Lunch @ Donna’s

Behold! The Daily Lunch Special @ Donna’s Eatery!

Cheese bun, mustard, mayo, cheese, corned beef, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, lettuce, spicy peppers, red onion!

This my friends is a Corned Beef Sandwich with all the fixins and as you can clearly see, it’s HUGE! I could only eat half of it.

It comes with a choice of soup- Chicken & Rice or Cream of Broccoli- and that’s HUGE too! It was really rich and creamy. Silky too.

I scarfed it down even though I knew I’d never be able to finish my sandwich. Really though, I wouldn’t have been able to finish my sandwich anyway.

Hubs chose their famous Clubhouse Sandwich -and fries- and he really enjoyed that too.

All sandwiches come with a large fermented pickle spear and while a wee bit pricy- our lunch cost us forty two dollars, including drinks- I think it’s good value for your dollar. Our sandwiches were made with care and attention using fresh ingredients and you certainly won’t feel hungry once you’re done!

Red Swan Pizza Review

There’s a new pizza place in town and I keep seeing their ads and then I got ahold of their menu and knew I had to give them a try! Red Swan Pizza.

They have such offerings as: Spicy Paneer “Spicy Cottage Cheese, Onion, Green Peppers, Tomato, Jalapeno, Pizza Sauce And Mozzarella Cheese ” and Butter Chicken “Butter Chicken, Onions, Green Peppers, Pizza Sauce & Mozzarella Cheese” and Tandoori Chicken ” Tandoori Chicken, Mushrooms, Red Onions, Green Peppers, Pizza Sauce, Jalapeno & Mozzarella Cheese” amongst just a few!

This time the Hubs and I chose a Hawaiian for him and the Coriander Chili Chicken for me. Mine was described as having fresh green coriander, marinated chicken, onion, green pepper and mozza cheese.

I was super excited to give it a try! (And super hungry too which is why I didn’t take any photos of the whole pie, ha ha ) But when it came … right away I could tell things were off. It just looked like one big red mass on top of one very thin crust.

Ok, fine. Not everything is going to look beautiful. And yes, while the photos on their website and flyer menu are so inviting, we all know the reality can be different, right?

We both dove right in anyway and it took about three bites before I started to get any flavour in mine.

“Meh” was my assessment. There was absolutely nothing special about it. I actually felt ripped off. The chicken tasted off. Not… bad, just off. Like chicken you’d get in a frozen meal. It had that taste and texture. There was absolutely NO fresh coriander anywhere to be seen or taste and while the sauce the chicken was in, was barely warm -in the spicy sense- there was no sign of chili, either. I was SO disappointed! This could have been such a great pie! The idea is a great one ( and I’m going to make my own just so I can experience it how I want it to be) but it was very, very, VERY poorly executed.

The Hub’s Hawaiian pizza was much the same. Underwhelming. The ham was just lardons of fat and the pineapple were dried out shards of no substance. And , in what I think was the worst crime of it all : both pies were really skimpy on the cheese. Not cool man! Especially when we paid 42 dollars for two pies!

One thing I did like: The sesame seeds on the edge of the crust. That was an interesting twist.

All in all, I would not order from them again.

A person would be better off to go to Pizza 73.

Hell, a person would be better of to go to Little Caesar’s and get one of their Hot and Ready Pies.

And that’s all I have to say about that!

Matzo Ball Soup Mix Review.

You might remember, way back in Lune, that I bought myself some soup as part of my 30 day present extravaganza.

In the past I’ve bought the Matzo Ball mix but never with the soup. I like to make my soup myself. Soup from a mix didn’t seem all that appetizing.

Well, obviously I am dumb Dumb with a capital D because this mix was AMAZING. No. Seriously. Read on.

This is what it looked like:

I got the mix at Save on Foods in their World Foods section. (Don’t we live in the world too? ) Right next to the East Coast stuff ( Aren’t the Maritimes a part of this country?)

You mix up the matzo meal with two eggs, some oil and water according to these directions:

Give it a chill and roll them into balls.

You cook the balls in the soup mix until they puff up like this:

And enjoy!

The whole process couldn’t have been easier. I enjoyed them on a wet and dreary day and they were just the thing. They are economical too. This one package which cost me 6 dollaroonies or so, fed me for 3 meals.

