Saturday, December 1, 2012

Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup and Dijon Mustard

Whenever we have Brussels sprouts at home my children always comment about how perplexed they are that they are the only kids in class who like this vegetable.  Last time my daughter asked me why I thought that was the case, I answered her that it was likely because they probably don’t know how to make them taste delicious.

This recipe comes from Jill. While it is so simple, it is at the same time, simply amazing. I remember the first time I had this dish at Jill's house. I practically ate the whole platter. I've since given the recipe to my cousin in Brazil who told me once that she wasn't a fan of this misunderstood vegetable either. But now even her family loves it! I think she actually uses honey as a maple syrup substitute as this condiment isn't readily available in Brazil. Hope this lovely side dish becomes a favorite in your house as well. My kids won't feel like they're the only ones who like Brussels sprouts!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rice with Baby Octopus

Sorry for not posting in such a long time. Life with a baby + 4 is very busy. It is especially hard to keep up with the housework and cook while caring for a very active 11-month-old. Can you believe it’s been that long? But, we couldn’t be happier. The children adore their baby sister, and she is a very happy and friendly girl.

While I certainly have not stopped cooking, - believe me I have so many times thought of posting a recipe or another - time simply has not been on my side. Sometimes I don’t have time for a picture, sometimes I forget to write down the concoctions that I put together and when I think about posting I completely forgot the amounts I used, and as such, about 7 months have passed.

I miss posting my recipes, and I hereby proclaim I'm going make an effort to start posting weekly again, even if it is recipes only. If you are following the blog, I’d love to hear from you. And, please let me know what kind of recipes you would like to see me posting.

I love seafood, as you all know, and octopus is definitely one of my favorites. If you have never eaten octopus, baby octopus rice is an easy entree to this delicious dinner entree.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Brazilian Miniature Savory Pies (Empadinhas)

It’s been another crazy week, starting with me getting really sick and ending with my eldest suffering a fractured ankle. But, as they say, if you have time to whine then you have the time to do something about it.  So I decided to say Alhamdulillah and make some empadinhas!

I am truly thankful for my wonderful children, for my wonderful parents, husband, family, friends and you that come here to check my recipes.

Saturday, April 7, 2012


These past weeks have been sort of rough in my house with one kid after another getting sick...with five kids, this can get out hand! Hopefully, we are on our way to recovery and nobody else will be catching anything else anytime soon.

I was more than thrilled that the kids didn’t have school last Friday and we could sleep in and not have to worry about drop-offs and pick-ups. After a good fever-free night for all of us, and a late start to the morning, I thought crepes were in order for breakfast.

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