Summer Solstice

4 years ago we spread your ashes in a place you requested. Away from the noises, away from the people, in a place deep into the woods. Your final resting place, between the tall tall trees, under the ever changing, yet consistently same sky, on the ground that’s been for longer than we can conceive…

Chicken Cordon Bleu with Roux

Here’s a non pork containing chicken cordon bleu recipe that’s made garlic roast beef sandwich meat snuggled with Swiss cheese and surrounded by tender chicken breast. It’s coated in the usual flour, egg and bread crumbs. But then it’s cast iron pan seared in butter and oven finished. The roux, or white wine sauce, can…

Beef Yakhni Pulao

Another traditional Pakistani dish made often at Eid. It’s a rice and beef dish, cooked in the yakhni or broth of the meat. The meat is fall apart tender and the flavours are delicious. Ingredients for stock: 1 kilogram bone in or boneless pieces of beef (bone in is preferred due to the flavours that…

Meal Prep Monday April 9th

It was a heavy week last week with multiple losses felt both at my work, in a community I come from and what would have been Moms 53rd birthday. My heart still hurts and the tears still make my vision blurry at times. If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that the world does not…

Chapli Kabab

The Peshawari kabab, an homage to my husbands roots and upbringing. A tasty, mildly spicy fried ground beef patty, topped with a slice of tomato. My husband describes a taste that cannot be found here, including in my kitchen with these. Street food from back home looks and sounds amazing and I hope someday to…

Homemade Pecan Pie

This pie recipe is a family favourite all year round. And I hate making pies because I’m terrible at getting the rolled out dough off the counter and into the pie plate in one piece, not my usual 4-6 pieces. So pies are more of a rarity and a special request. This special request is…

Meal Prep Monday, March 26th edition

Another week, another menu with trusty old repeats. If you prepare what you’re familiar with and eat what you like, you’re much more likely to stick with the meal plan and feel satisfied while doing so. Breakfast: COFFEE with 2% milk and Athletes Blend Vegan protein powder shake (that I’m still trying to finish up)…

Meal Prep Monday, March 12th Edition

Well Monday’s back so let’s set up the week. Last week didn’t go according to the plan in my mind. Inconsistent lifting days, some interrupted by needy kiddos, not sticking to the meal plan. Meh. It happens and this is a new week, no sense beating myself up or self sabotaging now. I’m just going…

Salted caramel, chocolate dipped shortbread cookies

How’s that title for a run on?? And it’s actually both dark chocolate and milk chocolate dipped. The shortbread recipe is from moms Christmas recipe collection, the rest is an evolution of my idea after seeing store bought cookies covered in chocolate. These cookies become rich, sweet and salty. Just the combination that’s perfect on…

Baked Salmon with sweet, fried Plantains

Most everyone enjoys some salmon every once in a while. I find this to be one of the easiest meals, sided with sweet plantains and no starchy side. The sweetness with the acidity in the fish and lemon is wonderfully balanced (and healthy). In the future I’ll cook up some nice chicken broth and butter…

Meal Prep Monday, March 5th edition

I didn’t think I’d have meals prepped with life going on these days but then I said to myself- Zip it and just do it. So I did. And it’s simple and good.  And yes I recognize it’s Sunday too but I’m not changing the title.  Ready to kick ass and take names this new…

A taste of Italy’s memories

I’d like to go back to Florence. I’d do it in a heartbeat, but not with this 15 month old tantrum king. This time I’d be free to eat all the foods; when we went almost 5 1/2 years ago, our oldest was about 8 months old and still couldn’t tolerate any dairy or soy…

Meal Prep Monday Feb. 26th Edition

If you’re following along on Instagram, yeah I caved and joined that too 😆, we entertained yesterday so I didn’t want to have to non stop cook for guests, hubby’s lunches and my meals. So Cholay Pulao was a hit with the guests and doubled as lunches for my man. The accompanying Seekh Kabob were…

