Easy Weekend Egg Muffins

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I love the versatility of eggs. There are numerous ways to prepare them and anything goes! From adding them raw in protein shakes, to a variety of cooked possibilities, they are the ultimate food that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as snacks.

 

 

But, taking the time in the morning to prepare egg recipes that the whole family will enjoy can be challenging. So in an effort to simplify the morning chaos, I like making these egg muffins to accommodate everyone’s egg preferences.

Here’s how you can make them too.

 

Ingredients

♦ 6 eggs

♦ 1/2 cup frozen hashbrowns (cubed)

♦ 1/2 cup chopped green pepper

♦ 1/2 cup chopped ham

♦ Grated cheddar cheese

♦ Salt & pepper to taste

 

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Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 325°F.

Spray bottom of tin muffin tray with cooking spray.

Add 4-5 hash browns in the bottom of each muffin cup.

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Crack one egg in each muffin cup or whisk eggs in a bowl and distribute the egg mixture evenly in the muffin cups.

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Add chopped green pepper and ham on top.

Top with cheese.

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Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from muffin tray while still warm.

 

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Whether your family members like their eggs runny or hard, plain or packed with vegetables, you can make large quantities of individualized egg muffins and keep everyone happy.

 

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You can also make extras to keep as leftovers. They can be easily microwaved on hectic weekday mornings for a quick healthy breakfast.

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Rediscovering Acadian Cuisine at Chez DesLauriers

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Chez DesLauriers restaurant opens its doors every summer to serve authentic Acadian lunches.

 

The charming tearoom, originally a heritage home built in the 1800s, is located near Pomquet beach at the top of a hill overlooking St. George’s Bay.

 

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The establishment is run by the Pomquet development society volunteers who gather every Friday to prepare traditional Acadian meals.

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The menu features various Acadian favorite dishes including fish cakes, pâté and fricot, to name a few. And most of the meals are gluten-free!

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Melt-in-your-mouth traditional Acadian fish cakes

 

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Chicken, turkey and pork pâté (meat pie) with cranberry sauce

 

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Fricôt, an Acadian staple, is chicken stew with potatoes and dumplings

 

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Delicious seafood chowder

 

Every meal includes coffee or tea and a dessert too!

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Ginger cake with lemon sauce

 

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Strawberry shortcake made with fresh local strawberries

 

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Caramel pudding topped with fresh whipped cream

 

Chez DesLauriers also hosts lobster roll dinners in the Fall.

Click here for the complete menu. If you’re pressed for time, you can always purchase your meal on site and take it to go, within minutes.

However, I highly recommend sticking around and experiencing more than just the food, as there are other fun things to do:

 

♦ Discover the hiking trails

There are many beautiful coastal and inland hiking trails to enjoy – the views are breathtaking!

 

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♦ Visit the Interpretive Centre

The local Interpretive Center offers captivating cultural and historical pieces.

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A hand-held turnip seeder

 

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♦ Check out le petit marché

The petit marché, small market, has merchandise and souvenirs for purchase.

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♦ Home-made treats

Before heading out, buy a few home-made baked goods from Mrs. Patsy Doiron of Nanny’s Country Cooking

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So be sure to drop in Chez DesLauriers this summer!

This is the perfect place to be on a hot sunny day. Delectable food, relaxing atmosphere and wonderful hosts.

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Have You Tried Fiddleheads?

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I’ll be honest, I had never heard of fiddleheads until I moved to Nova Scotia. I would see them every spring in the produce aisle of the grocery store, but just kept on walking by and hadn’t purchased them, until now. I finally decided to try them and see what this seasonal delicacy is all about.

Quick Overview

Fiddleheads are edible ferns. They are immature fern fronds harvested in spring, during the early stage of their development when they are tightly coiled and resemble a fiddle’s scroll (the upper end of the instrument), hence the name fiddlehead.

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Fiddlehead season is extremely short, usually April and May.wild fiddleheads

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It only takes a few days before the fronds start to unravel and the plant develops into a mature fern.

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There are many varieties of ferns, but the ones harvested on the East coast are the ostrich ferns, which fan out to resemble ostrich feathers once fully grown.

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Nutritional Value

Fiddleheads offer a lot of nutritional value.

