This is my perfect comfort food. Wontons in light broth are a warm blanket on a blizzardy cold day, and lately I've taken to eating them for second breakfast (my first breakfast is caffeine. lots & always). Wontons are time consuming and they aren't, because it's all in the mind, baby. I haven't whipped up a batch in over a year and I'm perplexed why - all you do is mix some chopped shrimp and ground meat, and stuff those in ready-made wrappers. This is probably the easiest thing I made [Read more...]
I can't remember where I found this Italian meatballs recipe, as I've been making it for years and years. It was one of those directions written in a notebook, old-school style, from when I first started to cook. I have never tasted meatballs that were lighter, fluffier and more full of flavor. The recipe has two steps: broiling the meatballs first until browned on both sides, then simmering for 20 mins in a simple marinara sauce. The browning is very important - you will definitely taste [Read more...]
I heard that summer is supposed to be the best version of everyone, but it's the opposite for us. Winter is the time to break routine and stay busy, while our summer selves are likely to end up sitting chest-deep in a creek, cider in hand, and not a worry in the world. Winter is the time to pick up, shake off, and get going with life. I've got the sweaters and down vests out, the dog doesn't want to go outside, and Greg parked his motorbikes for the season (then moped for days). We drove home [Read more...]
Welcome to the easiest, healthiest salad in the world. Uh... laziest salad in the world.. Have a heap of vegetables and no time to cook? Set some quinoa on the stove as you prepare your veggies - red peppers, red cabbage, kale and green beans. Be encouraged to freestyle it with your veg selection - whatever you find in your CSA box. This is a dish that comes together in minutes - keep it vegetarian, or top with some grilled chicken, or sliced pan-fried beef, and you're set. Make a double [Read more...]
Welcome to my empanada world. I recently became obsessed with learning to make them, curled seal and all. The good news is, I tested the recipe three times (that's over 100 empanadas over 3 days... and none are left over), so if you stick with me you can easily develop an empanada obsession, too... Empanadas are a South American snack, and each country and region has their version and specialty. What I love about them is how easy it is to adapt a filling - whether sweet, or savory. I filled [Read more...]
This is my cleaned-up homemade version of how to make the popular Ribena blackcurrant syrup. I sure have enough blackcurrants to go around! If you asked where we were last week, chances are it was in the yard picking them. Hard work, let me tell ya! We didn't weigh the result, but I think it came to about 15lbs - that's a lot of hunching over and picking! The berries are way too tart to eat, but make great jam, or syrup, that's exactly what I did! We always had Ribena in the fridge in my [Read more...]
...Without making a giant mess. I realize there are super savvy people who have the seeding and juicing of pomegranates all figured out, but up until yesterday I did not. I heard all about the super health benefits of pomegranates, but getting into these things is impossible. I bought one pomegranate a while ago, and after I was done popping all the seeds it looked like a bloodbath. And they stain. Oh, do they ever...