One-Pot Meal: Courgette and Tomato Goulash

FILL THOSE HUNGRY BELLIES WITH THIS INEXPENSIVE ONE-POT MEAL.   It has been surprisingly cold and white (Yes that means snow) here in Manitoba,Canada the last couple of days. I think Mother Nature forgot to switch to Spring but that’s fine because it gives me more opportunity in the kitchen to create new recipes. Having said that it was time for me to make a pot of stick to your ribs goulash. Originally this was to be a soup recipe but I wanted it to be bulkier to fill everyone up easily. This is a great way to stretch a meal or to add any leftovers looming in your refrigerator that look like they could use some love.   What are Courgettes?   I knew you would ask! Don’t worry they aren’t something you have to source as they are found in every grocery store.   Photo Source: Rik Schuiling / TropCrop-TCS – Own work I love courgettes (a.k.a zucchini) and they generally go on sale quite often or you may find them on the reduced rack. Keep an eye out for green and yellow zucchini as most people tend to know more about the green then they do the […]

Flaky Corned Beef Puffs A Taste Of Home

YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO THE UK TO TASTE THE FLAVOURS OF CORNWALL   They say that you haven’t had a proper pasty unless you’ve been to Cornwall, UK. I grew up on Corned beef pasties as we call them in the UK and if you ask anyone they will tell you the history behind pasties and Cornwall, hence the name. Corned beef pasties (Cornish Pasty) were common meals for those who worked in the Cornwall mines because they were considered a meal-in-one. The pasties are short crust pastry stuffed with meat (typically beef) and vegetables, sealed then baked in the oven. My version of the UK Cornish pasties are Corned Beef Puffs which are savoury flaky and sure to fill hungry bellies. Don’t let corned beef in a can (also known as salt beef) scare you away because it’s delicious and certainly a staple in many homes around the world. Another popular recipe you might be familiar with is corned beef and cabbage. My corned beef pastry can be eaten hot or cold which makes them perfect for an on-the-go meal instead of stopping off for fast-food. If you double the recipe you can pack extras in your […]

Amazing Creamy Potato Leek Soup

WARM UP TO A BOWL OF CREAMY POTATO AND LEEK SOUP TODAY.   Imagine a hot bowl of Creamy Potato Leek Soup and bacon with slices of homemade fresh bread slathered in butter for afternoon lunch or evening tea. You can stop imagining now because I have that recipe for you today which my family loves so I made a big pot earlier this week. This creamy potato leek soup recipe will keep you coming back for more until your tummy has had enough. You know that feeling when you’re satisfied and you have a great big smile on your face. This is what I get when I enjoy homemade soup. It’s hard to compare any homemade soup to a can of soup which is why I always try to make 2 large pots of soup to eat and freeze for another day. Most often I just double a recipe which makes cleanup easier too. Having done my meal planning for the next couple of weeks I decided to go with leeks in my vegetable shopping.  We love vegetables and what ever is available at a price that is reasonable is good. Now you all know me by now to […]

Basil Pesto Cheese Biscuits In 25 Minutes

DON’T JUST DREAM ABOUT HAVING HOT BASIL PESTO CHEESE BISCUITS FROM THE OVEN, MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW.   Baking Christmas morning is not out of the question for me especially for these Basil Pesto Cheese Biscuits. I always like to find a balance between sweet and savoury foods to make for holiday celebrations such as Christmas and New Years Eve. This year I’ve decided to add something new to the menu that your guests can enjoy as a snack, for breakfast or used as a dunking vessel. They are also great to GIVE. Related: Cranberry Orange Biscotti Each year I look forward to creating Christmas baskets for the teachers at my children’s school stuffing them with homemade goodies that I work on for months before the holidays. I believe that many people would rather enjoy something to eat than something they will never use. The Christmas baskets this year include perogies, biscotti, chocolate truffles, peppermint melts, canned goods made from my garden and I will be adding my homemade basil pesto cheese biscuits to the basket. The basil pesto cheese biscuit is light and full-flavoured with a crispy cheese topping that pairs well with my sweet and sour red pepper […]

