Friday, May 06, 2022

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

recent foods


this is not the very delicious sheet pan chicken meatballs, this is the batter for The Girl's birthday cupcakes.

this is a box of tim biebs timbits, not the best potato-latkes I've ever made.

this is our version of Ina Garten's kielbasa with mustard dip
i used sour cream instead of mayo for the dip by mistake but we loved it that way
this is delicious pea soup.

this is not the very delicious one pot beef stifado that I made and we enjoyed so much and then our fridge stopped working and we lost a bunch of food including the leftover stifado which I think would have made very delicious leftovers, this is a rainy April walk.

This is from homemade pizza night, it's not a super delicious Creamy Tuscan Orzo that almost everyone in the family liked.  Almost.

These are deer at MacArthur Island, not Weeknight Root Vegetable Dal that only the Mister and I liked.

Friday, April 29, 2022

spicy fried cauliflower "chicken"

 I love vegetarian and vegan food, but I don't love pretty much any of the "meatless meat" alternatives out there, personally.  I would rather just eat vegetables than chickenless chicken.  

I was excited to find this recipe in my copy of Sweet Potato Soul  - cauliflower fried like chicken!  The Boy also thought it was interesting, so we gave it a try.


And we loved it! It was easy, as easy as anything fried gets, and it was delicious.  I definitely could have used more of the seasoned flour to get through all my cauliflower pieces, but even though some of the last pieces to get battered and fried were light on the batter, they were still delicious.  

Recipe - vegan fried cauliflower "chicken"


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

black bean and sweet potato taquitos


One of the biggest challenges with a 12 year old deciding to become a vegetarian is trying to make him understand that he has to eat.....vegetables.  I'm not sure what exactly he would eat if he was left to plan and prepare his own meals but I think that kid would have scurvy in no time.

I've had this recipe for black bean and sweet potato taquitos bookmarked for years but I was sure the family wouldn't love it and it would be a waste of food and effort.  But now that we have to try new things to keep The Boy fed, I whipped it out and man was it GOOD.  Good and really, not too much work.  I did add cheese to keep other family members happy, and we all enjoyed it very much.  Even the leftovers didn't last long!  This is a definite repeat recipe.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

snapshot - new books

 new book alert!

I have not opened either one yet but am excited for both.  I have been very very bad with reading so far this year.  I can't wait for the weather to (finally) warm up so I can sit outside and read. 

Sunday, April 17, 2022

garlic butter chicken


This year is sailing by way too fast for my comfort.  This was supposed to be a good year for me, to make some changes and improvements.  Those ground to a halt in March and have yet to restart.

The Boy is still eating mostly vegetarian.  He has had meat but only a handful of times, which is admirable.  I am sure I would have caved by now.  He has agreed to have fish sometimes, so that makes me feel a bit better that he is getting enough protein and whatnot.  He's tried a few meatless meat options and has liked most of them - the deli meats are pretty awful though.  I bought him some meatless deli ham and pepperoni for lunches and snacks.  The Mister and I used to eat the veggie pepperoni when we lived in Calgary as we quite liked it, but either we have changed or it has  - none of us liked them at all.

Tonight for Sunday dinner I'm making a turkey breast roast, and salmon for the boy.  Pie from Chrissy Teigen's book for dessert.  I made it last night  - it needed chilling time - and I'm a bit worried of how it will turn out.  Fingers crossed.

There's lots of blue sky out there this morning, but it's chilly.  Spring is off to a cold start this year.

I made this chicken a few months ago, and it was pretty good.I love pretty much anything with garlic and butter.  Keep those pesky vampires away.

  Off to do the Wordle.  Happy Sunday.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Saturday, April 09, 2022


 This is not a very exciting list because I am not a very exciting person.  Also I am having a very hard time coming to terms with the fact that it is APRIL.  APRIL 2022.  Where is the time going?  It's all slipping by and I have nothing to show for it.  I'm feeling a little depressed.

Let's talk about some shows that I have watched over the past while - 

Somebody Somewhere - I LOVE Bridget Everett so I was super excited for this one, and it was so great.  My fingers are crossed for a season two.


The After Party was very good and I enjoyed it more than I expected to.  Ben Schwartz  needs more roles like this.

I googled American Gods when I was reading the book, because I didn't understand something in the book, and found out they'd made a show.  I watched it and loved the first two seasons (mostly because of Mad Sweeney) but wasn't sad that they cancelled it after the 3rd (because no Mad Sweeney in season 3).  But I would re-watch it (solely for  Mad Sweeney.)

Barb and Star go to Vista Del Mar is one of those movies that is so ridiculous, but you also cannot stop laughing.  It was dumb, but it was hilarious. 

Ted Lasso - we finally broke down and got Apple TV so we could watch Ted Lasso, and I don't regret it one bit.

Hawkeye - The Boy is still just a bit into Marvel, and wanted to watch this one and I wasn't excited but said ok.  I have 2 kids and have seen ALL the Marvel movies 11 billion times each and Hawkeye is my least favorite part of all of them, BUT - this is a really good show. 


Station Eleven - weird but good.

Yellowjackets!  THE BEST.

 White Lotus - one of those ones where there is not really anyone to like.  

The Tourist - I loved this one so much.  

Yellowstone - my boss mentioned this one to me, which was weird, but I put it on my list, and now The Mister and I are binge watching it whenever the kids aren't around.  A truly bonkers show.

 Servant - this one is WEIRD y'all.  I still don't know what I think.  It's on pause for us right now as we barrel through Yellowstone.

Also one thing that is NOT show related - I have become addicted to Wordle.  I tried it out a few months ago and didn't like it, but I tried again and actually GOT the word, so that certainly piqued my interest.  I don't always remember to do it and I certainly don't always get the word because I get frustrated and impatient, but it's fun.

