Posts Tagged ‘Kids’

Sweet And Sour Chicken Strips

Home Made Cooking

Every Friday the kids like to eat chicken, preferably breaded and fried, but I admit that it’s too much work for me sometimes, especially after a long day at work. I wish the kitchen was my only work but it’s not so I have to make changes sometimes to ease myself and make food faster yet tasty. This Friday I decided to take the chicken breast I had and make strips in sauce to serve with the potatoes I was roasting. This is a great recipe and kids’ favorite because it’s semi sweet. It’s easy to make and can be served with anything – bonus points for that.

Sweet And Sour Chicken Strips
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Recipe type: Main
 
Great dish for adults and kids. Easy to make and only a few ingredients.
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts (Boneless and Skinless) – Cut into strips
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Onion – Sliced
  • ¾ Can (100gr) Tomato Paste
  • ½ Lemon – Juiced
  • 4 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1½ tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
Instructions
  1. Heat oil over medium heat and add the sliced onion. Sauté onion until soft while stirring.
  2. Add the tomato paste and mix, then add the rest of the ingredients and stir well until combined. Let boil.
  3. Add in the chicken strips and stir. Cover pot with lid and let cook over medium heat for 25 minutes while stirring occasionally.

 

Every Friday the kids like to eat chicken, preferably breaded and fried, but I admit that it’s too much work for me sometimes, especially after a long day at work. I wish the kitchen was my only work but it’s not so I have to make changes sometimes to ease myself and make food faster […]

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Chocolate Cake Ice Cream Cones

Cakes and Cookies

Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket of ice cream just to be able to use the cones, so I made a different kind of “Ice Cream”. I made a cake batter and poured it into the ice cream cones. I then baked it and added chocolate on top and voila! I got the ice cream look with the taste of chocolate and a lot less mess. The kids loved it and I was even happier to see their clean placements on the table after they were done.

This recipe can be used for just a regular chocolate cake in a small bake pan or for more ice cream cones. I’m not sure about the size because I made 8 cones and used the rest of the batter for a mini cake in a 7 inch pan.

Chocolate Cake Cones
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8 Cones
 
Great for the kids and ever greater for birthdays. I only made 8 cones and a mini cake but you can play around with the number of cones and double the amounts as required.
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup Sweetened/ Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (You can also mix the two)
  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Cup Hot Water
  • 8 Ice Cream Cones (small ones with flat bottom)
For the chocolate coating:
  • ½ Cup Heavy/ Whipping Cream
  • ¾ Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Mix all the cake ingredients together
  3. Pour about ¼ cup (until cone is ¾ full) of cake batter in each cone. Pour the rest of the batter into additional cones or into a 7 inch (18cm) greased baking pan.
  4. Place the cones standing (preferable in a deep baking pan to avoid falling) and gently place in preheated oven. Place the 7 inch cake in the oven as well (or you can bake it later when cones are ready).
  5. Bake for about 35-40 minutes.
  6. Wait until the cakes (cones) are cool and prepare the coating.
To prepare the coating:
  1. Simmer heavy cream in saucepan
  2. Add the chocolate chips in while simmering and stir really well until fully molten.
  3. Remove from heat and pour about 1-2 teaspoons on each cooled ice cream cone. Decorate with coconut or sprinkles.
Notes
**Make sure you immediately place the cones in the oven after filling them to avoid the cones getting wet and soft from the filling.

 

Well, summer is most definitely over by now. It’s colder in the evenings and even during the day. I had some ice cream cones left from the summer but of course no ice cream. While I agree that ice cream is a great thing regardless of the season I wasn’t planning on buying a bucket […]

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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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Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips

Cakes and Cookies

I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a chunk of history when you think about it because they are not only hand written but some of them are also written on pieces of old newspapers and flyers which makes it even more fun to dig in them. So I dug in my bag yesterday and found this great coconut cake recipe I used to love. I decided to upgrade it and added some chocolate chips which turned out to be a great upgrade! Try it. The cake is not too moist and the chocolate chips sink to the bottom of the cake while baking but the end result is a cake you’d like to have with your coffee. And besides, look at the small number of ingredients it has – perfect.

