I'm beginning to think I should just name this blog after Everyday Food. Most of the recipes that I cook come from there. I can't stop recommending this publication. (They don't even pay me for my glowing reviews, I honestly just think everyone should buy it) By now, if you haven't listened to me and picked up an issue, it's about time you do!
My roommate has been in Cuba for the past week. I find having the house to myself lonely and sad. HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAA just kidding, I love it. On my first night alone I celebrated by making Lone Linguine with White Truffle. The recipe comes from Nigella Lawson, (LOVE LOVE LOVE) someone who can appreciate how great time to yourself is. Don't let the truffle part fool you, the recipe calls for truffle oil which is much more affordable than the actual truffle itself. This pasta is rich, creamy and luxurious. Would you expect anything less from Nigella?
Yesterday was the Monday of a long weekend. I decided to take advantage of all my free time by making a pot roast. The pot roast itself doesn't take a lot to put together, but it has a lengthy cooking time (roughly 4 hours). This is a recipe from my head, so the ingredient amounts are all an approximation.
Most of the time when I check my mail there's nothing exciting in there, mainly just bills or flyers. Sometimes, though, the newest issue of Everyday Food is in there, and it's a beautiful day. Their March 2011 issue has page after page of recipes that I have to try, and the first one I made is the Mediterranean Chickpea Burgers. I have had a recent obsession lately with burgers, especially bean burgers. I had to text my roommate sister the other night to see if she was sick of the Veggie Burgers with Tahini Mayonnaise yet, because I felt like making them again for the third time in two weeks. (Side note: The veggie burgers are even better when a little Sriracha sauce is stirred into the mayonnaise. Also I discovered that butter lettuce is good on them, and I hate lettuce on burgers)
The chickpea burger that I made last night, does have beef in it. The patties are roughly half ground beef and half chickpeas and bulgur wheat. NOM NOM NOM. When I was buying the ground beef I managed to give myself a heart attack and embarrass myself all at the same time. What you need to know is that I am half Dutch, which means I am half cheap. I have zero issue paying lots of money for Lululemon, but I will not spend lots of money on other things, like ground beef.
I was looking at the ground beef and for roughly a pound of it, the price was $9 or so. Usually it's about $5, so this sent me into a panic attack about food prices going up and how I would no longer be able to afford one of the cheapest meats to buy. I spotted a butcher and I said "Hey, why is the ground beef so expensive?" and he said "That's ground bison". I'm an idiot.
Generally when I see a recipe for chicken wings that I want to make, I make it as a chicken burger. I do love chicken wings, but I really love burgers, especially chicken ones. In a recent issue of Everyday Food, they had a recipe for Sriracha Glazed Chicken Wings. I took the same sauce, and adapted the recipe to make chicken burgers. These were AMAZING.
Smoothies can be a deceitful drink. Sometimes people like to think they are doing themselves a big ol' favor drinking one. Those people can be wrong. Some smoothies are made thick and creamy by adding ice cream, some are made sweet by adding a lot of sugar. This smoothie is actually good for you, and, like most things out of Everyday Food, it tastes good.
A few weeks ago I had twice baked stuffed potatoes at my friend C's house. They were delicious, I could have ate at least 4 of them. The other night I wanted to recreate the recipe, but this time using the vitamin laden sweet potato.
This is what I had for dinner the night of my birthday. I had spent the weekend in Calgary, and got back to Edmonton fairly late Sunday night and had to still go to my office to get some work done. What I really wanted to do after work was pick up a pizza and just be done with it. However, I have been feeling a bit "puffier" lately, and thought it would be best to make something with a little more nutritional value, and a little less caloric value.
Enter in Mushroom Stroganoff...