dos cinco de mayo

I think I’ve heard or said the word taco a thousand times this weekend, as it was ALL ‘bout taco in our house all weekend long. And of course I don’t mind this at all! We had not one but two Cinco de Mayo parties and we loved every minute of it…

So, where should I start… I guess I’ll start by saying that we all just love tacos here. Liam is basically obsessed with anything tacos; he owns multiple tacos shirts, tacos underwear, Shopkins’ tacos, and he also often makes tacos’ drawings and crafts. I had brought the ‘Dragons loves Tacos’ book from my school library and I think we read it something like 10 times since Friday. You should all get it if you have kids who love tacos, as it’s a really cute and fun book (and also available in French!). For Logan, it’s totally different, as tacos need to be eaten separately! Corn chips on the side, chicken on the other side, guacamole here, cheese there, with a LOT of sour cream on everything!

So on Friday night, my school’s social committee had organised a get together after work, and since it was ‘Cuatro’ de Mayo, of course I had to start the weekend with nachos to celebrate! It was actually a lot of fun to see my coworkers outside of the workplace, as it seems like we never have enough time to chat about our lives and about everything not work related while at work, so evening like this are simply awesome. Probably because I have awesome coworkers too. Two of my friends from work had planned on coming over for a Mexican fiesta later on, so once we were done with the work happy hour, we headed home and fired some tequila shots. Literally.

Yep, I really did this! And I made sure that someone would get it on video as proof because there’s no way I’m doing it again any time soon. Last time I had shots, I must have been something like 18 y.o., and partying in Grenville, in Brian’s hometown, at a bar most of my friends know pretty well, where there’s a locally infamous dancing cage with a floor that goes up and down!!! Oh God I don’t miss those years. And yep, tequila tastes exactly the same as I remember from back then!

Okay, I’ll be honest here… I do not enjoy alcohol, I’m more the type to have an iced tea when people drink, but I had to give tequila a shot now that the love of my life, George Clooney, is a successful owner of a tequila company! So thanks babe for trying to impress me with your nice tequila, but it’s just not for me. Seriously, I don’t know how my friends and husband were able to drink tequila the way they did on Friday; I only had one shot, and all that was left from my everlasting cough that I was carrying around for the last three weeks magically disappeared right after swallowing the thing!

So, back to Friday night, we had chips and homemade guac, as well as some delicious charcoal pork tacos. I had also made a Frida Khalo cake, which turned out to be amazingly pretty, but unfortunately, we were way too full to eat any desert… so I saved it for our next day Cinco de Mayo party. So while my three amigos were getting drunk, we played games and laughed a lot until the wee hours of the night and then went to bed way too late. Of course, next morning came way to fast as Logan showed up in my room at 5:50 am! I did manage to keep him quiet for a while, but still, we were all up pretty early, and then I was all ready to go on with my day… So once my guests left, the boys and I had breakfast and then headed outside to play and work on the house. I was super lazy in the fall and didn’t cleaned the flower beds, so that was my first task of the day! And then it suddenly became my only one… and yes, I do blame the tequila shot I had the night before for all my laziness!

Later on, we all sat outside in the sun for most of the afternoon with my mom and Frank who were joining us for dinner. The kids kept on jumping in the bouncy castle with the neighbors for hours while we were having summer drinks as well as some more chips & guac (yes, I am addicted to guac!). On the menu for dinner: more delicious tacos, my chipotle corn (last year recipe here) and some lime and cilantro rice. And then this time I made sure we were all having dessert! Yummy! I couldn’t part with Frida after dessert so she’s still lying in a plate on the counter 4 days later. Maybe she’ll be joining the fondant creation museum in Liam’s room… I know it’s gross, but we still have a fondant crocodile from his 5th birthday and the BB-8 droid from his 6th. I’ve tried to get rid of them but he didn’t let me. So Frida might get a shelf as well!!!

And finally, on Sunday, on another perfect sunny day, I made some breakfast tacos and it was a hit: bananas, strawberries, whipped cream and Nutella wrapped in soft and warm pancakes! Liam already ordered another round for next weekend! Then I got my work out done, we got ready and left for the Ottawa ByWard Market. The boys wanted to go see Canada’s Castle (Parliament!), then we got some ice cream and walked through the market. Feels so nice to wear light clothing and be outside. We later came back home and did manage to work outside, start the pool, bring out all of the patio stuff and clean up the backyard. Can’t wait to jump in the pool and enjoy some patio time!

It was a quite busy weekend but such an awesome one! Great food/tacos, perfect spring weather and good friends and family, which always make everything better! Hope you had a great one as well, and if you’re in need of a few Mexican recipes, check out last year post for an awesome menu… one can never have too much guacamole!

