There are many ways to create new meals from leftovers, and one of my favourite ways is stuffed peppers. Stuffed peppers are healthy, colourful, and ridiculously easy to make. It’s also a great way to make your humble scraps into a truly elegant-looking dish.
I thought it might be useful to break down what spices are essential, what are recommended, and what can be skipped, when it comes to purchasing spices for your home. Hopefully, this will be a handy tool to use when you’re setting up your home for the first time, or to help you declutter your spice cabinet.
Ragoût is a thick, hearty stew, usually made with well-seasoned meats and vegetables. The term is from the french verb ‘ragoûter’, which means “to stimulate the appetite”. This humble little dish certainly delivers on that promise! It’s also an excellent way to use up any little bits and bobs that might be lurking in the refrigerator. Although ragoût is typically made with different meats that are stewed for a long time; I prefer to add more vegetables, and use lentils or beans instead of meat.
When I was a lad growing up in Calgary, Italian fare in our household generally consisted of Kraft Dinner, lasagna or pizza on special occasions, and that ubiquitous old stand-by: spaghetti with meat sauce. The spaghetti nights were by far my favourite. I loved the slightly sticky noodles, the thick, meaty tomato sauce spooned on top, and of course, garlic bread!
Everyone has a few dishes that they consider comforting. Comfort foods are a great pick-me-up for whenever you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps. They make an easy meal for picky eaters as well. One of my favourites comfort foods to make is tatties and mince.
There must be something we can make that will be filling, healthy, and inexpensive too. Which brings me to the humble vegetable soup known as minestrone. Minestrone is a hearty vegetable soup/stew, usually made with beans and pasta. Traditionally, it was made as a way to get a healthy meal in a time when meat was very expensive.
January 9th is National Cassoulet Day (boy, they’re really pushing it with these celebrations days). What is cassoulet you ask? Why, only one of the tastiest casserole dishes the French have ever thought up! A traditional dish from the south France; cassoulet is a mixture of beans and meats, typically including duck confit, mutton, and sausage, that is slow cooked in a vessel called a cassole. Think of it as the best baked bean dish you’ll ever have in your life.
Buying groceries once a week is a pain! Going to the store, finding a parking spot, figuring out what you plan on eating for the next few days, sneaking gummy bears out of the bulk bin without getting caught, (don’t look at me like that, I know you’ve done it too). And, you’re usually hungry,…
Indian cuisine is perfect for the small kitchen lifestyle. Most of the food is prepared on the stove top, using simple ingredients, and cooking techniques. Much of the food is vegetarian, and incorporates many of the building blocks of a healthy diet, (e.g. dairy products, lentils, grains, etc…) The spices help aid in digestion, and the amount of heat in the dish can be easily tailored to the wimpiest palate. There’s a reason that the British, (not generally known for exciting cuisine), made a humble chicken curry their national dish.