Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Some yummy eats

It seems like the month of May is just flying by.  And just under 6 weeks to go before the 2010-2011 school year comes to an end.  I’m looking forward to the summer…spending my days at the beach, biking, hiking, sleeping in, camping and of course lots of walks with the dog.  Until then though, it’s crunch time… track and field, field trips, report cards…ahh..it never ends. 

And what about those Canucks?  I can’t believe we are still in it.  If you haven’t been following the hockey playoffs, our team has made it to the Western Conference Finals.  It’s Canucks vs. San Jose Sharks… and we won game #1.  Only 3 more to go… Smile  I predict Canucks to win this series in 6 games.  One can only hope, right?

On to food.  Not too much description, so I will just show the pictures.  I have been so so busy these days that sadly I did not have the time to be taking pictures during the cooking process.  Plus the camera is out of batteries, so I’ve been pulling out the blackberry to do the job. 

Hope everyone is having a great start to their spring.  Enjoy Smile

I have made this one before…my Cream of Parsnip Soup with a drizzle of White Truffle oil.  Not on picture is a couple of slices of Toasted Rosemary Baguette and some Earth Balance Butter.

parsnip soup

Moose Burgers with brie cheese, truffle drizzled grilled asparagus and fire-roasted bell pepper.

Bison burgers

Yummy Turkey Burgers with melted Brie Cheese, spinach, sautéed onions and mushrooms and apple…and of course tender grilled asparagus.

turkey burger

Made on the BBQ…. spinach, a couple slices of Hornby Island Red Pepper Vegetarian Paté, an egg and some brie cheese.  This paté stuff is awesome…it’s vegan, soy-free and dairy-free. 

pate lunch 2

My power went out the other night, so I made this meal entirely on my BBQ.  In the veggie mix are onions, garlic, orange pepper, red baby potatoes and brussel sprouts.  The salmon fillet was marinated with the West Coast Salmon Rub from the lady behind the Metropolitan Chef.  I highly recommend you pick up some of their rubs.. I've tried most and they are all amazing.

salmon bbq

I BBQ some Pork Tenderloin and served it with leftover veggies from the Salmon meal. 

pork tenderloin

Hope you enjoyed the show…be back soon I hope Smile

Love Bea


Sunday, May 8, 2011


I hope all you mom’s across the world had a wonderful day.  You guys rock for everything you do for us. In the words of a close friend of mine…. “Without all of you, there wouldn’t be all of us.”  Thank you for everything you do for us. 

I can’t believe how quickly time seems to fly these days.  A week ago I competed in my first race.  Remember the Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race I talked about in my previous posts?  I survived it and my team did awesome.  Say hello to the Cheeky Monkeys.


The weather was great that day.  It was a little bit cool in the morning, but I didn’t mind since I get warm when I run.  I just had to make sure to stay warm while I waited for my leg of the race to begin. 


Once I heard my team’s number being called, I knew that Sarah was only 1 km away.  The adrenaline started pumping and I was rearing to go. 


Sarah passed the blue wristband to me and off I went.  It was a tough run, I have to admit.  Since there was still a lot of snow on the mountain, they had to change my route a bit.  I ended up road running about 6km downhill and then 2km downhill on a rough logging road.  The road running part was tough…my shin splints ended up acting up, so I ran on the shoulder of the road to absorb the impact.  It was much better. 

Bea - Snow to Surf 2

Coming down the last part of the trail…it was steep, so I was trying not to roll my ankle and wipe out. 

Bea - Snow to Surf 4


This was at the next changeover…after passing the wristband to Amy, she continued on a 12km mountain biking leg. 


I was so happy to be done….8km in 40 minutes…my best time ever.  My legs hurt and my feet were on fire.  I developed some blisters along the inside arches of both feet.  Note to self…take out my arch supports BEFORE running downhill.

Here are a few more shots from the race…..







We placed 158th out of 204th….. 5 hours and 22 minutes.  We were very happy with our results.  Next year we have a goal of 5 hours, which means we have to try and shave 3 minutes off of each leg.  I definitely think it’s possible.  The race was a blast.  A great way to end my end my 30th birthday year. 

Saturday, May 7th was my 2nd Race day… this event was called the Mud Run Ride Race.

Welcome to McIvor Lake.  This was the site of the race, and the cold lake I took a dip in to try and get rid of some of the mud after the race. (Trust me..it was necessary when you are covered in a layer of mud from head to toe)


This event involved teams of 2.  Me and my partner had to alternate between running and mountain biking.  We had to switch riding/running at a series of challenges along the course.  The course was a total of 10km.  The final challenge at the finish line was a large inflatable wall and slide that we had to climb over together.  Then there was a rather cold and muddy mud pit that we had to crawl through before crossing the finish line. 

The running part was the challenging part for me, as my legs were still not 100% since the Snow to surf run I did 6 days before.  And I only fell off the bike once… a rather graceful dive into some bushes.  However, we had a blast and I definitely want to do this one again next year. 

We completed the course in 1 hour and 12 minutes and placed 38th out of 54 teams.  Once again, very happy with our results and again a new goal to set for next year. 

I don’t have any pictures of the event yet, but hoping to get some before weeks end. 

Now on to some food……..

It was my 31st birthday on Wednesday and so I decided it was a great time to splurge and buy myself something new.  Plus, I get back a rather nice amount from my Income Taxes, so that helped with the bill. 

Drum Roll please…………………


My previous BBQ was on it’s last legs. 

So for dinner tonight was a meal to celebrate the new addition to my family…


Juicy and tasty Moose Burgers


Truffled Grilled Asparagus


Fire roasted Red Peppers.


The complete meal…so tasty.

Hope you enjoyed my recap from the last week.  It’s time to rest my body, let the blisters heal and nurse my knee back to health (I wrenched it slightly on the trail run).

Have a wonderful start to the week and be back soon.