Friday 30 March 2012

Dumplings for Dinner

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Look! A post that isn't about sugar! It's a blogging miracle!

I first learned how to make dumplings last summer, on what can only be described as, The Most Gourmet Camping Trip Ever. I mean, come on, we made dumplings.  The fact that I was camping with a group of friends I like to call Dinner Club (more on that in another post!) probably has something to do with the amount of amazing food we had that weekend. As you might guess, we like food. Specifically, good food. And don't worry, for all you camping purists out there - there were also copious amounts of s'mores and hotdogs over the fire!

japanese style dumplings

Half the appeal of this meal is how freaking delicious these are. Seriously, Other Half and I make these at least once a month, often about 2 or 3 times that. The second half of the appeal is how versatile they are. I like to think of these as Kitchen Sink Dumplings, because just about anything can go in them, and they will still be awesome.

Sunday 25 March 2012

Making Magic (and Memories): Magic Squares

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Let me tell you about these squares. This is not a pretty dessert. This is a functional dessert, when that function is to eat tasty treats and impress people with your tasty treats. These squares are magic, and nostalgic, and sweet, and delicious, and sunshine, and rainbows all rolled up into one, and when you make them they disappear at the blink of an eye. Just like magic.

Growing up I had a friend named Sarah. She was great. She was fun and adventuresome and had this magical house filled with delicious food and imagination. There are two foods that Sarah’s mom, Alice, used to make that will stick in my memory forever. Magic Squares and Fudgy Bars (more commonly known as millionaire's shortbread). As far as food memories go, Alice’s baking is way up there. Thank you, Sarah and Alice, for these delicious memories.

Thursday 22 March 2012

Curbing Cravings: Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

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As this blog develops over time you will quickly learn that I have a serious sweet tooth.  Chocolate, Vanilla, Butterscotch, Lemon, Raspberry, Coconut, I don’t discriminate - I love all desserts.  They don’t all love me, but I don’t care, I will gobble them up and force them to love me, it’s just how I roll.  Luckily, I also care just enough about my own health that I understand the meaning of “everything in moderation” and can stick to it as a general rule of thumb.  

This recipe is for those days when i need a sweet treat, but I’ve already had several sweet treats. You know what I’m talking about.  Maybe I went berserk on the dessert buffet of my dreams the day before, or maybe i had french toast with caramelized bananas and pure maple syrup for breakfast. Either way, my body knows

Saturday 17 March 2012

C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me!

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Drool worthy, right? We'll get to these in a second. First, let me share some news with you.

I have a terrible memory. Terrible. You want me to remember a conversation we had last month? Not likely. You want me to remind you to do something three days from now? Umm, can you remind me to do that in 2 days and 23 hours from now? Great. Thanks.

I barely have a single memory from before the age of 8 or 9, just a few significant things here and there.  Fishing with my dad, the beach hut in Weymouth where I would spend many a summer vacation eating vanilla cones with a cadbury flake while visiting my grandparents, and a few other gems.

Thursday 15 March 2012

I'm Blogging!

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Hello world! Let's be friends...

I'll be blogging at you every few days, talking about the thoughts in my mind, that usually revolve around eating, travelling, sleeping, crafting, the weather, and a whole bunch more.

Thanks for joining me on this adventure!


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