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”

Garlicky Mushroomy Chicken with Kale

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I have been using quite a bit of kale in my dishes recently, mainly due to the fact that I put it in my morning smoothies and then must figure out what to do with the rest of the leaves. For some reason, grocery stores don’t sell just a little bit of kale but a huge bunch of it and I have no room in my fridge or freezer to store it (same story with dill, although space for dill is easier to find. WHY are those herb bunches so big???). I have also promised my husband to keep the freezer only 2/3 filled, which is proving to be quite difficult. He claims that the freezer is so full, there is no room for ice cream, should he want to buy some (it could also be a ploy on my end in order to keep his waist slim and trim). Continue reading “Garlicky Mushroomy Chicken with Kale”

Leek and Potato Soup With Kale

IMG_1796When I was growing up, I hated soups. My mom always made me eat them, as she is a firm believer that warm liquid keeps guts healthy. Maybe she is right, but I don’t mind eating soups any longer. I love them, specially when prepared by her. During my early cooking days I was quite intimidated by soups and thought that making them was a form of fine art. And then I discovered cream soups and everything got less scary. Somehow, pureeing the soup hides any imperfections, makes it look sophisticated AND even kid-friendly (all the lovely vegetables are hidden from the vegetable-wary eaters). Continue reading “Leek and Potato Soup With Kale”