Summer Favourites 2019

Hi everyone!

I am back with my Summer Favourites! If you haven’t checked out my Spring Favourites, or if you loved it and want to read it again, you can do so HERE

Now, summer is almost over, which means Halloween is just around the corner!!! I know, I know, I mentioned it last week as well, but I really love Halloween. It’s my favourite!

Speaking of favourites, let’s just get into summer ones, as it is still summer after all!

Books

The Hazel Woods

By Melissa Albert

Did I already mention that book? I feel like I might have… Well in any case, it’s good enough to talk about again!

The story follows Alice and her mom as they move around to avoid the bad luck that always seems to follow them everywhere. And what does that have to do with Alice’s grandmother and the novel she wrote?

The book is about fairytales, but creepy ones, which are my favourite kind. It’s also wholly original, no re-telling here! Which is great because I’m not a fan of those.

I am waiting for the sequel that’s going to come out later this year!

Do check it out, it’s fantastic!

Kitchen Confidential

By Anthony Bourdain

Chef Bourdain was an inspiration for all cooks. A true one. He did his time in diners, and buffets. He knows about kitchens, all types of them.

Few of you guys might know, but originally, before turning to desk work, I was a cook in the Military. I even went to a culinary institute to study Pastry Making. So I can objectively tell you: Anyone who ever worked in a kitchen will love this book.

I mean, even if you didn’t, it’s an autobiographical type book written by a legend who was gone from this world far too soon.

Enjoy his sarcasm, his cynicism, and his descriptions of food that will make you drool!

Check it out, as well as any other written work by Chef Bourdain, and his TV shows, also amazing!

Beauty

Missha lip tints

In coral and fuchsia, the coral one is matte.

These guys have some serious staying power. The fuchsia one I don’t even need to re-apply during the day. That good. They’re also pretty buildable if you’re looking for a more intense color.

Now this is the regular swatch, and below is after washing my arm 3 times with soap…

The Matte one doesn’t stain quite as much, but as you can see, the fuchsia one is quite intense still. My arm looks like that now. Probably forever.

You can get those on beautynetkorea.net or probably any other korean cosmetics retailer.

Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel

Listen, I do not know how this thing work, just that it does.

My skin texture and redness improved noticeably since using it.

I also stopped using any kind of physical exfoliator with beads, or any cleansing brush. This peeling gel does the job all by itself while being much softer for my skin.

I got my friend Cheryl to try it as well and she agreed that it makes our skin feel like it’s breathing. Like all of your pores are empty. It’s incredible.

You can get this one on Amazon and you definitely should!

Fragrance

Bath & Body Works 3 wick candles

London (also called sometimes ‘London Calling’)

This smells like tea and lemon. According to my husband, it smells like home. If that’s not the best reason to try it, I don’t know what is!

In all seriousness, it’s my all time favorite candle at Bath & Body Works, and it comes back every year so keep an eye out for it!

French baguette

Did you ever want your house to smell like a sweet bakery without having to, you know, actually bake stuff?

This candle is for you. It smells exactly like fresh bread, it’s uncanny really.

Not to be lit when hungry, just saying… Not that I made that mistake… I’m just assuming…

Food

Maxim Instant Coffee

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I am usually an espresso drinker but these little pouches of Korean instant coffee are so good and so convenient!

I am slowly converting all of my friends to those.

Not only are they sweet and caffeinated but look how practical?

Just shuck a few of these in your purse and you are good to go!

Just add a bit of boiling water for an instant warm beverage!

You can get them in most asian grocery stores.

Banchan Rice

The lazy way to have bibimbap on the fly!

Check out the recipe HERE

Just a few side dishes with rice and gochujang and voila! Healthy lunch in under 5 minutes!

I usually scramble an egg to put on top too for extra protein but you do you!

Voila! These are my favourite things from the summer so far, the one thing I wish I found was great sunscreen that won’t break me out. I need at least SPF 50 so if you know of a good one, let me know. I’m still on the hunt.

Have a great end if summer guys!

Until next time,

Andreanne

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Banchan Rice

Hey everyone!

It’s almost Halloween! Or, as I call it, home decor shopping season! I’m so pumped, Halloween is my absolute favourite!

Alright, alright we’ve got a bit to go still but I’m excited nonetheless!