They are rich in

  • omega-3 fatty acids
  • omega-6 fatty acids
  • vitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • potassium
  • iron
  • fibre

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Safety Precautions

Not all wild ferns are edible. Some types are toxic. Although ostrich ferns can easily be spotted in woodlands, unless you can identify them with absolute certainty, best not to harvest them yourself.

Even edible fiddleheads can cause food poisoning when eaten raw or undercooked.

Always cut browned ends, remove the husk, rinse thoroughly and then boil or steam the fiddleheads for at least 10 minutes before using them in recipes!

Even if you plan on sautéing them, cooking them, frying them, incorporating them in a soup recipe, adding them in a salad or in a smoothieALWAYS boil or steam them first! And NEVER eat them raw!

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Fiddleheads can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.

You can also freeze them and enjoy them year-round. Simply boil or steam first, then blanch, dry and place in freezer bags.

Some grocery stores carry them in the frozen section too.

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Easy Recipes

1. Fiddlehead Salad

Fiddleheads have a unique taste. In order to enjoy their full flavour try eating them as a salad. Delicious!

  • Rinse a handful of fiddleheads thoroughly
  • Boil or steam for 10 minutes
  • Drain
  • Blanch for 2 minutes
  • Drizzle with 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • Add 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Season with salt & pepper

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2. Fiddlehead Omelette

You can really get creative when it comes to cooking with fiddleheads. For example, you can incorporate them in your breakfast.

  • Rinse a handful of fiddleheads thoroughly
  • Boil or steam for 10 minutes
  • Drain
  • Blanch for 2 minutes
  • Sauté fiddleheads in 1 tbsp butter, for 1 minute
  • Add 4 whisked eggs over top
  • Cook until ready
  • Top with bacon bits and cheese
  • Season with salt & pepper

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3. Fried Fiddleheads With Sweet Hummus Sauce

For picky eaters… this recipe is sure to please.

  • Rinse a handful of fiddleheads thoroughly
  • Boil or steam for 10 minutes
  • Drain
  • Blanch for 2 minutes
  • Beat 1 egg
  • Dip the fiddleheads in egg one by one
  • Coat them with breadcrumbs
  • Fry fiddleheads for 2 minutes in hot oil
  • Place on paper towel to remove excess oil
  • Serve with sweet hummus sauce

Sweet hummus sauce

  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • Mix hummus and honey together until smooth

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If you haven’t tasted fiddleheads yet, then I hope these recipes will encourage you to try them out!

Happy cooking 😀

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Creamy Rice Pudding

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Having warm rice pudding on a cool almost-spring day is very comforting. With Easter in mind, a few tiny chocolate egg decorations can turn this old classic into a delightful festive treat.

 

 

 

Ingredients

♦ 1 cup rice

♦ 2 cups water

♦ 2 cups milk

♦ 1/3 cup sugar

♦ 1 tsp vanilla

♦ Small chocolate eggs

 

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Instructions

Combine rice and water in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil.

Cover and reduce heat until rice is cooked.

Add milk, sugar and vanilla.

Simmer on low heat until the mixture thickens and looks creamy, about 15 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Serve warm or let cool and top with tiny chocolate Easter eggs.

 

Enjoy!

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Easter Bunny Brownies

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Looking ahead to Easter, I’m sharing this simple dessert idea your kids will love.
It’s cute and can be used to top off any brownie recipe of your choice.

Ingredients

A basic chocolate brownie cake or regular cake recipe (or click here for one of my recipes).
12 pretzel chips
A tube of white icing (for the bunny face)
Dark chocolate sprinkles (for the whiskers)
Round dark and white chocolate sprinkles (for the eyes and nose)

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Instructions

Prepare chocolate brownie mixture
Pour cake mixture into a 9″ by 11″ rectangular pan
Place the pretzels on top of the cake mixture an inch a part
Bake the cake as usual
Remove cake from oven and let cool completely
Fill in each pretzel with the icing to form the bunny faces
Add sprinkles for the eyes, whiskers & nose
Cut between each bunny to make individual squares

Enjoy!

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Caribbean Pasta Salad

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Looking ahead to Spring and BBQ season, this Caribbean salad goes perfectly alongside any meat or fish dish.
A simple pasta salad with a lovely sweet-and-tangy taste.
Try it, I’m sure you’ll like it too.

