Banana Bread: A family classic

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For my final post before the showing of this blog, I have decided to post a family classic: Banana Bread. For as long as I can remember, my grandmother and aunt have been making this simple delight for our whole family, and has always been one of my personal favourites. I have promised my aunt that I will not give away the secret recipe of what makes this fruity bread as incredible as it is, but the ingredients in the recipe are as simple as this: butter, flour, eggs, baking powder, bananas. I decided last minute to add some dark chocolate chips for added flavour, as well as some walnuts for texture and crunch. As always, the bread turned out great. Moist on the inside and chewy on the outside! 

White Wine Salmon

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My mother has been serving this salmon dish for as long as I can remember, at dinner parties and day to day meals. First, you take thick cuts of salmon, wash them and take the skin off.

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Then, place the pieces of salmon on a non stick fryer and cook them until brown and crispy. Then,  add to the pan four simple ingredients to make the sauce. First, add a little bit of olive oil, then a generous serving of white wine. Finally, add a splash of lemon juice and some pepper and you are done! For this meal, I served the salmon with a side of mashed sweet potatoes (that my mom made the night before), and some spinach.

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Greek Yogurt Pancakes

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My Sundays typically consist of me catching up on sleep, reading a good book, and basically not spending too much time away from the couch. Also, one of my favorite things to do that I practically do every Sunday, is make a big yummy breakfast.

This week I decided to make a breakfast classic with a twist: Greek Yogurt Pancakes. I found this recipe in one of my mother’s health food cook books by Jamie Oliver, and decided to give it a try. The recipe basically calls for all the usual pancake ingredients (flour, eggs, butter, sugar, baking powder), but to cut down on all the liquids to make room for the yogurt. The yogurt adds a fluffy consistency to the pancakes, and simply gives pancakes a wonderful new taste.

As always, pancakes would not be pancakes without your personal favorite toppings. For this batch I went for simple but delicious maple syrup, banana wheels, and blueberries. This pancake recipe is definitely a repeat!!

Omelet

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This morning was the type of morning where I felt like sitting down with my favorite new book (ROOM by Emma Donogue), a great cup of coffee and some comfort food. My all time favorite go-to comfort food is an omelet. Omelets can be anything you want them to be, from easy and fast and delicious, to complex and crafty and delicious. But, as I said, this was a morning for reading, not cooking. So, I decided to go for easy and fast and delicious.

First off I started with two eggs as obvious essentials. Then taking a look at the left overs in my fridge, I decided on a few basic and yummy ingredients. Those ingredients being: feta, turkey, red and orange peppers, spinach. I scrambled my eggs in a bowl, added olive oil to the cooking pan, and poured the stirred eggs in the pan. I then added all my ingredients on top, and when done cooking, flipped my omelet half way for a little presentation. As always, it turned out wonderfully with the right amount of ingredients, and the perfect size!

Quinoa Salad

Still on my health kick, I am trying to find new and exciting ways of making salad. I love this one because you don’t actually use lettuce, which is a nice change from any day to day salad. In this: Bed of Quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, avocado, feta.

Another great thing about this dish, It Is a SERIOUS fridge emptier. Basically, take any and everything left over in your fridge and dump it into this delicious bed of quinoa, and vois-la! Quinoa salad. 

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Salmon Tartar and Guacamole

Any time I go out for dinner, if salmon tartar is on the menu you can bet that I will be ordering it. As seen in my previous post, I adore fish, especially salmon. The only reason it took me this long to actually make it myself, is because I have always been slightly terrified of serving anyone a dish of completely raw fish. But, I decided to swallow that fear, get to the kitchen a make a salmon tartar. This blog is for expanding my cooking horizons and that is what I have done with this dish. And, and it turned out incredibly.

Dish: Salmon tartar (lemon, dill, cucumbers, s and p), Guacamole (avocados, tomatoes, lemon, garlic, cilantro, s and p) Balsamic and olive oil drizzle.

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Sole

One of the healthiest and yummiest recipes that I like to use is this one: olive oil, s and p, rosemary, garlic, and lemon. It gives the fish a light and delicious flavor leaves you full. It also taste amazing paired with a simple green salad. This recipe is not limited to only sole fish, which I love. You can also use it with salmon, talapia, and any other fish you like!

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