Why I Hate Eating Out!

Hey everyone!

So its time for the post about why I hate eating out so much! This dislike for eating out at restaurants first started in my first year of college in 2009. When I was younger I really enjoyed going out for dinner, but as I got older and learned how to cook for myself, I really started to appreciate food. Once I started to appreciate food I realized how many restaurants make and serve bad food. Some restaurants are just mediocre, others are just downright gross, but very few do the food justice.

When I get a bad meal, it ruins my day, but so many times I go out to a restaurant expecting to get a good meal, something that I can’t make at home. But when the meal comes and the food is slimy, or too spicy, not cooked or just plain ugly, it just enforces why I don’t really like going out to restaurants! For some reason, I still go out for dinner, I think I do this because I really want to find another great place to eat, but it has yet to happen, and at least in Victoria, I don’t think it ever will.

Now after reading this you may think that I’m some kind of restaurant hater! But im not! I am just very picky when it comes to me paying somebody else to make my food. If they can’t make food taste better than I can, they shouldn’t be serving food to people! But after many years of trying different restaurants, I have found 4 or 5 that I return too regularly. Now I won’t tell you what restaurants these are, and I will never review them, they are too special to try to critique the food, or the service. To me they should just be enjoyed, not judged.

Go out and find your favorite place to eat, It may take some time, and a bunch of bad meals in between, but you will always enjoy going back to them with your friends and family! Don’t share them with to many people, keep it to your self! This is the one thing you should be selfish about!

Thanks for reading everybody! I hope you enjoyed this, and I really want to hear about your worst food experience, and your best! Oh and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!

Preview: Why I hate eating out!

Hey everyone!

So im giving you a little sneak peek as to what I’m gonna post tomorrow!

It’s all about what I hate about going to restaurants! It may sound weird for someone who loves food, but you’ll have to check back tomorrow to find out what it’s all about!

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Part 2: Bacon ice cream

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This is part 2 of the bacon ice cream saga! A few years ago I saw a show by chef Micheal Simon that highlighted a company that specialized in candied bacon products! The one product that stood out to me was chocolate covered bacon. So here is my take on their chocolate covered bacon, and to make it even better I’ve paired it with vanilla ice cream!

Chocolate covered bacon recipe:

Ingredients:

Direction:

  1. Set up a double boiler to insulate the chocolate as you melt it. If you don’t have a true double boiler, just take a large Pyrex bowl, and place it on top of a small pot with 1″ of water. Bring the water up to a simmer, add the chocolate, and slowly melt the chocolate, make sure you don’t get any water in the chocolate or it will seize up!
  2. Once the chocolate is completely melted, dip the bacon in the chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Place in the fridge and cool until the chocolate has hardened, about 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!

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Hope you all enjoyed this recipe! I found it only took a few minutes to make and was super tasty!

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Jake’s thin crust pizza with Prosciutto and Cremini mushrooms

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Here is my absolute favourite thin crust pizza recipe! It is not like any of the pizza that you get from your local pizza place, it is super thin, crispy, and has very little toppings!

I have been making pizza this way for the past 4 years and I have yet to find anyone who doesn’t love this pizza! Make sure you use a pizza stone, this is not optional! It is a requirement!

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Pizza dough recipe

Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Coarse corn meal

Topping Ingredients:

  • 150 grams thin slice Prosciutto
  • 5 Cremini mushrooms, slice thinly
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • Unripened goats cheese
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Small handful fresh basil
  • Olive oil

Preparations/cooking:

  1. Place pizza stone on the lowest rack, preheat the oven to 550 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/4 cups of the flour, the yeast, and the salt; add the warm water to the flour mixture. Mix with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds. Once all the ingredients are mixed, turn on high and mix for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Stir as much of the remaining flour in with a wooden spoon.
  3. Lightly flour a clean surface and knead dough until moderately stiff dough, (around 4-5 minutes). Let it sit for 5 minutes before rolling out.
  4. Cut the dough into 4 equal parts. On a clean, lightly floured surface, roll out as thin as possible, this should make at least a 12″ circle.
  5. Turn a baking sheet upside down and spread 1 tbsp course corn meal on it (this helps the dough slide off the baking pan). Place the dough gently on the baking sheet.
  6. Lightly oil the dough and the spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on top. Top with prosciutto, mushrooms, basil, desired amount of goats cheese, and parmesan. Drizzle on a generous amount of balsamic.
  7. Slide off the pan onto the pizza stone with a spatula.
  8. Cook until the top starts to brown and the crust is crisp (approx. 5-7 minutes).
  9. Remove from the oven and cut, serve immediately!

