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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Morning Oatmeal And Other Bubbles and Squeaks








The best way to start January mornings is with a steaming bowl of oatmeal. I love steel cut. Many people do not like it as it takes forever to cook it, however with just a simple little trick of soaking it overnight you can easily cook it in under 10 minutes. 

Simply place one cup of oatmeal in a medium sized pot with 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt. Cover with a lid and leave overnight. I usually like to prepare this on a Sunday night, cook it up on Monday and I have breakfast for most of the week. In the morning bring to boil and cook, stirring frequently until the water cooks of. 

Serve with a little bit of milk or yogurt, maple syrup, honey or agave syrup, cinnamon and some nuts or dried fruit. My favourite are dried cherries and roasted almond flakes. Nothing makes a morning better and more comforting especially when it is cold outside. Keep the leftover oatmeal in the fridge and heat it up in the microwave with a splash of milk in the morning. Add whatever you fancy.

Make January Snacking Right- Granola Squares




My January started pretty perfectly with a trip to Mexico coming up very soon and even though I need to get back into shape after Christmas and I am not depriving myself of simple pleasures such as snacking. Of course everyone tries to diet, exercise and have resolutions for themselves in the New Year. But the most important to remember in all this is to not necessarily share those resolutions with the whole world but be true to yourself in trying to be a better person than we were last year.

Diet is so hard for me. As you already know I love food. And now that I have to feed my whole family my pantry and fridge are stocked. It is easy to eat chocolate or chips without making any effort, on the run or watching TV. I will try to really celebrate and enjoy my meals. Even if it takes me a whole day to wait until I have a moment to celebrate few squares of chocolate or a cookie, it will be so much better and deserved than few of them eaten mindlessly in between tasks.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!!!

I want to wish a Happy, Delicious and a Wonderful New Year to all my wonderful and faithful readers. I hope this New Year will bring you new surprises, challenges, happy and proud moments and those full of inspiration and pure joy! Happy New Year!!!!! Feliz Ano Nuevo! Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!

I gathered some of my favourite and most popular recipes from this year. It was delicious! And I hope next year will be even more delicious!



Conchas



 Coconut Granola






Creme Brulee





Short Braised Ribs




Pear Coffee Cake




 Chia Pudding




Breakfast Scramble with Chorizo and Bagels




Barley Salad with Roasted Veggies




Kale Overload Salad




Healthy Spelt Flour Cookies




Cranberry Muffins




Braised Chicken Thighs with Mango




Mexican Day Of The Dead Bread



Monday, December 15, 2014

Biscotti



Christmas is almost here! And we are all crazy busy now with the shopping, wrapping, partying, cooking and baking. There must be time to make cookies!

One of our favourite cookies to make for Christmas are Biscotti. They are a wonderful Christmas treat at anytime of the day. Dipped in your coffee, they slowly disappear. But they will last a little longer than anything else as kids do not really like them. Unless you show them a trick of dipping them in warm milk- but I do not recommend it if you want to keep your cookies.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Rush And Mexican Wedding Cookies






Christmas is almost here and we are all starting to feel the rush of excitement in the air. We are planning, buying gifts, making cookies, deciding what to prepare for Christmas dinner, getting anxious in the stores and in parking lots. Relax. I am sure you are buying the right toys for your kids. And you are not missing anyone from your list. Unless you are a Christmas Eve shopper- then good luck.



