Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in butter, finely chopped onion and 1/4 cup shredded cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add carrots and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes. Drain, mash and set aside. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.)
Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook until clear. Add ground beef and cook until well browned. Pour off excess fat, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add ketchup and beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Spread the ground beef in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish. Next, spread a layer of mashed carrots. Top with the mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
It’s patio weather here in Toronto and I am making the best of it :D. I decided to address a few questions I have received about the website since it started. If I didn’t answer a question YOU might have please e-mail me at email@example.com
Q: Do you (Tricia) run the website by yourself?
A: I derive the general themes and direction of the website, however I coordinate with a group of 5 other individuals ( The Cooking with Tricia Team :D) to execute these ideas. However when I sign my name it means I wrote the post.
Q: Are all the recipes and pictures on the website yours?
A: No, I feature recipes from other authors as well. However ALL of my original pictures have a logo in the bottom right hand corner so there should be no confusion.
Q: You don’t post regularly, why is this and can you change this?
A: I have been in the process of reconceptualizing the direction of the website as well as putting together a systematic way to deliver content to my readers, as a result the website has not been updated frequently over the past few months. I apologize for this, and will do my best to update the content more frequently.
Q: What equipment do you use for your photography?
A: For the moment I use a Nikon D40 camera with an 18-55mm lens. I also have a little portable food studio, (see picture below). This is not the best equipment out there for food photography, however given that I was a novice photographer I decided to start with something basic. I am constantly working on photography skills though.
Those are all the questions I received, If I didn’t answer yours please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope your week is going great so far. Today I am featuring a recipe that’s great for packed lunches or even a finger food , depending on the bread type and size you use. This Egg Salad Sandwich Recipe is simple to make, and delicious to boot :D. Enjoy the recipe below foodies:
Finally! As I was going through our advertisers I noticed this new feature and thought I would share with my fellow foodies! For all your exam time coffe fixes, or strawberry frap cravings! You can now purchase your drink online and pick it up at the store. Thank you technology! This is one progressive step I can stand behind. Click the link below to buy your Starbucks drink online!
I hope your weekend is going great so far, Toronto is getting warmer to say the least, so I hope you all manage to get some sunshine. Speaking of summertime activities, thereis a new trend on the Internet, this trend is called the gitalgital Drug trent. Yess you heard me , digital drug. So if any foodies out there are looking to get ihigh you should listen to one of these LOOOL. The process of consuming said drugs has been termed” iDoseing” ..yea Steve Jobs lives through the digital drug( too eraly I guess lol). For an example of said digital drugs, check out these youtube examples
Now not all iDoseing is questionable, alongside our hardcore drugs you also have digital sttudy drugs. Making your iPod usefull for a quick study session, and party prep right after.
On a more serious note these drugs have been said to actully be effective, they work by tuning into brain frequencies and altering perception…. Meaning they do the same things REAL drugs do to you, without having to buy them. A few more quotes on digital drugs
If “iDosing” is not the latest craze, it soon will be, as reports sweep the internet of kids achieving catatonic or hallucinogenic states simply by downloading and listening to “digital drugs”.
And if it does catch on, you can blame the kids at Mustang High School in Oklahoma, who in March were caught wasted on “monotonous, layered sounds in a dark room”.
While it sounds like a hoax, iDosing’s caught on at Mustang High enough to convince staff to send letters home to parents warning them of the possible dangers.
“The parents’ reaction was the same as mine. Just shocked,” Mustang School District Superintendent Bonnie Lightfoot told NewsOK. “You’ve got to be kidding.”
What those dangers are exactly, no one is yet to say.. (source)
Whose up for some free drugs? Looooool. Tell me what you guys think about this? Is it wrong for these digital drugs to be legal? Post in comments!
I hope your week is going great so far. Sadly temperatures are cooling off a lot here in Toronto this Tea Tuesday feature is sure to keep you warm and the cold away! Mint Tea has a lot of health benefits, add the fact that it’s delicious and you have a winning tea. Some of the benefits of Mint Tea including the following (Source)
A cup of peppermint tea will soothe an upset stomach and relieve heartburn, according to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Although peppermint tea may also relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, enteric-coated tablets are believed to be more effective. Make tea for an upset stomach by pouring boiling water over 1 to 2 tsp. of dried peppermint leaves. Allow the tea to steep for five minutes. Brew peppermint tea from fresh peppermint leaves, dried tea leaves or tea bags.
Peppermint tea has a cool, refreshing flavor and an invigorating aroma that can help drivers stay alert, focused and less anxious, says the Indiana State University Department of Human Resources. The aroma of peppermint tea can boost mental performance and promote focus, making tea a useful drink for students, employees in the workplace or anytime alertness and energy are required.
Coughs and Congestion
The menthol in a hot cup of herbal tea can help loosen congestion and relieve coughing associated with colds and allergies. Peppermint tea thins the mucus and acts as an expectorant to break up coughs, and can also relieve dry cough and sore throat, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Drink four to five cups of peppermint tea per day, between meals. Drink the tea as is, or add a few drops of lemon juice or a lemon slice.
Peppermint tea can relieve bad breath caused by smoking, drinking alcohol or eating onions or garlic. Drink the peppermint tea hot or iced. Alternatively, gargle with cool peppermint tea.
For today’s Soul Food Sunday theme, I am featuring a particularly delicious recipe! This Chicken Asparagus, yellow rice, and steamed vegetables Recipe is sure to bring back warm memories of back home even for those of us who left a while ago. Enjoy the recipe FOODIES!
Preheat oven to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Grease a baking dish. In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, lemon juice, lemon zest, tarragon, salt, and pepper until the mixture is well combined. Set aside.
Cook asparagus in the microwave on High until bright green and just tender, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Set the asparagus spears aside. Place a chicken breast between two sheets of heavy plastic (resealable freezer bags work well) on a solid, level surface. Firmly pound the chicken breast with the smooth side of a meat mallet to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Repeat with the rest of the chicken breasts.
Place 1 slice of provolone on each chicken breast, and top the cheese with 4 asparagus spears per breast.
Roll the chicken breasts around the asparagus and cheese, making a tidy package, and place, seam sides down, in the prepared baking dish.
With a pastry brush, apply a coating of the mayonnaise mixture to each chicken breast, and sprinkle each with panko crumbs, pressing the crumbs into the chicken to make a coating.
Bake in the preheated oven until the crumbs are browned and the chicken juices run clear, about 25 minutes.
For some of us who grew up in the world of canned everything, microwaves, and frozen dinners; learning how to cook came to most as a hobby rather than a necessity. As a result, many of us didn’t have to learn to cook. Unless you were lucky enough to work at a real restaurant (like I did during my high-school years) or attend a culinary institute, chances of you really learning how to cook by the time you move out in this day and age can be pretty slim. Being that as it may, cooking could save you more time, and money than you thought. The reasons are plenty, I however chose 5 main ones to focus on!
Cooking your own food means you control what is going into it. Let’s be honest, as trusting as we are with kitchen staff, we take somewhat of a gamble putting the preparation of our food in someone else’s hands. When you cook your own meals, you can guarantee the hygienic preparation of your food.
You save money by not eating out as often. As easy as ordering in and eating out may seem, it does work your pocket more. An average individual meal in Toronto at an inexpensive restaurant is $12.00 (Cite: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=Canada&city=Toronto). That means you would be coughing out roughly $120
on meals if you eat out for lunch and dinner at least 5x a week…..YIKES That sounds like a lot of money to me. Contrastingly, studyincanada lists the average cost of groceries for one person per month to be $200-$300, for the purpose of this argument we will use an average of the two; $250. By doing the math you see how you could potentially save at least $230 by not eating out, and slightly less by limiting the days you eat out. An extra $230/month is an extra $2760 a year. That could go a long way for most of us.
You are more likely to eat your food while it’s HOT and Fresh. Cooking your own meals makes it more likely you eat them in time before having to microwave them. Better yet before they are on the verge of expiration ( Ever been skeptical of those 50% Monday sushi deals?).
You learn a valuable skill. Let’s face it, people are always going to eat. Most people enjoy eating, and sharing meals constitutes a great part of most cultures. By learning how to cook, you acquire a skill that is likely to improve your standard of living. Not only will you be eating better, but you will also have one extra thing you enjoy doing in this world, and hopefully with enough practice one extra thing you are good at.
You become more desirable to the sex/gender you are attracted to. Take a second to google men who cook and women who cook to find the general consensus with regards to members of the opposite/same sex who cook. Needless to say, you will likely get more opportunities in the dating pool if you can cook. Besides who wouldn’t be impressed by a gourmet meal on the first date? I would!
Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with ‘pie’) is the word fortea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures.
Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is generally made up of:
• rich black tea
• heavy milk
• a combination of various spices
• a sweetener
The spices used vary from region to region and among households in India. The most common are cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pepper. Indian chai produces a warming, soothing effect, acts as a natural digestive aid and gives one a wonderful sense of well being. It’s difficult to resist a second cup.