What does it take to make airplane food?

Yesterday, my friend Doug and I came across this documentary showing what it takes Emirates to put together your meals for your flight. It is pretty amazing the amount of work that goes into one flight.

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Stella’s Cafe and Bakery – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Stella's Cafe & Bakery - Sherbrook  Photo from www.stellas.ca

Stella’s Cafe & Bakery – Sherbrook
Photo from http://www.stellas.ca

Today, I want to share with you one of Winnipeg’s favourite restaurants.  Stella’s Cafe & Bakery is a common place to go for a delicious meal with friends, but they are most certainly well known for their breakfasts.

Blueberry Banana French Toast

Blueberry Banana French Toast

Opened in 1999 with one location in Osborne village, they have grown to 6 locations including one located in the newly constructed Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. Ensure that you are prepared for a wait because people love the fresh, high quality food provided by Stella’s.

The menu is unique and features in-house baked bars, breaks, buns, cakes, cookies, muffins, pies and other pastries.  I love that they serve breakfast day all-day, with options such as Blueberry French Toast, Smoked Salmon Breakfast, and my personal favourite the Mexican Breakfast which features Eggs served on baked beans and Guacamole.

Salmon Breakfast Custom Ordered Gluten Free

Salmon Breakfast
Custom Ordered Gluten Free

The staff is always friendly and they are willing to go above and beyond to make this a dining experience you are sure to enjoy.  They also serve their own brand of Stella’s jam which features “strawberries, blueberries, sugar, pectin & love” available for purchase for $5.00.

You can find their full menu online, but my advice is go check their menu out at one of their locations.  You will not be disappointed.

What a Week!

Hey Friends,

It has been far too long since I last posted anything. I want to start by saying “I am alive and well.”

I had 7 days off work which I used to spend time with friends. However, that unfortunately left far less time to share the mischief I was causing with you. I apologize and promise to do a better job of including you in the future.

On that note, I want to share with you a quick video of my week. You can watch it by clicking here  or below.

Love ya always,

-M

My Yummy Spaghetti

Pasta seems to be my go-to comfort food. This week, I want to share with you one of my favourite lazy pasta dishes that takes minimal effort, but tastes amazing.

Ingredients

  • 1 Red Onion
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Orange Pepper
  • 1 lb extra lean Ground Beef
  • 4 servings of dried Spaghetti Noodles
  • 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese to Garnish

1. Wash and chop all the vegetables. Slow cook over low-medium heat in a frying pan with a dash of oil for about 10 minutes.

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2. Cook pasta according to directions on the box.

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3. Since I’m putting minimal effort into this, I cooked my ground beef in with the rest of the vegetables. Probably not the healthiest choice, but it sure did taste good.

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4. Drain the pasta, put back in pot, add the vegetables and beef, and top with tomato sauce. Mix well and serve. Top with shredded cheese and broil in oven until cheese melts.

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Hope you enjoy this weeks recipe.

What are your favourite twists on this classic pasta dish? Let me know in the comments below.

35 Minute Basa Fish

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This is probably the easiest recipe that I have found to cook fish, and it is definitely one my favourite. With only 5 minutes of preparation, you can have this delicious meal in the oven. Serve with rice, steamed vegetables and white wine and you will be sure to enjoy.

Now you might be asking yourself, “what is Basa?” It is a relatively new fish to the North American market. Raised mainly in the Mekong River system of Vietnam, it is quickly becoming quite a popular fish due to the mild fish taste of the large, white, boneless fillets. It is also a very inexpensive fish to serve as it grows quite quickly, resulting in lower production costs. For more information about Basa, check out the Seafood Importers Association of Australia’s website.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Basa Fillet per person (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Red Onion
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Slice orange into 1/4″ pieces and layer them in the bottom of baking dish.

Orange Slices

2. Peel and slice red onion in half, then slice into 1/8″ pieces. Break up the slices into pieces with your hands and sprinkle over the orange slices in the baking dish, creating an even layer.

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3. Place Basa fillets on top of the bed of onions.

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4. Season with sea salt and pepper.

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5. Bake in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes for fresh or 30 minutes for frozen pieces of fish.

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Healthier Mac & Cheese

IMG_2584I have decided that I am going to make Friday’s posts about different recipes that I have decided tried. What better way to start than with the truly North American food of Mac & Cheese? This recipe comes from the January/February 2013 issue of Men’s Health magazine.

One of my favourite parts about this recipe is the fact that there is only 595 calories per serving and much less fat and sodium than what you would find in your favourite restaurants version of this dish.

I hope that you have the opportunity to try this recipe and enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups macaroni
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and set aside.

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2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Whisk in milk and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly until sauce thickens. Add the Gruyere, cheddar and mozzarella cheese and stir until it all melts.

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3. Remove from heat, stir in yogurt and pasta. Pour mixture into baking dish. Top with panko bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Bake on broil until the bread crumbs are golden brown.

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