Happy Monday great foodie friends.
The more I see what people consider food (especially the young and young families) the more I realize that we as a society need to get back to the basics.
Don’t get me wrong, fast food every once in a while should be ok but making it the rule vs. the exception begs the term “You are what you eat”.
I fully realize how busy life is and that time is short and a rare comoddity for most families but in some way or another through the generations one could always say the family is busy.
Let’s look at this way, planning and learning are the keys to what I am proposing.
- Stay to the outer 4 walls of the grocery store.
- Watch cooking shows or look through cookbooks and plan out at least 5 meals for the week.
- Go to farmers markets
- A lot of foods or meals freeze well so you can make it ahead.
- Reduce refined sugars, salts and msg loaded seasoning. There are easy recipes to create your own seasoning, sea salts and healthy herbs that will make your foods taste much better.
- Do all of this with your kids!
When you cook with your family it brings us back to our roots. Think about the “family” meal and sitting around the table with friends. It’s what connects us as people and what feeds our soul as well as our bodies.
Teaching the young that hamburgers and French fires are not the healthiest way to eat but rather roasting a fresh chicken and serving it fresh vegetables are the “norm” will pay off for the future.
Please don’t take this as a lecture but rather a friendly nudge to remember to learn where your food comes from. Make things fresh ahead that you can incorporate in your weekly meals (pasta sauce, chicken, beef or vegetable broths) and watch how you reconnect with your family and friends as you sit together, cook together and laugh together.
You gotta try this!
First I wanted to thank you for following Bcfoodieblogger and wish the happiest New Years and a healthy and prosporous 2016!
I just wanted to share this posting from Food Network and Google. Some recipes make sense that they were the most searched and some didn’t make as much sense but then we really must think about worldwide culinary thoughts and not just our little but most delicious culinary dinseyland called Vancouver and the Lowermainland.
Most googled recipes in 2015 -click here
What were the most-searched recipes on Google this year? The powerful search engine has unveiled the results of the top 10 recipes that users have been searching for. You may be surprised by the results — and you’d never guess what tops the list as 2015’s most-Googled recipe!
1. Apple Roses
Google users were obsessed with this year’s most-searched recipe, in which thin apple slices are arranged to resemble the petals of a rose within puff pastry, and then baked to golden-brown perfection to result in a delicate, delicious dessert that looks far more complicated than it actually is.
Rice Krispie squares remain an easy-to-make, kid-friendly treat, so it shouldn’t be surprising that recipes for this popular snack were Google’s #2 search in 2015, with the Internet serving up a nearly endless supply of variations. Among them, this spectacular version that adds peanut butter and chocolate to the mix.
Don’t try to figure out why the third most popular Google search was for Osso Bucco recipes, as this iconic Italian dish is apparently more popular than ever. In this recipe, Chef Ricardo Larrivée gussies up this classic favourite by adding the sweetness of orange and prunes.
Everybody loves a bowl of hearty chili, and Internet users searched up a storm looking for recipes. If you’re looking to cook up a pot of zesty chili, you won’t go wrong with this spicy and savoury recipe from Bobby Flay.
Get the recipe for Bobby Flay’s Red Beef Chili.
Hollandaise sauce is apparently making a comeback, judging by its status according to Google searches, and Chef Michael Smith offers up his version of this creamy classic, which he uses to top gently steamed asparagus.
Get the recipe for Michael Smith’s Asparagus Hollandaise.
Puffed wheat squares are a kid-approved favourite that don’t require a whole lot of effort to make, and Google has numerous recipes to provide such as this easy-to-follow recipe.
Get the recipe for Puffed Wheat Squares.
7. Spaghetti Bolognese
One of the most iconic Italian pasta dishes out there, spaghetti Bolognese is a hearty crowd-pleaser that is always welcome on the dinner table. No need to Google when you can use this authentic Bolognese recipe from Chuck Hughes.
Get the recipe for Chuck Hughes’ Bolognese.
Following in the tradition of beer can chicken, the latest beer can barbecue craze involves pressing an aluminum can into a huge, baseball-sized sphere of ground meat (a half-pound or more), with the resulting indentation used as a vessel to stuff cheese, bacon or whatever toppings you like before grilling it up.
Get the recipe for Smoked Beer Can Burgers.
Lasagna remains a go-to staple for busy families, a casserole-like pasta dish that everyone loves and, as a bonus, can be prepared ahead of time and then heated up for dinner. If anyone knows a thing or two about cooking an amazing lasagna, it’s Giada de Laurentiis, who adds the rich, sweet flavour of butternut squash to her recipe.
Get the recipe for Giada de Laurentiis’ Butternut Squash Lasagna.
10. Mashed Potatoes
It seems as if 2015 was the year that everybody wanted to spice up their mashed potatoes, whether it was for Thanksgiving or simply to serve up a more creative version of this popular side. In this recipe, Ree Drummond gets back to the basics with her creamy, whipped version of savoury spuds.
Get the recipe for Ree Drummond’s Creamy Mashed Potatoes.
Make 2016 a year when you challenge yourself in the kitchen to try new recipes, make them your own and share a meal with family and friends. Remember that the Kitchen table is where we sit and share and is the second heart and soul of the home to your mothers. Sharing a meal connects us and helps us bond, and it has been that way since the beginning of time.
Have fun tonight, enjoy your transition from 2015 to 2016 and stay safe…find a ride home if you need to and wake up tomorrow with a refreshed outlook on the start of a new year.
Thank you again for following my blog and I hope to bring you more reasons to continue next year. Anyone interested in a new “E-cookbook”?
Happy Friday great foodie friends,
As Valentines approaches AOL Canada shared this fantastic Kraft Peanut Butter’s StoryTime from their StickTogether program “BeOn” editorial piece celebrating families and our busy lives.
I promise that this video from the #StickTogether campaign will warm your heart if not make you shed a tear!
Celebrate the glue that sticks us together, mom! With Kraft Peanut Butter’s fantastic campaign to help us all remember how important we are to each other and how we can so easily let life’s busy turns let time pass without realizing or recognizing how it all doesn’t fall apart. Life’s wonder in most families called mom.
Thank you Moms, Kraft Peanut Butter and AOL Canada for reminding us all to #StickTogether by helping this family share their story with us!
click here for the Kraft Storytime video
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our great foodie friends and your families!
Let’s all harken back to the day where we all sat back, took a deep breath and reflected on all that we are thankful for. Take this time to reconnect, slow down and enjoy the moment with your family and friends.
Remember that I always say that it’s the sitting around the table that are the perfect moments and that eating together connects us right to our souls.
Enjoy the fall flavors, create something new with the traditional twist, wow your family!
Please share photos or comments on what culinary wonders hit your tables with us!
Stay safe and enjoy the day!
Happy 4th Of July to all of our great American Friends!
July 4th is the 185th day of the year….
Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.
Enjoy the day with family and friends…. Remember those who fought for your Independence and celebrate with great food and fun!
Share your favourite food traditions and let us know who you spent your time with!