Friday, 26 April 2013

Pin-tertaining

After a good year or two of never having anyone over for dinner except close family, we invited some friends over tonight.  My van was in the shop all day so I couldn't go anywhere.  So I had to come up with a menu using what I have.

Lucky for me, my friend was bringing an avocado tomato bacon pasta salad. (and what a salad! So delicious!)
Creamy Bacon Tomato and Avocado Pasta Salad
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I had some pork tenderloin in the freezer, the only kind of meat we had enough of.  It's too bad my barbecue isn't quite working, because it's best when grilled.  I looked through my Food board on Pinterest and found a slow-cooker recipe I could adapt for the oven.  My slow-cooker is tiny, and I didn't have enough time for that anyway.  I added some coconut rice and cucumber spears to the menu, and the meal was set!

Brown Sugar and Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin
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One of the things I always forget to plan for when we have company is dessert.  I was determined not to forget about that this time.  I found, buried on my Pinterest board, a recipe for Lemon Bliss Cake.  I had pinned it ages ago, and once even bought lemons in order to make it.  At that time I realised I didn't have a bundt pan.  Later I bought a bundt pan, but forgot about the recipe until now.  It just so happened that I had a lemon and a half in the fridge.  It was meant to be.
Recipe photo
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The cake turned out beautifully, in spite of having the shop call to tell me my van was ready half-way through the cake baking time.  I barely had enough time to finish baking and glazing the cake, take the shuttle to the dealership, drive home, finish cleaning up, and cook supper.  I was just putting on my lipstick when our guests arrived.

4 comments:

  1. Just stumbled upon your blog!
    Love finding other Canadian bloggers.
    Your lemon cake sounds so yummy.....now I have a craving.

    Pia
    Pjmscloset.blogspot.ca

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    1. That cake sure was yummy! I'm trying to resist eating the leftovers for breakfast. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Looks SO delicious!! Finally catching up with you. I've had my computer unplugged for 10 day!!!

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    1. Ooh, I could get so much done if I wasn't on the computer for 10 days!

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