 

Coconut Cake with Chocolate Chips
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Soft and tasty cake with chocolate chips on the bottom.
Ingredients
  • 1½ Cups White Sugar
  • 1½ Cups Self Rising Flour (or all purpose flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
  • ½ Cup Finely Shredded Coconut – Unsweetened
  • 1 Full Cup (250ml) Heavy Cream (Whipping Cream)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips (Use your favorite)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Layer a 8.5- 9.5 Inch spring form baking pan with parchment paper, or you can spread butter to avoid the cake from sticking.
  3. Place all ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix until fully combined. The batter reminds the consistency of a pancake batter.
  4. Pour the cake batter onto the layered baking pan and place in oven for 40-45 minutes until brown.
Notes
* Use 8.5- 9.5 Inch Round spring form cake pan

I love coconut, who doesn’t  And this is exactly why I was so happy to find this old recipe I had in my old recipe bag. I have a plastic bag at home, a really old one and it’s full of recipes, the old fashioned ones – the hand written ones 🙂 It’s actually quite a […]

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Breaded Turkey Meatballs

Home Made Cooking

I like my food simple, I really do. Not because I’m lazy or because I want it ready fast, but because I think that this is the best kind of food the simple food. It goes well with everything, every time and anywhere. And this is exactly what these breaded meatballs are. My mom used to make these from chicken but of course all they had at the supermarket after thanksgiving is turkey so I said, why not? These meatballs are great right out of the pan but even greater the next day, when you can just slice them in half and put on a fresh piece of buttered bread. YUM!

Breaded Turkey Meatballs
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 13 Meatballs
 
Great for the kids and in fact for the whole family. Easy to prepare and wonderful to store in the fridge for the next day.
Ingredients
  • ¼ Onion - Chopped
  • ½ Carrot - Finely Chopped
  • 1 Garlic Clove - Finely Chopped
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 250-260gr Ground Turkey
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 3 tbsp Bread Crumbs
  • ½ tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1 Egg
  • ½ cup Vegetable Oil (For Frying)
Instructions
  1. In a frying pan, preheat the olive oil over medium heat and add in the chopped onion and chopped carrot. Sauté and stir for about 3 minutes. Add the chopped garlic and stir for another 30 seconds. Remove from heat.
  2. Place the fried onion mix in a bowl and add all the other meatballs ingredients, except for the frying vegetable oil. Mix all together until well combined.
  3. For the coating, place ½ cup bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon sesame seeds in a bowl and mix together.
  4. Scoop with a teaspoon and form ping pong size balls from the turkey mix. Flatten the balls just a bit and dip in the bread crumb mix until fully coated on both sides. set aside in a plate.
  5. Over medium heat , preheat the ½ cup vegetable oil in a frying pan (depending on the size of your pan, the oil should be about ¼ inch or ½ cm deep.
  6. Fry breaded meatballs about 3-4 minutes on each side, until brown.

 

 

I like my food simple, I really do. Not because I’m lazy or because I want it ready fast, but because I think that this is the best kind of food the simple food. It goes well with everything, every time and anywhere. And this is exactly what these breaded meatballs are. My mom used […]

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

When I used to work on the Halifax Waterfront I sometimes went to grab lunch at the wonderful “Cabin Coffee” Café . This little place has the most amazing atmosphere, a cozy and homey one. Imagine a cold winter day and you’re sitting at the café having your hot soup and yummy sandwich in front of the fireplace, so nice. In addition to being a great place it also had the best banana chocolate chip muffins I’ve ever had. So this past Sunday I suddenly had an urge for cookies, I really wanted something with chocolate but had a banana on the countertop that was crying for help. And then it hit me! I can make my favorite banana chocolate chip muffin into a cookie! How perfect would that be?

In addition, this sudden urge of mine couldn’t have come in a better timing than this. I am a member at the Food Bloggers of Canada  and as such, I follow their updates and content. Imagine how surprised I was when I read about the “My Cookies Are The Best” contest, oh YAY! Perfect timing indeed. So I decided to both satisfy my crave for cookies and enter the contest. The winner gets a trip from Manitoba Canola Growers  to participate in the “FBC 2013 Conference” ; How exciting is that?? Wish me luck! Oh…and tell me what you think about my yummy, soft and banana flavored cookies.

