Category: Cooking

Cauliflower Mash

One of my very dear friends returned to Canada for a visit. It has been three years since I last saw her, and needless to say, we spent lots of time catching up and feasting!

PicMonkey CollageSending my buddy off with a delicious meal of Taiwanese food

I ended up eating a lot of foods that I could no longer tolerate since adapting some healthier eating habits, but it was still pretty neat to sample all the foods that I used to love to eat since I normally don’t have this opportunity.  As much as I enjoyed these two weeks of feasting, I’m looking forward to introducing cleaner, simpler foods into my diet again!

Those of you who have been following my blog will probably remember that I’m a terrible cook. Normally, my cooking is done by my wonderful boyfriend, who loves to fill my belly with lots of food. However, on days where I don’t get to see him I’m left to do the cooking on my own. When that happens, I tend to choose the simplest recipe possible, because anything that requires too many steps gets me frustrated and I lose interest in cooking altogether. This cauliflower mash recipe is perfect because all that is required is steamed cauliflower, seasoning and kitchen equipment to whip it all together!

The recipe is from my favorite Paleo blog, nomnompaleo. I’ve always found the whole Paleo approach very hard to understand, but it wasn’t until I came across Michelle’s blog that a lot of my confusion was cleared up. I always find her posts entertaining and easy to follow, plus the graphics are always so cheerful, every time I check out her recipes I feel this urge to cook!

FullSizeRenderI can’t wait for lunch to come!

My mash turned out a little lumpy, because I couldn’t find my food processor, and had to settle for my ancient blender, but overall, I’m amazed by how much this cauliflower resembled mash potatoes! I am pretty certain if someone put this in front of me without telling me what it is, I would be tricked!

Happy cooking! 🙂

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Osso Buco with a Cheese Puffs Repeat

I know we all have bad hair days, mine happens to be almost every day of the week, but I wonder if we have “bad kitchen days” too? The reason why I am asking is because if you remember in my last post or two, I mentioned how I keep experiencing kitchen mishaps, and making mistakes that I really shouldn’t make. Today, however, not only did I not make any kitchen mistakes, I made some pretty good food too!

It has been a particularly trying month for my boyfriend, so I decided to make him one of his favorite dishes to cheer him up. I have made osso buco a few times in the past, but somehow this time, it tasted better than ever. Perhaps it was the rice we ate it with? Or maybe because I have been eating a lot of bland food lately, so eating something this flavorful really woke me up? Or maybe my cooking skills are improving… yeah, that must be it 😉

The recipe I used, and have always used in the past, is from one of my favorite youtubers, Laura Vitale. The recipe is really straightforward, and the ingredients are pretty basic too: some herbs, vegetables, and meat. The only changes I made to the recipe this time, is I skipped the wine, and as usual, I used oxtail instead of veal shank.

 

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First step: browning the oxtail on both sides. I had to take these pictures with my phone, because my camera couldn’t read my memory card. Then somehow, after desperately working my magic on it, things started working again. Unfortunately, the magic didn’t happen until after the boyfriend and I dug into the osso buco.

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After removing the browned oxtail, I threw in the onions, celery and carrots into the pot to cook. Added salt and pepper for flavor.

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Added the tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, herbs and chicken broth. Threw the oxtail back in and turned the heat down to a low. Then let the meaty goodness cook for the next 2 hours.

The boyfriend had a light breakfast so he was already starving by the time I was preparing the osso buco, so I decided to make him some brazilian cheese puffs to munch on while we waited. I was a little unsure if I should write about cheese puffs again, because I swear I’ve talked about these so many times already, but the cheese puffs turned out REALLY well this time. I have tested out a variety of recipes before, but I ended up going back to the first one I used. Luck must be on my side because I had just enough butter for these babies, and no, I did not forget the salt this time around.

The only thing I did different is I used a dried cheese instead of grating the block of cheese I have sitting in my fridge. I’m no expert, but I had a gut feeling that my previous attempts failed because of the extra moisture from the cheese, which led to flat circles of cheese stuff. So while I was shopping for the osso buco ingredients, I picked up a container of dried grated cheese to see if it would make a difference in the results, and it did 🙂

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And I promise I will not blog about making cheese puffs again.

Happy Baking/ Cooking! 🙂

Strawberry Lemonade Gummies

I love berries, and strawberries usually don’t make it to the top of my list, but last night, I had the most delicious strawberries and couldn’t stop thinking about them. Maybe it was fate, because while I was browsing for a Paleo chicken recipe, I ended up stumbling upon this “Strawberry Lemonade Gummies” by Steph Gaudreau from “Stupid Easy Paleo“. I know,  I know, every time I mention a website, I always talk about how much I love it, but I swear I’m not lying. C’mon now, how can anyone not LOVE easy recipes!

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Deliciousness!

As per the recipe, I washed a pound of strawberries and chopped them up into small chunks:

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Try not to eat them because I know I was tempted to!

Threw the chopped bits into a pot, along with a cup of water and brought it to a boil, then lowered the heat to a simmer for about 10 minutes. The original recipe requires coconut water, but I circled the supermarket three times without any luck so I left empty handed.

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I let the boiled strawberries cool for a bit then blended the mixture until smooth.

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Continuing to follow the recipe, I poured the blended strawberries into the pot then added my lemon zest, lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey.

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After stirring the ingredients together, I added my gelatin, making sure to whisk in between each spoonful. I didn’t pay attention and stirred with a spoon, but then I realized my mistake when my gelatin wasn’t blending properly. Ahhh, more kitchen mishaps!

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After mixing all my gelatin into the strawberry lemon mixture, I poured it into a baking tin then popped it into the fridge.

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And here is the final product! (After leaving it in the fridge for close to two hours). I apologize for the poor photo quality, but it was dark by the time I snapped the photo.
Not being biased, but it tastes pretty good! It’s not sweet at all, just a tangy with a nice lemony after taste. I’m not very good at describing anything, but “refreshing” is probably the word that pops into my head first.

Would you guys give this a shot? Let me know! 🙂

Sweet & Savory Potatoes: A “Practical Paleo” Recipe

I don’t like sweet potatoes.

When the boyfriend first picked up his copy of “Practical Paleo” by Diane Safilippo, he made such a huge batch of her sweet potato medallions, the thought of eating any more sweet potatoes made my stomach turn. However, lately, I have been trying hard to get back into clean eating again, so I decided to give sweet potatoes another chance. This is another super easy Practical Paleo recipe that involves a few basic ingredients: sweet potatoes (duh!), garlic powder, onion powder, cinnamon and a litte salt and pepper.

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The result: DELICIOUS! I love the sweet and savory combination. The salt and garlic powder really brings out the sweetness of the sweet potato. Yum!
Maybe I am exaggerating, but I think this recipe may have changed my mind about sweet potatoes. Not entirely, as in I don’t think I can chow down sweet potatoes every day, but a little bit as a side dish to my lunch doesn’t seem so bad!

Happy Cooking! 🙂