July 23, 2009
July 18, 2009
July 14, 2009
July 7, 2009
I have always intended to plan a weekly menu for dinners around our house. I even have a folder with recipes I have ripped out of mags or printed off from websites. Darling husband and I didn't really get serious about any of this until we realised that Baby Poutine was on his way... for realsies.
So far our plan goes like this:
We each come up with 3 recipes that we will cook sometime over a 2 week stretch. The rest of the days are filled with leftovers, quick meals for when the other partner is not home and occasionally take-out. It only takes about 1/2 hour every 2 weeks to choose the recipes and has so far saved us time and money at the grocery store.
Some meals we have had over the past month have included:
- Flank Steak over Corn Kernel Polenta with Tomato, Basil and Balsamic salad
- Couscous Stuffed Cornish Hens with Roasted Carrots
- Baked Sausage, Fennel and Potatoes with Fontina Cheese
- Lo-Fat Buffalo Chicken Bites with Sweet Potato Fries and Dipping Veggies
- "Sunny's" Cheese Steaks with Red Peppers and Avocado
- Pork Paprikash
July 1, 2009
June 29, 2009
Unfortunately, we lost another member of our club. Christine moved to Toronto - hopefully to start a new cooking club there. Julie is our new addition and so far has made some great contributions. This month's theme was "Salt". I love how each theme brings with it, many different interpretations.
The menu included:
Basil was subbed in for the thyme, which gave it a much fresher flavour. These were VERY easy and would make a great party food.
Pink Cadillac Convertible
None for me, but the rest of the group seemed to enjoy it.
Amarjot - Veggie Salad with Chow Mein Noodles and Raita
Julie - Herbed Roasted Beef in a Salt Crust.
We were all quite smitten with the crust, as none of us had ever done this before. Worth trying for a dinner party - cook less than the recipe requires.
Suzanne - Beet Chips with Various Types of Salt
I love beets in any shape or form. Cutting them extremely thin is the key.
Jillian - Crispy Waffles with Salted Caramel Coulis
To die for! Seriously, some of the best waffles I have ever had and the sauce is ridiculously good. I made the waffles a few days later to eat with local strawberries and whipped cream.
May 17, 2009
One of the worst symptoms of this pregnancy is the food aversions. Normally, there aren't many things that I will not eat, or at least try. During my first few months, I was not interested in eating much at all. Not eating obviously equalled not cooking.
It has only been since late April that I have jumped back on the cooking train. For Mother's Day, and my mom's birthday, we celebrated by preparing a lovely meal. I have never used so much buttermilk in one menu!
Cooking relaxes and makes me happy. I love being able to create something that I know will please others. When I am able to serendipitously able to come up with a recipe that is a winner - well, I am usually eager to share it with others.
On Saturday morning I realised we were out of syrup. We did have the fake stuff, but only dear husband will consume that junk. I searched for ingredients to create a sweet topping for my crispy french toast and here is what I came up with. Ridiculously simple, but wonderfully tasty.
1/4 c of water
1/2 t of grated lemon rind
pinch of salt
1/3 c granulated sugar
1/5 of a piece of vanilla bean