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jambalaya love

by Destini on May 11, 2011

With all the wines I got this past weekend I needed to create equally amazing meals to match with them. I got this great fresh Pinot Gris called “Mount Fishtail Wine”. It is dry but finishes very smooth. LOVE IT! The weather today has been horrible, living in Winnipeg it can snow one day, be +20 the next day and rain with a +10. Well today was a rainy, cloudy day. And I needed a little ‘heat’ to make me feel better about it.

What better way then to make some hot YUMMY jambalaya!!!

      Spicy Jambalaya Love
      Adapted from Eat Live Run
      Yield: 3-4 servings

  • 3 Cajun hot sausages, chopped into bite-size pieces(remove from casing)
  • 10 medium shrimp
  • 1tbsp EVOO
  • 1.5tbsp of whole wheat flour
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2tbsp of fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • half of a red pepper, green pepper, orange pepper, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1.5 cup of cooked brown long grain rice
  • 1 16oz can of diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1.5 tbsp of  Thyme
  • 1tbsp of Chili Flakes
  • 1-2 Drops of Hot Sauce to taste (optional)

Cook brown rice as per directions, fluff and put to the side

In a pan heat oil and add chopped sausage. Brown and lower heat.

In a large sauce pan, cook oil and flour over medium heat to create a roux, when it is golden colour toss in your garlic, onion (small dice), peppers (with seeds removed) and celery. Sautee your vegetables until just tender. Add cooked rice, can of tomatoes, chopped parsley and spices. Cover and cook on low-med heat for several min, string occasionally.

While your rice is simmering, add shrimp to your cooked sausage, pour white wine over top and cook only for a min or two making sure to flip the shrimp. Don’t over cook the shrimp as it will cook quickly and you don’t want it chewy. Once done, add to your rice pan.

Cook for another two minutes stirring with a spatula.

Add hot sauce if desired and serve!!!

 It was so full of flavor and colour

 My fiance suggested next time we put it into a yellow flour tortilla.

Writing this blog and editing the photos, I realized I haven’t introduced my helper. She is always in the kitchen with me while cooking or sitting on my desk helping me edit or write. Her name is Tia!! She is almost 9 year old and a bengal kitty!!

 She is also such a showoff!
Isn’t she just way too cute?

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what I look forward to

by Destini on May 10, 2011

Saturday was one of the weekends I look forward to EVERY year! It was the Annual Winnipeg Wine Festival. They have 500 wines from all around the world. You taste, spit(if you’re this type of person) and ENJOY or not enjoy. Honestly it is soo much fun!! Every year I go with my mom and it ALWAYS lands on Mothers Day weekend. Seriously, for a mom that loves wine, this is the easiest mothers day gift ever!

What sweetens the whole deal(if that is even possible) is you can PURCHASE the wine that you like there. So trying to stay relatively sober and with a plan you venture into this.

Total craziness!
I did really well! I left with 7 bottles of wine and many more that I know I enjoy 🙂
That Heavyweight Red has the coolest label. They have a series of labels for their wine!
Only 362 days left till next year!

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Baptism and Pizza

March 31, 2011

Well the time came…..I was baptized. It was very simple and painless…..minus the missing hair (it really wasn’t that much). I have mentioned before that my fiancé is Serbian Orthodox and we are getting married in a Serbian Orthodox church. So having never been baptized….I needed to be before the wedding. I wanted to have it out of the way before the social. Because I know after it….things will get intense. It was short and sweet. Afterwards, I was rewarded with pizza and wine….honestly I’ll get baptized every weekend if I get that, though it may not very good for me. Sorry about the quality of the photos. They are […]

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