Archive for March, 2013

Kasha with Noodles – A Buckwheat Delight

Home Made Cooking

Loving buckwheat is really an acquired taste, it has an earthy taste to it and not everyone likes it, but if you do you’re lucky. Not only hat it’s a healthy dish but it’s also easy to make, tasty and goes well with a variety of combinations.

Kasha is basically buckwheat. I believe this next dish has a Jewish origin to it but that’s not the reason I make it at home. I make it because the kids love it and because we love it. It’s an alternative to the same ol’ plain rice or pasta we would usually have on a week night when no one really has time or energy to cook. So yes, this requires two pots and a pan, which is more than what a dish of rice will require, but hey, it’s worth it. Add some chicken nuggets on the side or just a really good country style salad and you got yourself a great nutritious meal.

Kasha with noodles

 

Kasha with Noodles - A Buckwheat Delight
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
Kasha has a very distinct flavor but if you like it you will love this dish with noodles and onion.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Buckwheat (Kasha)
  • 2 Cups Boiling Water
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 2-3 Cups Cooked Egg Noodles (the small ones used for soup)
  • 1 Onion – Chopped
  • 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 2 tbsp Butter
Instructions
  1. In a pot, heat up 1 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add in the kasha and stir for about 1 minute.
  2. Add in the boiling water, stir once and cover the pot. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 30 minutes (just like you do with rice) without removing the lid. After 30 minutes, turn heat off and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  3. In a frying pan, heat up 2 tbsp oil over medium heat and add the chopped onion. Saute the onion while stirring until it is golden.
  4. Combine the pre cooked egg noodles with the kasha and stir gently.
  5. Add in the sauteed onion and the 2 tbsp butter and mix until butter melts. Serve.

 

Kasha with noodles

Loving buckwheat is really an acquired taste, it has an earthy taste to it and not everyone likes it, but if you do you’re lucky. Not only hat it’s a healthy dish but it’s also easy to make, tasty and goes well with a variety of combinations. Kasha is basically buckwheat. I believe this next […]

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Brown Mashed Potatoes with Nutmeg

Home Made Cooking

Mashed potatoes are my favorite side dish. The only thing I don’t like about this dish is the fact that you have to peel the potatoes; I just don’t like the process that’s all. However, when you think about it, there are so many dishes using unpeeled potatoes so I thought to myself, why not give it a try? And guess what? I’ve been making these brown unpeeled mashed potatoes ever since. Everyone seem to like it, it’s less work for me and If I may say, it even looks more sophisticated this way. Give it a try, you’ll love it.

Brown Mashed Potatoes

 

Brown Mashed Potatoes with Nutmeg
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Recipe type: Side Dish
 
So much less work than a plain ol' mashed potato dish. Just leave the peel on and cook away.
Ingredients
  • 8 Medium sized Potatoes
  • 3 Garlic Cloves – Peeled
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 50gr Butter
  • ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • ½ Cup Milk
Instructions
  1. Rinse potatoes really well and cut into medium size cubes (size doesn’t really matter). Do not peel the potatoes.
  2. Place cubed potatoes along with garlic cloves in a large pot, cover with water, add the salt and cover. Cook over medium heat for about 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender and can be poked with a fork.
  3. Drain water, add butter, nutmeg and milk and mash everything together and serve.

 

Brown Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are my favorite side dish. The only thing I don’t like about this dish is the fact that you have to peel the potatoes; I just don’t like the process that’s all. However, when you think about it, there are so many dishes using unpeeled potatoes so I thought to myself, why not […]

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Thai Curry Chicken “Summer Fresh” Style

Home Made Cooking

I love going to Thai restaurants. They are the kind of restaurants that use great spices in their food, something I miss dearly here in Halifax 🙂

I like it when the food is just a little bit spicy. Not too spicy to make your mouth burn but just spicy enough to make you crave for another bite. This is exactly how I would describe this next recipe. After “Summer Fresh” sent me their whole new line up of cooking sauces to try out and come up with recipes, and after posting 4 out of 5 recipes, this is the final post with “Summer Fresh” sauces. The “Thai Curry” sauce was the last one left in the fridge and I was lucky enough to enjoy it all by myself 🙂 why by myself? Well, my husband is vegetarian and since this sauce has fish sauce in its ingredients it did not meet the criteria of a vegetarian man, as for the kids, it was just too spicy for them but hey, lucky me, it was just in the right level of spicy-ness for me so guess who got delicious food for dinner and enjoyed the leftovers the next day at work? Yup! Me! 🙂

I made Thai Curry Chicken with this last sauce and let me tell you, it tasted as if I went to a Thai restaurant. I enjoyed it so much! And it only took me about 10 minutes to have it ready in my plate which means win-win for me and Douze Points for “Summer Fresh

Thai Curry Chicken

 

Thai Curry Chicken "Summer Fresh" Style
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Recipe type: Main
 
