December 30, 2011, 6:52 pm
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I can never seem to use up a whole box of filo. So it was time to make some spanakopita.

What a nice dinner this was. And pretty easy too! The hardest part is to remember to take the filo out of the freezer to thaw! This recipe took about half a box–or 7 to 8 sheets. But really, it’s so forgiving! Go crazy.

Spanakopita pie

1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
6 mushrooms
10 oz frozen spinach thawed and squeezed dry
1 egg
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
8 sheets phyllo dough
1/4 cup olive oil for brushing filo

How to make it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 10 x 7 inch baking pan.
Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and mushrooms until soft. You could add garlic but I didn’t.

In a medium bowl, mix together egg, ricotta, and feta. Stir in spinach and onion mixture. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo dough in prepared baking pan, and brush lightly with olive oil. Lay another sheet of phyllo dough on top, brush with olive oil, and repeat process with two more sheets of phyllo. The sheets will hang over the edge of the pan. Spread spinach and cheese mixture into pan and fold overhanging dough over filling. I had a space in the middle so I added a folded sheet of filo to cover it. Brush with oil, then layer remaining 4 sheets of phyllo dough, brushing each with oil. Tuck overhanging dough into pan to seal filling.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, until golden brown. Cut into squares and serve while hot. Also good cold but it won’t be crispy.


christmas menu 2011
December 28, 2011, 5:23 pm
Filed under: carrots, leek, recipe, rutabaga | Tags: , , ,

Somehow we ended up having 3 thanksgivings this year! We celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving with my parents. And had a great lentil loaf. Then Best pal and her man came down for American Thanksgiving. We did a redo of the lentil loaf dinner. Good but a bit dry compared to the first one. Finally, Doode’s parents came down the week after American Thanksgiving, so we did another run of lentil loaf. Sheesh. We like the lentil loaf but the big lentil loaf and gravy dinner no longer seemed special. We needed a different outlook for Christmas. I think the dinner was really terrific!

We had:
Carrot and Feta Parcels–(filo dough packages with cumin and dill spiced carrots)
Brussels Sprouts–pan fried with olive oil and some parmesan
Sage dressing (so the kids would have something they wanted to eat!)
Swede and Leek gratin (the surprise hit in my books!–though not sure why it’s called a gratin as there wasn’t any cheese in it!)

poor show Telegraph
December 15, 2011, 6:25 pm
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Sheesh, I give corporate land a thumbs up one day and the next it’s back in the toilet. Here’s the latest from the media. Sharing joy and tolerance everywhere. I get an ex-pat email from the Telegraph–english newspaper. It’s got interesting stories about life abroad from a UK perspective. So I get a slideshow–Christmas Dinner around the World. Ok might be interesting I’ll take a look.. First one is Iceland. Cool, interesting dishes. Click on, see some things I’ve heard of and others that are new to me. Lots of shots of laden dinner tables, cozy candlelight, the whole deal. Then you click through–a possum head fills the screen–with the caption…

“There is not much difference between an American and British Christmas table, other than the fact many families across the pond prefer to eat a meat other than turkey (it’s not that long after Thanksgiving, after all). In poorer, rural areas, dinner might well be whatever people can lay their hands on. Roasted possum, anyone?”

Yikes, how embarrassing. I was pretty offended. Really offended in fact. Why would they want to do this?

now that’s customer service!
December 5, 2011, 3:25 pm
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Sheesh. Just came across this article in the Toronto Star about OB tampons being pulled off and then re-introduced into the market after people complained. Click the link. You can either enter your name or just close the text box and a video will play.OB. Pretty cute! At the end you can get a coupon.

Sure wish Verizon would send me an apology after all the troubles we’ve had with the phone. Or that companies would say sorry I insulted your intelligence and tried to shrink the package while charging you the same price (Breyers/ Angel Soft you’re on the hook here).

Anyways, that’s a nice holiday time story for you about how consumers can make change! You go girls.