This week, two recipes in one! I call this Banchan Rice (rice mixed with Korean side dishes), it’s basically a lazy version of Bibimbap that I eat fairly often for lunch. You can make it with virtually anything, but I’ll give you the recipe for one of my favourite banchan that I use all the time for this rice.

Here we go!

 

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First of all, what is banchan? Banchan, or side dishes, are served with most Korean food. Both in restaurants as well as at home. Personally, I try to have 2 or 3 in the fridge most of the time, but I eat a lot of different food. If you eat mostly Korean food, you might want to shoot for 5ish at least so you don’t get bored.

Now, one of my personal favourite is Kongnamul- Muchim 콩나물무침 which is basically a soybean sprout salad.

There are many ways to make that side dish, every restaurant, and every family probably has their own recipe. This is mine!

 

Kongnamul- Muchim

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3lbs (350ish grams) Soybean Sprouts
  • 3-4 green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2-3 tbsp of sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of Korean red pepper flakes (Gochugaru – 고추가루)
  • Salt and Pepper

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How to:

  1. Blanch the sprouts in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. I like mine with a crunch so I do about 2 min. If you prefer yours on the tender side, go 3 minutes, maybe even 4 minutes.
  2. Rinse the sprouts in cold water to stop the cooking process and let dry completely. I lay mine on paper towels until dry.
  3. Cut the green onions, I prefer thinly sliced, but you do you.
  4. Mince the garlic.
  5. In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together.
  6. In an airtight container in the fridge, these will last 7-8 days.

 

Feel free to double up the recipe, I make smaller batches because my husband doesn’t like soybean sprouts.

So, now that you have your side dish, let’s get to the main event!

 

Banchan Rice

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of cooked rice (I used purple rice but you can use anything)
  • 1/4 cup of Kongnamul- Muchim
  • 1/4 cup of Kimchi
  • 2 tbsp of flaked dried seasoned seaweed
  • 1 tsp of Sesame oil
  • 1-2 tbsp of gochujang or bibimbap sauce (whatever you prefer)

 

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How to:

  1. Reheat the rice if it was leftover rice
  2. Cut the kimchi and sprouts in bite-size (if you want, this is clearly optional)
  3. Literally, mix everything together in a bowl.
  4. EAT ALL THE RICE

 

That’s it, can’t go much more simple than that! This is why it’s a pretty regular lunch for me. It’s starchy, satisfying, a little spicy, and it takes 2 minutes to throw together. We all know that this is my kinda recipe ahahah

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You’ll note that there’s no kimchi recipe on this post. I don’t make my own kimchi,  know, dishonor! I just get the store-made stuff and it totally does the trick. I have neither the talent nor the patience for kimchi. If someone has a quick and foolproof recipe through, I’m all ears, or well… eyes I guess.

For now, I’ll stick with the grocery store Kimchi!

 

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Voila! This is it for this week, as usual, if you make it let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram #forkandfantasy

Can’t wait to see your creations!

Until next time,

Andreanne

 

The BEST Lobster Roll

Hey everyone!

Is it as hot where you are as it is here?

We are hitting 40C on a regular basis and this girl is not here for that! I sweat so much under my knee brace that I need my husband’s help to take it off…

So to be 100% honest with you guys, my cooking is pretty minimal, we are having a lot of salads, sandwiches, BBQ, etc. No major cooking these days, there’s no way I want to get my house even hotter by turning on the oven or sweat my life away at the stove!

Last week, we had those amazing Lobster Rolls, now, obviously, it would be even better (if that’s even possible) if you made those with fresh lobster, but personally, I feel like it’s a waste of delicious crustacean. These ones were made with the frozen lobster from Costco, which is surprisingly delicious!

Alright, let’s get to it!

