Friday, April 18, 2014

Sweet Chili Chicken and Peach Wraps

Sweet Chili Chicken and Peach Wraps

Recipe and image courtesy of California Cling Peach Board.

1¼ cups (300 mL) cooked chicken, cut into strips 
 3 tbsp (45 mL) Thai sweet chili sauce 
 1 can 14 oz / 398 mL California cling peach slices, in fruit juice, drained and 1 can
 patted dry
 8 large rice paper round wraps 8 wraps
 4 very small leaves Boston or leaf lettuce, torn in half 
 3 in (7.5 cm)cucumber piece, cut into julienne strips  
 ½ small red pepper, cut into julienne strips 
 8-12 mint leaves (optional) 
 Additional Thai sweet chili sauce for dipping

1. In a small bowl, stir chicken with sweet chili sauce. Fill a pie plate with warm 
 water. Lay a damp smooth kitchen towel on the counter. 

2. Working with 1 wrap at a time, dip in warm water until it is just pliable, 20 to 
 40 seconds. Place on kitchen towel. Place ½ a lettuce leaf near bottom of circle. 
 Place 2 peach slices on top of lettuce, followed by 1/8 of chicken, then 1/8 of the 
 cucumber and red pepper and 2 to 3 mint leaves depending on size. 

3. Fold bottom (edge closest to you) of rice paper wrap over filling towards centre. Fold 
 in sides to slightly cover filling. Roll to totally enclose filling and form a wrap. Set 
 seam side down on a cutting board. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Slice in half 
 diagonally and serve with additional sweet chili sauce. Best eaten right away but if 
 storing, make sure they aren’t touching each other as they will stick. Cover with 
 barely damp paper towel, then seal tightly with plastic wrap. 
 Makes 8 rolls

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Peach, Goat Cheese and Basil Flatbread Pizza

Peach, Goat Cheese and Basil Flatbread Pizza

Recipe and image courtesy of California Cling Peach Board. 

 2 naan, about 9-inches each or 1 thin pizza crust, about 11-inches
 2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil
 1½ tsp (7 mL) za'atar spice*
 ½ cup (125 mL) creamy goat cheese
 2 slices prosciutto, cut into strips
 2 canned California Cling peach halves, cut into thin slices, well drained 2 halves
 and patted dry
 4 pitted black olives, cut in half
 4 fresh basil leaves, shredded

 *Za'atar is a blend of dried thyme, oregano, sumac and sesame seeds. Sometime ground cumin and salt is added.
 It can be found at large grocery stores, speciality or Middle Eastern stores.

1. Preheat oven according to package directions for naan or pizza. Brush tops
 with oil. Sprinkle each naan with ½ tsp (2 mL) za’atar or pizza with
 1 tsp (5 mL) za’atar.
2. Place on baking sheet. Dollop evenly with goat cheese. Then scatter with
 prosciutto, peaches and olives. Bake according to package directions, until
 crust is hot and cheese is melted, about 2 to 4 minutes for naan and 6 to 8
 minutes for pizza.
3. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with remaining ½ tsp (2 mL) za’atar and basil.

 Makes 2 servings for naan or 2 to 3 for pizza

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty On Blu-ray Review

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, tells the story of a timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams and when a negative goes missing must embark on an incredible true-life adventure. With stand-out performances from Ben Stiller (Night At The Museum, Meet The Parents) Golden Globe** and six-time Emmy Award*** nominated actress Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live, Bridesmaids, How To Train Your Dragon), Adam Scott (Step Brothers) and Shirley MacLaine (Wild Oats), THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Blu-rayTMand DVD is loaded with more than an hour of behind-the-scenes special features, including deleted, extended and alternative scenes, featurettes that dive into filming in Iceland and Walter Mitty history, a gallery of exclusive reference photography, and music video "Stay Alive" by José González, and more.


 I didn't have any expectations with this movie. I saw the trailer a few times and really it didn't look that interesting and it looked like it would be a confusing movie.

I was surprised that it actually didn't confuse me and that I enjoyed this movie.  It isn't one of my favourites but it did keep me entertained and I might watch it again in a few years.
The acting was good and the story-line was good as well .

Do I recommend it? Yes if you like this kind of movie. I know a few people who would love this one.