Leave it to Fate

 

 

What are your plans for this weekend?

After a disappointing last-minute flight cancellation due to bad weather, I spent last weekend (and a bit more!) here in Montreal. However, it turned out to be an unexpected fun-and-sun staycation! It included a lot of sunny cycling, girly chit-chats, 2 BBQs and tons of hugs. Alors, this weekend I am leaving to fate, too!

How about you?

I’m sharing these few photos of Montreal to authenticate that we do get beautiful weather in Montreal, sometimes :-)

Bon weekend!

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Pasta with Chicken, Mushrooms and Parmesan Cheese

This recipe has a long name but it is a quick fix one. You can play around with the proportion of chicken to pasta; if you feel like a chicken dish, then throw in just a little bit of pasta, and vice versa. Today I wanted more protein than carbs so you’ll see that I used a full chicken breast (320g) for just one cup of cooked pasta (200g) and a lot of mushrooms!

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Ingredients (serves 2):

– 1 Tbsp of olive oil and 1 Tbsp of grape seed oil
– 1 full chicken breast (320g) cut into cubes
– 1 cup of cooked pasta, I used farfalle, penne should be good too
– Two generous handfuls of chopped fresh mushrooms
– A handful of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
– Garlic powder, salt, dried herbs (anything you can get your hands on)
– 1/4 cup of white wine

Method:

Heat the oils in a skillet. Fry the chicken until white.
Add the mushrooms and cover. Stir every now and then until chicken is cooked and mushrooms are a little soft.
Add the cooked pasta and give everything a good stir.
Add the garlic powder, salt and herbs. Mix well.
Add the white wine and on high heat let it evaporate, it will only take a minute or so.
Add the generous amount of grated cheese. Mix well.

Et voila! A quick fix pasta dish that is nutritious and rich in flavors.

Summer Happened!

2 months – ouch!

I know, I know, I have committed a sin by neglecting my blog for this long. I have a reason for this  but I’m not sure if it’s a good reason. But anyway, I’m here and I hope I’m back for good! (Any Take That fans?!)

SO what happened during the past two months? Well, THIS happened: SUMMER!

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Summer happened, the as-fast-as-the-wind month that comes right after could-have-fooled-me Spring! Haha. I’m overdoing it, I’m not one to complain about the weather anyway. I appreciate all 4 seasons and look forward to each one of them. And, I have finally  had my Montreal baptism: my bicycle got stolen!

Yoohoo! I couldn’t stop smiling when I walked back from Park Laurier on that beautiful chilly night and didn’t find my bicycle locked to the metal bars! I smiled for two reasons. The first: out with the old, in with the new (looks like this is the year of perfect change). The second: Montreal is finally treating me like one of its own; Montreal is becoming home! It looks like I have found me a home :) Home is not who you’re with or where your heart is, that is Hollywood BS. Home is where (and when) your bicycle gets stolen!