12.05.2008

food boredom

So there's been no posts on here in over a week. And today should have been "fri five fave food finds", but it's not done yet, and I'm tired of finishing it on Saturdays. I guess this last while has been a bit of a food rut, but lots has been going on. Jeff and I took in an opening of a wheel of parmigiano last Saturday morning. There's nothing quite as delightful as taking a full inhale of a freshly opened wheel. Photobucket Sure, I've cooked quite a bit lately, and certainly eaten enough to prepare for an upcoming holiday overdose, but somehow no new recipes have been that exciting. Good, but not great. Just hum-dee-haw. Or just haven't turned out quite right. Or just don't seem very creative, or good for sharing. A lettuce and tomato salad is delicious, but boring. I thought I'd make chocolate oatmeal cookies for you. I have made them a million times. But then I forgot the right amount of flour, and they weren't as beautiful (albeit nice and buttery), as they should have been. Just nothing has been good enough for you. And to be a whiner, I also have a smidgen of a cold, so am avoiding dairy products somewhat; this complicates my glorious hot chocolate scheme... yes I'll sacrifice myself to test so many of them, but I have to draw the line somewhere. Or the picture, just wasn't quite right. So that has been on hold too. I might be getting a new camera soon, so there is some inspirational hope to come. However, here are a few tastes from couple recent dining adventures. These photos are from a friend's birthday at Bonavista Peking House. Dinners with J are nearly always multi-course affairs, whether you like it or not. (Several courses beyond this post!). And you won't find these dishes on the English menu, and they are very, very good: Peking duck; place it in a wrapper with some green onion, hoisin and cucumber. Delicious. Photobucket Roast chicken with shrimp chips and sea salt. Photobucket Shrimp and scallops with vegetables Photobucket Yin and Yang rice. Fried rice hiding underneath these sauces. Photobucket This chestnut soup with a truffle infusion and truffle foam, was part of one of the best meals I've ever had, AND it was here in Calgary. Hooray! Chef's Table at the Kensington Riverside Inn = worth every penny. Not an everyday splurge, but I would rather dine here, and then eat frugally for weeks; than to dine elsewhere five times, for "high-end" food that doesn't even come close. It's like going to gastronomic heaven for an evening. Photobucket Ok, Ok, I'll get on with those promises of more hot chocolate to come!

18 comments:

HoneyB said...

I'm jealous of those delicious looking meals! We all get in those food ruts. Doesn't mean we forget you!

Tangled Noodle said...

Beautiful pictures . . . now I have a serious craving for Peking duck.

Shauna said...

Gail!
Jeremy and I are going to be in Calgary for 10 days over the holidays. Perhaps we can arrange a dinner together? The Kensington Riverside Inn looks like a fun and delicious night out! Any other ideas? Let us know!!

Reeni said...

Gorgeous pictures, delicious food. Hope you get to feeling better!!

gail said...

HoneyB - you are sweet as honey as always!!

Tangled Noodle - Peking duck is addictive isn't it? mmm

Shauna - when are you here!!!?!!! Fabulous!!

Reeni - thank you, the cold is almost all disappeared. Yay vitamins!

Jessie said...

Gail, I was wondering what happened to you! I kept thinking, when is Pinkpeppercorn Gail going to do another hot chocolate post lol I'm glad you're feeling better! It's been a nasty flu/cold season.

I can understand the food rut, I get stuck in them too. I look to cookbooks and magazines for inspirations. It helps it really does. Great entry! and I love your photos!

gail said...

OK, hot cocoa in the morning tomorrow! :)

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

Everyone is allowed a food rut once in a while. I just had one after Thanksgiving. Considering that I had enough left over to last me till Thursday I didn't cook. I refused to waste food. (and refused to cook after cooking 18 hours a day for 3 days) Thank you for the compliments on my background! It was free from www.cutestblogontheblog.blogspot.com. There is a pink one there that I think would look quite nice on your blog (hint hint). I love reading your blog by the way...get out of that rut soon!

Jo said...

Wow everything looks so delicious. And you even featured one of my fav dishes, peking duck!

Hornsfan said...

Wow these look amazing -- wish I had a good source for Peking duck - that is a great photo....so jealous!

DocChuck said...

As a cheese aficionado, I believe that is the most impressive photo of newly opened wheel that I have ever see.

Great post.

Marie said...

hi Gail . Love the pics accompanying the posts. They are lovely. I would like to know how to make the roast chicken, ying yang rice and the other dishes with it in the same post.

gail said...

Hi Marie - I would love to know too!

Jerzee Tomato said...
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gail said...

What is it exactly that you aren't impressed with? I had a few things to say, but no recipe.

Mrs DocChuck said...
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Christopher J Davies said...

Great photography and topics!
Delicious

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