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BBQ-Sleepover Part 2

Here are a couple more recipes to try if you’re throwing a summer party: pasta salad and mango salsa (although it does go great with chips, most of us were eating it as a salad, it’s so tasty on its own).

Pasta Salad

  • one red pepper, diced
  • one green pepper, diced
  • 450 grams penne pasta, cooked and drained
  • one bag of Hellmans ancho chipotle sauce

Toss everything together!

Mango Salsa

  • 4 mangoes, diced
  • 1 mango, pureed
  • half a red onion, diced
  • one lime, zested and juiced
  • mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of honey (or to taste)
Toss everything together and add mint leaves to taste.  Serve with your favourite tortilla chips.

The next day we had breakfast on the patio because it was such a gorgeous morning.  We BBQ’d our breakfast and had sausages and bacon.  Just be careful when you do this and have a spray bottle with water nearby because the fat WILL make the flames shoot up, and the flames had to be doused every so often so our breakfast didn’t burn.  The bacon and sausages definitely tasted better grilled on the BBQ rather than cooked on the stove top.  Take advantage of summer weather and get out there and use your grill!








Twisting cork and pour

The deliciousness falls in

Wine wine, I want more

Exams are over.  We were excited and my friend wrote the above haiku to commemorate the occasion.  I thought it was amusing.  Look for more posts soon as I am now on summer break!


Fabulous Friday

I love Fridays.  Who doesn’t?  It’s only Monday and I’m already looking forward to Friday.  Not only is it the beginning of the weekend, but I usually make dinner with a couple friends and then we go dancing.  This past Friday we were unable to make dinner together but I still had a great day.  My close friend, and pseudo-roommate (I’m always at her house), HH, invited me over for lunch.  She had made spinach gnudi the night before and some sort of spinach soup.  She was quite upset with the soup and it was billed as a failure.  This is a picture of the soup.  It didn’t taste awful, but it didn’t taste quite right either.  She allowed me to take a picture and blog about it.  Here’s a picture of the soup:

BUT the spinach gnudi was awesome!  She got the recipe here: Martha Stewart didn’t disappoint, it was yummy.

That was just lunch.  After dinner, HH had me and Andria over for sangria.  Yum.  On top of that, Andria and I made dip for chips.


  • red wine
  • soda water
  • orange juice
  • half an apple, cubed
  • mango chunks (we just used frozen chunks)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

I wasn’t the one who made the sangria, but HH just uses one part wine to one part juice to 1/2 part soda water.  Add the lemon or lime juice.  The fruit is used as garnish, but I think it’s the best part!  Makes one pitcher.

Easy Chip Dip-Ingredients

  • tub of sour cream
  • small handful of chives
  • 1/4-1/3 of pkg of onion soup mix

Mix all ingredients together.  You can more soup mix if you like, but I find then it’s too salty.  Enjoy it with plain chips!

It was a great evening.  We chatted and enjoyed our culinary creations.  To finish off the night, I went dancing.

Fridays are definitely my favourite day.