Friday Favourites + Weekly Reads

It’s time for another instalment of my Friday Favourites!

I hope you all had a great week, mine has been just nuts! I’m spending Friday morning at Ag in the City and while I’m not at my booth reppin’ my study, I’ll be out buying bread from Tall Grass Prairie (Mr A, you can expect several loves when you arrive home).

With that said, I’m wishing you all a fantastic weekend and I hope you enjoy this week’s favourites!

5 THINGS I ATE

My first taste of spring 2015 asparagus.

Spring AsparagusBroccoli Mushroom Cheddar Quiche + assorted mini quiches because the filling didn’t all fit in the pie shell.

Broccoli Mushroom Cheddar QuicheA Pie for Pi Day + a box of white wine. We know how to celebrate the most epic Pi Day of all time.

A Pie for Pi DayDonair from Best Pizza and Donair (ps their name is 110% accurate).

Best Pizza and DonairICYMI–> WIAW from this week

5 FAVOURITES

Impromptu Northern Lights adventures. They were WILD on Wednesday night.

Tim Hortons donut and coffee x 2 win. Looks like I’m on a roll (says the person who will never win at roll up the rim ever again).

A new dresser!

New Dresser

Thirsty Thursdays with Shiraz and school friends <3

My orchid is finally growing a new stem! This means a new flower is on its way. So happy I haven’t killed it yet…

Weekly Reads

Today I’m linking up with Clare and Heather. Make sure to send some love their way!

Let’s chatWhat do you have going on this weekend? Who else is ready for another holiday from work/school??

WIAW: Typical Grad Student Edition

Welcome back to WIAW!

Did you miss it? I know I did. WIAW is the only reason I remember to take pictures of the amazing things I make and eat. I have been so lost without it.

I’m going to preface this post by saying this is not a normal day for me. If we’re being honest, I don’t really have any ‘normal’ days, and that’s probably what I like most about being a grad student – everyday is different. However, today was extra out of the ordinary.

Now, let’s get to what you really came here to see, the food.

Breakfast I 5:45am//Smoothie: Spinach, kale, Hemp Pro, mixed berries, frozen banana, 2 dates. Made this baby the night before because I knew I had an early morning ahead of me. This was the only green I was sporting for St. Patrick’s Day (why does it look brown in the picture?).

Make Ahead Smoothie

Breakfast II 10am//Rodgers porridge oats with a scoop of PB, strawberry compote, and a sliced banana. Waaaay later than I normally eat breakfast.

Rodgers Porridge Oats

Lunch 12:30pm//Quiche + asparagus

Broccoli Quiche

Afternoon snack 1:15pm//Dried figs, walnuts, orange

Figs Walnuts Orange

Afternoon pick me up 3pm//Tim Hortons coffee (and I won a free one!) in seminar.

Tim Hortons Coffee

Pre-dinner snacking 5:30pm// Apple, cheese, wine. I was hangry when I got home and I went straight for the cheese…and the wine.

Dinner 6pm// Sautéed zucchini and eggplant, pan rushed chicken thighs, and roasted potatoes.Chicken Zucchini Potatoes

Post-dinner snack: I’ll probably snack on some chocolate or fruit. We’ll see how I feel!

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Let’s chatAny luck with Roll Up the Rim? Have you had some spring asparagus yet!?!

Friday Favourites + Weekly Reads

Happy Friday!

I’m happy to be back with some favourites from this week the last two weeks. I really wanted to get a post up for last week but Thursday night was spent madly reference checking for a paper that is being submitted to a journal ASAP #lifeofagradstudent

It all worked out though. You deal with whats thrown on you and you move on!

I moved on, right to Mercadito Latino on Friday night for some amazing El Salvadorian food. I wasn’t in blogger mode, so I didn’t manage to snap any food picks. I did take a picture of the impressive hot sauce selection at the table though. I highly recommend checking this place out; they even have a store where you can stock up on all your favourite latin treats. ;)

Marcadito Latino

I’ve been loving Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime Tea. Warm tea season is fleeting so I’ve been trying to get in as much as I can.

Last week I tried a Tabata class at my gym with a new instructor. It was epic. We used the Bosu for everything. Who knew they were so hard to stand on?

Last weekend Mr A and I celebrated one year in our apartment. We celebrated with a huge pot of homemade chilli and a side of (challah) garlic toast.

Homemade Chilli

Costco trips. I want all the cheese, all the baby cucumbers, and ample time to peruse the cookbooks.

Weekly Reads

Today I’m linking up with Heather & Clare.

Let’s chat!Favourite tea, favourite cookbook, favourite piece of workout equipment. Go! 

Thinking out loud.

You guys! I’ve missed you!

I’ve had a mess of a time getting through the last few weeks. So many unexpected things came up and I’ve literally being working day and night most days of the week. When I had a half hour at the end of my day I wasn’t motivated to log into WordPress and write you a witty blog post, so I didn’t.

With that said I hope things are different now. I’ve finally finished my last assignment for my graduate level vitamins course. I chose a super interesting topic for my final paper and I would love to share the results on here once I get my grade back.

So…what else is new with me? Well, it’s spring now in Manitoba! Super excited about that, however I never know what shoes to wear when I leave the house because it’s so…wet out.

