Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Friday

It's been pretty boring around these parts this week.  Some eats included fish and salad:


Polenta and salad:


And snacks of course!  We love to snack after work and visit, and then cook dinner about an hour or two later:


Before we started our No Spend November, we had two outings already planned - a joint bachelor/bachelorette party that we went to last weekend, and a trip to Saskatoon to see my mom this weekend for her birthday.  Other that that, we have been staying in, and absolutely LOVING it.  There is nothing better than a whole weekend where we don't have to leave the house at all.  December will have none of those, haha; but all the things we have going on in December will be really fun, and being busy will make our trip at Christmas come quicker.  In January though, we're being hermits.

What are you up to this weekend?
Do you have anything fun planned?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Comfort Food

Last week we had some delicious comfort food


We made hamburger soup for the first time ever, using this recipe.  It turned out great!  We're both big fans of barely, and it added some heartiness to the soup.


Perfect for a cold winter day.

Another comfort dish - roasted chicken poutine.


We had a roasted chicken poutine when we were in Montreal in August, and it was fantastic.  We recreated it at home, with perfect homemade fries, roasted chicken, shredded cheese, and gravy


We couldn't find proper cheese curds, so we made do with shredded Monterey Jack and old cheddar. 

We layered everything in a dish, and let's just say this ...

It wasn't gross.


In fact, it was so not gross, that we plan on making it again, very, very soon.


Our eats so far this week haven't been too exciting.  I haven't slept the past couple of nights, and have very little energy, and Christopher has been working long days.  Perhaps by the end of the week I'll have something delicious to post.

How's your week going so far?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Family Dinner

Our dear friends Mel and Steve, who also happen to be family, had us over for a comforting, heart-warming dinner last night.  It really hit the spot!


They must know us well, because they made a cheesy, baked pasta dish, with garlic bread.


And we had a perfect tossed salad on the side.


Check out that cheeseThat's love ... in food form.

What a great way to spend a Wednesday evening

 It's almost the weekend - any fun plans coming up for you?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's up Wednesday

We woke up yesterday (for the first time this winter) to snow.


It's begun.

I made four loaves of bread recently, and froze a few of them.  We love homemade bread toasted on weekday mornings, and this is our favourite.


I use buttermilk in the recipe, and we had some leftover buttermilk, so we used it in pancakes on the weekend.


We had another great breakfast yesterday; Christopher made skillets with potatoes, veggies, bacon cheese and egg.


Instead of venturing out into the cold for fancy coffees (it's No Spend November after all), we've been making our own at home.


Speaking of No Spend November, we bought the big pack of ground beef, because usually you get more for your money if you buy in bulk.  We just weighed out one-pound portions, wrapped them well, and tossed them in the freezer. 


With four one-pound portions, we should be good for beef for the rest of the month.

Another cheaper meal - pasta!

 

We tried this recipe for browned butter Alfredo pasta.


Browned butter smells aaaaaaaamazing.  Also, we looooooooove pasta. 

What's up with you this week?
 Do you have snow yet?
Have you ever browned butter for a recipe?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Roast Beast Feast

We had been craving roast beef for the past couple of weeks, and when Christopher's parents invited us over for dinner last night, we were so delighted to see that that's what we were having! 


They served some yummy snacks to start.


We then had perfectly cooked roast beef, Yorkshire pudding (wowzers), roasted potatoes, asparagus, parsnips, corn and gravy.


Now, this is a pretty scrumptious plate of food ...


Gorgeous!  Roast beef with gravy and all the fixin's is one of my favourite meals - soooooo good!

For dessert, we had strawberry shortcake.


We had great conversation, a lot of laughs, and we left stuffed and happy.  We always have a wonderful time when we get together!

Do you live close enough to dine with your parents often?

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Indian Cooking

I have a lot of cookbooks.  Too many.  When the kind people at Robert Rose offered to send me a free copy of Complete Book of Indian Cooking for review consideration, I almost said no; I'm glad I didn't make that mistake. 


We decided to really get a feel for the recipes in the book, and make nine of them, having a whole Indian weekend


We are so impressed.  Each recipe was easy to make, and turned out perfectly.  A lot of them used similar ingredients, which made grocery shopping and prep easier.  We went through two bunches of cilantro this weekend, which made me really, really happy!

On Friday evening we made chickpea flour and cilantro squares.  When Christopher came across this in the book, he knew it had my name written all over it.  This is such an interesting recipe, and unlike anything we've made before.


The mixture thickens and then solidifies while cooling in a pan. 


It is then cut it into squares and fried.  This is one of my new favourite dishes.


We also made turmeric chicken, with perfect steamed basmati rice.


And cucumber raita.


What an incredible meal!


Each of us was scared that the other one was going to get up in the middle of the night and eat all the leftovers.  I may or may not have slept with one eye open.

On Saturday afternoon we whipped up mushroom keena and naan, and snacked on those, while visiting, laughing, and prepping dinner.


For dinner we made tandoori shrimp:


Fiery yogurt potatoes:


And curried peas and cheese:


More aces.  These dishes were all fantastic!


Well, as you can see we ate really well this weekend.  We will be relying on the Complete Book of Indian Cooking every time we've got a craving for Indian food (which is pretty much constantly).

How was your weekend?  What did you do?
Have you cooked any Indian food recently?