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Cooking on Sundays: Fried Rice and Zucchini Patties

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It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and haven’t had the chance to sit down and blog. My busy season at work has started and September is only going to get busier since we have four events and I’ll be on the road for at least three of them. With so much on my mind, I didn’t really want to think about what I was going to be cooking this week so I went grocery shopping and went with what my body wanted. Meals this week include: fried rice with roasted veggies (and steak – not pictured because I’m going to make it fresh for dinner), zucchini patties with tzatziki and potato salad (because that’s what I’m craving). Keeping it super simple this week. Happy cooking 🙂

IMG_20160828_210423508Zucchini Patties

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchinis, grated
  • 2 inch block of cheese (I used Gouda), finely diced
  • 1 egg or flax substitute (ground flax seed mixed with water, 1:1)
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, thinly sliced
  • 2 sprigs green onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon super hot spicy chili flakes

Directions

  1. Grate zucchini and add some salt to it and let sit for at least 15 minutes. Wring out the water from the zucchini and place in medium sized bowl
  2. Finely dice cheese of your choice. I find that the cheese melts better when diced instead of grated
  3. Mix all ingredients together and form into patty shape. You can use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to mold it and keep consistent sizing
  4. Please molded patties into the fridge for 30 minutes so that it can firm up
  5. When ready to bake, pre-heat oven to 350F and bake for 10 minutes and then flip them for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Tzatziki

Ingredients

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled, seeded and grated or diced
  • 2 cups plain yogurt (I used PC lactose free yogurt)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds and then either grate or dice it – depending on your preference
  2. Combine yogurt, garlic and lemon juice with cucumber. Mix and place in fridge or use immediately
  3. Serve with your favourite veggie sticks or with zucchini patties

Time to Relax

This was the first weekend in a long time where I could just relax.  It’s very hard to just slow down and take some time for myself, especially when there are so many things to see and do in the summer time – plus the summer season is so short that I want to maximize outdoor time. However, I do realize that there needs to be a time to just not have anything planned and just to enjoy the day. That is exactly what I did this weekend.

Saturday was spent wandering around downtown with the BF where we purchased two carboys for homebrewing and then splitting up for the rest of the weekend. We both went to the same birthday party at different times, since he was with his best friend and I had another event to go to. It was interesting when I showed up solo because everyone just asked where my other half was.  I just told them I had no clue since last I heard they were a bar somewhere. It’s usually the answer I give to everyone since I don’t need to keep tabs on where he is, he will get a hold of me one way or another when he needs to 🙂

The second half of the evening was spent at SpiritHouse. It’s tucked away at Adelaide and Portland so it wasn’t as busy or pretentious as I thought it would be. It was my first time there and I was delightfully surprised by the attention to detail and care the bartenders took to make our drinks and took the time to educate us on where the alcohols were from. We ended up sitting at the bar and my friend had been there a handful of times, so he knew the bartenders and they knew him. It was great because they were showcasing gin this month and it’s one of my favourites. I didn’t know what to order so I just told the bartender, Terry to make something with gin and he concocted something called Therapy. Not sure if it’s an industry name or something he came up with, but it was delicious! The cocktail list as well as whiskey lists were very extensive – full list can be found here. It was a great relaxing evening spent with friends.

SpiritHouse Menu

I spent most of Sunday by myself, which is something I seldom do anymore. I went for a swim in the morning and then did groceries. It’s been so long since I’ve gone out to get groceries and actually plan meals that it was very relaxing and exciting to be making my own food. This week’s menu includes:

Breakfast

  • Bacon
  • Egg whites
  • Mixed veggies (green peppers, onion, mushrooms and zucchini)

Lunch

  • Salad (green leaf lettuce, red onion, mushrooms with homemade dressing – garlic, olive oil, honey mustard, lemon juice and pepper)
  • Broccoli slaw (shredded broccoli/carrot/cabbage with dressing – mayo, honey mustard, lemon juice and pepper)
  • Zucchini patties (zucchini, Parmesan cheese, chili flakes, bread crumbs, egg and salt/pepper)
  • Spaghetti squash with a ground beef tomato sauce (I added zucchini, mushroom, onion, garlic, green pepper to a can of tomato sauce)
  • Possibly tuna cakes – but haven’t made them yet.

Dinner

  • Burger patties (extra lean ground beef, bread crumbs, egg, onion, mushroom, green onions, pepper and soy sauce)
  • Broccoli slaw
  • Salad
  • Zucchini patties
  • Baked salmon

Snacks

  • Nuts (almonds and cashews)
  • Fruit (pears, apples and mangos)
  • Raw veggies – forgot to pick up some celery and carrots, will do that tomorrow
  • Greek yogurt with flax seeds

I realized today that it’s pretty easy to make variations of foods with a few core ingredients. Cooking and prep work took about two hours but it was very rewarding at the end because now I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat for this week. This is something I like to have control over during the weekdays. It’s often too easy to go out and buy lunch. Not only is it unhealthy for the body but also the wallet.

Other than cooking today, I tackled some receipts sitting in my room. This was a daunting task because I try to keep track of my expenses so I hold onto receipts but I end up just tossing them onto my nightstand. As they accumulate, it looks more and more overwhelming so I end up letting it pile up to the point where they fly off the pile and I get fed-up with it that I spend an hour going through all of them and recording them.

All and all, it was nice to have time to myself this weekend. I feel more relaxed and ready to tackle this work week.

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The Greatest Man on Earth

It’s just been over a month since I have been home and I’m still in disbelief that I had the opportunity to see such a diverse country, such as India.

I came across this video named “The GREATEST MAN on Earth! CNN Hero Narayanan Krishnan”. It brought tears to my eyes because after experiencing the level of poverty that is very prevalent in India, a man such as Narayanan Krishnan is able to be so selfless and caring towards people who most wouldn’t give the time of day for. It is very inspiring and makes me think of how I can do more good within my community to help those who are forgotten. Can you imagine a world where everyone just cared and looked after one another without hesitation and unconditional love?

I hope this video inspires you and let me know what great acts of human kindness you have encountered.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8sKgv4FJdg

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