Holidays

English Prawn Cocktail

English Prawn Cocktail

This classic English prawn cocktail is the last recipe I had my Mum teach me how to make while she was here visiting me in Mattawa earlier this month. When I was younger I remember her hosting dinner parties and serving this dish as a starter, and even though us kids were never “invited” she would always make some for us too, and I loved it! In America shrimp cocktails just aren’t the same! They’re traditionally made with a tomato-y/horseradish sauce that’s really strong and pungent, and I just can’t get used to it. And by used to it I mean: I hate American shrimp cocktail! So I was happy to get this recipe from my Mum and show my husband what a “real” prawn cocktail tasted like. ;-) I thought he would say he loved the American one better all the way, but actually, he really loved this version, so I was hoping my American friends would too!

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Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic-Pomegranate Reduction

Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic-Pomegranate Reduction

Of all the tricky, challenging dishes I have cooked in the past, Pork Tenderloin has to be one of my greatest nemesis’! I have tried several different recipes in the past (including stuffed tenderloin, brines, and roasting) but I always mess it up by undercooking it, and then when I try to save it, the tenderloin gets all dry and tough. Then today I cooked the most PERFECT, moist, juicy tenderloin that I almost couldn’t believe it came from my kitchen! What’s even weirder is that it didn’t require brining or stuffing or anything complicated… just simply seasoning, browning and finishing off in the oven. The balsamic pomegranate sauce was also the perfect accompaniment! Its sweetness balanced out the saltiness of the pork so well, and it looked so beautiful and gourmet, even though it was completely effortless to make. I served the pork and the sauce with garlic mashed potatoes and candied carrots, and the meal was so delicious, that I actually caught myself “mmmm-ing” my way through it at the dinner table! It was just THAT good!! Probably one of my new favorite dishes–so here it is: {adapted loosely from WBNG}

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Roast Lamb with Fingerling Potatoes

Roast Lamb with Fingerling Potatoes

Easter is coming up this weekend, and i’m so excited because it’s one of my favorite holidays! My brother and sister in law are visiting from Utah, which means all of my husband’s family can celebrate together–and my mother in law is cooking! This is always a really good thing, but she hates lamb, which makes me sad–because I love it, ecspecially this time of year when it’s super traditional. More

Sunday Dinner: Beef Wellington

Sunday Dinner: Beef Wellington

Sunday lunches at my house usually consist of a cheese quesadilla or frozen chicken nuggets, because after three hours of church, my babies are tired and hungry and pretty darn grumpy… so I need to get them fed ASAP and down for naps! Then the husband comes home from his meetings-raiding the cupboards and fridge, and usually makes himself some kind of microwaved tortilla covered in ketchup and cheese, (which makes me feel like the worst house-wife in the world) and teases me relentlessly about how I didn’t save him any lunch! (As if he’d feel loved eating a plate of cold chicken nuggets?!)

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