It’s finally May, so grab your sunglasses, find the nearest patio and have yourself some margaritas with a lot of TEQUILA!!!

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cinco de mayo

To end my Mexican recipe week, I decided to invite a few friends over to try out some of my favorite dishes!  It ended up being quite the feast; a Cinco de Mayo kinda feast!

I spent a few days making paper flowers, a piñata and some more recipes.  Made a raglan taco shirt for Liam and found a watermelon tank top for Logan… although I am clearly not a fan of tank tops for my boys!  The best part: fake mustaches.  The boys looked hilarious wearing them… although, once again, I’m not a fan of mustaches, and I hope they never get a real one when they grow up!!!

So we drank Corona’s, ate tacos, quesadillas and some tortillas.  And just before we ate way to much guacamole and homemade salsa my friend Eric had made.  For dessert we had some delicious churros with dulce de leche dip.  Let’s just say that by the time we were done with the churros we looked like six full fake Mexicans.  But there was still a surprise for the kids : a candy filled piñata.

I should have bought the damn thing… I made it at 11 pm the day before, with box/carton and about 20$ worth of duct tape; which made it indestructible!  The kids got tired of hitting my cow/donkey with the plastic baseball bat, so Brian had some fun breaking it open with a golf club!  Then the kids had a few tears because of who got what, but I guess it’s all part of the fun of having a piñata, and in the end they were all pretty happy to eat some candy although they were already so full!

I think I will celebrate Cinco de Mayo for years to come.  All the colors and the amazing food are perfect to get me in the summer spirit!  Let’s just hope that next year we’ll get to do it outside, with a bit more sun and wayyy less rain/water!

Te quiero!

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pineapple salsa fit for a fiesta

 

Finally, May is here. That means I’m getting ready for Cinco de Mayo!  I love, love, love Mexican food, and finally (and hopefully), the boys do too!

It took a while but we now have Taco Tuesdays at our house.  And this next Friday we’re hosting a little Cinco de Mayo get-together where I’ll be cooking some of my favorite Mexican recipes.  So this week, my blog will be all about delicious, flavorful and spicy food!

At the top of my list: GUACAMOLE! This was the first recipe posted on my blog, which you can find here.  Always a crowed pleaser, so you should double the recipe if you ever try it for a small group of people. Try it, you’ll know what I mean!  Awesome with nachos, but also great with chicken, tacos, fajitas, toast and more!

So this week’s first recipe is a Pineapple Salsa.  It tastes so ‘fresh’, it will make you think of summer.  And I bet you’ll want to eat it all summer long as well.  Great with nachos, baked tortillas, or on top of some grilled chicken.  Great for pool parties, diners or just for a snack.  It’s really healthy, well, until you add the chips!!!

This recipe calls for an entire pineapple; you may think it’s a lot, but once you’ll start to eat it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t used two!

Pineapple Salsa

What you need:

1 pineapple, cut into small cubes

1\4 cup of fresh cilantro

1 jalapeno

1 small red onion

2 tbs. lime juice

1 small tomato

salt and pepper

How to:

Really easy.  Cut everything into small cubes.  Place in a bowl.  Add the chopped cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.  Mix well.  Place in the fridge for about an hour before serving.  You can keep it in the fridge for at least 4-5 days in an airtight container.  Serve with nacho chips, or on top of anything really!

This week’s recipes are really spicy.  I will be using a lot of jalapenos, but if you’re not a fan of the heat, use less jalapeno or just leave them out of the recipe. My kids are not fans of the spiciness, maybe because I’ve had a bit too much of Frank’s Hot Sauce while pregnant (but I was craving for it), who knows!  So all these recipes can be kids friendly without the peppers/jalapenos.

So, if you are into Mexican food like myself, you should really try this recipe.  It’ll make you feel like you’re in Mexico enjoying the beautiful Mexican sun, while here in Ottawa it’s freezing and pouring rain outside all day long.

Oh, and don’t forget to let me know what you think of this awesome pineapple salsa me amigo.

Salud!

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cheers to long weekends

God I LOVE long weekends!!!

Finally, we had a long weekend!  Although it feels like Christmas was just around the corner, it also feels like it’s been forever since I’ve had a long weekend to relax and spend time with friends and family!  Last weekend was just perfect; and the weather was AMAZING!

After what felt like the longest week of my life, it was finally Friday night!  With no plans, one of my friend suggested we make dumplings!  So we gathered all our ingredients and started stuffing the wrappers.  We made 120!  Yep, 120!   Pretty sure they’re all gone now, with her 2 teenagers!  So long to prepare, but so worth it.  Of course we had some for dinner that night, like come on, we had to reward ourselves!

