I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Tonic Water Waffles

Whether for Easter brunch, Mother's Day or just a regular Sunday breakfast, these Tonic Water Waffles are going to be our new family favourite waffle! Crispy outside and soft and fluffy inside!

2 cups flour
2 tbsps sugar
2 tsps baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
pinch or 2 of nutmeg
4 tbsps butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 - 355 ml (12 oz) can tonic water
oil for waffle iron

Note: Don't use leftovers from last night's gin and tonic, the tonic water should be freshly opened because you want the bubbles not a flat tonic.

Whisk the dry ingredients together...flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. Add butter, eggs, tonic water and whisk to combine.

Lightly oil the waffle iron and pour batter in, enough to fill but not overflow when closed.  It might be a trial and error thing until you find out what amount is right for your iron.

Cook as per your waffle iron's instructions, usually until the light goes out. 

Serve with syrup and fruit

You can see here just how light and airy they are!

Is it Sunday yet?

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tuscan Chicken Bake

An easy prepare ahead type of meal...as in prepare ahead for your taste buds to be taken to another level!

2  1/2 lbs boneless chicken breast (4-5 breasts cut in thirds)
1 tsp oregano
4 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper to taste
3-4 oz fresh spinach (2 big handfuls)
1 - 14 oz can artichokes, drained and quartered
1/4 cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes
2 tsps capers
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (or mozzarella)

Prepare a 13 X 9" baking dish with cooking spray and lay the cut chicken breasts on the bottom not overlapping. Sprinkle oregano, salt, pepper and the minced garlic on top. 

Layer with spinach, artichokes, sundried tomatoes and capers. I find snipping the sundried tomatoes with scissors is easier than cutting them with a knife.

Drizzle a teaspoon or two of oil from the sundried tomatoes, or plain olive oil, over everything then finally add the cheese.

Bake at 375F for 45-50 minutes...start uncovered then halfway through loosely cover the dish with aluminum foil.

Serve with mashed potatoes, rice or noodles.

Serves 4-6

I have it here with Colcannon potatoes and here's the link to that recipe if you are interested.


Chicken recipe adapted from:

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Irish Chicken, Cabbage and Potatoes

Potatoes, bacon and cabbage... the holy trinity of Irish food. You wouldn't expect to see chicken with it, maybe corned beef? But it works surprisingly well together.

3 chicken legs, split
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small head of cabbage (about 3 cups) chopped
1 onion, thinly sliced
4 potatoes, cut in rounds
4 slices of bacon
1 medium carrot, shredded
1/4 cup water

1/2 tsp onion powder
1  1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp peper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika

Parsley to garnish

Mix the rub ingredients together and coat the chicken pieces. Set aside.

In a large pan fry the bacon then drain on a paper towel. You don't want to over cook it (my youngest called it "wooden" bacon if it was too crispy!) because it will be going in the oven to cook some more. Break it into pieces. Set aside.

In the same pan, and in the bacon fat, brown the chicken on all sides, then add the minced garlic. Remove to a plate and add the cabbage and 1/4 cup water to the pan scaping off the brown bits.

Layer onion slices, potato rounds and shredded carrot on top of the cabbage.

Add the bacon pieces and finally top with the chicken pieces.

Bake at 375F for 50-60 minutes.

And only one pan to wash after dinner!

Adapted from:

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Guinness Cheesecake Brownie Parfait

Guinness and cocoa...who knew this was a match made in heaven, or maybe made in Ireland?
The brown sugar takes care of any potential bitterness there might have been from the stout leaving just a rich creamy cocoa mousse.

8 oz (227 g) cream cheese
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsps cocoa powder
1/2 cup Guinness stout beer
237 ml cold whipping cream

An 8 X 8" pan of brownies  (Ideally made with Guinness or use the equivalent of an 8 X 8" in cutoffs from a previous recipe, say from Valentine's day) See at the end of this post for both a Guinness Brownie recipe and the Fudgy Valentine Brownies that I kept the cutoffs from (frozen since February of course.)

