Lydia Profile - (13293267)

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Home Town: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Barrie, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2009
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Sewing, Walking, Reading Books
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About this Cook
My parents immigrated to Canada from Holland around 1954. I have 4 brothers and 3 sisters. We grew up with mostly plain meat and potato meals and so I don't like spicy foods very much, even now. We are all still very close and get together every year at Christmas time for those of us still in Ontario. We try to have a big family reunion every few years. Next year we are all getting together in Banff, Alberta to celebrate our parents 60th wedding anniversary. There are 47 (I think) of us now with all the husbands and wives, nieces and nephews and grand and great grand kids.
My favorite things to cook
Meatball soup, Split Pea w/ Ham soup, Oliebollen, Oatmeal Raisin cookies, banana bread, carrot cake, homemade bread.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In keeping with the dutch upbringing I have a taste for sweets for breakfast such as chocolate sprinkles on toast and jam (spread thick as cheese)on 'rusks'. We had Oliebollen at New Years and split pea with ham soup during the Christmas Holidays. When we were young we always received a tin box from our relatives in Holland filled with Dutch goodies such as Chocolade Sprinkles (hagelslag), Almond filled pastry ring, Chocolade letters, Speculaas (dutch molasses cookies)and salted licorice (dropjes) this was always a special treat for us kiddies, so exciting and yummy too. I keep up the tradition as best I can and make Oliebollen every year at Christmas time.
My cooking triumphs
I am the best in the family at making Oliebollen come out just right! Have a family recipe book where my mother translated her Oliebollen recipe from her dutch cook book. Others have tried it but the rising process and the cooking process have to be just right.
My cooking tragedies
I tried to make Coq au Vin when I was just married. Got the recipe from my sister-in-law when I had it while visiting. Tried it out, followed the recipe exactly and it was so terrible my husband and I could not even eat it and I had to throw it out. (this was unheard of in my family - throwing out food) I was devastated and never tried any exotic type cooking again.
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Easy Chocolate Covered Coconut Macaroons
Oh my goodness these are fantastic!! I added a tablespoon of cold brewed coffee to the chocolate as I did not want to add milk. I used semi sweet chocolate chips and the taste was phenomenal. As other reviewers have said, you need to watch these as they will over cook and turn too crunchy quickly. I took them out as soon as I saw the coconut getting a bit toasty and they came out sooooooo good and chewy and delish!!! They keep well in a plastic tub only they never last long enough to find out just how long they will keep :)

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 27, 2012
Creamy Rice Pudding
I always add more raisins cause I love lots of them.... and the first time I made this recipe I added 1/2 tsp cinnamon as well, it was good. But WHOA....The second time I made this I used 1/2 cup coconut milk instead of the whole milk in the second stage and added 1/4 cup flaked coconut and 1 cup raisins - let soak in the egg mixture while cooking the milk and rice. OMG!! It came out sooooo darn yummy delish!!!! I had to make a second batch because I ate the whole first batch and didn't save any for anyone else. It did not last 2 minutes after serving, will have to double the recipe next time around!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Feb. 27, 2012
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread II
This comes out really good for those that like chocolate chips added to Banana Bread. It is moist and keeps for weeks in the fridge too. I grease and then dust the pan with cocoa instead of flour and it comes out with an added zing to the loaf. Yummy

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 7, 2011

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