picnic food

pan bagnat – a delicious French sandwich

pan bagnat - a french sandwich

Looking for new ideas to make interesting sandwiches your kids will eat? Pan bagnat, the street food of Nice, is the answer.  Think of salade niçoise and you have the portable sandwich version.  I have to admit my lunches were not that inspiring…sorry mom.  To be fair, though, she had to make four lunches so…

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wild rice salad

A rice salad is so versatile and using wild rice is a healthier option.  Wild rice is a grass and can be as long as one-inch and range in color from brown to black.  I prefer a wild rice mix which is a combination of brown basmati and wild rice.  A salad of your own…

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bulgur and black bean salad

Summer always means a change in cooking gears.  The oven gets used less, our barbeque more, and food prep becomes simple.  Spending as much time outdoors is key and my energy is focused on leaving kitchen time down to a minimum.  I think we eat better during the summer with fresh, local produce available at…

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puff pastry pizza tart

Pizza can be an easy midweek meal to make and it’s one where you can get the family involved.  Make individual pizzas to cater for the fussy eaters in your family or have them build their own.  I like making my own pizza dough but sometimes, to save time, it’s just as easy to buy…

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Scotch Eggs

I had too many hard boiled eggs leftover from the posting I did on how to dye eggs naturally. Of course the easy remedy was to make an egg salad sandwich but what would I do with the rest of them?  Scotch eggs had been on my mind while I was coloring the eggs.  I…

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Picnic Bread

I absolutely love the way the kitchen smells when bread is baking in the oven.  It transports me back to a time when I was a young girl.  My siblings and I would take turns delivering mail to our grandparents who lived down the road from us.  My paternal grandmother was always baking something, especially…

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How To Make Pulled Pork

Ever go past the meat counter in your grocery store and pass by the ugly cuts of meat? Guilty as charged, however, it’s only the two of us so a big honking piece of meat such as a pork shoulder would go off before we ever finished it. Having said that, I’ve been wanting to…

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Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

roasted carrot and parsnip

Pop-up shops (temporary retail spaces that sell merchandise of any kind) have been around for a while and not limited to art or fashion.  Farmers’ markets are getting on the band wagon and showing up in places you wouldn’t have thought.  And why not?  Last week I dropped my daughter off at Mic Mac Mall…

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Aussie Meat Pies

Meat pies in Australia and New Zealand are what apple pie is to North America – iconic. Years ago John and I visited Australia and everyone kept telling us to try the Aussie meat pies.  Not one to turn down an opportunity to see what all the fuss was, we tried our very first meat…

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Quinoa Barley Salad

Spring is such a pretty time of the year with new growth, greenery, flowers and birds singing. Many will embark on a Spring cleaning campaign of their homes, open up cottages, and plant gardens all of which require a well-fueled body. This quinoa barley salad will keep you satiated for hours and give you the…

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