Recipe Updates

Happy Spring! Oh wait, it’s still snowing here, ugh. We are getting summer ready here by trying lots of recipes from the Better Homes & Gardens: Cut the Sugar special publication that is on stands until May 28. I’m excited to try some of the frozen pops recipes.

First, I was really happy with this simple waffle recipe (Multigrain Citrus Waffles, p. 16) with no sugar added and a lovely hint of orange zest. Of course, when you drown them in maple syrup it may defeat the purpose…whatever…

I think Gigi wanted some after her cuddle!

We’ve also tried:

Strawberry-Banana Donuts, P.14. More like a heavy donut. Best eaten the same day…

Three-Cheese Tomato Tart, P. 23. I thought of my Grammie when I made this tart because she’s always looking for yummy quick recipes for us veggie folks. It was simple and delicious. It has fennel in it so I was hooked…

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Not the best picture, sorry. The wedge salad has the Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing, P. 31. It was amazing but thick. You could use it as a veggie dip. It is totally vegan too!

Roasted Banana Bread, P. 55. This recipe interested me because I wondered if the roasted bananas would really make a difference. Not sure they did but smelled yummy. The bread was on the heavy side but it tasted nice…

It’s wrapped and ready for Easter company. It was gone by the end of the day so I guess it was liked by all.

Tomato Tapenade Dip, P. 73. I think this is a lovely idea of a recipe but I would NOT use the called for canned diced tomatoes again. Just chop up a few fresh I say. The rest is a dreamy combo of olives and spices. Great for entertaining…sorry about the disgusting looking photo in the mixing bowl…

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Sweet Potato Brownies, P. 81. Lady Fia helped me make these goodies too. She was intrigued by the sweet potato to make them moist and agreed she wouldn’t tell her brother! They were very fudgy due to the almond butter. I think I’d make them again. Not super chocolatey and a bit odd but worth a try…

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We decided to bake them in Peter Rabbit cupcake papers. Worked well for these gooey treats.

John’s New Year’s Resolution, as you may recall, is to make more bread recipes this year so I got him this Bake mag…

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Special Issue on stands until June, 18.

 

OMG, probably buy this one everyone! Every recipe looks amazing and we’ve had great luck with the recipes we’ve tried so far…

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Classic Hot Cross Buns, P. 39. Amazing and surprisingly easy.

 

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Making the Babka, a lovely sweet yeast dough.

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Cover photo, Cheesy Babka with Sun-dried Tomatoes, P. 112.

 

More baking to come!

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Resolutions!

I NEVER made New Year’s Resolutions until I met John. In fact, I thought they were pretty pointless and ridiculous. But…after years of seeing they are possible to carry on and that they can add enjoyment and focus for your life I decided to give it a try! Of course mine are not quite as serious or focused on success and self-improvement. I needed to find a fun way to make myself do MORE of what I love! Thus, 2 years ago I decided to not buy any clothes for the whole year so that I would wear more of the clothes I already had that I liked. Didn’t hurt that it saved money to spend while travelling. It was an interesting experiment. Last year, I vowed to make more recipes out of my cookbooks. I chose 1 book a month to make as many recipes as I could.

It’s taken me time to nail down this year’s fun but I think I got it sorted…

1. Make at least 1 finished garment a month. This could be for me or someone else. Like cookbooks, I also seem to have collected an impressive amount of sewing patterns, paper and digital. I WANT TO MAKE MORE!

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Just some of the patterns I hope to accomplish this year.

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My gorgeous custom sewing area.

You can see a pile of gorgeous fabric waiting in the wings! The first project is actually for a dear friend Anne. I hope to work more on my fitting skills so making things for different people will be a fun challenge. I also hope to move away from simple projects like shift dresses and make more tailored pieces.

2. Cooking Magazines. I feel like this next challenge is very reminiscent from last year but…I seem to also have a small problem with reading food magazines and never making any of the recipes! Part of me feels it’s totally ok to just enjoy reading the articles and looking/drooling at the pictures but once I get a couple piles like this I start to feel a bit guilty…

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When we lived in the UK I went on a crazy magazine organizing scheme in the hopes that I’d actually cook from all the recipes I’d cut out, no house is big enough to keep years of magazines right! Possibly crazy but I still think my headings are clever!…

Most pre-made recipe folders have meat headings so what are us veggies to do. In case you organize in your head like this too…these categories seem to describe everything I’ve cut out of magazines:

  • Salads
  • App like recipes
  • Soups (Chilies, Dahls etc.)
  • Other (Nuts, Snacks)
  • Drinks
  • Dips/Sauces/Dressings
  • Mains-Pasta
  • Mains-Pastry
  • Mains-Other
  • Veggies Solo
  • Baking-Savour
  • Baking-Sweet
  • Cakes, Tarts-full size-showstoppers
  • Puddings

Once I make a recipe I write the name and quick rating on the front of each folder. Since the initial culling of the magazines I realised that I haven’t done it again since, eek. Hence…

I felt incredibly guilty over all the money spent on these until I sorted them and saw that more than half were Waitrose mags which are free with your Waitrose store card. For those that haven’t been to the UK and shopped at a Waitrose all I can say is we are missing out here in Canada! Waitrose and M&S food halls are 2 of the things I miss most about the UK lol! Think gourmet, higher end but EVERYWHERE! The Waitrose magazine every month is dreamy and I miss that John isn’t travelling to and fro anymore to get them for me, snurp.

For the past week I’ve felt overwhelmed with going through every issue again to cut out recipes to file away…soooooooo…I’ve decided to donate the mags I have to school and move forward with more intention. If/when I buy a new food mag I vow to make some of the recipes and then keep the ones I try and like.

I also wanted it to be fun and interactive in case anyone else wants to follow along and make the recipes I make too! I’m not going to go nuts buying new mags all the time but I usually do buy a few a month just for fun, or as time killers on car/plane trips. I’ll post them as soon as I buy them so you can decide if you want to play along.

I ENCOURAGE YOU TO LET ME KNOW IF YOU MAKE SOMETHING FROM A MAGAZINE I POST SO THAT I CAN HEAR YOUR REVIEWS TOO!

I’m going to started with these…

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These looked good in the store today. Test Kitchen mags are always a good read and bonus because it’s January diet food lol. This Milk Street mag just looks nice to look at and Bake British issue, well that’s a must.

Milk Street and Bake are Jan-Feb issues and Test Kitchen Best Med recipes is displayed until March so lots of time to buy these and make.

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