Yes, it is kind of an unlikely combo but there was a no-holds-bar in my kitchen this weekend… this is only a portion of what was created over my 3-day weekend (Hooray for working in a high school!)
As S so clearly stated, my sisters and I are very different, I, (K) have been described as the cook/baker of the family probably because unlike my little sisters S & T who get stressed and run to the gym, I head to my Kitchen Aid mix master. (Over the years my various roommates have learned that if they return home to a kitchen filled with baked goods, it probably wasn’t the best of days in the land of K!!!)
What’s the source stress??? MY SISTER IS GOING TO BE SOMEONE’S WIFE IN 8 DAYS!!! OK, so that might not be the direct cause of stress because I do ADORE B (her fiancé) but rather the fact that I don’t have a single thing packed- correction: I don’t even have a suitcase to pack anything in even if I wanted to! Yikes!
So off to the kitchen I go…
Leek & Potato Soup
- 2 tbsp of butter
- 2 cups of leeks (all of the white parts, a little of the green)
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup of celery, chopped
- 4 cups of chicken or veggie broth (low sodium is best for you!)
- 1 cup carrots, chopped
- 3 cups potatoes, cubed (I leave the peel on for added fibre but you don’t have to)
- 1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk w/ a tsp of lemon or vinegar)
- 1 tsp dill
-Melt butter and cook leeks until softened
-Add garlic and celery & cook for 1 more minute
-Add carrots, stock, potatoes (salt & pepper to taste)
-Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat & simmer for 20 mins.
-Allow it to cool slightly and then transfer to blender
-Return to pot, add buttermilk and dill.
-Spring mix (really, any salad will do)
- 1 tsp honey
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 6 tbsp olive oil
-Mix it all together & enjoy!
- 4 sheets of phyllo
- 14 oz spinach
- 2/3 cups feta
- 1/4 cup of mint, chopped
- Salt & pepper
-Butter flavoured spray
-Spray a large pan
-Cook spinach until just wilted
-Allow it to cool
-Add feta, mint, salt & pepper
-Spray 9x5 pan
-Fold 1 sheet of phyllo in half & press down into the bottom of the pan & on the sides
-Spray w/ butter spray
-Spread 1/3 of spinach mix on top
-Add another layer of folded phyllo sheet, repeat until all layers of done.
-Bake at 375 for 25-35 mins.