From the garden

Here is a photo of my first jalapeno pepper from my garden. And it tasted mighty good in my Curried Lentil Burritos I made on Saturday.

Thai Yellow Chicken Curry Pizza

What do you do when you are in the mood for Thai and pizza? Make Thai pizza of course! I didn’t really know what I was doing when I started out, but it turned out so good that I will definitely be making it again! I”m thinking next time I might try shrimp instead of chicken and see how that tastes!

What I did was cooked up the sauce first. A can of coconut milk ( i use the light kind) and about 2-3 tbsp of yellow curry paste ( or whatever paste you have;red,yellow, green.. I happened to have some yellow on hand). Simmer that over medium heat.

Cut up 2 chicken breasts into bite size pieces, add to the sauce. Add 2 tbsp of fish sauce and 2 tbsp of brown sugar. I like to add some lime juice as well. I used half a lime. Cook until the chicken is done.

Using a slotted spoon separate the chicken into a bowl and toss in the fresh basil. This was the first time I’ve used my basil from the garden and it smelled so nice!! (tasted great too)

Cook the remaining sauce and reduce by half or so. This is when I really wasn’t sure what to do and if you can think of something better please let me know! I poured some of the sauce onto my pizza crust, I used a premade flatbread. YOu don’t want to pour on to much that it soaks through the crust, but enough to get some flavour and that the pizza won’t be to dry. Add the chicken and basil on top, then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, or whatever cheese you want! Cook away!

We had a nice baby spinach salad for a side dish. To make that all I use is some baby spinach leaves, some bean sprouts and some mushrooms. I used an olive oil balsamic vinegar dressing. Yum!

Enjoy and let me know how yours turns out!

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Thursday in the Kitchen

Sunday was another rainy day here and I felt the need for comfort food. Since Meghan is a vegetarian I thought it would be nice if I made something that we could all enjoy! ( and frankly I get tired of cooking 2 meals every night!) I found this great recipe on 101 Cookbooks – Baked Pasta Casserole. I didn’t get a photo but there is a great one on 101 Cookbooks

Baked Pasta Casserole Recipe

I use whole wheat shells here, but feel free to experiment with other short pasta. If you are in a pinch for time forget the baking all together and just toss the cooked pasta with the spinach skillet, and sprinkle with the mozzarella before serving.

extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 pound whole wheat pasta shells
sea salt
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 cups well-chopped fresh spinach
1 1/2 cups sliced almonds, lightly toasted
zest of 2 lemons
8 ounces mozzerella, shredded or torn into small pieces

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Butter/oil a large casserole dish or baking pan – something roughly equivalent to 13×9-inch pan.

Boil the pasta in salted water per package instructions. Drain pasta, toss with a glug of olive oil. Set aside.

In the meantime, heat a bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high. Saute the onions with a couple pinches of salt for a few minutes (or if you want a bit more depth of flavor until caramelized). Stir in garlic. Stir in spinach. Cook for just about 20 seconds, until the spinach collapses a bit. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup of the almonds and 1/2 of the zest. Add to pasta and stir and stir – mixing extremely well, a minute or so.

Now sprinkle the bottom of baking dish with the rest of the zest. Add a layer of the pasta to the bottom of the baking pan, now sprinkle with some of the cheese, add more pasta, then more cheese. Finish with a layer of cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese on top is bubbly and melty. Serve sprinkled with the remaining almonds.

Serves 8.

And while you are cooking ..enjoy looking at these great Etsy Finds for the Kitchen

Kitchen Tool Graphic Wall Decal – TextStyle

Plenty of Pots – Sea Spray Blue

Lee Lee’s Sweet Ice Tea- FLY Young Studio

Let me know if you try out the recipe and you like it!

Thursday in the Kitchen

Today I’m going to share with you a recipe of this wonderfully easy and delicious No Bake Cheesecake! My Mom made it all the time when we were kids, and my family is a big fan of it as well. It’s a great summer dessert. We use Cherry Pie filling on the top ( well half of it.. my daughter likes it plain) but you could use any topping you’d like.

