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PERFECT WINTER RECIPES FOR WINTER 2013

Hey guys! Hope you are ready for winter break!! Even though it is in 18 school days, not including weekends! So, I have found and tried two recipes that I love to make during the winter season and during winter break. Hope you guys enjoy these two recipes and try them out!

Pretzel M&M Kisses

Pretzel Kisses Bites

Pretzel Kisses Bites

Ingredients:

  • Square Pretzels
  • Candy Cane Hershey Kisses or any other Hershey Kisses
  • Red & Green M&M’s
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees Celsius
  2. Count how many Hershey kisses you have and lay that number of pretzels on a baking sheet lined with foil. Place a Hershey kiss in the middle of each pretzel.
  3. Cook about 3-5 minutes so that the chocolate is soft but doesn’t lose its shape.
  4. As soon as you take the pretzels out of the oven, push an M&M into the middle of each Hershey Kiss. Put in the fridge until cool.
  5. Eat one to make sure they’re delicious.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • Candy Canes
  1. In a bowl mix powder milk, cocoa powder, and sugar.
  2. Place candy canes in a blender and blend till fine consistency. Add some to the same bowl  of previous ingredients. Keep the remaining crushed candy cane for later.
  3. Heat up milk or water. 1 cup for each serving.
  4. Mix all the ingredients in the bowl.
  5. Take 1/4 cup of the mix and add to the 1 cup of milk or water.
  6. Stir it up.
  7. Transfer to a holiday cup and top it all up. Add a full candy cane for decoration and add more crushed candy cane if you would like.
  8. Enjoy!

Hope you guys have a wonderful 18 more school days till WINTER BREAK!!

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Best Halloween Candy!!!

Hey Guys!

Hope you liked my review of Lazy Monkey! Anyways, here’s a quick review of my favourite Halloween candies!

I loved dressing up in a costume and going out to get candy! I still love to dress up, and I feel that no one is too old to dress up! It’s fun to dress up as something you like or a character you adore from a movie or TV show, or even something you made up. The more creative the better. This year, this is what I gave to the trick or treaters. But I have lots more that I love to get when I go trick or treating.

What I gave out this year:

  1. Perfect for the Chocoholic!

    Chocolate Fun Size: M&M Chocolate, M&M Peanuts Chocolate, Twix, Mars and Snickers

  2. Skittle and Starbursts Fun Size Pack

    Skittle and Starbursts Fun Size Pack

    2. PERFECT FOR THE SWEET TOOTH!

  3. Jolly Ranchers Chews & Lollipops

    Jolly Ranchers Chews & Lollipops

  4. Halloween Candy I gave out!

    Halloween Candy I gave out!

    My favourites to get:

Cheetos

Cheetos

Old Dutch Humpty Dumpty Chips

Old Dutch Humpty Dumpty Chips

Glosettes Rasins

Glosettes Rasins

Twizzlers

Twizzlers

I didn’t go trick or treating this year but I stayed at home and gave out candy. Children were quite frightened by my costume, but they said that they liked how scary it was. I was this for Halloween:

Left: My Take on Annebelle from "The Conjuring" Right: Annebelle from "The Conjuring"

Left: My Take on Annebelle from “The Conjuring”
Right: Annebelle from “The Conjuring”

Hope you guys enjoyed my article! Stay tuned for more food related articles by moi 😛

I have a poll for you guys. What do you like getting for halloween?

Classic Chinese Cuisine

Ma Po ToFu

Sure you’ve eaten Chinese takeout before, but as delicious as Chinese takeout may be, once you taste classic Chinese cuisine, you can never return to takeout ever again. So if you say you’ve tasted Chinese food before, think again. The five different types of Chinese food that will be showcased in this article may just change your mind about what really is “true” Chinese cuisine.

