Saturday, April 7, 2018

Let's Do Lunch

April 2018 - Toronto ON

Saturday we had family for Easter dinner. They don't like lamb so I went with ham, au gratin potatoes and roasted broccoli cauliflower and a fennel apple salad with pomegranate seeds.

For dessert, and I can't believe I didn't take a photo, was lemon mousse. This was a big hit, John and I ate so much of the mixture as we made it. So lemony, so easy!

Sunday was a lazy day for us after cleaning up. I roasted a leg of lamb with mushy peas and roasted potatoes for dinner with more lemon mousse for dessert.

Monday was a partial holiday and we treated it as such. I made a lamb curry from some of the leftovers with rice and naan/foccacia.

Potato cheddar broccoli cauliflower soup was made from Saturday's leftovers.
Using a box of chicken stock I added an onion, carrot and celery along with the leftover au gratin potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower. Simmered and then blended together. It was good and felt good using up those items.

Tuesday was our day to see Kasama's Infinity Mirrors. I wrote a detailed post here.

We started with lunch in the members' lounge. I had the cheese plate and John had the tuna nicoise which had seared tuna.

Wednesday my BFF and I had plans to go shopping but she was given two free tickets to see An American in Paris.

It was a cold very windy day as we walked to lunch at the Corned Beef House.

So good! This is the skinny version.

Named BEST MUSICAL of the year by both the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle and the winner of four Tony Awards.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film and featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin and the Tony Award-winning choreography of Christopher Wheeldon, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS has captivated both audiences and critics, becoming the most honored Broadway musical of 2015.

We enjoyed but were glad we hadn't bought the tickets, we both felt some of the dance scenes were too long. 

For dinner John made his delicious hamburgers.

Thursday I planned to spend the day cooking and baking using all the extra items leftover from Easter weekend.
So other than a quick run to Longo's for some gluten free flour and a couple of other things I spent the day in the kitchen.

For lunch I made broccoli fritters which were great with some tzatziki, also languishing in the fridge. Definitely a keeper.

I couldn't find the recipe I had made a few weeks ago so tried this  cream cheese apple coffee cake. It's not a keeper, first of all it takes too long as there are three layers, and I thought the struesel was too thick and sweet even though I always reduce the amount of sugar in a recipe.

Lamb soup was made with some homemade vegetable stock I had frozen and the lamb bone along with cumin, cinnamon, coriander, garlic and onions. Simmered for a few hours and then strained and I added potatoes, carrots, onions and turnip along with the reserved meat. I didn't add barley as it isn't gluten free.

In keeping with using leftovers I made a crustless quiche using leftover ham and broccoli and John made a Caesar salad.

Friday it's snowing out so we changed our plans and stayed in. The Masters is on so John is quite happy.

Headline in Toronto Star today.

Snowfall in Toronto ends a cold week and the weekend won’t get much better

We went for wings with family and had a great time. Wings, beer, sweet potatoes fries and WOW wedges what could be better?



The Woman Who Couldn't Scream was an average read with an average ending.

Heart Of The City is fifth in this series set in Toronto.

The Cartel - because John read me sections and got me interested.



  1. That lemon mousse looks so good. Can hardly wait to try it!

  2. I love all the polka dots! Too bad American in Paris wasn't better.

    I agree that the lemon mousse looks good and really easy! I love lamb; we have it often. If that's the "skinny" corned beef sandwich, I can't even image the "fat" version!

    All your books are new to me ... must investigate.

    1. Sandwich comes in skinny, huge, gigantic and colossal.

  3. The food and the lovely sights you saw were a delight to enjoy. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

  4. The sandwich looks like a full meal!

  5. Holy Cow, I need to rest after just reading how busy you were LOL.

  6. I checked out that broccoli recipe- and it sure sounds good! Thanks Jackie!

  7. That lemon mousse does look easy and delicious!!

  8. That corned beef sandwich makes me hungry ! Have a wonderful week!

  9. You've had a great week! I'd love to see Infinity mirrors - I did see the dotty sticker one in Songapore for the Children's Biennale. It was so AMAZING!

  10. I'm going to try making the lemon mousse and broccoli fritters, thank you very much. The art exhibit looks like a lot of fun. I doubt anyone can be morose after leaving that. :-)
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  11. Loved all the photos with the spheres - so magical! Thank you for all these fun photos and cooking directions for All Seasons!
    How funny that we both wrote about "doing lunch" without knowing!! And also: I asked my daughter what meat she was using for Easter, because I don't like ham! Fortunately, she had tri-tip steak.
    Even stronger. Today we talked with someone we thought he was from Southern Californian, but today started talking about his brother in Toronto - upon which asked how his brother got there, and he replied that he and his whole family comes from Toronto and he's a dual citizen!
    Whoo, too many coincidents, Jackie! By the way, hope you and your hubby finally got over your cold!

  12. If I didn't want lunch before, I do now :-)

  13. I'm so glad you posted that chart to cut ingredients by half. I need that. And the soup recipe for leftover veggies is brilliant. I need to try that one for sure!
    Loved the musical link.

  14. Mmmm...your meals always sound so delicious! And that mirror exhibit looks amazing! It's great how you always get out and about to see all that your city has to offer - I am still determined to get up there again soon!


    Book By Book

  15. You obviously love to cook almost as much as you love to eat, Jackie. :) :) That pomegranate video was a whizz! I may have to try it. Thanks for your company!

  16. Ooo - I love those Kasama shots.

  17. Another full and fabulous blog post. I wish I had half your energy!
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  18. I am forever cutting recipes down for just the two of us. Sometimes it works out, sometimes not so much like when I bake bread. That corned beef sandwich looks great. One year a friend of ours brought a friend of his to our cabin on a summer airplane vacation. His friend was the manager of a The Hat restaurant in Los Angeles. He brought all the fixings to make corned beef sandwiches on rolls. They were so good.When we visit Los Angeles we try to get to one of the restaurant in the chain. - Margy

  19. Boy, you are a busy girl ... I love Tuna Nicoise but haven't had any for a long time ... Never heard of Broccoli Fritters but I sure like the look of it ... and that 'skinny' sandwich - wow! (Have you noticed I am fixated on the food?)

  20. Looks like you've been busy! Keep on having fun!


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