Rack of Lamb with Mushroom Risotto

A classic. One you’d pay good money for in a dimly lit, child free, high end restaurant. Done right and it’s truly a sublime dish you can have at home any night of the week. The lamb is pan seared and oven finished with a basic rub. The risotto is creamy, savoury, filled with mushrooms,…

Tantalizing Truffles

Here’s a quick and easy one that’ll impress. It’s the ever famous truffle. And today it’s a dark chocolate truffle with a cocoa coating. Now it sounds like it should be fickle and posh but it’s really cooled ganache with a coating. And this time, it’s a rich, deep dark chocolate, but the options are…

Meal Prep Monday- pancakes, crustless quiche and seekh kabob

  What’s on the menu this week: Breakfast: 2 homemade pancakes with a half cup of cottage cheese Lunch: crustless quiche with cucumbers Supper: Seekh kabob with Greek yogurt chutney Snacks: a piece of fruit with cottage cheese, ooikos chocolate raspberry Greek yogurt cup, protein shake Moms Pancakes This is a recipe of moms I’ve…

Grief, the path never ending

***there are details about death and grief in this post so please be aware and read on informed*** I’ve decided to share this in hope it helps even just one other in their grief, as I found others writings helped me immensely in very dark times to not feel like the only one in pain;…

La tire d’érable

Québécois style maple taffy is happening in the kitchen today. In honour of the recent Carnaval celebrations and inspired by my daughters school experiences last week, we present to you…la tire d’érable, doux et délicieux! Ingredients: 1 cup pure maple syrup Snow, fresh and clean 😜 Instructions: In a small saucepan, heat up the maple…

Haleem

This middle eastern dish varies from region to region but it’s main ingredients of wheat/barley/lentils/meat remain the base of this always flavourful, hearty dish. Haleem may not be the prettiest dish, but it is one of the tastiest. The instant pot speeds up the previous all day cook/soak that was required. There’s no place like…

Meal Prep Monday: Vegetarian Week

What’s on the menu for this week? Well here it is and I’m actually really looking forward to each meal…. Breakfast: Eggs and Coffee as usual Lunch: Masoor Daal (red lentils) with Saag Paneer (spinach and cheese) Snack: Cottage Cheese, Vega protein shake Supper: Sesame Ginger Tofu with baby Bok Choy and pecans, Greek yogurt…

Rajma Masala… kidney bean curry

Hearty, rich, so tasty and completely vegetarian. A new comfort food dish. This is easily made vegan with vegan buttery spread/oil and coconut milk. The kidney beans can be cooked up quick in the instant pot without any soaking earlier in the day, or from the can if that’s what you’re using. This dish goes…

Creamy Chicken Alfredo with Mushrooms and Spinach

We must be due for a delectable pasta and chicken recipe. Well here’s one that you’ll repeat regularly, at least it’s our creamy pasta go to. It’s rich, mouthwatering, satisfying and made from whole, basic ingredients. It’s an impressive dish to serve guests and a true family favourite that has the littlest ones in my…

Meal prep Monday’s

  I’m going to take this post in a little different direction. I’ve mentioned briefly that I have goals- muscle and body goals I am achieving through great nutrition and consistent weight lifting, along with a kickboxing cardio circuit. Today I’ll introduce you to my formal meal planning on this more focused personal vision I…

Lamb Curry

A curry to remember… good ones bring you back to the place, the sounds, the company of that delicious meal. The instant pot simplifies this slow cook dish so you can have that as many nights a week at home as you’d like. This is a basic curry recipe, other meat can absolutely be substituted,…

Seasoned Lamb Sausage with Smashed Potatoes

Sometimes supper needs to be quick and still tasty. This local made lamb sausage with instant pot “baked” potatoes, smashed and lightly fried, with a side of sliced avocado meets that need. Between the crying one year old, feeling all out of sorts today and the fact that we painted most of the afternoon away…

