Category Protein

Cheesy Veg’n’Rice

This is in 3 layers: rice, vegetables of your choice, cheese of your choice. It only looks complicated! Prepare the rice. Short grain brown rice will make a stickier rice; if you make extra, you can add milk to it next morning for breakfast. Long grain brown rice is more usual. Measure out 125 ml […]

Latkes – Potato Pancakes

Potatoes are a foundation of my childhood, of my life, yet I see those sturdy, unassuming potatoes shoved and molded into some outrageous concoctions. On the other hand, if I don’t have them steamed or baked or boiled… I like latkes, otherwise known as potato pancakes. Again, relatively simple and easy to make. You will […]

Noodle Goodness

Pasta comes in so many variations that it’s hard to choose… unless you make your own. Fresh noodles can be made with few ingredients, maybe 30 minutes of time but only 10 minutes of labour, even without fancy equipment; it took longer to write this up than it does to make. There are other recipes […]

Secret Chicken Soup Broth

The reasons I dislike commercial chicken soup: high salt, high fat, sugar, unpronounceable additives. So I’m going to give you my secret recipe for a good chicken broth, inherited from my mother, who got it from her mother. For those with a limited spice collection, the spices are whole, so they will store for a […]

Beef Stew as an organic concoction

It was a night for beef stew. I picked up a pound (1/2 kg) of stewing beef and a rutabaga (“yellow turnip”) the size of my two fists together. Onions and potatoes were in the dry bin, dry thyme from the garden and other spices were on the shelf, and carrots were in the cooler. […]

Chili is Easy

Tonight is a chili night, even though it really should’ve been started yesterday. If you make your own, you discover that next-day chili is better, and hotter, than the day you cook it. I’m using canned beans, this time, because cooking from dried takes a little longer. Texas chili would not have beans in it. […]

Easy Basic Muffins

Sometimes I just want a simple muffin, not too sweet, without a lot of bells and whistles, and a teeny bit healthier than what is commercially sold. This is based on an old recipe that has been my favorite for decades, and I keep coming back to it. Standard Muffins makes 12 medium muffins pre-heat […]

Easy Traditional Soda Bread

Bread is best when fresh, and making your own means you get to choose the very best of ingredients. Quick breads (that is, non-yeast breads) are best eaten the same day, though I have been content with this version the next day. I love this with soups and stews and oven-hot snacking. The basic recipe […]

Kale-Potato Soup with Kick

I was in the mood for comfort food, so I checked out what I had in the kitchen. Happily, I had enough ingredients for a stick-to-your-ribs soup! True, the pepperoni sticks were leftovers from the weekend, but I have listed a few ideas for substitution below the recipe. I was going to list this one […]

Easy Sliced Summer Salad

It’s so easy that I had to give it a long name! Perfect for late summer as all those beefsteak tomatoes start ripening and big-leafed basil is available. The dressing? So very simple, too! Eating it is the height of decadence, aromatic and luscious… Sliced Summer Salad tomato or two, fragrantly ripe, sliced about a […]