Saturday was gorgeous, plus 8 degrees for February felt like we had won the lottery!  Took out our spring jackets an left the house early as we had a full day planned.  We dropped the boys at my Mom’s and then drove to Vankleek Hill for some Beau’s All Natural shopping and tastings!  They had the best snacks selections this weekend: creamy Bacon Carbonara Mac’n Cheese… it was sooo good!  Brian had the Vodka Salmon and their new brew Triceratops.  He loaded up on beers, then had a chance to spin their FeBREWary promotion wheel, and luckily for him, he won a nice Beau’s t-shirt that he wanted!

We had planned a nice day out to Montréal with our friends Mel and Pat.  We love Montreal and don’t go often enough.  We hadn’t seen them since our road trip to Fenway/Boston in October, so we had a lot of catching up to do!

We made it to Montréal, shopped at a local market, found delicious macarons and then we went to play Trapped.  Trapped is a real life room escape.  A one hour game, locked in a room and you have to get out.  A modern clue game!  I love it!  We were so close to get out, like almost there!!!  But we didn’t.  We would have needed another 5 minutes.  We had a lot of fun though.  You all need to try it!

We then went out for drinks at Santos Tapas Bar.  If you’re in Old Montreal, you have to try Santos.  An electric atmosphere, unique décor, gorgeous drinks and delicious tapas.  Pat was obsessed with the number of raspberry in his pink drink!  (Hi Pat!).  It was our second time at Santos and we will be back next time we’re in Montréal for sure!

We then made our way to MangiaFoco as we had reservations at 8:45: a pizzeria and mozzarella bar restaurant.  Our friends had tried it in the fall and they thought we would love it too.  And they were right, we loved it!

What’s not to love… awesome cheese, delicious pizza and wine (for the others!).  We had a charcuterie plate: burrata and bufala affumicata, smoked tomatoes, truffles peaches, pancetta, capicollo and salami, all served with fresh bread.  The cheeses were soft and creamy.  I wish I could hide in their fridge for a night!  We then shared the margherita and uomo pizza.  So good!

The restaurant was awesome; love the decor and atmosphere, and we ended up with the best seat in the house!  From our booth, we could see all the food coming from the kitchen on a white belt… it doesn’t sound like much, but we were so excited to see our cheese plate coming that Mel and I started screaming.  Well, just a little!  I can’t wait to go back!

Sunday was gorgeous again.  We had our first chip stand snack for lunch in the car.  Then we had to burn those calories by snowshoeing.  It was so hot!  We had to take off our coats.  We then went back home and pretended to be in Mexico with the rest of our family by having homemade guacamole and drinks on our deck (surrounded by 5 feet of snow!).

The boys were exhausted from their weekend and went to bed early, so we decided to watch some Sherlock’s episodes.  We both became huge fans of Sherlock Holmes when Guy Ritchie’s movie first came out couple years ago; then the second movie came out, which was even better.  Bry loves to think he’s as clever as Sherlock… not so sure about that one!  So since then, we started to watch the series Sherlock on Netflix with Benedict Cumberbach; so far we had watched the first 3 seasons, which consist of 3 episodes of 90 minutes each.  And we loved it.

This time, for the 4th season, well, it was really good at first (and this won’t be a spoiler), but became more and more disturbing as we were watching.  We watched the first 2 episodes on Sunday night, and I ended up dreaming I was a detective in some sort of crazy thriller all night long.  Then on Monday night we watched the Finale, and oh boy, that was just too much for me, so I ended up not sleeping too well for a second night in a row!  (But still, you got to watch this!).

Monday was family day and unfortunately, I was exhausted and Brian had to work.  So we lounged in our pj’s all day, watched Moana, went for a walk and played all sorts of fun games.

Wish 3 days weekend would happen more often.  Can’t wait for the next one to see what our next adventure will be like!

Hope you had the best of time last weekend, and happy family day to all of you!

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to die for guacamole

guacamole

Confession: I did not love avocados until this summer.  I would eat very little guacamole with tacos or nachos, but it wasn’t love.

Not sure if I would now call it love or obsession!  I might have had guacamole everyday this summer!  And I’m not even ashamed of it!

So I’m sharing my favorite recipe with you! Summer is still here and I’m planning on eating more of this green stuff!

What you need:

5 ripened avocados

10 cherry tomatoes

1 half of a small red onion

1\4 cup of lime juice

1 teaspoon of sea salt

Cilantro to taste (I use about half a cup)

How to make it:

Its fairly easy, I mash half of the avocados in a bowl and cut in cubes the rest.

Chop the onions and place in another bowl with hot water, leave it for 5 minutes, drain the water.  Add the onions to the avocados

Chop the cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl.

Add the lime juice, sea salt and the chopped cilantro.

Mix and eat it NOW!  Or refrigerate and eat later, I dare you!

 

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