My totally fake slowcooker “Stroganoff”

Egg noodles in a sauce of ground beef "stroganoff".There are going to be people who look at this and say, “That’s not Stroganoff!!” and I will say, wholeheartedly, that they are correct. This is more of a Stroganoff-inspired dish that was more about using up some ingredients in my fridge before their best before dates and less about being authentic.

Here’s what I did… Continue reading

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How I saved my overcooked chicken

A plate of egg noodles coated in chopped chicken, cheese and sauce, topped with green onions and shredded cheese.So last night, I knew I had several boneless, skinless chicken breasts which needed to be cooked up but I rapidly found myself running out of evening to cook them in. I thought I’d be clever and throw them into the crockpot with some honey-garlic sauce (VH), onions and a can of pineapple, let it on low and wake up in the morning to fantastic chicken.

Boy, was I wrong. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are not good for the crockpot, because they dry out very easily, despite being drenched in liquid. I didn’t realize this.

Hubby said he’d eat it, but I told him to leave it alone, let me think about it and I’d see if I could salvage it and make it more palatable. I had a few ideas after searching through my cupboards. Here’s how I saved my chicken… Continue reading

Guinness Slowcooker Pot Roast

A dinner plate holds a baked potato, peas, Yorkshire puddings and two pieces of gravy-covered pot roast.I’ve always done my pot roasts in the oven, like my mom and grandma. But in talking to my mom on the phone yesterday, she and I both blurted out at the same time, “Why not do it in the crockpot??” It was a moment of shared brilliance, if you ask me.

So this is what I’ve been up to today. Continue reading

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken, part 2 – leftovers – grilled cheese!

Half of a pulled BBQ chicken grilled cheese sandwich with Doritos on the plate.Over the weekend, we were enjoying our slow cooker BBQ pulled chicken tacos, but I am one who enjoys variety. So while hubby napped, I decided to indulge in a dish I know he’s not a fan of: a grilled cheese sandwich. But not any old grilled cheese: amped up grilled cheese.

I took a cue from Gorilla Cheese‘s Bubba sandwich, which is cheddar, pulled pork and coleslaw and put together a sandwich that couldn’t quite compare but was still enjoyable. Continue reading

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken part 1 – tacos

Two tacos filled with pulled chicken, cheese, lettuce, peppers, onions, sour cream and salsa.Hubby and I enjoy tacos and fajitas at home. With instant taco kits out there, it makes it very easy to whip this family favourite up in no time. But this weekend, I wanted something different.

Inspired by a friend’s pulled pork dinner at their place a few weekends ago, along with seeing something on the Food Network about pulled brisket tacos, I decided to do something similar — only, with chicken. Here’s how I did it. Continue reading

Butter Chicken & Rice: Indian cuisine made easy for the Irish-English Canadian

A counter and stove-top are littered with the fixings for an easy-made Indian-inspired dinner: butter chicken in a slow cooker, saffron water in a Pyrex dish, rice & raisins set aside in a container, olive oil, store-bought naan bread, etc.My husband and I were introduced to Indian cuisine many years ago and still love it. Although I cannot handle anything too spicy, due to a set of very sensitive tastebuds, I find myself going back again and again for one favourite: butter chicken.

Lately, we’ve had some difficulty getting our favourite Indian restaurant to make our butter chicken orders mild. Maybe they got a new chef, but at some point, whenever we ordered butter chicken, if we did not stress “not spicy” or “very mild”, we would get it delivered in one flavour: “too damned spicy for my palette”. (Insert pouty-sad-face here.)

As a result, I started whipping it up at  home. Sadly, I have not been brave enough to do so from scratch. I cheat!  Continue reading

Irish Guinness Beef Stew – a recipe from memory

A bowl of Irish Guinness Beef StewI’ve been asked for this recipe a few times, especially as of today after I had taken a large crockpot-full into work for my lovely colleagues: my Irish Guinness Beef Stew. I apologize on the photo not being the best. It’s hard to make anything look good in a paper bowl under fluorescent lighting in an office. Hehe.

Now, I have to tell you, this is a recipe I’ve had running around in my head for quite some time, but it keeps evolving with every new technique I learn in the kitchen and every nifty pointer I learn from watching too-many-hours-to-count of Food Network programming.

With that in mind, I thought I’d share my most recent rendition, hoping to remember all the steps and ingredients I took/used this time around. (Bear with me!)  Continue reading