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Lobster Roll

(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked lobster, on the larger side (or equivalent in frozen meat)
  • 2 buns of your choice, I prefer panini-style buns but hot dogs would work just as well
  • 2 tbsp of light mayo
  • the juice of 1/4 lemon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • fresh chives (optional, can be replaced with green onion very finely chopped)
  • Butter or Margarine to toast the bread

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How to:

  1. If you are starting with live lobster you’ll want to start with boiling them in very salty water for about 7 minutes for the first pound, and then add another 3-4 minutes for any extra pounds. Once cooked, you want to cool it down in ice water. The faster you cool it down, the easier it will be to shell.
  2. If you are starting with frozen lobster, make sure to completely thaw it and dry it slightly with a paper towel.
  3. Chop your lobster in small chunks of about 2-3cm
  4. In a bowl, combine your lobster with the mayo, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and chives. Reserve.
  5. In a pan, lightly butter the inside of your chosen bun and grill it until golden brown. If using hot dog buns, repeat on the outside
  6. Fill your buns with the lobster mix and serve immediately with chips, salad, or fries.
  7. EAT ALL THE LOBSTER ROLLS!

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A note on finding the perfect lobster, the one that’s gonna be FULL of meat and not hard to crack disappointment.

You want to look for the oldest, most beat-up lobster in the tank. What I mean is, you’re looking for a damaged-looking shell. If the shell looks kinda bad, that means the lobster didn’t change its shell in a while and you have a better chance of said shell being full of shellfish deliciousness.

It’s a little secret I got from my dad and so far, it always worked for me!

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Now go forth and enjoy this very, very hot summer!

As usual, if you make this, let me know how you liked it and send me pics! You can also hashtag #forkandfantasy on Instagram and I’ll find you!

Reminder, my Instagram is @annegvall , follow for weekly pics of food and my pets!

Until next time,

Andreanne

Watch it & Read it

Hey everyone!

Sorry for the delay in posting, I injured my knee and it threw everything outta wack! Now I gotta wear this big ass brace with hinges and everything… That’ll teach me to try to work out! I was right all these years, exercising IS dangerous!

Whatever, it’ll be fine.

Being stuck inside sitting on my butt, I did watch an awful lot of TV and read a lot, guess that makes sense right? So I figured, might as well let you know what I watched and read to give you ideas of things to do inside, where the AC lives!

Here we go

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TV Shows

Alright, let’s be honest here, I watched a lot more than the 4 TV Shows I will talk about, feel free to judge me ahahah. That being said, those are all found on Netflix Canada at the time of publication but you might be able to stream them elsewhere.

Solomon’s Perjury

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This show was originally aired on JTBC in 2016-2017 but recently got added to Netflix.

It’s the story of a class who decides to hold a full-on trial after the death of one of their classmates is dismissed very quickly as a suicide by the school and the police. They go on and research law and trial procedures to uncover the truth.

I absolutely loved it! The mystery was enough to be interesting but not too much as to be forced. Also, because of how they show flashbacks of every testimony and version of events, I couldn’t tell what happened for sure until the next to last episode. Did I suspect? Yes, of course, but I could not tell for sure!

All in all, it’s an excellent show, a little heavy at times, but worth a watch for sure!

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The Umbrella Academy

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A Netflix original adapted by a Comic Book. I was already into it before even watching it… It came out in February 2019.

The story follows a super dysfunctional family of siblings who were all adopted as infants because of superpowers. Now they’re all grown up and majorly messed up. Most of them went their own way after growing up but when they all meet again oof, the drama!

Now, this show is not super heavy, even though they do touch up some heavy subjects. The humour (sometimes dark) makes that show amazing and very easy to watch, it also only has 10 episodes so, not a major time commitment either.

I highly enjoyed it and you probably will too!

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School 2017

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Originally, this show aired on KBS2 in, obviously, 2017. I actually lied, this particular show is not on Netflix (Though it should be), you can watch it on VIKI.

This is a very typical high school drama with everything it entails, getting good grades, thinking about the future, caring and uncaring teachers, and of course love!

This is one of my favourite couples I ever saw in a KDrama (I won’t spoil who), it’s so refreshing to see a healthy relationship! Give me couples who are friends first, who support each other, who genuinely apologize when they mess up, who are real! Ugh, I loved it!

This is one of my favourite high school drama because it’s real but not overly complicated (looking at you ‘Heirs’), do check it out!

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Chef and my Fridge

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My FAVOURITE variety show these days! Originally, it airs on JTBC under the name ‘Please take care of the refrigerator’ since 2014, but there are quite a few episodes on Netflix (I keep hoping they’ll get newer episodes…).