Thai Curry Chicken on a bed of white rice, don't you just love it? Summer Fresh made it possible for me to have a restaurant level dish at my dining table. Awesome!
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 5 Boneless Chicken Thighs – Cut into strips or cubes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Sliced)
  • ½ Onion – Chopped
  • Pinch of Celery Seeds (Optional)
  • 4 full tbsp Thai Curry Sauce by “Summer Fresh”
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan or Wok, preheat oil over medium heat.
  2. Add in the onion, celery seeds and garlic and stir for about 1 minute
  3. Add in the chicken and stir for about 5-7 minutes until pieces are well done and white
  4. Stir in the Thai Curry Sauce and mix for about 2 minutes, allowing the sauce to heat and then remove from heat and serve over a bed of rice or noodles

 

Thai Curry Chicken

I love going to Thai restaurants. They are the kind of restaurants that use great spices in their food, something I miss dearly here in Halifax 🙂 I like it when the food is just a little bit spicy. Not too spicy to make your mouth burn but just spicy enough to make you crave […]

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Chicken in Cranberry Sauce by “Summer Fresh”

Home Made Cooking

When “Summer Fresh” sent me their complete new line up of cooking sauces I didn’t think it’ll make my life so easy when it comes to quick dinners for the kids.

This time I had thawed chicken thighs in the fridge, and I didn’t really want to work hard or fry them like I would usually do, so I just opened the fridge hoping to find something that will make this weekday dinner task easier and faster. Luckily I found this great “Cranberry Madeira” sauce and the minute the kids saw it as well that’s all they wanted, I mean, what kid wouldn’t love to have dinner with cranberries? 🙂

I added some blackberries I had and it was a hit! Chicken with berries – perfect.

This was so easy to make too, because all I had to do is cut the chicken, add the sauce and place in the oven. I like it when while the food is being prepared I can utilize the time to complete other things I have on the go. “Summer Fresh” made it easy once again and needless to say that this wasn’t only quick but had a great combination of flavors.

This sauce is definitely a keeper.

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce

 

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce by "Summer Fresh"
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Recipe type: Entree, Main
 
Chicken in Cranberry Sauce. Another hit with the help of one of the "Summer Fresh" Sauces.
Ingredients
  • 5 Boneless Chicken Thighs – Cubed
  • 5 tbsp “Cranberry Madeira” sauce by “Summer Fresh”
  • ¼ cup Whipping Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Mix Cranberry sauce with whipping cream, salt and pepper
  3. Place chicken cubes in Pyrex and cover with sauce mix
  4. Cover with foil and let cook for 50 minutes
Notes
**Optional - You can add some blackberries or blueberries to the sauce mix**

 

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce

When “Summer Fresh” sent me their complete new line up of cooking sauces I didn’t think it’ll make my life so easy when it comes to quick dinners for the kids. This time I had thawed chicken thighs in the fridge, and I didn’t really want to work hard or fry them like I would […]

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Vegetarian Poutine – Fresh Cut Fries in Mushroom Gravy

Home Made Cooking

Try and Google “Canada’s National Food” and the first result you’ll get is Poutine.

What is poutine you ask? Well, in case you didn’t know poutine is basically a dish consisting of fries topped with gravy, so the way I see it it’s wet fries 🙂 not a very photogenic dish if I may say and up until now I didn’t really understand what people find in it – until I decided to be open minded about this dish and try a vegetarian version of it at home. Now homemade poutine is a whole different story!! Why? Well, fresh potato fries, freshly grated cheese and yummy mushroom sauce – sound good to me!

Remember I told you “Summer Fresh” sent me their whole line up of new cooking sauces? well, thanks to their “Mushroom Marsala” sauce, I was able to whip this dish faster than usual.

Of course the end result tasted So good, but other than that I really liked the fact that it’s so easy and super fast to make this and of course the fact that it’s hassle free thanks to the “Mushroom Marsala” Sauce. I’m telling you, this sauce just made it all possible! Really! Of course, you can make your own mushroom sauce; it’s not too hard, but why go through so much effort after a day at the office. I was super happy with the outcome and the kids flipped!! They loved it so much!! This was the first time we had vegetarian poutine at home and I believe it is safe to say that it’s not the last time!

Vegetarian Poutine

 

Vegetarian Poutine - Fresh Cut Fries in Mushroom Gravy
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Recipe type: Entree, Main
 
Poutine, one of Canada's national foods. If you're looking for something easy, fast and so good, or just comfort food. This is it.
Ingredients
  • 10 Medium Potatoes – Not peeled!!
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Pepper
For the Sauce:
  • 1 Container “Mushroom Marsala” Sauce by “Summer Fresh”
For serving:
  • Grated Cheese
Instructions
  1. Prepare in advance large baking pan layered with parchment paper
  2. Preheat oven to 200C (400F)
  3. Wash potatoes, leave skin on and cut into fries (sticks)
  4. Place in a big bowl and mix with the rest of the ingredients
  5. Bake in oven fro about 30-40 minutes until potatoes are golden brown and fries are ready
  6. Preheat the sauce (the whole container) over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until warm.
  7. Plate the fries and pour the mushroom sauce on top. Sprinkle with some cheese on top.

Vegetarian Poutine

Try and Google “Canada’s National Food” and the first result you’ll get is Poutine. What is poutine you ask? Well, in case you didn’t know poutine is basically a dish consisting of fries topped with gravy, so the way I see it it’s wet fries 🙂 not a very photogenic dish if I may say […]

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