Spinach and Cheddar Potato Cakes

Spinach and Cheddar Potato Cakes

Spinach and Cheddar Potato Cakes recipe is an oldie but a goodie.  A simple way to use the cold, hard mashed potatoes that have been hiding in your fridge for three days. I can say with confidence that I always make too many mashed potatoes.  With the same confidence, I can also say that I’ve had that forgotten Tupperware container of mashed potatoes buried in my refrigerator.  I think we’ve all been there. So the next time you’re sifting through your fridge, desperately trying to find something for lunch and can’t believe you have nothing.  Dig deep and move a few jars to find the lost and lonely tub of mashed potatoes, begging to be consumed.  Mix with a few pantry items and a give a quick pan fry, you’ll find lunch is served.

What I like about this recipe, is the ratio of potato to egg and breadcrumbs.  I find the cakes stay moist and hold together very well during forming and frying.  While this is my own little version, you could easily customize the flavours to your liking. Maybe try different greens and herbs, garlic, parmesan, corn or sautéed onions. I also used sour cream and fresh dill as an accompaniment, but tzatziki would also be great. Use whatever you have on hand and enjoy!

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Spinach and Cheddar Potato Cakes
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Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Spinach and Cheddar Potato Cakes
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2 people 15 minutes
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10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 people 15 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together egg, spinach, seasoning salt, onion powder and pepper Add mashed potatoes and mix until well combined. Stir in cheese, bread crumbs and chives. Mix until combined and bread crumbs have been absorbed.
  2. Heat oil in a non stick frying pan over medium high heat. While pan is heating, form 1/3 cup potato mixture into approximate 3" patties about 1/2" thick and place into pan as you form them. Cook 4-5 minutes per side until heated through and golden brown.
  3. Stir together sour cream and dill and season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep chilled until ready to serve with cakes.

Kohlrabi Crab Cakes

Kohlrabi Crab Cakes

Are you growing kohlrabi in your garden this year? Fresh kohlrabi is amazing, and with it, you’ll be able to treat yourself to these lovely Kohlrabi Crab Cakes.  They make a wonderful lunch served with dill sauce and a green salad. Not home for lunch most days?  Try them as an appetizer, or top with a poached egg for a heartier meal.

If you happen to have a little fresh kohlrabi left, trim, peel and cut into sticks.  Dunk the fresh sticks in leftover dill sauce or your favourite veggie dip.   You will love how crisp and refreshing the kohlrabi is and wonder why you haven’t been munching on it sooner.  Kohlrabi is also great in stews, soup, gratins, and salads.

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Kohlrabi Crab Cakes
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10 3-4" cakes 25-30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" cakes 25-30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Kohlrabi Crab Cakes
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Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" cakes 25-30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 3-4" cakes 25-30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Dill Sauce
Kohlrabi Crab Cakes
Servings: 3-4" cakes
Instructions
Dill Sauce
  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a small bowl and keep chilled until ready to use.
Kohlrabi Crab Cakes
  1. Trim ends off kohlrabi and peel with a vegetable peeler. Grate using a large grater and add to a separate bowl. Sprinkle with salt and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Drain and squeeze dry with a paper towel. Using the same large grater, peel and grate potato and pat dry with a paper towel. Add to kohlrabi.
  2. In a large bowl stir together egg, dill, dijon mustard, celery salt and pepper. Stir in drained crab meat, prepped and dried grated kohlrabi and potato, bread crumbs, flour and green onions.
  3. Add about 1 tbsp of oil to a large non stick skillet and heat over medium heat until hot. Form approximately 1/4 cup of batter into a 3-4" round patty. Flatten as much as you can while still retaining its shape. Pan fry for 5-6 minutes per side, adjusting heat if necessary. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and keep warm in a low oven while cooking any remaining cakes. Serve immediately with dill sauce.

Everyday Lunch Buns

Everyday Lunch Buns

Everyday Lunch Buns are just that, used everyday, almost! Since I’m a shift worker who packs up to 4 meals a day when including my husband, I need a reliable go to option for our everyday lunches. While I will generally take frozen leftovers for my main meals, my husband does’t always have the luxury of a microwave or a way to heat frozen meals. That’s one of the reasons a cold lunch is best for him. The other is because he likes to run errands over his lunch and is often driving while eating…..I know, distracted driver for sure!! For these reasons I make bread and buns regularly, and my go to recipe is tender, yet sturdy enough to fill will shaved meats or tuna salad. They’re also made with multigrain cereal and whole wheat flour for added fibre and nutrition.

