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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

Jul
29
2016
Jul 29, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - lemon pudding cake

Where do I even begin?

If you like lemons, you’ll like this lemon pudding cake. I honestly thought this would become a disaster in the oven but was happily surprised by the finished product. You get this lovely light layer of cake at the top with a yummy pudding like lemon curd on the bottom. It tastes great fresh but in my humble opinion it tastes so much better after it’s been chilled.

I’m a mediocre baker at best so if I can make this simple lemon pudding cake, so can you!

– Continue Reading

Jul
24
2016
Jul 24, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - pasta salad with quinoa

With the hot summer months came really hot muggy weather and I don’t know about you but I certainly didn’t feel like cooking in that kind of humidity.

The brain turned into mush and all I could think about was escape. My stomach however still wanted food so my brain had to quickly think of a decent alternative (because I’m also tired of take out).

AHA.

Brain blast.

Pasta salad!

thingsthatwedo.com - pasta salad with quinoa

I had tomatoes, cucumbers, feta cheese, quinoa, and pasta. It seemed like the perfect summer dinner. With a splash of balsamic vinegar and a few other choice ingredients (hello, olive oil), dinner was on the table and it was a HIT.

It’s times like these I’m reminded that ‘less is more’. I didn’t need a big giant gourmet meal. I didn’t need a lavish 12 course sampler. All I really wanted was a refreshing salad made with delicious simple ingredients. It took no time to throw together and even less time for the entire family to plow through without feeling gross and disgusting afterwards. I also didn’t have to spend gallons of money on this pasta salad (you know, take out costs more than you think!) and there was even enough for my lunch the next day.

I should have thought of this a lot sooner!

Now, I don’t really have a recipe to share because quite frankly, I just threw a bunch of stuff together and hoped for the best. Olive oil and balsamic vinegar definitely played a part and I may have added a pinch of salt and pepper to round out the flavours.

So, if you’re having a really hot and muggy summer try making your own pasta salad. Surprise yourself. Throw in some quinoa, maybe some barley or buckwheat, or add a few seeds into the mix. You may end up with the best tasting salad ever!

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Jun
25
2016
Jun 25, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - crescent rolls

Regular readers of ThingsThatWeDo.com know my baking skills have progressed over the years but I am nowhere near the ‘expert’ level. I have many fumbles but I also have many successes.

Sometimes, I venture into the world of yeast and try my hand at making bread. On this particular occasion, I tried to make little crescent rolls. In all honesty, they turned out a lot better than I thought because quite frankly when yeast is involved I never know what to expect.

The family loved the crescent rolls. We ate them all and no one got sick so that’s a good thing. Let’s just say I haven’t quite perfected them yet.

They came out in different shapes and sizes, fully cooked but then again, I don’t know how to tell when yeast breads are fully done so I may/not have over-baked them. I’ll never know. The only way to know is to keep making these crescent rolls until I’ve mastered them. – Continue Reading

May
20
2016
May 20, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - cinnamon apple bread pudding

I have to admit it, I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I think I’m getting better at this baking business. I actually baked my first ever bread pudding! Not only that, I made it extra special because I added cinnamon, fresh apple sticks, and some applesauce for good measure. All that baking must have come in handy because it gave me the confidence to try something new. This cinnamon apple bread pudding is actually quite easy to make with ingredients that most of us have ready in our pantries. – Continue Reading

Apr
17
2016
Apr 17, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches

You know I’m not a big fan of chocolate but I tell you, it is never too early in the year to enjoy some homemade ice cream sandwiches. I’ve had a few store bought ones and they’ve always been disappointing. I either didn’t like the ice cream or I found the cookie too soft and squishy. Make your own cookies, choose your favourite ice cream and well, you really can’t go wrong.

Here’s my chocolate chip cookie recipe that I used to these scrumptious homemade ice cream sandwiches. – Continue Reading

Apr
10
2016
Apr 10, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - baked oatmeal breakfast bars

Gosh I’m bored of the same old breakfast. I mean, we eat breakfast everyday and it’s usually a steady rotation of pancakes, rice pudding, the occasional oatmeal, and French toast of course but it gets a little monotonous after a while ergo my search for something a little different, nutritious but different.

Can’t remember how, can’t remember when but I stumbled across a few baked oatmeal recipes. I tweaked and I poked and I eventually came up with a version that I was happy with. My big kid loves these soft baked oatmeal breakfast bars, they’re nutritious, they’re hearty and so incredibly versatile.  Best part is, they’re also super easy to make. – Continue Reading

Mar
9
2016
Mar 9, 2016
Posted in: Recipes

thingsthatwedo.com - soft ginger cookies

Soft ginger cookies. Fragrant and warm. Soft ginger cookies have always seemed like such a difficult cookie to make. I don’t know why I thought that way but I’m pretty sure I was scared by the idea of using molasses. Ever since I made those spice bars I’ve become a little bit more adventurous with molasses (I mean, I can’t leave an opened container of molasses lying around in the home forever) and baked some seriously delicious soft ginger cookies.

Honestly, I was surprised at how well these turned out. These ginger cookies are soft, cute, and would make a really good housewarming gift. Who knew I could bake ginger cookies? The best part is, I’ve reduced the amount of sugar used so they’re not quite as sweet as many of the store bought versions. – Continue Reading

Feb
9
2016
Feb 9, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - smuckers pure raspberry jam

I can’t believe it, it’s February and I’m still talking about those thumbprint cookies except this time I’m focusing on the jam I successfully used to make decent looking thumbprint cookies. Some of you asked about the types of jam I used to make the thumbprint cookies so I thought I’d share.

By far, the thumbprint cookies that turned out the best were made with Smucker’s Pure Raspberry jam. See this thumbprint cookie? – Continue Reading

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