I don’t know why I stopped grilling last fall. It doesn’t really get that cold out here on the west coast so there really is no reason to stop. So when I saw my blogger/podcaster friend Tony Conrad (teller of Bad Dad Jokes) grilling, that got me thinking – why not get grilling again?
Funny thing, many Canadians actually call it barbecuing – but my American friends are quick to point out that using gas, propane or natural gas means you are grilling.
Barbecue requires some kind of charcoal or wood like product.
At any rate, weekend just gone, the kids and I got into cleaning up the back porch where the grill sits and they asked if we could do some grilling this weekend. So why not?!
Today I did another two pork steaks – they were on sale so someone in the house (not me) bought a big ol’ bag of pork.
I figured why not try making cheese toast for Miss Picky Eater in our house? Meh. It didn’t work like I wanted. Bread just got dried out and the cheese looked sort of melted. Funny thing, the kid liked/ate it.
I also had three small sweet peppers. I put them on the grill and they got beautifully soft and sweet.
Ah, I love grilling season! My “grill goal” for this year is to make pizza on the grill. Let’s see how that goes.
We had a fabulous trip up through the Fraser Canyon last weekend. Beautiful weather – including some incredible rain storms, sunshine, and wind.
We also had some great food in our little foodie gem of a town, Hope, BC. We started with a big share bowl of truffle fries covered with a dusting of finely grated aged cheddar cheese. Truffle oil can be overwhelming but Chef Brent Gillis at 293 Wallace St nailed this point. Just enough to tantalize the taste buds.
While at the cabin we cooked and ate many delights. My favourite was the quartered, lightly oiled with Avocado oil, brussel sprouts. Oven roasted for 20-25 minutes. You know it is good when kids ask for more.
On the way down the canyon we stopped again in Hope. This time at the Blue Moose Coffee Shop for a soup, sandwich, and chicken pot pie. The chicken pot pie was our new favourite bargain meal. At $6 the chicken pot pie is a very tasty value meal that both kids and I enjoyed.
The kids loved the fact that the chicken pot pie was served “upside down” on the plate.
That’s it from our most recent Travel the Canyon foodie adventure.
The kids and I saw a video on the Facebook about making what we called Meat and Potato Pie and we decided to give it a try ourselves – with what we had on hand, in the kitchen.
We started out making a Bernaise sauce – basically melting a 1/2 lb of butter and whisking in the powdered mix we bought.
It was delicious even if it was “from a mix”.
Next, we boiled up the bag of potatoes we had on hand. Next time I would choose bigger Russet potatoes – for the texture as well as the size of the rounds we cut them into.
Then the meat. In the video they used ground beef. I had cooked (in our Instant Pot) a pork tenderloin the previous day so I pulled it apart like a “pulled pork” and added panko crumbs to it to make “meatballs”.
Meat is ready to be “meat-balled” and potatoes ready for placement. It is go time.
Place the slices of potatoes flat in your oven proof baking dish
And then add meatballs. With more slices of potato between the meatballs to create little “cups” that you can…
ladle the Bernaise sauce into. I was generous with the sauce – it tastes great!
I then sprinkled on top lotsa-mozza cheese.
Lotsa. And then slid the dish into the oven (pre-heated to 450°) and let it back.
In the video they showed it baking for 20 minutes. Snopes confirmed to me that 20 minutes is not true. I had it in the oven for 40 minutes before the internal temperature hit 170°.
It did hit the temperature though.
And then I served it. And both kids liked it enough to actually eat some of it.
So the bottom line … it wasn’t the prettiest dish. I used a sauce mix. I didn’t use ground beef like they did in their fancy video. But that is what “A Dad in the Burbs” cooking is like. I use what I have on hand. I make it work. I feed my kids.
The guy on the Food Channel made it look so easy to make bacon wrapped onion rings!
So easy! You just wrap the bacon around the onion ring, slide a toothpick through the connection where the strips of bacon begin and end. Easy. Then bake at 350° for 20 minutes.
Easy. Well, not so much.
Ironically, my troubles probably stemmed from the fact that I stopped in to see my friends at Port Moody’s Meat Craft and bought 8 strips of their finest, house made, thick cut bacon.
If I had just bought the regular grocery store variety of bacon I probably would have had more success. The Meat Craft bacon was too good. Unlike grocery store bacon, the Meat Craft bacon had actual meat on the bacon! Have you ever complained that bacon has too much meat?
I tried. I really tried.
I will try again with softer, more fatty bacon next time!
I made a deal with my daughters for their birthday this year. The deal was, rather than buying them a toy or something that they might use for a short while and then set aside, I would buy them an experience – and that’s how we connected with Leghorn Ranch.
Hopefully an experience they will treasure for a long time! And thanks to the crew at Leghorn Ranch – they did receive a very cool experience that they’ll remember for a long time – for all the right reasons!
A couple of weeks before the birthday weekend celebration I started doing a Google search for horseback riding and Leghorn Ranch came up.
On their webpage there is a phone number and it says to call or text for information. Cool. I do not like talking on the phone so I appreciate the option to text. So I sent a text off describing my needs and wants and who I would like to bring riding and asking for a little info and their suggestions.
Six minutes later I received a friendly and informative reply. Cool. So I called and booked with them!
The kids smiles were ear to ear. Janet and Hanif – the key staff at Leghorn Ranch treated us like we were VIPs.
We paid $65 each for an hour of riding but we were on, around, or with the horses for almost two hours.
They gave both girls an introductory lesson on riding in the ring. That lesson made it pretty quickly clear that my kids wouldn’t be able to effectively control the horses they were on so they changed the plan and decided to “pony” my kids.
Effectively meaning that each of the kids would be on a horse but their horse would be led by the staff who would be riding another on horse. This gave my kids a chance to relax and enjoy the hour we were out on the trail rather than stressing about controlling their horse.
It really was a great day. The weather cooperated, the horses cooperated, the kids had a great time, and memories were made thanks to Janet and Hanif at Leghorn Ranch!
Leghorn Ranch is located at 20254 Old Dewdney Trunk in Pitt Meadows. Phone or text them at 778-886-1343 to book your own riding experience. Maybe we’ll see you out on the trail some time.
Lunch fortitudecafe in Fort Langley today. Fortitude burger for my daughter and Porchetta Benedict for me. The burger was cooked 100% on point! The house made ketchup was “next level”… https://t.co/QEanDpxDx9
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