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Cold Weather Food means Pie!

I hate the cold. I really do.

In the Netherlands, winter is generally just under ten degrees centigrade and very very wet. Well it isn’t even officially autumn here and it is like a Dutch winter as it is only six degrees and super duper rainy. It is so wet and cold that I actually had to turn up the thermostat from fourteen to nineteen! So if this is the temperature for a Dutch winter… want to know what a Canadian winter is like?

You know it is cold when you actually feel the need to touch your thermostat! Usually I can brave the cold though that wasn’t the story today.

So with this ridiculous cold I thought to make an almost-winter meal!

Plus I bought two boxes of pie crust with two individual rolls of pie crust in them. So I was thinking of using those up rather than freezing them.

What better way to utilize pie crust than to make a pie? Better yet a chicken pot pie!

How wonderful is that?

Chicken Pot Pie Before Baking

This was the first time I have ever made such a thing. I was speaking to dad on the phone this morning and he told me to use seasoning and herbs to make the pot pie flavourful! So I did that and it smelled AMAZING but I have a feeling I used just too many herbs. Oops.

I got the recipe from Pip and Ebby, but the direct link for the recipe can be found here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (50g) carrots, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup (225g) frozen peas
  • 4 asparagus stalks chopped in ¾ inch length
  • 1 yellow onion (150g), chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ cup (190g) chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 cup (240ml) chicken broth
  • 1 can (284ml) cream of mushroom soup
  • ¼ cup (60ml) almond milk
  • 1 heaping Tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ teaspoon rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 2 rolls of refrigerated pie crust

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ᵒF (176ᵒC)

  2. In a large frying pan, combine garlic and vegetables in olive oil at medium heat and fry until soft and fragrant. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Add shredded chicken, chicken broth, cream of mushroom soup, milk, and flour and mix until combined.

  4. Mix well adding herbs and seasoning until you’re happy.

  5. Now place one sheet of pie crust in a pie plate and pour chicken mixture into pie crust. Top with second pie crust sheet and seal sides. With a sharp knife, cut slits to allow pie to breathe when cooking.

  6. Place pie plate on a cookie sheet and put in oven for forty minutes or until golden brown.

  7. Remove from oven and enjoy!

I’m happy to have accomplished this for the first time! But I did over season. Too much thyme!

But it was pretty good for a first time!

I mean generally pot pies are under seasoned with a complete lack of flavour but I just slightly over did it! At least for my taste buds. I am sure my father would have loved it! Though he has a love for sauces and seasonings…

Chicken Pot PieHow does one prevent a pot pie from oozing out the sides though? It makes things very very messy looking.

And does a pot pie ever not look messy? You know how when you slice a cake it looks whole? Well do pot pies always look so blegh?

Chicken Pot Pie

I would think there would be a more solid consistency but that wasn’t quite the case. Is that normal? I am sure it is but I am not a fan of mess. And this is surely extremely messy!

I can say that I feel really warm now! Whether it is that the heat has now been turned on or due to the meal, I don’t know, but I feel good!

No longer cold! But speaking of the cold, I was told that there is meant to be snowfall in southern Alberta one of these days. I was also told that just last month there was snowfall down there as well. How crazy is that? It is meant to be colder in central Alberta, not in southern Alberta! Geez.

But clearly I’m in the right area if I haven’t seen the snow as of yet!

Anyway, this is it for me! Hope you all try this out… maybe with less thyme and rosemary! You won’t regret it!

Happy eating!

Homemade Mac n Cheese with a Spicy Red Twist

Everyone, lets raise a glass to my successful meal today!

Raise your Glass
Raise your Glass

Officially I’ve been living on my own for two days and a bit. This past Thursday my mom flew back home. Though I really shouldn’t be saying home as Canada should qualify as home to me now. Anyway I’ve now cooked up three suppers and 2/3 were absolutely god awful. Okay, maybe not that bad but bad enough that I couldn’t even post a photo let alone blog about them!

