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    Tasty tots - Jul 5th, 2015
    I love tater tots. I love, love, love them. They are an amazingly delicious treat and I would eat them all the time if I could. Only I live in Scotland. And Scotland doesn’t do tots. In fact, they don’t even know what tots are. So if I want tots, I have to make them myself. Which is what I did for the first time today. (Yum!) [more...]

    Berry nice; bargain price - Dec 28th, 2014
    There’s something berry nice about a wee nip of flavoured vodka on a cold winter’s evening. Only if you’re a starving PhD student who is working hard to trim her budget, it’s difficult to justify the extra costs. [more...]

    Oh my, tamale pie - Feb 22nd, 2014
    One of the (many) amazingly delicious meals I enjoyed growing up was tamale pie. It was a basic, no fuss, no frills meal, but it included olives and cheese so it was well-loved. [more...]

    Just four years - Feb 15th, 2014
    Just Frances is four years old. Wow! Can you believe that I’ve been spewing this utter nonsense for that long? And if you thought I might be nearing the end of rubbish things to talk about, you’re wrong. (No apologies. If you don’t like it, you can just stop reading!) [more...]

    Experi-MINT-ing with truffles - Dec 11th, 2013
    With Christmas just around the corner, I decided I'd do a bit of experi-mint-ing with my truffle recipe to use up some broken candy canes I had. Only I can't decide if my experiment has been a success or not. [more...]

    Tasty tater tot casserole - Sep 22nd, 2012
    Tater tot casserole has got to be one of the world’s most yummiest, tastiest comfort foods—ever! I love it. I crave it. I gobble it up at warp-speed! But they don’t really have tater tots in the UK, so it’s a hard dish to make. [more...]

    Tasty tortillas - Aug 11th, 2012
    Today we’re going to have a wee cooking lesson. But it’s also a lesson in budgeting and in ridding ourselves of un-needed preservatives. And as the topic of tortillas has come up a few times in the last week, that’s what we’re going to play with today. [more...]

    Cheap eats - Aug 5th, 2012
    I like setting budgets for myself because it keeps me accountable to, well, me. And, because I used to have to budget every penny or risk bounced checks, I’m pretty good at it. Better, because I like to come in under budget, it makes me spend less! [more...]

    Egg-teastic! - Apr 7th, 2012
    I’ve had an eggteastic day making Easter tea eggs. (Get it? Eggteastic. Like eggtastic only tea instead of ta. No? OK, moving on…) [more...]

    Poor man’s casserole - Feb 29th, 2012
    Growing up, I loved it when I was informed that we were having Poor Man’s Casserole for dinner. It was such a basic meal, but it was rather stodgy and really yummy. It never would have been named as a favourite food, but it never would have been on my ‘don’t like’ list either. [more...]

    Crumble-tastic - Jan 27th, 2012
    Today I decided to make a raspberry crumble with a pack of frozen raspberries that have been taking up space in the freezer for three months. The results were crumble-tastic! [more...]

    Lovely latkes - Jan 23rd, 2012
    I love latkes. They’re amazingly delicious and super duper easy to make; inexpensive, too. And the best thing about them (today) is that they fit the bill for my Dark Days Challenge. (I realise it’s been more than a month since I last posted a DDC meal, but it’s not because I’ve not been eating local, rather it’s because I haven’t been blogging about it.) [more...]

    The dark days - Dec 16th, 2011
    The dark days of winter are upon us. Oh yes, they really are. Even more so here in Scotland compared to my (only slightly) lower-latitude homeland. But those nine degrees don’t make a difference when you’re in the deep dark of winter. [more...]

    Good ol’ goulash - Nov 8th, 2011
    I love goulash. Growing up, I was always happy to see it on the dinner table. Later, as a grown-up, I loved going to my folks’ house and seeing leftover goulash in the fridge—and eating it! But I realised that I’ve never actually made it myself. [more...]

    Dr Martin’s Mix - Mar 3rd, 2011
    Earlier today I wrote an email to a friend and decided to share a new revelation in my life: I don’t like cooked celery. I don’t hate it; I just have decided that I don’t really care for it. And that revelation really stood out as I enjoyed a nice big bowl of Dr. Martin’s Mix late last week and picked around the celery. [more...]

    Frosting and graham crackers - Feb 6th, 2011
    Growing up, I used to love it when we had frosting and graham crackers as part of our school lunches. It was awesome! And the lunch ladies normally mixed food colouring in with the frosting so that we’d have green frosting on St. Patrick’s Day, pink on Valentine’s Day, and whatever random colour they wanted to use other times. [more...]

    Truffles!! - Dec 24th, 2010
    Now that all the truffles are rolled and dipped and drizzled and wrapped, it’s time to share the recipes. First, to credit the inspiration: My recipes are adaptations from my Better Homes & Gardens cook book. [more...]

    No-bake cookies - Nov 28th, 2010
    I remember the first time I made no-bake cookies for Paul. He came home from work, looked at the plate of cookies on the kitchen counter and made sounds of disgust. Those sounds were louder when I told him what was in them. [more...]

    Blagenda Weekend - Nov 8th, 2010
    What do you do with you pumpkins after Halloween? Well, if you’re of Germans from Russia heritage, you make blagenda. Yay! [Photos by my Dad and my foster daughter. [more...]

    Blagenda - Nov 8th, 2010
    WooHoo! I made a trip to the homeland this weekend to make blagenda with my folks and one of my sisters. Her kids and my foster daughter got in on the action, too. [more...]

    Pickles! - Aug 22nd, 2010
    Gallery: Yay! Pickle-making weekend has finally arrived. And just in time, as I was out of pickles. [Photos by me, Celeste, and Dad.] [more...]

    Great-grandma’s pickles - Aug 22nd, 2010
    Yay! Pickle-making weekend has finally arrived. And just in time, as I was out of pickles. [more...]

    Crazy, crazy, crazy - Aug 15th, 2010
    I made a Crazy Cake today. It just seemed fitting since I’m entering into a whole new realm of personal insanity these days. Wanna make your own? Here’s the recipe! (And—yay!—it’s vegan for those of you who care about those things!) [more...]