Roasted Cauliflower with Middle Eastern Spices

Roasted Cauliflower with Middle Eastern Spices

So cauliflower…It’s been in the news (or at least my Twitter feed) a lot lately. It’s gotten a lot of attention not for it’s health benefits, or how versatile and delicious it is, but how EXPENSIVE it’s been. Both in Canada, where many grocery costs have been rising, and in the US too. Not long before Christmas I refused to buy it at around $5 a head. However, it seems like the high cost cauliflower crisis is over now, as I recently bought a couple of heads for under $1.50 each. And thank goodness too…we were starting to go through cauliflower withdrawal around here. We eat a lot of it, both raw and cooked, not in pizza crusts or “fried rice“. My favorite way to eat it, is by far, this Roasted Cauliflower with Middle Eastern Spices. I got the idea for this dish after dining at a popular Lebanese restaurant in Vancouver – Nuba. Dining with my cousin who had been there many times, she insisted that we try the restaurant’s signature dish – Najib’s Special: “Crispy cauliflower tossed with lemon and sea salt, served with tahini”. Really? Their signature dish is cauliflower?? Okay… But it’s a good thing we got … Read more…

Salmon Noodle Casserole

Salmon Noodle Casserole

So I’m sure lots of you remember certain dishes your parents used to make on a regular basis when you were growing up. Maybe you loved them, maybe you hated them, but you remember them. My mom had a few “regulars” on her cooking rotation. Most of them I have fairly fond memories of. But here’s a question: how many of you actually cook dishes from your childhood? Maybe your mom passed those recipes down so that you could feed them to your kids too. My mom did give me some of those old recipes – some as photocopies from actual cookbooks, or in the case of this Salmon Noodle Casserole, a scribbled down version of what was ingrained into her memory after making it for so many years. Now, I’m sure many of you won’t be surprised to find out that this didn’t start out as Salmon Noodle Casserole at all, but the ever popular Tuna Noodle Casserole.  Like many of the other retro recipes I grew up with, I adjusted this one to make it more modern and a little healthier. It didn’t take much – all I did was swapped the regular white egg noodles for whole wheat and replaced the … Read more…

Anchovy Butter Popcorn with Chili Flakes

Anchovy Butter Popcorn with chili flakes

So…I put anchovies in popcorn. Before you give up on me, hear me out. This Anchovy Butter Popcorn with Chili Flakes is really good!  It’s pretty much my new go to movie snack.  I’m not even totally sure where the idea came from (sometimes these crazy ideas just come to me!), but one evening when Hubby and I were preparing snacks for a movie night, I decided to add anchovies to my popcorn. I’m sure it was partly inspired by Vicky at Things I Made Today. In the summer, she posted a recipe for Radish and Anchovy Butter Toast, which pretty much turned me into an anchovy butter addict (the radishes I could take or leave, but that butter!). I guess when I was making my popcorn that night, I must have thought “if it’s good on bread, it must be really good on popcorn”. Yes, yes it is. Plus a few chili flakes to add just a touch of kick. Yum! Okay…if you hate anchovies, you might not like anchovy butter popcorn. But as long as you don’t go too heavy on the anchovies (lean more towards 3 fillets instead of 6, like I do), they don’t taste too fishy. They just melt … Read more…

Quick and Easy, Healthier Butter Chicken

Quick and Easy, Healthier Butter Chicken

Hiii!!! I’m finally back with a recipe. It’s been a long time. The holidays got in the way, and to be quite honest, sleep has taken priority over almost everything else lately. Having a 9 month old baby that seems to hate sleep means that I’m napping during the day and going to bed early, which leaves very little time for blogging. So hopefully this delicious recipes for Quick and Easy, Healthier Butter Chicken makes up for my absence lately. On another note, I’ve had a huge number of new subscribers to the blog, as well as new followers on Facebook and Pinterest lately. So I just want to say HI! and welcome and thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy cooking and writing! In my mind, Butter Chicken is to Indian food what chicken teriyaki is to Japanese food. Or pad thai to Thai food. These are the dishes that are familiar to many people in North America when they think of these various ethnic cuisines. And most people like them – they’re not too spicy or unusual, and they taste good. Unfortunately, traditional butter chicken is often laden with saturated fat, from large amounts … Read more…

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Lately, it seems more and more people I know are going “chemical-free” in their skincare and household products. The term “chemical-free” doesn’t mean much to me, since technically, everything is made up of chemicals. However, I too, am embracing more “natural” skin and cleaning products and even opting to make many myself. I’ve been making the switch not necessarily because I find the store-bought, conventional products overtly harmful (although maybe they are, who knows), but because I find that some of them irritate my skin and I find the powerful scents added to them to be way too strong. One such product that I’ve switched from store bought to homemade is Foaming Hand Soap. Store bought foaming hand soap is one product in particular that I found drying on my skin, even the so-called “natural” products. However, I prefer the foaming soaps because they don’t drip and make a mess of my sink and vanity area like other liquid soaps. When I explored making my own, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it looked. And then I was pleasantly surprised again when I actually tried making it and found that it worked like a charm.  The ingredient list for foaming … Read more…

