Curried Chickpea and Cauliflower Wraps

Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Wraps 2

Guess what I’ve got for you today. One of my very favorite quick and easy, healthy meals – Curried Chickpea and Cauliflower Wraps. Perfect for Meatless Monday.  These wraps are super fast to whip up – they can be on the table in only about 15 minutes. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been living off of these quick and easy meals lately. Baby J still takes 2 naps, which means that I can’t get out of the house to get stuff done until after the second one. Then I rush around getting groceries or doing whatever only to get home barely in time for supper. Thank goodness quick meals like this exist or I’d be eating a lot more frozen convenience foods or grabbing takeout more often (I won’t lie – both of these options happen sometimes too). And these tasty chickpea wraps are super flavorful, unlike some speedy recipes. Their flavor comes from curry powder, cumin, mustard seed and hot sauce. The recipe was inspired by a roti wrap I had once at a Caribbean booth at Heritage Festival in Edmonton a few years ago. I don’t even remember what was in it – some type of meat and … Read more…

Fruit Cocktail Spice Cake and Efficicient Spice Storage

Fruit Cocktail Spice Cake

I’ve been wanting to share this recipe with you for a long time – Fruit Cocktail Spice Cake. My mom made it for us kids when I was growing up, and her mom made it for her and her brothers when she was growing up. So this recipe has now been made for 3 generations. I tried to find out where the recipe originally came from, but neither my mom nor my grandma could remember. My grandma’s recipe is handwritten, with no clues as to who may have written it. Mine and my mom’s are typed out versions of that handwritten recipe, and now I’m putting it on the internet for all to see.  ***Disclosure: I did not receive financial compensation for this post, but I did receive a spice rack to review and photograph as part of this post. All opinions I present are my own and not influenced in any way. But before we get to that retro fabulous recipe, I want to talk a little bit about spice storage. Despite the generous amount of storage I have in my kitchen, including an entire cabinet dedicated to spices, I could not seem to get a handle on storing … Read more…

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Do you have a go to party snack? These Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are my latest one. I discovered them this past summer when my garden was over run with jalapeno peppers and I was looking for recipes that would use mass quantities of them at once. Hubby and I fell in love with them instantly, and I have made them several times since. These spicy morsels of cheesy goodness take only 4 ingredients to make, and unlike jalapeno poppers you would find in most restaurants, they are baked – no frying involved. However, they’re a little tedious and time consuming to make. After cutting and removing ribs and seeds of the jalapenos, spooning the cheese mixture into each jalapeno halve and wrapping each one with bacon, quite a lot of time will have passed. The good news is that they’re totally worth it (I would NOT have gone through all this work so many times if they weren’t)! The other good news is that you can totally make these ahead of time. They can be assembled and refrigerated or frozen until you’re ready to use them. In fact, I have 4 freezer bags full of them in my freezer right now, … Read more…

Chewy Chocolate Cherry Puffed Wheat Squares

Chewy Chocolate Cherry Puffed Wheat Squares

Well, here I am again with another quintessential Canadian treat – and it’s not even Canada day or anything! This time I made fancy puffed wheat squares – I’m calling them Chewy Chocolate Cherry Puffed Wheat Squares. But really they’re just regular old puffed wheat squares with dried cherries in them for a little extra Yum. Puffed wheat squares, like Butter Tarts and Nanaimo Bars, are a sweet Canadian treat that have been a regular part of my Mom’s and/or Grandma’s baking repertoire for as long as I can remember. I’m not the only one that loves the chewy chocolate treat. In fact it was one of the most commonly searched for recipes on Google Canada in 2015. However, unlike Butter Tarts and Nanaimo Bars, I had no idea that they were distinctly Canadian until very recently. This made me want to share the love with my new American friends. Try it, you’ll like it – I promise! These chocolately treats are sticky, chewy and delicious, and almost as easy to make as good ol’ rice krispie squares. I say “almost” because it does take a little more mixing and boiling of ingredients, but after that it’s all just stirring.  … Read more…

Cream of Dill Pickle Soup

Pickle soup

What??? Yes….pickle soup. It is exactly as it sounds. Soup with pickles in it. Yes it’s good, and no, I’m not pregnant. I had never heard of this soup before meeting my husband, and he raved about it after trying it at a friend’s house. I like pickles, so I decided to give it a try too. I browsed the internet for recipes, and found that it is actually a real thing. I tried a few recipes, added and subtracted ingredients and eventually came up with my own recipe for Cream of Dill Pickle Soup. When I was developing this recipe, I knew I wanted it to be creamy (but not laden with fat), chunky, a little meaty and have a strong pickle flavor. I dislike soups that are thin with no substance to them. The creaminess comes from the addition of milk and evaporated milk at the end of the cooking. I always use evaporated milk in my soups to provide creaminess without all the extra fat that you would get from cream. I used red potatoes, onions and cut up dill pickles to provide the chunks in the soup. The meatiness comes from the addition of extra lean … Read more…

Mexican Street Corn Fritters

Mexican Street Corn Fritters

I don’t know what the weather is like in your little corner of the world, but here in Wisconsin, it’s been leaving me feeling like summer is just around the corner. Sunny and warm, it’s probably the first time ever that I’ve had the windows open in early March. However, I still know in my brain that it’ll be several months still until I’m eating fresh corn right off the cob. So I made the next best thing – Mexican Street Corn Fritters.  Corn fritters (and zucchini fritters, and pretty much any kind of vegetable fritters) are something I make regularly in the summer, with my abundance of fresh vegetables. And Mexican Street Corn is something I make as often as possible when sweet corn is in season. I had a bag of frozen corn in the freezer, so I thought why not combine two of my favorite summer dishes and make it a winter friendly dish? It worked. I know that frozen vegetables are not at the top of many people’s grocery lists. And to be honest, most of the time they’re not at the top of mine either. But in the winter, when the produce department is slim pickin’s, … Read more…

Caramelized Onion and Sauteed Mushroom Quiche

Caramelized Onion and Sauteed Mushroom Quiche

HI! I’m back, after a brief 2 week hiatus. I decided to take a break while visiting with my parents and sister. They came for a mid-winter visit. Though most of our time was spent being lazy at home, we did get out to see some sights. Of course we went to see the Wisconsin State Capitol, and went for lunch at the Old Fashioned. We also took advantage of the beautiful winter weather we’ve been having and went on a quick visit to the Zoo. Then we loaded up the minivan my parents rented, and went for a weekend drive to buy some great coffee from Ruby Coffee Roasters and taste some beer at Central Waters Brewing and O’so Brewing. And of course, Hubby and I took advantage of free babysitters and went on a hot date. Now they’re gone and it’s back to the same old routine. So hopefully over the next couple of weeks I’ll get creative and make some new food and take some pictures. Today I bring you something I made just before my guests arrived: Caramelized Onion and Sauteed Mushroom Quiche. I have to admit that prior to about 6 months ago I had never tried quiche … Read more…

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…