Anyway today was a very successful day! Also a last minute meal decision if I might add. Thank you FoodGawker!

Before I continue, how has everyone been? I feel like it has been such a very long time since writing on here. I mean I know I wrote once while at my sister’s house but other than that? Nada! I almost couldn’t get back into it but then I remembered just how much I like writing. And then there is my pathetic new age love for taking photos of food. My brother-in-law has commented on this a few times even.

So back to food.

What are two things that all North American’s seem to like? From my understanding the first love of all North American’s is definitely Mac & Cheese while the second food love for all is definitely Sriracha. So what can one do with these two food items? Well combine them of course!

Macaroni & Cheese and Sriracha
The American Staple

I got the recipe from Life as a Strawberry and although I didn’t completely follow the recipe, my outcome was still incredibly fabulous. Not only in looks but also in taste! The original recipe for my meal can be found here if you feel the need to cook it!

Mac & Cheese Spaghetti with Sriracha

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz (113g) spaghetti
  • 2 Tablespoons butter (salted)
  • 2 Tablespoons white flour
  • 1 cup (236ml) almond milk
  • 1 cup (115g) Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha, plus 1 teaspoon as garnish
  • ½ teaspoon dried cilantro
  • Pinch of parsley

Instructions:

  1. Cook spaghetti in salted water until al dente. Drain and set aside.

  2. In same pot, spoon butter and allow to melt. Spoon in flour and mix continuously to form a roux. Slowly add milk to roux and whisk constantly until smooth.

  3. Allow sauce to thicken. Remove from heat one at desired thickness and add cheese. Stir cheese until completely melted. Add salt and pepper and ½ teaspoon of Sriracha sauce and mix well.

  4. Add cooked spaghetti to cheese sauce and mix until all spaghetti is coated.

  5. Spoon spaghetti into serving bowls and sprinkle with Sriracha, dried cilantro, and a couple of leaves of parsley for a touch of green.

  6. Enjoy!

Although parsley wasn’t the herb of choice, it tasted quite good with the spaghetti!

Also, why on earth doesn’t Monterey Jack cheese exist in other continents besides North America? I always read about this cheese when reading North American blogs or food related things and have always wondered what it tasted like. I thought it would be spicy. Boy was I wrong, it’s just sharp.

Cheesy Goodness

Delicious though! This cheese really does need to become an international thing!

It would make for a fabulous cheese on an International Cheese platter at some restaurants! Mmm mmmm!

Basically this was an excellent meal and I cannot wait for more deliciously executed meals.

Happy eating y’all!

New continent, New Meal

Hello everyone! It has been a while!

It is as if I fell off the side of the earth. Except instead of landing into outer space I landed in South Africa!

Tomorrow evening will make a full week of being in South Africa. The ten days or so before that, I spent both cleaning my apartment up to “check out” as well as just spent some quality time with both my parents and my sister. Because I didn’t have my apartment to make true love-filled cuisine for my loved ones, we just ate out. A LOT. And because of all the eating out, I have a lot of restaurant reviews I’ll have to do soon!

Car packed and ready for business (last time in the Hague)
Car packed and ready for business (last time in the Hague)

But before I get to that, I think it is time to update you on a lovely meal! Also my first meal made in South Africa for my mom and dad. I can happily say that they both enjoyed this to the max.

For this evening I made both a lovely meal and a very rich dessert. If y’all are dessert lovers, this could be something you can handle. If not, stay clear from that recipe!

Greek Chicken and Yellow Tumeric Basmati

I already know that I make a killer Greek marinated chicken, so I thought maybe dinner should be Greek cuisine. Neither mom nor dad had ever had this Greek chicken meal before, so I thought I would treat them to our favourite culinary treat made from our own kitchen. While I was thinking of this meal though, I had to think of something to pair with the chicken. What I thought of was rice. So I found a nice Mediterranean rice recipe which actually had a more Indian twang to it instead. Was delicious nevertheless!

