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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

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

Dec
20
2016
Dec 20, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - belvita-cocoa-breakfast-bites

Allow me to introduce you to this very unassuming bag of belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites. I did not buy this bag of belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites. No, I did not. It came to me as a free sample and as a wise family member once told me: “You don’t say no to free samples.”

So true.

Truth be told, the folks are belVita are quite lucky I received this bag of Cocoa Breakfast Bites as a free sample because I guarantee you I would have never bought this myself at the grocery store. It’s simply not something I would be interested in buying.

Question is: how are these belVita Cocoa Breakfast Bites?

Well…personal preference is personal preference. - Continue Reading

Dec
9
2016
Dec 9, 2016

 

thingsthatwedo.com - martelli-organic-cornmeal-polenta

I’m not the best baker and I’m certainly not the best cook on the planet but I do like to try new things (within reason). Recently, my adorable neighbour/pal called me over to get food. She’d made too much polenta and lovingly insisted that I take some home.

Well, how could I resist?

Best part: the polenta was delicious and she convinced me that it was easy to make. In theory, all I had to do was get some cornmeal, add it to boiling water, and by the magic of cooking, it’ll make polenta that I can cut into chunks, fry up and pair with whatever I so please.

Hey, it sounded easy (in theory) but the first task was to find the cornmeal.

Enter my local Italian grocery store. I browse the aisle and all the different brands of cornmeal that are available. My eyes land on the Martelli Organic Cornmeal Polenta.

Why? - Continue Reading

Dec
5
2016
Dec 5, 2016

thingsthatwedo.com - froot-loops

I’m a big fan of label reading. I don’t claim to understand everything I read (nutritionist I am not) but I try my best to navigate the ingredients and make purchases that make sense for my family. Occasionally, I’ll browse the aisles and ponder the varieties that intrigue my eye. My daughter does the same thing (an important life skill if you ask me).

During one particular trip to the grocery store, I decided to pick up the box of Froot Loops. I won’t lie, I’ve had the odd Froot Loop here and there. They’re sweet, they’re crunchy, and they are oh so colourful.

Have you ever taken a good look at a box of Froot Loops? - 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

May
26
2015
May 26, 2015

thingsthatwedo.com - summer fresh light hummus

The weather may be getting warmer but that is not why I like the Summer Fresh Light Hummus. If you’re a regular reader of ThingsThatWeDo.com, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of dips and spreads (well, okay… most dips and spreads) and sometimes I’ll use them on my breakfast toast instead of the typical jam or butter.

For a while now, I’ve been testing out different types of hummus with different flavour profiles and it suddenly hit me that I miss eating just regular plain old hummus without all the bells and whistles. I end up at the grocery store, I browse the shelves with all the dips and spreads and decided on the Summer Fresh Light Hummus.

Hey, the Summer Fresh Light Hummus boasts to have all the flavour with 70% less fat (see the first pic). Guess what? They were right! - Continue Reading

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