Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Recipe: Bombay Shrimp Curry

How to Make a Spicy Indian Shrimp Curry

Is it just me or does the cold weather lead to cravings for spicy and flavourful food?

I can't make enough curries these days and when I had some cocktail shrimp leftover in my freezer from the holidays, I thought it was a great opportunity to do a little kitchen experiment.




I had a lot of fun, tasting and adding different ingredients - if you want to check out the video, take a look at my Instastory archives on my Instagram @angeliesood




This curry turned out delicious and I'm so excited to share this with all of you so you can try it at home. Serve it up with some basmati rice and a small salad and it's a quick meal that packs all the rich flavour and some subtle heat.


Bombay Shrimp Curry

Serves 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes


Ingredients

2 tbsp canola oil
1 lb peeled, deveined shrimp
1 onion, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, minced
1 green chili (optional), chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
3 tbsp tomato paste or tomato sauce
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 black caradom, crushed
3 fenugreek seeds
3 cloves
1 tsp Bombay Biryani Masala by MDH
1/2 tsp of red chili pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp of corriander seeds
1/2 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
20 fresh curry leaves
1 potato, peeled, chopped and boiled
garnish with cilantro, and slices of ginger




1) Heat oil on medium heat in a large skillet or pot and add cumin, cloves, black cardamom and fenugreek seeds

2) Add the onion and green chili. Allow the onion to brown then turn the heat to a low heat.


3) Add the garlic and ginger and allow them to cook out before adding the rest of the spices.

4) Allow the spices to cook a little (for a few minutes) before adding the chopped tomato.


5) Once the tomato is soft, add the tomato sauce or paste. Once the paste cooks out and dries a bit, add about 1/2 cup of water and let the mixture simmer for about 10 minutes.

6) Add half of the chopped and cooked potato to the curry. Using a fork, mash the second half of the potato before adding it also. (This will thicken your curry nicely)

7) Add the shrimp and curry leaves, using a spoon to incorporate them into the curry. Let the curry simmer for about 10 minutes.

8) Add cilantro and ginger slices to garnish.


Serve it up

This curry was perfectly flavourful and exactly the hit of spice I was looking for. I can't wait to make it again and I'm sure you'll love it too. If you want to make a milder version, omit the green chili and red chili powder. Personally, I made this for the heat!


Next time, I'd recommend making this curry with raw shrimp (tails off), but as I was trying to work with what I had in my freezer, I went with cooked shrimp and left the tail on for the aesthetics (I knew I'd be photographing this for the blog).





If you decide to work with raw shrimp, I'd suggest letting it marinate in the Bombay spice mix and a little oil with lemon juice for about 20 minutes before making the curry. If you're working with cooked shrimp, add the shrimp at the end to avoid overcooking.


Friday, January 5, 2018

5 Meal-Cations in Toronto

How to escape the cold without leaving the city 

With the frigid temperatures during this very Canadian winter, I know I'm not the only one dreaming of warmer climes. Jet-setting off to a tropical land is pretty tempting these days, but obviously it's not immediately in the cards for a lot of us.

Photo C/o Nikki Tingson @thestylishfoodie

That being said, this weekend I thought I'd share my favourite places to go in Toronto for a little Meal-cation. A dining experience that is truly so much more.

These are the restaurants that I love to escape to during the winter months to feel like I had a mini vacation without leaving my (freezing) city.


Miss Thing's - Hawaii


I absolutely love Hawaii. It's one of those places that I'd bet is on most people's travel lists. If you've never been or if you have and you're missing it....visit Miss Thing's.
 I love the ambience with the painted hibiscus walls and dim lighting. It's perfect for a date night but would be equally awesome with a group of friends.



Try their delicious cocktails (served in fun brass pineapples or fresh coconuts). You must also try their pineapple fried rice- it's out of this world! I love their use of tropical foods like jicama and jackfruit. Definitely a must if you want to escape the cold!

Lena- Argentina


I just love this little spot close to the Eaton Centre. The tiled floors, incredible lighting and showstopper of a bar definitely transport you to a different place instantly.


