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Canadian Beaver in Poland

My nephew thought I’d appreciate the Canadian content so he sent me some pictures.

They’re selling these cute beavers with a single tooth for charity in Poland and he’s bought a bunch. (I’m guessing I may find a little guy under MY tree this Christmas.)

Just restocked, I guess. 🙂

Tomato and Egg Stir Fry – Chinese Style

Recently, this dish has been popping up all over my Facebook food groups. It is similar to shakshuka but with Asian flavours. I used the recipe here. The only change I made was to add 1/4 tsp ground ginger to the tomato mixture while simmering.

Tomato and Egg Stir Fry
, garnished with green onions

Partially cooked scrambled egg is reserved to be added to the tomato mixture once the tomatoes have softened enough. If using diced, fresh tomatoes, that will take 5-10 minutes but if using canned, diced tomatoes and juice, as I did, it may only take 3-5 minutes or so. If you want a ‘saucier’ tomato mixture, add some more water to your saucepan/wok and warm through.

Serve the tomato and egg mixture over hot rice of your choice. I had some leftover sushi rice so that’s what I used.


Review: Fast and delicious. Try it yourself.

PS: I really do NOT like this new formatting style.

Convenience Food: Instant Ramen Noodles

I haven’t been a university student in a LONG time but I have been known to buy the occasional package (or six) of those instant ramen noodles for single serving soup or just to use the noodles inside for some other dish. Like these ramen burger buns or as a side (dragon noodles) for chicken patties.

In anticipation of a long period of minimizing grocery shopping outings, I decided to stock my pantry with a selection of the noodles for quick meals. I was amazed at the variety of noodles available… Japanese, Indonesian and South Korean.

You can always eat them simply as a soup or fried noodle, especially the Indonesian Mie Goreng brand, but with some imagination, and a selection of toppings, you can almost make something nutritious. I limit myself to one package a week. Eggs (ramen or plain soft boiled) are a common topping as are fresh green onions. Fried onions add a crunchy texture. Pretty carrot flowers add both colour and nutrition.




Grocery Shopping in the Era of Covid-19

So, I combined a trip to The Beer Store (Ontario, Canada) to return some empties (beer and wine bottles and cans, money donated to charity) with a trip to Food Basics to pick up some pantry items (giant package of paper towels) and snacks.

I MAY have finished all the chips and the Jos Louis snack cakes.

On the plus side, I haven’t popped open a can of beer yet. (Cause I’m not a barbarian … my beer accompanies the matching cuisine.)

Pizza … and a Teaser

For spikesgirl58:

This is the pizza I made today. It was delicious. Just my usual pizza dough, frozen, thawed in the fridge overnight and baked today. I threw everything I had on top. Hot Italian sausages, spicy pepperoni, green pepper, mozzarella and sharp cheddar cheese on a jarred portabello mushroom sauce.

And this is a Japanese orange Castella/sponge cake I made back in May. I’ve wanted to make a Castella cake for a while and this was the result. Because it’s a very simple, barely sweet, cake, it benefits from some garnishes. I had no fresh berries or mint so I put a scoop of French vanilla ice cream on top, warmed up some plum jam and diluted it with water and poured it over the top.

I really should do a proper post of this cake, one of these days.

Out With the Old, In With the New

I hope everyone had a great Christmas with loved ones and welcomed the New Year with joy and merriment.

I thought I’d break the two month silence with a brief post.

Unfortunately real life hasn’t been very kind in terms of work. I blame the provincial government for what has been my worst work year in education since I started back in 1999. I’m making do because I have savings. Some of my fellows are fortunate enough to be the second income providers in their homes or at least they HAVE a second source of income. A large number of those in my situation have left the profession in the last few years. Things are not looking optimistic.

As a result, even though I’m still doing a decent amount of cooking and taking a LOT of pictures, I just haven’t had that same enthusiasm to write out and post my cooking adventures as soon as they were completed. Which haven’t actually BEEN that adventurous on the whole. Dishes and pictures have piled up. I was going to do a catch all post for the last couple of months before the new year and then just AFTER the new year. It hasn’t happened, obviously, so I’m just going to let it GO and relieve the pressure on myself to do so.

I hope to share tasty dishes, new and old, in the months to come. Until then …

A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!