So. Much. Food.

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pineapple cilantro Moscow mule

This weekend was a food weekend to end all food weekends.  So much celebrating and based on the scale, it looks like I gained about two pounds.  Needless to say, I’m not too worried about it as this week marks the my return to serious training after a much needed post Manitoba Half cutback week (and yes, I know I still owe a few race recaps).

 

Friday was a bbq I hosted for a friend’s birthday.  The menu included a festive beverage (see right), some key lime pie and some veggies and rib eyes on the Big Green Egg.

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Even looking at this picture again makes me hungry.

The next day I had an impromptu bbq to attend at a friend’s sister’s place.  The friend lives out of town now and decided to host a bbq so she could have a proper hangout with a number of people and they could get to meet her adorable, six month old twins.  I made a rather divine vegan chocolate cake (the host’s son has a nasty egg allergy) with some super decadent whipped chocolate buttercream and a sweetened whipped cream filling.

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Finally, I opted to make some macarons with the leftover egg whites from the Key Lime Pie I made.  It was really humid and I wasn’t sure if they would turn out…alas, half did and half didn’t…figures. lol  Keeps me from getting to cocky with my baking skills….though I must say, those macs may have not all turned out, but daaaaamn they are tasty!

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So needless to say, it was a busy week in the kitchen, but oh so good. I plan on going on a bit of a baking hiatus so that I can try to shake the last six pounds I want to lose in order to be at racing weight for Dumbo Double Dare in September.  only about 9 weeks to go! 🙂

Happy Monday!

Lisa

P.S. I will post some recipes for some of the things I made shortly. 🙂

I Cooked: Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette

I have been eating a whole lotta salad for lunch at work lately…and really trying to also make my own salad dressings.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised by some of them…and this one, was an even greater surprise because I did it on a whim this morning when I was running late to work and my honey was all crystallized- I didn’t even use measuring tools because now I try to be a “fancy” cook and just throw sh~t together and go by taste…and let me assure you, the taste of this is YUM!

1 part balsamic vinegar

1 part olive oil

1/2 part of maple syrup (to taste…I tend to like my vinaigrettes on the sweeter side)

1/2 spoonful of grainy mustard

sprinkle of salt

sprinkle of pepper

*minced garlic or shallot would’ve been added, but again, I was running late…but it is delish without it if you were/are time challenged like I was.

Mix all of these ingredients together in a jar…shake it up…give it a taste…add more of whatever ingredient you think it needs to make it yummy.

I used this on top of a bed of spinach, chopped pecans, roast chicken, goat cheese, craisins, cherry tomato and cucumber.  It was HEAVEN.

I Cooked: Spring Minestrone with Chicken Meatballs

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Serves 4 Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, but I found the recipe on Shutterbean 8 oz. ground chicken 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 4 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving 5 garlic cloves, 3 minced, 2 thinly sliced 1 tablespoon fresh pesto … Continue reading