Posts Tagged ‘Fast’

Baked Fish and Chips – A Twist on My 1st Canadian Food Memory

Home Made Cooking

I love taking part in special projects, special initiatives and various challenges. This month I will be posting my first blog post as part of The Canadian Food Experience Project. For this project, myself and many other Canadian food bloggers (participants) will share our Canadian food stories and experience. What’s the purpose you ask?  We hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity and hopefully raise recognition to Canadian food and food bloggers and just make our Canadian voice shine.

Just so you know, anyone can join so please feel free and welcome.

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I love taking part in special projects, special initiatives and various challenges. This month I will be posting my first blog post as part of The Canadian Food Experience Project. For this project, myself and many other Canadian food bloggers (participants) will share our Canadian food stories and experience. What’s the purpose you ask?  We […]

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Chicken Drumsticks and Olives – Kids’ New Favorite

Home Made Cooking

Sometimes roasted or grilled chicken drumsticks simply do not do the trick with my kids. What, Drumsticks again? Mommy, can you peel the skin off? I don’t feel like eating this, and much more creative versions of this is what I’ll be getting If I keep making drumsticks the easiest and most obvious way. Well then, I had to find another easy and fast way to prepare drumsticks. My kids like a good gimmick, an interesting addition, so I figured that if I add their favorite pizza extra topping (olives) they’ll be happy with it. Apparently I was right. So I made the chicken drumsticks with olives, cooked in a super fast sauce. The thing I liked most is the fact that after only a few minutes of preparation I could leave it to cook and come back after 45 minutes to simply serve. The chicken is tender and the olives add their natural saltiness the kids like so much. It also reminded me of a Moroccan dish I used to eat and loved it, so as far as this dish goes I think I did a pretty good job. Kids loved it and mommy was once again the “Kitchen Hero”.

Chicken Drumsticks and Olives

 

Chicken Drumsticks and Olives - Kids' New Favorite
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Recipe type: Entree, Main
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 5 People
 
Chicken Drumsticks in yummy tomato sauce and olives. The chicken tenderness and the Olives' saltiness dance well together.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ¼ Onion (medium) - Chopped
  • 8 Chicken Drumsticks (I removed the skin)
  • 4 tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Cup Green Pitted Olives
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pot, heat up the oil over medium heat and add the chopped onion. Saute for about 2 minutes while stirring.
  2. Add the drumsticks and stir for about 4 minutes until they begin changing color (white layer)
  3. In a small bowl, mix the water and tomato paste well and add mix into the drumsticks
  4. Add in the garlic powder, paprika, cumin and olives and stir
  5. Add the salt and pepper and stir
  6. Lower to medium-low heat and cover with lid. Let cook for 45 minutes.

 

Chicken Drumsticks and Olives

Chicken Drumsticks and Olives

Sometimes roasted or grilled chicken drumsticks simply do not do the trick with my kids. What, Drumsticks again? Mommy, can you peel the skin off? I don’t feel like eating this, and much more creative versions of this is what I’ll be getting If I keep making drumsticks the easiest and most obvious way. Well […]

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Strawberry and Whipped Cream Spelt Squares

Cakes and Cookies

I recently discovered that you can actually bake pancake batter and get a whole different thing than pancakes. So of course, I decided to try it out with Spelt flour which is very low in gluten and so much better than the traditional white flour.

This was super easy and ended up being so good. I mean, what can go wrong with a pastry topped with strawberries and whipped cream right? I made these, placed in a sealed container and into the fridge. You should have seen the kids’ faces the morning after when they got to taste it. “Mom, this is so fancy, we are having a fancy breakfast”

Hey, I made my kids feel VIP, isn’t this what it’s all about? Try it for your family, kids, and friends or just as a super quick entertaining solution. It works.

