I would like to introduce to you some of the fantastic people I have the pleasure of playing with through my hot pink adventures. A full range of of awesome characters with one thing in common — they LOVE food. Ladies and gentlemen, please put your paws together for today’s Awesome Apronite, Mrs. Shawna Lane, a.k.a. Shawna A. Mazing.
Your name/what should we call you? Shawna Lane
Where do you live?
We just moved from a bungalow in Mimico (our first home) to a 2.5 story at Bloor and Ossington, in Toronto. It’s so great to be back downtown.
3 things that make you awesome:
1. I’m pretty great at cutting hair.
2. I like fashion and photography a lot.
3. I think it’s smart to be nice to people.
What are you eating this week?
Well it wasn’t this week but recently I made a pretty amazing Chicken Tinga and brought it up to the cottage with some avocado and fresh corn tortillas. After spending a month in Mexico a few years ago I fell in love with Mexican food. It’s an amazing option for us gluten-sensitive types and I often sub in ripe avocado for cheese to cut out the dairy.
I used Rowe farms chicken breasts and poached them with garlic and onions in an organic chicken broth before pulling them apart with 2 forks. Then I blended up some more garlic and onion with a can of Mexican chipotles in adobo sauce (I like it extra spicy) and simmered at all together. I stored it in the fridge overnight and served it with some refried beans, cilantro, lime and avocado on tortillas. And BBQ corn on the cob with chili powder and lime and a little grated Mexican cheese. Throw in a skinny margarita and this is a perfect meal for me.
3 local ingredients that excite you:
1. I like to grow my own Tomatoes. There is nothing like a tomato from the garden with a little fleur de Sel and cracked pepper.
2. Sunflower sprouts from the farmers market. On salads, rice bowls, sandwiches. Yum
3. Every autumn my husband’s grandparents go apple picking but he is allergic to raw apples so I get to eat our whole basket. 🙂
3 imported ingredients that you can’t live without?
1. Pineapple. Nuff said
3. Coffee. Maybe this should be number 1.
When I say “Banana”, you say:
Pudding! From Magnolia Bakery in New York or home made.
Fresh vanilla pudding with sliced bananas, vanilla cookie pieces and (only sometimes) whipped cream.
Who are you cooking/baking for this week?
My husband works hard and eats for 2. Just us so far however we have a lot of friends close by now so a spontaneous BBQ is never out of the question. Fiesta Farms is around the corner so I can hop on my Vespa and grab extras if need be.
What’s in your glass?
I had an amazing cocktail at La Carnita on College on Saturday and I have all the ingredients at home. Can’t wait to try my hand at a Hermana! -1 oz tequila -1oz Aperol -.5oz muddled jalapeño -agave nectar
Also I am a big fan of the St. Germain Elderflower Gimlet. I buy a bottle whenever we visit the U.S.
What would a sandwich inspired by you be called and include?
Being mostly gluten free I don’t usually eat sandwiches however a free range egg sandwich on toasted dimpflmiers 100% rye with sliced garden tomato, sunflower sprouts, a little mayo and a little hot sauce.
I’d call it the “f*** it! It’s Sunday” sandwich
Can you recommend a must visit restaurant for those visiting your home turf?
I loved La Carnita the other night. Tacos. Surprise surprise. Not much of a wait if you are willing to sit at the bar. Twitter.com/la_carnita
Also cafe neon for brunch. Great brunch. Great space. Gluten free options. Take home some olive oil. The owners family makes it in Greece.