Thursday, March 3, 2011


We had the great fortune to be able to spend some time in Paris recently. One item on my youngest child's wish list of things to do was to eat crepes. And we did. And they were heavenly. And I wonder why I had not been making them on a regular basis at home.
Well, now I am going to start.
I made a batch the other day, honestly, I think I made four dozen from one recipe. They are ridiculously easy to make and are so much fun to eat and the choice of fillings is great.
I made a white sauce with chicken (leftovers from a roast the night before) and brocoli. I found the recipe in Julia's Mastering the Art, red copy.
Everyone loved them and then I made dessert crepes with chestnut filling...unbelievable!!!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tuna Casserole

Our town was actually hit with a snow storm this week. I think we saw 25 cm fall with temperatures well below freezing. Big news for a town that is not used to it. Best part was a snow day full of tea, popcorn and brownies!
And another first was an attempt to make tuna casserole. An updated 2011 version. My husband really does love everything I make, he is my biggest fan. So he was delighted with this plan for dinner. I was not so sure but wanted to try another recipe from a new book I was given for Christmas.
Ok, are you ready? Tuna Casserole with Quinoa. Sounded promising. Basically you use quinoa instead of noodles. It was fine. Two of us liked it, one thought it was fine and two not so much. Not enough flavour which could be tweaked, but definitely easy and can be made and popped in the oven when you are ready, also a good thing. Overall a great new/old idea and that is always fun.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

What do you do when...

I made this Lucy recipe last night, half of my family liked it, the other half did not, including me.
Loved the name of it, provencal chicken. All good things, olive, red onions, zucchini, just was not happy with the end product.
So, in to the bin went the recipe.
Because the reality is, if it was not a huge family hit, the chances of making it again are pretty much next to zero.
I am determined to build up my choices to a selection that everyone likes. Drastic or maybe lazy on my part for not trying the recipe again, but also true. There are far too many things to make in this world!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


Honestly, every time i make pizza my husband says, this is so good, why would we ever go out or order? They do taste better because you know what is in them. And I do buy the dough, my one help in this. Sometimes I get really creative but end up being a real pig. So tonight I made a traditional pizza, tomato sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella but added black olive tapenade and grilled red peppers...and there were six pieces leftover so hello lunches!!! With a big green salad and strawberries that actually tasted ok from California, it was a good dinner!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

A Ha Moment

I seem to be having a lot of these lately...and the one today has brought me back to my blog.
Even though it is not about what I am making for dinner tonight (leftovers in the freezer, love that).
My a ha moment came this afternoon upon our return after an extraordinary weekend away skiing. We were up north, remember, we can drive to snow out here on the west coast, having a long weekend of skiing and fun with friends. We arrived and it was winter with lots of snow and a very impressive base. Saturday afternoon the snow started and by Sunday morning we had an additional 64 we woke up to what some described as a blizzard. Sadly for the skiers in my family we had to leave.
Happily for me I had an a ha moment. It came when we turned down our driveway and were met by our pink rhododendrons bursting with colour. Can you believe it? It was spectacular!
They have reminded me that a ha moments happen all the time, you just have to keep your eyes open because you do not want to miss one!!!
Back to the kitchen or thereabouts tomorrow, have tried some new recipes and new ideas lately, look forward to sharing them with you.