From Dim Sum to Dill Salmon {Fisherman’s Terrace Seafood Restaurant}

Good morning everyone! I’ve got a restaurant review to share with you today 🙂 Have you ever been to Fisherman’s Terrace in Richmond? It’s located in Aberdeen Centre, and we visited at 11:00 on Sunday to meet up with Grandpa’s old friends. I brought some healthy vegan pumpkin muffins for my grandparents as well as some report cards to work on for my kids at skating lessons. These muffins were made with butter avocado and sugar banana!

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Looks like a classic dim sum restaurant with the large spinning glass centrepiece in the middle of the table. Aunt Mimi ordered our dishes for the day from their menu. I took a peek at the menu – they sell a “cold marinated chicken feet plate”, “pig stomach”, “cow intestine soup”, and “apple sautéed snails”. Those were just some things my sister and I noticed and discussed. 😛 We actually ended up getting the first three items, though. No snails for us this time, but I can’t wait to try escargot in Paris with Seline this summer!

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This was lobster congee with ginger. I liked the flavour of the slow-cooked rice stew, and so did Seline. The lobster was a bit hard to eat because it was still on the shell. On the right is a piece of charred eggplant topped with a shrimp ball. I loved taste of the blackened eggplant – it was smoky and really tasty.

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Steamed BBQ pork buns were so delicious! Big, fluffy white-flour buns that were softer and squishier than a cloud wrapped around sweet and tangy pork in the most delicious sauce! I really loved this bun. On the right is a fried shrimp and chive cake, which was also very tasty and loaded with chives. I want to recreate this at home!

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More shrimp, this time wrapped in a sticky rice wrapper bun. I also had a piece of pan-fried taro, which I enjoyed as well. That shrimp-chive cake though… yummers.

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This steamed rice wrap was filled with chicken. The rice was really tasty but I found the chicken inside a bit dense and fibrous. Either way, these rice wraps were a hit at the table. Seline loved them, too! Seline’s favourite dish of the day, however, was the fried squid on the right. We ordered two plates and Seline ate most of it, claiming that the Asian calamari was “really, really good”.

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For dessert, we ordered two things: lychee pudding and durian tarts. I was a little reluctant to try durian for the first time, especially after Dad made a deal about how gross it is. Still, I really enjoyed this dessert. The durian taste was prominent, but it wasn’t bad at all. I’m also in love with anything enrobed in flaky puff pastry. 🙂 Cute baby on the right was also sitting with us – he ate his berries while we dined on dim sum.

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Here’s the superb dinner that I really wanted to share with you all – delicious dill salmon! We served it with sautéed corn and leeks with quinoa and steamed vegetables with a scoop of coconut curry hummus from the farmer’s market.

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This recipe is super easy – you’ll need to mix some ingredients, including garlic, dill, salt, pepper, and lemon. Then you’ll add some olive oil, pour it over four salmon filets, and then top them each with half a tablespoon (little cube) of butter for richness and contrast. Here’s the recipe below!

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Baked Dill Salmon

Makes 4 salmon filets

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, cut into four squares
  • 4 salmon filets

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix garlic, dill, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
  3. Whisk quickly as you add olive oil to emulsify.
  4. Pour mixture over four filets of salmon.
  5. Top with butter squares.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your filets.

You will love this recipe! It was definitely the star of this dinner. I liked it so much more than the carrots and hummus. 😛 Another great thing about the recipe is that the WHOLE recipe has just a teaspoon of salt. That means each serving has just over a pinch of salt on the fish. Again, cooking with fresh herbs is such a great way to impart huge flavour without adding too much sodium. Here are some other tips to decrease salt in your cooking. 🙂

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Thanks for reading, guys – have a great week and I’m off to hot yoga!

May Showers

Hello! Happy Thursday. 🙂

Thankfully it’s almost Friday. I’m so tired from this whole week – math exams, Leadership project, speeches and essays to write, emails to answer… blah. The weather is just making it worse. It was sunny ALL of last week – I’m talkin’ tank top + sunscreen sunny – and then it poured all weekend. It’s still raining now. I can’t believe it’s already been May for a whole week, because the weather = February. Cold and drizzly!

Anyways – today’s post is going to be a goodie! I’m so excited to show you all of the yummy meals I’ve been having recently. Here we go!

Banana pancakes with berries on top.