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 30 Cookies
 
Banana and Chocolate Chips, what an amazing combo. These cookies are soft, sweet and banana flavored. A guaranteed success.
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ⅓ Cup Canola Oil
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Mashed Banana
  • ½ Cup Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Layer a large baking pan with parchment paper
  3. In a mixer bowl, mix all the ingredients together, except for the chocolate chips, until you get a smooth batter.
  4. Add the chocolate chips into the batter and fold into the batter.
  5. Using a teaspoon, Drop by teaspoonful onto the baking sheet. Make sure the cookies are at least 2 inches apart from each other as they grow in size while baking.
  6. Place in preheated oven for about 10 minutes until golden and a bit brown on the edges.
  7. Let cool completely before removing from the baking sheet (cookies are soft as you take them out of the oven)

When I used to work on the Halifax Waterfront I sometimes went to grab lunch at the wonderful “Cabin Coffee” Café . This little place has the most amazing atmosphere, a cozy and homey one. Imagine a cold winter day and you’re sitting at the café having your hot soup and yummy sandwich in front […]

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumstick – Kids’ Favorite

Home Made Cooking

Whenever we go out for some Chinese food, the kids always have the same thing – Sweet and Sour Chicken; and to be honest I like it too, but I never thought I can make sweet and sour chicken at home, well apparently I can. The only thing is that I didn’t have chicken breast or any other part of chicken I can cut into cubes. The only thing I had was chicken drumsticks, so I improvised and made sweet and sour drumsticks. The kids liked the idea and the chicken; it was gone before I even noticed. I can’t believe I didn’t make this all these years; this is definitely staying with us.

 

Sweet and Sour Chicken Drumstick - Kids' Favorite
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 6 Drumsticks
 
Sweet and Sour Chicken is everyone's favorite I believe. How about sweet and sour drumsticks?
Ingredients
For the Pre-frying:
  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 egg
For the Sauce:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1½ tbsp soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  2. Preheat the ¼ cup oil in a skillet over medium heat
  3. In one bowl, beat the egg and in a separate bowl have the corn starch ready
  4. Dip each drumstick in the corn starch and then in the beaten egg and place on preheated skillet with oil
  5. Fry the chicken until it is starting to look golden brown but not fully fried. Fry about 4 minutes and set aside.
  6. In a medium bowl mix all the sauce ingredient together until fully combined
  7. Arrange the partially fried chicken drumsticks in a small baking pan (preferably deep or a Pyrex) and pour the sauce batter over it. Make sure everything is coated with the sauce.
  8. Cover with foil and place in preheated oven for 45 minutes
  9. After 45 minutes, remove foil and return into oven for additional 10-15 minutes uncovered
Notes
* This can also be prepared with cubed chicken breast

 

Whenever we go out for some Chinese food, the kids always have the same thing – Sweet and Sour Chicken; and to be honest I like it too, but I never thought I can make sweet and sour chicken at home, well apparently I can. The only thing is that I didn’t have chicken breast or any […]

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Corn and Cheese Salad – One of our favorites

Salads

Sunday. Brunch. No ideas – again. I want to make it look yummy yet pretty and sophisticated, I also want it to be easy, fast and the kids to like it. I know, I know, maybe too much to ask? I don’t think so. Take a look at our all time favorite, I always have the ingredients handy and we almost never have leftovers. Corn and cheese! Can you seriously tell me that you do not like one of the ingredients?

 

Corn and Cheese Salad - One of our favorites
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Recipe type: Appetiser, Salad
 
Great ingredients, you will love it and so will the kids! Corn, Cheese...Yum.
Ingredients
  • 1 Can Corn (Niblets)
  • 1 Cup Grated Cheese (any kind you like)
  • 1 tbsp Parsley – Chopped (Can be substituted with dill or green onions- Scallions)
  • 1½ tbsp Mayo
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a salad bowl and mix until fully coated.

Sunday. Brunch. No ideas – again. I want to make it look yummy yet pretty and sophisticated, I also want it to be easy, fast and the kids to like it. I know, I know, maybe too much to ask? I don’t think so. Take a look at our all time favorite, I always have […]

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