One-pan Garlic Butter Salmon

One-pan meals are SO easy to make! Toss it all on one baking sheet, throw it in the oven, pull it out and serve. Line your pan with tin foil to make cleanup even faster!

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 6 oz salmon fillet(170 g), 4 fillets
  • ½ cup butter(115 g), melted
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups broccoli floret(900 g)
  • olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese(30 g)
  • fresh parsley, to garnish

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. In a bowl, mix butter, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Lay salmon fillets on a pan, and evenly distribute the marinade.
  4. Place broccoli on both sides of the salmon, and drizzle on olive oil, salt, pepper, and parmesan.
  5. Bake 20-23 minutes until salmon cooked through.
  6. Serve and garnish with parsley.
  7. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Tasty

Virtual Tour – Virginia Aquarium

Aquariums are beautiful, peaceful places to visit – be it in person or virtually. That’s why they show up so often in our Virtual Tours!

This week, we are at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. The exhibits at the museum are contained in over 800,000 US gallons (3,028,000L) of fresh and saltwater displays. Travel on an aquatic journey from the shore to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean and experience coastal habitats from around the world. Thousands of animals representing over 300 species, displayed in entertaining and educational exhibits, are ready to enchant, entertain and inspire you!

Video via Virginia Aquarium

As always, if there are places that you would like to take a virtual tour of, just message us and we will try to make it happen!

Berry Yogurt Bark

Are you still sticking to your New Year’s Resolution to eat healthier? I know I am trying and I am mostly successful. Quick recipes like this make sticking to a diet (resolution or otherwise) a whole lot easier!
The website this recipe comes from calls this an After School Berry Yogurt Bark. And sure, it would be a great, healthy snack for kids. But who says it has to be just the kids that get to enjoy this super-simple, super-tasty, super-healthy snack? We all deserve a tasty treat!

Ingredients

for 4 servings

  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt(245 g)
  • ½ cup fresh berry(90 g), chopped

Preparation

  1. Line an 8×8 (20×20) baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Evenly spread the yogurt over the bottom of the pan. Top with berries.
  3. Freeze at least 2 hours. Remove from freezer and break into pieces.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe and image via Tasty

Virtual Tour – Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is one of the best known historical sites in the Western Hemisphere. Originally built in the 15th century and abandoned during the Spanish conquest of South America, Machu Picchu is a Peruvian Historical Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Built on top of a mountain saddle, the terraces provide stunning views of the mountains and the valley below while the ruins give visitors an idea of the daily life of one of the largest civilizations in the New World.

Video via Brien Foerster

DIY String Globe Lanterns

This is a another great craft that will allow you to customize your lighting to match your décor. You pick the colours, you pick the size, you wrap it and let it dry. Don’t need a lamp? Make smaller ones for tabletop decorations in your home. This craft is a great one to do with the grandkids too! Instead of a bouncy ball that you deflate, you can even use a balloon and pop it after! Try it out and don’t forget to send us pictures of your finished products!

Video via MADE Everyday

Chicken & Veggie Stir-Fry

With this easy chicken and vegetable stir fry recipe, you can have Chinese food without needing to pay for takeout! Feel free to mix up the protein or vegetables depending on what you have in your fridge. The simple sauce packs a flavour punch that will bring the dish together, no matter what. Serve it over rice or noodles. This recipe is for 6 servings. You can cut the ingredients as needed, or freeze for later.

Ingredients

For 6 servings

  • 1 lb chicken breast(455 g), cubed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb broccoli florets(455 g)
  • 8 oz mushroom(225 g), sliced
  • 3 tablespoons oil, for frying

SAUCE

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ⅓ cup reduced sodium soy sauce(80 mL)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup chicken broth(240 mL)
  • ¼ cup flour(30 g)

Preparation

  1. In a large pan on medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is hot, add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until cooked through and browned. Remove cooked chicken from pan and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil and add mushrooms. When the mushrooms start to soften, add broccoli florets and stir-fry until the broccoli is tender. Remove cooked mushrooms and broccoli from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and sauté garlic and ginger until fragrant. Add the remaining sauce ingredients and stir until smooth.
  4. Return the chicken and vegetables to the saucy pan, stir until heated through.
  5. Serve with hot rice or noodles.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe via Tasty

Virtual Tour – Melbourne Zoo

This week’s virtual tour takes us down under to Australia’s Melbourne Zoo.

You get to see the traditional zoo animals like the lions, zebras, elephants and giraffes, plus some lesser known animals like the tamarin, coati, and Tasmanian devil. Plus the cutest trio of snow leopards!

As an added bonus, the Zoos Victoria YouTube channel has live cams of several habitats! These will usually be linked in the suggested videos section (on the right if you are using a desktop computer, or under the video for tablets and phones), or by clicking on the Zoos Victoria logo right under their video, which will take you to all their videos. Just scroll down a bit to the Live Now section and you can watch these beautiful creatures in real time!

Video by Zoos Victoria

If there are other places that you want a virtual tour of, let us know and we will try to make it happen!

Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches

Image via https://dinnerthendessert.com/slow-cooker-chicken-bacon-ranch-sandwiches-crack-chicken/

Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Sandwiches, also sometimes referred to as “crack chicken” are made with bacon, cream cheese, chicken, cheddar cheese and ranch seasonings and they’re a family favorite!

Ingredients

  • 3 chicken breasts boneless skinless
  • 16 ounces cream cheese 2 boxes
  • 1 packet ranch seasoning
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 8 slices bacon crumbled
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 8 hoagie rolls
  1. Add the chicken, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, cheddar cheese and garlic powder to a slow cooker and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  2. Toast the hoagie rolls, scoop on the chicken and top with cheddar slice and crumbled bacon.

Virtual Tour – Christmas Lights Tour of London, England

Virtual Tours are back! We first brought you virtual tours in the spring during the initial lockdown as a way to allow you to see places that you couldn’t visit. There are so many beautiful places around the world that so many of us will never be able to see in person for many different reasons. But that shouldn’t stop us from still being able to enjoy them! So we will be bringing you virtual tours from locations around the world. Look for these posts every Friday!

This week, we are going to take a walking tour around London, England to check out some of the best Christmas light displays across the city for Christmas and New Year 2021 . We know that Christmas was a week ago, but this Christmas Lights Tour from merry old England is too beautiful to wait until next Christmas to share.

The tour starts in Covent Garden with its beautiful large ornaments, Christmas trees, and mistletoe. Then we get to see view Leicester Square and Oxford Circus all lit up for the season. Continue on to the famous Regent Street and The Spirit of Christmas’ Angels Walk. See the world-famous window displays at Hamley’s Toy Shop, followed by a walk to see Selfridges amazing Christmas tree displays before ending in Chinatown. Enjoy!

Video by Walk With Me Tim

If there are other places that you want a virtual tour of, let us know and we will try to make it happen!

A Little Bit of Humour

A New Year’s Lecture

On New Year’s Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the parking lot and walked home. 

As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman. 

“What are you doing out here at four o’clock in the morning?” asked the officer.

“I’m on my way to a lecture,” answered Daniel.

“And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year’s Eve?” enquired the officer sarcastically.

“My wife,” slurred Daniel grimly.