Sichuan/Szechuan Cuisine

There’s one type of Chinese cuisine that you cannot just simply refuse to have a taste of, and that’s Sichuan cuisine. For those spice enthusiasts, this style of Chinese food is definitely for you! It originated from the blended cuisines of Chengdu and Chongqing, recorded as early as the Qing Dynasty, where 38 books detailing different cooking methods first introduced the Sichuan style. The styles combine the “Three Spices” (Chinese prickly ash, pepper and hot pepper), “Three Aromas” (shallot, ginger, and garlic), “Seven Tastes” (sweet, sour, tingling, spicy, bitter, piquant, and salty), and “Eight Flavors” (fish-flavored, sour and spicy, pepper, odd flavoring, tingling spice, oily, ginger sauce, and home cooking). A great place in Calgary that offers this type of cuisine would be “Chuan Wei Xuan” otherwise just known as “Szechuan Restaurant”, located at 320 16 Avenue NW Calgary. Great dishes of the Szechuan style include:

Ma Po Tofu: An irresistible combination of bean curd (otherwise known as tofu), minced beef, and pepper and bean sauce, said to be created by a pocked-marked woman. The flavour is absolutely heavenly–if you can stand the spiciness of the dish, that is.

Lamp Shadow Beef: The sliced beef is so thin that it looks like slippery red translucent paper. Under a lamp or light, a beautifully red shadow will appear. The meat is placed in a beautiful array with a moat of red spicy liquid surrounding it, giving it its nice, spicy flavour. Sometimes, parsley and a bit of sesame would be added to give the dish that little extra flair.

Gong Bao Ji Ding: The chicken is rather tender, which creates a very interesting contrast with its quickly fried skin. Peanuts are often added to the dish, so for those who are allergic to peanuts, avoid ordering this dish if you are at a Sichuan restaurant.

Shandong Cuisine

Sweet and Sour Carp

Seafood here, seafood there, there’s seafood everywhere. Because of the region’s geographic location in Jinan city and the Jiaodong peninsula, a variety of seafood is available. The area’s specialty ingredients would be garlic and shallots, but the dishes do not include just those ingredients. Famous Shandong dishes include:

Sweet and Sour Carp: Like many other Chinese dishes, it emphasizes the differing textures of the skin and the meat on the inside. The outside is crisp while the fish meat is rather tender. Of course, it would be sweet and sour, as indicated by its name, but the dish doesn’t go overboard in emphasizing these features.

Eight Immortals Crossing Sea Teasing Arhats: This dish not only has a marvelous taste, it also has some interesting symbolism to it! Usually a starter dish before a celebratory feast, it uses eight main ingredients: fin, sea pumpkin, abalone, asparagus, prawns and ham. The stocks gets its flavour from the fish’s swimming bladder and bones, but trust me, it tastes much better than it sounds! The eight ingredients symbolize the eight immortals, and the added chicken breast represents the Buddhist Arhats.

Guangdong Cuisine

Roast Suckling Pig

Guangdong cuisine emphasizes the daintiness of the dish, taking exquisite ingredients and cooking them with refined cooking skills. The result is a clear, refreshing, and tender taste. The dishes are even seasonal, with summer and autumn dishes being a bit clearer while winter and spring dishes having a bit more substance. The cutting and carving skills of the chef are of the utmost importance, since Guangdong cuisine is all about presentation. Dishes include:

Chrysanthemum Fish: It’s all about the cutting skill of the chef. They will cut and shape the fish so that it looks like a chrysanthemum, complete with beautiful decorations to make it even more presentable. Each morsel of the savoury fish can be enjoyed with both chopsticks and forks alike.

Braised Snake Porridge: Carefully chosen meat of cobra, pullet, and grimalkin, braised as carefully as the ingredients are picked. It has another name–“Dragon and Phoenix Contending”.

Roast Suckling Pig: A very famous dish in Guangdong cuisine. With its golden crisp outer skin and its tender skin underneath, it has great texture to it. As if it wasn’t heavenly enough, it also has a dense aroma that could make people hungry enough to eat a horse upon first whiff.