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Roast mushrooms with Goats cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Hey everybody! I would first like to thank everybody who is reading this blog! I’m really happy to share that every day my page views are doubling, and it makes me want to post tons of new and even more exciting recipes and photos!

So today I didn’t really want to cook a complicated lunch, so I didn’t! I took a few simple ingredients and turned it into a mouth-watering lunch or appetizer!

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Roast mushrooms with Goats cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 1 Portobello mushroom, sliced thinly
  • 8 Cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goats cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze (refer to previous blog post for recipe)
  • good quality olive oil to drizzle on top
  • salt
  • pepper

Preparations:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F, and line a 12″ by 18″ baking sheet with tin foil.
  2. Spread the mushrooms across baking sheet evenly so that they are not overlapping. Sprinkle goats cheese and parmesan cheese on top of the mushrooms evenly so that each slice gets a little bit of cheese. Add a pinch of salt and pepper on the mushrooms and drizzle generously with good quality olive oil.

Cooking:

  1. Place pan in oven and allow to cook for 4-5 minutes until the cheese is melted but not browned. Turn the broiler on and cook mushrooms until cheese starts to brown and become crisp. Be careful, this only takes a minute or two, so I recommend watching to make sure they don’t burn!
  2. Remove from oven and immediately transfer to a serving dish. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze and serve immediately!

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Sneak peak: Quick and easy lunch

So today I didn’t really want to cook a complicated lunch, so I didn’t! I took a few simple ingredients and turned it into a mouth-watering lunch or appetizer! All I’m going to tell you is that you’ll need to make that balsamic glaze that I posted yesterday!

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Check back later today for the complete details and recipe!

Bacon is a veg

 

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Quick tip: Balsamic glaze

So I was recently in the grocery store and I saw a bottle of balsamic glaze. When I looked at the price, I was astonished that they could charge so much for a tiny bottle of balsamic that wasn’t even made in Italy! So I thought, why not make it myself! So here it is!

Balsamic Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Balsamic vinegar

Instructions:

  1. In a small pot, add the balsamic vinegar, turn onto medium high heat. Allow the vinegar to come up to a full boil, and then turn down to medium low heat. Reduce the vinegar to a point where it has the consistency of thin syrup. this should take between 4-10 minutes depending on the balsamic you’re using.
  2. Remove from heat and immediately pour into a jar. Let the balsamic cool and it will make a thick syrup like balsamic glaze that goes perfect with fruit, ice cream, risotto, or just about anything you can think of!

 

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Restaurant Review: The Spice Jammers

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So its time for that restaurant review that I have been promising! The Spice Jammers, is a small east indian restaurant only minutes from downtown victoria BC. They serve up all sorts of east Indian and east African dishes in a small but cozy establishment. If you want to find out more about The Spice Jammers keep reading!

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The Review:

So, The Spice Jammers is a small east Indian/east African restaurant right by downtown Victoria, BC. I had never heard of this restaurant before, but it has been around for quite a few years. In 1996 they gained some great reviews from the Times Colonist, but they have been very quite ever since. I would love to give more history about the restaurant, but there is very little info about them, not even a website! But let’s get past all the jibber jabber and get to the review!

Ambience:

When you first walk through the door, you are greeted by a lounge of sorts, it’s actually very nice, makes you feel like you should be drinking a martini. Seeing as I don’t drink, I didn’t pay too much attention to this part of the restaurant, but it was a nice way to enter the building. As you walk further into the restaurant, I was a little bit confused, I wasn’t sure if the lounge was were I should be waited to be seated or not. There wasn’t anybody there so I kept walking into the back of the restaurant where I was helped by one of their very friendly staff.

I was brought to my table where the atmosphere was quite cozy, a little outdated with all the plants, but it was still very nice. Now the only complaint I had about the area we were in was how dark it was! The lighting seemed to be quite uneven, some areas bright, and as my luck had it, I got the dark area, making it very hard to get a great shot of the food!

The staff member introduced herself very quickly and took our drink orders, I was very happy at how quickly they came and took our drink orders, I really don’t like it when I go to a restaurant and I have to track someone down just to order my drinks! So this was a big plus in my books!

When it came to ordering, the staff were very helpful! About half of the dishes I recognized, but there were quite a number that I didn’t! Our server answered all of our questions about what the different dishes were, I got the impression that she had tasted each and every one of them!