This show is part talk show, part cooking show, and part cooking competition, it is hilarious! They bring in the fridge of different celebrities (from singers to actors, comedians, doctors, etc) and using only what is in the fridge, 4 chefs must compete to make them delicious meals that fit a theme chosen by the celerity.

Even my husband enjoys that show because it’s hilarious but also, the food that they manage to make always looks so delicious!

Check it out and prepare to get hungry!

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Books

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina- Season of the Witch

By Sarah Rees Brennan

This is a prequel to the Netflix show, therefore, none of the events happening on the show are known.

I loved that it had the same kind of feel as the show, kinda creepy, but not really.

The book takes place a couple months before Sabrina’s birthday/ dark baptism so expect to read about that quite a bit!

For the neophytes around, Sabrina Spellman is a half-witch, half-mortal girl. On her 16th Birthday she’s going to have to choose in which world she belongs. Witch, or mortal.

See the Netflix show for more!

All around, I loved it and can’t wait for season 3 of the show! I hope there will be other books as well.

These Wiches Don’t Burn

By Isabel Sterling

Please forgive my Amazon picture, I got this book on Kindle so I had no actual paper copy…

Witchcraft and teenagers is always an excellent trope as far as I’m concerned! In this book, we follow a coven of Elemental witches in Salem, except in our days.

The storyline was good and the characters interesting, I’ll definitely read the sequel when it comes out.

My only negative point about it was that, even though representation is great in the book, it sometimes feels a bit forced. It could just be the writing style but that’s how I felt.

Still excellent, still excited for the next one!

The Similars

By Rebecca Hanover

I have my friend Kim to thank for this one! She brought it to our Book Club and it looked so good I borrowed it right away!

The story is about students who are attending a very elite school. Very hard to get into, very into traditions, you see the type.

Now the scandal is that clones are going to attend their school. Some were cloned from classmates.

It opens up the whole debate about the ethicality of cloning to begin with, but also if the clones should have contact with their source DNA.

It’s an excellent read and I will be awaiting the sequel with no patience at all! Be out already!!!

So that’s it for this week, hopefully everyone is having a great (and uninjured) summer so far!

Until next time,

Andreanne

Shawarma Flatbread

Hey everyone!

Once in a while, you create a recipe, and it ends up being da bomb dot com, yeah, this is one of them. Some of my creations don’t really turn out, but this one was fantastic! I may or may not be eating it as I am writing this… I am…

Alright, before I start, let me just say that the title is somewhat of a lie. This is made with Naan bread, not pita or flatbread, though I guess naan bread is technically flat… and bread…

In any case, here it is!

The ingredients are quite simple, so is the actual making of the thing. The longest part is probably the sauce which can be made in advance.

You’ll also notice ‘Toum’ or Lebanese style garlic sauce in the ingredients. I buy mine pre-made at the Farmer’s Market, but if you want to make your own, I suggest THIS recipe by ‘Yummy Noises’ which is simple, quick, and delicious!

Shawarma Flatbread

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

– 4 Naan breads of your choice (I like garlic naan)

– 1lbs of lean ground beef

– 2-3 tbsp of Shawarma spices (I got mine at BulkBarn but any Middle Eastern Grocery would have it too)

– 1 tbsp of canola or other neutral oil

– 4-8 tbsp of toum (Lebanese style garlic sauce)

– 1 cup of sprouts of choice (I bought those awesome pea sprouts at the Farmer’s Market)

Turmeric sauce ingredients:

– 100g of 0% plain greek yogurt (1 individual serving or about a cup)

– 2 tbsp of tahini

– 1 tbsp of white wine/ rice vinegar

– 1-2 tbsp of powdered Turmeric

– 1 tsp of lemon juice

– 1 tsp of sugar

– Salt and Pepper

How to:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375F

2. Mix together the ingredients for the turmeric sauce and set aside. This can be done in advance and you can keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days easily.

3. In a pan, heat up the oil to cook the ground beef.

4. Cook the ground beef with the shawarma spices until fully done.

5. On each naan bread, smear a good amount of turmeric sauce, then cover with ground beef.

6. Dollop some ‘toum’ on each piece of naan. The more you like garlic, the more you put on.

7. Cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

8. Dress with sprouts and serve immediately.

9. EAT ALL THE FLATBREADS!!!

There you go! If you want, you can probably cook those on the BBQ if you’re not a fan of turning on the oven during the summer.

