Saturday, 26 January 2013

Cabbage Rolls

Thanks to my daughter razzing me about not making international/cultural dishes, my repertoire of recipes has greatly expanded!  I have gone through phases of trying something new, but usually fall back quickly on the same-old / same-old.  No more as now... and I have to confess that Pinterest has greatly helped in this area... I frequently create a dish native to another country.  Now, I'm not completely new to cabbage rolls, I did make them YEARS ago - but my daughter just turned 18 and she couldn't remember ever having them so it's been a very long time.  They were delicious and we will be definitely making them periodically for dinner.  There were so many recipes on the internet that I just sort of read them over and then worked with what I had on hand and what we like.

First fry ground beef and ground pork (next time I am going to add cut up sausages, as suggested in one of the recipes I saw, for a bit more kick!) with diced onions and chopped celery... I also added a bit of crushed garlic.  I used a 2 parts beef to 1 part pork ratio.  Cook rice or orzo pasta if you are not a huge fan of rice  Mix the rice/orzo and meat mixture together and add any spices you would like.

Preboil cabbage and seperate the leaves.  Add a scoop of filling in the center of each leaf and roll.  I lined the baking dish with tin foil for easy clean up.

Mix plum tomatoes and tomato soup in a blender and pour over the cabbage rolls.  Some recipes called for just the tomato soup so use what you like best... I used the mixture.

Cover the cabbage rolls with tin foil and bake for 2 hours... then ENJOY!
I forgot to take a picture when they came out of the oven so snapped the one below of the cabbage rolls reheated the next morning ready for hubbie's thermos to take to work for lunch.  They look like a little more sauce could have been used, but he said they were delicious! 
These were really easy to make... the hardest part was getting the core out of the cabbage before boiling it!

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Seasonal Counters

We are in a Deep Freeze!!!  I was so hoping to get outside this week, but so far... it isn't happening... and with the forecast, maybe we'll be able to get out next Monday.  My crew have been busy working on addition problems to 12 and we will soon be starting subtraction so I decided to create these cute little seasonal counters that they can use as math manipulatives to help solve their equations.


Friday, 18 January 2013


It's Friday!!!  It's been a very busy year so far, and my little group of sponges are keeping me on my toes!  I'm hoping to get some down time to make more games for the children to practice their newly acquired skills and knowledge.  I recently created this game for them to identify the vowels in the CVC words... ENJOY. 


Monday, 14 January 2013

Chicken Fried Rice

I have to confess, I am not a big fan of rice so I was not particularly impressed when hubbie wanted to get a rice cooker last year.  I have since changed my opinion!!!  They are so easy to use and I can literally toss just about anything in there to create a rice dish.  Here is my version of chicken fried rice and it was DE-LI-CIOUS!!!

I used 5 cups on the rice cooker
Add the water to the line on the rice cooker before adding the vegetables and soup mix
toss in veggies of choice - (frozen broccoli, frozen mixed asian vegetables or mixed vegetables, fresh diced celery, etc)
2 or 3 packages of lipton onion soup mix - (depending on taste preference... I used 3)
soya sauce

When the rice is almost done, stir in diced precooked chicken - I make this dish after having chicken breasts the night before so just cook extra to make the CFR for the next day.  I also tossed in a can of whole mushrooms at this point.  Cover and let it continue to cook until done.

You will have to watch the rice cooker as I find it doesn't always shut off when it should when making a dish like this, but it is so easy... toss it in, keep an eye on it every 10 minutes or so - and ENJOY.  Clean up is simple and this tastes great the next day, freezes well, and packs well in a thermos for lunches!  You can always make vegetable rice by simply not adding the chicken for a vegetarian dish or as a side dish to your meal.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Winter Time!

Brrrr - we are in a deep freeze... I think these little critters would feel right at home!  Enjoy this new creation made with the adorable penguins purchased from DJInkers.