1. Quick Gainz: Day 5

    I had a bunch of River & Sky chores to do today and I’m going out tonight, so you’re getting the lazy version of mac’n’cheese. If I’m being honest, this is also the more typical version.

    1 box PC Deluxe macaroni and cheese dinner

    1/4 cup butter

    1/2 cup whole milk

    1 roma tomato, diced, or whatever you can find in the fridge that keeps this meal from being complete junk food

    1 tsp parsley, for colour

    3 tall cans of beer, whatever variety suits you

    Total calories: 1,800 ish (serves 1)

    This meal is best served in whatever dish you made it in, with a side of Netflix. I recommend The Mindy Project, Happy Endings, or Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

     
  2. Quick Gainz: Day 5 (Breakfast!)

    My weight dropped a little from yesterday so I’m not outta the fight! This morning’s breakfast is a good ol’-fashioned classic: blueberry waffle PB’n’banana french toast sandwiches! Just like grandma used to make.

    4 No Name blueberry waffles

    1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter

    1 banana

    2 eggs

    some whole milk

    some vanilla

    some nutmeg

    butter, various amounts at several points of prep

    maple syrup

    grapes, but if you have berries they look nicer

    1 pint - half coffee, half whole milk

    Total calories: 1,500 ish

     
  3. Quick Gainz: Day 4

    This may be my last mac’n’cheese because I have plans tomorrow evening and I’m leaving Friday for River & Sky. It’s probably for the best, though, because I’ve gained 10 lbs in 5 days. I’m back to my regular body, guys!

    This version of the dish is basically how I would make nachos, only with mac’n’cheese instead of nachos. It was pretty delicious, if I do say so myself.

    1 box PC Deluxe macaroni and cheese dinner

    1/2 lb ground pork

    an assortment of chili, cayenne, smoked paprika, garlic powder, however you want to season the ground pork 

    1 avocado, preferably riper than mine because it was too firm and I added…

    1 dollop mayonnaise

    1 clove garlic, minced

    1 tsp lime juice

    1 ripe tomato, diced

    salt and pepper

    1/3 cup sour cream

    some fresh cilantro

    1 cup whole milk in a mason jar

    Total calories: 2,000 ish (serves 3)

     
  4. Quick Gainz: Day 4 (Breakfast!)

    I was going to go crazy with this one too, but I’ve actually been overshooting my weight gain so I’ve dialed it back. Instead of a breakfast sandwich between two french-toast-grilled-brie-sandwiches, I’ve made something simpler

    2 No Name blueberry waffles

    1/2 lb breakfast sausage meat, formed into a patty

    2 fried eggs

    1/2 cup grated cheddar

    4 slices tomato, salted and peppered

    small handful of spring mix

    1 tsp sriracha

    butter

    maple syrup

    1 mug of ghetto latte with stovetop frothed milk

    Total calories: 1,000 ish

     
  5. Quick Gainz: Day 3

    Are you ready for tuna casserole mac’n’cheese?!

    1 box PC Deluxe White Cheddar

    1 cup whole milk

    1/4 cup salted butter

    1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup

    1 can flaked light tuna

    1 small cooking onion

    1 tsp celery salt

    1 tsp chili flakes

    1 tsp parsley

    1 tsp stone ground mustard

    1 cup frozen green peas

    1 cup whole milk in beer mug

    Total calories: 2,000 ish (serves 3)

     
  6. Quick Gainz: Day 2

    Yeah yeah, I didn’t make a post for day one, but it was only this morning that my good friend and flatmate suggested the idea.

    I recently discovered that I’m a little under my usual weight and after a goofy conversation with the aforementioned friend, decided it would be a fun challenge to see how much weight I could gain in a week. I know any of you fitness and/or nutrition folk out there may be inclined to scoff at this for any number of reasons, but I’m having fun. Lay off me :P

    My plan is simple. Do a bit of high resistance training and eat a lot. How much is a lot? Well, it’s hard to say. I think 5,000 cal/day is probably doable, but I may find it hard to fit that much food in my body. We’ll see. One essential component to my fattening menu is boxed mac’n’cheese. It’s not the healthiest, sure, but it’s chock full o’ calories and I love it, and here we come to the point of this post.

    I like to step outside the box (wink) when it comes to mac’n’cheese so the high-cal challenge is just another reason to get creative. Today’s version includes the following:

    1 box PC Deluxe White Cheddar

    1/2 cup whole milk

    1/4 cup salted butter

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    1 tsp ground thyme

    1 dash black truffle oil

    *note: when the cooked pasta is sitting in the colander, add butter and garlic to the hot pot. When the garlic is completely soft, stir in milk, thyme, truffle oil and cheese mix before adding the pasta

    2 honey-garlic pork sausages, casing removed

    1 tsp ground cayenne

    1 handful spring mix

    3 slices pickled beets

    1 tbsp grapefruit-infused olive oil

    1 tsp balsamic vinegar

    1 small dollop mayonnaise

    1 cup whole milk in wine glass

    I would include a more thorough recipe, but I’m pretty sure between the ingredients and the photo you’d have no trouble figuring it out. It wasn’t the very best mac’n’cheese creation I’ve ever made, but easily ranked in the top five. Chef recommends.

    Total calories: 2,000 ish (with more salad it should serve 3)

     
  7. I was lucky to be able to snap some pics at the opening of Candid, an exhibit at the Spoke Club in late-May as part of the Contact Photography Festival. Given the chance, I’d do it again :)

     
  8. Liam doing his thing.

     
  9. I went to the opening of the new Heel Boy location in the Distillery District. It’s a classy joint with great shoes, and they know how to put on a launch party. So many snacks!

     
  10. I took some photos at the opening event for the Kleinfeld Bridal Boutique in the Hudson’s Bay on Queen W. in May. The space is elegant and offers the selection of dresses, shoes and accessories you’d want for your wedding prep. Or at least, as much as a slightly fashion-ignorant, unattached man might expect.