You can also make this recipe vegetarian by replacing the beef with ‘Yves Veggie Ground’ or chickpeas!

Let me know if you try it (and if you do, what you think of it) because I’m VERY excited about this recipe, I loved it!

I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s post, next week will be a TV and Books one, to fill up your summer vacation free time!

Until next time,

Andreanne

Quebec Style Chicken Noodles

Hi everyone!

In honor of Canada Day this weekend, I thought I’d share a bit of my childhood!

As some of you know, I am from the province of Quebec, in Canada. Though thanks to the military, I currently live in New Brunswick, which is basically the province right next door.

(Went from the big green one to the tiny orange one)

Even though it’s so close, I have to say it was a bit of a culture shock when we got here almost 5 years ago.

For one, people around where I live speak English. 5 years ago, I did not in fact speak English. I knew English, from second language classes in highschool and from TV, but I didn’t speak it.

Some little things were always different. The first time we ordered Chinese food (like, greasy chinese food, not actual chinese food) we were surprised to see that there were no ‘chinese noodles’.

Those noodles in Quebec are in every Chinese restaurant. For real. I’m decently sure the only Chinese thing about them is soy sauce. Unless the cook to invent them was Chinese? Let me know if anyone knows the actual story behind this dish!

Anywho, we called them ‘chicken noodles’ in my house growing up, so enjoy my mom’s recipe!

Quebec Style Chicken Noodles

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

– 500g elbow macaroni

– 3 cups ish of cooked diced chicken (leftover rotisserie chicken is perfect for this)

– 1 onion, diced

– 3-5 tbsp of dark soy sauce

– 2 tbsp light soy sauce

– 1 tbsp of garlic powder

– 3-4 tbsp Peanut Oil (it’s the ultimate oil, but if course any oil will do)

– salt and pepper

*Optional* My mom wants me to say that you ~need~ celery in there too. I’m not a fan, but if you are, add 2-3 stalks, diced.

How to:

1. In a large pot, boil your water with lots of salt.

2. If needed, cut your chicken and veggies.

3. Add the macaroni to the water. Cook until juuuuust about ready.

4. Drain and reserve. DO NOT RINSE THE MACARONI! You need all of that sticky starch.

5. Put the peanut oil in the same pot and sweat the onion for a few minutes. And the celery if, like my mom, you find it essential.

6. Add the cooked chicken and season with salt and pepper.

7. Add the cooked macaroni

8. Add the soy sauces and the garlic powder. Cook on low heat until the noodles no longer look ‘wet’.

9. Serve piping hot

10. EAT ALL THE NOODLES!

So there you go, a fast week night dinner that you can whip up under 30 minutes!

And I know that macaroni and soy sauce just seems like a weird combination, but it really is super tasty!

Now go forth and try this Quebec delicacy and let me know if you make it, my mom will want feedback!

Have a good Canada Day weekend everyone! (July 1st for the non-Canadians around!)

Until next time,

Andreanne

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Hey everyone!

 

I am back with a recipe this week. Now, before we all comment on how stupidly easy this is, I will defend myself by saying that sometimes a girl just wants tasty yet easy pasta dish to enjoy her Netflix or Korean Drama binge watching!

I also like to call this recipe, ‘grown-up noodles and butter’. What? I like noodles and butter! My husband LOVES noodles and butter, will request it on a regular basis so I looked up a few recipes and made this ultimate (for us anyway) version!

Are we ready to get into it or do we need some more rambling?

I think we’re good, let’s go!

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Aglio e Olio

(Serves 2)

Ingredients

  • 250g Spaghetti (about half a box, or you know, the whole box, I ain’t here to judge)
  • 3 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2-3 tbsp Butter
  • 4-6 Garlic cloves, minced or crushed (I LOVE garlic, so I go more for 6-7, but that’s up to your tastebuds)
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper of some sort
  • Parsley to taste, if you want
  • Salt & Pepper

 

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How to:

  1. Boil your pasta in super salted water.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, melt the butter and the olive oil.
  3. Add in the garlic, cook until it starts to brown the tiniest bit. Be careful not to burn it.
  4. Add in the crushed peppers and parsley (if you want) 
  5. Before draining the pasta, reserve 1/2 cup of water. Drain the pasta when it’s Al Dente
  6. Add the pasta to the pan with 1/2 cup of cooking water and finish cooking for a couple minutes.
  7. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper
  8. EAT ALL THE NOODLES

 

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You can’t really go more simple than that!