Cranberry Orange Biscotti Dipped In White Chocolate Drizzled With Lemon Glaze

BAKING SHOULD BE FUN AND THAT’S WHAT YOU’LL HAVE WHEN YOU MAKE THESE TWICE-BAKED CRUNCHY BISCOTTI DRIZZLED WITH LEMON ICING.   I’m in the kitchen again getting ready to bake more Christmas cookies for gifts and friends who pass by for a visit over the holidays. It’s always nice to send company home with a little care package and I like to do that sometimes with baked goods I’ve made. The aroma in the air today will be from Cranberry Orange Biscotti dipped in white chocolate then finished with a drizzle of lemon icing. You’re already brewing the coffee aren’t you? Biscotti are Italian biscuits that are twice-baked so they are delicious and hard with a bit of chew. You enjoy biscotti along with coffee or tea whenever you get the urge for something sweet. When you’re visiting Italy you may learn that the Italians also enjoy their biscotti with sweet wine. I love the Christmas holidays and so does my family because it’s a time of year where we feel closer than ever before. The kids know that as soon as they come in from school something sweet will be baking in the oven. Once the smell hits their […]

Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares

EASY CHRISTMAS BAKING TO CHECK OFF YOUR HOLIDAY TO-DO LIST   If you’re super busy for the Christmas holidays like we are you will appreciate our signature family Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares that take 15 minutes to prepare. We’re feeling excited as it’s coming closer and closer to Christmas which means I’ve been busy baking up a storm in the Don kitchen. You will LOVE what these fudgy no bake squares look and taste like especially since they are unique to our family. This is one less holiday recipe that you won’t have to worry about spending time in the kitchen for so you can get on with other tasks. These fabulous Jolly Don-Don Fudgy No Bake Squares take 1 hour to chill in the refrigerator and you’re ready to serve to your guests. What you end up with is a lovely dense graham cracker crumb on the bottom, fudgy chocolate coconut center topped with a buttercream vanilla milk icing that is sure to hit all those sweet notes. I love adding candied orange peel to the crumb as it gives a bit more to the taste and flavour. We’ve had our snow storms out west and now […]

Five Alive Carrot Cake + Pre-Made Snack Cake Mix

A BAKING MISTAKE SOMETIMES MAKES THE BEST PRODUCT!   I have a long story about this Five Alive Carrot Cake and how it all came together but I’ll keep it as brief as possible since I know you will want to rush to the kitchen to start making it. Trust me when I say it won’t last long and you’ll know what I mean once you take your first bite. If you’re looking for some easy cake recipes that you can make ahead to take to summer parties or back-yard BBQ’s with your family and friends this Five Alive Carrot Cake travels well. Yesterday I noticed that there were no snacks in the house as the kids have been eating me out of house and home. This is not unusual at the moment as both boys are growing like weeds and they are always hungry. On a whim I decided that I would make a banana loaf as I used the one I had stashed in the freezer for soccer practice as a snack last week. Having looked in the fridge (remember I said the boys were growing like weeds) only to find no bananas left meant I wasn’t making […]

Homemade Potato Waffles

USE YOUR LEFTOVERS TO CREATE A NEW RECIPE: NO FOOD WASTE   So, Monday rolls around and we had a refrigerator with Sunday dinner leftovers of roast-beef, potatoes, carrots and peas swathed in an onion gravy. What’s left from our meal is the roast beef, gravy and some boiled potatoes. Usually I would make Stovies (a Scottish dish where you place meat potatoes and fried onions in a pan brown slightly with some lard then add the gravy) but nobody fancied that this evening. Instead I decided to make potato waffles which I served piping hot with the rest of the leftover roast-beef and some baked beans. Every once in a while I like surprising my family with a new recipe creation and this my friends is one recipe that I must share with all of you. This was a new recipe idea for me so it took some trial and error but in the end they turned out just right. Since the potatoes were leftover boiled potatoes and not mashed I did question why I didn’t take the time to mash the leftover potatoes beforehand while they were still warm. That would have made the process of making these […]