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Ants on Logs: Apple, Celery and Cucumber – Cooking with Kids

“Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.” – Craig Claiborne If you remember a few months ago, I posted a recipe I had made with a little friend of mine, The Jam. At that time we had made these Pizza Baguettes, and we had decided to work on our long distance relationship by cooking together as well as reading stories. Well, since then, we’ve talked plenty and read plenty; but cooking is a little bit more of a feat than either his mom or I had originally contemplated. For one, we have to agree on a time and date that suits us both, and for two, I need to decide ahead of time what we are making, experiment by myself (if necessary), and then send the list of ingredients to The Jam’s mom. Consequently, we have only “cooked” together twice and both times we tried not only the traditional “Ants on a Log” snack but also different variations using different bases for the logs …

Chorizo and Feta Egg Muffins

“These eggs are broken. Cracked.”
“Yes, ma’am. That happens sometimes.”
“Does it?”
“Yes, it’s the unfortunate part of being an egg.”

– Peter Hedges

I don’t exactly remember the first time I had chorizo but I know it was after I finished college and moved back to Ireland. The way I remember it was that my friend, Alberto, invited me to join him at a Spanish dinner party that was held in one of the hotels in Temple Bar. For a nominal sum, you could drink as much wine and eat as much manchego cheese, crusty bread and cured meats as your heart desired. It was so much fun and I made a lot of friends through these dinners as well as discovering a lot about Spanish food and culture.

Cheese-y Tuna Burgers Three Ways: Mustard, Pesto, and Sweet Chili Sauce

“Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know it’s tuna, but it says ‘Chicken of the Sea.’” – Jessica Simpson Does  anyone else remember the hilariously bad things Jessica Simpson used to say in the early 2000s? Every time I think of tuna that quote comes into my head and I get a little giggle. And I think of tuna a lot as it’s my favourite fish along with mackerel. I love adding tuna to salads, sandwiches, and finding new and exciting ways of using it. So, I’m a wee bit ashamed to say that Jessica Simpson tends to pop into my head a lot more often than I’d really like! Growing up in my family, Friday’s were always meat-free days, so my parents would get out the big heavy chip pan and make homemade chips (french fries) on the hob. Dad’s chips were always of a thicker cut, golden and fluffy. Mam’s chips were always a bit thinner, darker and, if you were lucky, crispy the whole way through. We’d slather butter on …

Traditional Irish Dish with a Twist: Shepherd’s Pie

“Some foods are so comforting, so nourishing of body and soul, that to eat them is to be home again after a long journey. To eat such a meal is to remember that, though the world is full of knives and storms, the body is built for kindness. The angels, who know no hunger, have never been as satisfied.” – Eli Brown With St Patrick’s Day, also known as Paddy’s Day, (the Irish word for Patrick is Padraig which is shortened to Paddy) but never Patty’s Day (Patty is short for Patricia), around the corner, here is my twist on an Irish/British Classic: Shepherd’s Pie. Shepherd’s pie is one of my all time favourite comfort foods along with the Creamy Tomato Chicken Pasta Bake I shared a while back. It’s filling, tasty and a nice make ahead meal. I always loved when I’d come home from school or work and realise that the amazing smell that was wafting all through the house was Shepherd’s Pie. However, I firmly believe my Mam NEVER made enough as I …

Guest Post – Roasted Creamy Tomato Soup

This recipe was provided by one of my best friends here in Korea and who keeps me on my toes by editing my spelling, run-on sentences etc! I’m hoping next time she shares one of her absolutely amazing desserts! Thank you, Becky, for being an amazing friend, editor and, most of all, sharing this recipe and feeding me! It was delicious.  – Maggie @ Spoon in a Saucepan I am honored to be a guest blogger on Spoon in a Saucepan. – Becky If one thing is for sure, I wouldn’t consider myself a cook. A baker, yes (I can whip up some mean cakes and cookies), but not a cook. I often listen with envy as Maggie and other friends describe a delicious and simple meal they have just whipped up with ingredients they had on hand, and “Oh it was super healthy too,” they say. To me, simple means spaghetti with sauce out of a jar, and when I look at the carrot, onion, and green pepper in my fridge I see a carrot, an …