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When I’m having a rough day…

There are 2 things that I crave when I’m having a rough day.

1. Music (specifically, tracks 3, 4, 7, 9, 15 and 20 from the Essentially Naked album by Bif Naked)

2. Chocolate

Both of these things can make me feel better on any given day, but when I’m grumpy or upset they become must-have items. I’m not sure why, but music and chocolate are my favourites pick-me-ups. Maybe they release endorphins? I think I’ve heard that somewhere…

I recently came across a new chocolate confection at my grocery store and it has quickly become my new favourite treat.

OMG's Dark Chocolatey Graham Clusters

OMG’s are yummy and very addictive. I honestly could eat an entire bag in one sitting, which is probably terrible, but there you have it.

The company’s website describes OMG’s as “delicious milk and dark chocolatey graham clusters mixed with diced almonds and crunchy toffee bits.” While that combination might sound a bit weird, it’s actually fantastic. These yummy treats are sweet, crunchy, chocolatey, a tiny bit salty, and totally satisfying.

OMG's Candy Close Up

I had planned on taking photos of the milk chocolate version too, but they kept getting eaten before I had a chance to shoot them…

They come in 135g bags and are apparently available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Atlantic Superstores, Rexall, London Drugs and Zehrs. I bought mine from my local Real Canadian Superstore (a Loblaws grocery).

What do you do to make yourself feel better on a bad day? Let me know in the comments!

Fun Fact: The product was created by Chris Emery and Larry Finnson, who you might recognize as the creators of Clodhoppers. They were also on an episode of Dragon’s Den.

 

bliss bowl with fresh mushrooms


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An Interpretation of the Freshii Bliss Bowl

Homemade version of Bliss Bowl

I was trying to think of something healthy I could eat for lunch today, and since I had some leftover brown rice from last night I decided to try making a version of the Bliss Bowl from Freshii. Of course, it didn’t taste exactly the same as the dish from the restaurant, but it was still good. Oh, and I don’t order tomatoes or red onions in my Bliss Bowl, but you certainly could add those ingredients if you want to be more authentic.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup cooked brown rice

– 1 roasted bell pepper, chopped into bite-size pieces (I used a jarred version)

– 1/4 cup saut√©ed sliced button mushrooms (I used pickled mushrooms because it was all I had. It wasn’t great.)

– extra virgin olive oil (to drizzle)

– 1/2 an avocado, chopped into bite-size pieces (good luck with that…)

– crumbled ch√®vre goat’s cheese (to taste)

– balsamic vinegar (to drizzle)

– salt and pepper (optional)

Warm the rice in your serving bowl if using leftovers. Add the bell pepper, mushrooms, and a drizzle of olive oil. Heat in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. Add the avocado and goat’s cheese, then drizzle with the balsamic vinegar. Be light-handed with the vinegar or it will overpower the other ingredients. If you choose to use pickled mushrooms, use less vinegar or your dish will be too acidic. Add salt and pepper if desired.

Enjoy!~

EDIT 09/04/13: I made it for lunch again today, this time with fresh mushrooms. So much better…

bliss bowl with fresh mushrooms

Tray of Cadbury Lil Scoops


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Happy Easter! – Cadbury Lil Scoops

Cadbury Lil Scoops Chocolate

I came across this Cadbury product the other day and thought it would be fun to share this here on my blog. The packaging is adorable!

Cadbury Egg Tray
Tray of Cadbury Lil Scoops

Lil Scoops

After you “peel” the foil off, you’re suppose to “crack” open the egg and “spoon” out the chocolate mousse.

Cadbury Lil Scoops

The chocolate itself is up to the Cadbury standard but the mousse on the inside was not-so-great. It’s still cute though…

Kale Chips


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Kale Chips (Recipe)

Kale Chips

Kale seems to be really popular these days. It’s probably because this dark leafy green vegetable is¬†full of vitamins and minerals. Honestly though, I don’t think it tastes very good. It has a strong flavour and a tough texture that I just don’t enjoy.

On the other hand, I could eat kale chips by the plateful! They are light and crispy, with a deep earthy flavour. I think they almost taste like roasted broccoli.¬†I’ll have to try making these chips with¬†baby kale¬†instead, the flavour might be a bit milder.¬†I think Loblaws is carrying organic baby kale now.

 

Ingredients:

– 1 small bunch of kale (even a small bunch may make enough chips for 2-3 batches)

– 1 tbsp olive oil (or olive oil spray)

– sea salt (to taste)

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

2. Wash leaves and remove the “spines” (stems) from the kale.

3. Spin the leaves in a salad spinner or pat gently with a towel to remove excess moisture.

Kale

4. Rip the kale into small, chip-sized, pieces.

5. Toss with a small amount of olive oil (or mist the chips with an olive oil spray).

6. Sprinkle with a very small amount of sea salt. Kale is naturally a bit salty, so if you add too much salt the chips will taste bitter.

7. Arrange the leaves in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Fresh Kale

8. Bake for 20 minutes or until the kale has become dark and crispy.

Making Kale Chips

9. Remove the chips from the oven. Drain on paper towel if needed

Kale Chips on Tray

10. Allow to cool, then eat immediately. I recommend that you do not store leftover kale chips in a plastic bag as they become soggy. I put my leftovers in a bowl and cover with a clean, dry, tea towel.

Enjoy!~