Saturday, 14 January 2017

Glazed Chicken with Carrots

Here's a post that was supposed to go up when I made the it in December.  This is a recipe for one that I adapted for the four of us.  It looks like it was clipped from the Montreal Gazette which seems odd because I don't think that's a paper that Grandma received generally.

1 chicken leg and thigh, or 1 chicken breast (I used 4 boneless breasts)
1 carrot, thickly sliced
2 T chopped celery
3 T chopped green onions (we didn't have any so I added some Italian parsley instead)
1 t chopped garlic
1/2 t Dijon mustard
1 T frozen, undiluted orange juice concentrate
2 t lime or lemon juice - optional (I used a smaller amount of fresh lemon juice)
ground pepper (I also added some salt)
1/4 c chicken stock or water (I used chicken stock)

Put chicken in a small, shallow ovenproof pan just large enough to hold it and then vegetables in a single layer.

Spread chicken with mustard then with orange juice concentrate and lime juice.  Sprinkle carrot, celery, onions and garlic over the chicken.  Bake at 450 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes basting chicken occasionally with pan liquid.

While the chicken was cooking I put four russet potatoes on the other oven rack to bake.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Mexican-style Lasagne

I chose this recipe first because Aslan requested something "Mexican".  There were a few recipes in the box with a Tex-Mex type theme but most of them were for dips.  I decided to give this "lasagne" a go.  I scanned the recipe and there was no spices required at all so I went for the spiciest pasta sauce I could find.  Hamish actually ran up and got the groceries for me and he did a pretty good job.  Here they are:

I thought this might be sort of low-carb (because no noodles) but then I realized that you fry each corn tortilla in oil before layering so I don't think there is much of a reduced calorie content.

This was a recipe meant to feed a crowd (serves 8) gathered to watch a football game.  Suffice it to say both of my teenagers complained that there wasn't enough...Recipe follows with my notes in italic.

1 lb ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1/2 c chopped celery
1 garlic clove, crushed (I minced mine)
2 c canned tomatoes, chopped (I used a 28 oz can whole tomatoes and cut it into pieces using kitchen scissors while the tomatoes are still in the can)
2 c spaghetti sauce
1 t salt
1/4 c vegetable oil (canola)
8 6-inch corn tortillas
8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, thinly sliced
8 oz ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
1 c shredded cheddar

In a large skillet, combine beef, onion, celery and garlic. Cook until beef is browned.  Add tomatoes, spaghetti sauce and salt.  Cook uncovered 15 minutes, stirring occassionally.  Heat oil in a medium skillet.  Add 1 tortilla; cook over medium heat until tortilla is soft but not crisp (10 seconds per side).  Drain on paper towel. Repeat with remaining tortillas.  Cut each tortilla in half (I used kitchen shears).
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spread 1/3 meat mixture on bottom of a 9" x 13" baking pan.  Top with 1/2 of the Monterey Jack cheese.  In a small bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg.  Spread 1/2 the ricotta cheese mixture over the Monterey Jack cheese.  Add a layer of 1/2 the softened tortillas.  Repeat layering, ending with 1/2 the meat sauce on top.  Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until cheese melts and mixture is bubbly.
Serves 8.  May be held overnight in fridge and baked the next morning.

Friday, 2 December 2016


This past week I received a large box in the mail. Thinking it was Christmas presents I left it unopened in the closet for a day and then I remembered that my dad had told me that before Grandma's house was sold he found an old recipe folder and cookbook of hers that he saved for me.  Opening the box was like Christmas and I had a great time looking at each recipe she had clipped and saved, written on a card or slip of paper.

The file folder of recipes reminded me of my "Recipes to Try" Pinterest Board and I think Grandma and I have similar taste because we seem to like the same things - seafood, cheesy things and cake.

Here is my diary as I try and test out each of the recipes Gran saved.  Some she made herself I'm sure and others she just planned to.  Making these will feel like I'm experiencing a part of her.