Good morning! And happy…
(What I Ate) Wednesday! Thanks as always, go to Jenn for hosting.
Admittedly, I have a lot of foods that I’m obsessed with. Chocolate, bananas, nut butters of any sort, buffalo sauce, sushi…
But at lunch today, I discovered a new one. That I will have to eat again…like ASAP. So, so good.
But first, Breakfast.
A protein pancake topped with PB & Co.’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. So, I bought that jar on Saturday…and I’m pretty sure it’s almost half gone already. What can I say? Stuff is delicious.
Yesterday was going to be my grad student social at Taal’s Indian lunch buffet. But, due to lack of availability of other students (there were only 5 out of 11 of us) we decided to just go out for lunch on our own and save the social for another day. Someone suggested we head over to King’s Buffet, and I was immediately down. I hadn’t been to a Chinese buffet in forever (at least a good 2-3 years) and I had heard good things about Kings, so I was instantly down.
I found sushi!
I threw together a small salad with Italian dressing (so I could get something green in my meal – I guess there’s a little bit of this months “love your veggies” theme in there!) and grabbed a few pieces of sushi for my appetizer plate. There’s a piece of octopus sushi (is it weird that I love it?), a piece of salmon skin sushi, spicy crispy salmon, and mango salmon. I hadn’t had the mango and salmon combo before, but it was really good.
Round 2 is where the magic happened.
I was carrying my plate around the buffet lines, bypassing all the North American Chinese stuff (chicken balls, lemon chicken, the like) when I noticed some wicker baskets down at one end. I was looking at them all curious-like when Justin (my Asian friend) told me that it was Dim Sum and that I should try it.
So I grabbed the sticky rice (the one wrapped in the leaf), a steamed bun, and a steamed pork bun. I also threw some shrimp, mussels and a cream cheese wonton in there for more deliciousness.
Umm..WHY have I never eaten dim sum before?
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I unwrapped the sticky rice and took a bite…and wow. Just wow. The steamed pork bun was amazing as well (the plain steamed bun was just that…plain, so I didn’t finish it).
Of course, I took my plate back up to try the other dim sum offerings.
(clearly, I didn’t choose the best seat at the table, lighting-wise)
I got a siu mai (open-topped shrimp and pork dumpling), a pork dumpling, and that pink-topped one, which was a sweet dumpling with fig paste inside (another note: why don’t I eat more figs/fig flavoured things? Because they’re pretty awesome).
So yes, my first foray into dim sum was amazing. And now someone needs to take me to a real dim sum restaurant. Please? I have been missing out, apparently.
Of course, I needed to hit up dessert.
A piece of tiramisu cake, a nanaimo bar, and a banana/strawberry mix.
For the record, nanaimo bars = my favourite dessert of all time.
Lunch was (evidently) on the filling side, so it lasted me all through the afternoon.
For dinner, I made up a Quesadilla Casserole, recipe courtesy of McCormicks. I subbed the beef for turkey and used less cheese (maybe just over a cup? I use a really good old cheddar, so I didn’t need as much).
Basically, it’s a lasagna with Mexican flavours – black beans and corn added, and with tortillas instead of lasagna noodles.
I think black beans and corn have to go down as one of my favourite food combinations. They just work together brilliantly, don’t you think?
I had a piece with sour cream and guacamole on top.
I got a little bit of work done after dinner, then I decided it was baking time. I’m heading home for the night (so my mom and I can attend this tomorrow morning) and because my parents don’t get to experience my awesome baking as much as they should, I usually try to bake up something to bring on a trip home.
I got two recipes-in-a-jar for Christmas, so I decided to try one. I’m never sure how it’s going to turn out – beating all the ingredients together at once goes against everything I know about making cooking (first you beat the butter and sugar, then add in the eggs and vanilla, then you add the dry ingredients, then add-ins).
Clearly, it worked out well though!
Weird fact: I’ve discussed often how much I absolutely hate coffee..but I adore coffee flavoured desserts (if mocha-chocolate cookies and tiramisu are any indication). So, maybe I secretly like coffee if I can drown it in fat and sugar?
I think I need to test this theory…aka, attempt one of Starbucks signature drinks – maybe I’d actually like it!
I had a couple of these warm out of the oven (and of course, had beater/spoon privileges) and that definitely did me in for the night.
Pretty much the best day of eats in a while. More sugar than I really need on a random Tuesday (Tums was definitely needed before bed) but sooo delicious I don’t even care.
Today I am off to the gym, then office hours, class, and at my parents in time for dinner, where my mom has promised me beef stroganoff (no one makes it better than my mom. Seriously).
Have a lovely day!
<— Ever tried dim sum? Did you like it/do you think you would?
<— Ever tried a recipe-in-a-jar? I’d say this one was a success!