Half-time dinner: Pasta con ricotta e salsiccia

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!

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image 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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Slow Cooker Pork Posole Soup

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:

Crock Pot Posole Soup | The Experimental Housewife

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Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner(s)

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! 2 Meals, 1 Bird! Roast Chicken in the crock pot, and Tuscan Chicken Stew at the experimentalhousewife.comWe know we’ve been a bit behind on the posts lately, blame it on the chaos around Christmas and the regular ebb and flow of life. But I haven’t forgotten you, I’ve been snapping pictures and logging them for just this moment when I could get back, so stay tuned for some frequent posts my friends!

This one is fresh though, just finished the final recipe yesterday and I must say I’m proud! I thought ‘What if I blogged two recipes around the evolution of one whole chicken?’ Now stay with me here… what I mean is, I bought a whole chicken, made a dinner with it, and from the remains, made another different dinner. Not revolutionary, I know, but quite fun.

One $9 whole chicken = more than 7 meals! Continue reading “Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner(s)”

Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash Soup

We’ve subscribed to Meatless Mondays! I was eating meatless on many nights of the week when I was single, but it when you live with a man, the need for meat at every meal seems almost mandatory. If I ever made anything vegetarian, I never seemed to fill him up enough and by 8pm he’d be ravaging our cupboards for a snack.

But not only is this butternut squash soup EASY, its made in the crock pot (did I say easy?), but its very hearty (or “meaty” as my boyfriend described it). I also made chunky homemade croutons to round it all off.

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Thai Coconut Curried Soup

The weather is getting cooler and calls for soup! This one is super easy, and very satisfying – creamy and flavourful with a little bit of heat. Enjoy!

thai coconut curry soup

  • 2 14 ounce cans premium coconut milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of Thai curry paste  – I used red
  • 1 cube of Knor chicken stock
  • 3-4 cups of water
  • 2 chicken breasts, chopped into cubes
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1 can of bamboo shoots
  • 1 red pepper thinly sliced (takes a little time but it’s worth it!
  • 2 green onions finely chopped (reserve some of the greener parts for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 Tsp of ginger
  • half of a 250g pkg of brown rice vermicelli noodles
  • chopped cilantro to taste

Pour all of the contents of the two cans of coconut milk into a large pot on med-high heat with the curry paste. I found two tablespoons provided enough flavour with just a little heat (think of it scaled down from a full on thai curry) feel free to add more or less if desired. Dissolve the chicken stock cube in the water and add to the curried coconut milk (I started with 3 but added the 4th at the end when the noodles had soaked up a lot of the liquid). Once the liquid has reached a simmer, add the raw chicken until cooked, then add the carrot, pepper, green onions, and bamboo shoots, fish sauce, lime juice and ginger. Let simmer until peppers reach desired done-ness (5 mins give or take). Lastly add the noodles (break them in half with your hands, it makes it easier to eat and stir later) and turn off the heat. The noodles should be ready quite quickly, but feel free to let it all sit until you’re ready to eat. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle green onion and cilantro on top.

~Laura

Thai Coconut Curry Soup

If you feel like adding a few more unique ingredients you can try this recipe from Chef Michael Smith, which I used as inspiration for this one

Damask DIY

While the boyfriend is away, the girlfriend will… get inspired and spend a Saturday night in sweatpants making DIY art. Thought I was going to say play, didn’t you?

We’ve been “playing” way too much lately; with a slew of weddings, birthdays, general summer events and our always looming renos I’ve been fairly absent as a Experimental Housewife, my apologies! So last night, with Cody in Toronto at another wedding, I channeled my single days and got crafty, I really hope you like it!

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Our spare bedroom is nicer than our room at this point, and acts as my dressing room, however it’s relatively devoid of art. I had some old 16×16 square canvases that were covered in fabric from previous decor (also an easy option to create some quick art) and decided I was going to instead cover them with some sticky back shelf liner that I actually had from a previous project when I covered a steamer trunk which is now our coffee table (I’ll add that to the blog soon too). Continue reading “Damask DIY”