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As always, these healthy pancakes are topped with chia, four types of nut butter (!), and yogurt. Yogurt is like whipped cream in that it adds moisture to the meal, but it’s not so light and airy. You know? By the way, I’m making a whole new PAGE just for pancakes. You can see it here – it’s still under construction now. 😉

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Sushi lunch with the family – my fave way to spend a Sunday.

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I always make a tally of how many I eat – usually I’m done at 16-20 pieces, plus a little salad.

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We had chocolate brownie for dessert! Used the Trader Joe’s brownie mix. It was SO easy to whisk it up with a cup of plain yogurt and bake. Done!

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Check out that crackly top. To DIE for!

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Dinner was maple-soy salmon, just like last time. Onion scrambled eggs on the side, and also some baked burned baked butternut squash.

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Lunch salad the next day featured leftover baked trout and butternut squash.

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Honey mustard dressing – olive oil, mustard, honey, salt, and peppah. Honey-roasted pecans to sprinkle on top. 🙂

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Dinner is egg + scallion noodles with some baby spinach. All swimmin’ in chicken broth. I love runny eggs in soup! There’s also some bok choy in here. Dinner for one is good, but I still like my Mom Meals!

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Another salad! This one stars mixed greens, carrots, and radishes. My mom cut the radishes pretty thickly, so I didn’t have a good first impression! I honestly thought they tasted like dirt. AKA not good. BTW, that’s cubed papaya on the right. It was not good! Sort of powdery and mealy. I didn’t finish them.

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Dressing was simple: EVOO, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, a little blob (I just wrote blog) of Dijon mustard, and honey. Quick and easy, but totally delish. The addition of honey is awesome. Goat cheese, TJ’s toasted almonds, and berries on top. These salads get all jumbled up in my backpack, so when I eat them at lunch they’re already dressed in melty goat cheese. :mrgreen:

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Oatmeal! Plain ‘ole oats topped with sliced banana and berries. LOVE fresh berries on oatmeal. That’s a big spoonful of almond butter on the left, and a drizzle of maple on top. Check out that landscape!

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Yum.

And the grand finale…

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CURRY!

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Coconut chicken curry is my absolute fave, as I’ve gushed about here and here. This time, we added pretty much every vegetable in the fridge, plus butternut squash (melted into the sauce – put it in too early!) and cubed chicken breast. Fluffy, coconut-infused jasmine rice on the bottom. I just had dinner, but I would kill for a bowl of this right now. Mmmm!

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Seconds!

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And thirds. 😛

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Obviously I hated my dinner. 😉

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I guess that’s it for now. These are my favourite posts because I love writing about the meals I’ve been having. Can’t wait to do another one. Bye byeee.

Light and Healthy Lunch Ideas

Hi everyone!

I’ve got a special post for you today. Usually I eat lunch at school, and 100% of the time, it’s leftovers from last night. I microwave it at school for about a minute and thirty seconds, so that it’s hot but not too hot, but not warm either… you know? There is always some rice on the bottom, either fat sushi rice or fragrant jasmine rice. On top, I’ll have a couple dinner “side dishes”, like fried trout, sauteed vegetables, squash, stir-fries, braised meat, wintermelon, steamed eggs, whatevah. See this post for a wonderful Mom meal. 🙂

It’s rare that I ever have lunch at home!

On Sundays, as you’ve seen on my weekend posts here and here, I go out for lunch with my family. Like for my favourite pizza! Or sushi, like we have here. I LOVE sushi.

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That leaves Saturday – but on Saturdays, I’ll usually have a small lunch because it’s before aerial silks (I don’t want to feel weighed down). Saturdays I’ll often eat an apple with some kind of dip and scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs work any time of day! If I have spinach at home though, I’ll always have a spinach omelet, which I make with two eggs, white cheddar, and a big handful of baby spinach. Oh yeah, and a ton of black pepper. So good!

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During the spring break – yes, I know, I’m so behind! – I often had rice cakes and tasting platters. Let’s start with rice cakes! Rice cakes are practically calorie-free. THREE of these big, palm-sized (and my palms are huge!) rice cakes are under 50 calories. That’s comparable to raw veggies and flavoured water. Wow! The one that I buy is made without rice (ha!). Instead, it’s filled with other goodies like millet, quinoa, and flax. I really like this one.

Here, I top it with hummus + black pepper, peanut butter + banana slices + cinnamon sprinkle + honey, and almond butter + ground flax seeds + Craisins (dried cranberries) + shredded coconut + maple syrup drizzle. That’s three different toppings. 😛

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Rice cakes might taste a leetle like cardboard, but the toppings really do make up for that. Try some of these topping ideas and let me know what you think!

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Light salads are a great lunch idea. This is just romaine mixed with store-bought Kraft Caesar dressing. I made the croutons myself, out of fresh focaccia bread from the local bakery. Cut into cubes and bake until toasty. I don’t even add olive oil – I don’t think you need it. It still gets crunchy.

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Here I add a pan-fried chicken breast for protein. If salads don’t fill you up, just add a chicken breast! It’s filling and delicious. Simply season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then cook until done over medium-high heat. You might have to cover it. Easy peasy.

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Another light lunch idea is a tasting platter. Inspired by The Vegan Platter from Rumpus Room, I made my own little tasting plate. Here I have grapes, cucumber sticks, carrot sticks, and two types of crackers, all to be dipped in creamy hummus. The grapes were the best part. I got them at Whole Foods, and they’re SO crunchy and sweet! I love the ones that just burst open when you bite down. These crackers are amazing, too. Some of the best I’ve ever had! They do have a grainy/wheat-y/seed-y taste, which I love.

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Crackers are also excellent with egg salad! I make my egg salad with two hard-boiled eggs, a tiny scoop of mayonnaise, some plain/Greek yogurt if I have it, lots of Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and lots of black pepper. I really recommend letting it rest in the fridge for an hour or two for the flavours to develop. After it’s done “marinating”, smear it on crackers, rice cakes (!), bread, or use it to top a salad. Eaten with grapes on another day! The crackers without egg salad have hummus on them.

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There’s a reason why sandwiches are the #1 most popular lunch food. They’re great! When my mom bought a loaf of French bread from the local bakery, I turned it into grilled cheese (made with sharp white cheddar).

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Another variation, shown here, is made with peanut butter, banana slices, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey. Delicious! Sweet or savoury – I can’t decide. Both of these sandwiches were scrumptious. Crispy on the outside and super flavourful inside. Cooked on a skillet in olive oil (grilled cheese) or coconut oil (PB + B sammie). Yum! I want one right now. 🙂

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This is half of a sandwich from Whole Foods, as I mention here. It’s made with turkey, apple, and brie cheese. There are also some mixed greens and tomatoes inside, as well as a smear of canola-mayonnaise. I grilled it for maximum crunch! This sandwich was delicious. I had the other half for dinner, along with some yogurt and berries for dessert.

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I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I liked writing it. 🙂 Have a great weekend, and let me know if you try any of these!

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Cheesy Egg and Avocado Toast

I’ve got something GREAT for you guys today! It takes, like, ten minutes to make, and tastes amazing.
You know when something is satisfying because it’s got all the textures and tastes you’re looking for? Yup – this is it.
Creamy, chewy, crispy, AND cheesy. It doesn’t get much better!

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Oh, did I mention it’s super easy?

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All I did was top a toasted, halved focaccia bun with a smear of butter. I always buy focaccia from a local bakery. It’s always spiced with little oregano flakes and addictive poppyseeds. So good. Then, I mashed an avocado with some freshly-ground black pepper and a bit of lemon juice. Spread the mashed avocado on top of the toasted bun, and top that with a scrambled egg (with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge cooked in!). The cheesiness in the egg cuts through the rich herbs in the bun. It’s seriously so, so good. I cannot get over how amazing eggs and cheese taste together!

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On top of being creamy and delicious, avocados are cholesterol- and sodium-free, and more than 50 percent of the fruit’s fat content comes from monounsaturated fats or good fats. You can also find healthy monounsaturated fats in almonds and olive oil.

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This was a daily lunch in the summer, when I wanted something not-too-heavy. Great with some fruit or a little salad! This would also work as a filling, healthy breakfast. Really, this avocado toast will work for any meal! Why not try having this open-faced sammie with a fruity yogurt bowl for dessert or a hearty morning meal?

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Even though I never got sick of the egg + Laughing cow + avocado on focaccia, I came up with another scrumptious combo!

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In this version, I ditched the avocado for roasted red pepper, and added some garlicky basil pesto. Classico makes the best, and you can find it in supermarkets everywhere. Instead of scrambled eggs, I plopped a runny fried egg on top, as well as a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Open-faced sandwiches are so good! I like sopping up the yolk with the crusty bread. :mrgreen:

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Try this out and let me know how you like it. Enjoy!

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And don’t forget the freshly-ground black pepper. It will honestly take any meal from good to gourmet!

Have a great Wednesday evening – time for me to do homework! 🙂