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What I’ve Been Making Lately – September 9

What I’ve Been Making Lately – September 9

Mini M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies I couldn’t resist picking up some mini m&m’s at the bulk food store, and thought that cookies would be the best vehicle for them. I used the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the Joy of Cooking. I replaced half of […]

What I’ve been making lately – July 21

What I’ve been making lately – July 21

Aloo Matar In an effort to make some more meat-free, filling dinners, I thought I would try out this Aloo Matar recipe from Vegan Richa. I loved the idea of a thick, potato based curry. It definitely took me longer than 30 minutes. Most recipes […]

What I’ve been making lately – June 16

What I’ve been making lately – June 16

Tacos Al Pastor

Pork was on sale, so we thought we’d make tacos. Not just tacos, but my favourite kind of tacos – Al Pastor. I love pineapple on anything and everything. I was going to just cook the meat in a slow cooker. Ethan wanted to try out a sort of spit method, closer to the traditional cook of the meat. He was inspired by this video by Tasty. We really loved cooking the meat this way. It was really, really tasty. We’d like to try this method with Shawarma too.

Barbecue Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries, and Fiddleheads

With the warm weather, we’ve been trying to use the barbecue a bit more. For the chicken, we just grilled it with a little bit of store-bought barbecue sauce, and slapped on some more after it was cooked. The sweet potato fries were homemade, but they could have been a lot crispier. I had never tried fiddleheads before, but they came in a produce box. First, I steamed them. Then sauteed in butter and minced garlic.

Strawberry Banana Jam

I had strawberries. I had bananas. Then saw this post on Instagram, and thought that maybe I should make jam. I had never made jam before. This recipe doesn’t call for pectin, so it’s not as firm as a normal jam. I think I may have overcooked it a bit? I don’t know. It was a delicious jam, and I hadn’t had a jam like it before.

Get the recipe here.

Buffalo Wing Dip

I looooove Buffalo wing dip. Really, I love anything Buffalo wing inspired. Living in close proximity to Buffalo, I think it’s in my blood. This dip is super easy to make. I put two chicken breasts in the slow cooker with some vegetable stock, Frank’s Buffalo Sauce, and a little bit of butter. If you don’t have the Frank’s Buffalo, regular Frank’s and more butter will do the trick.

For the dip, I added a couple scoops of the chicken in with a brick of cream cheese, about a cup of plain greek yogurt, some more Buffalo sauce, and shredded cheese. I mixed this around until incorporated, then put in a few French onion soup bowls, topped with cheese, and cooked in the oven for about 20 minutes on 425. We usually have the dip with nachos, but my friend Toni introduced me to using cucumber as a vehicle for this dip and I love it. We also toasted some naan bread from the freezer.

Cauliflower Pasta

I have v much been loving ‘sauceless’ pastas lately. Really there is just a lot of olive oil, garlic and cheese that comes together to make the sauce with help from the pasta water. I was inspired by this Well Plated recipe. I didn’t one pot it, so I didn’t use the chicken stock and made it a vegetarian recipe. You could easily omit the cheese and make it a vegan recipe. My favourite part was the toasted bread crumbs. I’m going to throw those on top of pasta more often.

Banana Pancakes

I was going to make Ricotta Banana pancakes one Sunday morning, but the ricotta didn’t seem too fresh so I stuck to just bananas. I followed this recipe. They were tasty, and crispy, but fluffy on the inside. They were also very banana-y.

Buffalo Chicken Salad

The reason I love doing the Buffalo chicken in the slow cooker is that I can make a bunch and use it for a couple meals. We also used Buffalo chicken in quesadillas. For the salad, I used two kinds of lettuce that came in our produce box, topped it with chopped carrot and cucumber. I then sprinkled on the chicken. Okay, I heaped on the chicken. For dressing, I used blue cheese along with some more Buffalo sauce.

Apple Muffins

We had so many apples. All from produce boxes. I thought maybe I should do something with them. First, I made this 3-ingredient, sugar-free apple sauce. Then, I made some really delicious apple muffins. Ethan doesn’t particularly like apple and cinnamon together (crazy I know), so I wanted to find a recipe that wasn’t cinnamon heavy. I loved the way these muffins turned out and I would absolutely make them again. Find the recipe here.

Homemade Burgers, Corn with Barbecue Butter, and Buffalo Cauliflower

The burgers were homemade – nothing too special. I used a pound of ground beef with egg, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, bread crumbs and milk. I topped them with cheese slices, onions, barbecue sauce and mayo. For the corn, I was inspired to try something a little different by my latest copy of Food Network Magazine. I melted some unsalted butter in a pan, stirred in some barbecue sauce and minced garlic. Put in a little salt and painted it on the corn. Then topped it with some chives. Ethan made some buffalo cauliflower using this recipe.

Portobello Burger and Greek Pasta Salad

We also got portobellos in our produce box (that was some good value, my friends!) They were grilled on the barbecue for a few minutes. I topped mine with provolone, ricotta, roasted red peppers, and balsamic glaze. These were delicious. For the pasta salad, it was just mixed in Greek dressing with some chopped onions and chives.

Mint Julep

We had bought some mint for mojitos (delicious, btw). So while I was flipping through my copy of Craft Cocktails and found this recipe to use up some more mint. We had everything but the crushed ice, which turned out to be a pretty vital aspect. I had never had a mint julep before, and I believe that they are closer to a snow cone than I was able to make. Get the recipe here.

