Covid 19 Cuisine – Eggs Benedict ( of a sort )

Eggs Benedict is my all time favourite breakfast. If I’m out with friends, that’s what I have. If my Hubs makes me a special breakfast – birthday. Mother’s Day – that’s what I ask for. Hell. sometimes I even have it for dinner. Just on a whim!

That’s what I did here but lo! The store was out of English muffins.

Crap!

Well…I did have frozen Swedish Pancakes from Ikea….

Hot damn! It worked! I had Rosemary deli ham which I just heated up in the oven alongside the pancakes. I whipped up my sauce on the stove real quick and poached up some eggs and…my delicious masterpiece was complete!

This is another meal of necessity that’ll be in my regular rotation ❤

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COVID19 Cuisine – Fried Egg & Cheese Sandwich.

I’ve certainly eaten a fried egg sandwich once or twice in my lifetime but not in adult memory. When I saw it listed as an option on a article about cheap food options I thought “why not” and made it for lunch one day.

The author of said article added Cheddar cheese to theirs and I can confirm that the whole thing is comfortingly delicious!

But please, take it from me: Try a fried egg sandwich with Provolone cheese! I had two slices left over from better days and OH MY!

It tastes extra rich and the flavour is so much more robust and mature. I think this one is going to something I eat on a regular basis, Covid 19 or not!

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Covid19 Cuisine – Chicken Burger

I was really craving a chicken sandwich last month but society was under physical distancing orders and hopping on a bus to get my fix just didn’t seem to be a good choice.

So what did I do? Improvise!

I scrounged up a squished bun from the freezer, heated up the last three chicken finger too – a good Gigi always has chicken fingers for the Grands-, sliced up some pickles, slopped on some fancy BBQ sauce – made with merlot- and ended up with this:

It wasn’t half bad. The BBQ sauce was a poor choice, next time I’ll stick to mayo and mustard but still…a tasty lunch indeed!

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A-Z Challenge- Kidney Bean

I did not know that Cannellini Beans are just white kidney beans.

Do you know how many HOURS I have spent squinting at shelves in grocery stores galore, looking for them?

20 years worth! How ever many hours that is!

Yes. I’m a little mad about the whole thing.

I never went without them though because in my brilliance I decided to just use white kidney beans. Ha!

Here is my favourite WHITE KIDNEY BEAN recipe.

Broccoli, Tuna, Bean Salad

2 cans of tuna, packed in olive oil. Please splurge on the good stuff here.

2 bunches of broccoli, steamed and cut into small pieces

1 can of white kidney beans, drained

1 lemon. Well, the zest and the juice to your taste.

1 bunch of flat leaf parsley, minced

capers, to taste.

red chili flakes, to taste

salt and pepper, to taste.

Preparation

Place all ingredients , including the oil from the tuna, in a bowl. Season to taste. Eat and enjoy. This is also most excellent atop pasta!

Spring Tea Party

Spring arrives in 2020 on March 19.

If you’re thinking to yourself ” That seems early” You’d be right!

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac this is a thing because of … math. And how our calendar is set up and leap years.

You can read the whole article here. It’s extremely interesting and the author explains things far better than I ever could. Sorry!

Last year, I had a one women tea party to celebrate the occasion ( and as an excuse eat scones with homemade clotted cream) and I’ll be doing the same thing this year too!

SPRING!

FOOD!

CELEBRATING ALL THE THINGS!

Here are some highlights from 2019!

Steamed green beans with wee tomatoes and pesto for dipping. Open faced Tuscan ham sandwiches with dijon ( and butter!) and cucumber sandwiches on top of a tea biscuit. Deviled eggs with capers. Missing are my scones with jam and clotted cream! The scones were Ok but the clotted cream ❤

I used Chef John’s recipe from Food Wishes:

And it turned out really well!

It was insanely good on top of a scone with a good spot of jam. I even froze it and enjoyed it six months later on top of some Swedish pancakes! It was just as yummy then too. I’ll be making this again for 2020.

