Family favourites (old and new)

Month: March 2014

Roasted Cauliflower, Asian Baked Tofu and Brown Rice

Roasted Cauliflower, Asian Baked Tofu and Brown Rice

This easy vegetarian trio of roasted cauliflower, asian baked tofu and brown rice is healthy and satisfying. It takes a little preparation but once that’s done it’s smooth sailing. Brown Rice The rice takes the longest amount of time so start by cooking up 1 […]

Spaghetti Bolognese…Italian for Comfort Food

Spaghetti Bolognese…Italian for Comfort Food

I told my friend Paula I’d cook her dinner and asked her what she wanted.  “Spaghetti” was the response.  Normally I just wing spaghetti sauce with whatever I have on hand but today I decided I’d have a look to see if what I think […]

Jamie Oliver’s Beef and Beer Stew with Beef and Bacon Sausages

Jamie Oliver’s Beef and Beer Stew with Beef and Bacon Sausages

Beef and beer stew is perfect for a Fall evening and pretty easy…just takes a while to simmer so make it the night before. I used Jamie Oliver’s Beef & Ale Stew and added in some fresh made in-house beef and bacon sausages that I got from our new local butcher, West Broadway Meat Co.

Ingredients

2 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion
2 stalks celery
1 large carrot
3 bay leaves
2 c. chopped tomatoes (canned are fine…I used up some left over strained tomatoes and added enough chopped fresh to get to 2 cups)
bottle of beer topped up with water to make 2 c.
2 c. cubed stewing beef
2 beef and bacon sausages chopped in rounds
1 Tbsp flour

Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

Rough chop all your vegetables and put them in a big pot.
Add the bay leaves and olive oil and fry on medium for 10 minutes.
Add the meat and flour and stir until flour is incorporated.
Add the tomatoes and beer and stir making sure no flour is left stuck on the bottom of the pot.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.
Cover and simmer for 3 hours. Uncover for the last half  hour.

Serves 6

Quinoa and Kale Salad

Quinoa and Kale Salad

Quinoa and kale are great combined. Add in aromatic toasted almonds for crunch and dried cranberries for a hit of sweet to offset the kale and WHAM…yummy salad (even if the photo is a bit blurry…I was shaking from hunger). Ingredients: 1 bunch kale washed […]