Archive | November, 2010

The Missing Donuts

I’m sorry, I promised you donuts and then you didn’t get any donuts. At least, the recipe, as promised. There was a series of events that involved bringing my backup external hard drive with photos of recipes to post and I didn’t bring the appropriate cord that would connect to the computer I brought. Since I was the only Mac user, there was no alternative source for that elusive connector. I could have said “unfortunate events”, but they are not. Things just happen and this is one of those times when I just raise my arms, shrug, and laugh. Unforeseen circumstances will always come up, but now, I’m back to normalcy. Kind of.

I will post the recipe tomorrow. Right now my hands are wrist deep in cookie batter. But see? The donuts do exist. It’s just a matter of writing the recipe. :)

Thanks for staying put and have a good first week of DECEMBER. Do you hear the carols playing?

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First Snow of the Season

We had our first official snowfall (that wasn’t quickly washed out by our infamous rain) yesterday. It was great because we woke up with a pretty backdrop on a Saturday morning and then the sun shone so bright, it seemed as if the skies were saying “Excuse me!” after it burped snow the previous evening. Ha.

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Fuss Free Fridays: Steak with Green Peppers

I foresee simple meals until the end of Christmas.

I’ll tell you why: I’ve wanted to be able to make all the gifts I’ll be giving for Christmas for the longest time and I think this year it’s finally going to happen. [Right, I could be crazy.] Of course, whenever I make that decision, things happen. However, I’m going to tough it out and fight my odds through the years. I’ll be sewing and baking like there’s no tomorrow.

It’s only this year that I really appreciated the fact that the Canadian Thanksgiving is in October, I have to say. It really does give me more time to prepare for Christmas, even though I’m still trying to catch my breath and hoping I make all my deadlines.

When I was in the midst of my cross-stitching frenzy, I cooked this quick stir-fry of sliced steak with green peppers and onions, eaten over a steaming bed of rice.

Heaven for the weary.

Anyway, back to the dish. This is easy to make, and you don’t really need a recipe. So below is a “guideline” to create your own recipe. It’s something you can put together with whatever you have. :)

Sorry, this is short and sweet, BUT I promise you: Donuts this weekend!

STEAK STRIPS, PEPPER AND ONION STIR-FRY
Serves 2 to 3

Ingredients

  • 19 0z of steak
  • 1/2 green pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper

Preparation

1. Heat oil on medium high and saute peppers for 2 mins. Transfer to a plate.

2. Place onions in the pan and cook for 1 minute and put on another plate.

3. Heat garlic and meat sprinkled with salt and pepper. Turn occasionally and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, until all the liquid from the meat is almost gone.

4. Add back the pepper and onions and toss with the meat for a few seconds before transferring onto a serving plate. Enjoy with some pita bread or place over a bed of fresh steamed rice.

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Sideblog of Noteworthy Links: November 5 – 11

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Light Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The first cake I ever baked in North America was carrot cake. I remembered then that we only had a fine grater, and can you image grating so many cups of carrot through that? Laborious! I kept thinking that it better be good, while staring at my orange-soaked hands. Guilty of mass carrot murder. But, you know, we love carrot cakes and this is what you make for the love of it.

What makes this different and so much better than my previous attempts was that it’s surprisingly light, and still amazingly good. Sometimes, a heavy carrot cake just puts me off because I can only have a couple of bites and I feel like that’s it for me for the rest of the month.

But this…this I can eat again and again.

Once you make it, I’m sure you’ll agree.

It’s great for Fall or anytime of the year, really. :-)

Get the recipe for the Light Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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