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Culinary Secret

Today, I made something devilishly delicious – papas bravas. We were feeling summery and had Michael’s family over for Shabbat. We wanted to do something different for dinner and went with a tapas theme.

The secret to making perfectly cooked and creamy on the inside, crunchy on the outside home fries is Poaching. In oil. All I did was cubed the potatoes, put them in a pot with vegetable oil over medium heat for about 20-25 minutes. Stirring often prevents potatoes from sticking to the bottom.

Once they were done, I drained them and tossed them in a garlic paprika aioli. The aioli was simply grated garlic, Hungarian or Spanish (if you like) paprika and a generous pile of good old mayonnaise. Toss it all together to coat all the potatoes and let sit for about 10 minutes. The flavours set in and the dish tastes much better.

Go ahead and try it. I swear you will wow everyone who tries it.


Tapas for the Summer

Ever since we bought these IKEA white rectangular plates, my cooking juices have been flowing. Talk about getting my mojo back!

So far, here are some photos of what I’ve come up with. Any they have all been awesome.

Hotdog octopus on cheese curd gravel, wild blueberries, cheese crepe – pineapple boat.

Homemade sliders with double fried french fries.

Fresh pasta from Burrato Flour (Courtesy of Williams and Sonoma)

Patatas Bravas (Yukon gold potatoes poached in vegetable oil, tossed in garlic paprika aioli)

Fresh red radishes in Garlicky Vinagrette

Corn starch-dusted sole, fried.

Oven-roasted corn.

Playing Food

We’re just at IKEA. I think we want to move away from round plates – better aesthetics and storage.

We want to experiment and see if we could plate our foods to reduce wastage as well as make it more appealing for the kids. Perhaps underplating might entice them to finish what’s on their plate.

Tonight, I’m thinking of making Garlic Butter Prawns with Mashed Potatoes and balanced veggies on the side.

Come back and read the results later tonight. I will also post a photo to show the plated meal.

Leftover Feta

Whenever M goes out and leaves me at home, and the kids are asleep, I always end up making something. You see, we’re going away on Sat and had to deal with left-overs in the fridge and didn’t want food to go to waste. We had some Bulgarian feta and goats cheese in the fridge. So I googled some recipes for Bulgarian feta and found an easy one

But I had to check to see if I had some active yeast. I pulled my baking cupboard open and found some yeast – May 2013. Uh oh. I had to find out if it was still useable. So I looked it up on this eHow and luckily, I was able to use it.

The recipe for the Bulgarian Feta Cheese Bread called for 8 cups of flour. I had to make less because I did not have 8 cups nor did I want to work with 8 cups. So I did a hack, as M would like to call it, and I used the pita dough recipe from the Kitchn. It called for only 2.5-3 cups of flour.

All I have left to do now is to let the coiled rolls of feta logs rise and then I can bake it! Here’s what they look like right now.


Summer Vacation

Today was a busy day for us. We were out for breakfast at Cora’s and headed to the Scarborough Family Golf Centre for some mini-golf.

It was hot but Z had so much fun. V wasn’t really all into it that much. We headed home for lunch and had the kids in bed by 1:10pm. It was a short nap for both of them but we got to have more fun in the afternoon.

The Toronto Zoo splash pad is awesome. M and I and the kids all got into our bathing suits and had some fun. It was a little cooler than we would have liked but the kids were happy to be playing. 45 min of playtime and we went on the zoo mobile, which was nice.

By the time the tour was done, it was just starting to drizzle. So we headed back home. We made it just in time and did not get caught outside in the rain.

This Sat us our trip to Cayo Coco, Cuba. I’m excited and can’t wait. We still need to pack. So we are sending the kids to daycare on Wed and Thur so we can get some stuff done around the house – including packing.


Z found an eye mask and some gloves and had some fun dressing up.

There’s V in the swing again.


The most favourite playground equipment would have to be the swing. Sometimes it’s hard for V to get off it without getting upset.

Even Z loves the big swing.


This was Zs first time fishing. Grampa wanted to fish and Z was all excited as well. He even caught 3 himself.

I just had to post this one. The water droplets are too cool not to be shown.

V was just happy to be on the see-saw type of thing.


(Ok, this is totally a cheat since we all know I haven’t posted to my 365 since June 16 or something like that. So here’s one.)

This is my favourite picture if the summer, by far. V was picking flowers and smelling them, trying to find one that smells good. She decided to let daddy smell, too. She’d say,”Eeww!” And make a funny face after smelling each one.

Christie Pits had a playground paradise for Z. There were so many climbing opportunities for him. He was so excited and played with bArefeet.


Btw, we went back to sleep training V again. It has been 3 nights. She’s doing well – almost back to normal. She just wakes up before 6pm. Other than that, she goes back to sleep after crying for a few minutes.

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