NO BAKE CHEESECAKE

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter
4 tbsp sugar
– mix together and press into  9×13 pan
8oz pkg cream cheese
1 cup icing sugar
2 cups whipped cream
1 tsp vanilla
– whip the whipped cream
– blend all ingredients together
– put on top of crumbs
-spread can of cherry pie filling (or topping of choice) on top
-keep in refrigerator

Of course you’ll need some recipe cards to write this down on

Set of 20 recipe cards – Simply Susan

Yum recipe cards set of 10 – Lemon Loves Paper

Stand Mixer recipe cards- Winifred Studios

Happy baking! Remember to bake and buy Homemade! 🙂

Thursday in the Kitchen

It was another one of those busy weekends and weeks that I haven’t had a chance to cook anything. The kids have had homemade mac and cheese and hot dogs for the last two nights, and Ian and I have managed to have a little steak and some salmon last night. Broccoli and spinach salad on the sides… very easy stuff!

I”m craving some time in the kitchen though.. and thinking I’d like to bake something..something sweet!:)

Came across these Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Squares on Sweet Treats Baking Blog…. oh my.. they look sinfully good! Check out her blog for the recipe and more great photos.

Of course in order to do some baking .. you need some mixing bowls! I love fun mixing bowls. Here are a few mixing bowl etsy finds.

Colourful Mixing Bowl – HandpaintedbyKristin

Medium Bowl Carved Circles (green) – CircaCeramics

2 Pyrex Mixing Bowls – Vintage Virginia

Thursday in the Kitchen

Again not a whole lot of time for cooking this week, but I did manage to whip together a Curry Chicken Masala Pizza. I totally winged it, and tossed some things together that I thought would be good. And yup.. it was!

First off I grilled some chicken breasts seasoned with salt and peper

Once that was done, I cut the chicken into bite size pieces and cooked it in some Sharwoods Tikka Masala sauce.

Now normally I like to make my own sauces but when you don’t have a lot of time.. jarred sauces can be a life saver!

The crust is a pre bought President’s Choice Stonebaked flatbread. Drizzled some olive oil over it, and sprinkled that with some curry spice. ( well a little more then sprinkled… to your taste)

Add the chicken ( if you like it saucy add the sauce as well.. I didn’t)

Then I tossed on some pineapple chunks, red onion, mushrooms, cheddar cheese and mozzerella.

Oven 450F for about 10 -15 mins.

Enjoy!

Wanted to share a couple more fave foodie blogs

BeFoodled

Simply Recipes

And let’s not forget our kitchen accessories! I go through tea towels like crazy! Here are some of my favourites on Etsy.

Screen Printed tea towels with Red Poppies – found in Michelle Brusegaard’s shop

French Press Kitchen Towel – Moxie Madness

Red Burst on Oatmeal Hand Towel – inSaneity

Thursday in the Kitchen

Well unfortunately I’ve had no time to cook anything special this week.. other then poached eggs, chicken burgers and leftovers! It’s been a crazy week full of activities for the kids, and DH is out of town. I’m hoping though this weekend we will be able to do some cooking and maybe some baking too for the lunches the following week.

Instead of sharing what I’ve been cooking, here are some wonderful food blogs where I get a lot of my inspiration from. I can browse food blogs all day! I’m a sucker for good food photography.

Bread & Honey

Smitten Kitchen

101 Cookbooks

Daily Unadventures in Cooking

Becks & Posh

And lets not forget the kitchen  accessories  …

The CHLOE Vintage Inspired Poppy Flower Full Apron can be found in Boojiboo’s Etsy shop.

Don’t forget your recipe cards! These are designed by InvitaPaperStudio

Don’t burn your hands! Use some pot holders! Find these in MegRNC’s etsy shop.