Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites: March 11 edition

It wasn’t until I was most of the way through outlining this post that I realized there’s a real kitchen theme going on here this week. Strange…but not really, I’d probably live in my kitchen if it was a bit roomier.

The weather’s been nice and it would sure be great to enjoy that, so without further ado, this week’s Friday Favourites!

1. This IKEA French-press coffee maker. No, they still aren’t paying me. ($9.99 for 1l size; $6.99 for 0.4l size.)

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IKEA’s UPPHETTA French press coffee maker. In stores only.

 

Alright, time for some real-talk. Not everything found at IKEA is worth the “deal,” but this guy totally is. At ten dollars each for the larger size — yields two cups of coffee if the two people drinking are fiends like my partner and myself — you can make some pretty tasty brew without spending too much money on equipment. My previous French press was of a brand that shall remain unnamed, cost me about three times as much, yet still wasn’t as functional — and the reason is simple: the plunger on this press has a flat top.

While the flat top on the plunger doesn’t change anything about the coffee, it makes it a LOT easier to set the thing down without having it roll away and onto the floor. It also helps avoid messes because it’ll catch any drips — less mess = less cleaning = a happier Joe.

The only drawback with the press so far is that I have a penchant for flavoured teas, and heat makes the plastic on the plunger absorb smells. And let me tell you, strawberry flavouring just will not budge from this plastic (apparently). Unless you enjoy oddly flavoured coffees, you might want to get a second press if you’re planning on using it for tea.

2. Zucchini, tomatoes and bell peppers. So tasty it had to get into this post.

Just chop some up and trow it all into a pan with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook it together until it looks and smells like something you want to eat. (Trust me, this is something you want to eat.)

It’s seriously that easy. Last night we had it with chicken. So good.

On a related note, I really enjoy it when something really yummy comes together out of the sad crisping drawers. (Maybe it’s just ours, but the fridge light never seems to reach those bottom drawers?)

3. Frozen spinach pucks.

Yes. Spinach pucks. Mind you, they’re only pucks because they’re frozen. Yes, I promise frozen spinach pucks are on this list for a real reason and not just because I like saying frozen spinach pucks.

Several reasons, actually.

First, they’ve made my goal of getting greens into my smoothies a lot easier. Just throw a few pucks in there and you’re golden.

Second reason I love these? The spinach is cooked, which makes it much easier to digest — a huge plus for many people, but maybe especially people who are chronically ill. Why waste energy on digesting raw spinach if your bod doesn’t like doing it, know what I mean? I’m no saint, I’m not getting even a cup of spinach in each smoothie, but greens are greens dammit and I’m gonna pat myself on the shoulder anyway.

So while we’re on the subject…what veggies have you been into lately?

 

 

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Friday Favourites: December 4 Edition

Growing up, I always anticipated Oprah’s Christmas special with excitement. I mean, who wouldn’t want all of Oprah’s favourite things? The woman has great taste.

I’m no Oprah, but when I find a product/recipe/book/movie I love, you’d think I was a paid sponsor. I just can’t shut up! So, full disclosure, no one is paying me to write about my favourite stuff. I just don’t want anyone to miss out!

1. These blueberry buttermilk scones

I got the recipe here, and just tweaked it by using whole wheat flour instead of white. The recipe is simple, but lemon zest makes them feel fancier. A word of warning to fellow spoonies: making these (or any scones, really) requires a bit of elbow grease because of the cold butter. For a treat — or a scone fiend like my boyfriend — they’re well worth the effort. (They’re also really great with some halved cranberries thrown in. Just saying.)

2. The “unicorn yarn” seen in the above Instagram picture

And also in this Instagram picture:

It’s Bernat Handicrafter in Candy Sprinkles, but I think it’s really made of unicorn tail hair. Either way, washing dishes is way cheerier with a colorful knit dishcloth. This yarn was also super cheap, which is a huge plus when you’re a newbie knitter like me.

3. Gilmore Girls

Right, so this TV series has raised many questions, mainly: HOW did I get to 2015 without ever watching this show?!  The coffee and the books and boys…I’ve gone through almost the entire seven seasons in probably less than seven weeks.

The second big question I have is, which Gilmore Girl am I? I feel like people usually identify either as a Lorelai or as a Rory but I feel like I’m both? Does anyone ever identify as an Emily? Does she count? And who do I really think is right for Rory? For Lorelai?! So many questions!

I can definitely see myself re-watching this show as long as it’s on Netflix —  I’ll figure out which Gilmore Girl I am eventually.

4. Netflix!

Netflix isn’t news at this point, but this is the first year I’ve taken note of added holiday content, even a Netflix Original Christmas movie. (Bill Murray? Count me in!)

There are some classics like Jingle All The Way (1996) and The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), but also some newer ones like Arthur Christmas (2011).

I haven’t watched any of the Christmas movies just yet — I’m that obsessed with GG — but I’m looking forward to marathoning some of them next week after we’ve put up the tree. 🙂

5. This mac & cheese and meatloaf from Brewster’s

This dish blew my mind. If you didn’t know bbq sauce went with mac & cheese, I’ll forgive you. I didn’t know it either until I ordered this last Friday. And then I went and forgot my leftovers in our friends’ fridge. Yeah.

Oh, and in case you couldn’t tell for sure — that meatloaf is indeed wrapped in bacon.