The recipe for the rice can be found here.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups (292g) uncooked basmati
  • 2 ½ cups (625ml) chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 2 Tablespoons sunflower oil

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil, turmeric, garlic, cumin, and cinnamon in a medium pot over medium heat.

  2. Add the dry rice to the pot. Stir and cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes to slightly toast the rice and spices. You may hear a slight popping or crackling noise as the rice toasts.

  3. Add 2.5 cups of chicken broth and one bay leaf to the pot. Place a lid on top, increase the heat to high, and bring the pot to a rolling boil. As soon as it reaches a full boil, reduce the heat to the lowest setting and let it simmer (with the lid in place) for 10 minutes or as long as directed on packaging.

  4. After letting it simmer for 10 minutes, turn the heat off and let it rest (do not remove the lid) for an additional 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and serve!

This made a superb rice! My parents were very very impressed. Though it is more of an Indian style, it went perfectly with everything. Next time we make Indian, I’ll be sure to make this rice with it!

A few hours after we had dinner we had dessert. Only because I had to allow the top of the cake to set. You know how men are known for not reading instructions? Yes that is a generalization, but it seems to be a very true one most of the time. Well sometimes when I am in the kitchen I too do not read instructions. Oops!

I got the recipe from here, though I used my famous chocolate cake instead of a box cake. Do any of you every think boxed ANYTHING tastes fake compared to something homemade? To me I can just taste the falseness in the flavours. Yuck! I have yet to share my homemade chocolate cake with you guys, but stay tuned! I am sure it will happen sooner rather than later. What with me living with my mom again and all!

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix and the ingredients needed to make the cake according to the package
  • 3 cups (339g) ricotta cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (5.1 oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup cold almond milk
  • 1 ½ cup canned whipped cream

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350ᵒF (175ᵒC) and spray a 9×13 inch pan with nonstick spray.

  2. In a large bowl, mix together your cake mix according to the directions on the box. Set aside.

  3. In another bow, using a hand mixer, beat together the ricotta cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.

  4. Pour the cake batter into the prepared baking dish. Spread to fill the pan evenly. Once the cake batter is in place, carefully pour the cheese mixture evenly over the top of the cake batter. Spread to cover the cake batter as best as you can.

  5. Bake the cake at 350ᵒF (175ᵒC) for 45 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before frosting.

  6. Once cooled, flip cake so ricotta is on the serving plate first and the chocolate cake is above it (not touching the plate)

  7. Begin to stir the pudding mix and milk together with a whisk until combined. Carefully, fold the whipped cream into the pudding until combined.

  8. Spread the pudding mixture over the top of the cooled cake. Cover the cake and refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving. It tastes even better the next day.

The whole last step about allowing the cake to refrigerate for six hours completely went over my head. So instead I had it cool for a minimum of three hours. I had planned dessert time for nine o’clock! Though the anticipation was so high that we had it at 8:30PM instead!

The ricotta was a little too weird for mom, but it tasted grand. Incredibly rich – I will eat it alongside a large glass of almond milk, but still good.

Three Layer Ricotta Chocolate Cake

I had to show my sister in Holland and she instantly decided she and her best friend would have to make it! So one way or another, my entire immediate family will have some rich cake in their lives! Wonderful!

Anyway, I hope all of you enjoy the Greek style rice with this truly chocolatey cake!

Απολαύστε το γεύμα σας

And if you can’t read Greek, enjoy your meal!

Sweet Craving Cured with a Mugcake!

I hate getting cravings for something sweet! And it is usually when there is nothing in your household!

I had that craving last night. Luckily I recently bought a carton of eggs so I had an egg to produce a masterpiece. Though my masterpiece tasted more the part than it looked. If I had powdered sugar it would have made my cake look better!

 Chocolate Coconut Flour Mugcake

I realized that for those times when I crave something sweet, I should always have coconut flour on hand. It makes the best tasting sweets! Plus coconut flour smells amazing! It is like a powdered Caribbean goodness! Kind of like sunscreen, but edible!