Hunan Cuisine:

Immortal Chicken with Five Elements

Upon first look, Hunan cuisine comes off as very bold and colourful. Its taste is just the same. In Hunan food, there is crispness, yet there is also softness and tenderness along with savoury flavours and spiciness. Dishes include:

Stewed Fins: A famous delicacy in the Qing Dynasty, it has a fresh and mellow taste. The soup contains some choice fins, chicken, and pork which are stewed in chicken soup and sauce.

Immortal Chicken with Five Elements: The five elements refer to the five ingredients: litchi, longan, red dates, lotus seeds and medlar, which are stuffed into a chicken that is braised. It has a rather peculiar taste, but is said to be good for the health.

Beijing Cuisine:

Peking Duck

A cultural infusion of various Chinese cuisines, Beijing cuisine has made its own mark in the face of Chinese dishes. Manchu, Mongol, Muslim, Buddhist, and even street influences all blend together to create this unique-tasting style of food, now renowned to the rest of the world. And still, it is ever changing with the influx of influences from all around the world. If you want to try some of this type of cuisine right here in Calgary, then just simply go to “Peking Garden” located at 4625 Varsity Drive NW. It’s actually not very far from the school! Some of the traditional Beijing dishes include:

Peking Duck: Arguably Beijing’s most popular and famous dish of all, it of course involves a duck. In terms of texture, the skin is crisp and glossy, which makes an interesting contrast to the tender meat on the inside. It is consumed in small sliced pieces dipped in dark fermented sauce, and with slivers of sliced leeks and cucumbers wrapped in a thin pancake-like cover. Just one taste will leave you begging for more!

Zhajiang Noodles: These noodles are hand-pulled by specialist chefs, and are usually served in a soup or sauce. The classical Beijing-style preparation of these noodles would be drained noodles tossed with rich mince pork sauce and a plethora of fresh vegetables.

Jiaozi (otherwise known to Western culture as dumplings): This Beijing delicacy originated from Chinese New Year traditions, where the Northern Chinese would gather, make the Jiaozi, and eat them to ensure a prosperous year. There are many fillings in a dumpling, including minced pork, cabbage, Chinese chives, scrambled eggs, and sometimes in Muslim restaurants, minced lamb. They can be boiled, steamed or fried on a skillet, each producing a different texture for the skin. Sauces that are complementary to Jiaozi include soy sauce, vinegar, and chili oil, sometimes mixed all together in petite dipping dishes.

Now that you’ve seen all of these delightful dishes, it’s time to start tasting! Good luck, and have fun!

RIP: Death by Chocolate Review

   Imagine a buffet of gourmet food and expertly made desserts crafted out of exquisite chocolate. Only in Paris, right? I think not. The Death by Chocolate buffet in downtown Calgary is something to try. Located inside the fancy Fairmont Palliser Hotel, this rich buffet has expertly crafted desserts and dishes. The dinner buffet and the dessert buffet come separate, but trying both is definitely something to consider.

   The dinner was very well-balanced. There was a fair selection of hot and cold foods, both selections including vegetables, meats, and seafood. The buffet selections were not massive like a regular buffet. The food was quite rich, so you won’t be leaving empty. Some dishes that stood out in particular for me were the marinated mushrooms, salmon filets, mashed potatoes, and the cold shrimp, scallops, and crab legs. Everything is flavoured so it doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds too much in time for the dessert, but it is enough for you to really enjoy the meal. Overall, I rate the dinner a strong nine out of ten.

   A lot of dessert after the dinner is only for the strong stomache. I only managed to have one plate of dessert along with some extras. Some desserts included various cheesecakes, cream puffs, mousse, cakes, squares, and a large milk chocolate fountain with different kinds of fruit to dip. My favourite by far was the mocha-chocolate cake. It was rich, but the mocha and chocolate flavours were well-balanced and it had a very luxurious texture. I was not a fan of the cream puffs because the middle was very custard tasting. One of the guests in my party was brought a specialty cake made with Bernard Callebaut chocolate. The cake had a softer texture than that of regular chocolate cake, and was also very rich. I would rate the dessert buffet an eight out of ten.