My next favourite thing were my family famous tea biscuits. This year I’m not going to be making scones because…meh. I prefer tea biscuits and these are pretty versatile. My recipe come from a battered old Purity Flour cookbook:

Well loved for good reasons. I especially enjoy cheese in mine:

There are a million other variations you could do to your own taste! I’ve got some fancy ones in my head for this year. Scones are just too sweet and dry for me. Biscuits are where its at!

And last : Deviled Eggs with Capers.

There’s nothing really to them, simply make a basic recipe and add Herbs de Provence , chop up some capers, add them to the mix saving a few whole ones as garnish.

I made it up as I surveyed the contents of fridge and I was so pleased they came out as tasty as they did.

Fancy and pretty to look at, yet different than the usual deviled egg you’d normally eat without tasting too weird. A lot of my “creations” don’t turn out nearly as well! 🙂

All enjoyed of course with a big mug of hot tea. Here is a pretty set up to satisfy you purists:

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My favourite is Earl Grey with extra Bergamot. How about you?

I’m working on finalizing my Spring menu this year and I’m sure once its all said and done you’ll see it here. How do you celebrate Spring?

Unique Flavours – Lays From China

One of my favourite things to do is wander around T&T Supermarket looking at all the cool things not sold in my every day supermarket. They have the BEST produce and their noodle selection makes me drool. I always go in there without taking a cart and I always wind up at the check out, arms overflowing with stuff, ha ha. It’s a great store full of yummy things!

One of my other favourite things are Lay’s Potato Chips!

I’m basically married to Classic Lay’s but I do step out sometimes with other flavours, my favourite so far being the limon version I found in Arizona. Mmmmmm, Limon….

T&T carries a few Lay’s flavours and this time I tried:

Cucumber. Numb & Spicy Hot Pot Flavour. Wasabi!

All three bags were made in China and as you can see, feature some pretty interesting flavours. Cucumber. What?! I never would have thought!

I tried the Hot Pot version first and they were delicious! Think the best possible ramen noodle flavouring packet on chips. They were spicy too which always earns my respect because so often a product claims to be spicy but is only mild – I’m looking at you McDonald’s- These were a win.

Next up- Cucumber. When I bought them I wondered ” Are these really cucumber or are they pickles?” Nope. Really cucumber. Really strongly flavoured cucumber! And sweet. The coating on the outside was sweet. Like almost dessert sweet! I wasn’t expecting that. Our chips in Canada tend to be salty. And the funny thing about these chips…I got cucumber burps after. That was wild…I finished the whole bag – a very generous serving- but I wouldn’t buy them again. The sweetness threw me off. BUT they were not horrible. Just not to my taste.

Lastly, Wasabi. I LOOOOVE wasabi. Not only is it delicious, the real stuff is grown in an intriguing way:

So! The chips! They tasted like wasabi, the flavour profile was true and pronounced but the heat, that nose clearing quality just wasn’t there. AAAAND they had that same sweet coating as the cucumber chips did. I still ate the whole bag, ha ha ha but I wouldn’t buy these again. I’m definitely a salty gal 😉

T&T also carries BBQ Eel and Lime varieties. I’m keen on the Lime version. I know I run the risk of buying sweet chips again but a part of me is really curious about that with the lime…

Happy Munching!

Love to Love! – Extras

I don’t know what happened, was it the moon? Something in the water? It’s a great and wonderous mystery to me but I’ll take it because it made my week a delight!

Hubs and I picked up Popeyes for lunch last Friday as our Valentine’s present to one another and while the bag felt extra heavy, I thought nothing of it. It was probably Hub’s gigantic 4 piece meal.

Nope! I’d asked for a three piece tenders meal and received this instead:

Six pieces in total! Woot woot! Plus, a ton of smaller bits and bobs that probably added up to make 2 more pieces. Chicken tender jackpot, ha! I ended up saving the extra for lunch the next day. What a treat!

Then!

A few days later we went to Tim Horton’s to grab a coffee and Hubs asked for my usual – large mocha- and this is what they gifted me instead:

An extra large mocha, ha!

It was well made too, more chocolate than coffee. Just how I like it. I felt a bit ridiculous drinking that giant thing but I managed just fine.