How did they taste? Divine!

That soup mix was SO good. Perfectly seasoned without being salty. So clear and clean tasting with a very nice celery flavour. I didn’t end up using all the soup and I thought nothing of adding the remainder to my precious master stock. The matzo balls were weighty and satisfying without being too dense. They were creamy and flavourful. I do believe, this is my favourite soup of all time. It’s well worth the try.

What’s your favourite soup? Is it from a can or mix, or homemade?

Beyond Meat. First Try.

I was so excited when my local grocery store started selling Beyond Meat burger patties. I’ve been slowly going “off” beef for the last little bit ( find it smells gross when it cooks) but still want to enjoy that meaty and umami taste us meat eaters love.

We paid 6.99 for two patties – on sale- and this is what we got:

They felt pretty fragile but I had no problems getting them into an oiled pan where I was instructed to cook them on each side for 4 mins a side on med-high heat.

Compared to a beef burger patty these gals are higher in calories than a beef patty (which is 204 calories per 100 grams.) These patties are 13 grams heavier, with an extra 66 calories. BUT I was eating them for my own anti yuck factor, not calorie count and it made no difference to me. The Beyond Meat burger also has 5 more grams of protein than an average beef patty but 226 (!!!!) more mg of sodium than a beef patty. So there’s that. It also has 0 grams of cholesterol.

They cooked up nicely even giving off “juice” in the process:

Here is the finished product:

A little dark but nothing major.

How was the taste? Good! ( I did have a photo of the inside of them in a burger bite but I accidently deleted it when I was clearing off photos whilst on a trip. Oooops. Sorry)

The patty had a great mouth feel. A good give in each bite and a soft interior with NO hard crunchy bits. They tasted smoky, like they’d been grilled. They tasted like MEAT, in my opinion. The Hubs said he liked them but wasn’t as enthusiastic as I was. ( Not many people are as enthusiastic as I am )

I’d eat them again. I’d choose them over a beef patty from the gorcery store for sure. But I do have concerns with the sodium levels so …not all the time and when I do the work and find grass fed, humanely raised, not smelly as it cooks, cattle to buy, I’d eat that instead.

I think they still have some work to do but for now, these are a good choice every once in awhile.

Monday Ramble, Sun, Storms, Food, Bears, Death.

HellOO Friends!

Thank you SO much for your patience with the dead air here on HeartStyle and my personal inattention! Something happened last week that switched my brain into sad mode, so … I was sad and let those feelings reign.

This weekend wasn’t sad though. I woke up on Saturday and it was SUNNY! It’s been storming for AGES here and the day felt like waking up to Spring all over again. So I read an excellent book and went for an excellent walk and bought a Slurpee that was SUPPOSED to be excellent but was not.

Because instead of Lime, I got MELON. Yuck! I should have known by the colour. The sign said Lime but it was lies. ALL LIES!

OH well, it was cool and I was hot!

On Sunday, we went to K-Days here in the city and that was fun. We walked around and ate all the things:

These are just what I took pics of. I also had a brisket sandwich and a Butterbeer cone and a Beaver Tail…I may have to go back for the fried chicken skin! We got into K-Days for FREE thanks to our library cards. So thanks EPL! We had fun and I appreciate the treat! ( K-Days are formally known as Klondike Days and it’s basically an exhibition and fair)

Sooooo, what made me so sad?

One of my husband’s drivers was killed in a crash while working.

He was on his last trip of the week, heading home.

He was young and married to his beloved. He loved motorcycles and cats.

His death was so shocking to everyone. Like a lightening strike out of the blue. And so damn sad. The rainy, stormy weather at the time definitely matched the hearts of all who learned the news.

This experience taught me a lot. My end of life doula skills came in handy in supporting my husband and hopefully through him, the driver’s wife, but sudden death is a whole other thing all together. I knew that….but I did not KNOW that. I’m forever grateful for the lesson.

And you know, it felt “good” to be sad. To allow myself to be sad. I didn’t know this fellow but he was still a part of my everyday life through my hubs. It felt like feeling sad was a way to honour that he had lived. It felt like a very important thing to do.