So I got the recipe from here and pretty much followed it to a T except that I keep my sweetener of choice as vegan as possible. AKA: my sweetener of choice is always agave nectar!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons almond milk

Directions:

  1. In a medium coffee mug mix all dry ingredients together until a light brown color.

  2. Crack the shell of your egg and add it to the dry ingredients and mix well (make sure all dry ingredients are no longer at the bottom of the mug).

  3. Add agave nectar, vanilla extract, and almond milk to mixture and mix until smooth.

  4. Place in microwave for three minutes and enjoy!

I then drizzled some extra agave nectar over the top of the mugcake. It was truly delicious!

Though again I know how my presentation sucked! Next time I’ll have to use some fresh berries and frozen yoghurt to enhance the presentation of my mugcake!

And the next time I do this, I will most likely be feeding the likes of my mom! So some ice cream would work best for that moment. 

Anyway, enjoy your sweet craving cake making!

Tofu Curry on a bed of Mash

I’ve been living life all wrong and I realized this today. Why eat mashed potatoes when everyone knows they are so filled with calories when you can have a wonderful substitute which is so much better for you and that much more delicious? I realized that potatoes are so not the way to the heart but cauliflower is.

For dinner tonight I’ve made cauliflower mash with a tofu curry. This meal is extremely easy and so good. Keep in mind that I did not even have all the spices needed, so if I find it good how it is then imagine what it would be like with the correct spices! Heaven!

Tofu curry on a bed of Cauliflower Mash

To make this I made the mash first but in reality I could have done it whilst the spices and tofu were combining in the pan. Alas I used the same pan for both the mash and the curry so I did the mash first then washed the pan and made the curry.

In light that one should make the curry before the mash I will provide you with the recipe for the curry first. With that the recipe I followed can be found here, while the recipe for the mashed cauliflower can be found here.

  • 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • ½ Tablespoon ginger, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup green peas
  • ½ cup tofu, cut into small pieces
  • Water as needed
  • Cilantro leaves for garnish

Spices

  • 2 teaspoons Turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add onion, garlic, and ginger to oil and sauté until brown.

  2. Once fragrant, add spices and mix well. Then add chopped tomato and green peas and mix well. Next add tofu and mix.

  3. Add enough water to make a gravy and allow to simmer blending flavours together.

  4. As flavours bind make your cauliflower mash.

Cauliflower Mash

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon butter
  • 2 Tablespoons goat cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium pan pour water inside (an inch in depth) and add about ½ teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Once boiling add cauliflower and allow to steam for five minutes or so.

  2. Once soft, drain cauliflower of water and add milk, butter, and goat cheese to mix. Blend well with stick blender or place into food processor and mix until smooth.

  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and enjoy.

By the time the cauliflower mash is complete your curry should be finished as well. Now you can place enough of the mash in a bowl-plate and make a little hole in the centre to put more of the curry in. Add the curry to the cauliflower mash and enjoy.

Tofu Curry with Peas on a bed of Cauliflower Mash

Want to know a weird and funny fact about the stick blender? When I used to work in the kitchen upon getting my education in the hospitality industry my one teacher would call it a dildo. Because of that whenever I see this tool I have to hold back on calling it such an awful thing. Mr. Young if you’re reading this you’ve changed my view on such a simple thing like the stick blender for life!

Well this meal was completely filling. So much so that I actually couldn’t finish my plate. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn’t succeed.

Unable to FinishThat’s when you know it is truly too good that you want to finish but just can’t go through with it.  I would like to make this again, maybe with the correct herbs if that is possible. The cauliflower mash will be a must, that’s for sure.

I hope you also make this. You won’t regret it!

As they say in Hindi, कृपया भोजन का आनंद लीजिये !
(please enjoy your meal)

Delicious Blueberry Cherry Overnight Oats

I truly do love to experiment in the kitchen. So much that I decided to ramp up my overnight oats last night. Don’t get me wrong though, I love my normal blueberry oats, but I saw some cherries in a can and thought ‘why not add some of that to my oats rather than using honey and cinnamon?’ So I did just that.

