food glorious food

So I have this theory that food tastes better when one is pregnant. After the extreme nausea, gagging at the thought of food stage that is. Once you’re past all that, food has never tasted better! I have a whole list of things I want to make on my pinterest page {I LOVE pinterest btw!}, and it is growing daily. So I thought I’d share my food obsession with you, here is a list of food I want to make {and more importantly EAT} today… or at least in the next few weeks before baby comes, after that I figure I’ll be too tired to cook.

plum and apple pie

via smitten kitchen

pumpkin latte coffee cake

 via better homes and gardens

I’m planning to bring a meal to friends this coming Monday, an excuse to make this? I think so.

baked risotto with mushrooms

via the well-fed newlyweds

I absolutely LOVE Risotto, but don’t often have time to stir a dish constantly for 20 minutes right before serving it! I’m hoping to try this out, and that it is as delicious as it looks.

autumn brittle

via adventures in cooking

blueberry coffee cake muffins

via the barefoot contessa

baked salmon

via allrecipes

My friend Sarah made this for us a while back. I love this salmon with this stuffed pepper recipe she used as well (she used red peppers, amazing!). We’ve had this so many times since, and I can’t wait to eat it again.

I’m feeling the need to go bake something now, happy eating!

The weekend in photos…

Had a busy weekend full of food prep and eating! Here are a few photos…

favorite breakfast

Saturday morning, rainy and dreary outside, yogurt, granola and frozen blueberries!

fall mantle

Finished off the mantle, added leaves hot-glued to twine to accompany the fabric pumpkins.

pumpkin spice latte

Sunday’s pumpkin spice latte, to help me through the day of prepping Thanksgiving food!

serving dishes ready to be filled

Dishes waiting for to bring Thanksgiving food to the table!

pre-dinner chaos

Deciding where to sit, perhaps place cards next time?

pie crust ready for the delicious filling

Monday, the actual day of Canadian Thanksgiving, pie crust at the ready.

Libby's

Using “America’s Favorite Pumpkin” to make my Canadian Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, it really is the best…

deliciousness

Finished and ready to enjoy!

That was one full weekend, now ready for a day of rest, and a break from cooking!

all things pumpkin

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love autumn, and I’m no exception. I LOVE crisp days with clear skies, those days remind me of home. I LOVE crunchy leaves, dragging my feet through them with my kids. I LOVE the bright colors as the leaves change, although here they tend to rot more than change color, but I have my one favorite maple tree that always gives me lovely red leaves every fall. My greatest autumn love of all, though, is the fair pumpkin. I love it’s perfect shape and color, and I adore the goodies that can be created from its bright orange ‘fruit’. I haven’t yet tried to make my own pumpkin puree to use in those goodies, and it’s a rarity to find canned pumpkin on the shelves of the shops here in the UK. This past week a friend of ours made a quick trip to the States so I bribed asked him very nicely, (with the promise of some turkey from Canadian Thanksgiving), to bring me back some pumpkin.

Some of the pumpkin goodies I’ve been making…

Starbucks pumpkin scones… one of my all time fav treats. i used this recipe, and ate them all before I even thought to take a picture…here’s the one from the website.

impossible to resist - pumpkin scones

Today I tried to replicate the Pumpkin Spice latte, since Starbucks in the UK doesn’t offer these in the fall *sniff*. The recipe I used called for a LOT of cinnamon, even too much for this cinnamon-loving gal, I only realized this after I’d added it so I ended up having to double up the water/sugar/pumpkin puree to offset the intensity of the spice. I also added a tablespoon of vanilla. So now I have loads of the syrup, which I plan on sharing of course! My daughter loved the taste of the syrup and thought it’d be great on pancakes, genius I tell you. Here’s the recipe I used, but like I said it needed a lot of doctoring… I found this recipe later and think it might be a bit better, and the topping of whipped cream and caramel, amazing!

Okay, one more recipe. Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, need.i.say.more. Absolutely delicious, perfect in every way really. I halved the recipe to stop us from eating all 36 cookies in one night! You think I’m kidding. I’m actually having to take breaks in my typing so I can keep taking bites.

Last on my pumpkin rant are these sweet fabric pumpkins.  I made a couple for our mantel, part of my attempt to make it look a bit more fall-ish without actually spending any money! I prefer the bright fabric combinations from the tutorial, but I had the brown so I used it! Bonus, they were pretty easy to do. (only injury was me jabbing my thumb with a huge embroidery needle, no biggie!)

my kids thought they really should be orange...

Well there’s a glimpse into my pumpkin obsession! Hope you’re enjoying the treats that the fair pumpkin brings as much as I am!  x

w-w-a aka ‘what we ate’

Welcome to the first installment of what we ate! It’s been an eventful food week around here, the pressure was on knowing that I’d be taking photos of what we ate {we must have veg!}. We happened to have guests for dinner twice this week so there was the awkward pause before eating where I tried to take a decent photo {still need that dslr lesson – thankfully I have a dear friend willing to teach, photos should improve soon!}. I only missed one day, Tuesday, when Mike put a chicken breast roast in the oven for me {along with parsnips and chips(fries), his choice} since I was in a meeting that extended into our usual 5.00 eating time, I got home later on, scarfed it down and forgot to take a photo. Yes I know that’s a ridiculously early time to eat, I get flack for it regularly from my Continental European friends who don’t eat until 7 at the earliest. We started eating supper early when Olivia was little, and haven’t looked back. *Confession* I often end up eating a second mini-meal around 9. Well, let’s get to the photos.

Monday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Monday: Butter Chicken by the Pioneer Woman, the photo doesn’t do it justice, although it was that orange, it was delightful.

Wednesday: Mushroom & Leek Pork Chops with mash & green beans. This sauce is creamy and infused with port, so yummy.

Thursday: Thai coconut noodles with peanut butter sauce. We were eating with a vegetarian {who eats fish} so I added in cooked prawns, usually I serve it with chicken. I love the sauce, I want to take a bath in it, I realise that would be very gross.

Friday: A quick easy staple in our house, Pancetta with Leek Pasta, also by the Pioneer Woman. I love her.

It was a fun week of cooking, like I said earlier knowing I was going blog about our meals made me plan just a bit better, which is part of what I was hoping for.

Here’s a quick shot of how we ended our Friday night {before the kids went to bed and I watched a scary movie}.

Noah's new book "Manfred the Baddie"