Monday, 24 December 2007
My Hubby has a love for chocolate.
Since we married, I have a love for chocolate.
My daughter has a love for chocolate (I blame genetics).
Consequently we are all on the search for something sweet the moment supper is over. Normally, I try to ignore the craving so my waistline doesn't suffer too much. Hubby will try and fulfil his by eating cereal, something I really don't understand, but Lilly will join him. However, sometimes the cereal doesn't quite fix the problem, but on a weeknight I never feel much like baking something.
At least until now! Thanks to Baking Delights, our house now has a new favorite weeknight dessert. It is so incredibly simple, involving barely anytime in the kitchen, and it tastes wonderful! Thank you Marye, I think I will need to go to the gym more now ;)
Sunday, 23 December 2007
Traditional I am the host of this joyous gathering, which I love. This year however I planned the date such that is coincided with our Dance recital. Needless to say it did not leave much time for preparation and I was looking for a couple of very quick, easy and delicious recipes to prepare in advance. This one here fit the bill for sure. The pita chips are a little more time consuming that just opening a bag of nachos, but nothing compares to them and they are worth the few minutes for sure.
White- Bean Hummus: (From Eat, Shrink and be Merry)
- 1 can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cp light sour cream
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tbsp minced dill
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp grated lemon zest
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup seeded and diced English cucumbers
- 1/3 cup chopped green onion
- 1/4 cup crumbled basil and tomato feta
- 1 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary
- 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
- 6 whole wheat pitas
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
Using kitchen scissors, cut pita into wedges. Peel pita apart so that you have doubled the number of wedges.
Using pastry brush, brush the olive oil mixture on the rough side of the pita. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese mixture. Bake in oven for approximately 10 minutes. Be careful as they can burn in an instant. Cool before serving with hummus or other dip of choice.
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
Now of course, I am the one who sets the menu in the house. So when the jar in the fridge doesn't quite satisfy my craving, something hot and spicy is on the menu. This dish here is one of my favorites. If I serve it with guacamole (which is a must in our house) it becomes one of Hubby's favorite dishes. Oh, and did I mention that it is one of the simplest things to make ever...pushing it even further up my favorite list.
Guacamole: (Every time I make this it is different, I have tried to approximate the quantities but in reality I just do it by taste)
- 2 ripe avocados
- salt & pepper
- 1 tbsp cilantro chopped
- 1 clove garlic chopped
- juice of 1 lime
Cut avocados in half, remove pit, and spoon filling to a small bowl. Mash avocado until smooth (if your avocados are not ripe this isn't the easiest thing to do). Stir in in cilantro, garlic, and lime juice. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Finish off with final squeeze of lime juice on top (don't mix this one in, helps prevent things from going brown colour), and cover until ready to serve.Southwest Bake:
- 2 Chicken breast, cubed
- Olive oil
- pinch of cumin
- 1 & 1/2 cups wild rice
- 650 ml jar of salsa
- 1 & 1/4 cup chicken broth
- 1 tsp crushed dried chilies
- zest of 1 lime
Preheat oven to 350F.
Heat oil in skillet. Sprinkle chicken with pepper and cumin and brown in hot skillet.
In a 9x13 casserole dish, combine rice, salsa, broth, vest and dried chilies. Place chicken on top. Cover with foil and place in oven. Cook for 45 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook for 20 minutes, or until rice is dry.
Garnish with Cilantro, and serve with both guacamole and sour cream.
Wednesday, 5 December 2007
With this whole Christmas dinner thing I am trying to be prepared, I am trying to be organized, and it is getting to be slightly over whelming! Of course that is completely due to my indecisiveness. You see, yesterday I decided that for dessert we were going to have chestnut cheesecake. Today I have decided that we will instead be having a cranberry-chocolate tart. Tomorrow, it is quite possible that it is something completely different.
The more I search, the more find, the more I want to try. I know I need to pick something and stick with it, but it is really easier said than done. Anyway without further adieu, here is how things stand so far:
- Salmon cheese ball
- Salad??? (Haven't thought about this one at all yet)
- Brussels sprouts and pancetta dish
- Cream cheese mashed potatoes
- Side dish #2??? (Can't for the life of my find anything for this one!)
- Cranberry sauce
- Stuffing (Hubby's department)
- Turkey (Hubby again)
- Cranberry-chocolate tart
- Assortment of holiday baking