Perfect (Garlic) Mashed Potatoes

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A bowl of yummy!

You probably know by now that in my world potato is a magical vegetable. It can be cooked in so many different ways and used in such a variety of dishes that it is an absolute staple in my shopping cart and on my dining table (I do not have a kitchen table and we eat all of our meals in the dining room, in case you were wondering ;)). One of my favourite ways to eat potatoes is to have them mashed. I always make a big batch and use leftovers for a quick gnocchi meal or to make stuffing for pyrohy (AKA pierogie). I have discovered over the years that not everyone knows how to make perfect mashed potatoes: light, fragrant and creamy. They make a perfect side dish to anything and are great on their own as well (if you are anything like me). Continue reading “Perfect (Garlic) Mashed Potatoes”

Maple Cottage Cheese Pancakes (AKA Syrnyky)

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Perfect breakfast food

Who doesn’t like pancakes? Pancakes are always welcome at our breakfast table and leftovers (which there are rarely any) are eaten through the day as a snack. In Ukraine pancakes with cottage cheese called syrnyky (syr is cheese in Ukrainian) are very popular. I decided to give mine a Canadian twist and added maple syrup for sweetness and extra flavour. I consider syrnyky  a healthy(ish) version of a traditional pancake as the batter is mostly nutrient rich cottage cheese and there is not a lot of flour in it. And you can never go wrong with a little bit of maple syrup, right? Continue reading “Maple Cottage Cheese Pancakes (AKA Syrnyky)”

Lazy Jerk Chicken

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I usually serve my Lazy Jerk Chicken with creamy mashed potatoes and coleslaw

I fell in love with jerk chicken long time ago, shortly after my family moved to Canada from Ukraine. We came straight to Toronto and lived in a quaint little apartment building midtown, near Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave West. Just a short walk from home there was an always busy West Indian eatery, called Albert’s Real Jamaican Foods and it did not take us long to discover the amazing food Albert had to offer. The most divinely spiced chicken came on a bed of rice and peas, topped with ox tail gravy and served with a side of creamy coleslaw. We would pick up our jerk dinner from Albert’s every few weeks and savor every single bite. Continue reading “Lazy Jerk Chicken”

Smoky Sweet Potato Fries

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So delicious!

Today’s post is quick and short and delicious! It is about sweet potato fries, baked version. Sweet potatoes are full of goodness and nutrients and taste amazing. They are also easy to prepare. Mine have a smoky flavour as I use smoked paprika as the main seasoning. I like to peel my potatoes, but you may want to skip this step, which will make the preparation even faster. A little bit of whole wheat flour gives potatoes a lovely texture and the quantity of oil is minimal. Perfect side dish all around! Continue reading “Smoky Sweet Potato Fries”

Korean (-ish) BBQ Pork, Lazy Cooking Day Edition

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Addictively delicious

Cooking from scratch is marvelous, healthy and satisfying, but sometimes it is nice to take a shortcut. Everyone needs a break every now and then, right? I often feel this way around mid-week, when my energy level dips a bit. Which brings me to this dish, inspired by dining out at Korean restaurants. Continue reading “Korean (-ish) BBQ Pork, Lazy Cooking Day Edition”

Easy Stuffed Potatoes

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I admit, this is not the most photogenic dish. But it more than makes up for it in flavour. You will not be able to stop at just one 😉

This is another post dedicated to my love of potatoes. These are stuffed with seasoned meat and baked in the oven. My mom makes this dish for me whenever I come to visit her (my parents live in Ottawa while I am in Toronto) and it is only recently that I have cooked it for the first time on my own. Continue reading “Easy Stuffed Potatoes”