Seekh Kebab without a grill

Terrible confession time…this Canadian girl does not own a BBQ. What can’t be cooked on my gas stove in cast iron doesn’t need to be. And trust me when I tell you, pan seared-oven-finished steaks are the way to go. Oven baked Seekh Kebab (I just changed the spelling since kabob didn’t seem right all…

Homemade Heavenly Cream Puffs

Who can resist vanilla whipped cream filled puffs?? Lots maybe, but who wants to? Not I, nor my offspring (and we are optimistically trialing dairy in the youngest with success currently). I have a vague memory of mom making cream puffs so it definitely wasn’t a regular thing. Her recipe has been dusted off for…

Worms in Dirt

Yes, you’ve heard it here…the first sign of spring has arrived. Maybe it’s wishful thinking but it’s the request of the birthday girl to bring it as her treat to school on her actual birthday tomorrow. So heck yes, worms in dirt. This is mostly from-a-box treat, which we don’t do very often but you…

2 hour Buns (wheaty, yeasty goodness)

Everyone needs a good homemade bun recipe. So here it is. It’s quick and easy, with basic ingredients. It’s versatile for get togethers, every day lunches and even large bun chili bowls (which is super fun and fancy). This comes to you from my moms collection of tried and true recipes, of millions (well multiple…

Timeless Beef Dip

Thank you instant pot. Flavourful beef roast and au jus in 40 minutes of cook time. The roast spices can be as simple as salt pepper, garlic and onions; or as complex as fresh herbs and multiple spices. This is a hearty, comfort food that feeds many at once, or results in leftovers to be…

Wonder Woman Cake

Well what to say, it’s pretty self explanatory. The chocolate cake recipe and ganache are posted in the heaven on a plate blog post. This icing is a dairy/soy free buttercream as follows: 1 cup butter (earth balance soy free) room temp 4 cups icing sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 1-2 tbsp almond milk, consistency…

She really is Wonder Woman

Tell me any (almost) 6 year old doesn’t have some wonder woman in her (or him) and I’ll call you a flat out liar and tell you you aren’t looking close enough. The courage to try new things; to take on what seems like unsurpassable tasks; the fielty to ones emerging sense of right and…

Lavish Chocolate Mousse

This sweet, rich and decadent dessert leaves little to be desired.  While it is a bit fickle to ensure the lightness and fluffiness, it’s basic ingredients entice me and thats why it’s a regular after supper option around here, as well as a make ahead, portable dish to take to get togethers. Ingredients: 4 eggs…

Nargisi Koftay…a spectacular change from meatballs

This pretty little meal elevates the traditional koftay or meatballs. Hard boiled egg surrounded with tasty ground beef, smothered in a spicy tomato salaan, or sauce; eaten by hand with warm naan. All made from basic ingredients. The instant pot quickly and fuss free gets the eggs done perfectly; then speeds up the cook on…

A Breaksfast to Remember: Halwa Puri with Cholay

Now this just a teaser and a promise…halwa puri with cholay. A traditional Pakistani breakfast. It consists of deep fried homemade puri, sweet halwa and savoury, spicy cholay. For those not familiar, it’s fried flat bread, sweet cream of wheat type dish and spicy chickpeas with potatoes. It’s eaten by hand with the puri and…

Aloo Goscht, spiced beef and potato stew

Warm, hearty beef stew and potatoes, sided with a warm bun or bread conjure many good memories for me. It reminds me of cold winters days, skating outside or snowmobiling all day, warmed by the smells of cooking food, laughter and love around the dinner table. Well, it’s the same for my family and what…

Today’s comfort food..

Later I’ll be cooking up some Pakistani beef and potato stew… Aloo Goscht. It’s warm, hearty, flavourful and now, not an all day process with the instant pot. Cheaper, more tough cuts of meat (beef, lamb, goat) are great in this dish. Perfect after a day of outdoor winter skating. Recipe and photos to follow!

