You know those days when you don't have a clue what to cook or eat? Well, I have a lot of those. Saturday was one of those days. After the very successful bread making, I wanted to dive into some cooking but was feeling very uninspired. Sometimes it just seems easier to have a frozen pizza and be done with it.
So after searching the fridge for way too long, I decided on something with chicken. I started hauling ingredients out of the cupboard to make some kind of marinade and just kind of started from there. I honestly had no clue if it was going to taste good or not. Just roll with it! These are kind of everything kebabs. As I added most of what I found in the cupboard and hoped for the best.
Well, the result was a sweet, tangy and spicy kebab. The kids woofed them down and I enjoyed them as well. They had just enough spice to be declared spicy, but there was a sweetness that guided them to the softer pallet.
We ended up having a big green salad, couscous and minted yoghurt dip to go along with this chicken A very tasty meal indeed.
Note: I marinated this chicken for an hour, but the longer the better if you have the time.
Yes, good ol' basic, nothing fancy, can't take to a show, brussel sprouts. I honestly don't know why they get such a bad rap. I think they are delicious.
I was actually debating whether or not to put these on here and I don't think they completely make the "recipe" list. Then again, maybe some people don't think you can roast brussel sprouts. Take my husband for example. I was putting these on a roasting tin the other day, and he looked at me like he had just seen a three eyed monster! "You can roast brussel sprouts?". Those were his words. He then went on to say it must be a Newfoundland thing because he never ever heard of it in England. Clearly, he doesn't get out much right. Surely lots of people roast brussel sprouts.
These are so easy to make and make a delicious side dish, in my very humble opinion. We can't often get brussel sprouts around here, so when I do see them, I buy them. Lately there is one supermarket that seems to have them regularly, imported I might add. I really like to buy local and in season. Sometimes. I do make exceptions because sometimes I just got to!
Monday Kicking off the week with this Italian Sausage and Tomato Stew. Great warming food to come home to on a Monday evening. Great served over rice.
Tuesday I can't seem to have a weekly menu in the winter without a soup. This Tomato and Basil soup is so easy to put together and goes great with a crusty bread on the side. Can have it all made in advance and then just warm it up when you get in.
Wednesday This recipe is straight from Epicurious. I stumbled across it early last fall and it is absolutely delicious. This Roasted Moroccan Chicken is easy enough for a week night dinner and even fancy enough for a dinner party.
Thursday I absolutely love pasta and this Sun Dried Tomato and Arugula Tagliatelle is just delicious. Is put together in about half an hour and then no time to the table. Serve with a green salad and a rewarding glass of wine (if you like!).
Friday Finish off the week with this absolutely lovely Salmon and Lentils. It is delicious, healthy, easy and done in 30 minutes. What could be a better way to round off a long week.
See you all next week for some more delicious menu ideas!
Saturday. I hardly ever make bread any more. It might have something to do with the fact that I will probably eat it all if I make it. Today, I decided to battle the will power and dive into baking. I started digging through my old bread recipes and came across this old reliable one. Made it dozens of times and it has never ever failed me. Very rewarding indeed. The house still smells wonderful! I love this bread straight out of the oven with butter. You can use it for toast, sandwiches, with soup or just about anything else you can think of.
I was inspired by the Food Bloggers of Canada who had a bread special last weekend. What a round up of beautiful breads from some talented bakers. You can check it out by clicking one of the hyper links above or by clicking here.
Note: If you are new to bread making you are probably wondering how warm the water has to be for the yeast to work. Basically, just luke warm. That means warm to the touch. Remember that if the water is too warm, you risk killing your yeast and that means dough that doesn't rise. I always find that you can test this by adding the yeast to the water, stirring and leaving it for a few minutes. It should foam up somewhat and look slightly frothy. If not, your yeast most likely will not work. This is the test I vow by and it never fails me. Another thing important in bread making is a warm place to leave the dough to rise. I always put my bowl next to a heater. It might seem somewhat extreme, but it works every single time. So, if you are struggling in getting your bread to rise, try the heater trick. Good luck!
Who remembers the self saucing pudding cakes? They were really popular back in the 80s and came is chocolate, butterscotch and lemon, Well, those were the flavours that I remember. I was a huge fan. I remember eating them all the time. My favourite was lemon. Well, these lemon muffins are a better tasting version of the box lemon self saucing pudding cake. Seriously!
Thankfully I am not going to be left alone with these muffins for too long, Well, you probably could picture the end result of that. Some visiting friends are coming to my rescue in a few hours.
Note: These muffins are best fresh and warm. They can easily be reheated for the centre to be more creamy. However, they are still delicious cold and the centres are still moist and somewhat creamy. Also, I added the link below to the lemon curd recipe. You could buy some if your supermarket sells it. Home made only takes minutes to make and is delicious!
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Hello and thanks for stopping by. I'm Julia and I have a passion for wholesome fresh food. Here you can find what's cooking in my Spanish kitchen, with inspiration from my Newfoundland roots!
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