Spelt Flour Squares

 

Strawberry and Whipped Cream Spelt Squares
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Yummy and sweet squares with low gluten values. A fats and furious solution when your guests are literally at the door.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups Spelt Flour
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup Vegetable Oil
For topping:
  • Whipped Cream
  • Strawberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Mix the ingredients (except for the topping ingredients) in a bowl. Whisk until fully combined into a batter.
  3. Pour into a parchment paper covered baking pan and spread a bit until about ½ inch thick.
  4. Bake for about 8 minutes or until golden.
  5. Cut into squares (2 inch X 2 inch) while still hot and let cool.
  6. Top each square with whipped cream and sliced strawberries, cover with another square and top the same way.
Notes
*Baking pan used for this was 12 inch X 8 inch*

 

Spelt Flour Squares

I recently discovered that you can actually bake pancake batter and get a whole different thing than pancakes. So of course, I decided to try it out with Spelt flour which is very low in gluten and so much better than the traditional white flour. This was super easy and ended up being so good. […]

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Almond Portobello Pasta

Home Made Cooking

Pasta is always my go-to dish. Why? Well, two reasons: 1) The pasta I have at home is always Gluten-Free, which means that it is rice pasta, which means it’s less likely to give that ‘heavy’ feeling after eating it, and we like that. 2) There are so many options for pasta. You can add veggies, meat, sauce, cream, everything goes and it’s very hard to ruin a pasta dish. Of course, it is also usually a pretty fast process until the pasta’s ready which is perfect for dinner after coming home at the end of a work day.

As always, what I did with this one is take a look at the fridge and see what I have for ingredients. I first spotted that lonely Portobello  mushroom and though to myself I can make mushroom sauce, but then I noticed I have no cream, so I kept on looking and I noticed other veggies. I took everything I had and added almonds. What can I tell you? It was super easy to make and the results looked like I spent a lot of time and effort making this one, well between us? I didn’t 🙂 and once again I was happy! Because hey, I got to use whatever I had in the fridge and the food tasted amazingly good.

Portobello Almond Pasta

 

Almond Portobello Pasta
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Recipe type: Main
 
Easy pasta recipe that will help clean your fridge and will end up looking like a million dollars.
Ingredients
  • 450gr Pasta (1 pack)
  • ½ Cup Olive Oil
  • ½ Onion – Sliced
  • ½ Bell Pepper – Sliced into small strips
  • 6 Mushrooms (white) - Sliced
  • 1 Portobello Mushroom – Cubed
  • 2 Garlic Cloves – Cut into quarters
  • 1 tsp Dry Basil
  • ¼ Cup Sliced Almonds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to the cooking instructions on the package
  2. In a large skillet, frying pan or wok heat up the oil over medium heat and add the sliced onion. Saute for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the mushrooms, the Portobello, bell pepper, garlic and basil and stir.
  4. Let cook for about 10-15 minutes while stir frying.
  5. When the peppers soften just a bit, add in the almonds. Stir fry for another 2-3 minutes (almonds should be golden) and remove from heat.
  6. Add the ready veggie mix into the cooked pasta and stir gently until combined and serve.

 

Portobello Almond Pasta

Pasta is always my go-to dish. Why? Well, two reasons: 1) The pasta I have at home is always Gluten-Free, which means that it is rice pasta, which means it’s less likely to give that ‘heavy’ feeling after eating it, and we like that. 2) There are so many options for pasta. You can add […]

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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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Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

Home Made Cooking

Almost every Saturday we have a nice family brunch. It usually consists of Bourekas, orange juice, feta and olives, hard boiled eggs and of course freshly chopped salad. Sometimes it’s Israeli chopped salad and sometimes I would take that extra step and make it a Tabbouleh Salad (Recipe HERE) with couscous; A few weeks ago I made the tabbouleh salad and was left with some already made couscous. Now, couscous is tasty if you serve it with some sort of sauce because it absorbs the flavors but I had no plans to make sauce. In fact, what I made instead was light dinner. I decided that couscous is a good enough ingredient to make fritters from, and that’s exactly what I did. Served with sour cream and some fresh vegetables this last minute invention became a hit. Don’t you just love leftovers? 🙂

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

 

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters
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Recipe type: Main, Appetizer
 
Great use of leftover couscous with the wonderful flavors of mint and feta cheese. So easy too!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Cooked and ready Couscous
  • 1 cup Feta Cheese – Crumbled
  • 1 tsp Chopped Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 tsp Dry Basil
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together until fully combined
  2. Preheat frying pan with oil (about ½ cm deep) over medium heat
  3. Scoop tablespoonfuls and gently drop onto the preheated pan with oil. Gently flatten batter with spoon until it’s about ¾-1cm thick.
  4. Fry for about 4 or until brown on the bottom. Once brown, flip to fry the other side
  5. Fry both sides until nice and brown and serve plain or with sour cream

 

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

Almost every Saturday we have a nice family brunch. It usually consists of Bourekas, orange juice, feta and olives, hard boiled eggs and of course freshly chopped salad. Sometimes it’s Israeli chopped salad and sometimes I would take that extra step and make it a Tabbouleh Salad (Recipe HERE) with couscous; A few weeks ago I […]

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Cheese and Olives Savory Scones

Baked Goodies

Saturday morning. I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee (that is, if my dear husband didn’t already make one for me), go over my emails, Facebook, Instagram, check to see that the kids are still somewhere around and then I start feeling hungry.

