All These Places Feel Like Home

Blogmas Day 27 – Post your favourite recipe

It’s a funny one because I don’t actually eat them when I make them…A few years ago I was searching for a good brownie recipe and found an amazing one that is easy to make and tastes delicious (thanks Ina!)…Over the years I have made many batches but have only “taste tested” them (I’m not a chocolate fan).  Using this recipe I have adapted them and have turned them into s’more brownies (adding mini marshmallows on top) and turtle brownies (chopped pecans, drizzled caramel and mini chocolate chips on top)…but nothing beats the demand for just the plain ones (I always omit the walnuts…just the chocolate chips…oh and I also don’t add the instant coffee)!!  If you love brownies, or chocolate, you must make these!!

Happy baking!

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Happy Blogmas! Playing catch-up!

Merry Christmas everyone!  It is a quiet day for me…hanging with my pooch at my mom’s house.  Dinner is done and I figured on getting caught up with my missed blogs.  I will include day 22 – 25 here so get ready! (I will keep them short…)

Day 22 – The best thing to happen to me this year.

I would have to say my acceptance into a teaching exchange program right back to the part of Australia I was living in.  I put in my application late and was told that it could hinder my chances of placement but I went ahead anyway…with a 3 hour radius as a guide/limit for my placement request I never thought I would get placed….but then came a match directly to the town I had been living in not 2 years ago.  Crazy!  I am so looking forward to the challenge and the new experiences I will have on my own.  Can’t wait!  (I do need time to slow down just a little bit so I can get all the loose ends tidied up though!)

Day 23 – My Dream Job

I have always been hooked on cooking and experimenting in the kitchen.  I love food and get lost in cookbooks and cooking shows like nobody’s business. I think my dream job would be to be talented enough to run my own kitchen/restaurant.  I love feeding people…I rarely spend any effort on food for myself but will jump at the chance to cook for friends or family.  Maybe in my retirement I will take cooking lessons and see where that leads 😉

Day 24 – Your Favourite Childhood Book

I would have to say it would be Uncle Wiggily…now if you know who Uncle Wiggily is I love you!  When I say my parents used to refer to me as Nurse Jane Fuzzywuzzy my friends look at me like I have ten heads.  She was Uncle Wiggily’s nurse (another job I would love to have…#2 to chef) and took good care of him…I guess from a young age I used to make sure everyone was okay and take care of them.  I loved Uncle Wiggily and have fond memories of being read to by my dad from that book (I still have it!)

What’s your favourite childhood book??!!

Day 25 – My 5 favourite blogs

1.  The inspiration behind many things in my life:  You NEED to follow her.  She is amazing.  LOVE

2.  My favourite little family ever:

3. I feel like she is my sister and we have been separated at birth…she doesn’t know I exist and would most likely think that is a creepy comment to make but I absolutely adore her and would love to meet her someday…her blog and her videos got me through all of last christmas.  She’s great!  Check her out:

4.  Where I got the idea to do this challenge (sorry I didn’t rock it as well as you…not missing any more till I’m done!) Thanks Mel!

5. I have been in tears reading some of the posts on this blog…if you haven’t checked them out please do…hilarious!!

Merry Christmas everyone.  I promise I won’t miss another day of the challenge…I will stay on top of it!  I am also going to play around with my new camera and possibly have a video up by the new year for you all to judge!  Hope you all had a lovely Christmas or are enjoying a few days of holidays if you don’t celebrate!

Hugs and love

She Don’t Cook Mashed Potatoes

Happy Blogmas day 21 everyone!  I apologize for missing the last few days but with the holidays approaching, and a bit of an ice storm where I live, there were many more important things to tend to rather than this blog (as much as I love it)

I was planning on skipping Day 20 regardless…I was to talk of a difficult time during my life and since it is the holidays I didn’t want to dwell on the sad stuff…so moving on!

Day 21 – My ten favourite foods!

This is most likely the hardest thing for me to narrow down only because I absolutely love food. LOVE IT!  More on this on Day 23!  Because this is difficult I am going to try to focus on the top 10 things I have loved at restaurants…mostly from when I was in Australia…

1.  My five course dinner I had at Stefano’s in Mildura, VIC.  Everything was delicious but one of the courses stood out to me…there was a lamb dish done three ways that was out of this world…I wasn’t a huge eater of lamb before I went to Australia but now it’s one of my favourites!

2.  Move from Mildura to Melbourne…where I have eaten some of the best food (and definitely the best coffee) of my life…I had this amazing cauliflower dish at a restaurant called Cumulus…it consisted of creamy roasted cauliflowers in some sort of truffle cream.  OH MY GOD it was so good!!

3.  Still in Melbourne and one of the first restaurants I ate at called Coda.  Super cool joint with this amazing mozzarella and pea salad…so delish.  One of the best salads I have ever had.

4.  Back to North America…NYC…ate at Momofuko Ssam Bar and had the most delicious pork buns.  I had never had anything like it before and they were amazing.  I could have eaten 100 of them.

5.  Moama, NSW…just around the corner from where I lived for 6 months was a lovely winery where I had my first ever “bubbles and squeak”…it was a pork chop dish with bubbles and squeak and it was amazing.  I would have licked my plate if I could have!

6. Chicago, IL….Table 52…Fried Green Tomatoes.  All I can say is I was in heaven.  HEAVEN!!!!!

7.  Momofuko again…this time dessert…I am not a fan of chocolate per se so when we asked our server what dessert to get and he mentioned this chocolate dish I was very meh about it…I ate my indifference that’s for sure! Best dessert I have ever had. Some chocolate mousse with plum jelly candies or something…it was sweet and sour and amazing.

8.  Alcohol counts as food??  It does when it’s made with avocado!  La Jolla, CA at an amazing restaurant called Whisknladle I had the best cocktail I have ever had…London’s Burning…gin, avocado juice, lime and jalapeños…sounds disgusting…try it!

9.  Back to Cumulus in Melbourne…I think this was my favourite stop on my food journey while there…just like lamb, duck was never high on my list of things to order.  I now know better…much better!  Duck on a bed of whole grain/seed mix…doesn’t sound great but trust me…it was!

10. Last but definitely not least…Mexican…It is my favourite “genre” of food…does food have genres?!  I ate at a cool place in Melbourne called Mamasita…delish.  We did have tacos and tostaditas but it was definitely not taco bell!

I know Canada has some amazing restaurants as well but I just haven’t had the opportunity (or have been with someone) who loves exploring food as much as I do…sorry it wasn’t a true “these are my favourite foods” list…but it is so much more interesting this way I think…when I eat amazing food I love to share!

What are some of your favourite places to eat?  Where have you had the best meal of your life?!!

Hugs and Love!

Don’t Want No Captain Crunch

Blogmas Day 12!!!!!

Weird post today: what’s in your fridge…almost as exciting as what’s in my purse…almost….

I share the space with my housemate so I’m not going to list what she has (because I don’t know!) but here is a sampling of my stuff:

– bottle of wine (the most important staple)
– lactose free milk
– celery
– eggs
– hummus
– cucumber
– tomatoes
– arugula
– turnips
– red grapefruit
– red grapes
– oranges
– red onions
– supplies for a potluck Christmas party tomorrow night (Brie, spiced Gouda, salami)
– and a bunch of jars full of sauces, dips, marinades…

Now your day is complete…you can imagine what I’ll be having for lunch tomorrow!!

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

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