Thursday, July 10, 2014

Traveling and eating and having fun...

You may have noticed I've not been posting as much the past couple of weeks.

You didn't? 

I guess I covered my tracks pretty well.
I've been visiting family, eating, visiting some more, eating some more and now I'm home.
About time too, I tell you. Since when we get together we love to visit and share meals.
My clothes were getting a little tight.
All of my sibs are great cooks, which can present a problem, nah.

I had fun introducing them all to a Low Country Boil, along with some Cheese Grits and my Tomatillo Cheese grits, and a corn/tomato/okra dish. I'll tell you all about that in another post, how to do a Low Country Boil, that is. I also made a Banana Pudding for dessert. Again, that will be a whole nother post.

I ate out a few times, for lunch actually. For today, I'll just share some pictures of the food I enjoyed. I'll share my dinner pictures later, don't want you to drool too much on the keyboard.

Had this fabulous chicken sandwich at Just Jakes, I do love sweet hot Chile Sauce. They served this chicken patty on a bed of coleslaw on a Ciabatta Bun.  The bun was wonderful, and the salad served with it was really good as well, you can see it at the back there.  They also have a great selection of vegetarian and celiac friendly choices.  And they also brew their own beer.  I saw a porter being served at another table, and I want to try it the next time I'm there. 

My sisters and I went out for Sushi one day, and it was also very good, they served it in a Bento Box, with a selection of veggies and a shrimp in a Tempura Batter. I need to practice making good Tempura. Really I do.   I think it would be a great Tapas dish, hmmm.   And the Sushi was good.   The meal also started with Miso Soup, and I think I'm in love with that as well.  Pardon the poor quality of the pictures, I took them with my phone and the camera in it is, well, let me just say it's lacking. 

 If I remember correctly the Sushi was Salmon and Halibut.   And it was good.

We were a little too early to pick up my great niece at camp one day, so my older sister and I popped into the Crofton Hotel for lunch. She said it was a great place for lunch and she was right. I had fun reading the menu, and then I saw it.
I've been wanting to try it, I mean I knew how good Fries and Gravy were, but adding some cheese to it, that takes it right over the top and back again. I ordered it off of the Appetizer menu, and when it came out, was a tad surprised at how big the dish was. But with a little help, we made a good inroads on it. All I can say is, it's a good thing I'm 3500 miles away from it, cause I think I could get into trouble.

 I don't know if you can see the steam coming off of it, but I burnt my tongue on one of the fries.  Which is a good thing.   I hate cold fries.    I'm still dreaming about this.  My sister had the Calamari, but she still snuck a few of my fries.  Personally, I think it could have fed a couple more people, there was so much.  But I'm not complaining.
So, if you're in Crofton, B.C.  Check this place out.  You can even sit outside and watch the harbour.

We really didn't eat all the time, but my last lunch out with family, we had taken a lovely long drive, my BIL drove through areas familar and not and we ended up in Chemainus for lunch. I'd expressed an interest in Fish and Chips, and they took me to the Harborside Cafe. 
I didn't get Fish and Chips though.
Curry Chicken and Rice
The special of the day was Curry Chicken. It was offered served up on rice or coleslaw or french fries. My sister ordered hers with half rice and half coleslaw. So, I copied her. Thought it was a kinda strange combo, but, when in Rome.
I ate all the chicken and most of the coleslaw. And it was good. And this isn't a real authentic curry, one might say it's Canadian style curry. Basically, it's a lovely curry sauce served over breaded deep fried chicken. I've decided I need to experiment with trying to replicate that sauce.  Soon.  

And I did get my Fish and Chips, well, I passed on the Chips, but I did get a nice piece of cod at Flynn's Fish'n Chips in Mill Bay. An old school friend of mine and her husband own and run this little place (shameless plug here). I'd hoped to visit with her a little bit, but our schedules didn't mesh too good this trip.
Fish and Chips

My last meal out was Liver and Onions, not a meal I get to enjoy often, but boy when I can get it, I love it.  Again the pictures aren't great, but the food was.  My phone camera just isn't that good. But...
I had a lovely Porter with the liver and it was good.   I guess I should tell you where.  A little place called Dave's Diner in Seattle.   I've actually eaten there a lot, cause it's usually just down the road from my hotel, and haven't had a bad meal there yet.   The decor is really fun, check out all the old license plates hanging on the walls.  

I'll tell you about some of the other great meals I got to enjoy, and share a few more recipes as well later on. 

I'm so stoked, I learned how to make a killer, as in vampire killer, Caesar Salad dressing, with loads and loads of garlic. Gotta go now and get away from food thoughts, I'm making myself hungry, and I just ate not too long ago.

Well, gotta go and get some more chores done and start planning my meals for the next week.   I'm back in my own kitchen again. 

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.


  1. Hi there! I live on the island and am glad you enjoyed it over here. :) Did you get a chance to see the east coast, e.g. Tofino and such? It's really unforgettable and the best part of the island (don't let the west coast side know I told you that... but omigosh it's amazing)

    Just curious if you ever managed to replicate the curry recipe, as I too love it and no longer have easy access to it! :) I google image searched Chemainus and curry and your photo is one of the two that show up!

    On a side note, isn't curry and coleslaw an *odd* combination to consider? I don't like coleslaw, and I don't like spicy food, and yet put them together and suddenly it's amazing. (Although the curry I just like on the rice or fries *or* slaw. It is a miracle curry - a curry that is edible by us wimps with no tolerance for spice!)

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment, I love hearing from my readers. Thanks also for letting me know how you found me, how crazy is that?
      I used to live on the 'island' and miss it like crazy, cause I grew up there. I've been on the east coast, used to camp at Tofino, and remember watching all the 'idjits' who parked on the beach and sunk into the sand overnight.
      I'm still working on the curry recipe, I've gotten some good leads on how to make it, and I will be posting about my attempts at recreating it soon. I love my curry hot, but this dish calls for a milder version of curry. And yes, coleslaw and curry is a totally weird combo. But then again, here in the south they put coleslaw on hot dogs, and I thought that was weird as well, however it tastes great.

  2. I'll have to tell my father about that hot dogs and coleslaw thing, he's a slaw fiend but I don't think he'd ever think of that on his own! Thanks for the response, I'll keep an eye on your blog, and look forward to seeing what sort of results you can come up with! :)

    1. Let me know what he thinks about it. I love slaw on my dogs now. Can't imagine eating them without it.

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