I believe these buns are the reason I got a new 7quart, 1.3HP KitchenAid Stand mixer for Christmas this year. I can now make multiple batches at once, it’s fantastic to say the least. This recipe also falls into a new, fun category called “Mark’s top ten”. My husband’s favourite recipes, some of which are not mine in their entirety but HIS favourites. You’ll see them make an appearance every so often, for fun and good food to eat if nothing else.

You’ll notice that I use a dry multigrain cereal as apposed to multigrain flour. As USUAL, I cannot always find multigrain flour in my community, so I took matters into my own hands and decided to add my own multigrain mix from dry cereal. The solution really works well, as I cook a pot of cereal, allow it to cool, then wrap and freeze in individual portions for future use. No more hunting for the flour, just grab a little bundle from the freezer when getting ready to make a batch of buns. I believe it’s also a cheaper option than the flour as well. It’s one more step to the recipe, however if you make bread and buns often, it’s a great way to do it. Enjoy!

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Everyday Lunch Buns
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12 Buns 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
23-25 minutes 1 3/4-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Buns 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
23-25 minutes 1 3/4-2 hours
Everyday Lunch Buns
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Servings Prep Time
12 Buns 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
23-25 minutes 1 3/4-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
12 Buns 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
23-25 minutes 1 3/4-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: Buns
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan combine dry cereal and 2/3 cup of water. Bring to a simmer and cook for approximately 5 minutes until visible moisture is gone. Remove from heat and set aside to cool to 95-110℉
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, stir together buttermilk, 1/2 cup water, honey and yeast. Allow to ferment for 5-6 minutes until frothy. Add whole wheat flour, 1 cup bread flour, cooked cereal, butter and salt. Stir to combine. Add 1/2 cup bread flour and begin kneading until flour is absorbed. Continue adding bread flour by the 1/4 cup until dough is supple and pulls away from the bowl, approximately 7-9 minutes.
  3. Grease a large bowl with oil or non stick spray. Remove dough from mixer and form into a ball, placing into greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm draft free area until double in size, 60-80 minutes.
  4. Line a large baking tray with parchment. Remove dough from bowl and knead 3-4 times to remove air. Weight out dough into 12 equal size portions of approximately 85grams. Arrange dough balls with even spacing 4x3 on baking sheet. Cover with greased plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow to rise until puffed and double in size, approximately 45 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400℉. Bake buns for 18-20 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and slide buns onto cooling rack. Brush with melted butter if desired. Allow to cool to room temperature.

Edamame and Chickpea Sandwich Filling

Edamame and Chickpea Sandwich Filling

Well, we’re already into the first month of the new year and for many the new year brings the resolution to eat better, get more exercise etc. So for those looking for a healthy low fat, yet satisfying lunch option I’ve got a lovely Edamame and Chickpea Sandwich Filling. It’s made with protein packed edamame and chickpeas, which along with the fibre they provide, helps to keep you feeling full and satiated. Avocado gives it a bit of creaminess to help hold it all together and provides good monounsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals. Avocados are also quite high in fibre and contain little sugar, again helping to keep you feeling full. A little feta cheese, garlic and cumin round it out with flavour and salt. It’s a darn tasty sandwich filling that makes a great lunch and will keep for several days well covered in the fridge. Although I enjoy my Edamame and Chickpea Sandwich Filling on multigrain bread, it’s also great stuffed in a tomato or eaten on sliced cucumbers if you’re wanting to cut out the bread all together.  So let the healthy eating begin!

I have to honestly say I didn’t have a new year’s resolution this year. Certainly not that I couldn’t have used one, like taking better photographs or drinking less wine. There’s always something to improve upon and goals are important. My real problem was time, no time to reflect and decide what goal was most desired and no time to process a thoughtful plan to put into action. Time…..we never have enough it seems. So in hindsight while I write this post, I believe time will be my focus for the year ahead, and maybe a little less wine too, but I fear I have little resolve for that my friends!

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Edamame and Chickpea Sandwich Filling
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2 cups 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 20 minutes
Edamame and Chickpea Sandwich Filling
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Servings Prep Time
2 cups 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 cups 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cups
Instructions
  1. In a food processor combine 1/2 cup edamame, 1/2 cup chickpeas, avocado, feta cheese, garlic, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper and process until almost smooth. Add remaining 1/4 cup of edamame and chickpeas and pulse a few times to combine, leaving a chunky texture.
  2. Spread filling thickly onto desired bread and top with pea shoots and fresh cilantro. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and freshly cracked sea salt. Top with bread.
Recipe Notes

I used a 300g bag of frozen edamame to yield 3/4 cup shelled edamame. Cook edamame as per package directions. Submerge in cold water to stop the cooking process. Drain and shell.

