Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

As far blogging went November had to not be a priority for me. Sadly my tiny baby girl ended up dealing with two illnesses that landed her in the hospital both times ending us with seeing 11 days in November there with her. It was horrible and terrifying seeing such a small baby so sick. But thankfully December has been much more kind and I am excited for Christmas with my new little addition. I know there aren’t that many more days left before the big day but I just had to share with you a few special Christmas recipes to help make the holidays easier for you. Because probably like many of you with new additions means a bigger family get together, making the holiday cooking just a bit more hectic. So finding easier ways to do dishes that are staples I think is a must. And this first one I want to share is by far my favourite. This has single handedly changed the way we are making potatoes forever. My husband was never a fan of mashed potatoes, finding them dull and tasteless unless a lot of additions were made to them. So he has always wanted roast potatoes for the holidays. But once we discovered these and found that they are not only easier but so full of flavour he is now a convert. I never thought about it before but boiling potatoes really does take away precious flavour from the potatoes but cooking them in the slowcooker gives them a rich almost baked flavour. Season as you would normally but we found that doing it this way has us going back to simple salt and pepper seasoning as the potatoes already have so much flavour.

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Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

1 kilo (2 lbs) potatoes, cut into 2 inch pieces
(1/4 c.) milk
42g (3 Tbsp) butter
2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
Recipe adapted from Creme De La Crumb

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Scotch Eggs #SundaySupper

Today Sunday Supper is celebrating 4th of July with some fantastic picnic ideas. I hope everyone will forgive me for bringing a very traditional British picnic dish to a American 4th of July party but it is one of our favourite picnic foods and one I have been wanting to make at home forever.

These are so filling and tasty, they make a perfect picnic food item as they are good warm or cold. Traditionally these are fried but I wanted to lighten things up and bake them. Sadly this seems to have caused it to split it in the oven. I didn’t have time to make them again before this event but twist my arm it just means I have to make them again soon. But that is what happens sometimes when you try new dishes so I wanted to still share it with you. Hopefully I will be able to update this posting with a reason why it didn’t work out well for me.

What is your favourite picnic dish? Is it traditional or a little outside the box?
Scotch-Egg

Scotch Eggs

4 large eggs (as fresh as possible)
400g (14oz) sausage meat
1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp dried parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
125g (1 c.) plain flour, seasoned with salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 egg, beaten
125g (1 c.) breadcrumbs

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Beautiful Beet Salad #PicnicGame

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket.

I don’t know your winter went but ours was wet and miserable. It didn’t even really get cold enough to be cold a true winter, just very wet. Spring was also pretty bad so our anticipation for summer weather was big. Summer for me was never filled with many picnics, not sure why. But now that I have a child we find any excuse to have a picnic, even if it is just in our back garden. So today I am bringing to you a favourite salad of mine. Beets are my little obsession and these gorgeous golden and candy beets I get from the market every year are my favourite. You can of course you regular red beets for this recipe, you could even skip the boiling step and use pre-cooked beets. Just make sure you avoid the pre-pickled ones.

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing…
Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary
Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
 
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Beautiful Beet Salad

6 medium beets
2-3 garlic cloves
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

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Avocado Fries #SundaySupper

So tomorrow is St Patrick’s Day, and so today Sunday Supper is celebrating with everything being a little green. A few weeks ago Chris decided to give me a night off of cooking and made us falafel burgers. I am such a lucky girl. We decided that we wanted to pair his falafel burgers with chips (fries) but after talking about it I decided I wanted to pitch in and make something I have talked about making for ages, avocado fries. Yes I know it was meant to be my night off of cooking, but seriously only having to make a side dish is still like having a night off in my book.

Besides this is one of those side dishes I have talked about for so long but just never got around to doing it. And for someone who loves avocados as much as I do this is a serious crime. I loved everything about these. I didn’t feel they needed a dip at all as they were so full of flavour, moist and yet crispy on the outside. Definitely worth repeating.

Avocado Fries

3 ripe (but not overripe) avocados
(1/2 c.) flour
Salt and black pepper
2 eggs
1 1/2 c.) panko breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp butter or margarine, melted
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Cooking spray
Recipe adapted from Baked In

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Almond-Crusted Sole with Mushroom Pilaf for Two #SundaySupper

I have a confession to make, if it weren’t for my blog Valentines day would just come and go in our house without much thought. I have never been a Valentines person, I actually have never been out on a Valentines date, not even in the days before kids. I don’t even think I have ever received a Valentines card before, other then the ones you all fill out at school and send to your whole class. But when I became a blogger it was obvious that Valentines day was a much loved blogging holiday so ever since then I have been enjoying sharing some special recipes for people to be able to enjoy with their Valentine. Trust me with incredible meals like this hubby loves the new tradition. Although it isn’t celebrated on the day, because lets face it if you are in a blogger family you never get to enjoy these amazing holiday recipes on the day. Our families are taste testing our Christmas recipes in July.

Today Sunday Supper are going to bring you some special recipes for cooking just for two.

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