Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024

grocery shop - fresh street market, april 14


peanut butter, clamato, popcorn twists, ice tea, coffee creamer, 2 cream cheese, juice, whole chicken, pork chops, romaine, crumpets, pizza bagels 


Saturday, May 18, 2024

very good dinner - one pot chicken



Just look at how scrumptious that looks!  Easy too, and only a handful of ingredients needed.

The dinner was based on BBC Good Food's One Pot Garlic Chicken.  I made 2 changes - softened some minced onion and garlic in the pan before adding the chicken, and increased the stock by half - you know I like things soupy.  Serve with rice and peas for a fabulous dinner.

3 out of 4 family members enjoyed it, so hopefully we'll remember it and have it again.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Friday, May 10, 2024

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

DIY - Coffee creamer

 I unfortunately developed a habit over the past few years of liking iced coffee.  I might have mentioned in the past that I've never liked coffee, and it's true, I find it so bitter.  But add enough sugar and cream and ice and I'm all over that bad girl.

Which of course, is not good for you.  But that is beside the point right now.  This point is that it's not good for you, AND expensive AND full of additives to use commercially prepared coffee creamers, even though they are 1,000% delicious and come in all sorts of fun flavors.

BUT - you can also make them at home!

I did some googling, and there are basically 3 different bases you can use - condensed milk, cream, or coconut milk.  Then, add stuff - vanilla, cocoa powder, different extracts.

I made a coconut milk vanilla and maple syrup creamer and it was pretty tasty!  You have to blend the heck out of it to break up the creamy solids of the coconut milk, but if you get a glop of that in your cup, there are worse things that could happen.

Friday, May 03, 2024

3 really really good (and easy) desserts - Giant Chocolate Cookie, Biscoff Cheesecake and Double Chocolate Brownies


Sometimes I let my family pick out desserts they'd like to try for Sunday Dinners.  Mostly I don't, because I usually want to make something fast and hopefully cheap.  But The Girl picked out the giant chocolate chip cookie pictured above, and it was a winning move.  Baked just enough so it stays gorgeous and soft and chewy, it's super easy and delicious.

giant chocolate cookie with cacao nibs and flaky salt

Then, of course, it was  The Boy's turn to pick and he went with a traditional brownie.  So similar to his sisters pick, ingredient wise, and even taste wise, but different at the same time.

lee lees double chocolate chunk brownies

Lastly is THE BEST cheesecake possibly ever.  I would have to really really think if it's better than my mom's.  For now let's call it different, but just as good.  It's from Fitwaffle - 5 Ingredient Biscoff Cheesecake.

200g Lotus Biscuits, finely crushed
60g unsalted butter, melted
500g cream cheese, room temp
150g Biscoff spread
100g icing sugar
200g Biscoff spread, melted
2 Lotus biscuits, finely crushed
Tin size: 8x8”
Mix your crushed cookies and melted butter, and set aside 2 TB of the crumbs.  Please the rest into a parchment lined tin and press down firmly.  Refrigerate the tin while you beat together the filling ingredients until smooth.  Pour over the crust and smooth down.  Pour the melted biscoff over the top and sprinkle with crumbs.  Refrigerate at least 3 hours, until firm.