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“Easter dinner” with my roomie

As my roommate and I were the only ones left in the house over Easter weekend, we decided to have dinner together last night, as we hadn’t done so in a while. It really wasn’t an impressive spread, though – no turkey or fancy dishes. Our parents had dropped in for a visit so they had brought us homemade, pre-cooked food. All we had to do was heat it up and make some vegetables to go with it all.

It was pretty typical Chinese fare: pan-fried salmon fillets and brewed beef brisket and turnip (it tastes much better than my clumsy translation implies), courtesy of my wonderful mother; homemade barbeque pork made by his father; and we stir-fried bok choi and mushroom to go with it all. Yes, the pink chopsticks are mine 😛

It just didn’t feel quite like an “Easter dinner”, though, so I figured dessert would be the perfect way to round i off! And what better dessert than warm freshly-baked brownies?

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Sashimi party: Homemade sushi

I know that I just did a food post yesterday – but this was such a fun dinner that I couldn’t resist 🙂 Also, I  made a very satisfying haul today, but I can’t show you everything because a lot of the items I got are for my upcoming beauty swap and I want it to be a surprise for blissno9! So here’s some of the yummies we made today, instead.

Dark’s friend invited us to his place for a sashimi party – we were going to make our own sushi from scratch. There had been a market deal to get 50% off fresh fish fillets. They got 8 lbs of sashimi-grade salmon for $25 CAD! That’s less than I pay for one dinner meal of all-you-can-eat sushi!

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Baked Yummies: Blueberry lemon cookies

This was from Kristen’s recipes on Baker Bettie, where she was making cookies to replace muffins because she actually doesn’t like muffins! I have no objections here, because it came out to delicious cookies. Since I can’t boast about my food photography skills, here’s the picture from Baker Bettie that made me want to try making them for myself:

Incidentally, her recipe for soft and fluffy blueberry lemon cookies was Freshly Pressed. Here is her recipe directly:

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Homemade Yummies: Poutine

Actually, before I get started, I’m not sure if everyone even knows what poutine is. I know it’s a Canadian food – I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it in say… Asia. However, given that the last time I was there was about 8 years ago, my knowledge base is pretty unreliable. I hope everyone’s had a chance to have it though, because it is absolutely delicious and mouth-watering and addictive and tasty and wonderful and…

*ahem*

A poutine is fries topped with fresh cheese curds and gravy. It originated in Quebec, and there have been variations as to the toppings – usually meat. I prefer my poutines with just cheese and gravy, though. New York Fries is probably the best known poutine franchise. Despite its name, it is a Canadian company.

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