Before you turn up your nose, I promise this is delicious, my whole family loves it (including my toddler). It’s even Gluten Free! The only strike for this recipe – in my books – is… More
I had a hankering for buckwheat soba noodles, so along came this recipe. I wanted some tofu, but I also wanted prawns, so why not combine both. If you are vegetarian, feel free to omit the prawns of course.
This recipe looks like there’s lots of steps, but if you do some prep in the morning like I do since I have a toddler running around and she’s not one to entertain herself yet for hours by herself, jeez, she’s so selfish. For this reason, I tend to do a lot of prep in the morning, so that when we get back from our afternoon outing after her nap, I can quickly whip up dinner while she by Cinema-Plus Pro” href=”#81309644″> plays or hangs off my leg.Continue reading “peanutee buckwheat noodles with tofu and prawns”
It’s been quite a long time since we were in Cuba, but from what I remember there wasn’t that much seasoning on the food. There were lots of beans and pork and plantains, and oh ya, mojitos. How I miss thee! So when I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest, I thought it looked really tasty and flavourful, so obviously, I made it.
I prepped the chicken the night before to marinate and chopped up and put into bowls most of the other things the morning of, so that I could get it all ready for dinner once my daughter and I got back from the park.
Ya, I know, more clay, but after I made the herb sticks, I had a bunch of clay left over, so decided to make some ornaments to add to our huge tree. It’s 5 feet, fake and doesn’t have a lot of branches, but it’s cute and it fits in the corner in our condo just fine.
I went to the dollar store and bought a felt snowman and snowflake doilie for a whopping $1.29, so I used it to make the imprints. It worked really great considering. I flattened out the clay, used a round cookie cutter, imprinted and used the end of a chopstick to make the hole to put the string through. I painted some white and others I kept the natural whitish clay colour. I clear gesso’d them all though.
So apparently when you are on maternity leave, and your almost 8 month old is finally having longer naps, you get the craving to craft. I saw these on pinterest awhile ago, so thought i’d give them a try. I bought some selfset air-dry clay and rolled them out into small, flat logs. I then used my small alphabet stamps and indented herb names into them.
I’ve been feeling a bit stir crazy lately with the weather changing from glorious summer sunshine to the dreary Vancouver fall rain, so after my daughter’s swim lessons yesterday, we ventured over to Granville Island via the False Creek Aquabus once the rain stopped and there was a bit of sunshine.
I’ve been following The Delish General Store on Instagram and saw that they had these chalk pens, so in my need to do something fun and crafty while my daughter has her pretend 30 minute nap, I bought one and some black tape from Opus Framing & Art Supplies.
It’s been a long time, but hopefully now I can spend some time on here and update you all with my extremely fascinating life. I am in bed now between 9-9:30pm and I have an almost 5 month old daughter. She’s the best thing to ever happen to me (and my husband). Enough with the sappy stuff.
My husband went to get propane for our BBQ as we apparently BBQ a lot, so while he was out having fun, I strapped on my daughter and wandered over to our local west end flea market (two blocks away – I couldn’t resist.
On a lot of tables were people selling succulent plants in old vintage tins for upwards of $40. I fully support local artists, but as I’m on maternity leave now and need small projects, I decided to make my own. $5 for the tin at said market and $5 for the plant, I now have my own vintage tin succulent plant. Everyone is happy now!
The temperatures have reached uncomfortable levels here in Vancouver, and it leaves me no choice but to consume mostly salads.
I stumbled across a yummy Meatless Monday recipe and threw in a few extras to switch things up a bit. Filling, flavourful and healthy, I present to you the Buckwheat Waldorf Salad (or something like it).
Buckwheat Waldorf Salad
1 cup (250 mL) buckwheat groats
2 cups (500 mL) low-sodium vegetable broth (or water with a stock cube thrown in)
1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
1.5 cups (500 mL) thinly sliced red cabbage
3 handfuls of greens roughly chopped (I used a spinach/kale blend)
1 apple finely chopped
1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
2 Tbsp (15 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
4 Tbsp (30 mL) Red wine vinegar
1 tsp (5 mL) lemon juice
1 shallot, finely chopped (or the white bits of two green onions)
1/2 tsp (1 mL) black pepper
Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add buckwheat, shaking pan often, for about 3 minutes. Add broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes, pull from heat and let cool. They may look like they’re still swimming but they’ll soak all that up.
…Go away for a bit (tidy up, prep the rest, or in my case go to pilates).
Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add pine-nuts and pumpkin seeds and heat until toasted, shaking pan often.
In large bowl, toss together all ingredients. In small bowl or jar mix dressing ingredients. Toss dressing with the salad. Voila.
Well this is embarrassing… it’s been a really looong time since I’ve given this blog any love.
I have been inspired by a fellow blogger (Tulle and Trinkets) who does this photo montage, so I thought I’d provide my excuses in picture form:
~ I’m an Aunt! ~
~ An onstage proposal! (and a full week in the theatre performing) ~
Goodness this recipe is good! I used it as inspiration for my own quick and dirty version for lunch! I used Italian salami and fried it with the rosemary in the same pot that I boiled the pasta in (while it was sitting in the drainer). I tossed the cooked pasta back in with a good dollop of ricotta and some pesto, S&P and voila. This is my new go-to quick dish!
It is Friday, and I took the day off work today. With houseguests on the way, I scrubbed the bathroom, counted out piles of pillows and sheets, and went to the ferramenta to get keys copied. This is our very local hardware store in Garbatella, a small one-room male bastion and treasure trove of grout, paint, tools and chatty old guys who love to give advice. They are always amused by the straniera (female foreigner) trying to explain a hardware problem in Italian. Today: “Il water perde l’acqua: penso e pieno di calcare…?” A running toilet, probably due to hard water and calcium accumulating somewhere. The ferramenta reassured me this was normal, that they would sort me out a plumber if needed to scrape out the calcium. As this may mean dismantling parts of the bathroom wall, I think this may just have to wait until our visitors have left…
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I went to a Mexican wedding last November and this soup was served as a starter, I don’t know why it left such a lasting impression (considering the amount of memory lapsing cocktails I ingested). Its probably because its hearty, healthy and comforting, with a dash of nostalgia.
I sussed out a few recipes on the interwebs and mashed them together to make this easy crock pot version: