Archive | June, 2013

To be a better cook…

18 Jun

Had to share a great quote from Michael Symon (co-host of ABC’s “The Chew”)

“the first thing to do to be a better cook is to buy better ingredients”

And with that I need to make a plan to find a nearby farmers market that I can manage with two kids in tow over the summer ūüôā

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Life’s little pleasures

4 Jun

One of the most annoying things about moving countries is leaving behind electrical appliances which aren’t compatible. ¬†Sounds dramatic but I hated leaving behind my coffee maker. ¬†As far as I’m concerned nothing beats the smell of freshly ground beans and espresso. I got through the first few months here drinking filtered coffee (I use the term loosely) before deciding something had to be done. ¬†We are not here permanently so spending $800 to replace my coffee machine didn’t appeal. ¬†Now, I’ve always steered away from pod coffee machines because I like fresh ground beans. But after trialling my sister-in-laws Nespresso I’m a convert. ¬†After returning from our trip visiting her I marched straight into Macy’s and bought myself one. Now my coffee is my daily treat. ¬†After dropping son number one off at school son number two and I return home for a half hour of down time before the chores and errands and playtime begins.

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Oops- red food dye

1 Jun

Really disappointed tonight. ¬†Last Sunday I did my weekly menu for this week and was excited to come across a recipe for butter chicken using tandoori paste (my kids love the Pataks jars of butter chicken sauce but I’m not a fan and it’s expensive to buy these all the time). ¬†Anyway, I made up my shopping list and was pretty happy to find we already had tandoori paste in the fridge thanks to one of my husband’s previous shopping trips. ¬†But, as I’m ready to put it in the pan tonight I read the ingredients to find that it contains Red 40 color. ¬†Given that we try to avoid all artificial colors I was really disappointed but too far into the meal to change now.

I did a google search for tandoori paste without red food coloring in but couldn’t find anything. ¬†I did find a blogger who was also annoyed to find artificial color in tandoori paste and set about to make her own (I’ll reblog this). ¬†I don’t mind making my own but I’ll be crossing this version of butter chicken off my list as a quick family meal.

Note: ¬†Patak’s butter chicken simmer sauce is free from artificial colors, preservatives and flavors so a much better option.

red food dye? I don’t think so

1 Jun

Here’s another blogger disappointed to find red food dye in tandoori paste who has come up with a pretty good looking alternative.

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