Cool Whip to top
And green sprinkles!


Before starting make sure to chill the bowl and whisk that you will use.

Cream the cream cheese, brown sugar and cocoa powder together. Once combined drizzle in the Guinness on medium speed then stream in the whipping cream. Turn up the speed and whip until peaks form and hold.

This is seriously tasty, and not beer tasting at all!.

Using pilsner glasses, you know because they're beer glasses, start layering the cheesecake mousse and cake.

Top with cool whip, like the froth on your Guinness, and some green sprinkles.....

"My goodness, My Guinness!"

Happy St Patrick's Day! 

Adapted from this mousse recipe:

Here's the Fudgy Valentine's Brownie that I kept the cutoffs from for this recipe:

And if you want double the Guinness in your Parfaits go for this Guinness Brownie recipe!


Friday, March 16, 2018

Potato Fish Cakes

When the fam doesn't really like fish and you need to try different ways of making it to get them on board.  This worked!

400 g white fish (I used basa)
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
1 small onion sliced
1 cup milk

3/4 cup mashed potato (plain, no milk or butter)
1 tsp dry parsley
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large egg
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tbsps flour (if needed)

1/4 cup flour
1 egg
few drops of hot sauce like tabasco
1/2 cup panko crumbs

3 tbsps mayo
1 tsp relish
1/8 tsp paprika

In a saucepan simmer milk, pepper and onion together for about 5 minutes, then add the fish and simmer for another 7-10 minutes to poach the fish. 

Remove the pan from heat and allow the fish to cool in the milk.  Once cooled remove the fish and reserve the milk.

Flake fish in a large bowl. Add the potatoes which I "riced" through a colander with the back of a spoon, since I don't own a ricer.

Stir in the parsley, garlic, salt, pepper and egg.

Combine to form patties. If your mixture is too wet add a tablespoon or so of flour. If it is too dry add a little of the reserved poaching milk. You can make a bechamel sauce with the balance but my gang wouldn't have liked that. 

Now to bread them...have the flour in one bowl, the egg and tabasco in another and the panko in a third.  Dip each pattie in flour, then egg, then panko to coat.  

When ready to fry heat a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan on medium heat and fry the patties 3-4 minutes each side.

Mix the mayo, relish and paprika together to serve as a quick tartar sauce. With a side of fries please!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tangy Lemon Cream Cheese Pie

Lemony cheesecakey creaminess right here!

1 - 9" baked pie shell
1/2 cup cream cheese
Juice and zest of 1 large lemon (1/4 cup juice)
2 vanilla pudding cups (about 7-8 oz)
2 cups Cool Whip

Whisk cream cheese, lemon juice and zest together, then blend in the pudding until smooth.

Fold in the Cool Whip...

and pour into the cooled pie shell. (I may have over baked the crust a bit, oops!)

Chill several hours before serving.

Happy Pi Day! 3.14

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Whole Orange Banana Walnut Muffins and Loaf

If you love oranges you'll love this banana loaf  : ) 

1 whole orange with peel
1 ripe banana
3/4 cup soft butter or marg
3 eggs
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp nutmeg
1  3/4 cups flour
2  1/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp chia seeds, optional
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Wash the orange and cut it into 6 or 8 pieces, remove seeds and purée in a food process.

Add the ripe banana and pulse together.
Pour into a large bowl and add the butter, eggs, honey and vanilla. 

Combine the dry ingredients up to and including the chia seeds and add to the wet ingredients.

When blended together fold in the walnuts. If you find the batter too thick add 1-2 tbsps milk. Depending on the size of both the orange and the banana you use you may need a bit more liquid. I should have measured the puréed orange and banana...oops! Anyways you can wing it, right?

Put papers in 6 muffin tins. Grease and flour a 9 X 5" loaf pan. You can cut a piece of parchment paper to fit the bottom but not necessary. Pour the batter in.

Bake muffins at 350F for 20 minutes and 50-60 minutes for the loaf.

Cool 10 minutes before removing loaf from pan to cool completely on  rack.

Go make a cup of tea and enjoy!