GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES

My boyfriend and I’s latest obsession has been scoping out different breakfast joints to have our most important meals of the day. His favourite has been pubs…. such as Brew Street Craft and Kitchen. This is a place where he can have bacon, sausages, eggs, hash browns and toast all for just $5. Yes you heard it. $5. I on the other hand, love pubs because where else can I have sangrias and mimosas at 10am in the morning??

Then of course there’s White Spot which is a 5 minute walk from home. They have a HUGE selection of breakfast items that I can’t wait to fill my stomach with! They are also known for their famous smashed potatoes. We were out for brunch a couple of weeks ago when I started thinking to myself ‘I MUST MAKE THESE AT HOME’. And of course, when I put my mind to something…I will stop at no lengths to achieve it. 

I bought a huge bag of the dynamic duo nugget potatoes from the Little Potato Company at Costco. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these potatoes! They are perfect for just about anything! I make mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes and I even use them when making my curry dishes. 

To make these delish smashed potatoes, boil a large pot of salted water. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender. Drain. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. We’ll be baking and broiling these little potatoes 🙂

Add the potatoes onto the lined baking sheet and gently press down *remember to try to keep the potato in one piece* Add olive oil. Sprinkle with thyme, oregano, parsley and tarragon. Bake at 450 for 15 mins. Then broil until golden brown. Just before the potatoes are done add some minced garlic. Don’t make the mistake that I initially made which was adding the garlic right away. I ended up with burnt bitter garlic which was totally not fun!! These potatoes are literally so easy to make. Feel free to add different herbs or even fresh herbs! Happy Cooking 🙂

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HONEY O CEREAL BARS

These amazing no bake cereal bars are literally the best! They are just so simple & easy to make and of course require no effort. The nice cherry on top is that they are completely nut, peanut and coconut free; making them lunch friendly when your children take them to school 🙂

Growing up with a nut allergy was extremely hard when I was little. Not only did my parents have to read all the ingredients on every little thing I had, they also had to monitor everything I ate. Unfortunately dinner parties were the worst! We would arrive to our family friends homes and I would immediately be drawn to the nicely displayed food. I remember how the first thing my mother would do was ask the hostess if there were any nuts in any of the foods. And of course before they could answer, I’d have gobbled down anything in front of me. Within seconds I would start having a reaction and go into an anaphylactic shock.

One of the reasons why I started making these bars was because I grew tired of trying to find bars that were completely nut free. I had been to so many grocery stores and all I could find were ones that were peanut free. The downside with the peanut free bars was that they still would contain coconuts or other nuts. Overall, I was able to find completely nut free bars but unfortunately they ended up having way too much sugar

To make these bars, I start off by melting some butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. I then add some brown sugar, cinnamon and of course HONEY! Western Sage Glacier Creamed Honey is where it’s at! It’s just so rich in flavour and I’m able to put it on just about everything. I then combine that liquid mixture with some cereal (any of your favourite will do) and I add some raisins as well.

The neat thing about this recipe is you can put just about anything you like into it! I’ve shared this recipe with some friends and they decided to put in some dried fruit and nuts instead of raisins and it worked completely well with them 🙂

 

HONEY O CEREAL BARS

  • Servings: 16 Bars
  • Time: 15 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy
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INGREDIENTS


 3 Tbsp. of butter
– 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
– 1/4 cup of honey
– 1 tbsp. of cinnamon
– 4 cups of cereal (I used Multi Grain Cheerios)
– 1/2 cup of raisins

 DIRECTIONS


  1. Line a 9×9 square baking pan with parchment paper
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, brown sugar, honey and cinnamon
  3. Bring to a boil and continue stirring for 2 minutes and remove from heat
  4. In a large bowl, combine the cereal, raisins and butter mixture.
  5. Pour the cereal mixture into the parchment lined pan and let the bars cool completely and then cut into squares

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OATMEAL BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I absolutely LOVE making cookies for my family! I find baking so relaxing, calm and peaceful. I usually buy most of the ingredients from Costco just because you will get your money’s worth 🙂 I bought a huge container of vanilla extract and a big bag of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Chipits which will probably last me all year depending on how much baking I do 😉

My boyfriend decided to help me make some cookies on Sunday. It was fun having a helper in the kitchen and he also gave me a couple of really good pointers while baking 🙂 These cookies turn out absolutely amazing each and every time! They’re super good, chewy, moist and hearty which make them a perfect breakfast cookie..plus they’re not super sweet 🙂

OATMEAL BANANA CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

  • Servings: 40 Cookies
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Easy
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INGREDIENTS:IMG_5060


– ¾ cup of butter (at room temperature)
– ½ cup of sugar
– 1 cup of light brown sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp of vanilla
– 1 cup of mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
– 1 ¼ cup of sifted flour
– 2 tsp of cornstarch
– 1 tsp of baking soda
– 1 ½ tsp of cinnamon
– ¼ tsp of cloves
– pinch of salt
– 3 cups of rolled oats
– 1 cup of milk chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Ensure the rack is in the middle position in the oven. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2) In a large bowl, mix the softened butter for about 2 minutes. Add the both the sugars in and mix for another 2-3 minutes
3) Add the egg and vanilla. Continue mixingIMG_5069
4) Add the mashed bananas in and mix until just combined
5) In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt
6) Add these dry ingredients to the wet mixture
7)  Add in the rolled oats and chocolate chips until just combined
8) Shape the cookie dough in round disks (dough can be chilled in the fridge if too soft) and place onto parchment paper. I usually place 6 cookies on each sheet.
9) Bake the cookies for approximately 8-10 minutes. Remove and chill on cooling rack.
10) Enjoy!!! 😀
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