Valentine’s Day Pesto Cracker Chips

These tasty little things can pass as a chip or a cracker. Either way try them. These are super fast and easy to put together. These would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day lunchbox or as part of a cheese or charcuterie board to have with wine. You can change up the shape to suit whatever occasion you are celebrating.

Take a package of wonton wrappers and use a cookies cutter to cut out the shapes you want to use.

Place the shapes on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush with pesto and just a very light sprinkle of salt.

Bake in a 350F oven for about 8 minutes, until golden at the edges.

Let cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Lasts for a few days, but ours did not last to make it into a container.

As you can see, we tried a few tree shapes that we could use for Christmas and pumpkins for Halloween.

One note about the pesto, if you are putting in a lunchbox check the pesto for nuts. Both pesto types that I bought contained nuts. Our school is nut free so I couldn’t put them in the lunchbox. I have to find a nut free commercial pesto or make my own.

You could also just brush them with a little olive oil and sprinkle of salt to make a plain cracker-chip. That is how I will use the rest of my wontons for the valentines lunchbox.

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Molasses Ginger Cake (dairy-free)

Well it has been awhile! My goal is to post regularly in 2018. We have been baking and cooking but don’t post about it. As you can see on our Instagram feed @cookswithevie.

We made this cake when my niece had a sleepover, she can’t have dairy (milk products) so we served it with coconut whipped cream. It was very good. Though I prefer my gingerbread type cakes slathered in butter.

Yikes looks at those holes! That was a nice wine in the background too.

Basically here is what you do.

Whisk flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, pepper and cloves in a large mixing bowl.

In another bowl whisk oil, molasses, brown sugar, honey, eggs and vanilla.

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Whisk wet mixture into the four mixture just until combined.  Then whisk in the boiling water (I forgot to take a pic of that step).

This is what the batter looks like

Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Here is the cake, baked and cooling.

Cit into squares and top with ice cream (non-dairy or regular if you have no intolerance), whipped cream or just plain.

Dairy Free Molasses Cake

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups all purpose flour

3 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 ¾ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

¼ tsp ground cloves

¾ cup canola oil

1 cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup honey

2 eggs

1 ½ tsp pure vanilla

¾ cup boiling water

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9×13 in baking pan and line with parchment.

Whisk flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, pepper and cloves in a large mixing bowl.

In another bowl whisk oil, molasses, brown sugar, honey, eggs and vanilla.

Whisk wet mixture into the four mixture just until combined.

Whisk in the boiling water.

Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

In My Kitchen October 2017

Fall is in full swing, but we have had a very unusually warm sunny fall and no complaints! I will take every last ounce of sunshine I can get because winters here are long and cold. And on a warm fall day we enjoyed a tropical creamsicle smoothie.

Because of the warm weather we have been continually harvesting bumper crops of raspberries from our garden.

In my kitchen are oatcakes for snacks


Porridge for breakfast



Some favourite treats from the British, Scottish and Irish store.

We made these little pizza bites for the lunchbox

Not in my kitchen, but after a long never ending hike we enjoyed poutine


It is Thanksgiving in Canada, and since it is warm we tried pumpkin pie ice cream

Evie loves Walker’s steak and onion crisps, but we can’t get them in Canada anymore because there is real beef drippings in them. Apparently that is not allowed to be imported into Canada due to mad cow or something like that. We saw these at our grocery store and decided to try. Doesn’t taste like the other ones but they are good and the potatoes and really good. We are definitely going to try the other flavours too

And a cake that my brother brought for dessert

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School Lunch Pizza Bites

The school year has just started and I am already sick of packing lunches! I always see amazing looking lunches on Pinterest that I would like to pack but who has the time and those containers! I went looking for some of those nice compartmentalized (is that even a word) containers and they are pricey. They were ranging from CDN$45-80. Oh Mylanta, I will need a second job! I can’t comit to just one container and those are so expensive. Can you sense my angst here? 

Anyway, on to the post. After perusing Pinterest for a few hours, I mean minutes, I came across these little pizzas that looked like faeries made them. This is it, my lunch saver.

We used:

1 tube pilsbury pizza dough

1 stick small pepperoni 

1 small can pizza sauce (for dipping)

Preheat oven to 350F.

We used a small round cookie cutter to make little dough circles just a little larger than he diameter of the pepperoni.



Place dough circles on a lightly greased baking sheet and press the pepperoni into the dough.Bake for 10 mins on 350F.




And here is a lunch all ready to go, note the absence of cool container. I will comit to a cool container soon.

There are good. Of course you can use cheese or anything that your child likes on the dough. This took minutes and she can’t wait to have lunch.

Roasted Almond Pumpkin Seed Butter


We always make homemade peanut butter and it was the easiest thing ever. I really like almond butter, so had to give that a try too. It was just as easy and turned out really good.

 I took a couple of large handfuls (about 1 cup) of raw almonds and one handful (about 1/2cup) of raw pumpkins seeds and roasted them for a few minutes in a 350F oven. Shake them around a bit and watch them carefully or they will burn! To make it easier you can just buy them already roasted. When you take them out you will hear the pumpkins seeds cracking and popping.

Let those cool a bit, just to room temperature. Put all of those into a food processor.  


While blending drizzle in some avocado oil, or any flavour neutral cooking oil. Only 2-3 tbsp. Blend until smooth, drizzling in a little more oil as needed.

Drizzle in a tablespoon or two of honey, to taste and a generous pinch of salt.


Blend until smooth


Place in a jar and keep in fridge

We like it on toast or apple slices

In My Kitchen August 2017

We only have a few things in our home kitchen this month. We left to fly to Newfoundland on August 5th, but there is a little peak into our Newfoundland kitchen as well. We have been updating our Instagram page regularly while on vacation, if you want to see more you can check that out.

Bruschetta

Flatbreads, you may have seen this on our Instagram page

A Big Mary


I went cod jigging with my Dad


We caught a few and are having fish and chips for dinner tonight


Even got close to some feeding humpbacks

Always need some chocolate in the kitchen

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Chicken pesto flatbreads with arugula salad

This looks fancy but really is very easy, fast and delicious. Perfect for busy summer days!

I used prepared flatbreads and brushed with olive oil, add small dallops of pesto all over, added cut up cooked chicken breast (vegetarian option-leave out chicken) and topped with crumbled goat cheese. Then bake this in 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 5 minutes.


Take out and top with arugula (dressed with balsamic vinaigrette) top with a few cherry or grape tomato halves. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. That’s it, quick, fancy and delicious. Just pop open a nice bottle of wine et voila!