DetectiveL Profile - (10336003)


Home Town: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2007
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy
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Jan. 18, 2015 7:41 am 
Updated: Jan. 19, 2015 9:11 am
I have not blogged or asked questions on allrecipes since I was on maternity leave with my daughter. That was in 2009, a year that my (now ex-) husband, my son, and I have always recalled fondly as the year I cooked and baked a ridiculous amount and variety of food, using recipes culled from… MORE
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From The Blog:  Eat Drink Man Woman
Bramboracky (Czech Savory Potato Pancakes)
Red Lentil Curry
Coffee Jelly
Chinese Fried Noodles
Zucchini-Chocolate Chip Muffins
French Crepes
Salmon Chowder
Easy Morning Glory Muffins
Bread Pudding II
Bananas in Caramel Sauce
About this Cook
I'm newly (and happily!) single, with two awesome kids and a good relationship with my ex. Things have changed a lot for me lately but one happy side effect of being single is having more time to try different recipes and experiment in the kitchen! And yes, my ex still gets to sample my cooking. (He does need all the help he can get...)
My favorite things to cook
I like to cook practically everything. When baking, I tend to dial back the sugar and have a fondness for nuts, fruits, and spices in my baked treats.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I hope to start some more family cooking traditions with my children. My son sometimes helps with dinner and desserts. My daughter is a little too young but she is already very interested in helping in kitchen when mommy cooks and bakes. She has her own play kitchen too!
My cooking triumphs
Making flaky pastry crust, getting my ex and son to eat (and like) fish, and learning how to make yeast breads without a machine. Getting my ex to try 'weird' food (e.g., different ethnic foods) was also a triumph. Most of all, learning to actually like cooking is the biggest triumph. I used to despise it!
My cooking tragedies
One of the first meals I ever made was risotto. It tasted good but it was way too sticky! Oh, and there was the time I had a cake baking in the oven and no one noticed that the fuse had blown halfway through the cooking time. A few years ago I tried to make doubles (Trinidadian snack food with chick peas and fried bread) and it was awful. The chickpeas were too oily, the bread not enough so; it wasn't spicy enough, and the bread was weird and misshapen.
Recipe Reviews 201 reviews
Red Lentil Curry
I make this all the time. Delicious!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 28, 2015
Bramboracky (Czech Savory Potato Pancakes)
These are tasty! I would definitely make again. I used a little more garlic than needed because I love it. Note: I think the measurements are wrong, because I used 2 potatoes and ended up with 6 small-medium pancakes instead of 3 large ones (using 1/4 cup each).

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Reviewed On: Mar. 28, 2015
Coffee Jelly
Very nice dessert for coffee lovers. I made this with strong coffee and 2.5 T Splenda instead of 3 T sugar, and it was just the right amount of bitterness for me. I put a dollop of whipped cream on mine but I think this would also be delicious served with a drizzle of evaporated milk. I added a tiny splash of vanilla while boiling the mixture but it wasn't enough--didn't taste it at all. Might try a bit more next time. But it was great without (tasting) it!

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Reviewed On: Mar. 26, 2015
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