20 minutes, until the apples are soft and bubbly and the top is golden brown.

I had pre-made crumble topping, but if you don’t it’s just brown sugar, butter, oats, and flour (mix dry and then cut in the butter to form small chunks).


My Very First Post

I am brand new to the blogging world, so this is my very first blog. I am not going to write about anything specific until I get used to how everything works.

My plan is to write a food blog. I don’t expect anyone to relly read it- but it seems like a fun thing to do.

I am young (currently 19), and live with my boyfriend (of over 3 years) in Copper Cliff Ontario. Neither of us are from here, I grew up in Calgary AB and moved Bramton ONT for high school, which is where he is from. We moved to Copper Cliff because I go to university in Sudbury, and he is a registered fire fighter who is going to try and get onto the Copper Cliff volunteer department. My blog is going to be about the different foods I make, and about the different experiences I have in the kitchen. I am a good cook, but not great, so this is a learning experience for me. Right now, I post all my food pictures onto facebook, but that doesn’t allow me the freedom to write what I want about each picture!

I don’t know what to expect from this, but I’m going to give it a shot 🙂