Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Mulligatawny Soup with Chicken, Veggies and Coconut Milk

Bowl of Mulligatawny Soup

Mulligatawny Soup with Chicken, Veggies and Coconut Milk

This hearty creamy soup has lots of veggies and is flavoured with curry and cumin.  It's a soup that's sure to warm up your souls.  

Makes 4-6

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stick, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger, about 1 inch knob
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 apple, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 plum tomato cut into 1/4 inch pieces
1 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 cup canned unsweeten coconut milk
6 cups homemade or store bought chicken broth
1/2 cup brown basmati rice
2 cups cooked chicken, shredded or cubed 
Salt and pepper to taste

Melt butter in large pot over medium heat until butter is melted.  

Add onions, carrots, celery, red bell pepper and ginger. Saute until translucent 5-10 minutes.  

Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.  

Add sweet potato, apple, tomato and spices.  

Add coconut milk, broth and brown rice.  Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 30 minutes.  

Add cooked chicken and simmer 10 more minutes.

Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Bowl of mulligatawny soup and a bagel.

Other Soups?

Monday, December 13, 2021

Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread cookie displayed on blue backdrop.

Shortbread Cookies

I’m not usually one to make shortbread, but I decided to go for it this year when I stumbled across a recipe written in my mother’s handwriting on a small, faded recipe card. It must be 50 years old…which proves how timeless shortbread cookies are.

Makes 24 cookies

1 cup butter
2/3 cup icing sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour


Preheat oven to 350° F. 

Soften butter slightly and stir in icing sugar, salt and egg yolk with a wooden spoon. Add flour a little at a time. When mixture is too stiff to work with a spoon turn onto a counter and kneed lightly drawing in the all of the flour until dough is pliable.

Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick on lightly floured counter and cut into desired shapes with cookie cutter. Cook on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly brown.

Two shortbread cookies on a blue plate.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Coconut Jam Cookies


Coconut Jam Cookies
Yummy Coconut Jam Cookies!

coconut jam cookies
Cookies are rolled in egg whites and coated with coconut before baking.

Coconut Jam Cookies 

This is a buttery round cookie rolled in coconut and filled with raspberry jam. They are easy to make and delicious to eat.

Makes about 24 cookies

1 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, separated
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
Flaked sweetened coconut
Red raspberry jam

Preheat oven to 350° F. 

In a bowl with an electric beater cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Blend in flour.  

Shape into small balls.  

Whisk egg whites slightly in a small bowl. 

Place coconut in another bowl. 

Dip dough balls into egg whites and then roll in coconut. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make a depression in the centre of each cookie using the end of a wooden spoon handle.  

Cook for 12-15 minutes or until firm and slightly golden.  

coconut jam cookie

Other Cookies To Bake:

Cranberry Cookies
Cranberry Cookies 

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Spiced Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins With Chocolate Chips

Spiced pumpkin muffin on a colourful plate

Spiced Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These pumpkin cranberry muffins have a nice blend of savoury, sweet and sour. They are spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice. You can use fresh or frozen cranberries. They are great for breakfast or for a snack anytime. 

Makes 12

1 cup canned packed pumpkin 
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1 cup frozen or fresh cranberries
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350° F.  

Prepare a muffin pan and line it with paper liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, oil and vanilla. 

In another bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. Mix in the cranberries and chocolate chips and stir well. Add the wet mixture and stir until just combined.

Spoon into muffin cups and cook 25 minutes or until tester comes out clean. 

Spiced Pumpkin and Cranberry Muffin on a cake pan.

Other Recipes To Try Baking:

Three chocolate zucchini muffins sitting on a white plate.                                              

Muffin tin of raspberry cornmeal muffins                     

Butternut Squash, Apple, Curry Soup with a Hint of Orange

A bowl of butternut squash, apple curry soup.

An easy squash and apple curry soup with a hint of orange to warm up your soul.  It's spiced with curry and is sure to be a hit in your home.

Butternut Squash, Apple, Curry Soup with a Hint of Orange

Serves 6

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 white onions, chopped
5 pounds peeled, diced and seeded butternut squash, about 6 cups
1 medium Macintosh apple, peeled and chopped 
2 teaspoons curry powder
Pinch of grated nutmeg
3 cups chicken broth
Grated orange zest and juice from one large orange (I use a microplane to grate the rind)
1 1/2 cups 2% milk
Salt and pepper to taste
Sour cream (optional)
Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)


In a large Dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium-high heat. Sauté the onions about eight minutes, until soft.  

Add the squash and apple. Sauté three more minutes, stirring occasionally.  

Add the curry powder and nutmeg and stir for one minute.   

Add the chicken broth and orange juice and zest. Simmer slowly uncovered 15 to 20 minutes until the vegetables are tender.  

Coarsely blend with an immersion hand wand or in a blender. Return soup back to the pot and stir in the milk. Gently heat, and season with salt and pepper. 

Serve with sour cream and parsley on top, if using.

A bowl of squash soup on a table.

Other soups to try:

Bowl of carrot soup with cilantro on top.

A bowl of lentil soup.

Easy Beef Stew With Potatoes and Peas

View of beef stew in a brow pot.