   The Death by Chocolate buffet is definitely something to put on your bucket list. If you want to celebrate one night, or if you just want to dress up and eat some good food, then I strongly recommend heading out on a Monday night (the only night the buffet runs) and having a taste.

Have you tried it? What was your opinion of the buffet?

Healthy snack review: Freeze-Dried Fruit

Being students at Churchill, we’re expected to perform to the best of our abilities, whether it’s in academia or athletics. There is no better way to accomplish such a feat than to be properly fuelled with healthy snacks beforehand. Since fresh fruit can sometimes be inconvenient to carry around, I bring to you today a review of freeze-dried fruits!

The freeze-dried fruits that I am featuring today were purchased from Costco, though you can probably find them at other retailers. Averaged out, it comes out to about $0.90 a bag. The flavours come in Strawberry/Banana, Apple, and Cinnamon Apple. In each bag, there is an equivalent of one apple for the apple bags and three strawberries and half a banana for the strawberry/banana.

These snacks are particularly well suited for life in Churchill because they are light, compact, and above all, tasty! All the packets are moderately sized and weigh around 10 grams. Their taste is a little harder to describe though. Imagine eating a chip that tastes like an apple, banana, strawberry, yet it releases a burst of flavour when you bite into it. The feeling resembles the taste of eating a soft candy with a syrup filling. It is certainly a different way to experience food and stay healthy at the same time!

All in all, if you ever include freeze-dried fruits as a part of your snack routine, you will not be disappointed!

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Lazy Monkey Review by Thiviyah C

There are many amazing restaurants located near Churchill where students can purchase reasonably priced yet delicious food. But there is one restaurant that I chose to focus on because I have been there many times and have always had wonderful service. The restaurant I chose to review is Lazy Monkey.

Lazy Monkey is a Taiwanese restaurant/cafe located across the street from Sir Winston Churchill, and is directly beside the Mac’s convenience store. Lazy Monkey’s customers are mainly high school students and local Calgarians. It’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite either during your spare, lunch or even after school. The menu includes many of their popular items like various types of Bubble Tea, fries, and lots more.

Lazy Monkey’s hours are the following:

Tue – Sat: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sun: 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: 
11, 3616 52 Ave. N.W., Calgary, Alberta (across from Sir Winston Churchill High School, beside Mac’s)

Attached is the menu:

lazy monkey menu 1  lazy monkey menu 2  lazy monkey menu 3

There is also a separate menu for drinks, which includes their various flavours of bubble tea. You can get your bubble tea in either slush, milk tea, or smoothie.  You can choose to include pearls (tapioca pearls) or jelly (various flavours: coconut, mango, passion fruit, and lots more) in your bubble tea, or even both.

I usually like to grab a bite during lunch or spare. I get my usual grilled cheese sandwich with fries, along with a passion fruit bubble tea slush with mango jelly. The grilled cheese is perfectly gooey and cheesy. It has two slices of Texas toast, I believe, with a slice of cheddar cheese in the middle. The sandwich is then pressed in a panini maker to give those incredible grill marks on the grilled cheese.  The fries are cut perfectly crisp, always fresh and hot.

This would usually cost me around $4.00 for the grilled cheese sandwich with fries, and $3.50-$5.00 for the bubble tea, depending on what type and kind I get. So, the total comes to around $7.50 to $9.00 .

Grilled Cheese with Fries

Grilled Cheese with Fries

Passion Fruit Bubble Tea Slush

Passion Fruit Bubble Tea Slush

The service is quite good if you are going in just to grab a bite, I’ve never actually sat down in the cafe/ restaurant and ordered from the menu I provided above. It’s always busy at  lunch because they have a massive lunch rush, so plan your time wisely, because the restaurant tends to be very crowded.

Hope I managed to grab your attention and your stomach’s attention.