I seemed to be in a cooking mood this past weekend. Spent a bunch at the grocery store on Saturday to get ingredients to make some recipes I’ve been wanting to try on Sunday.
Puréed Cauliflower Soup
This was so unbelievably delicious! While the last time I tried a soup from this book, I didn’t have a handheld blender so I improvised with a potato masher. This time, I used my newly-purchased blender to purée it properly. I forgot to pick up bay leaves, as the recipe requests but I don’t really like the taste of bay leaves anyway and it tasted delicious without it. I also couldn’t find porcini mushrooms at the grocery store that I went to, so I had to forego the mushroom croutons as well – though I’m sure that would have been a delicious addition. I’d definitely try this recipe again with the mushroom croutons next time but overall, this purée cauliflower soup tastes as good as it smells while simmering!
Garlicky Fingerling Potatoes and Rapini
I picked up this little recipe card at one of the local Loblaws grocery stores and figured it was a short and simple enough recipe to attempt (hey, it fit on a tiny card!) I think I might have boiled the rapini a bit too long because it was pretty soft and mushy once I tried to mix them all in together. Overall though it was really tasty, and makes a huge serving of them (8 servings, according to the card!).
President’s Choice has a whole selection of these healthy recipe cards at their Loblaws locations. They also have a wide selection of recipes to “create & rate” over on their website pc.ca!
Okay, so this one isn’t out of a cookbook. My mom gave me this recipe many many years ago because it’s a tradition that she makes it every year for Christmas and I had wanted to try to make it. Really had a craving for lasagna over the weekend so I thought I’d use the ground beef I’ve had frozen in the freezer. That might’ve been the catch… while it didn’t taste bad at all, I still could tell it didn’t taste like how my mom usually made it. Maybe the frozen beef from Dec wasn’t as great but oh well… it was still pretty good. I use the oven-ready lasagna noodles but almost always find that the edges tend to stay really hard and don’t actually cook soft, leaving some really hard “crusts”.. Guess it’s true what some people say.. can never make it as good as mom’s home cooking. 🙂 Besides, I just wanted to feature my attempt at this since I love that my mom labelled it “mommy’s recipe” for me. 😳