Delicious Blueberry Cherry Overnight Oats
Delicious Blueberry Cherry Overnight Oats

When I saw what color everything was and that I could find a surprise beneath the surface I was instantly excited. I personally love deceiving things, like cakes that look so ordinary with a chocolate or vanilla icing, and then you cut a slice only to see that it is actually a vibrant red velvet cake. You are enthusiastic about cake, but then you see the color difference and are far more interested. That is completely how I am. So when I saw the full cherries under all the blueberries I was pretty stoked to be eating my breakfast.

Cherries beneath the surface
Cherries beneath the surface

This is what I did (keep in mind I always keep my oatmeal and milk about the same in measurements):

2/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup almond milk
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
2 teaspoons canned cherries

A handful of blueberries

Directions:

1)    Mix oatmeal, almond milk and chia seeds in a large cup or a small bowl

2)    Add canned cherries with their syrup to oatmeal (you can add as much as you want)

3)    Spread handful of blueberries above top of oatmeal mix and place in fridge until ready to eat following day

Delicious delicious. If you end up making such a thing I hope you find joy with the colors as I did.  If not, I am sure you will enjoy the taste. It isn’t all that sweet and still checks all the right boxes.

Bon appétit!

Breakfast of Blueberry Overnight Oats

When you wake up in the morning, are you the type of person that rushes through everything and does not have time to eat? Or do you set your alarm ahead of time and gradually make yourself look suitable while eating the right type of thing to energize your body?

I am the latter. But sometimes I have no will power to make a good breakfast which I then end up doing the worst: eating a cheese sandwich as I walk out the door. Hardly nutritional. At least my bread is always brown or seedy!

Well regardless if you haven’t got much time to make AND eat breakfast, or if you take your time as I do, wouldn’t you prefer making something at night that lasts till the morning whenever you wake up? I mean I woke up at five and only managed to get out of bed at eleven. I was so engrossed in a book that I couldn’t even think about food even when my belly was rumbling away saying “feed me, feed me”.

When I finally did end up getting out of bed and showering, by the time I went to the fridge it was already 12 o’clock in the afternoon. I was awake for seven hours and had not eaten. LUCKILY I had made that special breakfast which is totally amazing and fills you up like you wouldn’t believe.

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So, last night before I went to bed, I made this amazing breakfast. Most people like to call it Overnight Oats. It is basically oatmeal with milk and yoghurt and some fruit to top placed in the fridge overnight (without heat) in which you take out in the morning and eat.

When I was younger, I was not all too keen on having oatmeal. I remember mom would make it for us for breakfast and I would have the most sour of faces and would begrudgingly go about eating it. I would honestly be gagging at every second bite because the texture was so awful. Yes, I was that child that truly hated eating oatmeal with brown sugar. But finally, as I matured so did my tastes. I may however never be a fan of oatmeal with brown sugar.

So here is the recipe that I followed to make this:

2/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup almond milk
1 Tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon honey
½ teaspoon cinnamon
handful blueberries

Directions:

  1. Mix first five ingredients together in a small bowl until all is coated.

  2. Add blueberries on top of oatmeal 

  3. Cover bowl with cling wrap or lid and place in fridge until ready to eat following morning

This recipe is super easy as you can see and also very delicious. I even decided to make this for mom one morning, she wasn’t sure if she would like it, but luckily she was quite fond of it. Which means you may like it as well even if you think you won’t! So I hope you’ll be spontaneous and go for this type of oatmeal.

Now the best part about overnight oats is that you can keep them until for several days in the fridge. So you could make several bowls of different types and then eat it all through the week.

Also something to keep in mind: you do not need to use almond milk, you could use whichever milk you use. 2% or 1%, even whole milk. I personally prefer almond milk because of its unique taste and how it is much better for you. But again, that is just me. Use what it is that you like.

The original recipe that I followed to then make this one can be found here.

If you do in fact go about making this, I hope it jump starts you to then have a wonderful day!