Thursday, September 29, 2016

Split Pea Soup



Quicker and meatless version of the traditional Canadian pea soup.
6 servings
Preparation 15 min 
Cooking 1 h 10 min
240 calories per serving 

Ingredients

1 1/2 cupgreen split peas (dried), rinsed and drained 300 g
1onions, finely chopped200 g
1leeks, finely chopped 300 g
1carrots, finely chopped100 g
1 stalkcelery, finely chopped70 g
2 clovesgarlic, minced or pressed  
2 tbspolive oil30 mL
1 tspdried savory 1 g
2bay leaf 0.4 g
4 cupschicken broth1 L
2 cupswater 500 mL
1 pinchsalt [optional] 0.1 g
 ground pepper to taste  

Before you start

Split peas do not require presoaking before cooking.

Method

  1. Rinse the split peas well under cold water and drain. Prepare the vegetables : finely chop the onion, leek, carrot, and celery; mince or press the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat. Add the onion and leek, then sauté with occasional stirring 4-5 min until they become translucent. Add the carrot, garlic, celery, savory, and bay leaves. Cook 5 min with occasional stirring. Add the peas, broth, water, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the peas become very soft, about 60 min or longer.
  3. Add more water if the soup is too thick or cook it longer to evaporate the extra liquid if the soup is too thin. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

Remarks

The soup keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 4 months in the freezer.

From soscuisine.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Chicken Goulash



A chicken stew with peppers, onions, and potatoes in a tomato-paprika sauce.

2 servings

Preparation 20 min
Cooking 1 h
390 calories per serving

Ingredients
1 onions, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tomatoes, deseeded and diced
1 yellow or red sweet peppers, cut into match-like strips
1 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless, cut into 3 cm cubes
2 tsp butter, unsalted
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 cup chicken broth, or more
1 pinch salt [optional]
ground pepper to taste
1 potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
2 tsp sour cream [optional]

Method

Prepare the vegetables : thinly slice the onions, chop the garlic, deseed and dice the tomatoes, and cut the peppers into match-like strips. Cut the chicken into 3 cm cubes.
Heat the butter and olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over high heat. Sauté the meat until it is well browned on all sides, about 8-10 min, then transfer the cubes to a plate.
Lower the heat to low, add the onions, and cook, stirring occasionally until they are well cooked, about 15 min. Return the meat to the pot, add the paprika and cumin, then cook 1 min with stirring. Add the chopped garlic, tomatoes, and peppers, then pour in the broth. Season with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine.
Cook, covered, over very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender and the sauce has thickened, about 30 min, adding some broth if needed to keep a moist environment.
Peel the potatoes, cut them into cubes, then add them to the pot and cook an additional 30 min. Adjust the seasoning.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream (optional).

Monday, September 26, 2016

Curling Rock


Curling Rock

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Curling Equipment


Curling Equipment

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Curling


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Cup Cake


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Crown #2


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Crown #1


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Knitting -- January 2016

I guess I spent most of my time scrapbooking in January . . . but I did have a couple of knitting finishes . . .

The front

The back . . . cool, eh?


Scrapbook Layouts -- January 2016



































Saturday, September 24, 2016

A Quiet Friday Night

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Good evening dear friends.
Hal made it home safe and sound and we've been snacking on cheese and grapes and relaxing in front of the television. I'm sleepy now.
It has been a fairly good day although the night before was horrible. My right hand felt like it was on fire and made it almost impossible to sleep. As a result I've tried to keep things low key today and not overdo so my hand will heal. At least the house is tidy.
I enjoyed a delicious meal at Rail City Bistro with Mom and Tim. The Italian wedding soup and Caprese salad were fabulous.
Went grocery shopping with Mom in the afternoon. I was able to pick up quite a few specials, price matches and use some bigger coupons . . . only to have the cashier (at RCSS) tell me, not once but twice, that I have too much time on my hands. Rude, or what? Oh well, I'll cry all the way to the bank with the money I save. 
Tomorrow and Sunday should be fun. Supper out with Hal. Guess where we will be going? I have to try the gnocchi and tiramisu yet. I have heard high praise for both. Even Cameron posted a review on his FB page today. Of course, if you had ever tried one of Jared's death-by-chocolate-brownies, you would understand why . . . LOL.
Sunday we'll be going to the matinee of Ned Durango at the Princess Ave. Theatre with Krissy and her parents.
I guess I better get my beauty sleep. It is going to be a busy weekend. Good night dear friends.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cross


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Cropover


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