Curried Mussels Chowder {Soup of the Week}

This is one of my favourite kinds of soup to make at this time of the year. It’s a bit spicy, very filling and completely tum-warming. You can use pretty much any kind of fish for it, but mussels hold up really well without going rubbery while cooking in the liquids. The yellow curry I…

Stroganoff {Recipe}

As far as I’m concerned, stroganoff is perfect winter fare. It’s warming and rich and unctuous and all of the things I want to tuck into while the world becomes a snow globe around our little tree fort. While many recipes focus on a quick, 20 minute-type preparation, I prefer the low and slow method…

Life, the Universe and Everything

Yup. That’s my mug on here. I know! I, like, never put my mug on here, but putting my mug out a lot more was a thing I did in 2017. As my friend Candace so aptly put it, 2017 was a weird one. We knew it would be going into it – between Trump…

Halushki {Recipe}

It was about a year ago when halushki came back into my life. I believe it was because we had part of a head of cabbage on hand and it was the mister’s night to cook, but he was at a loss for something to cook and I was all “oh, bbe, please make me…

Magic Lotion for Kitchen Hands {Tutorial}

One of the things I had in mind while setting up infused oils this summer was making a lotion for my fam workin’ in the service industry or with their hands in general. I was finally motivated to get off my arse and actually put that plan into action after a dinner with one of…

Butter Rum Balls {Favourite Holiday Recipe}

You guys, this is why mama drinks. Because when this mama drinks, she gets all nostalgic and remembers random shit, like when her grandpa was quitting smoking and always had a package of butter rum lifesavers in his (plaid, Dickies) shirt pocket and then how fun it was to always get that book of lifesavers…

Shrimp & Bean Skillet for Two {Quick Meal}

This dish is a prime example of how simple + quick can be super-sexy. I would not hesitate to serve this for lover-wooing purposes…as long as that lover enjoyed seafood…and garlic. Like, probs don’t make this if you’re not both going to eat it because garlic breath is only cancelled out by garlic breath.  Also,…

Zitronenkuchen {Favourite Holiday Recipes}

I’m not really sure why these are called zitronenkuchen as they are more hazelnutty than lemony and they certainly aren’t cakey (though I do understand the Germans’ penchant for calling many things that aren’t particularly cakey “-kuchen”). I do know that I was introduced to them waaaaaaaaaay back in the middle ages when I was…

The World’s OKest Girl Scout

I posted a meme with the words on the lovely napkin above (which can be purchased here and, if you’re looking to get a little treat pour moi, these have my name all over them) to the faceplace about a week ago and it has popped into my brain each day since because it really…

Better Than Take-Out (and Almost as Quick) Shrimp & Veg Noodles

These really are super-quick – you will have them put together in less time than it takes to decide what to order in. While eating them, my mister is all “So much flavour! Where does all of this flavour come from?” which is a pretty good testimonial, but it really is about getting the balance…

Cheater Aguadito de Pollo {Soup of the Week}

If you don’t like cilantro, you should probably skip right on by this recipe as it is full of the stuff, but it might also be the recipe that changes your mind. I love me some good, old fashioned chicken noodle soup, but this soup is pretty much its superior as it combines those beloved,…

Fruit Crisp

“Mum, remember that time before you were on a potato salad kick when you were on a crisp kick? You should go on that kick again.” This is a thing the daughter said to me mid-summer this year and I get it; fruit crisp is just one of the best things in the whole wide…

Turkey Pot Pie with Potato Pastry

As you well know, savoury pies are the raison d’être for my somewhat newly acquired (not even a year old!) pastry-making skills. Pot pie of the poultry variety is no exception and is one of my left-over bustin’ favourites. Today, I was feeling emboldened with all of the successful pastry-things I’ve made lately and I deigned…

Preserving Grape Leaves {Tutorial}

A couple of weeks ago, I was making up a meal plan and ended up with preserved grape leaves on the mind and meant to go about finding some. I can’t even recall what I had wanted them for because it suddenly dawned on me that I have access to a whole lotta fresh grape…

Infused Oils {Tutorial}

Back in the spring, I posted a few pics to the social medias about how I was making infused oils (dandelion and shepherd’s purse, at the time) and got a lot of questions about my method because of issues with mould. That is a real thing. I remember being gifted with a gorgeously prepared bottle…

Soup of the Week: Duck & Soba Noodle

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you’ll have sussed a couple of things about me: 1 – I’ll not toss a carcass until it’s been used at least twice. 2 – I LOVE soup. As such, it goes without saying that most of the time, the second thing I do…

Curried Chickpeas {Instant Pot Recipe}

The mister and I have tried quite a few curry type recipes for the kitchen robot (Instant Pot), but they’ve all come up lacking the kind of rich fragrance and flavour we’ve come to expect from our combined 485965 lifetimes of cooking and eating and LOVING curries. My theory is that many Instant Pot recipe…

Roasted Tomato Sauce

In my life, two things inevitably happen…like clockwork…almost ritualistically, toward the end of August or into early September. Thing the first is that my friends will come out of their summer hidey-holes and my pad will turn into grand central station for a good week or so. My theory is that September really is more…

Shrimp & Veg Enchiladas in a Cheesy, Roasted Poblano Sauce

This dish is not very in-tune with the season as the cooking parts will heat your kitchen up on the QT and takes a bit of forethought (those poblanos don’t roast themselves), but we’ve had a few chilly days here in the Kawarthas, my BFF was visiting and doesn’t often get to eat shrimp, and…