Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New Site

I've transported my site to wordpress, I am planning on starting a professional blog as well as keeping this one and I can manage them both pretty well there and I have more options than here as well. You can follow me there at:

Thanks for reading and I hope you continue :) pls comment on the new blog and tell me what you think :D

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Well, when are we ever going to get summer?

I woke today to the sound of the rain beating off the house, the bedroom window to be exact. I am feeling uninspired. I would love to make something new but there is nothing that I have seen that I just need to make and need to taste.
I threw together a mini lasagna last night for supper but that was not worth making a blog about but I suppose I have brought it up so I can post a picture(when I get them uploaded). The man was in a rush last week and had to run back to work almost as soon as he was home so I threw together a meaty spaghetti sauce so we would have a nice meal. There was still some sauce left over so while at the supermarket he suggested that we have lasagna with the leftovers. Sure! I said, why not? so that is what I did yesterday. I usually mix spinach in with my cheese layer but we didn't have any, but we did have spinach noodles so I used those and a cottage cheese, parmesan and cheddar mixture for my middle layer. All in all it was pretty tasty, the flavours settle in better when you leave a sauce for a few days, the spices get spicier just the way I like them.
Back to my original topic... I need some inspiration! Something that makes me want to bake up a storm. Is there something that inspires you? is there one recipe you see that makes you just want to smell the particular item baking in your kitchen all throughout your house? If there is, please share I would love to be inspired by your inspiration :)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

What to do when your loaf pan is too small? Make Mini Muffins :D

Well I haven't written in a long time, but last week I made a banana bread in the loaf pan my mother gave me for Christmas, once I put all the batter in the pan I knew something was wrong, but I put it in the oven anyway. It wasn't cooked in the middle when it was taken out which I mostly blame on the loaf pan being too small, but maybe a few more min in the oven would have cooked it enough.

This lead me to another Christmas gift from my sister! A mini loaf pan, because I love mini things! well I started to make another banana bread and a lemon poppy seed loaf as well. The extra batter made a dozen mini muffins which made me want to make batter for banana bread and make nothing but mini muffins they were so good.

The banana bread recipe is the same as in a previous post

Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf came from the Joy of Baking

3 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup (60 ml) milk

1 1/2 cups (195 grams) all-purpose flour, sifted

3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (outer yellow skin of the lemon)

3 tablespoons (30 grams) poppy seeds

13 tablespoons (184 grams) unsalted butter, softened

Lemon Syrup:

1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup (65 grams) granulated white sugar

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Peanut Butter Fudge Crispies

Well, I didn't take any pictures while I was making these, so I will add some pictures later of the few that I kept for myself.

[Edit: So they all got eaten before I could take a picture...... but they were yummy! :D...I am seriously considering getting a table at the Avalon Mall Flea Market....any thoughts?]

{Edit 2: I found one lol a picture of the very last one eaten lol}

My Commerce class had a bake sale today!
And of course I made something that I could not keep a whole pan of in the house cause I would gain 100 pounds lol

Here is the recipe that I did screw up a little:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Best Brownies Ever

My mom made brownies today from my Grandmothers old cookbook. They were the best!

I found one on Ebay that I hope to get soon, it is the same book but in a little better condition, i'll write out the notes that are on the inside of my grandmothers so it will be almost the same :)

With some light cool whip of course lol not that light matters after eating these.

I dont even need to type up the recipe, I took a picture :)

Friday, February 5, 2010

Snow Day = cookies!

Well, here in Newfoundland today we are getting 40+ cm of snow, which means we are all stuck in our houses, going crazy! So instead of doing school work, I made cookies, played mario in my Wii, and watched movies with Gregory. It was a good day, but I really should have worked on my courses.... oops. But I guess I can do that for a portion of the day on Superbowl Sunday.
Well back to my baking lol I made browned butter chocolate chip cookies today, and they were much better than I imagined. They stayed soft after they cooled so yay! :) But of course they were better just out of the oven with a cold glass of milk :)

Pictures to come after I get them uploaded to my computer, I am waiting to take lots of snow pictures before I put them on here.

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2-3/4 cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour (or half all-purpose, half whole wheat)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1-2 cups chocolate chips

In a small saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat until melted. Keep cooking, swirling the pot occasionally, until it starts to turn brown and smell nutty. Remove it from the heat, pour it into a bowl (scrape out all the nice browned bits at the bottom) and stir in the sugars. This should cool it down somewhat, but wait a few minutes anyway before stirring in the eggs and vanilla. Then add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir with a spatula until almost blended; add the chocolate chips and stir until the dough comes together. Refrigerate for at least an hour or two, or overnight.

When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350F. Scoop out walnut-sized balls of dough and space them an inch or two apart on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray or lined with parchment or a silpat mat. Bake for 12-14 minutes, until golden around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Makes 2 dozen cookies.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Meatballs and Spaghetti :D Yum!

Meatballs and Spaghetti has to be one of my favourite meals, well and curry pretty much anything, and when ever greg comes home from being away for a long time for work I usually make him something home cooked and yummy, this time I made one of my favourites, Spaghetti and Meatballs. The meatball recipe comes from my dad he got it from The Bon Appetit Cookbook


2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
3 tbsp milk
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
3 tbsp fresh basil
1 large egg
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 pound sweet Italian sausage (I used hot)
2 tbsp pine nuts toasted
2 tbsp dried currents

Preheat over to 350, lightly oil a large rimmed baking sheet (I just used parchment paper). Mix breadcrumbs and milk in medium bowl; let stand 5 min. Mix in parmesan cheese, onion, basil, egg, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add sausage, pine nuts, and currents; blend well ( I had to mix with my hands..messy) Using wet hands, form mixture into 1 1/4 inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until meatballs are lightly browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Add meatballs to sauce.

My sauce consists of one med to large onion finely chopped, as much garlic as I can... 5 cloves maybe ... this time I added most of a green pepper, all added to a pot with a little E.V.O.O. until they were soft and yummy. Then I added two cans of spicy red pepper sauce (hunts I think), and a can of condensed mushroom soup and the spices I like until it smelled and tasted yummy :)

I also made some shortbreads for him because he has been asking for them since before christmas but I was so busy that I never got to make them with all the other cookies I made. These were not melt in your mouth like but they taste good.

Andd my dad made this awesome supper on Monday and I will make it sometime soon, here is a picture of my leftovers I had for supper the next day. Yummy spicyness :)