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Eat | #PinMakeEat 8 – Tested Pinterest Recipes

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa from Chez Us

Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa from Chez Us

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta - from Half Baked Harvest

Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta from Half Baked Harvest

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries from Artful Desperado

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries from Artful Desperado

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Quick Homemade Ramen from Pinch of Yum

Quick Homemade Ramen from Pinch of Yum

#pinmakeeat 8 | Squirrelly Minds - Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies from Butterlust

Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies from Butterlust

Unlike August, I had a very successful #pinmakeeat this month. It was so great to get back to exploring new Pinterest recipes. There’s a few I already can’t wait to make again.

Lentil Tacos with Tomato Radish Salsa: We are huge fans of rice and beans, and by default huge fans of tacos. We keep a massive store of black beans on hand, and tortillas don’t last long in our house. But as much as we enjoy and eat tacos, never had we thought to put radishes in them. This is the beginning of a beautiful thing.

Ratatouille with Creamy Polenta: Rich stew foods with tomato sauces are one of my favourite fall dishes, and this one goes right to the top of the list. The cheesy polenta is a nice touch and goes so well with the veggies and sausage. Plus, it’s an excuse to cook with zucchini and eggplant – two vegetables I love but the mister loathes.

Chocolate Meringue Cake with Fresh Berries: A birthday cake for my papa’s 69th – it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I expected. I did bake the cake a little longer than I should have, resulting in it being a bit too dry, so I’d love to try again. What I loved most was how little sugar was in the cake, and how the crunchy meringue and berries sweetened up the intense chocolately goodness. Despite what massive chocolate bar brands would tell you, chocolate shouldn’t be sickeningly sweet. It should be rich, aromatic, and full.

Quick Homemade Ramen: You know how your olfactory senses are strongly linked to your memory? Making this dish, particularly soaking the shiitake, transported me right back to Japan. Tasted like it too. Mind you, we used somen instead of ramen which I don’t recommend (unless you add it in at the very end) as it breaks down far quicker and gets a bit goopy. But my gosh was this ever still delicious. There will be a next time, and it will be with ramen.

Olive Oil and Sea Salt Brownie Cookies: Rich, gooey, chocolately – need I say more? I made these out of desperation – I was fresh out of butter but needed to have cookies NOW. I was skeptical at first as when I taste tested the batter (hey no judging) it tasted overwhelmingly of olive oil. But that strong flavour completely dissipated when baked, leaving instead a dangerously addictive treat.

Thanks for following along on this months #pinmakeeat!

What pinterest recipe have you made lately?

Eat | 8 Cozy Slow Cooker Meals for Autumn

8 Cozy Slow Cooker Meals for Autumn | Squirrelly Minds

Top Row: Turkey Pumpkin Chili from Garnish with Lemon / Pumpkin Cobbler from The Gunny Sack / Sweet potato, chicken, and quinoa soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Middle Row: Jumbalaya from Recipe Diaries / Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats from Food Doodles
Bottom Row: Pumpkin and Blueberry Cake from Kudos Kitchen by Renee / Vegetable and Pumpkin Lasagna from Williams Sonoma / Sheperd’s Pie from Taste of Home

Yep it’s official! Yesterday was the first day of autumn. Does it feel like it where you are? It poured all day yesterday, making our recent memories of hot summer sun feel like a lifetime ago.
But I must admit, as much as I love the long summer days, nothing beats pulling old the old slow cooker and coming home to a fragrant, cozy autumn meal. Yes, I realize most of these recipes are pumpkin based, and as much as I love pumpkin, I am not the 6th spice girl. But this bright orange gourd is quintessentially autumn, and is the perfect feature to any autumn meal.

Harvest Pear Latte | Squirrelly Minds
And if you want a nice beverage to warm you up, this Harvest Pear Latte is still one of my faves.

What is your favourite autumn meal?

The Friday Five – School Lunch ideas and recipes

The Friday Five - Back to School | Squirrelly Minds

Real school lunch roundups by 100 days of real food / Printable school lunch planner by Organized Parent / Free back to school lunch ideas Ebook by The Attune Foods Daily Digest / 1 month school lunch infographic with shopping list from Lifehacker / Easy chicken pot pie muffins by Spoonful

Hey everyone, how was your first week back at school? Did your kids like the lunches you packed?
I feel pretty lucky (and my mom must too) that I was never a picky eater as a child. I didn’t like mushrooms or raw tomatoes. That’s about it. But I know there are tons of picky eaters out there, or kids who get bored of their lunches, so it’s nice to be able to mix it up and make lunches healthy, delicious, and exciting.
This week’s Friday Five has a few lunch ideas (100 days of real food has incredible lunch box ideas!), printables, and recipes to ensure your kids enjoy lunch time as much as possible!

What’s your favourite lunch to pack for the kids?


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Eat | Fig Icebox Cake Recipe

Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
Late August/early September is one of my favourite times of year. Why? FIGS! While we have three baby figs growing in our yard (had our first fig this year) my parents have 5 masssssive fig trees or three different varieties. Fig picking is a big deal at their house.

Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
We always end up with tons of fig jam to last us through the year, which is enjoyed on top of toast for breakfast. I decided to try something a little different this year though and put it into a cake – an icebox cake that is.
Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
While it requires a little bit of extra time due to the refrigerating, this cake is super easy to make, and can be made up to 3 days in advance. Bonus, it’s not overly sweet (I’m getting pickier and my teeth more sensitive in my old age) yet full of delicious figgy goodness.
Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds

Fig Icebox Cake Recipe

Fig Icebox Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup fig jam
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Approx. 20 graham crackers
  • Several figs (halved) for garnish

Instructions

  1. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap, ensuring there is plenty overhang
  2. In an electric mixer, blend together the cream and cheese until smooth and firm. Add salt and gently gold in the fig jam until it is just incorporated.
  3. Spread a 1/4 inch thick layer of the fig spread on the bottom of your pan. Top with a layer of graham crackers (you may need to break them to fit). Continue this layering process until all ingredients are used up. The fig spread should be the last layer on top.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until at least 8 hours.
  5. When ready, flip the cake onto a platter. Remove the plastic wrap and smooth out any wrinkles it created with a knife. Top with cut figs and serve immediately

Notes

Based off a recipe from Food & Wine

http://squirrellyminds.com/2014/09/03/eat-fig-icebox-cake-recipe/
Fig Icebox Cake Recipe | Squirrelly Minds
The one downside to this cake is how EXPENSIVE mascarpone is. $15 for a 450g tub. Holy cannoli! I have made a similar recipe using cream cheese, and aside from not being as smooth, it tasted just as delicious. Actually to be honest I liked it more! But I would recommend leaving it at room temperature to avoid minimal lumps. That’s the only downside to using cream cheese. It doesn’t look as pretty (and prettiness is important).

If you like fig desserts, I have a couple more recipes for you to check out:


What’s your favourite fig recipe?

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