Sweet potato, cabbage, and pecan (creamed) soup

This soup is sweet, nutty, and rich. The final addition of cream just before serving provides a smooth, creamy texture. The flavors are reminiscent of sweet potato pie, but there is no added sugar in this soup. All the sweetness is from the sweet potatoes and onions, offset by the cabbage and pecans. I served…

Easter Chocolate Cream Pie with Strawberries

What a better way to celebrate Easter than with chocolate! This pie is rich and full of dark chocolate flavour, off-set with sweet whipped cream and strawberries. The pastry base is a basic butter crust. I won’t bother with a recipe, as I think I’ve written about it before. The great thing about this time…

Spinach and cheddar quesadilla with sour cream and hot sauce

There’s nothing like a simple quesadilla. I’m happy with some fresh mozzarella alone, but it’s good to throw in something green and a sharper cheese. And if your going to throw in some spinach, throw in a bunch! Let’s say about 4 oz, 1/4 lb, 225 g. And a good amount of sharp cheddar! Fry…

Seafood and smoked pork neck cream chowder

The original recipe was from the Delicious magazine, but altered a bit by what was available and what I thought would taste better!  The result is smoky, rich and creamy, and goes well with crusty bread on a cold day. Ingredients 1 medium brown onion, finely minced 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 250 g (1/2…

Penne carbonara with cream cheese

I had some leftover canadian-style bacon, and Madeleine loves carbonara, so the decision was clear.  Except I didn’t have cream!  But I did have cream cheese, so I improvised.  The result was creamy and rich, and perhaps a bit less fat as well!   Ingredients 2 Tb olive oil and 2 Tb butter 1 cup…

Easter Friday Chocolate Pavlova with vanilla custard and caramel sauce

This recipe is an alternative to one found on Delicious by Katie Quinn Davies, mainly because the original called for spiced pears (which I’m so-so about) and mascarpone (which I didn’t have on hand).  This is a relatively simple (yet time consuming) recipe.  The result is 3 layers of absolute yum. Ingredients Pavlova 1 Tb…

Pumpkin tarts with maple cream

I made these to take to Madeleine’s first piano recital.  Pretty simple, and yummy.   The pastry 2 cups plain white flour 1 tsp salt 2/3 cup unsalted butter, cold and cut in cubes 1/4 cup water Using a pastry blender (or your finger tips, but slower), blend the flour, salt and butter until the…

Macaroni carbonara with Rye garlic bread

It’s Friday night! I’ve kept it simple. The carbonara. Sauté some diced bacon (British or Canadian style) for a few minutes, then add 3 cloves minced garlic. Take off the heat, and add some of the hot mixture to a mixture of 1 cup cream to 2 egg yolks. Mix this to temper the cream/egg…

Broccoli soup with cream and croutons

Soup3 heads broccoli2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced4 cloves garlic, minced1 medium onion, minced2 large stalks celery, diced1 tsp nutmeg2 cups chicken stock2 cups milkCream for serving CroutonsAbout 4 cups diced French baton bread2 cloves garlic, shredded through a fine microplane1/2 tsp black pepper1 Tb oregano1 Tb basil1 tsp salt For the soup, chop up…

Broccoli and carrot creamy pasta

Chop up 2 stalks celery, 1 head broccoli, 2 small carrots and 3 garlic cloves. Sauté, add 1/2 cup chicken consume, 1/4 cup cream, 1 Tb tomato paste, 1 Tb oregano and black pepper. Cook until vegees are tender and serve with pasta. A quick and simple dinner!

Pasta with broccoli, pea and bacon in cream sauce

A very simple dinner. While the water is coming to the boil, sauté some minced bacon, cut broccoli and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add about 1 cup whole milk and frozen peas. Once simmering, add a mixture of 1 cup cream and 4 egg yolks. Add some grated nutmeg and black pepper and stir…