The Food:

With the help of our server we decided on 2 curries, rice, Naan and an appetizer:

Appetizer:

  • Fried Mogo paired with tamarind chutney $4.75

The appetizer was a dish that I had never heard of. Mogo is a cross between a potato and a sweet potato, and originates from east Africa. It was lightly fried until it was nice and crisp, and it was served with a tamarind chutney. The dish was tasty, I quite enjoyed it. The mogo itself was kinda plain, but they put a spicy salt mixture on top of it which added a kick to it, and punched up the flavour. The tamarin chutney was a good pairing with it as well because it helped cool down the hot Mogo. Overall it was a very successful appetizer, and I would order it again!

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The Mains:

  • Naan $4.25
  • Basmati rice $3.25
  • Kuku Paka $16.95
  • Creamy masala prawns $18.95

The mains were 2 very different dishes, both were served family style so everybody can get a taste, and you can choose how spicy you want the dish! We decided to go for a mild spice since I can’t handle much heat, but you can always get a side of homemade hot sauce to help spice things up! The first, Kuku Paka was a traditional east African curry that has a coconut based sauce with chicken and potatoes. If you like coconut, this is the dish for you! Now I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but this dish was pretty tasty! It had a coconut aroma, but the flavour wasn’t overpowering. I found that the chicken was cooked very well, but the potatoes were slightly overcooked, kinda mushy, but still quite tasty. When you serve this over the aromatic basmati rice it is a great combo of flavours.

The second dish was the creamy Masala prawns. This dish was something that I had made myself before, and I quite liked, but I probably butchered the dish in the eyes of anyone who knows indian food! So I figured that I might as well give it a try and see if I liked it. It was very different from the way that I prepared it, more creamy and spicy with less emphasis on the prawns, and vegetables, and more emphasis on the sauce. I really did enjoy this dish! With less emphasis on the prawns, you got all sorts of flavours that are missing from north american versions of the dish. This dish is something I will go back for again!

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I am going to go off on a little tangent here about the Naan and the basmati rice! I was really confused when they didn’t serve the curries with rice and naan included. I asked myself, who would eat curry without rice and naan? Its kinda like having a burger without the bun, it just doesn’t work. Now I didn’t mind paying extra for the Naan because it was pretty tasty! But I didn’t really like paying for the rice, especially since it was kinda dry! I found this whole thing a little strange, but it’s really a minor flaw in a great meal.

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Conclusion:

The Spice Jammers really impressed me. The flavours were great, the service was excellent, and the price was not to bad, it would be a great place for a date night, or to go out with some friends and share a few great plates of food! Aside from the few minor flaws which is the only reason I didn’t give them 4 out of 4, it was a near perfect meal. This restaurant actually managed to get me to tip 20% which I have never done before!

I will be visiting The Spice Jammers again in the near future and I hope you will go and give them a try as well!

3.5 out of 4 stars

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Bacon is a Veg

Preview: The Spice Jammers

Hey everyone!

So it’s almost time for that restaurant review that I’ve been promising! I’m gonna give you a little taste of what’s going to be posted later today!

The Spice Jammers, is a small East Indian/African restaurant only minutes from downtown victoria BC. They serve up all sorts of east Indian and east African dishes in a small but cozy establishment. If you want to find out more about The Spice Jammers check back tonight!

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Triple chocolate brownies

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So today I decided to post another one of my favourite recipes, Triple chocolate brownies. It is a combination of a few of my brownie recipes that I have collected over the years, but they all had some flaws, so I decided why not combine all the best parts of the recipes! So here you go!

Ingredients:

4 sticks (1 pound) unsalted butter
2 2/3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup dark unsweetened chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate wafers
1 cup semi sweet chocolate wafers
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
6 extra large eggs
2 tablespoon instant coffee (optional)
2 tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups white sugar
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Preparations:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Butter and flour a 12″ by 18″ baking pan

Step 1:

In a double boiler, melt the butter, 2 2/3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips and the 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips together. Remove from heat and allow to cool until warm, not hot.

Step 2:

In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, coffee, vanilla, sugar. Try not to beat the mixture, just gently mix until the egg yokes are mixed in.
When the chocolate mixture is still warm, mix the egg mixture and the chocolate together slowly, stirring constantly (you may need an extra person to help with this part). Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

Step 3:

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup of flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the chocolate and egg mixture to the flour and mix until combined (don’t over mix or it will become cake like).

Step 4:

In a small bowl combine the white and dark chocolate wafers, walnuts, and 1/4 cup of flour. Mix them together so the flour coats everything, add to the batter. Pour into the baking pan evenly.


Cooking:

Step 1:

Bake for 20 minutes at 350, then remove the pan from the oven and gently tap on a cutting board once or twice to release any air bubble from the batter. Bake for another 14-16 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Step 2:

Remove from oven and allow to cool. You can refrigerate the brownies for a few days, but after that its best to put them in the freezer!

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