Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

Rotisserie Chicken & Buttermilk Dumplings

This summer we have been so busy that my blog has been totally neglected on an embarrassing scale! It feels good to finally be “settled” again, with a routine, and have more time to be consistent with my cooking and posting! I think fall is one of my absolute most favorite seasons for cooking– but it can be quite “dangerous” as I love to make a lot of comfort food for the cold, gradually darkening nights! One of those “comfort classics” I was determined to master this autumn, was chicken and dumplings! I found a recipe by Tyler Florence that looked awesome– but I didn’t have the time to roast the chicken, and make the home-made stock from scratch. I had a crazy day of running around town, and after getting in the door at 5pm with a car full of groceries and hungry kids, this dinner was quick and simple enough to put together while putting groceries away! It was ready, with next to no effort, in under 30 minutes, and it tasted like I had been working on it for hours! Gotta love that!
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Icelandic Lamb Stew

Icelandic Lamb Stew

A few weeks ago, when my husband and I were in Iceland, we stumbled into this little dive for lunch, on a black sand beach, in the beautiful coastal town of Vik. I ordered the lamb stew– not only because it’s one of Iceland’s most traditional dishes {that I wanted to try while I was there}, but also because I had heard SO many people rave bout it! {And also because I was freezing cold, and it’s just a great thing to warm you right up!) When they brought it out, it smelt and looked pretty good– but when I took a bite, I was in pure heaven! It was by far, the best thing I had eaten during my week’s stay in Iceland, and I would go as far to say THE BEST stew I had eaten in my entire life. The lamb was tender, juicy and flavorful, the broth was beefy, and salty with a hint of red wine, and they used buttery new potatoes, al dente carrots, and fresh petit pois. I took note so I could go home and recreate the recipe, because it’s one I wanted to eat time and time again.
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“Why Iceland?” Sep 2014 trip

“Why Iceland?” Sep 2014 trip

WHY ICELAND?

Earlier this year when my Mum announced she would be getting married in England in the summertime, we immediately started looking for flights to take our young little family over there. The cheapest rates we could find were with Icelandair– and when we discovered we could have a “free” stop over in Iceland for up to a week, we started looking into all the fun things we could do and see there, combined into our trip to see the family. Until this point, we hadn’t really considered Iceland as one of our top travel destinations– besides the lure to see the northern lights, which is on our “bucket list,” But after seeing SO many beautiful photos, and learning so much about the country, we became pretty excited and determined to go!
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Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili

This summer I didn’t Blog very many recipes– partly because we were just so busy, but also because I had a string of really bad luck, where few recipes I made were actually good enough to be posted. Then this week it all turned around, with a string of awesome recipes that have become some of my new all time favorites!
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Shrimp Curry with Mango

Shrimp Curry with Mango

I can’t believe it’s nearing the end of August, the summertime, light, warm evenings that make food blogging fun and simple! I also can’t believe with September approaching that I would have been doing this for THREE years. To some, that might not seem like a long time, but in my perspective, I started cooking with a one year old on my hip and a two year old wrapped around one of my legs, and now they’re both in school!! {Tear} :-( Life has gotten a little simpler and quieter, which is kind of sad in many ways, but it does give me a little more time to dedicate to creating more delicious recipes! The further along I go in this “process” the more I learn about myself, my tastes, my families tastes and my cooking style– and I have so much more to learn i’m excited to keep on going! One thing I have discovered is how much I LOVE making and eating Indian food!! Some of my absolute BEST, most favorite recipes are in my Indian cooking section, and I am so excited to add one more on there today!
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