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What I’ve been making lately – May 30

What I’ve been making lately – May 30

Breakfast Burrito Who doesn’t love a breakfast burrito? It’s a great way to try and use up what’s in your fridge. I’m looking at the picture and craving this now. If you want the recipe, you can check it out here. Fancy Grilled Cheese We […]

What I’ve been making lately – May 18

What I’ve been making lately – May 18

Vegan Carrot Coconut Soup We ended up with a lot of carrots in a farm box we picked up, so I thought a carrot soup was in order. It was a very filling soup that has a lot of room to put a spin on […]

What I’ve been making lately – May 3

What I’ve been making lately – May 3

Shawarma

We have been craving one of our favourite take-out dinners lately – Shawarma. We thought maybe we could take a stab at making it. We more or less followed this recipe for the chicken. For the garlic toum we used this recipe. For the Battata Harra, Ethan went a little wild after reading a few recipes, but it was pretty similar to this one, only Ethan boiled the potatoes instead of roasting them. For the onions, I used the No Crumbs Left marinated onions.

Everything was excellent. This was one of the best dinners we have had in a while. Our whole house (and us as well) smelled like garlic for days. We were fine with that.

Sad Lemon Meringue Pie

We had a pack of Sheriff’s lemon filling in the pantry so I thought I would take a stab at a lemon meringue pie.

Listen, I’m not the best baker. I’m not great at following the recipes to a t. And I’m definitely not a good enough baker to freestyle recipes. I had a wholly mediocre grade in grade 11 chemistry.

Anyway, first of all, I forgot to spray the pan before baking the crust. C’est la vie. I followed the recipe on the box for both the meringue and the pie bit. The pie bit was tasty, although I think I may have scrambled the eggs in it a bit. it was still tasty. The meringue was a disgrace. It didn’t rise at all.

I will try again. Maybe.

Pulled Pork and Mac & Cheese

I love pulled pork. We made a big batch that we could use for a couple meals. We bought a pack of the crock pot pulled pork seasoning and followed the recipe on the back of that. Mac & cheese was pretty standard, made with a roux and marble cheese. I didn’t have any cabbage, so i made this apple slaw sans raisins.

Blue Cheese Steak and Hasselback Potatoes

The star of this was butter. For the onions and mushrooms they were slow-sauteed in BUTTER. The steak we did in a cast iron skillet in BUTTER and garlic, then topped with blue cheese. The Hasselback potatoes were finicky and not our favourite preparation and yes there was butter.

Taco Salad

On a ~zoom chat~ one of Ethan’s cousins mentioned taco salad, and I’ve been craving it since. We used some taco seasoning in the beef. For the salad, we just used a classic iceberg topped with peppers, red onions, cheese, and corn sauteed in Everything But the Corn Elote seasoning. The dressing was Catalina, and we topped it with hot sauce.

Classic Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I finally bit the bullet and ordered the Seven Spoons cookbook I have been lusting over for ages. I’ve heard the chocolate chunk cookie recipe is one of the best so I had to try it for myself. I think I made them too big, and they didn’t really brown on the edges (again, I am not a good baker), but it made for some really tasty cookies.

Breakfast Hash with Oven-Poached Eggs

I’ve been missing my go-to order at one of our local breakfast joints, but we’ve whipped it up for dinner a few times. When I was younger, I would fight breakfast for dinner, now I welcome it with open arms. It makes for an easy and delicious dinner. We fry up some potatoes and add some onions in later. Then saute hot Italian sausage (either patties, or sausages cut open). Top it with banana peppers, bbq sauce, and hot sauce along with a pair of poached eggs. We poach them in the oven like this.

Ice Cream Sandwich

I used the aforementioned chocolate chip cookies and a large scoop of vanilla ice cream to quell my desire for an ice cream sandwich. Yes my hands were very messy after. Worth it.

Moscow Mules

Moscow Mules have been one of my favourite beverage discoveries in the last few years, and they’re pretty easy to make at home. For this, I used a shot and a half of vodka, a shot of lime juice, and topped it off with spicy ginger beer. For me, ginger beer is absolutely necessary, I love the spice.

Lemonade

After an offhand conversation about lemonade, we thought it was a great time to make our own. We used the Joy of Cooking lemonade recipe and it was perfect. I can’t wait to remake it when it gets a little bit warmer.

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What I’ve been making lately – April 15

What I’ve been making lately – April 15

Souped Up Trader Joe’s Miso Ramen Soup Whenever I make the trek to Trader Joe’s, I pick up a couple of these soups. I love them for lunch. I was a little hungrier this day, so I add some more ramen noodles, frozen corn, and […]

What I’ve been making lately – April 4

What I’ve been making lately – April 4

Shakshuka I love making Shakshuka. I make it for any brunch I’m hosting, and often for dinner when we’re not sure what else to make. It’s easy, tasty, and decently inexpensive. For mine, I used a jar of tomato sauce (but obviously feel free to […]

What I’ve been watching this week – October 29

What I’ve been watching this week – October 29

I’ve been watching the usual stuff lately. All of those were good this week, per usual. Quite a few shows are coming to an end in the coming weeks – looking at you, AYTO and GBBO. Another one of my favourite shows is coming to the end of a season next week – Taskmaster.

Last week I told you that this was my favourite show. This season has been so dynamite. But, every season is so unbelievably good. Which is why it’s been my bedtime show all week as well.

I’ve always needed the aid of a television show to fall asleep. I know it’s bad, but go back and tell child Haley that this was a dangerous pattern to fall into. I bet she wouldn’t listen. Anyway, I need to watch something, usually something I’ve seen before, before bed. Old seasons of Taskmaster have been great for this. I still laugh out loud at many points throughout the show, even though I’ve already seen it.

I’m currently re-making my way through series 4, which has probably my favourite cast. I love you, Joe Lycett.

Anyway, that’s pretty much all I’ve been watching this week.