Saturday, 30 May 2015

Peanut Butter Cup Caramel Corn

saturday night family movie night, minus mr. handsome, who is currently on a boys golf weekend having zero fun i'm certain.
so while the cat's away, the mouse (or mice) will play, or at least indulge is some incredibly delicious popcorn.

popcorn with peanut butter.
peanut butter cups.
best movie snack ever.

who wants to golf, when you could eat this, in sweat pants, in front of the tv.

peanut butter cup caramel corn

8 cups unflavoured popcorn
1/2 cup golden corn syrup
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup mini reese peanut butter cups

in small saucepan bring sugar and syrup to a boil.  stir in peanut butter until melted and dissolved.  remove from heat a stir in vanilla.
pour over popcorn and stir to coat.  turn out onto parchment paper to allow to cool. 
add reese peanut butter cups and enjoy.

Angel Food Cake French Toast

let's be real for a minute.
i'm a self proclaimed breakfast purest & connoisseur.
i take the first meal of the day seriously.
especially on weekends.

french toast is one of my favourite things.  
crispy & golden, swimming in a pool of syrup and fresh fruit.  
i want to wake up every morning to the heavenly aroma as i devour every last morsel on my plate.

but really can you blame me?

today i'm taking a different approach to french toast, ignoring bread entirely, replacing it instead with cake.
angel food cake. 
light, airy and perfectly delicious.

cake for breakfast.  the weekend has officially started. xo.

angel food cake french toast

1 angel food cake, sliced into 10 thick wedges
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

whipped cream, maple syrup, & fresh fruit for serving

in bowl combine eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.
dip each slice of cake into egg-milk mixture making sure to shake off extra.
in a large, greased, non-stick pan cook all sides of cake for 2-3 minutes, or until golden and crispy.
serve with whipped cream, fresh berries, & maple syrup.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Quick & Easy Peanut Ramen Noodles

i have a weakness for peanut sauce.  i'll admit it.
i purposely order salad rolls at restaurants for the sole ability to devour the side of peanut sauce.
i'm not perfect.  far from it actually.
and some nights i just want to revert back to my college years and devour a gigantic bowl of ramen noodles drenched in the holiness that is peanut sauce.  such was tonight.


Peanut Ramen Noodles

2 pkgs ramen noodles, flavour packets discarded
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
chopped scallions
chopped peanuts

prepare noodles per package instructions and drain.  set aside.
in medium bowl whisk together peanut butter, soy sauce and chili sauce.
add sauce to cooked noodles and toss to coat.  divide into two bowls and top with scallions and peanuts.

serves: 2  as main, 4 as side

2 ingredient ice cream bread

yes, this is an actual thing.
bread made with ice cream.
the world is now perfect.

ice cream + self-rising flour = ice cream bread.
2 ingredients.
1 bowl.
happy camper.

and yes it bares repeating, this is bread made with  I-C-E_C-R-E-A-M

ice cream bread

2 cups premium vanilla ice cream, softened
1 1/2 cups self-rising flour

whipped cream & blackberries for serving

preheat oven to 350F.  spray 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan with baking spray.  set aside.
in large bowl, mix together softened ice cream and self-rising flour until well combined.
transfer to prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.
cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before carefully turning out of pan.

serve with whipped cream & berries.

recipe courtesy: goodhousekeeping magazine

Saturday, 16 May 2015

how to build the perfect burger


burgers are the quintessential backyard summer staple.  knowing how to dress them properly is a must, it goes beyond ketchup and mustard.  it's actually a science.

so because you want to know.
and because i want to know.
and well, because these guys obviously know....

the how to guide on building the perfect burger.
6 burger styles that is sure to calm the hunger pangs, and satisfy your charcoal desires.  cheers. 

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

How to Season & Clean Cast Iron Cookware.

a cast iron pan is a cooks staple.

from cooking to baking to searing. 
from stove top to oven to table.
it's essential.

seasoning & cleaning cast iron is also essential. 
my twenty year old self didn't know this (my father inlaw can attest, i may have ruined his pans...) my thirty year old self is all the wiser (somebody please attest.)

seasoning cast iron.

you can buy a pre-seasoned cast iron skillet at the store, but you can also do this step at home.

if your pan is new and unseasoned.
wash the pan with soap and water.  dry thoroughly.
preheat oven to 500F.
rub the cast iron pan (inside & out) with vegetable oil and bake for 1 hour.
turn off oven and allow to cool completely before removing from oven.
check to see that the seasoning is even and repeat if necessary to ensure an even coating.

cleaning cast iron.

use a sponge or scrub brush with warm running water.  
do not use soap .
do not put in the dishwasher.
dry it very well to avoid rust.
finish it off with a wipe down with a paper towel and a few drops of vegetable oil.

if the pan requires a more through cleaning use coarse salt and vegetable oil to remove the food remnants.  rise and then dry.

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Friday, 1 May 2015

backyard bbq wine pairings

summer and BBQs go hand in hand.

with the grill fired up and the smell of charcoal present in the air, you can bet this season is meant for outdoor feasts with family & friends.

beer is an obvious choice for any backyard BBQ but thanks to VinePair, you now have a guide to your perfect backyard wine.
summer is looking refreshing.  cheers. xo.

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