Should you prefer a smoother texture, process all the edamame and chickpeas together in the first blend.

Yields approximately 2 cups of filling which will make 4-6 sandwiches.

Spanish Chorizo Frittata

Spanish Chorizo Frittata

You just can’t beat a frittata for its simplicity and ease of preparation for something that looks so much more complicated than it actually is. Plus, you can make it any combination of flavours you want. My Spanish Chorizo Frittata is packed with flavour from spicy sausage, veggies, fresh herbs and smoked paprika. Many great flavours all hugged together with cheese and eggs. It’s the perfect meal served with a salad or hash browns.

Not only great for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s fantastic for guests since everything can be chopped in advance. Making the final preparation a simple matter of a little sautéing, adding whisked eggs and cream then popping in the oven until slightly puffed and golden. It takes mere minutes to pull it off once the prep is done.

So go crazy with your favourite meats, veggies and potatoes to create your own signature frittata. It’s also a great dish for those watching their carbohydrate intake as there’s no starchy crust and it can be made without meat for a great vegetarian option. I opted for a frittata with a Spanish flare full of sausage and a few of my favourite veggies. It’s delicious and I hope you enjoy it!

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Spanish Chorizo Frittata
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Spanish Chorizo Frittata
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Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 people 10 minutes
Cook Time
25-28 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Heat olive oil in 10" cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onion, green pepper, garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes until starting to soften. Add chorizo and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach, roasted red peppers and herbs, cooking until spinach has completely wilted, approximately 2 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together eggs, cream, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Pour into skillet and stir 2-3 times. Sprinkle with cheese and stir just to combine. Allow to cook on stove top over medium low heat undisturbed until starting to set around the edge, approximately 5 minutes. Transfer pan to preheated oven and bake for 15-16 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before slicing.

Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread

Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread

So what gives this fantastic Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread its rich chocolatey colour and deep flavour? It’s the combination of coffee, cocoa and molasses. Not all breads labelled pumpernickel will include all three elements, they may only have the cocoa and molasses for example. I personally like the bold rich flavour and deep colour that using all three ingredients provide. I also like the addition of caraway seeds to give it more of an authentic deli rye bread taste.

Today’s modernized version of pumpernickel breads use the combination and variation of these three ingredients (coffee, cocoa, molasses) to mimic the colour and flavour of true pumpernickel bread which gets its colour and flavour from course rye flour, rye berries, sour dough starter and a very long slow baking process. Once known as a peasant bread, pumpernickel bread has now become a sought after bread for hors d’ oeuvres, appetizers and deli sandwiches. I like to enjoy mine piled high with pastrami or smothered with cream cheese and smoked salmon.

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Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread
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Servings Prep Time
1 large loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 1 1/2-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 large loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 1 1/2-2 hours
Multigrain Pumpernickel Rye Bread
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Servings Prep Time
1 large loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 1 1/2-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
1 large loaf 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
30 minutes 1 1/2-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: large loaf
Instructions
  1. In a small pot combine dry cereal and 3/4 cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 8 minutes until all visible water has been absorbed, stirring occasionally. Set aside and allow to cool to 85-110℉.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook stir together coffee, remaining 1/2 cup of water, sugar and yeast. Allow to ferment for 5-8 minutes. Stir in rye flour, whole wheat flour, cooked cereal, molassess, cocoa, oil, vital gluten, caraway seeds and salt. Begin kneading and add bread flour by the 1/4 cup, incorporating each before adding more. When dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl reduce the addition of bread flour to 1 tbsp at a time and continue to knead until supple and no longer sticky, approximately 10 minutes total.
  3. Form dough into a ball and place in a large greased bowl. Cover with greased plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow to rise in a warm 85℉ draft free area until doubled in size, 60-80 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375℉
  5. Punch down dough and shape free form into a boule or elongated loaf 11-12" long. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with greased plastic wrap or kitchen towel and allow to rise for 30-40 minutes in a warm draft free area. Make 4-5 large slashes along the boule or loaf with a sharp knife or bread lame. Brush with egg wash and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and an internal temperature of 195-200℉ is reached. Remove from oven to cooling rack and allow to cool to room temperature prior to cutting.