The beginnig of another week…a week closer to Trinidad, closer to Thanksgiving, a week closer to Christmas. Our cricket season is finally at an end. Last weekend was the country tournament and my brother asked me to whip up a rice dish for him for the game. At first I had grand plans to cook this extravagant meal, that of course slowly dwindled as the day went by.

It started with breakfast at a local restaurant, that my niece loves. Although the only thing she ever gets there are the french toast with bacon. She just sits down and says I will have my usual.

The weather in MN has already started to feel brisk in the mornings too. You can definitly tell fall is in the air. And pretty soon you will start hearing me whining about all the leaves, leaves that I have to rake up, put in bags and wait for the trash guy to haul away. OYE I hate all those leaves!

When in a rush or a jam make black eye peas cook up! This is a rice dish that can be vegetarian or with meat. 

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I am happy to say that I am back in the swing of things. I am back in the gym…and I kicked butt today with my trainer if I do say so myself. I will be in pain tomorrow I am sure…but pain is just weakness leaving the body…or so my tariner says! Ha, of course he is not the one who will be struggling up those stairs tomorrow though.

I have been busy mastering, creating, testing a few recipes too. I am trying to focus on thanksgiving since that is the next big holiday coming up. And I know that we all love to overdose on green beans, scalloped potatoes, stuffing/dressing and of course the turkey himself.

If I can make the green beans and the scalloped potatoes just a tad bit healthy then that at least would help. I have an aswesome green beans recipe for you guys though. Hands down one of my better ones.

I am excited to say that since relaunching my blog in August I have gotten well over 600 hits. YAY!!! Let me just stop and do a little jig around the bed…yes I am blogging from the comfort of my bed. 

Oh before I send you off to recipe land…I have to show you my bounty from my garden…they are my babies, but I will be eating tomatoes every which way for the rest of the Summer.

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It has been a very busy few weeks. Starting the week before Labor Day and going until this past Sunday. Our annual Labor Day Cricket Tournament was a hit as usual, of course to make it a hit, it takes a lot of work and love. You have to love doing this as no sane person will give up their long holiday weekend to clean 500 pounds of chicken, make a hundred trips back and forth from your house to the park all while the roads are still undergoing construction, standing in 90 degree weather cooking over a hot stove! I did say you have to love doing these things.

However, it was a labor of love as we like to think of it. We had the best jerk chicken, thanks to a cool guys Smoker…we had curry chicken, stew chicken, curry lamb, stew goat, fried rice, beans and rice, lots of salads and of course monster cookies! We cooked for about 200 people who we sure hope loved and appreciated the food. We sure did!

After the Labor day weekend I shuttled off to Toronto for a wedding, where I had a blast! Unforgettable weekend, especially eating doubles and roti with curry chicken! Delish. Next stop will be North Carolina and then off to Trinidad…cannot wait.

Okay after all this talking I must at least mention a recipe that I made the Thursday night for dinner for all the folks that came to help with the 500 pounds of chicken…well I should mention that we call that night the Chicken Clean Party! Yes I said party!

Oven roasted Brussel sprouts with baby potatoes and bacon…you cannot go wrong especially with bacon!

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As my title to this post goes….a bone to pick, I do not know why it is I am always suprised at the way some men treat women. I know it is a dicey tpoic to say the least. Who know I may just be opening a can or worms that I will not be able to swallow! OYE

But here goes…While at my weekend cricket game we had the displeasure of playing another team who never brings their women out to spectate any of the games. And by women I mean, their wives, their girl friends, their sisters, mothers…any female in their life really.

Now my club thrives on being family oriented, in that we are packed with women and children all of which comes out to watch and enjoy the games. It is really a shame, that because of teams like the one we played today has no respect for women or children. It simply goes to show how they treat the people in their lives outside of cricket! There cannot be another explanation. I would like to not say culture has a big part to play in it, as I came from a strict family with a firm up-bringing, however, we were never taught to disrespect women, our elders, the kids around you…these men on the other hand had to have been taught to swear in front of kids and call women names…I cannot possibly think how they can just look at us all sitting there and be calling women B**** words!

Okay I am putting that topic to rest, on to my recipe that I made this weekend to take to this very game for my boys. It helped in giving them a swift kick of energy and a nice sugar rush!

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread, with a freshly harvested zucchini from my very own garden.

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It was a great day! Not only did we have awesome weather, but our day out was just beautiful. If you have the pleasure of living in MN and have visited the little tourist town of Stillwater then you will know what a beautiful little place it is with its antique shops, the spice shops, the Oilrie which is known for its balsamic vinegars and its yummy olive oils. It also has a lift bridge which I actually got to see as it was lifting today so that the larger boats can pass under it.

My lady friends and I do this Stillwater trip every year, starting with breakfast in the morning and shopping and window watching and people watching all day ending it with dinner. This year we decided to do a Foodie on Foot Tour. It was perfect. Great way to eat something that is not on the usual menu at the restaurants we visited.

Our tour started out at the Green Room sampling a flat bread with pork belly, rubbed with African spices and a Jerk coffee rub with a Ginger and a plum sauce…the best all day hands down!

Next we went to Smalley’s where we got to sample Curry Goat with tortillas, although their menu said it was grilled flat bread…it was actually tortilla we got. And of course we got this 4 liquor drink with fruit juice. And my curry goat tasted better with a shot of something.

We then got to visit Candy Land! What a treat if you love caramel popcorn! You walk into their store and you start drooling because it smells so good in there.

We ended our tour at The Reve with champagne and desert. Then the secen ladies in my group started our antique shopping and olive oil tasting…We had dinner at a newly opened restaurant called Mallards on the St Croix. The food was not all that good. I don’t really want to put down the restaurant and the manager was kind enough to cover the cost of our food after hearing that it was not all that good. After all of that I will have to visit the restaurant again at maybe a less busy time just to give it a fair shot.

Pictures of course…

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