Today the rest of us are alive, and the sun is shining again.It’s supposed to be HOT. No thunderstorms for the next little bit but just in case:

I kind of like the idea of yelling Bring it on ASSHOLE to a tornado, ha! That’s a whole mood right there 🙂 As is the last don’t too…everything changes.

This is also a MOOD! Although you know, I was outside with tons of people yesterday and I loved it! I think fairs are one of my favorite things. The delicious smells, the clacks and clicks and clangs of all the rides. The music blasting. The little kids. The people dressed in all sorts of different get ups…Mind you give me TOO much of that^ and I’m right back to this meme again, ha ha.

Well. THAT answers that question. 🙂 Have you ever seen bear poop? It’s pretty neat stuff, especially during berry season. I accidently touched it once when I was checking to see how old it was. One of my many claims to fame 😛

I haven’t tried that new aging app thingy because all I need for that is the mirror but still, this made me laugh. Then cringe. Then ponder…

Only if you’re lucky. My newest, fondest wish is that I die peacefully in my sleep. That’s my wish for all of us. Happy being alive day, to YOU ❤

Love & Squishy Hugs.

Rhubarb In Soup? Rhubarb. Mushroom & Sausage Soup!

I’m over run with rhubarb but not really a sweets person so when I saw this recipe I was most curious!

And a wee bit afraid. Rhubarb in soup? Whaaaat? It’s a normal thing in parts of Europe but here in North AMerica, rhubarb is most definitely something you douse liberally with sugar and bake into desserts.

The author of said recipe wrote a compelling case for it though so I gave it a try and WOW oh WOW!

Rich and savoury with just enough tang to tickle your taste buds. The rhubarb kind of melts into these little silky bits that feel luxurious. And the fresh dill is EXACTLY the right complimentary flavour. I’m imagining this dish as the star attaraction at my Samhain celebration in October and I cant wait to try all the other savoury rhubard dishes I’ve got saved on my phone.

This is the original recipe HERE. Please check it out! I’m ever grateful to be introduced to such a thing. The author has a lot of great recipes on her site too.

I can’t leave well enough alone and just had to add sausage to mine. That is the version I bring you here.

Mushroom, Sausage and Rhubarb Soup

a good glug of oil. Use Whatevs. I used olive.

1 large onion, diced

4 medium potatoes, chopped.

1 lb roughly chopped mushrooms. I used a mix of button and cremini. The earthier the mushroom here the better, me thinks!

1/2 pound chopped rhubarb. Mine was from frozen.

4 sausages. Baked separately and sliced. I used spicy Italian because that’s what I had. I’d love to try a good Bratwurst or something similar to that. To simplify things you could fry these with the onions and drain out the fat. I did not because these sausages are really fatty.

4.5 cups of good stock. I used my homemade chicken stock. Use whatever you have on hand. Veggie stock, beef would be nice too…(note to self- make your own beef stock one of these days )

Fresh dill to taste. Chopped. I used about 1/4 cup.

A good glug or two of cream. I used coffee cream. Yes. Really.

Salt & Pepper.

Putting It All Together:

Heat your oil and sauté your onions for a bit over medium heat.

Crank it up-the heat!- and add your mushrooms, get some colour on them and then add the potatoes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Cover the whole lot in your stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 mins or until potatoes are soft enough to squish.

Bring up some potatoes on a spoon and give them a squish with a fork. Do this ’til you’ve got a texture you like. Or not. It’s up to you! The point is to thicken things up a bit and create a mixed texture. Again, or not.

Add the rhubarb and cooked sausage. and cook a further 10 mins. Take off the heat, add your dill and the cream.

Check for seasonings and then prepared to be blown away by how delicious these simple ingredients taste together!

F*ck Up Friday – Pea Shoot Smoothie.

Happy Friday!

Here’s a short but gross tip for you today…

A person might think pea shoots would taste AWESOME in a smoothie.

That person would be wrong. Pea shoots in a smoothie would be a mistake!

Why?

Well, pea shoots in a smoothie taste exactly like opening up a can of the cheapest store brand peas, cooking them in their can liquor for an hour and then whizzing them up with a banana and yogurt.

DIS-GUST-ING!

As gross in looks as it is in taste. Baby food is thy name.

So yeah…maybe don’t do that.

Love and squishy hugs!