Its the little things that bring me joy. ❤

Gingerbread Everything.

Breakfast time

Quinoa flakes? Check!

Pomegranate? Check!

Almonds? Check!

Delicious Gingerbread Truffle from Purdy’s? CHECK!!

I’m obsessed with all things Gingerbread this holiday season and life is damn tasty.

You need yourself some tasty too! Luckily I’ve done extensive research and have come up with three offerings you may like!

As I mentioned Purdy’s makes a Gingerbread Truffle:

Aren’t they darling!? Look at those wee gingerbreads…SQUEEE! The flavour is complex and they’ve got little crispy bits all throughout the soft and luscious truffle centre. They come in milk chocolate and dark -if you choose the dark, you’re also getting anti oxidants!) and are totally worth the $12.00 you’ll pay for them.

I also bought their eggnog truffles…meh. Actually…ick! I didn’t read the fine print when I ordered them because I thought- Oh eggnog, they’ll taste like that!- Yeah….more like rum and eggnog. I hate rum! Oh well, live and learn.

The Hubs ordered Sweet Georgia Browns and oh my GODDESS, those are a thing of joy and beauty. I made him take them to work with him because I didn’t trust myself not eat all his treats, ha!

The first gingerbread yum I ate this season was a treat most unusual:

Handmade by Sweet Chaos, this spiced kettle corn with icing drizzle can be found at Save On Foods. The frosting drizzle makes this! The popcorn is well made, soft and lightly spiced and then you get one with a bit of that drizzle and OH MY. The contrast between wet and dry is really fun to eat.

Next on our list is Ritter Sport Spiced Biscuit:

Mmmmm. It doesn’t say Gingerbread but this is Gingerbread. The chocolate coating is gingerbread spiced, the cookie is like a spiced Digestive biscuit and the mousse is gingerbready too. I can’t remember what I paid for this-I do remember it was higher than I normally would- but in the end, totally worth it. The flavour is a little bit fancier than the usual gingerbread we’re used to. It’d be worth checking out just for that.

What is your favourite flavour this season?

Knorr One Skillet Meals -Mediterranean Lemon Chicken w/ Barley – Review.

Knorr came out with something that caught my eye awhile ago. One skillets meals. They intrigued me because A. I’m a lazy ass and one skillet cooking is my jam. B. They use interesting grains like Barley and Quinoa.

My grocery store had them on sale so I picked up two offerings and finally got around to making one!

Behold! Mediterranean Lemon Chicken with Barley

These are meal starters so you’ve got to provide and add your own things. For this one those things are chicken, spinach and carrots.

To start I sliced my carrots- more than the recipe called for because Mmmm, carrots!- and set them aside.

Next I cut up my chicken and browned it in oil. The package tells you to coat your chicken in flour before frying it but I was like “nah” so I skipped this part.

Once my chicken had some colour, I added the carrots and package mix plus the recommended water -2 cups- and I brought the whole thing to a boil. I gave the lot a final stir, covered it up then turned the heat to medium low and let it simmer away for a little over 20 mins.

When the time was up, I chucked in the fresh spinach, covered it back up and took it off the heat. When my greens were wilted to my liking I stirred them in and served the whole thing up, after a quick seasoning of salt and pepper.

HOLY LEMON!

They weren’t kidding about the lemon. That’s pretty much all I could taste. I had to add extra salt just to cut the sourness a bit. It wasn’t horrible by any means but the lemon was very pronounced. It over powered everything.

So if you like lemon, this is a dish for you.

When I had it the next day, the citrus smack upside the head had mellowed and then I was finally able to truly enjoy the dish. I ate it with gusto and it turned out to be pretty tasty on day two.

The ingredients aren’t too bad at all:

and it was simple enough to make. It might be a fun way to introduce a younger person to cooking and if you’re exhausted from work and don’t want to cook much but also don’t want to eat garbage, this would be a decent option too.

I’m looking forward to trying the other one I bought. Look for it here next! Steak & Peppers. Brown Rice and Quinoa.

Happy Eating!