Here's a simple, cozy beef stew that takes no time to throw together. It’s guaranteed to fill your home with delicious smells while it simmers for hours in your oven.

Easy Beef Stew with Potatoes and Peas

Serves 6

3 cups beef broth
1 cup red wine or water
1/2 cup flour
1 – 14-oz can tomato sauce
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds stewing beef, fat trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 medium cooking onions, cut into chunks
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 celery stick 
4 large carrots cut into 1-inch rounds
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 white potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces
1 cup frozen peas


Preheat oven to 350° F

In a bowl, add beef broth, wine (or water), flour and tomato sauce. Whisk until the flour is dissolved.  

In a large casserole dish with a tight-fitting lid such as a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. 

Add the beef and cook in batches until all sides are nicely brown. Remove beef and set aside. Drain off any fat in the pan, but keep any brown bits. 

Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and sauté onions and garlic until soft, about six minutes. 

Add the broth-wine mixture, celery, carrots, bay leaves, thyme and potatoes. Cover with lid and place in the oven for 2 hours. Add peas and cook 15 minutes longer. Serve.  

Easy beef stew in a pot ready to eat.

Other Recipes To Try:

Moroccan Lamb Stew with Apricots and Dates

Pot of lamb stew with apricots and dates in a pot with wooden spoon.

Pot Roast

Bowl of beef pot roast with a bag of onions on a table.

Lemon Cranberry Scones

Cranberry scones

Lemon Cranberry Scones

These cranberry scones use fresh or frozen cranberries. They are perfect for any occasion and super easy to make. I suggest you give them a try.

Makes 10 scones

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Lemon zest from one lemon (I used a microplane grater, but you can also grate the lemon peel and chop it finely)
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small squares
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk


Preheat oven to 375° F.  

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Add butter, and with fingertips gently rub mixture until it feels like small grains.

Add cranberries, egg, vanilla and buttermilk. Mix with a fork until it forms a large clump. Gather dough with your hands and form a large ball.  

Pat onto a lightly floured surface and shape into a 10-inch disc, about ¾-inch thick. 

With a sharp knife, cut disc into 10 wedges. Place wedges on a non-stick baking sheet.  

Cook until done, about 25 minutes.

cranberry scone ready to go in oven

Other Recipes to Try:

Cranberry Cookies

Cranberry cookies on a cookie sheet.

Cornmeal Cranberry Muffins

Cranberry Cornmeal Muffins

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Veggie Bean Soup with Pesto Sauce

Veggie Bean Soup with pesto sauce

Veggie Bean Soup with Pesto Sauce

This is a delightful soup to serve for lunch or dinner. The secret is in the easy-to-prepare pesto sauce that’s added on the top. Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese on top and you have a yummy soup, perfect for a rainy day.

Serves 4

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 large carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1/2 pound green beans, cut into 1" pieces
1 cup corn, fresh or frozen
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 398 ml (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
4 fresh thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
1 cup dry curly pasta
Salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese, grated

For the pesto sauce:

2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups fresh basil leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts

Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat and sauté onions, garlic, celery, carrots and green beans for about five minutes. Add corn, tomatoes, kidney beans, chicken stock, water, thyme. Add bay leaves and bring to a boil.

Simmer 25 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Add pasta and cook 10 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

For the pesto, add the garlic, basil, salt, olive oil and pine nuts into a food processor. Process until smooth and transfer to a small bowl.

When pasta is cooked, spoon soup into bowls. Add a dollop of pesto sauce and serve, passing the parmesan cheese.

Other Soup Recipes To Try:

Monday, October 25, 2021

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Soft Pumpkin Cookies on a cookie sheet

Soft Pumpkin Cookies

These are soft, velvety cookies that are easy to eat. This recipe makes a lot, so freeze what you won't eat in a few days to keep them fresh.

Makes about 36 small cookies

1 cup raisins
3/4 cup soft butter
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a small bowl, soak raisins in boiled water for 5 minutes while preparing the other ingredients. Drain and set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar until nice and fluffy. Add pumpkin puree, orange juice, egg, vanilla and spices. Beat until mixed well. In another bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, walnuts and softened raisins. Stir into the pumpkin mixture. Drop small spoonful of batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook cookies until nicely brown around the outsides, about 15 minutes.

Soft pumpkin cookies on a cookie pan

Try our Pumpkin, Walnut, Date muffin as well.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Halibut with Caper Vinaigrette

Halibut with caper vinaigrette

Halibut with Caper Vinaigrette

This is a super easy weekday or weekend meal. It calls for halibut, but any cod or snapper could also be used. Serve with potatoes and stir-fried veggies or a big green salad.

Serves 4

1 1/2 pounds halibut
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 red onion
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried dill
2 teaspoons capers, drained
1/4 cup olive oil


Preheat over to 425 degrees F.

Brush olive oil over halibut. Sprinkle salt and pepper to season. Place in hot oven and cook 15-20 minutes, depending on its thickness. It's typically 15 minutes per inch. When cooked, the fish should flake with a fork.

In a food processor, add the balsamic vinegar, white wine vinegar, red onion, dill, capers and olive oil. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve halibut with vinaigrette spread on top.

Halibut with capers

Other Fish Recipes to try: