Ginger & Garlic Vegetarian Soup

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Ginger & Garlic Vegetarian Soup

Shopping List

  • 1 box of low sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 Med Onion Diced
  • 4 Cloves of Chopped Garlic
  • 3 Stalks of Diced Celery
  • 2 Tablespoons of grated ginger, if you are using fresh throw in the freezer for a few minutes then grate!
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Large Sweet Potato Peeled and Chopped
  • 1 Med Sized Zucchini Cubed
  • 1 Med Red Pepper Dicerd
  • 3 Med Carrots Peeled and Cubed
  • 1/4 Cup Bean Sprouts
  • 1/4 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 1 Cup Mushroom, Chopped into Small Pieces
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Hot Chili Flakes
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and Cracked Pepper to taste

What to do…

In a large stock pot turned on Med 5-6 with Olive Oil.

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Add your Onion, Celery, Red Pepper, Chili Flakes, Garlic & Grated Ginger to Sautee. Add 1/4 Cup of Chicken Stock

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Add Mushroom

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Add Sweet Potato, Carrot & Turnip

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Add Zucchini

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Add Bean Sprouts & Spinach

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Add Vegetable  Stock, Strained Tomatoes & Water

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Let these ingredients cook out for an hour on low heat!

A piping hot bowl of healthy and hearty Garlic & Garlic Vegetable Soup!!

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Thanks for joining me once again.. I hope you enjoy this recipe!!

Until we meet again, Cheers and Happy Cooking!

If you have an recipe, an idea, a request or a comment I can be reached at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com and can also be found on facebook at Schooner Pixie’s Kitchen!! Hope to hear from you soon!

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Uncle Charlie’s Curried Chicken…. made by me!!!

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“Curried Chicken with Tomato & Onion Salad”

     After spending a weekend away with family to celebrate our sons birthday, we did alot of talking about food.. As we all have a passion for great cooking and healthy eating. This dish is my Uncle Charlie’s speciality, and after trying I loved it! He is pretty secreative about his recipies but for some reason he told me how to make this dish and I just added my own personal touch! It turned out delicious and John says he now wants to add this dish to our rotation.. Can’t get much more of a compliment than that!

Because this needs to marinate, I am going to first show you how to make the Tomato & Onion Salad, this can marinate in the fridge while you are making the main course.

You will need:

  • 1 large tomato sliced as thin as possible, like paper thin
  • 2 small onions also peeled and sliced as thin as you possibly can
  • 1.5 cups of white vinegar
  • 2 tbs white sugar or sweetener

In a med sized bowl add the tomato, onion and sugar mix well then add the vinegar. Cover and place in the fridge.

Now onto the Curried Chicken…….

You will need:

  • 3 tbsp dried yellow curry
  • 1 carton of low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 package of boneless chicken thighs chopped into chunks
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp of hot sauce
  • Dash of dried chili flakes
  • 1/2 tsp cardamon (comes whole and needs to be crushed with mortar and pestal)
  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 half of a large sweet potato peeled and cubed
  • 3 med size potatos peeled and cubed (dont need to be prefect this is a rustic dish)
  • Half a package of frozen veggies (only because they are out of season) which include peas, corn cobs and green beans
  • 3 med size carrots peeled and chopped into rustic size pieces
  • 2 cups brown rice

Of course for this dish I used my amazing dutch oven… if you dont have an enamel pot a roaster will do, the main thing is it needs a cover as it bakes in the over!

Preheat your oven to 350.

Turn burner on at 7. Add extra virgin olive oil to the bottom of the pan, when warmed, add your chicken. Brown, remove and then set aside.

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In a mortar and pestal add your cardamore, crush and remove shells.

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Add onions, garlic and dried chili flakes. Satuee.

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Add butter and after it is melted now it is time to make a rue by adding the curry and cardamon. Mix together and make a paste!

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Next add the carton of stock and half a cup of water then stir together creating a curry broth.

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Add all the remaning veggies.

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Cover and bake in oven for 1-1.5 hr or until veggies are tender.

In the meantime prepare the brown rice.

To plate add the brown rice, then top with curry and place the tomato & onion salad as a side.

Now it is finished and ready for all to eat and enjoy!

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I hope you all enjoyed reading this blog. I also hope you try cooking this at home and that you loved eating it as much as we did!

Any suggestions or ideas on what I should be cooking next please email me at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com.

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Next up I am going to show you how to make “Smoked Chop Chowder” another family speciality.

Until next time Enjoy & Happy Cooking!!

Skillett Lasagna, easy and delicious

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Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!!

 

I know it has been awhile since I posted last but life passes you by quickly and believe it or not sometimes this blog is not one of my top priorities… I do want to say that no I did not make this for my sweetheart for Valentines day but  I made this recipe last week for my boys and of course it was a big hit.. It is also a very healthy dish which for us is important to us!!  So here’e what you have been waiting for my recipie for:

“Homemade Skillett Lasagna”

 

  You will need:

  •  5 sticks of lasagna oven ready, smart pasta or whole wheat broken into pieces
  • 1 cup of fat free cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup of grated Skim Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 jar of strained tomatoes (San Marzano’s are the best)
  • 1 med onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 lbs of lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp worstchestershier sauce
  • pinch of dried hot chili flakes
  • drop of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning

 

 Preheat the oven at 350. For this dish I used a cast iron pan and to finalize the dish I baked it in the oven in a foil pan, you dont need the foil pan however I had one on hand and didnt want the bother of washing 2 dishes.. hey I am normal who really likes doing dishes 😉

   Turn your skillet on med, add drop of extra virgin olive oil, add your ground beef, minced garlic, onion and red pepper.  Season with Salt & Pepper, worstchestershier sauce and italian seasoning and chili peppers.

   I know this may sound a little crazy but for those of you who are watching your weight, I cooked my beef first, then put it in a strainer and rinsed it under hot water to remove any excess fat.. it seems like work but it is easy and every little bit counts!!

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Next add your bottle of jar of strained tomatoes.

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Now take this mixture and put into the larger pan if your frying pan can be used in the oven and holds alot there is no need to change the pan, as it is called “SKILLET” lasagna.

Once transfered to the second pan, add your lasagna noodles, then add the cottage cheese. Then Mix it up!!

 

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Cover with the half cup of skim mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven for a half hour or until noodles are cooked through.

Now it time to eat & enjoy!!

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe.. I will tell you it is alot easier than making the whole lasgana and alot healther for you! I have a couple of great recipies I am going to try next thanks to a visit with my family this weekend.. Curried Chicken and Smoked Chop Chowder coming up next… Still have yet to get any requests for me to try out any recipies but if you have any ideas please feel free to email me at schoonerpixie@hotmail.com

You can also find me on facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/#!/SchoonerpixiesKitchen

Until next time Enjoy & Happy Cooking!!!

 

 

 

Homemade Spaghetti & Focaccia Bread

Homemade Spaghetti & Focaccia!!

  I took a few days break from blogging and now I am ahead of the game with a few new recipes that we have tried out! Our own creations that are new to us and will definitly be new to you! Today I am going to show you how to make an old family favorite, Spaghetti Sauce and Homemade Focaccia Bread, which was a great replacement for your traditional garlic bread.. It was super easy to make and it turned out delicious 🙂 Here goes..

To Start the Sauce:

Before I fry my meat, I always prep my veggies, which includes:

  • 7 Cloves of Diced Garlic
  • 4 peppers diced can be any color
  • 2 large onions
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Veggies are prepped

Fry in your pot 1/2 lbs of ground pork and 1/2 of ground beef. Traditional style recipies also calls for veal so if you wanted to switch up your regular ground beef with ground veal that works too. Season with Salt & Pepper and add a little worcestershire sauce, and dried chili flakes.

Frying the meat!!

Frying the meat!!

When the meat is fryed add your prepped veggies.

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While the veggies are cooking I always open my large can of San Marzano Tomatos.. put them in a bowl where I crush them with the immersion blender!

The best tomato's to use for a sauce.. these can be purchase at Costco for super cheap!

The best tomato’s to use for a sauce.. these can be purchase at Costco for super cheap!

Hitting them with the immersion blender for a smooth tomato sauce!

Hitting them with the immersion blender for a smooth tomato sauce!

Add your purified tomatos to your veg and meat. Then add 1 glass bottle of purified all San Marzano Tomato’s with basil.. We also get these at Costco. Add 2 tbsp of sugar for sweetness and about 4 bay leaves. Season with Salt and Pepper, Stir and let simmer until it tastes how you want it to!

For this spaghetti I just happened to use fresh pasta that i bought on sale for 1.99 at the Sobeys.. Carter and I both really liked it however the chef in the house John really prefers Smart Spaghettini pasta.. which is also just as good!

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Cook Pasta in salted water with a dash of Olive Oil drain, but do not rinse so it remains starchy.

Put Pasta on a plate, add the sauce and if you like add Parmasean cheese Enjoy!!

The Final Product Delicious!

The Final Product Delicious!

Easy Homemade Focaccia Bread

    I have made this 2 times and really like it because it is easy and you can put any topping on it you desire!!

  Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour, plus additional for kneading
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  Directions

     Combine the warm water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Put the bowl in a warm, not hot or cool, place until the yeast is bubbling and aromatic, at least 15 minutes.

In the bowl combine the flour, 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, make a well, add in well 1/2 cup olive oil and the yeast mixture. Take mixture from the side adding to the liquid in the center.  Once the dough has come together, continue to knead for 5 to 6 minutes until it becomes smooth and soft. Give it a sprinkle of flour if the dough is really sticky and tacky.

Transfer the dough to a clean, lightly floured surface, then knead it by hand 1 or 2 times. Again, give it another sprinkle of flour if the dough is really sticky and tacky.

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Coat the inside of the th bowl lightly with olive oil and return the dough to the bowl.  Cover it with plastic wrap and put it in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size, at least 1 hour.

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Proofing the dough!

Coat your pan with the remaining 1/2 cup olive oil.  This may seem excessive, but focaccia is an oily crusted bread. This is why it is so delicious!

Put the dough onto your pan and begin pressing it out to fit the size of the pan. Turn the dough over to coat the other side with the olive oil. Continue to stretch the dough to fit the pan. As you are doing so, spread your fingers out and make finger holes all the way through the dough. (Yes, this is strange. But when the dough rises again it will create the characteristic of rustic looking focaccia. If you do not make the actual holes in the dough, the finished product will be very smooth.)

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Put the dough in the warm place until it has doubled in size, about 1 hour. While the dough is rising a second time, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Liberally sprinkle the top of the focaccia with some coarse sea salt and lightly drizzle a little oil on top. For additional toppings, I added sprinkled garlic plus and Kraft Parmesan Cheese.  Bake the dough until the top of the loaf is golden brown, for 25- 30 minutes. Remove the focaccia from the oven and let it cool before cutting and serving.

 

This is delicious!!

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 So this is it, this is how I make my family homemade spaghetti and focaccia..

Next up my own creation, Asian Inspired Sliders 🙂

New to foodie blogging!!

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         New Foodie does Toasted Donair Ravioli

“A maritime favorite with an Ammie Parsons twist”

Ready to eat & ENJOY!!

 So I am new to the blogging world. I myself have never blogged before and to be honest have only read a few blogs done by my friends that I know are REALLY funny. What inspired me to do so you ask? I have been thinking about this for about a month or so now after my friend Kelly and also my favorite server at my favorite restaraunt Kellock’s called my husband and I foodies. After cooking all weekend and posting MANY instagram photo’s on my facebook over the last few months of my husband John and I’s food creations and our many homecooked meals I figured a blog would be a great way to share my/our ideas with those of you that are interested. I also think sharing my experiences will motivate me to cook more and to try new recipes 🙂

 I was never really into to food other than your typical roasted chicken and pork dinners.. I also used to eat alot of processed foods and picked my way through most of the home cooked meals that I was faced with (sorry mom). I was super fussy so fussy I used to go as far as straining my salsa so I didnt have to deal with the tomatos. My husband and planting my own garden changed all that for me.. I am a whole new woman now, with an open mind. I am now eating just about every veggie under the sun, very minimal processed foods and alot of authentic foods including my most recent favorite.. Sushi!! Someday I plan on trying to make that and when I do I will share with you, I promise!

 So a few weeks ago after watching Diners Drive Ins & Dives and talking to our friends about maybe doing a cook off with the main ingredient being pork.. I came up with what turned out to be a delicious appetizer that will pull on the heart strings of any maritimer I call the “Toasted Donair Ravioli”

This is how it’s done!!

The first thing you need to make for this recipe is the Donair Sauce this needs to sit for at least a few hours and the longer it sits the better it tastes. I have made Donair Sauce alot and have it down to a tea. The key is when you make it, use regular canned milk, the low fat just doesnt sit right. If you are watching your weight this probably isn’t the best route to go!

You will need:

      2/3 cup canned milk
      2/3 cup sugar
      1/4 cup white vinegar
      1/2 tsp garlic freshley grated (you can use powder if you dont have the fresh garlic)

Directions

     Stir canned milk, sugar and garlic powder until sugar is dissolved let sit for a couple of minutes then stir again making sure all the sugar is dissolved. Stir hard add vinegar all at once, once it is added only 3-4 times. The quicker you add the vinegar and the less you mix, the thicker the sauce will be. Let sauce sit for at least 2 hours in refrigerator before using when you go to use it give it another good stir.  The key is if you stir it to much the milk will seperate from the vinegar! Follow this and it will turn out perfect and you can use it for this recipie and donairs, garlic fingers and donair pizza.. it also lasts for a week!!
     Of course I made the filling myself, I researched recipies and tweaked it to my own.. Here it is!

You will need:

  • 1  tsp salt
  • 1  tsp ground oregano
  • 1  tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2  tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2  tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2  tsp onion powder
  • 1/4  tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork

I let this sit wrapped in saran wrap overnight to let the meat absorb the flavors.

The next day I added:

  • 1/2 cup fresh cherry tomates (I removed the seeds and meat in the center to remove most of the water)
  • 1 grated medium onion
  • 1/2 FINELY chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup of Mozzarella Cheese

You will now need a package of wonton wrappers and egg wash.. I brushed the eggwash on with a paint brush and used a melon baller to measure the meat!

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The start of something good!

 Cover the filling over with another wonton wrapper and use the pressure of a fork to seal it off.. Make sure there isn’t to much filling, if there is they will explode in the deep fryer. Not a good scene!!

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It’s on it’s way

 Next you will need a bowl of egg wash and two plates with Italian bread crumbs on them. Dip the ravioli in the egg wash and put each side of the ravioli on each plate to make sure they are covered well!! Like this below….

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We’re getting closer!!

Last but not least it is time to deep fry, we don’t have a deep fryer for obvious reasons one being I would be as big as a house due to eating fresh cut fries once a day. For this I used a cast iron pan and about 2 cups of vegetable oil..Heat oil and Fry at about  5 for about 7 minutes turning over occassionally so the pork gets well cooked. Remove from oil and put on a plate with paper towel to absorb any access grease..

The finished and might I say delicious final product!

The finished product and might I say delicious!

 Put on a serving plate with the donair sauce and they are ready to serve!!! These are time consuming but are well worth it and are going to be hit with all of your friends and family! Good luck and most of all enjoy! 🙂

 So that is it, I have lost my blogging virginity.. I hope you all enjoyed and give this recipe a try!! If at first you don’t succeed you can always try again..

Next up our new creation ” The Apple Pork Pressed Panini”

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