I’ve been cooking and baking a lot (but not taking pictures of it…fail)! I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I need a job as a recipe tester for bloggers. I’m amazing at following recipes. Thanks Chelsea for the awesome Oat and Flax Date Square recipe and Amanda for the Almond Oat Cakes (ps. I did recipe test that one ;) )

While I’m still thinking out loud, I’m going to reminisce a little. I was reminded this week of an awesome event I was honoured to attend last year at the University of Manitoba where I got to meet one of the most incredible human beings – Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

IMG_1838This was taken right after he told me I was the best GF ever for getting that book signed for Mr A. The best part was I kept the signed book a secret until I got home after the dinner (5 hours later). Mr A was so surprised!

That’s all the thinking I can do right now, I will see you all back here Friday morning for some much needed favourites and reads.

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How to Make a Perfect Brunch Fruit Platter

 

How to Make a Perfect Brunch Fruit Platter

If you’re new around here: Hello, my name is Melissa and I love brunch.

There’s nothing better than a lovely Saturday or Sunday morning brunch with good food and friends. While it’s nice to go out for brunch, it can be even better to make it at home because you get to serve whatever you want. If that means waffles and bagels and two types of eggs then bring it on.

However my friends, bunch is not complete without a beautiful fruit platter and today I’m going to show you how you can create your own.

Your brunches will never be the same.

Brunch Fruit Platter

1. Start with a flat surface. It’s best to use a large serving platter or a large wooden cutting board. The bigger the surface area, the more delicious fruit you can put on it.

2. Select your fruits. It’s important to think about colour and variety if you want to make a visually and taste appealing platter. Try not to pick all orange things – oranges, nectarines, peaches, or fruits that are similar – oranges, mandarins, grapefruit. A platter that has variety in both the taste and colour departments would look like this:

  • Oranges
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries

3. Prepare your fruit. Different shapes and sizes make for a more interesting platter but be sure to keep the cut up fruits in 1 or 2 bite pieces.  You can also keep stems and peels on for more visual a-peel. (I’m sorry I had to) 

4. Play with textures. Adding bowls or ramekins to the platter add another dimension and are a great way to keep berries from rolling around.

5. Optional Ad-ons. Feel free to customize your platter with different dips and add ons. We’ve served it with yogurt, whipping cream, and you could also do a caramel sauce.

Let’s chatWhat’s your favourite brunch food? Can you cut fruit in fancy ways for a fruit platter? – I’ve always wanted to be able to do that!

February 2015 Recap

February always seems to fly by, but I’m ok with that because that means we’re one month closer to spring!

I was totally consumed with classes and my project this month but I still managed to publish some goodness on this space. In case you missed it, here are the top post of February on Mango About Town.

I was finally able to go to La Fiesta Cafecito with some friends, and it was fan-tastic.

I took a look at some Emerging Nutrition Research.

Emerging Nutrition Research

I was able to attend Winnipeg Mardi Gras and I reviewed both the foods and beverages.

I shared some ways to cope with dull winter produce.

Dull Winter Produce

I shared a story about my first experience with a ‘superfood.’

My sweet friend Liz came over to chat about Bananas and how to use them all the way from straight off the tree to brown and spotty.

I pondered some ways on how to get more people cooking.

How do we get more people cooking?

I figured out that life is too short to eat bad food.

Let’s chatHow did your February shape up? What are you looking most forward to in March?

Friday Favourites + Weekly Reads

Happy Friday everyone!

I hope your day is filled with lots of coffee, doughnuts, and wine. (Maybe not in that order?)

I’m excited for this weekend because it marks one year for Mr A and I in our apartment. I can’t believe it’s been a year, where has the time gone? Oh yeah, into studying and managing a human clinical trial…

Tis’ life.

My weekend is bound to be full of excitement, love, and cooking. Now it’s time for some quick favourites…

A night to myself. Mr A was out at a Jets game and I stayed in – made curry, caught up on my blogs, and cleaned the kitchen.

Lunch with the ladies. On Thursday the ladies who lunch – that’s absolutely our new name – headed out to Pastrami and Things, for a lot of things and not a lot of pastrami. I had the largest BLT known to (wo)man and I didn’t even take a picture of it. #foodbloggerprobs

Workin’ on my fitness. Last weekend I apparently joined a relay team for the Manitoba Marathon so I’ve been *trying* to train.

The sun is out at 7am when I leave for work!! I know it’s been like this for a week, but it brightens my day (literally).

Saturday night board game parties. We played a strange one last week that was really fun – Carcassonne.

5 Things I Ate

Challah. With butter, with cheese, with butter and jam. Give me all the challah.

Homemade Challah

Cauliflower Chickpea Curry

Coffee in my new Thermos mug. It keeps it so hot for so long!

Brunch. Complete with: waffles, fruit, frittata, bacon, potato hash, vanilla whipped cream, and bagels and cream cheese(s). We know how to do brunch.

Weird food combinations: Cheese + pickle + tomato on toast and yogurt + applesauce on oats.

Cheese and Pickle on Toast

Weekly Reads

Linking up with Clare and Heather!

Let’s chatDo you celebrate home anniversaries? What do you like to do when you have a night free from commitments?