The cocktails are divine (ask the bartender to make you something with prickly pear juice- OMG, so good!) and so is the Tapas. This is the perfect place to order a few little plates to share with someone...actually, you may not want to share!



Tip: try the Blistered Padron Peppers and the Cod Fritters


Lahore Tikka House - India


Escape to India with a visit to this restaurant on Gerrard St. I literally can taste and smell the spices already. Here you'll find cute little touches like bright coloured walls, an actual rickshaw and string lights...you'll feel like you're dining in a simple road side restaurant in northern India. If you're looking for something a little fancier, sit upstairs - but this is a meal that's best enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere as you eat with your hands anyway.

Order their kabobs, chicken tikka and a mango lassi - you can't go wrong. Oh wait - and the garlic naan!


Chase Fish & Oyster - The Hamptons


This restaurant reminds me of the Hamptons. It's got that easy, beachy vibe but in a very upscale kind of way. I'm a seafood kind of girl so I'll take all the oysters, mussels and shrimp you've got. Luckily, The Chase has them all in abundance.



This experience will be a little on the pricey side but it's seafood and it's that Hampton's vibe. The ambience and decor here will definitely transport you to a summer evening spent at a fancy clam bake on the beach. You'll probably forget it's -30 outside. Probably.


Photo C/o Nikki Tingson @thestylishfoodie


Le Baratin - Paris

Le Baratin is like a little vacation in Paris- for your tastebuds. But forget the Champs Elysees - we're not visiting the tourist district on this trip. More like a little family run spot in Monmartre  or Saint Germain des pres where the locals hang out. Forget the fuss, this is true Parisian charm.
Let Chef Jean Regis pick something to prepare you - some fish en papillote, a beet salad, lamb shank,  mushroom risotto - every dish is a french classic but served up with modern flair. You're going to want to stay awhile.




Stay Warm!

Hope you all find a way to stay warm this weekend in Toronto. No matter when you visit the city, these restaurants are truly some of my favourites to get a little escape from the everyday. I hope you enjoy visiting them if you decide to have a "Meal-cation" of your own.

What are your favourite spots for a little dining escape in the city? Let me know in the comments below...I'd love to visit your faves too.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Lifestyle: How to Set Yourself up for Success in January

How to Approach a New Year

With the new year upon us, it's that time and the frequently used "R" word is being thrown around like confetti.


Many of us make resolutions in January but it's only a matter of weeks before they are forgotten and we fall back to our old habits. 

I really don't mind the word 'resolution' but I think that's because I have a pretty healthy relationship with goal setting. I believe goals are meant to be set and reset time and time again. In fact, I really think it's a great idea to set your goals in January and then revisit them again in a few months. 

Check up on yourself every quarter- just like you would at your job. See what worked and what doesn't...

If you plan to set and reset, you won't get down on yourself if you don't make permanent changes in one shot. It's a process- not a magic trick. Real change takes time and is hard work. 



So how do I approach January 1st? For the last few years I've been doing a few things that have really worked for me. I have a New Year routine and it really helps me set my mind for the upcoming calendar year.



So forget "resolutions," here are the 'R' words you should be embracing this December 31st.

Recharge

Rest and Relax. As you wrap December up, take some time to pat yourself on the back. 

Good or bad, you made it through a whole year of challenges, obstacles, ups and downs. You deserve a break! Schedule some "me time" leading up to December 31st and do the things you love to do. 

               

Read a book, meditate, journal, do some yoga, go for a mindfulness walk, take a long candlelit bath or book a massage. The idea is to congratulate yourself on the year you've just completed and to celebrate the accomplishments that have come along with it. 

Taking this time for yourself will help you approach January with a positive attitude and more energy to start again.

Refresh

Clean, de-clutter and reorganize. These are things I love to do before a new year begins. There is something so satisfying about cleaning out your closet or junk drawer and getting rid of anything that doesn't serve you in the new year. Cleansing brings renewed energy into your space and into your life too. 

