Beef vegetable soup with a kick

Beef vegetable soup with a kick in a white bowl

We’ve had cooler weather as of late, so I’ve been craving more and more soup and stew. After having the hearty goulash soup from the Black Forest Inn upped my cravings for beef soup, specifically one I would consider to be hearty. I already had a large eye of round roast cooking in the slow cooker, so I thought why not use half of that for a soup and slice up the rest for sandwiches?

Then I considered what I wanted in the way of a flavour profile. I knew I wanted something deeper in flavour than usual and maybe something that cleared the old stuffy sinuses a bit. So here’s what I did…

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A Review: Black Forest Inn

You Gotta Eat Here at the Black Forest InnRestaurant: Black Forest Inn
Address: 255 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario
Phone: 905-528-3538
URL: www.blackforestinn.ca

Recently, my mom, hubby and I decided to go out for lunch. It was a chilly, rainy day. We could have gone to any chain restaurant, as we have in the past, but we were all craving something a little different. A few years back, my mom and I had gone to the Black Forest Inn. She had been several times but that was my first visit. I fell in love with the food but hadn’t had the opportunity to go back since then. My husband had never eaten there and was keen to try it based on seeing it on You Gotta Eat Here. So, I made the suggestion: how about lunch at the Black Forest Inn?

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Satisfying Sides: Roasted garlic herb potatoes

Roasted garlic herb potatoes as a side dishAlthough I’ve cut right back on how many potatoes I eat these days, I still allow myself to have them from time to time — just in smaller portions. I’ve also been craving fries. So what a great way to get my potatoes and my fries craving taken care of than to roast some mini potatoes up in the  oven and have them as a side dish?

Here’s what I did:

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Quick & easy twice-baked potatoes

Four baked potato halves sit on a plate, topped in cheddar cheese.We had baked potatoes the other night with maple bacon meatloaf. Tonight, I wanted something very simple for dinner. I was craving something cheesy. I was craving something comforting. I got thinking about the double-baked potatoes my mom used to make and got inspired. Now, this recipe is nothing like what she used to make, but it worked for me. 🙂

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Something a little different: warm potato salad

Quartered, cooked mini red potatoes tossed in a vinaigrette dressing mixture.This is a quick one! I got the idea from a recipe from a Tupperware website for their Smart Steamer, which I have written about before. I didn’t use the steamer this time. I was boiling up mini-red potatoes and decided I didn’t want to just have boiled potatoes with butter on them. Here’s what I did! Continue reading

Shepherd’s Pie: home’s comforts

A white bowl is filled with Shepherd's Pie: ground beef, gravy, peas, corn, potatoes.There is nothing more comforting to me than good ol’ fashioned comfort foods. For each person, “comfort food” means something different. Growing up in an English/Irish home, I grew up with classics such as Shepherd’s Pie. If you don’t know what that is, I’d say you don’t  know what you’re missing — and should explain that it was originally created to use up leftovers. It’s typically a layer of meat with vegetables atop that, coated in a layer of mashed potatoes.

My family makes it from scratch; nevermind the leftovers. It’s a meal into itself these days, and one that always reminds me of my childhood. Here’s how I make mine.  Continue reading

No eggs? Have leftovers for breakfast!

A plate with oregano parmesan potato medallions made from leftover baked potato, slices of bacon, an egg cup filled with ketchup, a pile of clementine segments and a glass of orange juice in the background.I woke up this morning and realized I had a problem: I had no eggs. I had planned on trying to make Eggs in a Basket for the first time for myself today, as I only have myself to look after in the way of meals today. (Hubby’s not an egg fan and isn’t fond of the smell of them cooking, so I could have experimented today.)

Well, I lie; I had eggs. But they apparently expired last week and I had no idea. Bummer!

Cereal wasn’t sounding too appealing. Neither was toast. Ooh, French Toast–err, wait, that needs eggs. Hm. Pancakes? I have a vegan recipe I could have used, but it just wasn’t what I was craving. Waffles? I wasn’t craving the super sticky sweetness of waffles and syrup this morning.

So I opened the fridge to see what I had: part of an opened package of bacon that needs to be used, a leftover baked potato which needed to be eaten before it went bad, some grated parmesan cheese, some clementines… even my tomato was just starting to turn. Slim pickings. But then I had a revelation. Here’s what I did: Continue reading