If you want, you can add veggies, or parmesan cheese, or shrimp… Variations are basically infinite! On the other hand, you can also enjoy your grown-up-noodles-and-butter as is!

That’s it for this week!

Until next time,

 

Andreanne

Endy Mattress Review

Hi everyone!

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that we received our Endy mattress!

We have been sleeping on it for about a week now so I figured I’d give you guys a bit of a review!

Please note that this post is NOT sponsored, we bought the mattress with our own money because we needed one and we heard good stuff about the Endy.

Here we go!

First of all, let me just say that our old mattress was A) Very old and uncomfortable, and B) Not a memory foam mattress.

The first 2-3 night were an adjustment, as we weren’t used to memory foam, it was pretty different. Not in a bad way, it was very comfy, we just weren’t used to it.

SHIPPING

The shipping took a little longer than we expected, maybe we’ve been spoiled by Amazon Prime?

It took about 2 weeks.

When we did get it, we were a bit worried because the box was in horrible shape.

That being said, the plastic wrap of the mattress was fine and the cutting tool was in the box so in the end, it was ok.

UNWRAPPING

The unwrapping is pretty easy. Cut the plastic, unroll the mattress, unfold it, let it poof out.

Not much to be said about that really… it did poof and bounce out pretty quickly. We still waited a few hours before actually sleeping on it but we probably could have gone to sleep right then.

The instructions do mention that the mattress reaches optimal comfiness in about a week, to be honest, it feels no different to me than the first day…

COMFORT

It is very comfortable, not sure how it compares to other memory foam mattresses, but once we got used to it, we had a hard time getting out of bed.

Because of the nature of the memory foam, we can’t feel the other (or the dog) moving much at all. That is a HUGE difference from our old spring mattress that basically felt like a bouncy castle… Comfort A+

PRICE

Ah, finally, the price. This bad boy set us back around $980 with taxes. The Queen size mattress runs for $850 and we had a coupon code for $50.

Now, from what I know of mattresses, this is pretty average. For a good mattress, this isn’t overly expensive, but to be clear, it isn’t overly cheap either.

I think we got good quality for the price so I’m okay with it. Plus, with 100 nights warranty, we know that it’s a risk-free purchase.

Overall, this is a great mattress. The online ordering of a mattress can be scary, since you’re not trying it on, but with the 100 nights warranty, it’s a pretty safe bet.

The interactions I had with customer service were quick and very helpful, which I’m always a big fan of. I have been known to recommend companies or services based strictly on their customer service. Endy has passed my customer experience test!

That’s it for this review! I hope you found it helpful!

Let me know if you try it, or if you already have one!

Until next time,

Andreanne

Maple Curry Penne

Hey everyone!

How is everything? Good?

Here is all peachy, the husband and I just bought one of those Endy mattresses, I hope it’ll be delivered today! (Edit: It just got here! So excited!) Have you guys tried them? We only heard good things so we’re super excited! Stay tuned for a review soon!

Onto today’s recipe, Maple Curry Penne. I must admit, that I did not create this recipe. I tried it at a local restaurant! I then attempted to re-create their dish and, while I have no idea if the ingredients are right, I’m super satisfied with my recipe. It’s also like, 1/5 of the price if you make it yourself!

It’s a super easy yet luxurious recipe, and yes, the ingredients do sound weird together, but I assure you, this is delicious!

Let’s get started!

