Archive for June, 2017


banana bread

a recent recipe from  found in “The Farmers Family Baking Book”
a free E-book published by the Devondale Dairy.

There are so many variations of banana bread, I tried this one, it has whole meal flour in it.

If bananas get over ripe , I put them in the freezer for use such as this.

Ingredients are ready

First mix 2 tsp of soda with the sour cream, 1/2 cup

As the recipe suggests, cut some of the bananas and place on the bottom of the pans with 1/2 cup brown sugar, similar to an upside down cake.

Mixing up the dry ingredients….  

Add the other ingredients….the sour cream, .. 250g of softened ended butter, 3 cups brown sugar, 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cups whole meal flour, 2 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 tsp salt and 2 cups mashed bananas..mix on low for several minutes… Then on medium high for 5 minutes . Add raisins , chocolate chips if desired.

Batter in pans… Bake for an hour, 180C , 355 F. 

Baked banana bread..


This recipe made a very dense bread, very good and filling, I will definely make this recipe again. 



Vietnamese lemongrass chicken

Here is another kit meal , you add chicken (or other type of meat), vegetables and serve over rice.

$2.50 USD


Placed the chicken in a plastic bag to distribute the paste.

Fresh peppers were not available so frozen peppers were used.

After flash frying the spices add the chicken, sear and add the veggies stir for about 5 minutes.

add the lemongrass sauce, cover and simmer

Ready to serve…

Lemony flavor with layers of spice and some heat.


Hydroponic update

Here are the results of the DWC outside hydroponic tomato setup.

Recent hot weather has the DWC reservoir required at least topping off  daily.



Groceries , prices for June 22, 2017




Adapted from via

Having some beef chuck, some meatballs would be good to have available for future recipes.

Grind  the beef if not already done, prep the ingredients ….

Ground beef, cinnamon, ground cloves, cardamom, parsley and ginger.  (The parsley was missed ! I have fresh parsley outside that was not included.)

I let the mixer do the work…

I drew a 2 inch guide on parchment when forming the meatballs.

Fried instead of boiled as the recipe suggest.

Beefy taste with a slight background of spice.

One of the uses of the meatballs is in a soup, just some stock, boiled fresh noodles frozen from a previous batch, mushrooms and green onions, possibly a dash of soy sauce, herbs and seasonings. I would usually make the meatballs smaller , but followed the recipe. In this application, the meatballs were quartered.



Memorial Day Cheeseburger 

Photos from Memorial Day, other than memorial events, the traditional day to open a swimming pool, celebrate the beginning of summer, or grille.

Not having really any menu plans I just grilled the burgers quick, just by placing them on a grate over the charcoal starter for a quick grille.


BiangBiang noodles with beef and green onion

Here is a another meal kit, this one from the Chinese market.

A spicy hot soup with noodles, I added some shaved beef and green onion.

Prepared only half of the package.

The sauces are packaged separetly so it’s possible to make half portion of the contents.

Ingredient contents and cooking instruction.

I have some beef chuck available, slightly frozen, sliced to very thin strips, enough for a bowl of soup.

The sliced beef.

Add the contents of the packages to a bowl.

Add the beef and green onions…. Ginger for good luck.!

As per instructions, add the boiling water.

As the soup steeps, prepare the noodles, very wide for  an oriental soup.

With a slotted spoon, or strainer , add the noodles to the soup bowl.

Very rich soup, not super hot but plenty of spice and depth of flavour. There is a taste similar to a concentrated tomato flavour , but no tomato in the ingredients. The sauce packets could be re-purposed to a marinade for a bbq!.

A very rich enjoyable soup.




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