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FatCatAnna


FatCatAnna
 
Home Town: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Living In: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Member Since: Dec. 2001
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert, Quick & Easy
Hobbies: Knitting, Quilting, Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Boating, Walking, Photography, Reading Books, Music, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I love to experiment with different recipes. Here in Montreal we have such a wide ethnic variety that most ingredients can be found to make whatever you want. My greatest cooking influence was my best friend Jackie's mother - she used to be able to cook up simple dishes that looked/tasted so good with next to no effort. I love to cook for other people - I love them to sit in my kitchen while I chop/saute away. Also, I am a diabetic of 40 years - so I try to cook "healthy" ... most of the time - but I do like to cheat with rich and tasty foods from time to time - since you only live once! You can read more about me at http://www.diabetes1.org/blogs/Annas_Blog or search for me under the pen name of FatCatAnna!
My favorite things to cook
Soups - I discovered how easy it was to make potato soup - and add things to it to make it out of this world. Desserts are a few of my favourite things to cook as well. Too many to list here that's for sure.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I come from a British background - where food tended to be bland and cooked till it was - I hate to say this - rubber. No traditions at all - except for El Toro pizza on birthdays. My Mum did not like to cook - but my Dad did and still does most of the cooking now that he's retired..
My cooking triumphs
When I left home at 18 - I didn't even know how to boil an egg - now I amaze myself at how many delicious meals that I can make!!!
My cooking tragedies
I thought the turkey was thoroughly thawed out - well - my husbands family are waiting - forks and knives poised in the air - ready to dig in - and the darn turkey was still FROZEN in the centre. Let's just say that we ate quite late that night - bit dried out - but we ate.
Recipe Reviews 18 reviews
Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
I found it quite good - tho' I didn't follow directions exactly - and tweaked with extra herbs/spices like I always. Instead of making a roux tho' - I just put in 1/4 cup of Italian bread crumbs - and it thickened up nicely - that was done on the last simmer phase.

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Reviewed On: Oct. 7, 2012
Jamie's Minestrone
I made this soup today for my family that came to visit for the day. It was DELICIOUS! Because one person was vegan - I changed the chicken broth to just water with a few tablespoons of salted herbes (a product I get from Gaspe in my province of Quebec). I also used a 28 oz. tin of chopped tomatoes, about 1/2 cup of tomato sauce that I had hanging around that was only going to go to waste. I liked adding the pasta individually to the bowls rather then the usual method of dumping the pasta into the soup pot. When I served the soup, I put a good dollop of pesto sauce on the top. My nephew said this really made the soup by putting this on top (he had 2 servings). He now wants the recipe! I'll definitely pass this one on to anyone who wants a simple but tasty soup - and being a Type 1 diabetic - low in carbs!! Guess what I'm having for dinner? FatCatAnna

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Reviewed On: May 12, 2010
Mediterranean Tilapia
Excellent way to cook up fish! The only thing I did different was to make up all the mixture that would go on after the fish had baked and put it on right from the beginning to the end of the baking session. I added the juice of 1/2 a lemon rather then just 1 TBSP, also threw in some basil/oregano and abit of extra olive oil to the mixture. I cooked the fish for 20 minutes and the fish was perfect, along with bits of juice in the bottom of the ceramic dish I cooked the fish up in (lined it with parchment paper). I'll be making this meal again when I need a fast fish dish. This recipe is a keeper :)

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Reviewed On: Apr. 26, 2010
 
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