Maple Curry Penne

(Serves 4-ish)

Ingredients

  • 1 box of penne (500g ish)
  • 2-3 cups of cooked chicken (I use both breasts and legs, but it’ll be just as delicious with breasts only)
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup
  • 1 cup of milk or cream
  • 3-4 tbsp of cream cheese
  • 3-5 tbsp of curry powder (may need to add more, you’ll have to test your sauce and adjust)
  • 1/2- 1 cup of pasta cooking water
  • 1 tbsp of butter/oil of your choice (make it somewhat neutral tasting if using oil)
  • Salt & Pepper

How to

  1. Boil water for your penne
  2. Slice the bell peppers and the onions
  3. Add penne to the boiling water
  4. Add butter or oil to a pan and saute the veggies
  5. Add the chicken to the veggies
  6. Add the cream cheese and the curry powder, make sure to use medium heat to melt the cream cheese without burning.
  7. Add the maple syrup and the milk/cream
  8. Scoop up 1/2 of pasta water and add it to the sauce, drain the pasta and reserve. The penne should be almost done but not quite.
  9. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, taste it and adjust the curry powder and maple syrup if needed.
  10. Once your sauce has thickened a little bit, add the penne.
  11. Finish cooking the penne in the sauce, make sure they’re well coated.
  12. EAT ALL THE PENNE!

Voila! Simple yet fabulous, even my husband likes it, and he’s usually a ‘noodles-with-butter’ kinda guy when it comes to pasta.

Note that this is not a low-calorie recipe at all, keep it for a night when you won’t mind indulging a bit. I tried a few recipes where I substituted ingredients to make it less rich, it’s not nearly as good. So, just be aware that this recipe will clock a little over 800 calories per portion with fairly high carbs and fairly high fat. Totally worth it though!

You can replace the chicken by chickpeas for a vegetarian version, I never tried replacing all the dairy for a vegan recipe, so if you try, let me know what you used and how it went!

If you try any version of this recipe at all, let me know in the comments how you liked it!

And on that note, until next time!

Andreanne

Greek Lentil Salad

Hey everyone!

How’s life? Here it’s pretty busy! I started to work on a special project for the blog, hopefully, I’ll be able to make that happen quickly and share it with you guys!

It’s still a little coldish around here, but I decided that it was summer already. So I broke out the dresses, the BBQ, etc. I’ll be cold, but happy.

In this line of thought, I made a salad that goes great with most BBQ recipes, but mostly chicken marinated in yogurt (Find a recipe HERE).

Even better, this protein-packed recipe shall satisfy that vegetarian friend of yours, or your little sister who recently converted (Ya, you Laurence!) 

So here goes:

Greek Lentil Salad

Lentils are probably my favorite legume, they’re not super hard like chickpeas, mild in flavor, super versatile, and full of proteins! And they are CHEAP! My favorite word of all words! This recipe fed 3 as a main meal for less than $3 per portion, I call that a win!

Plus, this is very much a cut and chuck recipe. Cut all the ingredients, chuck in a bowl, add the vinaigrette and done! Fast, cheap, healthy… what more could you possibly want?

 

Greek Lentil Salad

Serves 3-4

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large can (540ml) of cooked lentils
  • 1 container (2-3 cups) of cherry tomatoes (I got the mixed colors cuz they pretty!)
  • 1/2-1 cup of feta cheese in small cubes
  • 1 cup of black olives (I buy the sliced ones because I have no patience to cut olives…)
  • A handful of fresh parsley
  • Your favorite vinaigrette (the one I used was 2 parts olive oil for 1 part lemon juice with a little bit of dijon mustard, salt, and pepper. But you can use a pre-made Greek vinaigrette or Italian would probably be fine as well)

 

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How to

 

  1. Cut the veggies and cheese to be bite-size
  2. Drain and rinse the lentils for a few minutes to get rid of the sticky liquid
  3. Prepare the vinaigrette by mixing 2 parts of olive oil with 1 part of lemon juice, mix with salt, pepper, and a bit of dijon mustard.
  4. Or use a store-bought vinaigrette, it’s your salad, you do you!
  5. Chuck everything in a bowl and mix well.
  6. Sprinkle with fresh parsley
  7. EAT ALL THE SALAD!

 

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Yeah, basically, you don’t even need a real recipe for this, easiest yet most filling salad!

Pictured above was my lunch that I brought to work, do you see those carrot chips?? A revelation! Chips and dips, but healthy! And still satisfying because of the actual crunch! I literally bought them like that but you could just like, slice carrot, with the same effect!

This recipe is also vegetarian, gluten friendly, and will ring you about 600 calories per serving (as a meal, not as a side) according to a website that calculated the calories per serving… not sure quite how accurate it is.

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So there you go,

Now go forth and enjoy BBQ season, and salad season, and no real cooking season!!!

Until next time,

 

Andreanne