Jul
25
2014

The Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer

Oh, how I wish I had gotten the chance to go to San Diego’s Comic Con! But I guess Toronto’s Fan Expo next month will have to suffice.

Can’t wait until season 5 of The Walking Dead starts!

As always: if Daryl dies, we riot.

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Jun
08
2014

Tennis Anyone?

It’s time I gave my salsa shoes some rest and pick up a new hobby: Tennis! People who know me,  know I’m always active doing something in my spare time, and this summer I decided to change it up a little and try a racquet sport.

I’ve never played tennis before,  but after watching great matches over the years on TV (and on my Nintendo Wii) I decided to give this new sport a try.

A friend of mine is a member of a tennis club,  so I managed to find one that still had spots available for this season. Scored some good deals (and went overboard a bit) on tennis gear and clothing (the skirts are so cute),  and now I’m ready to go!

It’s a shame that now I don’t have much money left over for actual tennis lessons,  but that’s what YouTube is for.  :-)

I had my first ladder match today and won both sets! Mind you, it was against other beginners,  so it’s all a learning process.  A ladder is basically a system of ranking tennis players,  allows access to set up challenges,  report scores and meet new people.  If youre thinking about joining a tennis club,  I highly recommend participating in the club’s ladder.

When I first joined I didn’t know how physically exerting it would be.  I was sweating after a few sets.  It’s a great work out total body workout though.

Wimbledon here I come!

Apr
28
2014

Recipe: Pac-Man Cookies

Pan-Man Cookies

I had a huge 80s-themed birthday last month (stay tuned for the updated post), and went to town on all the treats and decorations. One of them was Pac-Man cookies. Super simple to make, and they were a hit.

Yield: About 60 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Oreo cookies (or any dark-coloured cookie)
  • 200g of yellow candy melts or moulding wafers (for the body)
  • 10g black or chocolate-flavoured candy melts or moulding wafers (for the eyes — optional)
  • Coconut Oil

Method:

  1. Using a double boiler (I used a glass bowl over a saucepan filled with some water), melt the wafers over simmering heat, stirring constantly until they have melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Take an Oreo cookie and dip it halfway into the mixture, letting the excess drip off carefully back into the bowl. Rotate the cookie 90° and dip it into the mixture again. This should create the “open mouth” Pac-Man shape.
  3. Place cookie on a lined baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
  4. Repeat with remaining cookies until all are dipped. Water should not come in contact with the wafers, as it will ruin the smooth consistency. If the mixture is too thick you can add a bit of melted coconut oil to thin it out. 
  5. For the eyes, melt the chocolate-flavoured wafers in a small bowl in the microwave for 1 minute on low power (or until melted). Fill a sandwich bag with the mixture, cut a small piece off the corner to form a piping bag. Gently squeeze a bit of the dark mixture to dot eyes for the Pac-Man cookies.

Pan-Man Cookie Method

Cookies harden fairly quickly. After 20-minutes or so they can be stacked in a reusable container, ready to be eaten!

Jan
05
2014

I Got to Meet Chef Chuck Hughes!

Back in November I got to meet one of my favourite Celebrity Chefs: Chuck Hughes!

The Food Network star made a stop at Junors to sign copies of his “Chuck’s Day Off” cookbook.

Chef Chuck Hughes

I was able to get a photo with him and we chatted briefly about culinary skills being taught at the high school level. Such a down-to-earth guy!

Can’t wait to try some of the recipes in this book!

Chuck's Day Off

Jan
02
2014

Who Needs Resolutions?!

Yeah, yeah… I know I made a new year’s resolution last year to blog more frequently. But I’m a procrastinator by nature.

I think my problem is that I write too much in my individual posts, and then I become too lazy to proofread, edit, re-size and watermark photos.

So this year I’ll “try” to blog a little more often, but remember that my posts need-not be 500-words long.

Stay tuned for a lot of “recaps” of topics I’ve started blogging about months ago, but haven’t published as yet!