Nov 24

Fri '17

NaBloPoMo 2017: Day 24 – Greek Pita Wraps

One of my favourite things to make these days are Greek pita wraps. They’ve become a regular dish that I have inserted into our meal plans.

I grab a nice flank steak from the grocery store and slice it as thinly as I can. Then I use a yogurt marinade for the meat and instead of pita bread, I use a naan style bread. I don’t bother trying to make my own tzatziki because I don’t have time for that. Plus, store bought stuff is tasty enough for Peter and I.

I don’t really measure my ingredients for anything, but I do use Rachael Ray’s recipe for Greek salad as a guideline of what to put into my salad. So the recipe below is very forgiving and please don’t feel like you need to follow exact measurements. I also like my Greek salad to be less chunky, so I cut my veggies pretty small.

Greek Pita Wraps

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 naan bread pitas
  • 1lb flank steak, sliced thinly along the grain
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Juice and zest of two lemons
  • 1/4 cup & 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp pepperoncini juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Pinch each of salt & pepper
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 bell pepper, any colour, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dark greens, any variety (romaine, etc), coarsely chopped
  • 1 big ole chunk of feta cheese (1/2 cup maybe), crumbled
  • Any variety of tzatziki

Directions

  • To make marinade, combine yogurt, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 the oregano, juice/zest of 1 lemon and 2 tbsp olive oil. Mix well and add beef. Marinate at least 30 minutes.
  • To make dressing, combine the remaining juice/zest of 1 lemon, garlic, pepperoncini juice, honey, oregano, olive oil and salt and pepper.
  • To make the salad, combine all remaining ingredients (except tzatziki and naan) together and toss with the dressing.
  • Heat a pan on medium heat and cook beef for 2-4 minutes until most pink is gone. Remove from heat.
  • Heat another pan over medium heat and add the naan bread, one at a time, for 30 seconds per side to heat through.
  • To assemble pita, pile your desired amount of beef, Greek salad and tzatziki on the naan. Wrap that sucker up and enjoy! Goes great with a glass of sangria!!

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Nov 23

Thu '17

NaBloPoMo 2017: Day 23 – X-Men marathon

A couple weeks ago I decided to have an X-Men movies marathon. I was iffy about the order in which to watch them, as there are a few different suggestions in which to do so. In the end I decided to watch in order they came out (production order) as opposed to timeline order.

There are 10 movies and I had previously seen 7 of them. The last 3 movies (bolded) are the ones I had not previously seen.

X-Men

X2: X-Men United

X-Men: The Last Stand

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men: First Class

The Wolverine

X-Men: Days Of Future Past

X-Men: Apocalypse

Logan

As I had seen Deadpool before, I chose not to include it in my rewatch. It just didn’t strike my fancy at the time. Plus, it’s not really part of the same storyline with the same characters as the other movies.

I enjoyed the entire series, with the exception of 1 movie: Logan. I watched it last and I really wish I had just skipped it altogether. It was awful. So different from the rest of the series. So dark and violent and sad. It was horrible. It’s definitely a movie I will never feel the need to watch again. I can’t believe that it is the movie Hugh Jackman wanted to finish with after his 17 year stint as Wolverine. I don’t think there was one part of it that I enjoyed. Not one single happy or funny moment, really, that I can recall. Of course, Peter informed me afterward that there are a lot of fans who argue that Logan is the best movie of the series. Crazy, crazy people in my opinion.

I love the older. Erosions of the characters, but I also love the younger versions. It’s great how they tie them together and even have the, all in the same movie. So enjoyable. I have to say that I didn’t spot Stan Lee in every movie though. I thought he had a cameo in all marvel movies. I might have just missed him.

Anyway, I definitely recommend all the X-Men movies (with exception of Logan) if you’re looking for a series to binge one.

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Nov 22

Wed '17

NaBloPoMo 2017: Day 22 – Dim Sum

My family and I went for Dim Sum today. We went to a local Chinese restaurant, Buffet Yangteze, which offers a delicious buffet and also some amazing dim sum offerings at lunch. I am not too adventurous, but I do have some of my favourite items that I always have to eat!

Pork dumplings, or Sui Mai as they are commonly known, are my favourite savory dim sum item. It’s ground pork and shrimp rolled in a ball and wrapped in a won ton wrapper. So simple and tasty!

Dim Sum: Pork Dumpling

I always try to have some Sticky Rice as well. The rice is super sticky and mixed with ground meat and chinese sausage, which is then all wrapped in a lotus leaf.

Dim Sum: Sticky Rice Dim Sum: Sticky Rice (inside)

Another item that is a must to eat at dim sum is a Shrimp dumpling, also known as Har Gow. Minced shrimp in a sticky, starchy dough.

Dim Sum: Shrimp Dumpling

Next is a Sesame Ball. It’s a deep fried sticky rice ball filled with red bean paste. These are on the sweeter side instead of savory. I LOVE the sesame balls that are filled with black sesame paste best, but these ones with red bean paste are pretty good too.

Dim Sum: Sesame Ball

And last but not least is my most coveted item, the infamous Egg Tart. I ALWAYS have to have one (or two or three). It’s a sweet egg custard in an amazingly flaky shell. As soon as I get to the buffet, these are the first things I go for because they go FAST!

Dim Sum: Egg Tart

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