Saturday, November 8, 2014

smoked sausage, potato and kale stew


       With winter so closely heading this way, cold nights already in play and sunlight sadly disappearing by five o'clock.  I myself am having a little bit of a hard time with it getting dark so early. Oh I'll get use to it for sure.  Its just right now when I'm going to work in the dark and then coming home in the dark... Its a little depressing.  Especially when going home on a cold and rainy evening and you just can't beat the chill even long after you've come home had a big ol' mug of hot tea and equipped  yourself with your favourite cozy knit socks. Sometimes a hot bowl of stew is the only thing that will do.  

   I used a sausage that was a little on the spicy side which gives the stew a nice kick and really warms the innards and a hearty flavourful beer that was the perfect combo for this 'Oktoberfest' style stew I found at the local LCBO.

serves 4-6

1 tbsp olive oil
2 smoked andouille sausages sliced into bite-sized rounds
2 small onions, halved then sliced thinly
1 carrot, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 of a medium size savoy cabbage sliced into thin strips
1 (355ml) bottle of  Samuel Adams 'Octoberfest' beer
1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 bag of small new potatoes, quartered
4 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 tsp dried dill (or fresh)
1 bay leaf
1 big handful of baby kale
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley for garnish

       In a large pot over medium high heat add the olive oil then sliced smoked sausage. Cook for 5-6 minutes until they begin to caramelize.  Once the sausage has browned add in your onions and carrots and cook for another few minutes. Add the cabbage and garlic and stir to combine.  Add in your beer and vinegar and cook off for 3-4 minutes.  Add in your potatoes, stock, kale and spices and stir well. Allow to come to a boil then reduce the heat to low, cover your pot with a lid and simmer for 35-45 minutes until your potatoes are nice and soft. Adjust seasoning if needed.
Top with chopped parsley and serve.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

roast dinner

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   Sunday dinners are one of my favourite things, probably not often done enough in my house since its seemingly opted out for easy take-out or heating up a can of soup on this lazy day because well... you just want to be lazy.  But on those Sunday's where I'm not feeling particularly lazy I like to cook up something just a little more special. Something Grandma would be proud of.

You can find the recipe over on Natrel and more photo's here.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

orange creamcicle smoothie and the end of summer

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   Who else isn't saddened by the end of summer?  The days of longer sunshine, warm breezes and flip-flops is quickly coming to an end.  I'm not sure I'm exactly ready for that yet.  Nope not at all.
   So to hang on to that last little bit of summer days here's a sunny summery smoothie you can enjoy for those few hot days we have left.
This too could be easily frozen in ice pop molds for a healthier take on the good ol' childhood favourite creamcicle.

You'll find me over on the Natrel site with the recipe for this dairy free hack.

Monday, July 14, 2014

lactose free cookies and cream milkshake

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   Cookies and cream is one of the first milk shakes I've ever tried. I remember standing in my Aunt's kitchen when she made me one and I couldn't believe that I had never seen or thought of this before. I was quite young and totally blown away by the goodness that was coming to me.  But now being older and looking for a somewhat healthier and lactose free version I came up with this hack that doesn't sacrifice flavour.

Check out the recipe here.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

shepherds pie for fathers day

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            Celebrate Father's day with giving Dad a comforting hearty dish of Shepherds pie (my Dad's particular favourite) made with Guinness and a creamy-cheesy green onion and bacon mashed potato top.
I have collaborated again with Natrel to come up with something delicious just for Dad.  Check out the recipe here on their site.  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

creamy roasted tomato and basil soup with parmesan croutons

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        Tomato soup seems to conjure up days spent stuck in the rain. The anticipation of getting home to get cozy, dry and curl up with a hot bowl of soup was one that always brought upon a smile.  Tomato soup was always my first choice and my Grandma made a mean one.  This recipe is my twist on the classic favourite.

      I once again joined up with Natrel to create three lactose free recipes that Grandma would be proud of.  Up first is a creamy roasted tomato soup with parmesan croutons.  Check out the recipe here.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

baking bread


             I have not made fresh bread in probably well over three years. Ouch, thats a bit too long, especially for one bread lovin' gal like me.  I could live on that stuff if I let myself, although I'd probably add quite a few unwanted pounds in the process.  I just had one of those moments when I thought, you know what? I'm gonna make some bread.  This was simply the easiest and tastiest bread I think I've ever made and there's nothing better then that wonderful simple joy that comes after you know you've just made your own bread.

I used this recipe here.


bacon and butter beans
(serves 4)

2-4 slices bacon, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 can butter beans
1 handful of baby kale
salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet cook the chopped bacon until crisp.  Add the tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes.  Pour in the can of butter bean, juices and all (this is what makes a wonderful sauce) bring it to a simmer. Add the kale and stir through until wilted. Taste for seasoning.  Add a slice of fresh bread for soaking up the juices and you've got a sweet side or little hearty snack.