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Carrots and chicken patties

By on December 3, 2014

Carrots and chicken patties

Are do you deal with unexpected events in your life?  We are in our little routine and then we get thrown a curved ball. It’s not always easy to catch it.  I lost my job.  Wow, that was not planned.  Not at all.  One kid in day care, a mortgage and an emergency root canal.

Thankfully, within 10 days,  I found something else where I’m happier.   Let’s see what the future holds.  That was probably a blessing in disguise.  I hope.

After this happened, I just stopped blogging.  Why?  I lost my routine, my comfort, I did not know what to do about it.  Is my time well spend blogging?  Actually, it is.  The kitchen is my creative space, I try, I fail and I succeed.

Carrots and chicken patties

You never know how you will react and act in front a particular situation.   We always think that it happens to your neighbour but… don’t forget, you are somebody’s neighbour.

I bounced back, it’s a bump in the road and I did got a few lessons out of it… I’ll share them with you some day.  I learnt, I grew and got a few wake up calls.

On another note, those beautiful patties where not really meant to be either.  Unplanned but oh so good.  Unplanned is the best sometimes in the kitchen!  A few leftover: chicken, some rice and sad carrots.  Bingo!

Carrots and chicken patties

Of course, you add some cheese, cheese is love.  Ah ah, I sound like a commercial.  Also, I had some fresh parsley and I was really happy about a fresh herb added to it.  The sweet carrots seduced the kids and El Cubano.

I breaded the patties for some crunch and inside stayed moist and soft.  By the way, I baked them.  So much more healthier.  No regret, it was perfect.  It was kids and hubby approved.

The batch will be big enough for some lunch leftover.  Does it get any better than that?

Carrots and chicken patties

 So sorry, I abandonned the blog for so long… I missed it and above all I  missed you.  I guess the longer I was away, the harder it was to get back to it.  Anyway, I am back, although I was never gone.  But I’m still trying to find a balance.  Not easy, it’s new.

How do you cope with situations that change you all routine?

Carrots and chicken patties

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 12-15 patties


  • - 1/2 an onion or 1/2 a cup, minced
  • - 1/4 a cup of orange pepper, diced.
  • - 1 cup of mashed carrots (2 big carrots)
  • - 1 cup of shredded chicken mixed with 1 tablespoon of rosemary
  • - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • - 1 tablespoon of parsley
  • - 1/2 a cup rice, cooked
  • - 1 cup of grated cheddar
  • - 2 to 3 cups of parmesan bread crumbs
  • - Olive oil


  1. - In a bowl, mix all the ingredients except the bread crumbs.
  2. - Make a ball the size of a golf ball, flatten it.
  3. - Roll it in the crumbs and place it on a baking sheet.
  4. - Repeat until you have used all the mixture.
  5. - Drizzle some olive oil on each patties
  6. - Bake in the oven for 20 minutes at 380F

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A fall recipe: Lentils and 7 grains stew

By on September 16, 2014

Toronto has welcomed the gloomy weather.  Summer is gone, 15C has  become a warm afternoon. Everybody is looking their best in their fall clothing.  Warm colors are everywhere and comfort food and cosy diner recipes are back!   That’s right, let’s give a break to the blogging word with the summer salad recipes.

As sad as I am that summer was that short, we have to embrace fall and its beautiful colors.  I wanted a bowl of something comforting, something warm to hold with both hands, a stew.

Lentils and 7 grains medley rice

 A sweet colleague at work gave me a crock pot, used just one for a potluck at the office.  I was so exited of my new toy, yes TOY, I am a foodie and a new thing in my kitchen is my toy.

I have never own a crock pot but I was considering it.  A lot of my entourage only swear by it in the winter and saying how wonderful it is since it does all the work.

ALL THE WORK?  But I like the work in the kitchen!  I really do :), call me crazy but it is my happy place what can I do.  However… however, I am a Mom too and taking it easy on  a week day is totally on the agenda!

Lentils and 7 grains medley rice

I have been meaning to cook some lentils for a while and entering the fall is a perfect reason to get a boost of iron.  I add some big Italian sausage (mild) from Costco and I do not enjoy them that much on the barbecue.  In the crock pot, it was perfect, the skin was more tender.

I also added some 7 grains medley from Uncle Ben’s, it has a bunch of ancien grains, I love those.  I have a thing for barley, you know.  Some broth, some cumin and a few other ingredients build a perfect dish for a chilly night.  The kids loved it!

Hold on there…
– Easy and simple
– Tasty and comforting
– Perfect for the whole family

I think we have a winner here!  Try this easy, smell-my-kitchen perfect easy-peasy stew recipe!

Lentils and 7 grains medley rice

If you want a vegetarian option, just skip the sausage and voila!  Taste still amazing reheated… if you have any left over.

The cumin gave an perfect note of spice in the dish, the 7 grains were al dente and the lentils full of flavor with the broth.  

A fall recipe: Lentils and 7 grains stew

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Yield: 6 portions

Serving Size: A generous bowl


  • - 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • - 2 shallots, chopped
  • - 1 cup of lentils
  • - 1 cup of 7 grains medley from Uncle Ben's
  • - 900ml of vegetable stock
  • - 1 teaspoon of cumin
  • - 1 teaspoon of salt
  • - 2 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • - 3 big mild Italian sausages


  1. - Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker
  2. - Stir well
  3. - Let it cook for 3 hours
  4. - Serve

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Discover my kitchen philosophy and my Arancinis!

By on January 10, 2014

I am no chef.  Just a mom that loves to cook for her family.  And if there is one thing i do not believe in is that there is an ‘official’ version of a recipe.  Each person can do according to their own taste, means, allergies and imagination.  Oh and according to your time too, important factor in my house.

I would like to share a recipe that is definitely not how Italians would do it and they would ‘boo’ me.  I am okay with that and you know why? Because my kids and whomever tried it, loved it!

I love the recipe because it is a different alternative to the usual pastas, rice and potatoes.  Kids, toddlers and even husbands need to be seduced at the table.  You can even prepare it with the kids, they’ll love it.

What are those?  There are little breaded balls of rice stuffed with cheese.  Well, normally, in Italy, they use the risotto leftovers.  Oh well…


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