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Sunday, April 03, 2022

cookbook clean up 29 - Come and Get It by Ree Drummond

This is the second Pioneer Woman/Ree Drummond book to hit the cookbook clean up, and I assumed I'd bought them both second hand, but a search on ye old blog shows I bought this one new back in 2017.  Huh.

So this is Come and Get It! and it's in the same style as her other books and the same thing happened with this book that happened with the last one....I made a few things and then the book has sat, untouched, for months.

 We tried Peachy Pancakes and My Mom's Muffins.  And Mini Turkey Meatloaves and Caramel Apple Sundaes.  They were all good!  But I looked at my list of recipes to try and flipped through the book again, and I'm just not interested.  Nothing wrong with this book, but just another one not for us.

 Current standings - 

Back on the bookshelf - 15  Donated -14

Thursday, March 17, 2022

no bake nutella oreo cheesecake

 The Boy has been showing some on/off interest in cooking the past while.  Most of the time when he says he'd like to try to make a certain dish he means at that exact moment in time, not taking into consideration that I don't have the ingredients or maybe it's 8 am on a Saturday and I'm working overtime and can't stop to make bagels from scratch and have them ready in 5 minutes because you are hungry and think 5 minute homemade bagels are a thing.  (If you DO want to make your own bagels, please read this old post of mine from a zillion years ago.  I remember that day and those bagels.  SO good.)

So even though he does throw out ideas for meals, few suggestions actually make it to the preparing stage as he is an impatient 12 year old boy and also forgetful like his mother.

But this one, he would not let go.  Even when I told him the only way we would make it was if he went shopping with me for the ingredients.  He (reluctantly) agreed and we went off to the store to spend eleventy billion dollars on cream cheese, nutella and oreos. 

 When we got home with our ingredients The Girl demanded that she help too, and by the time the cheesecake was in the fridge to chill, the kitchen would have been cleaner if I had just set off a bomb and thrown food directly at the ceiling.  BUT!  That Sunday night for dessert we had the most wonderful decadent cheesecake.

The sad part of this post is that neither The Boy or I can now find the recipe to share with you.  We made this about a month ago from a link on Instagram.  He was sure he'd saved it and I was sure he'd messaged me a copy of the recipe but we both came up empty.  What I can tell you is that it had a (delicious) crust of crushed oreos and butter, 2-3 (expensive) packs of cream cheese, a jar of nutella (although we used a different brand that was on sale, much to the dismay of The Boy), whipped cream and chopped up oreos in the filling.  You were supposed to top the cake with more nutella and more oreos but we didn't have any of either left, and really it didn't need it.

I've spent some time looking for the recipe and can't find anything that I know for sure is the same or similar, but I'm sure you really can't go wrong with any cheesecake with such delicious ingredients. 

Monday, March 14, 2022

chicken satay curry

 This chicken satay curry was a HUGE hit - with me and The Mister.  I don't know why I even try to cook for these children.  Once a few years ago, The Boy was at the table complaining about everything I had made for a family dinner with my parents.  I waited until he was done, and then said "When you are a grown up, I am going to come to your house for dinner and complain about everything you make and say I don't like it and I think you should have made me something else."  He looked completely shocked and said - "You can't do that!  That's mean!!!!"


Anyhoo, this was totally delicious and the kind of food I love and need to make more of.  

I didn't have the lemongrass, peanuts or sweet soy sauce, but I didn't let that stop me, and I loved how it turned out.  If you love peanutty dishes, you will love this.

chicken satay curry 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Gyudon and more vegetarian cooking

 This one came from Instagram, I think?  A Japanese beef and egg bowl. 

It was easy and quick, the kids hated it, the adults liked it. 



Last weekend The Boy decided that he wants to become a vegetarian (again).  He did this once before, last year, or maybe even the year before, and lasted just long enough for me to buy a bunch of stuff for him before he changed his mind.  This time we're a full week in and he seems to be sticking to it.  He's 12 now (!!!) and I have no problem with him trying this out as long as what he's eating isn't complete crap.  He had meat once this week - we told him not to put any pressure on himself, if you want to eat meat one day, do it.  He said he might eat meat once a year, so I guess that day has come and gone until 2023.  :)

I have been working A LOT and now trying to figure out meals feels like it just got harder.  The Mister likes vegetarian meals but he also likes meat.  The Girl hates everything.  I'm too tired to care much.  Hoping to sit down today with some books and find some good things to try.  

Got suggestions? I'll take 'em!

Friday, March 04, 2022

Eastuff Grocery

 One of my favorite little stores in town in Eastuff by the university.  It's teeny tiny and jam-packed with Asian foods and ingredients.  

We hadn't been there for a while - probably since the pandemic started, but The Boy has recently become obsessed with ramen, and I mentioned that Easatuff would be a good place to get some different ramens to try, and I could only take so many demands to go before I caved.

We staggered out the door with a big box of stuff - practically every kind of ramen they had (not really, but probably 6 different kinds at least), frozen dumplings, drinks, snacks, sauces..... So good.

That day for lunch we of course had to have ramen.  The Mister and I elevated ours with some leftover crock pot pork and hot chile garlic sauce.

 I bought a box of Glico Curry - mild - and made a beef curry for dinner that week.  So good.

I bought this coffee drink on the recommendation of one of the shop workers.  She said it's her current favorite.  It was good, but sweet.

I bought my first ever bottle of Kewpie mayo!

The kids begged for seaweed snacks.  I have 10 uneaten bags sitting in the kitchen.

One of the ramens The Boy picked out.

Website - Eastuff Grocery