Recipe Adventure: Turkey Pot Pies

Turkey Pot Pies

Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone. We had a wonderful dinner with family, it included turkey and all the usual sides, but there wasn’t enough leftovers this year to make our usual turkey pot pies the day after. So the day after Thanksgiving, turkeys went on sale and we bought one to put in the freezer until we were ready to do it all over again! We roasted the bird and didn’t focus too much on side dishes, because we knew we were going to make delicious pot pies the next day. But we did make a few steamed vegetables so we could […]

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Recipe Adventure: Roasted Vegetable and Feta Cheese Phyllo Pastry

vegetable feta phyllo pie

This vegetable feta phyllo pastry is a great recipe to make on a weekend when you’re craving something hearty without making a big stew or a big plate of meat. There’s so many delicious flavours from the roasted vegetables, feta cheese and toasted pine nuts, when they all combine together it makes for a wonderful savoury pie. While I’m not a huge fan of olives, I still included them, but diced them super fine so they just add to the flavour without being over-powering. Ingredients 1 onion, chopped 8 garlic cloves minced 2 red peppers, chopped 1 Japanese eggplant, cubed 1 package of frozen […]

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Recipe Adventure: Pink Grapefruit Loaf with Citrus Glaze

This is a super easy pink grapefruit loaf recipe that goes great with a cup of tea and a few good friends. It’s like a traditional lemon loaf, but replace the lemons with a pink grapefruit and you’ll find the aroma is so amazing! Ingredients: 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup sour cream ½ cup brown sugar 3 eggs zest of 1 pink grapefruit ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract ½ cup olive oil Glaze: 1/3 cup confectioners sugar Juice of one pink grapefruit Directions: Preheat the oven to 350°F Grease an 8 ½ x 4 ¼ […]

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How to Remove Seeds from a Pomegrante

Pomegranate Seeds

The beautiful pomegranate is here and very ripe. Get them while you can, they’re so so good for you and full of amazing health benefits. I know what you’re thinking, it’s just such a pain to remove the seeds from the fruit and my kitchen gets super messy, why bother?! Well first of all, Pomegranates contain fibre, antioxidants, vitamin K and C which are all things that can help fight off cold and flu season which is fast approaching. Secondly, it’s really not as hard as you think to remove the seeds. Here’s the quick method I use to remove the […]

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Recipe Adventure: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

oatmeal raisin cookie recipe

These oatmeal raisin cookies are chewy and full of flavour, it’s really hard to eat just one. The best part is they’re super easy to make and you’ll only need one bowl, I like to make them in my Kitchen Aid Mixer because it’s fast and clean up is so easy. Ingredients: ½ cup butter 1 cup brown sugar ¼ teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon molasses 1 cup flour 1 cup oats 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 egg 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 cup raisins ¼ crushed nuts of your choice (optional) Directions: Preheat oven to 375°F Cream butter, sugar, molasses in […]

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Recipe Adventure: Vanilla Bourbon Pears

vanilla bourbon pears

Another canning recipe, because it’s the season and I got a little addicted to putting food in a jar. This one’s another boozy delight you could serve to guests around Christmas with some chocolate cake or vanilla ice cream. Vanilla Bourbon Pears Ingredients: 8-10 Bosc Pears, firm yet ripe 2 cups brown sugar Vanilla extract Bourbon Lemon juice Water Supplies: 1 waterbath canner pot with rack Canning tongs Magnetic lid lifter (we didn’t bother with this) Canning Jars Large spoon or ladle 1 large pot 1 large bowl Makes about 4  1 Litre Canning Jars It depends on how tightly you pack […]

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Recipe Adventure: Bourbon Vanilla Soaked Cherries

Sharing another canning recipe, because I couldn’t stop canning every fruit and vegetable in sight. I found this Bourbon Vanilla Soaked Cherries recipe on the lovely Kristy’s food blog, She Eats and it was a no brainer to try it out. Her recipe is small batch canning, but I was looking to go all out, so I doubled her recipe. I love love love cherries and the idea of canning them to put on ice cream or in a cake later in the year sounds delightful! First, lets take a moment to talk about pitting cherries. It can be bit of a […]

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Recipe Adventure: Peach Chutney Preserves and Free Printable Labels

Free Printable Canning Labels

I previously blogged about my process behind canning peaches. Along with the canned peaches we also did a peach chutney. This recipe is straight forward and full of flavour. It will go great with chicken or pork or add it to your cheese plate at your next party. Peach Chutney Makes approximately 4  250mL Wide Mouth Mason jars Ingredients: 2 tsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp salt ½ tsp ground cloves ¼ tsp hot pepper flakes ¼ tsp pepper 1 large onion chopped 8 cups sliced and peeled peaches 2 ½ cups sugar (brown, […]

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Recipe Adventure: Canned Peaches with Printable Labels

Canned peaches recipe with printable labels

This Summer I discovered the awesomeness that is canning fruit and vegetables. It’s like making little jars of Summer to open during the grey days of Winter. I do not know how I went through life without doing this before. I seemed to always think it was super hard to do, but honestly, if I can do it, you can do it too! It just takes quite a bit of time, so make sure you’ve got a full afternoon available. Trust me, it’s worth it! The motivation to can our first batch of fruit was from a family member that […]

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Recipe Adventure: Blackberry Bran Muffins

Blackberry Bran Muffin Recipe

Blackberries are in season right now, totally ripe and ready for picking in the pacific northwest. Here in Vancouver you can find them almost everywhere, in the back alley ways of the city or up near the mountains. Last night Andrew and I spontaneously drove to the North Shore once the sun dipped down a bit and it got a little cooler out. I knew the spots to go to since I grew up in that area, so we grabbed some containers and went for it. I didn’t expect to find as many as we did, but we came back […]

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Recipe Adventure: Roasted Cauliflower, Potato and White Bean Salad

Roasted Cauliflower Salad Recipe

You know those evening when you don’t know what to make for dinner and you try to gather the items you have in the fridge to make something inventive, sometimes it’s awesome and other times it’s a total fail. I like to call it my refrigerator mystery box challenge. This recipe was surprisingly delicious, so I thought I’d share it with you guys! Here’s what I had in my fridge, 1 cauliflower, some baby potatoes, onions, cilantro, a giant Costco sized feta cheese that I really needed to use up and some lemons. I looked online for some ideas and found […]

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Recipe Adventure: Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream via visualheart.com

The other night I had a dessert mishap, I bought the necessary ingredients to make vanilla bean ice cream, but me being a bit of a space case lately I completely forgot to buy the beans, well actually I assumed we still had some at home, but lesson learned…..never assume! The problem was I only realized we didn’t have any vanilla beans once the mixture was already on the stove…whoops! So I had to improvise and come up with another way to flavour the ice cream, because I definitely wasn’t going to let the cream go to waste. I made […]

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