Ingredients

1 lb rotini pasta
2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/4 sliced black olives
1 cup diced cooked ham
1 cup pineapple chunks
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 tsp salt

Instructions

Cook pasta until al dente
Meanwhile prepare the dressing:
In a small bowl, whisk mayonnaise and condensed milk together
Stir in the remaining ingredients
Rinse cooked pasta under cold water and drain well
Place pasta in a salad bowl and pour dressing over top
Mix well and chill for 1 hour before serving

Enjoy!

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Homemade Granola Bars

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What do you do when you have a bunch of close-to-expiry-date grains, nuts and dried fruit?
Chewy granola bars!

Here’s my recipe (no baking required)

🌼 Ingredients

•1 cup rolled oats
•1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
•1/4 cup raisins •1/4 cup dried cranberries
•1/4 cup slithered almonds
•2 tbsp sunflower seeds
•1 tbsp sesame seeds
•3/4 honey
•1 tsp vegetable oil

🌼 Instructions:

•Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl
•Mix honey and oil together
•Pour honey and oil mixture to the dry ingredients
•Mix well until blended nicely
•Add mixture in a pan lined with parchment paper
•Press down firmly
•Refrigerate overnight
•Cut the granola bars into desired shape (side note: since these are not baked you’ll have to store them in the fridge to maintain their shape)

🌼 Enjoy!

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Valentine’s Day Marble Heart Sugar Cookies

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These colourful marble heart sugar cookies are easy to make and perfect for Valentine’s Day.

All you will need are sugar cookie dough and red food colouring.

Prepare your sugar cookie dough as usual and roll it out.
Then add a few red drops of food colouring on it.

Round up the dough to form a ball. Then roll it our again

Isn’t it pretty?
Proceed by cutting out the hearts with cookie cutters, then bake the cookies as usual.

And a few minutes later… tada!

Beautiful marble Valentine’s Day sugar cookies the whole family will enjoy.

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Using the same technique, you can make colourful marble patterned sugar cookies with other themes in mind like…

Marble Easter Sugar Cookies

For these cute Easter themed cookies use a few drops of red and blue food colouring. Knead gently, roll out the dough and make desired shapes using cookie cutters.

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If your little ones are into Jurassic World, try making these:

Camouflage dinosaur sugar cookies

For this camouflage pattern use red, green, blue and yellow food colouring. The key is to not overwork the dough once you add the drops of colour, otherwise you will end up with an overall khaki colour instead of marble-like motif.

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Or try making these Christmas trees with green, blue and red food colouring:

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Chocolate Filled Puff Pastry Hearts

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Frozen puff pastry is such an inexpensive and practical hack that can be used to make quite impressive desserts. I love how these chocolate filled heart pastries turned out. They are delicious and super easy to make. Try making them for Valentine’s Day. Here’s what you will need…

Ingredients:

1 box of puff pastry

1 cup chocolate spread

heart-shaped cookie cutter

icing sugar (optional)

PC butter puff pastry crunchy chocolate hazelnut spread

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Thaw puff pastry according to package directions

Unwrap one of the pastry sheet on a flat surface, but keep the parchment paper beneath it

Spread the chocolate spread evenly onto the sheet

Unroll the second sheet, remove it from the parchment paper and place it over the chocolate

Use the cookie cutters to cut out the hearts

Remove the excess pastry surrounding the heart cutouts

Gently transfer parchment paper with heart cutouts on a cookie sheet

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden

Cool completely

Sprinkle with icing sugar

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Enjoy!
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Chocolate Covered Football Chips

Chocolate covered potato chips are such a delight and easy to make.  If you are a football fan, then this is a great little treat for football nights and any Super Bowl party.

The Lay’s Poppables chips can be conveniently turned into little footballs with a bit of milk chocolate and white icing.

Here’s how…

Ingredients:

1 bag of Lay’s Sea Salt Poppables chips

300g milk chocolate chips

1 tube of white decorating icing

Instructions:

Melt chocolate chips using a double broiler

Add the Poppables in the chocolate and mix until covered completely

Remove the chips one by one with a toothpick and line them up on a plate

Refrigerate for 20 minutes to allow for the chocolate to set

Pipe white icing on top of chips to create the football laces

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