When the perfect recipe lands in your inbox and you have all the ingredients, you head to your kitchen. Meet Nigella Lawson’s Moonblush Tomatoes. I used fresh thyme as I had it on hand and it calls for Maldon Salt which is worth the splurge.
Sweet dreams wee ones. See you in the morning!
Good Morning Moonblush Tomatoes.
Nigella’s Moonblush Tomatoes = super simple linguine. Five ingredients – tomatoes, linguine, evoo, fresh thyme and parmesan cheese. Super simple and absolutely delicious.
Weekend soup prep for the very cold Canadian winter. Love My Relationship With Food’s Carrot and Courgette Soup. Perfect simplified solution for chilly evenings.
Making chicken wings at home is super simple. I love this recipe for Crispy Asian Chicken Wings from the What Should I Make For Blog. Whether you marinate for a few hours or overnight as I did this time, these wings are definitely full of flavour.
Basic Good Carbs Soup from the Eat Burn Sleep blog is perfect for these chilly late autumn days. I omitted the salt as the Knorr Vegetable Stock Pot had more than enough sodium, simmered for an hour, puréed and garnished with chives. Enjoying a bowl for lunch and freezing the rest for a simple weekday dinner.
Preheat over to 400F. Toss asparagus with EVOO, salt and pepper. Roast 15-20 minutes depending on size of asparagus. Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese for the last few minutes in the oven.
This is the ultimate in simplicity for those days you are craving pasta but don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. Martha Stewart’s One Pot Pasta to the rescue.
I was never really a fan of beets until I had this amazing Arugula Salad with Roasted Beets, Squash & Shallots by Gwyneth Paltrow. I was happy to find the recipe online via Bare Beauty and have made it many times since. It is a go to salad for a friend of mine who luckily made it for a friend’s 50th birthday dinner. I loved the roasted beets so much that I now incorporate them regularly into my homemade meals. It truly was love at first beet.
Risotto is an amazing comfort food and surprisingly simple to make once you have attempted it a few times. Yes it takes a long time and you need to be super attentive but there is something truly mindful about the process. I love this Shrimp, Asparagus and Dill Risotto recipe – a spring take on Italian comfort food.
A roast chicken is a perfect Sunday meal. This popped up in my Facebook memories and reminded me of how a brine can bring amazing end results. I must try again.
Simple Brine Recipe
This brine designed for turkey but works perfectly well for a roast chicken. The ingredients below are for a turkey brine. For the chicken picture above, I used 2 oranges and 1/2 of a lemon.
1 cup Kosher Salt
1 cup brown Sugar
5 Oranges – sliced
3 Lemon – sliced
Fresh herbs – Sage, Rosemary and Thyme – chopped
Submerge your fresh bird in water for 24 hours in the refrigerator with your brine ingredients. Drain water, rinse your bird, pat dry and air dry in the refrigerator on a cookie seat with a rack for another four hours to help achieve a crispy bird.
I cover my chicken with a mixture of olive oil, butter and herbs. No real measurements involved. I am especially fond of thyme. Make sure to keep the weight from the package to determine cooking time. I often cook at 350F but sometimes higher for a crispier skin. I always consult a cooking guide before. Make sure to check the internal temperature of your chicken and/or turkey to make sure it is cooked. Let your chicken sit for 15-20 minutes once out of the oven to let the juices flow through. Serve with your favourite roasted vegetables and potatoes – which you could put into your pan during cooking – or anything you else you may fancy.
In the winter months, my perfect comfort food is pasta. To control my sodium intake, I aim to make my own sauces as much as possible and am always on the search for new recipes. I follow Jessica Seinfeld on Instagram (@jessseinfeld) and discovered her recipe for Rigatoni Alla Vodka. Love this simple homemade vodka sauce and definitely will make again.
Ingredients: Longo’s Markets
Olive Oil: McEwans