Project: Easter Brunch

April 15, 2017 |  by  |  Eats, Projects, Recipes  |  No Comments

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Easter brunch – are you ready for tomorrow? This simple brunch is sure to please. Eggs, salad and hearty potato pancakes. All easy to prep ahead and nothing needs all of your attention, which is important when cooking for guests. I’ll share with you the three recipes and then how I like to set my table. Let’s get started!

The Recipes

Avocado Eggs
Cucumber and Strawberry Salad
Potato Pancakes

Take a look at the recipes above and know that everything is gluten free – bonus!

For this brunch I’m keeping this light – so these pink placemats are the perfect festive touch. Also, I follow a tip from a designer, Sarah Richardson, I believe, who once said that if you stick to white dishes everything will be cohesive. So true. All of these pieces on the table are different brands and purchased years apart, yet they look good together because they’re all white. And, they’ll let the food stand out.

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Having decor on your table is a nice touch and it keeps the festivities in site. I love this bunny swing my mom got me. It’s just so adorable.

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Now, when setting your table, be sure you know how many people are coming. If you’re not sure, it’s best to set it buffet style, so pile the plates rather than setting them. Here, we’re set for four.

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Once the food is ready, get it to the table. Here we’re eating family style.

I really like to set the whole table before guests arrive not only so I have a feel for how much space there will be, but also so I don’t have to hunt down a particular dish. I like the table to look balanced and flow nicely, especially when we’re eating family style. It’s a bit of prep-work, yet worth the ease once guests arrive.

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Doesn’t this Easter brunch look so good?

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Eat up – there won’t be much left at all.

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Fill up your plate and get ready to enjoy.

Easter Brunch: 3ten.ca

Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a very Happy Easter.

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Travel: Three Weeks in Southeast Asia

April 13, 2017 |  by  |  Photos, Travel  |  No Comments

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Three weeks in Southeast Asia – well, more like 23 days, yet if you take away the two full travel days to get there from Canada, then ya, 3 weeks! April 13 of last year is the day we set our alarm for 4:44am. Then we caught a plane to Hong Kong. So amazing.

The trip took an abundance of planning – visas, accommodations and sites to see; not to mention planning for down time, which is vital to any successful trip. Here is where all of my posts over the last year find themselves neatly organized into one spot. Everything is in order – basically, this is our itinerary. Read on and let your adventure begin.

Before Takeoff

Packing my 33L backpack
Off the Continent

Packing is one of the most important things – don’t overestimate the stuff you’ll need. Pack smart and strategic.

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Hong Kong

Two Days in Hong Kong
Eating Gluten Free in Hong Kong

This huge metropolis is the jumping off point for our 21 days. Busy and awesome.

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Bangkok

Three Days in Bangkok
Adamaz House Hotel
Wat Arun
Wat Pho
The Grand Palace
Jim Thompson House

I could eat $1.00 Pad Thai every day for a month and be happy. The city is far, far busier than I thought and full of so much greenery.

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Siem Reap

Three Days in Siem Reap
Hima Boutique Hotel
Riding Bikes in Siem Reap
Temples and Angkor Wha
Cooking Class in Siem Reap
Travel Cambodia by Bus

Crossing the boarder isn’t as scary as some make it out to seem; however, you must plan for it. If you’re not careful, you could get scammed.

Cambodia is home to some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met – and I’m from Canada. Seriously, the only problem with Cambodia is that it’s such a long flight from my home. The weather is beautiful, the food is delicious and the hospitality is unforgettable. Visit if you get the chance.

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Phnom Penh

Three Days in Phnom Penh
Tea House Hotel
What Phnom
Killing Fields and Genocide Museum
National Museum of Cambodia
The Royal Palace
Travel Cambodia by Bus

History will pull at your heart if you visit Phnom Penh. Be sure to stay at the Tea House – such an adorable boutique hotel.

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Koh Rong

Kog Rong Part One
Kog Rong Part Two
Travel Cambodia by Bus

It’s beach time! You need to plan some down time and this 3 day break on the beach in the middle of our trip is the perfect relaxation getaway.

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Ho Chi Minh City

Three Days in Ho Chi Minh City
Hello House Hotel
Taxi Scam
Ben Thanh Market
Reunification Palace
War Remnant Museum
Museum of Fine Arts
Birthday in Ho Chi Minh City

Time for Vietnam – from birthday celebrations to taxi scams, Ho Chi Minh City is full of experiences.

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Hoi An

Four Days in Hoi An
Golden Bell Homestay Hotel
Beach in Hoi An
Eats in Hoi An
Old Town
Bikes in Hoi An

The last stop on our 3 week tour of Southeast Asia – this quaint little UNESCO town, Hoi An. It’s on the ocean and the air is warm. It’s a must if you like getting off the beaten path (well, it’s a little worn). Home to some of the best back roads ever.

Three Weeks in Southeast Asia: 3ten.ca

Back Home

Home Safe

Overall, our trip to Southeast Asia is a memory that will last a lifetime. The stories, the laughs and the heart warming experiences are a part of us and our hearts. Travelling is flat out awesome – save some money and love life, pack your bag then go. It’s that easy.

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Recipe: Cucumber Strawberry Salad

April 11, 2017 |  by  |  Eats, Recipes  |  No Comments

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

It’s salad time – cucumber strawberry salad. This recipe is inspired by my husband who doesn’t like tomatoes. Creating a bright and colourful salad is a challenge when someone doesn’t like bright red tomatoes. Here, I’m using ultra fresh strawberries. The dressing is homemade, too, so let’s get started!

Ingredients

  • 1 cucumber
  • about 2 cups of strawberries
  • 1/2 a cup of crumbled feta

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 1/2 a cup of canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of white onion
  • 1/2 a tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds

First, gather all of your ingredients.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Slice the cucumbers into little wedges. If I were making this ahead of time, I’d for sure remove the seeds on the cucumber, yet since we’re eating it right away, they stay.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Quarter the strawberries – you want them to look nice and full in the salad.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Dressing time. Put all ingredients except for the poppy seeds in the blender. Pulse until well mixed. Then, stir in the poppy seeds.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Looks good, eh? On this salad I used about 1/3-1/2 of this recipe. The rest is in the fridge ready to be eaten with snap peas. It’ll keep for a couple of weeks.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Time to mix the cucumbers and strawberries in the dressing.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Then, top with crumbled feta.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Done! How good does it look? So bright and colourful.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Eat up – this salad is sure to bring some flavour and punch to your table.

Cucumber Strawberry Salad: 3ten.ca

Thanks for stopping by – I love sharing my favourite recipes.

Recipe

Recipe: Cucumber Strawberry Salad
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber
  • about 2 cups of strawberries
  • ½ a cup of crumbled feta
  • Dressing:
  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • ½ a cup of canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of white onion
  • ½ a tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of poppy seeds
Instructions
  1. First, gather all of your ingredients.
  2. Slice the cucumbers into little wedges. If I were making this ahead of time, I'd for sure remove the seeds on the cucumber, yet since we're eating it right away, they stay.
  3. Quarter the strawberries - you want them to look nice and full in the salad.
  4. Dressing time. Put all ingredients except for the poppy seeds in the blender. Pulse until well mixed. Then, stir in the poppy seeds. Looks good, eh? On this salad I used about ⅓-1/2 of this recipe. The rest is in the fridge ready to be eaten with snap peas. It'll keep for a couple of weeks.
  5. Time to mix the cucumbers and strawberries in the dressing.
  6. Then, top with crumbled feta.
  7. Done! How good does it look? So bright and colourful.

 

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