A few weeks ago we celebrated my mom’s birthday and I decided to make meatballs with polenta. Half of it went according to plan.
I had never tried to cook polenta before so I didn’t know how long I was supposed to cook it for since it never seemed to thicken. This resulted in a very thick polenta cooked for over an hour with me stirring frequently. I had also never tasted polenta so I didn’t realize how tasteless it was!
The meatballs, however, where much better. My brother made them and they tasted amazing. (The sauce was able to cover the bland taste of polenta).
I also made some matcha tarts for dessert. It tasted okay, but I believe it would’ve been better if I hadn’t accidentally boiled the cashew nuts…
My brother made these meatballs and they are delicious! Please look at the ingredients for the meatballs and the sauce since some come up for both of them. Ingredients: Meatballs
1 pound minced turkey 1/2 onion, finely diced (keep the other half for the sauce)
5 garlic cloves, minced
Handful of parsley, chopped
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 cup milk Sauce
1 1/2 large onions, diced
3 garlic cloves, diced
1 can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cloves, smashed
2 tbsp. dried oregano
2 bay leaves, rinsed
Pepper and salt
Meatballs: Mix all the meatball ingredients together, then press them into round balls. Refrigerate.
Sauce: Brown the onions and garlic in a large pot over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add in the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, cloves, oregano, bay leaves, pepper and salt. When the sauce starts to boil, add in the meatballs. Cover with a lid and then mix after a few minutes, carefully pushing the meatballs in the sauce.
Cook for 20 minutes on medium heat with the lid on, then simmer for an hour.
I didn’t even know kohlrabi existed until a few months ago. It was my brother’s birthday, and someone decided to give him seeds to plant in the garden. I looked at the package, frowning at the foreign name, and that was my first encounter with kohlrabi. Fast forward to the present, and the seeds have transformed into lovely green bulbs with leaves on top. These fritters are the first time I used the vegetable, so I was quite surprised by how hard of an effort it took to cut into it! I also recognized a smell but couldn’t put my finger on what it was. Of course, my mind needed to know, so one online search later and I came up with Martha Stewart’s definition of kohlrabi: it’s like a cross between a radish, jicama, broccoli, and collard greens. And that was it! My nose had detected the radish smell. But when the kohlrabi’s cooked, it doesn’t really taste like radish but more of a mixture between broccoli, zucchini and potato. Strange, huh?
These fritters are a wondrous combination of the strange veggie named kohlrabi, zucchini, egg, breadcrumbs and spices. It’s crunchy and soft (oxymoron point in English class!) plus the fritters smell so good when they’re cooking in the pan. It’s excellent with the wasabi mayo, which gives it an extra pop that I love.Read More »
We’re approaching finals again and I’m relieved that provincials have been removed. I still need to do a few final exams, but I think it’ll be okay. I predict that food will become my best friend during those stressful times, which is why I’m trying to eat really healthy now so I’ll be prepared for those food urges later on.
Last week, I made Style Sweet CA’s lemon mousse cake with raspberries and it was so good! There were a lot of eggs in it, but the result was mouth-watering. I changed a few things to make it healthier, and I was very pleased with the cake. Probably going to post it on Instagram soon since it looked so good.Read More »
I finally made something other than desserts and baked goods! Since my mom usually makes dinner every night, I never make dinner, but this time, my parents were out and I had to prepare dinner myself. I have been longing to make a Buddha bowl in, like, forever, so that’s exactly what I did.
It might not look like the best dinner ever, but it certainly tasted like it. And it took me under 30 minutes to make, so I call this a successful meal.
Who knew Buddha bowls could bring so much joy to the eater? And I think the cold winter weather (it was snowing here!) might have made me appreciate a warm bowl of yummy veggies even more.Read More »
Surprise! You might have noticed that I’m posting on a Wednesday instead of the weekend like I normally do. Well it’s all due to the great outdoors. My family and I are going camping for the weekend so I won’t have access to internet, which is why I’m leaving you guys with this easy dinner idea before I go. I got this idea from a recent episode of MasterChef where I saw all these really yummy looking bowls of bibimbap being made. The contestants on that show are so talented! (I’m cheering for Dan by the way. Love him!)
