(Or I could say Rosemary Roasted Chicken Breasts with Yukon Gold Potatoes, if I were writing a fancy schmancy menu.)
I had dessert first. As if I wasn’t still all blissed out from the barbecue extravaganza on Sunday, today I got to attend an ice cream social at Bernard Callebaut (Chocolaterie) to celebrate their new chocolate and white chocolate soft serve and hazelnut and white chocolate ice cream bars. We got to doll up our soft ice cream (talk about my two favorite worlds clashing in the best possible way – BC chocolate and soft ice cream) with bowls of hazelnut sauce (made of equal amounts caramelized sugar and ground toasted hazelnuts, and that’s all) and dark, thicker-than-molasses karamel sauce that’s well worth the hour on an elliptical trainer I’m sure each mouthful costs. (Both can be had at any BC location.) Oh, and also? Summer Fruit Creams. Chocolate cups filled with fresh fruit purees (I tried mango, passionfruit and apple-raspberry) blended with crème fraîche; each flavour (mango, banana, Saskatoon Berry, lemon, Marionberry and passion fruit) is being produced for only two weeks this summer – limited edition chocolates, you might say.
While I’m on the subject of Bernard, I’d like to clarify if I haven’t before that Callebaut chocolate and Bernard Callebaut chocolate are not the same thing. If you see chunks of Callebaut chocolate in the bulk section of the grocery store for a ridiculously low price, it’s because it’s not Bernard Callebaut, it’s Barry Callebaut. Long story; suffice to say if it doesn’t say BC it’s not BC. And it’s well worth seeking out.
This was late afternoon, so when I got home and pondered the dinner dilemma, I was too full to be hungry or creative. So what seemed to me the ultimate cop-out was actually quite satisfying and simple; all I did was throw the chicken pieces in a baking dish and dice a couple Yukon gold potatoes around it, toss the lot with some oil (canola or olive) and salt and pepper, and threw a couple sprigs of rosemary on top only because it was either use them or toss them out tomorrow. About an hour in the oven and dinner was ready, but I still wasn’t hungry.
In other news, I’ve been tagged by Shawna of Daily Deliciousness to share 5 things about me. Who am I to turn down a game of tag?
What was I doing ten years ago?
1998… I had just closed my low-fat bakery, One Smart Cookie, and was trying to convince Subway to sell my cookies in their stores. Whenever someone from Subway would call, I’d answer the phone, “One Smart Cookie!” And when they’d ask for me, I’d say “please hold, I’ll see if she’s in her office.” It was also around that time that I decided if the Best of Bridge and Looneyspoons girls could self-publish a cookbook and make a go of it, I probably could too.
What are five (non-work) things on my to-do list for today?
1. Go to the gym (spinning class) – does it count if it was on my to-do list but didn’t get done?
2. Attend an ice cream social at Chocolaterie Bernard Callebaut (I feel far too guilty to label free ice cream “work-related”, although technically I suppose it was – this was definitely checked off my list. In spades.)
3. Buy and send cards to two friends who have lost family and friends
4. Plan presentation for Diabetes Expo (does it count as work when I’m a volunteer presenter?)
5. Put up more posters and send out press releases for Ramsay Rocks (if you’re in Calgary on June 22 – come to the party in the park behind Ramsay school!)
Five snacks I enjoy:
1. Bernard Callebaut soft ice cream or white chocolate ice cream bar coated in thick dark chocolate
2. granola with yogurt and berries
3. toasted whole wheat bagel with peanut butter (half)
4. Riceworks Sweet Chili brown rice chips
5. John Cusack
Things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Get my teeth fixed (this makes me sound like I’m a candidate for Extreme Makeover – just cavities and residual damage/broken molars from a dentist we had as kids who did more work than he needed to, and a shoddy job of it, but my estimate is $10k and since I work out of my spare room, I don’t have dental. Why didn’t I marry a dentist? Maybe I could have an affair with one?)
2. Build some new buildings, buy vehicles and sponsor school for the families of Ubuntu in Rwanda.
3. Launch some new companies with the express purpose that the money they generate support various charities
4. Make sure none of my family and friends need to worry about bills anymore.
5. Buy a car (or two) that isn’t a red Honda Accord, and a Mac, and John Cusack (I could be his Sugar Momma)
It’s of course a given that I’d do some travelling (what the hell, I’m a billionaire)
Places I’ve lived:
3. Toronto (but only until grade 2)
Jobs I’ve had:
1. Mascot (Howdy , one of the mascots for the 1988 Winter Olympics, the ATP Elephant, the Alpha Milk Bear)
2. Cashier at Mmmmmmmarvellous Mmmmmmuffins (the summer I was 15 and lied and said I was 16)
3. Photographer for the Bargain Finder
5. Owned a low fat cookie bakery (One Smart Cookie)