Grown Up Hot Dog Spaghetti

I got home from work last night hungry and wanting something comfort foodish. Recently I was reminded of hot dogs threaded onto spaghetti, which has always looked fun but I have never had or made it. So I figured I would attempt it, and to make it a little more grown up, I put it in a red onion balsamic sauce. Mmm.

All of this was accomplished by winging it, so the measurements will be very unhelpful, FYI.

For one serving you will need:

3 hot dogs cut into 1/2 inch chunks
a nice portion of dried spaghetti
some chopped red onion
a bit of minced garlic
a good dash of chopped parsley
a few glugs of olive oil
a couple healthy splooshes of balsamic vinegar
salt to taste

Spear your hot dog chunks with a couple raw spaghetti noodles, I did 3 chunks along a pair of noodles, but I don’t think there’s a right or wrong number. Just spear your hot dogs before cooking the noodles. Once you’ve got your noodles and dogs cooking in a pot, heat your olive oil in a pan and cook your onion until it’s translucent. Add in your garlic and a sploosh of balsamic. Let that cook for a few minutes, then add your drained pasta and dogs to the pan and sploosh more balsamic over top. Add in the parsley and mix everything together for a few minutes to let the flavours meld. Salt to taste, and serve!

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This was a fun experiment that turned out really well. It was delicious; I finished it and wished that I had made more. Super quick and easy, I will definitely make this one again!

An Alteration

Last night I was making dinner at my parents house for my mom and I, and we were having fish piccata. I realized I didn’t have very many capers, so I had to make a bit of an alteration that ended up working very well.

I basically* followed my previous recipe for Fish Piccata, but to make sure it had nice flavour despite our lack of enough capers, I added in a bunch of fresh chopped parsley. I was expecting the flavours to be a bit weird together but it ended up being quite delicious. I didn’t bother staging a photo, but after tasting it I should have.

*I say ‘basically followed’ because I’ve discovered that while it may be less messy to add the flour into the pan, the sauce coats the fish much better if you flour the fish directly before adding it to the pan. In this case you may need a bit more than a tablespoon.

If you aren’t a fan of capers or if you don’t have any on hand, parsley works great in its place!

Creamy Vegan Sweet Potato Pasta

I was on a kick with sweet potatoes the other day and so here is another sweet potato recipe. This one is with a Japanese sweet potato (purple skin, white flesh) because that’s what my grocery store had. It turned out great but any variety will do!

For 2 big servings you’ll need:

1 medium-large sweet potato
3 big handfuls of fresh spinach
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil (separated)
Salt and pepper to taste
Pasta noodles of your choice

Wash and peel the sweet potato, then microwave it for a couple of minutes to speed up cooking time.  Cut it into 1/2 inch cubes, then cook further in a pan over medium heat with 1 tablespoon olive oil and the balsamic vinegar. Once the potato is cooked (a fork slides in easily) and covered in a nice glaze, set it aside in a food processor. Cook your noodles and then take a cup of pasta water and add it to the food processor along with the maple syrup. Blend until smooth, adding more water if necessary. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in pan and cook onions until almost translucent. Add in the spinach one handful at a time letting it wilt completely before adding the next. Add your garlic to the pan and once that’s cooked you can add in the potato mixture and your drained noodles. Mix everything together and salt and pepper to taste.

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The sweet potato turns into a creamy sauce with just enough flavour to be nice and subtle. The spinach and onion help to give the dish a bit of texture and all of the flavours together are delicious. I happily ate a portion fresh, and then I ate the second helping in a hotel 2 days later and it was just as delicious.

This is a great addition to my recipe book.

 

Corn and Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

The other day I bought a couple of sweet potatoes with the intention of finding a recipe to use them in. Well, this morning I felt like trying to make a breakfast hash and sweet potato fits into that perfectly.

I winged this, just as I do with most of my recipes, so there aren’t real measurements, sorry.

For 1 serving I used:

1 small sweet potato, washed and peeled
a small chunk of red onion, chopped
a small handful of corn kernels (I used frozen)
a 1/4 teaspoon or so of minced garlic
a couple of glugs of olive oil
2 eggs

Make some fork holes in the sweet potato and microwave it for a minute to par-cook it. (You can also roast it in 1/2 inch chunks if you prefer.) Cut it into 1/2 inch chunks and set aside. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat, then add in you onions and sweet potato and let it cook for a few minutes. Once the onion is sweating add in your garlic and corn and stir around, letting it all cook together. Meanwhile you can cook your eggs as you please. I decided to soft boil mine so they would be runny but also easy to make. Once your onions are fully cooked and the sweet potato edges get a little crisp you can plate your hash with the eggs on top.

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Some bacon pieces or broken sausage would be excellent additions to this recipe, but I had neither of those on hand, so I went without. It was delicious anyway, and it was an easy and filling meal.

Mmm good.

The Umbrella Man by Roald Dahl

This is the second book of short stories by Roald Dahl that I got in a book order a little while ago. I reviewed the other one called Skin a few weeks ago and now I’ve finished The Umbrella Man.

I liked this book just as much as the other one. The writing that Roald Dahl does is right up my alley: easy to read, interesting plots, and nice prose. He is a very talented author.

For example in one of the stories from The Umbrella Man called “The Way Up To Heaven” there is a woman who is very anxious about being late to things, and she has a husband who purposely increases her anxiety by making her barely on time or even late. The story shows a few instances of this happening and each time my own anxiety level would rise along with the wife’s as her husband delayed her more and more.

It was infuriating but also the sign of a great writer. Dahl makes his characters so relatable and the stories feel so real.

I’ve discovered that Roald Dahl has a whole whack of short story books, so I’ll need to continue to grow my collection and enjoy more of his work.

 

Giggle giggle.

There a lot of political things happening at the moment and instead of pretending I’m informed enough to comment on the happenings of the world I thought I’d share this Bad Lip Reading of Trump’s inauguration. I love this YouTube channel and when I saw this today I thought more people needed to see it.

So watch. Giggle. And enjoy your Thursday.

The Confidant by Helene Gremillon

I bought this book on a whim. It was in the $2 section of Chapters and I’m glad I did. I probably won’t read it again, but it was a nice easy read with a fresh plot.

I was able to relate to most of the characters and my opinions of them changed as I read about them from different perspective, a mark of a good writer. And the prose flowed nicely to keep me turning the pages.

The plot, while interesting and fresh, was a bit predictable, all the way until the last couple pages, and them BAM: didn’t see that twist coming.

I think this book is worth a read, and was definitely worth the $2 I spent on it.