Let me first explain what bibimbap is. A Korean dish, literally meaning “mixed rice”, it is usually served in a hot stone bowl with rice (the stone bowl is so hot that there is a delicious layer of crispy rice on the bottom) and topped with vegetables, meat and an egg in the middle. The most traditional dishes use raw eggs and raw meat which should get cooked as it is mixed in the hot rice before eating. I, sadly, do not have stone bowls and had to content with these colourful Moroccan bowls that my dad picked up from one of his many travels all over the world. And since I couldn’t heat my bowls over the stove top, I couldn’t get a crispy layer of rice on the bottom, but it still tasted delicious!
My version of this Korean dish leans towards the healthier side, with delicious pan-fried chickpeas, minced turkey and lots of vegetables.Read More »
One of the most popular ways to cook fish is to pan fry it. Though that is an awesome way to do it, I tend to bake my fish if I coat it with something so there is no hassle about flipping it and making sure the coated ingredients don’t fall off. This tilapia tastes perfect with a crunchy coating of breadcrumbs (HOMEMADE!) and melted cheese.
Really nice fish does not need to be breaded, but with simpler fish, such as tilapia, I coat it with breadcrumbs and cheese to give it a crunchy, delicious, exterior. Oh, and of course, baking it in the oven is healthier than pan frying it because you use less oil!
I was inspired to make this by going to this awesome Greek restaurant in the neighborhood. When you enter, the tzatziki smell immediately hits you and and there are plants which have vines intertwined all over the ceiling, creating a very nature atmosphere.I usually order a starter for my main dish because, boy, their main dishes are enormous! The plate is literally twice as big as my head.Read More »
This is a stunning main course. I made this a long time ago, using Angela Nilsen’s method to substitute the fat pastry “croûte” with light filo pastry which tastes very good and looks absolutely amazing. And for a fully vegetarian version, replace the salmon with a mixture of mushrooms, aubergine, roasted peppers, and cooked chickpeas. Not kidding, it tastes super good!
I added Kirkland Signature by Nature’s Path Organic Ancient Grains Granola with Almonds in the filling so it gives a sweet taste to the salmon. Kind of like maple syrup or brown sugar on the salmon. My dad, who has a sweet tooth, really liked it, but if you’re like my mom, who loves salty food, just add a bit more salt to the filling and don’t add the Ancient Grains Granola. (You can find the Ancient Grains Granola from Nature’s Path at Costco.)
This does take some time to make, but it is worth it. the salmon is moist, and the spinach filling is super delicious and works very well with the salmon. The filo pastry that wraps it is flaky, crunchy, and all in all, will make your taste buds dance in delight.Read More »
Comfort food for these cold days. But still healthier than normal, with turkey instead of beef, and kidney beans for antioxidants and protein. And it’s super good! The chili peppers give it a bit of a kick, and with the beans, it tastes wonderful.
With a slow cooker, this is so easy to make. Just dump everything in the pot and continue on with your day! And if your vegetarian, you can always replace the turkey with sweet potatoes, more beans, etc.Read More »
This curry will make your taste buds shake in excitement! It has shrimp, spices, and the most important ingredient for thick, creamy consistency: Coconut milk.
Healthier than most of its fellow curries, this coconut shrimp curry simply tastes awesome! It tastes like butter chicken, but without the butter or the chicken. My brother, who is very picky about curry, loved this one (and he would usually pick chicken over shrimp!).Read More »
Zucchini, zucchini and zucchini! We still have a lot from our garden, so I’m trying to use them up before they get rotten. One of the most delicious ways of using zucchini is fritters!
Although the normal ones are fried in a pan, I baked them in the oven to make it healthier. These zucchini fritters are very easy to make, with only 7 ingredients. The only thing you really have to do is squeeze as much water as you can from the grated zucchini to make sure they hold together when baked.Read More »