Meat and fish

Shepherd pie or Hachi Parmentier?

By on November 7, 2014

I would probably go with the French title but you would be wondering what fancy French dish is that, well it is a Shepherd pie my dear! 🙂

Shepherd pie hachi parmentier

 It’s a perfect purée… ok fine I’ll stop speaking French ahah!  Where was I?  Oh yes, it’s a perfect mashed potatoes with the mix of a nicely flavored ground beef.   Garlic, onions and green onions.  Simple.  So we taste the meat.  Really, no covering the taste, just enhancing it.

Of course, you’ll add tons of cheese on top because everybody will love it even more.

Shepherd pie hachi parmentier

You can present the way you would like.  I found that with young kids, they love to have their little portion in ramekins.  It make them feel grown-up to have a mini dish just for them.

The version in an oven dish works as well too.  It brings the family together around a yummy and easy dinner.  Comforting too!  I mean, have you seen that weather outside?  Don’t you want a blanket and go sit on the couch?  Go!  I’ll bring you that little baby ramekin.

I wish I could spoil you like that.   For now, I share the easy-peasy steps to the recipe.  It’s a no fail.

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Kid friendly chili con carne and pinky promises

By on September 3, 2014

Funny enough, there is no chili in there, nothing spicy.   But how would you call it?  See, it is like a chili but without chili peppers or chili flakes.   Really it is like one…   Only without the main ingredient!  Oh, I am loving my monologue, I feel like in an episode of Seinfeld or something!

Back to this perfect recipe for this end of summer and back to school, it’s an amazing juicy meaty dish that you can enjoy in a bowl in front of TV or at the diner table with your kids with a tortilla crepe.  The next day, pack it for your lunch at work and for your kid’s school lunch!

chili con carne

Some cheese like cheddar compliments that chili perfectly!  Shredded or a good chunck, your pick!  At home, the kids love a long string of melted cheese hanging for their mouth to the plate!  Well, not just the kids.

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Meat balls with my little chef #FRD2014

By on May 8, 2014

Are you part of the Food Revolution Day #FRD2014 campaign  yet?  It is a wonderful project that Jamie Oliver is leading.  In case you are not familiar about it yet, I invite you to visit the website where you will find all you need to know about May 16th: 

It is worldwide.  100 countries and 105,000 participants have already signed up for Food Revolution Day! There are different ways to be part of it.  It does not have to be big, it can be something you are doing at home, at school or at work and share it with #FRD2014. 

My Food Revolution Series started with our little garden to get our kids more conscious as to where the vegetables come from and how it grow.  They are so impatient to see starting to grow, they have been watering it everyday and our son is asking when the cucumbers will be ready to eat.  Not as yet!

Today, I want to share with you a cooking session with my son!  We made meat balls.  He really enjoy it, adding all the ingredients together.

#FRD2014 Meat balls

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A quick dinner with some leftovers: Picadillo pies

By on March 17, 2014

Cute Picadillo pie! Boom! Tired human, let’s use up the leftovers!

Right eh?  Aren’t we all?  Some days, I am all creative and inspired in the kitchen and some others… I am just a busy mom with a full-time job, 2 kids, a husband and a house to keep up in order.  Some days I am just tired and I don’t want to bother too much… Please don’t let me hang there, tell me you can relate.  Yes you do.

Winter has been tough this year, which means that the kiddos exchange all sorts of germs at the day care.  And one mini-superman gets sick, little-princess takes over… that is on average 6 awful nights and long evenings.  You see where I am getting at?  An easy dinner is well deserved. Eventually some vacations too.

The leftover I am talking about today is picadillo, the ground beef, cuban style.

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Picadillo, a flavored ground beef from Cuba

By on February 26, 2014

Funny thing, I am French and I am sharing more cuban recipes (like this one or that one) here so far!  After all, I fell in love with a Cuban, his lovely Cuban family and his beautiful island and today, let’s try Picadillo!

Of course, at home, when it comes to cooking, I bring my French touch, el Cubano, his culture and well, we are in Canada so some North American flair too!  What a combo but that makes things in the kitchen more interesting.  I have discovered some Cuban dishes and then adapted them.  I have adapted French recipes because I could not find certain ingredients here.


I remember my very first shopping trip after arriving from France, I had orange juice in my basket and I was just walking around in looking in the aisles like you look at the paintings in a museum.  But that was 7 years ago, almost 8.  I can fill up my cart now, no problem!

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