Put away some of your holiday decor if you're no longer enjoying it, rearrange your desk or bedside table, replace broken items around the home and generally de-clutter. Whether it's old makeup, outdated magazines or socks with holes in them, you will feel the shift in energy when you get rid of these things that are just taking up space.

Tip: take on one small action item at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed by this huge task. 

And don't stop there- open some windows, light some candles or burn some sage to cleanse the energy in your home before ringing in the new year. 

Reflect


The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on the last 12 months. It can be hard to remember all the things that went down when you look at the year as a whole. 

I recommend starting with your photo gallery. Just scroll through the photos you snapped over the last year. It's amazing the small moments we forget even happened. 


Take some time to remember the family gatherings, amazing sunsets, vacations, people and places you enjoyed and experienced. 

It's easy to lose sight of all the great things that happened when we are charging ahead to a new year. But I always think it's important to raise a glass to all that went well in the last 365 days and to celebrate the small things, while taking note of big changes or challenges of the year gone by. 


Reset 

Now that you've had time to reflect on all the awesome and not so awesome moments of the year gone by, it's time to set some goals for the year ahead.

Make a list (yes, write it down) of all the things you'd like to experience or achieve in the upcoming year.  Instead of broad statements like "Get in Shape," write down a solid and specific goal Ie. "Work out 3 evenings a week using an online video."
  

Once your list is complete, look at your goals again and see if there are a few steps that you could take in January to get your goals started. 

For example, if you want a new job in a different industry, take an online course in January that will help give you the skills you may need or update your Linked In profile as a first step.

If you want to "Travel More," find one place you can explore in your hometown in the Spring. 


If you want to "Eat healthy,"  borrow a vegetarian cookbook from the library or find a blog and commit to one new recipe a week.

Breaking your goals into smaller steps and chunks will help you get on your way to achieving them over the course of the new year.


Achieving your goals doesn't have to be a burden or cost a lot of money. Make it manageable and you can make it happen.

Let's Get It

I hope that these "R words" help set you up for a year of renewed energy and success ahead. Wishing you all an amazing celebration and a healthy, happy and productive year ahead.

Happy New Year and all my love! 

xo 

Angelie 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Lifestyle: Holiday Decor and Favorites

Home for the Holidays

If you ask me, there's no place like home for the holidays!

I love being surrounded by all the warm and fuzzy feelings that come this time of year. Family gatherings, special meals and lots of quality time. 

Everyone has some time off and is generally a little bit happier - which is a welcome feeling especially during the freezing Canadian winter. 

I really look forward to this time of year and enjoy decorating my home with wintery and Christmasy touches. There's lots of red in my closet and there are some special foods which make appearances on our dining table as well. 





Today, I thought I'd share some of my absolute favorite things to have around during holiday time. 

There's things that keep you cozy, winter comfort foods, special decor and even a few items that make the holidays a little easier.

Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe to my channel for more home, travel, style and food content!

Friday, December 1, 2017

Lifestyle: A Fresh Cut Tree

Christmas Tree Tradition

Growing up, my family purchased a fresh cut Christmas tree for about 10 years in a row. My dad loved the scent and the look of a fresh pine and I was definitely with him on that one! When I got married, my hubby and I decided to bring that tradition back and purchase a fresh cut tree of our own.

Living in a condo, it also made a lot of sense since we didn't need to store a bulky tree in our tiny locker.

It's our fifth year getting a fresh Christmas tree and I have to say I still love this tradition. We make an outing of it and enjoy selecting the perfect tree to bring into our home.

We look for:


  • fullness (it should look good from all sides)
  • the shape (we like a slender cone) 
  • freshness (it should be nice and green)
  • trunk (you want enough space at the bottom to put some presents)
We always get a Fraser Fir and have found that they have a great scent and retain most of the needles until after New Year's.

Here, I'm sharing my other tips when it comes to bringing home a fresh cut tree. If this is a tradition you may want to try in your own family, you'll find all the information you need in this video.




Enjoy and Happy Holidays!