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Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin

My favourite muffin to make is Oatmeal Banana Chocolate Chip. I have been making this muffin for years. I change it up from time to time, omitting the chocolate chips for fruit, but let’s admit it, we all want that little bit of chocolate in our muffin to make it feel like a bit of a treat 😉

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Posted by on July 26, 2013 in Baking, Chocolate, Desserts

 

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Turkey Mushroom Sausage Patties

Turkey Mushroom Sausage

#GrillOn

Earlier this year I was approached by Turkey Farmers of Canada and Mushrooms Canada to create two grilling recipes to be published this summer in e-cookbooks available through Facebook. The recipes would be original and combine mushrooms and turkey. I was honoured! WOW, I never would have imagined that my small blog would have been recognized in a national capacity. Once I got over the initial shock, I started to doubt myself. Could I really create two original recipes using turkey and mushrooms? I don’t even have a BBQ!  Would my creations measure up to what they are looking for? Because they were going to compensate me, I wanted to deliver a quality product, and I was worried that I would disappoint. But, Jamie told me to go for it!  Jump in with both feet and accept the offer. So, I slept on it and decided to go for it 🙂

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Officially a Spartan!

Pulling myself up a wall with a rope

Well, I am back from my short sabbatical.  I pretty much did all that I promised I would.  I have been playing around with my Smartphone to figure out how to take pictures (success – and I can link them to Facebook and Twitter).  I trained and competed in the Spartan Sprint last weekend (likely the most fun I have ever had at a race).  I played around with new designs for my blog (but nothing has changed).

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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Memories, Running

 

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I’m taking a BB*

*Blog Break

After a bit of an inner struggle, I have decided to take a few weeks off from blogging.  I need to take some time to find new recipes and re-charge my batteries.  I have been busy training for a 5km Spartan Sprint in mid-June, and because of this, I haven’t been spending a lot of time experimenting with new recipes.  My diet has consisted of salads and eggs, and that really isn’t exciting enough to share.

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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Memories, Running

 

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Strawberry Cupcakes

Pink Cupcakes with Vanilla Icing and coloured sugar sprinkles

After making the triple lemon cake for Laurel’s birthday, I have become intrigued with the idea of using jelly powder to flavour cakes. In fact, Kerri flavoured a cake with grape Jell-O and grape Kool-Aid. I was fortunate enough to taste the result of her experiment, and it was delicious. It was a perfect birthday cake for a child’s birthday party.

When I was approached a few weeks ago to make a dessert for a birthday celebration in the office, I knew that I wanted to play around with different flavour combinations. I have done a chocolate, vanilla and lemon cake now I wanted to play around with strawberry. You may think this is an odd choice to celebrate a milestone birthday for a male co-worker, but I can explain…

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Baking, Desserts

 

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Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa in a white bowl on a pink polka-dot plate

I hope that everyone had a great Mother’s Day weekend.  Jamie and I travelled back to Hamilton so that we could spend time with our families.  Normally Mother’s Day is a lovely spring day, with the sun shining and flowers blooming, but yesterday was exactly the opposite.   We had rain, freezing rain, snow and a few glimpses of sunshine.  Not the ideal day to host a family BBQ in Mom’s honour.

I really want to force the warm weather to be here to stay.  When Jamie and I moved last December, we moved downtown.  We are so close to bike paths and walking trails that weave in and around Parliament Hill and Gatineau, but the weather really has to improve for us to do more exploring.  As part of my defiance of the still too cool weather, I have been making a lot more warm weather foods.  This mango salsa is a summer treat that goes well on its own or as a delicious topping for a turkey burger.

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Fennel and Apple Coleslaw

Coleslaw in glass bowl on bamboo mat

With spring finally here I want to dive into salads. There is something about the warm weather that makes us want to eat cold, crisp foods. Last year I used fennel for the first time in a fennel, apple and chicken salad. Fennel wasn’t the star of that salad; it was more of a complimentary character. So, since a year has passed, I figured it was time I gave fennel a staring role in one of our meals. Since I enjoyed the combination of fennel and apple so much before, I searched out a recipe with those two ingredients. Here is the result of that search.

Jamie and I actually went searching for fennel recipes at different times, but we both thought this one would be the perfect starting point. It is nice to think that we are in sync 🙂

This recipe is from the Epicurious site. I have used recipes from this site before. I still rave about how great the coconut cream pie turned out, and I found the recipe on Epicurious. Now that I have jumped into the world of the Smartphone, their app was one of the first that I downloaded.

This recipe appealed to me, because it is coleslaw. I am a huge fan of coleslaw. My favourite (and don’t judge me on this) is Dixie coleslaw. You know the one, it is fluorescent green and you can buy it by the gallon at the deli counter. I don’t know why, but there is something about that coleslaw that I find mildly addicting. Hmmm, I wonder if I can make that at home? I have never tried, but now I think I have found a summer project.

Another reason I wanted to make this was because it was a great excuse to bust out the mandoline that we received as a wedding gift. I haven’t used it as much as I thought I would, but with the ingredient list calling for thinly sliced fennel, celery and julienned apples, it was the perfect opportunity.

The difficult part about making this dish is the waiting. Oh, and making sure that all the thinly sliced ingredients make it into the bowl! 😉 Is there anything more appetizing that thinly sliced fruits and vegetables that provide a satisfactory crunch? If you can wait 24 hours, this coleslaw is the perfect marriage of summer flavours. Jamie and I served it with some homemade sausage patties and devilled eggs. A little taste of summer in the middle of spring. Awesome!

Do you have a favourite coleslaw recipe? Or a summer-time guilty pleasure that compares to my Dixie coleslaw addiction?

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Adapted from:
Epicurious – Celery, Apple and Fennel Slaw

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp white sugar
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced using mandoline
  • 2 small fennel bulbs, thinly sliced using mandoline
  • 1 tbsp chopped fennel fronds
  • 1 firm, crisp apple (I used Fuji), julienned
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Whisk first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl to make your coleslaw dressing.
  2. Add sliced celery, thinly sliced fennel, chopped fennel fronds, and julienned apple; toss to coat.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Let sit in fridge overnight to allow flavours to combine.
  5. Enjoy!
 
 

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