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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 […]

My Mother’s Banana Bread

My Mother’s Banana Bread

Out of all of the banana breads I’ve had over the years, I’d be lying if I didn’t say my mother’s was my favourite. Sure, I’m probably a little biased. But I do think it’s a pretty good banana bread. If your bananas are super […]

What I’ve been making lately – May 3

What I’ve been making lately – May 3


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.


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 […]

Repurposed Chocolately Pretzels

Repurposed Chocolately Pretzels

I love a good party mix. How could you not with the delicious combination of salty goodness. The only thing I don’t like in the mix is pretzels. I always take them out. It’s not that I am vehemently against pretzels. I just don’t want them in the party mix. But I don’t like to waste them, so that’s where these repurposed pretzels come into play.

I wanted an easy way to use up these pretzels, and thought that chocolateifying them is a great way to go.

Repurposed Chocolately Pretzels

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins


  • As many pretzels as you want
  • A couple handfuls of chocolate wafers
  • sprinkles


  • Lay out pretzels on parchment paper over a baking sheet
  • Boil a pot of water, put a heat-safe bowl over top of your bot when boiled
  • Add your chocolate wafers to the bowl, stir until melted
  • Drizzle melted chocolate over pretzels
  • Add sprinkles quickly before the chocolate dries
  • Put in the fridge or store in a cool place until hardened 

This is an incredibly easy recipe that is great for parties, to bring to the office, or a snack. I’m trying to do better with not wasting food and I think this is a creative solution to use up my least favourite part of one of my favourite snacks.

Summer Steak Salad

Summer Steak Salad

It’s a great time to be enjoying the bounty that Niagara has to offer. The local farmers markets are stocked up during the summer. It’s a great place to pick up ingredients for an easy summer salad. I know you know how to make a […]

Cooking with Chrissy: Roasted Tomato Soup

Cooking with Chrissy: Roasted Tomato Soup

Soup is one of my favourite meals. I think I could eat it every single day. I was going to be out of commission for a couple days, so I thought I would make a big batch of the Roasted Tomato Soup from Chrissy Teigen’s […]

A Taste of Ireland – the Capital

A Taste of Ireland – the Capital

The pomme de terre affair continued into Dublin, of course. For dinner our first night in the capital city, we meandered the streets until we were too hangry to try and choose a place, so we walked into a restaurant close to our immediate location. That is how we ended up at Bruxelles.

Here I had the Shepherd’s Pie. Fun fact about me – I really love Shepherd’s pie. This one was fantastic. I was very pleased to see this meal came with double potatoes. It also came with a nice garden salad to lighten up all of those carbs.

After dinner we walked back to Grafton Street and paid a visit to Boomerang Donuts for dessert. They had a bunch of interesting flavours. I went with Ferraro Rocher and Ethan went with Dulce de Leche.

For lunch the next day, we stopped at a place we had walked by a number of times in our short stay. Il Fornaio Caffe caught our eye because of the array of pastries in the window, but for some reason we didn’t have one of those. I did have a really delicious Italian meat sandwich though.

When wandering the previous day, I had seen a menu that had Halloumi fries. And I was craving Halloumi fries so we went on a search for it. Did I remember the name of the place? NOPE. I just knew it was blue. We somehow managed to find The South William, the place with the majestic Halloumi fries. In a cruel twist of fate, they were OUT OF HALLOUMI FRIES!!!!!! All of that excellent navigating for NOTHING.

We ended up ordering the pulled pork sandwich, which was pretty darn good, and the caprese flatbread, which was kind of disappointing. But maybe that’s because neither of us love tomatoes, so that’s our bad.

We had been passing an outdoor food court every day on our bus rides and walks since it was a block away from our Air BnB. We stopped at Eatyard for lunch on our last full day in the city. There were a number of stands and trucks to choose from, it was a great little spot to stop and have lunch or a drink. We got a buffalo chicken burger and a hamburger from the Box Burger stand and pound of wings from Just Wing It. The chicken burger was just okay, but the hamburger was great, and the wings were unbelievable. They were one of the best bites I had on the trip.

If I lived in Dublin, I feel like I’d be at Eatyard all the time.

For our last dinner, we decided to visit another place we had passed by a bunch of times during our time in Dublin, Damascus Gate. We ordered a bunch of things, because we were dying to try it all. We ordered Syrian Cheese, which was goat’s cheese covered in thyme and seeds and served alongside olive oil for dipping. We also ordered Falafel, Fried Halloumi (yes I was able to satisfy my craving), and Beirut Mezza.

This was probably our best meal on our entire trip. Every bite was mesmerizing. If you’re in Dublin, you need to stop here.

For dessert (yes, somehow I was still able to eat dessert), we paid another visit to Gino’s Gelato, where I got a delicious belgian waffle.

In all honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Ireland’s food scene. I ended up falling in love with every bite.



My favourite part about any trip is eating at new restaurants. We stayed in the Byward Market area, so there were hundreds of fantastic restaurants just steps from our hotel. With our limited time in the city, we didn’t get as many chances to explore the food […]