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25 Things About Me

I thought it might be fun to post this here, since I’ve done it on facebook three years ago! No. 23 is the only change – it used to say: I am deeply disturbed by the state of our garage. But now that my hubby has transformed the then atrocious garage into our functional (albeit still crammed) letterpress studio – that statement is no longer true!

1. I give everything nicknames.

2. I love to cook, specially if it is for other people like my family and friends.

3. I try to stay in touch with family and friends.

4. My feet are always cold.

5. I love dogs, my Frenchie in particular.

6. I cannot walk and drink at the same time.

7. I do not like waking up in the morning.

8. I have a bad temper.

9. I am deathly afraid of worms.

10. I don’t like make-up and therefore never wear it.

11. I love taking photographs.

12. My favorite book is “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

13. I can watch “You’ve got Mail” over and over again.

14. I obsess about getting in shape but don’t do anything about it.

15. I am a hypochondriac – like father like daughter.

16. My husband is my best friend and my boss at work.

17. I am appalled that my nose is just going to keep on growing.

18. I share the same birthday as my father-in-law.

19. I am sad that common sense is no longer common.

20. I am disheartened by children who are easily bored.

21. I love chocolate.

Maltesers bucket

Maltesers bucket (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

22. I still watch cartoons.

23. My husband urges me to keep on (re)learning new things (rollerblading, skiing, sailing, yoga, letterpress, etc.) – I am an eternal student.

24. I am a Mac addict.

25. I can’t live without music.


Chickmuzucch a la Romesco Pizza

I have been gone for a while…busy with the letterpress print shop, preparing for upcoming Farmers’ Markets and so on.  But we have a guest (maybe guests) visiting tomorrow.  He will be talking to hubby about the possibility for us to design AND print his business cards. Together with his wife, they founded Half-Baked Cookie Company and sold great tasting shortbread cookies! They sort of inspired us to go ahead with our letterpress print shop!

English: Sauce romesco and ingredients. Català...

Image via Wikipedia

Anyway, our own (you can guess by the weird name) recipe below is what we will be serving him/them (not sure if wifey will show up) while we discuss future plans…

Ingredients for two medium-sized pizzas:

  • 2 pizza doughs (bought frozen at WholeFoods)
  • 1 generous cup of Romesco Sauce (prepared ahead)
  • 1 1/2 cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cup of shredded Smoked Gouda
  • 4 large Portobello mushrooms, grilled and sliced
  • 1 very large Zucchini, grilled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 lbs of cooked chicken breast (though I prefer boneless chicken thighs), seasoned, grilled and sliced into bite sized pieces)
  • 2 handfuls of thinly sliced Basil (optional)

Preheat (the pizza stones-if you have them) the oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.  Roll the pizza doughs out thinly on a large, floured surface.  Spread the Romesco Sauce evenly between both dough disks with the back of a spoon.  Sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese. Next, evenly distribute the chicken, mushroom and zucchini over the pizzas. Bury the ingredients under shredded Smoked Gouda cheese.  You may top the pizzas with thinly sliced Basil. Add salt and pepper to taste. (Slide the pizzas onto the pre-heated pizza stones-if you have them and) Bake in the oven until all the cheese has melted.

The dish is best enjoyed with a bottle of red wine or Beer – my personal preference would be a Pinot Noir or Pyramid Apricot Beer.  We hope our guest(s) will enjoy it and same for you!

Bon Apetit!

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro – a review

Last week, my hubby and I drove around Kitsilano (locally known as Kits) looking for a place to eat. We found ourselves on 4th Street which is lined with restaurants. I was very indecisive about where to dine, torn between vegetarian and exotic food. Urban Spoon suggested Naam, an Indian restaurant. We found parking right across the street. Unfortunately a line-up a block long was forming in front of the restaurant. As we stepped out of the car, we noticed  this fairly new place: The Oakwood Canadian Bistro. A sign advertising Special Mussels with frites for 10.00 CND from 5-8pm invited us to enter. The place oozed West-Coast coziness. It was actually fairly empty except for a few people, but we were told all tables were reserved, so we were ushered to the bar. We ordered our drinks: beer. The menu had a decent selection and showed two different kinds of mussels: in white wine broth or tomato coconut broth with chorizo. We decided that chorizo sounded good and so we ordered the Special Mussels a la Chorizo. Less than 1o minutes our entree was served! Then a gentleman – we suspected he was the owner or manager – appeared and told us that there had been a slight mistake with the orders. The Special Mussels were completely different form the ones listed on the menu. We said it didn’t really matter, so he apologized and gave us an order of  free french fries with truffle aioli.

The mussels were spectacular: fresh and juicy! Just the right amount of heat from the cuts of chorizo, and they came with home-made toasted corn bread which you used to clean up the broth with! Move over Chambar, these babies are worth a repeat! The fries were hot, cooked just right and the truffle infused aioli is yummy! We topped the evening off with an order of baked apple dumpling with vanilla ice cream – comfort food at its best! We asked for our  bill and to our surprise it turned out to be pretty affordable: 52.00 CDN including taxes! Not bad at all! We will definitely come back and recommend this restaurant to others!

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