2015 Year in Review

Top Recipes of 2015

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe another year has gone by. It was a big year for me and my family. A big road trip, a new baby and all the firsts that come with that, a trip home to Canada and lots of fun activities here in Wisconsin. It’s been a big year for Domestic Dreamboat too. The blog continues to grow and evolve, and I’m excited to continue seeing changes to come. Here’s a review of what’s been going on at Domestic Dreamboat in 2015: In 2015 I posted 62 times. That’s an average of one blog post roughly every 6 days. Not too bad with everything else that’s been going on. Domestic Dreamboat was viewed 3 times more (total and per day) in 2015 than in 2014. I’m so excited to see my blog continue this growth! My readers live all over the world, but mostly in the US and Canada. My most popular posts spanned several different types of foods. Some were carryovers from 2014, and some are new from this year. Here are my top ten recipes of 2015: 10. Spaghetti Puttanesca   9. Chocolate Covered Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches (AKA Snack and a Half … Read more…

Merry Christmas from Domestic Dreamboat!

Merry Christmas 2015

Well, it seems like it’s time for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas again. And since I haven’t pulled it together enough to give you a Merry Christmas recipe, I will tell you what I’m making (and gifting) this year. Surprisingly (or not, since this is where I post all of my favorite recipes), many of the things I am making for the holidays are recipes I’ve already posted on this blog.   Christmas Eve Usually my family does a big Ukrainian meal on Christmas Eve. We’re talking perogies, sour cabbage rolls, cornmeal, nalysnyky (crepes stuffed with cottage cheese and dill), piroshki (buns stuffed with cottage cheese and served with dill sauce), etc. In the past, I have cooked a pared down version of this. However, this year my father-in-law and sister-in-law aren’t arriving until around 7pm on Christmas Eve, so we are having a meal of appetizers. Peanut will be thrilled to be having a sanctioned meal of “snacks”. On the menu will be:   Cranberry Hazelnut Crackers with a variety of cheeses Homemade Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers  Bacon Wrapped Scallops Shrimp cocktail Hummus and a raw veggie platter Wisconsin summer sausage, pickles and olives Christmas Dinner I’m not … Read more…

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Barbecue Spices

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Barbecue Spices

We all know that we should limit our sodium intake. The recommended maximum intake of 2300mg/day doesn’t go very far. But how often do you cook without salt? I will have to admit that I don’t very often – unless you count my morning cereal. I definitely add it to most things that come out of my kitchen, including breads, baked goods, soups, meats and most veggies. I don’t add a lot, and I don’t add extra salt at the table, but I find most foods bland without at least a little salt. Except for these Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Barbecue Spices. They are one of the few dishes I make that I don’t add a speck of salt to. And none of the spices I use to season them contains any salt. And they still taste great! I first started making these sweet potatoes about 3 years ago when Peanut was first starting to eat solids. I gave her a few little pieces, not sure how she’d take them because they’re a little on the spicy side. I couldn’t believe how fast she shoveled them in! Now she won’t touch them, but Baby J can’t get enough. I especially love … Read more…

Homemade Eatmore Bars

Homemade Eatmore Bars - takes only 6 ingredients and minutes to make!

  Yes, it’s that time of year – Christmas baking time!! AKA the time of the year that we pull out all of our recipes for our favorite sweet treats try to narrow down the list of what goes on the goody tray. AKA the time of year we spend a whole week’s food budget on sugar, butter, chocolate and nuts in one grocery trip. At least that’s usually me at this time of the year. This year I am paring it way down and only making a short list of my family’s very favorite treats. This year, Homemade Eatmore Bars made the list. I made these chewy, peanutty treats for the first time last year, and they were the only new treat I made that I repeated. And anything I try that gets made again must be really good, since my “to make” list always seems never ending. If you live in Canada, chances are you’ve had the chocolate bar (that’s candy bar to my South of the border readers) Eat-More. Hershey describes the Eat-More bar as having a “unique taste of chewy dark toffee, peanut and chocolate”. They are a taste of my childhood. My mom used to by them … Read more…

Roasted Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Pizza with Dates, Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Roasted Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Pizza with Dates, Walnuts and Gorgonzola

Here we go. Another pizza recipe. I love my pizza. And I especially love it when I make it at home, however I like it, with real ingredients. This time I made Roasted Brussels Sprout and Prosciutto Pizza with Dates, Walnuts and Gorgonzola. It was inspired by one of my former favorite pizzerias in Edmonton, Famoso. You may remember them from such posts as Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza with Fresh Tomatoes. This time the inspiration comes from their Cavoletti pizza – a white pizza (no tomato sauce) that I first tried many years ago on their seasonal menu. I thought “this combination of toppings is so unusual that it just might be delicious.” I was right, and it must have been particularly popular, because now it is part of their regular menu. And I’ve been making it at home ever since. This pizza is great if you have leftover Brussels sprouts, as it is best if they’re roasted before putting them on the pizza. If you don’t happen to have any leftovers hanging around, you can quickly and easily make roasted Brussels sprouts while you’re waiting for your dough to rise. If you really want to skip this step, just peel … Read more…