Sunday, 25 May 2014

Will Run For Roasted Vegetable, Smashed Avocado & Mascarpone Sandwich

Eat more fancy sandwiches.

We have been loving life over here for the last couple of weeks.
Happiness is....

We have also been loving anything that is quick and easy and doesn't really require a recipe.  Roast your vegetables, add some cheese & avocado, spread them over your favourite type of bread add your favourite drink and you are all set.

Roasted Vegetable, Smashed Avocado & Mascarpone Sandwich

(serves 2-3)


1 baguette
1 red pepper thinly sliced
1 yellow pepper thinly sliced
1-2 C fresh mushrooms thinly sliced
1/2 sweet onion thinly sliced
1 sweet potato peeled & thinly sliced
1 large beet peeled & thinly sliced
1 avocado smashed
2-3 T olive oil
*mascarpone cheese
cilantro (optional)
hot sauce (optional)
pickled radishes (optional)

Thinly slice all vegetables (I used my mandoline for the sweet potato & beet).  Toss vegetables with olive oil and place on baking stone.  Bake at 450 for approximately 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes.  While waiting mash the avocado & mix with fresh cilantro if you wish.  Spread the mascarpone & avocado on your baguette, top with roasted vegetables, and garnish with hot sauce and pickled radishes.

* It is worth splurging for the mascarpone cheese.  If you were thinking of substituting cream cheese you might want to ask yourself if you would choose homemade belgium waffles topped with whip cream and fresh fruit or if you would choose Ego waffles.  It's kind of the same thing.

Yes. Please.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Will Run For Goat Cheese & Pecan Stuffed Pears

I remember when running 5K seemed like a treat.  A short run.  A rest day.   Easy peasy, lemon squeezy (I hang out with 8 year olds all day. Give me a break).

  Somewhere between that time and finishing my first half-ironman, suddenly losing my mom, surviving what seemed like 8 months of winter and adding two new dogs to our family 5K began to require more motivation that I had most days. 

5K still feels like quite the feat some days but lucky for me I have some friends who have some motivation to spare (or at least they are willing to fake it) and I have a four dog relay team who is more than happy to take turns running with me(I'm convinced that running with all four at the same time would lead to certain death.  At least at this point). 

6K Relay Team

Meet Lenore (bulldog).  Technically we rescued her from the pound.  Really she rescued us.  She likes to wear running t-shirts, hang out in the bathtub when nobody is looking and much to our chagrin she occasionally likes to stand on the kitchen table.  She also likes to launch herself in front of you when running.  2K is her distance of choice.

Ms. Lenore formerly Miss Piggy

Meet Hank (black bouvier).  Hank is the ideal running partner.  He gladly runs along side of you at just the right speed...until he sees something scary then it's every woman for themselves.

Poor hungry Hank.

Meet Jackson (German Shepherd).  Jackson is my inheritance dog.  He loves sports detection, agility, and playing fetch.  Jackson begins each run like he is chasing a cat.  If you are looking for a buddy to do a tempo run with he is your boy.  If not, hold on tight!

Hank Jackson Brown
Then there is Jeb (Blond Bouvier often mistaken for a Doodle).  Running isn't really Jeb's thing unless it is on his terms (like most things in his life).  He likes to pretend like his legs are broken for most of the run until he thinks we are close to home.  Then he likes to gallop.  He also likes to tug at his leash and pretend he is a bucking bronco for the first five minutes of every run.

Tired boy
Goat Cheese & Pecan Stuffed Pears

Post run snack.
(serves 1)


1 pear (cored)
2 T light goat cheese
1T pecans (chopped)
white balsamic vinegar (optional)

Core pear (totally worth investing in an apple corer). Slice into four sections.  Divide goat cheese amongst four slices.  Press chopped pecans into goat cheese.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar if you are feeling adventurous.

Enjoy four tired dogs laying at your feet. 

Best Friends Forever