I spent the weekend celebrating my birthday with my favorite people! Saturday afternoon we hosted a wonderful potluck with some of the most delicious food! Chris made my favorite ribs on the BBQ, My bestie Nic (ibbyandpop) brought her delicious quiche (hopefully she’ll post the recipe on her beautiful blog), We had salads; chickpea, caesar, and cabbage. Homemade mac’n cheese, awesome mini baked potatoes and a HUGE spread of meats and cheeses, banana cupcakes and of course beer and wine for all. This year we choose to include EVERYONE that meant even our new little friends. We stuffed a pinata with candy (for us) toys, stickers and gold star confetti! It was one of the most special birthdays I have ever had. I can not thank everyone enough for coming and sharing the day with me.
Thank you, Chris for capturing it and making another incredible video for me! I love you!
Beautiful photo’s of the party and lots of amazing recipes and stunning photo’s check-out: www.ibbyandpop.com
June 9. My beautiful best friends’s (there’s two…on the same day…and yes they are twins) birthday! This is also usually the first big summer party of the season for all of us. First stop a BBQ with burgers, beer and caesar’s, then off to the bar down the street to meet more friends on the patio. The night was wonderful, the birthday girls looked beautiful (as always), the burgers perfect, the pub patio pretty much full of only their birthday party peep’s. Bonus, we were close enough to our home to stumble and not have to take a cab (which was awesome!).
I wanted to bring something to the BBQ. I looked through different recipes, cakes, cookies, something BBQ’esque??…and couldn’t make up my mind. I ended up calling Nic & Dan (the birthday girls) to ask what they wanted. I gave them the top picks….Coleslaw. Not just any ol’coleslaw. As requested a sloppy, home-style coleslaw fit to serve with birthday burgers and hot dogs. At first I was going to buy the package of already chopped cabbage, but thought to myself “Nope. These girls deserve some good slaw made with lots and lots of looooove” .
I chopped and shredded the cabbage and carrots then stuck the big bowl in the fridge. Minutes before heading over, I mixed up the dressing and the coleslaw wrapped it and off we went.
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 1 cabbage head
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
- 2 tablespoon white vinegar
- Cut/shred cabbage and carrots,
- In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients together and allow to stand for a few minutes. Combine the mayonnaise mixture with the vegetables and toss.
- Chill for 1 hour.
*Paula Deen’s ‘Lady’s Coleslaw’ Recipe
HAPPIEST HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY AMAZING BEAUTIFUL BESTIES!!! XOXOXO I LOVE YOU BOTH SO, SO MUCH!
After the long weekend we really wanted something easy, delicious and home cooked. We spent 2 out of the 3 nights drinking, hung out with friends, Chris and I took a long tipsy late night stroll Friday, my best friend and I spent an evening checking out this little (super cute) bar in the neighborhood (all in between reading and studying for school). I had hoped to make some homemade ice cream this weekend to post, but didn’t get a chance (not to worry it’s coming!). Texting back and forth after leaving work, Chris and I decided to make a huge colorful vegetable filled salad and BBQ steak for dinner. Chris would grab the steak and I would collect the vegetables at the little market by our house. I had seen recipes similar to this potato salad on the weekend and really wanted to try it. So while grabbing our salad stuff I picked up what we needed to give the potato salad a try also.
By the time we both met back at home it had started to rain and our BBQ was acting strange so we ended up not being able to BBQ the steaks (to Chris’s extreme disappointment). Our dinner was amazing nonetheless, the table full of fresh wonderful food. We ate and complained about the long first day back after our 3 day weekend then, made our way to the couch to curl under blankets and watch whatever scarey movies we could find. A perfect way to finish a very long, very grey rainy day.
- little tiny potatoes (cut in half)
- fresh parsley
- olive oil
- apple cider vinegar
- organic raw pumpkin seeds
- salt & pepper
- Boil your potatoes in lightly salted water until tender.
- In a food processor add a handful of fresh parsley,clove of garlic, handful pumpkin seeds, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper.
- Toss the cooked (but still hot) potatoes into this dressing
- Chill and serve.
*note: the ratio of olive oil to apple cider vinegar is 3:1
So we’ve been in the early planning stages for our next video (so super fun). I’ve been talking to one of my oldest friends about helping/teaching me to make something and be in our next little project. He’s definitely on board (yay!!). But, when we are all available to get together and spend the day cooking is becoming quite a challenge . We’ve discussed some different recipes but haven’t made a decision yet. A week or so ago he mentioned ribs…and that’s all it took for me to start craving ribs. Two of my greatest friends annnd my boyfriend all make the most incredible ribs (seriously incredible)! All of them completely different! All of them AMAZING. I’m a huge rib fan, I’ve tried tons of ribs from all different spots around Toronto. The best ones I have eaten are theirs. These ones are from Chris’s recipe collection and has become a summertime staple for us. We’ve made them for just us and for wonderful big group gatherings, they are so great! Personally…I can’t make ribs. I’m not really “there” yet. I don’t like the raw meat thing, like touching it, ….oh! and I never ever would ever remove the rib stuff. Although I have just recently found out you can ask the butcher to do this, which makes me far more comfortable. So when I’m finally feel ready to do the entire rib thing on my own, I can at least get help with the grossest part. I now know how to make them, and I can be very helpful mixing the spices for the rub and will even brush on the BBQ sauce if asked.
I’m so happy summer is around the corner. My favorite thing ever is sitting with Chris outside after work with a beer, a glass of wine or coffee, chatting about our day with the BBQ smoking in the background (after dinner we will sit out there long after the sun goes down soaking up every minute of summer we can). Sadly, it was pretty grey, chilly and cloudy and we were not able to hang outside, but soon!
So here you go…The first of hopefully many rib recipes:
2 racks of ribs
1/4 cup ground cumin
1/4 cup chili powder
2 tbsp garlic powder
2 tbsp brown sugar
salt & pepper to taste
1-2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (depending on how saucy you like’em)
- Preheat a gas grill for 250 -300° heat, or arrange charcoal briquettes on one side of the barbeque.
- UGH!!! Trim the membrane from the back of each rack. Run a small, sharp knife between the membrane and each rib, and snip off the membrane as much as possible…I am TOTALLY UNABLE TO DO THIS… Its so gnarly yuck. yuck. yuck.
- Combine cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. in small bowl or jar.
- Sprinkle as much of the rub onto both sides of the ribs as desired. **Do not thoroughly rub the spices into the ribs.
- Store the unused portion of the spice mix for future use.
- Place aluminum foil on lower rack. Lay the ribs on the top rack of the grill (away from the coals, if you’re using briquettes). close lid, and leave undisturbed for 2 1/2 hours.
- Brush ribs with your favorite barbecue sauce, and grill an additional 5 minutes.
- Serve ribs as whole rack, or cut between each rib bone and pile individually
Thanks for sharing your rib secrets babe!! I love you XOXOX