Archive | March, 2009

Caesar Salad With Quick Garlic Croutons – by Pamela Anderson

30 Mar

One of my favourite authors is Pamela Anderson (no, not the celeb, but the chef). She singlehandly made my birthday party a tremendous success (food wise, of course). Her book (which I still have to review), Perfect Recipes for Having People Over was instrumental in food and party planning, the creation of the much praised apptizer bar, made food prep easy and seamless, and reminded me that the point of hosting a great party is not about churning out food like a restaurant, but making it easy, delicious and enjoying yourself with your guests. Even better, her recipes are foolproof. They came out perfect the first time, and I’m sure for everytime as well.

If you are, like  me, sick of dressing drenched sour and overpowering caesar salads, try the one below. This is exactly what I had for afternoon tea at the Pinnesula Hotel in Hong Kong. To die for!

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Need to find

23 Mar

Mackage Nev Leather jacket in Oatmeal. Size S. Fall/Winter08

Mackage Jerry Leather Bomber Jacket in Oatmeal, Size xs

Brie Canapés with Pecans on Fruit

23 Mar

Brie Canapés with Pecans on Fruit


1/2 lb (200 g) Canadian Brie, cut in 12 pieces
1 1/2 tbsp (22 ml) unsalted butter
1/4 cup (60 ml) Graham cracker crumbs or dry cookies, crumbled
1/4 cup 60 ml) pecan pieces
3 tbsp (45 ml) brown sugar, lightly packed
1 pinch of ground ginger
1 pinch of ground nutmeg
1 egg, beaten
12 slices of fig or other fruit (apple (granny smith), pear, strawberry, apricot, etc.)


Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave oven.
Stir in the cookie crumbs, pecans, brown sugar and spices.
Dip the Brie pieces into the beaten egg and then coat with the cookie crumb mixture. Lay the Brie pieces on the fruit slices.
Place the canapés on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake on the centre oven rack for 4 minutes or until the cheese is slightly melted and the cookie crumbs are lightly golden and crispy. Serve immediately.

Brie canapés with pecans on fruit are an excellent substitution for the cheese plate traditionally served at the end of a meal.

For variety, place the Brie in greased ramekins, top with the cookie crumb mixture and bake in the oven until the cookie crumbs are golden and crispy and the cheese is melted.

Nutritional information: (don’t scroll down if you don’t want to know)
For 1 serving:
Energy: 324kcal/1356kJ
Proteins: 13g
Fat: 25g
Carbohydrate: 14g
Sodium: 396mg
Fibres: 1g
Calcium: 114mg

You’ve got choice:
Camembert, Ricotta, Cheddar, etc.

So my meltdown was predicted

23 Mar

by Georgia Nichols on my birthday:


Caution today! It’s all too easy for you to suddenly have a meltdown. (You know who you are.) Long-buried tensions might suddenly surface. Before you know it you’re reverting to childish behaviour patterns. The rest is downhill from here. Oy!

So true.

I’m a huge Gossip Girl fan

21 Mar

so when I saw this (and PLEASE excuse my language) I creamed my panties.

I have relocated!

21 Mar

No, Grouchy and I have not broken up at snobbyandgrouchy, just that I have decided to separate my personal blogs about beauty, food etc from her, as I was getting traffic from Twitter. Not too fair to her.

Inspiration of the Day: Kim Kardashian at Tracy Reese

8 Mar

She lines and fills in her lips with MAC Redd lipliner, topped with Nars Bloodwork gloss. Can’t figure out her blush though!

kim tracy reese redd

Beauty to buys

7 Mar
  • Beautyblender sponge
  • Nars Multiple Duo – Copacabana/St. Barts (limited) <– I think I have this?
  • Nars Single eyeshadow – Baby Girl (shimmer flakes!)
  • Nars duo eyeshadow – Hula Hula (lots of shimmer flakes!)

One day I will have…

6 Mar


The Starbucks Gold Card… for people who really love Starbucks. Unfortunately the benefits are only redeemable in the US!

Starbucks Gold Membership
Come here often? This is the Card for you. Join for just $25 and unlock a year’s worth of member discounts and gold status.

  • 10% off most purchases in participating stores
  • Pay however you would like (cash, credit card, or Starbucks Card)

And when you register, that’s when the top shelf treatment really begins.

  • Surprise indulgences, like a treat on your birthday.
  • Exciting offers and discounts

This program is only available to residents of the U.S. If you have a Canadian address and would like to register your Gold Card to protect your membership and Card balance, you may register your Card here. However, you will not be eligible for any Gold Card benefits in Canada, such as the 10% member discount and a free drink on your birthday.

Haha of the day

6 Mar

This just appeared in my dashboard:

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