Christmas. One the early memories from Poland was the same feeling of excitement I have these days when I shop for gifts. I was grown up enough to go out on my own and buy presents for my family. I must have been in high school already and capitalism was doing just well in our country. The chill in the air, the Christmas music, the big Christmas tree in the market square and the search for the right gift in the stores were so much fun. One of the stores I remember really strongly is the Chocolate store that sold nothing else, but chocolate in every possible form. Truffles, chocolate candy, chocolate bars with fillings, nuts, fruit. Chocolate ornaments, chocolate Santas, different shapes, sizes and flavours. That smell was one to remember. Long gone were the days of cherishing chocolate, eating a little piece of it everyday because no one knew when we would be able to buy or receive another one. When all the chocolate was gone we kept the silver with the wrapper and when chocolate was nowhere in sight I would have to satisfy the craving by smelling it. I still remember this sweet milk chocolate paper smell with hazelnutty background. Maybe that is the reason I cannot eat a whole chocolate in one sitting. It is so much better when you savour it. Another store I strongly remember was a regular grocery store with tropical fruits. These were a novelty and it was pretty cool to buy a pineapple or a mango as a gift. Oranges were the only tropical fruit available during communism and usually only around Christmas time. I also would buy newly imported coffee from Germany. Still today the best coffee I drink and always have at home is from Germany - Jacobs. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Cookery

"Don't be afraid, your time will come, you are the beginning of everything"
Mela Koteluk (Polish Singer)

This post is dedicated to my Dear Friend- Magda H.


 


Time is so precious. We all need and want to stop, feel inspired, laugh, enjoy the best things that are available to us in this world. We want them now and fast because we are young and time flies. Isn't it funny that when we have the most energy and desire to do, see, feel, love and everything else, we also have the least time on our hands. This is where our lives peak. This is when we put our energy and love into nurturing, creating, running, loving, doing everything except for stopping. Time flies and sometimes I miss the slower moments from my youth when time was abundant and our minds were free to choose instead of being jammed up with all the commercial and material junk these days. It is hard to find time for many things, but once in a while we should stop and make time for friends, food and to reflect on what is really important to us. 






I was able to enjoy time with friends over some delicious food two weeks ago at the wonderful place called The Cookery, where we celebrated my birthday. It was a wonderful idea and gift from my friend Magda- and it was one of the best birthday gifts yet- thank you Magda! Cookery is a brand new store that was created for those who love to cook, eat and enjoy anything food related. The place is very new yet wildly popular. I hope I am going to make it even more popular by telling all my friends about it. It is in my old neighbourhood of Roncesvalles, which I miss dearly. 




The Cookery hosts all kinds of cooking classes that include hands on or demonstration. While learning  you can enjoy the much needed friend time where people can bond and share food related experiences (and not only!). The store carries anything you might desire for your kitchen or as a gift, so make sure to stop by before Christmas! But best of all you can learn how to cook in order to throw fabulous dinner parties and of course to make your family and friends very happy!

The store lures us with an amazing design and warm lighting. At the back of the store a tiny kitchen is visible with a table that sits comfortably 6-7 people and the chef. Quiet music, elegant and tasteful decor, the neighbourhood and people walking by on the street make you feel as if you were in New York. The ambiance and warmth combined with the smell of the food cooking away transport you to a warm, happy and quiet place where you can relax.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Winter's Night Chilli




Days have been crazy recently. It takes me several days to put away the laundry and when I finally do I have another load to do! I have time to make breakfast, lunch and dinner for my girls and husband but I eat on the run myself and I am very rarely able to sit down to have breakfast, dinner, read something or watch unless it is after 10 pm.  I do not enjoy food eaten in a rush. We are all guilty of eating too fast and not celebrating the food. That is why sometimes I stop and try to really saveur the food that I cooked. And today's dinner was delicious and worth stopping everything for it! A heartwarming chilli with some quesadillas and a quick salad. Delicious!

When days are getting colder most of us crave comforting foods such as piping hot oatmeal, hearty soups, stews and steaming hot apple pies. A dish that I crave quite frequently in cold weather is chilli. I have never heard of it before coming to Canada. The first time I ate it, I remember nothing spectacular- it was a simple meat-bean-tomato stew with very little flavour. After becoming a little more adventurous in cooking I started to like this dish more and more until I finally cooked it in a way that I love. First of all I use turkey, a leaner and healthier meat. Then I add the Mexican chilli powder that has a gorgeous depth in its flavour. I add bacon, because bacon makes everything better. And for a special kick and something to make my chilli unique I add a tenderly spicy poblano pepper. Yum, yum and yum!