Lamb Yakhni Pulao

If you’ve never tried this, you’re in for a treat.  It is a traditional, Pakistani spiced rice and lamb dish, with the rice being cooked in the lamb bone broth, or yakhni.  It is both delicious and nutritious (look up the benefits of bone broth). Ingredients: about 2.5 lbs cut up lamb with some bone…

The EGG came first

Eggs in any diet have great benefits and I have muscle building goals I’m actively working on. Two hardboiled eggs every morning is not so exciting after a week, but I have goals and eggs help.  I get readily usable protein, good fats, not too much bad fat (saturated), convenience and satiety. And I batch…

Hummus and Guacamole… year round classics

As promised… here is a recipe for homemade hummus, brought to you by the speed of the instant pot from dry, non soaked chickpeas. As well as a recipe for simple, tasty guacamole. Both are delicious appetizers for guests or as a family favorite, like at our house. High protein, good fats and meat free….

New Year’s Eve

Let’s be honest, I likely won’t make it awake until midnight (and we sure as hell aren’t letting the kids stay up) so I’m gonna call this a New Years eve day party. My 5 year old wants a party, so here is some of her menu choices: brownies, homemade chicken wings, lemon Greek potatoes,…

Potato pancakes with the worlds best soft, scrambled eggs

  Here’s an elevated breakfast recipe with help from the instant pot with the fast cook on the potatoes. It goes over well with guests and my little family comprehensively. Potato pancakes with Gordon Ramsay style soft scrambled eggs on toast. Delectable! Now, being non pork eaters, the traditional bacon and eggs are not an…

Baked halibut with twice baked potatoes

Here’s a healthy, tasty fish dish. It’s quick and light. The instant pot cuts the potato cooking time significantly. Prep and marinate the fish while the potatoes are in the instant pot, then bake everything on one pan. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit Potatoes: Place 1 cup hot water in the instant pot, place…

The (in)famous Chicken Biryani

Happy holidays! Here’s a classic, the famous chicken biryani recipe. It’s devoured up quick from my one year old to my Pakistani born & raised husband, and it’s even mother in law approved. I highly recommend a 2 hour marinade on the chicken, the flavours infuse amazingly. Do marinade a minimum 30 minutes, max 4…

Tastebuds delight!

This delicious chicken biryani is currently in the works. Please check back to today’s later post for full recipe and details.  It’ll be a convenient instant pot recipe sure to feed 6-8 people at least.

Game day BROWNIES

Here’s an easy, almost one bowl, delicious brownie recipe made with basic ingredients. I’ve made it dairy/soy free, but you can easily substitute real butter in the brownie, and real dark chocolate & milk in the icing/ganache. Go Oilers! Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter (I used earth balance dairy/soy free spread) 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2…

15 minute Taco bowls

This recipe is a quick, convenience type homemade meal. I try to have containers of frozen, cooked ground beef (previously cooked in the instant pot actually, which I will type out the next time I do it) in the freezer for days like today. Something you can just grab out of the freezer, add some…

Self Care, the buzzword

Coffee and hockey, self care achieved. Mostly just kidding. I’m guilty. Of putting myself and my own care last often. But that’s how it is in my family and how we work it. And I’m generally very okay with that. My sleep comes last (and shortest) because my nursing babes need me, not their daddy’s…

Rotisserie Style Whole Chicken

Well I’m at 34 hours and counting awake straight after night shift last night and staying up all day with the kids. With the two kids being kids and this biting cold wind outside at school pickup I’m done. I sure feel like curling into a ball in bed and telling my husband to get…

Katakat Chicken Livers

Instant pot authentic katakat chicken liver recipe! Funny story to go along with this delicious dish…I used to buy the katakat spice mix box from the local Pakistani grocery store. I asked my husband to pick up the mix I pronounced “cat a cat”, just like it’s spelled. He laughed so hard at me. He…

Salted Caramel Sauce

  A flawless caramel sauce recipe is hard to find. Homemade caramel sauce is in a league of its own, with no preservatives and basic ingredients. It’s rich and smooth and opulent. It goes especially well drizzled over the chocolate cake recipe posted earlier. It makes a delicious fruit dip as well, it’s options are…