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Beautiful bread boards!

This past Christmas, Chef Michael Smith showed a great looking bread board in a prize package he was putting together.  The board was a demi-baguette board, made by Apple & Acorn Woodworking, in Ontario.

I ordered one as a birthday gift for my Mom, and she loves it!  the craftsmanship of these boards is excellent, with a flawless finish, and there are rubber feet on the underside, so that the board doesn’t slide around on you.  The board was well packed, and shipped via Canada Post, which was very reasonable.  A nice added touch is that the board is inside a burlap bag, which will be useful if you need to store the board in a cupboard.  My mom is going to find a spot in their kitchen to hang the board up and display it though – it’s really too beautiful to tuck away 🙂

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Gado Gado Salad

Saw this on the Jamie Oliver site, and had to try it out – whole family loved it!

gado-gado-jamie

The only thing I didn’t have on hand was some bean sprouts, and the prawn chips.  I wanted to use up some mushrooms that I had, so I sliced them up and fried along with the tofu.

 

Shrimp Curry Linguini

Shrimp Curry Linguini
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
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Quick and easy - just keep a package or two of frozen shrimp, peeled and de-veined, in the freezer
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg 26-31 Raw frozen shrimp (thawed)
  • 2 tsp mild curry powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, julienned
  • 1 sweet red pepper, sliced thin
  • ½ red onion, diced fine
  • 2 tbsp cilantro stems, chopped fine (save leaves for end)
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 small pkg of linguini (or whatever you have on hand), cooked
Instructions
  1. Heat skillet to med-high heat and add olive oil and butter
  2. Add garlic, ginger, curry powder, and onion, cook for a minute
  3. Add shrimp, cook for a couple minutes, then add carrots, and sweet pepper
  4. Cook until shrimp is pink and cooked through
  5. Toss in orange zest and cilantro leaves.
  6. Toss with linguini and server

 

New additions to the new aquarium

The stand for the 55 gallon aquarium turned out very well – unfortunately, the used aquarium I bought off Kijiji was way more scratched up than I had noticed.  Over Christmas, Big Al’s had a sale so I bought a new one – which looks awesome.  I also purchased a Hydor canister filter, and Eheim 150W heater.

55 gallon community aquarium and stand
New community aquarium

The aquarium is up and running, and is currently stocked with:

  • 6 siamese algae eaters
  • 10 Black Tetras
  • 27 Neon Tetras
  • 10 Glowlight Tetras
  • 3 bundles of Vallisneria spiralis
  • 2 bundles of Hygrophila corymbosa