Greg and I just returned from a wonderful vacation on Niagara on the Lake, Canada. We spent a few relaxing days enjoying the beautiful scenery, attending a play at the Shaw Festival, eating some really great food, taking long walks, and so much more! There were so many beautiful gardens that I took a ton of pictures! These trips can be dangerous since you get too many inspirations that can be rather time consuming. Especially when it comes to gardens. We stayed at a really nice B&B called Abacot Hall that I highly recommend if you take a trip to Niagara on the Lake. Irene and Ed are lovely people originally from Scotland and it was a pleasure to spend a couple of nights at their B&B. We also met a wonderful couple, Becky and Mike, who happens to live close to us in Western New York. It is such a small world! Niagara on the Lake is only about an hour drive for us plus time waiting at the border crossing. We waited about 35-minutes to cross into Canada and only 10-minutes when coming home. But you never know the bridges can be backed up a couple of hours. Becky and Mike have been to Niagara on the Lake a few times and were able to provide a few pointers. How ironic we were at the same B&B at the same time! We even checked in at the same time. Below are a few pictures of the B&B. Their back porch was a wonderful place to relax with a book or glass of wine. My readers know how I love waterfalls and fountains – and I immediately spotted the fountain! Breakfast was great as you got to pick from a menu. The food was wonderful. I started with a bowl of fruit, tea, orange juice, toast with some wonderful marmalades, and either a cheese & chive omelet or eggs Abacot (poached eggs). Plus a hash brown patty. Irene and Ed have some wonderful package deals that you should check out. Plus they will help you get acclimated with the area.
I will be sharing more about our vacation in the upcoming blogs. There was a lot of great food and I was definitely inspired to try a few new recipes. And as a sneak preview… one I am working on…. is Lychee Berry Martini! I always wanted to try a Martini but never sure about what to try since I do not know a lot about different types of liquors and such. But I love lychee tea! Lychee is an asian fruit but I never had the fruit. So that made my decision – and it was fabulous. So fabulous that I had to have 2. Today I got a martini shaker and glasses. Which means… Realistic Cooking Ideas is headed into martinis and other fun cocktails!
For today, I am sharing another grilled chicken sandwich recipe. This one came out really good but I still need to work on pounding the chicken thinner! I pounded the chicken the night before and then in the morning quickly put together the marinade before I left for work. Since this recipe calls for lemon juice and vinegar I was concerned about leaving it marinade for 24-hours since the chicken might break down and start to cook. It marinaded for 10-hours without any problems. Greg thought this recipe might be close to Mississippi Mudds marinated chicken sandwich. Now on to the cooking!
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp lemon juice, fresh
1 tsp garlic, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Your favorite sandwich roll
Vine-ripen Tomatoes, sliced
Mix together the marinade ingredients and pour over the pounded chicken. I like to put my chicken in a zip lock bag so I can throw it away with the left over marinade. I pound my chicken the night before and place it in a zip lock bag. I place all my non-perishable ingredients on the counter top to allow me to mix together the marinade and pour over the chicken before I go to work. This allows the chicken to marinade for about 10-hours. Preheat your grill to high or medium-high and grill until done. If you do not want to grill, you can always make this on your stovetop. Take your heavy frying pan, place a little olive oil, allow it to heat and then add your chicken.
Do not forget to check out the other postings from our Niagara on the Lake vacation!
Abacot Hall B&B at Niagara on the Lake
Niagara on the Lake Shaw Festival, Shaw Cafe & Wine Bar
Niagara on the Lake – The Butterfly Conservatory
Niagara on the Lake – Fort George Part 1
Niagara on the Lake – Fort George Part 2
Niagara on the Lake – Beautiful Homes and Architecture!
Niagara on the Lake – Their Beautiful Gardens Part 1
Pomegranate Martini & Niagara on the Lake and Their Beautiful Gardens Part 2
Niagara on the Lake and Their Beautiful Gardens Part 3
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Old Winery Restaurant
Various Pictures from Niagara-on-the-Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Queenston Heights Restaurant
Queens Royal Park
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Angie Strauss Art Gallery