But really, I have no desire to make something too complicated and I want it to be ready as fast as possible because as I said, I’m hungry.

When I want to make something sweet and fast I sometimes make scones, because it’s just mixing the ingredients, piling on the baking sheet and popping into the oven for 15 minutes. So this time, I decided to go with the same idea, why not? Except this time the scones are savory! With cheese and olives and the truth is you can add whatever you want to them whether its anchovies, mushrooms, greens, corn, you name it.

These were of course served with fresh garden salad and a few more salads and a nice slice of butter in them, YUM!

Good for brunch, breakfast, entertaining, a romantic event, Valentines and anything really.

Savory Scones

 

Savory Scones - With Cheese and Olives
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Pastry
 
These are so yummy. All they need is a nice slice of butter in them!
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ Cup Grated Cheese
  • ½ cup Pitted Olives – Halved
  • 1 cup Milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220C (or 450F)
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix the flour, butter, baking powder and milk until well combined.
  3. Add the olives and cheese and stir until evenly combined and you get a ball of dough.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a floured surface, sprinkle a little bit flour on top to ease the kneading; knead and flatten until it’s about ¾ inch (or 1½ cm) thick.
  5. Using a small cup or a round cookie cutter, cut circles and place then onto the parchment paper covered baking sheet. Make sure they are not too close to each other to allow rising.
  6. Bake for 10-20 minutes (depending on your oven) and remove from oven once golden brown.
Notes
You can also make these into larger slices like the traditional scones by simply using a pizza slicer and dividing into 8 slices instead of using cookie cutters.

 

Savory Scones

Saturday morning. I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee (that is, if my dear husband didn’t already make one for me), go over my emails, Facebook, Instagram, check to see that the kids are still somewhere around and then I start feeling hungry. But really, I have no desire to make something too complicated and […]

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Homemade Mac & Cheese

Home Made Cooking

The easy solution for any lunch or dinner with the kids is Mac & Cheese. I have to confess that I’ve never made Mac & Cheese myself. I always have these kits with the macaroni and cheese powder you mix together and serve. I do buy the organic ones with no food colorings and all the nasty stuff but still…it’s from a box. So today I asked the kids what they want for dinner and the answer was Mac & Cheese, so I go to my cupboard, open it and find out that I’m out of Mac & Cheese kits. The kids were disappointed so I had to act. I read a few articles with tips on how to make cheesy sauces and came up with my own cheese sauce for the macaroni I had. We ended up with a very creamy and cheesy sauce and the best part was that I was able to use our favorite rice pasta. Everyone were happy and the kids said that they are not having that “box Mac & Cheese” again, I guess that says it all does it.

Homemade Mac & Cheese
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4 Servings
 
Easy, creamy and cheesy. One of our family's preferred comfort dishes. Just YUM.
Ingredients
  • 400 Grams Pasta (preferably small and short)
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream (I used 18% coffee cream)
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheese
  • 3 tbsp White Wine
  • Pinch Nutmeg
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the pack, drain and set aside.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt butter
  3. Once butter melted, add the flour gradually while whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Whisk for about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Add the heavy cream in the flour mix and whisk constantly for about 7 minutes. You should have a smooth and creamy mix.
  5. Add the wine, nutmeg and salt and whisk.
  6. Add the cheese; whisk it in and once melted turn the heat off.
  7. Pour the cheese sauce onto the macaroni and mix well. You can heat over low heat while mixing if macaroni got too cold.

 

The easy solution for any lunch or dinner with the kids is Mac & Cheese. I have to confess that I’ve never made Mac & Cheese myself. I always have these kits with the macaroni and cheese powder you mix together and serve. I do buy the organic ones with no food colorings and all […]

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