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May
24
2017
May 24, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - pikelets

Why?

Because I said so.

Who exactly is Nagi?

Well, Nagi happens to be an amazing woman who is the ultimate brain behind www.recipetineats.com. I discovered her website a little while back when I was in desperate need of a new breakfast option. Sure, I made French Toast, pancakes, oatmeal, bread pudding, and a few other choice items but it’s always good to try something new. Given that I’m not the best cook on this planet I was looking for something familiar yet new.

Enter Nagi and the pikelet.

What exactly is a pikelet? - Continue Reading

May
17
2017
May 17, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - oatmeal with nuts and seeds

Lately, the hubby and I have been trying to find different ways to jazz up breakfast. I mean, really, there’s only so much bread and spread you can have in the morning. Bread, bagel, biscuit, French toast, pancakes, bread pudding, whatever you want to call it, having a chunk of cooked dough in the morning gets a little boring after a while. Sure, we pair it with fruit and a few other healthy options but it gets old quite quickly.

Oatmeal – for some, an equally boring breakfast option so how do you jazz that up without adding loads of sugar or junk on top of it? - Continue Reading

May
4
2017
May 4, 2017
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - cheddar cornbread tops

Those of you who follow ThingsThatWeDo.com on a regular basis will know that I’m a mediocre baker at best. My one strength: I persevere. I may not always get it right but I keep on trying and sometimes, sometimes, things turn out magically. Other times, my finished works of art have comedic outcomes. I don’t hide the end results. I’m not happy about it and I wish all my baking efforts resulted in flawless creations but well, that’s just not how it is.

Well, this is going to be that kind of post. You see, I’ll tell you what I did and then I’ll show you what happened. You may enjoy the laugh! - Continue Reading

Apr
5
2017
Apr 5, 2017
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com pic - streusel coffee cake
Am I natural baker?

Um, NO.

Do I try? Do I make an effort?

Absolutely.

Am I also humble enough to admit when I fail?

Yep.

Am I will to persevere and keep trying?

Usually.

Case in point: streusel topped coffee cake. I’ve always loved those streusel topped coffee cakes that you get from the grocery store. The crunchy bits on the top are my favourite. What I didn’t like was how sweet the store bought coffee cakes were. The excessive use of sugar seemed to overwhelm all the other flavours in the coffee cake. - Continue Reading

Feb
7
2017
Feb 7, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - lets-do-organic-organic-cornstarch

Allow me to introduce you to my first ever batch of chocolate pudding. It’s not something I’ve ever considered making until I saw the recipe on the back of the Let’s Do Organic Cornstarch box. As it so happened, I had all the needed ingredients in my home so I decided to try something new.

Not bad, right?

Here’s the original recipe off the box of Let’s Do Organic Cornstarch: - Continue Reading

Feb
2
2017
Feb 2, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - peanut butter cookie with thumbprint cookie dough

Remember those thumbprint cookies? You don’t? Here, I’ll remind you. When I finally perfected the recipe and the process, this is what they looked like:

thingsthatwedo.com - thumbprint cookies - batch3

In the early days when I was first learning how to make thumbprint cookies, they looked a little different.

thingsthatwedo.com - thumbprint cookies - batch1

UghI made so many batches that I still get shivers when I make thumbprint cookies. I’ll make them for others and can’t even bring myself to eat them anymore. Well then, what am I going to enjoy while others are chomping on those thumbprint cookies and I’m too lazy to dig up another recipe to throw in the oven?

AHA!

Brain blast!

Why not use the same cookie dough and pair it with other ingredients! I have to admit, this is one of my more brilliant moments. - Continue Reading

Jan
18
2017
Jan 18, 2017

thingsthatwedo.com - making polenta

A little while ago, I posted about my love for the Martelli Organic Cornmeal Polenta. I’ve used it to make polenta numerous times and I finally feel ready to share my polenta making experience with all of you. Now, I should preface by saying I don’t have exact measurements when it comes to making polenta but I think that’s half the fun. I’ve learned to trust myself when myself when it comes to making polenta, to judge when to stop pouring the polenta into the boiling water, when to turn off the fire, and what to pair the polenta with.  While I may not be the best baker or the best cook, making polenta has been quite the culinary growth experience for me.


Making polenta for the first time…

I was convinced that making polenta would be an unbearable feat but truth be told, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it’d be. My beloved neighbour/pal convinced me that all it took was a little cornmeal, boiling water, and cooking magic to make the polenta. - Continue Reading

Nov
21
2016
Nov 21, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - caramel peanut crunch

This is living proof that you don’t always have to know what you’re doing in the kitchen to make something tasty.

There I was standing in the kitchen aimlessly staring at these caramel squares that somehow ended up on our table. Then it hit me: I wanted to melt them down to make a snack of some sort. The only problem was, I wasn’t prepared so I had no recipe to lean on. I threw caution to the wind and decided I’d just rummage through the cupboards to see what I could pull together. I ended up with some peanuts and pretzels.

Perfect. - Continue Reading

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