Soup Sunday: Wonton Soup


Hi All, this Soup Sunday I have a bit of a different soup, something that I had never made before but I really enjoyed!- Wonton Soup

Now I would say that this soup is more of an appetizer soup, as there aren’t very many veggies involved, and fairly small servings of meat, but if you wanted to add some more vegetables to the broth (bok choy? maybe) and a few more wontons per serving than you could make a pretty decent meal out of it!

Wonton Soup

6 cups of chicken broth (I used turkey broth made from boiling the bones of a roast turkey I made the day before)
4 chopped green onions
1/2 a chili pepper, sliced thinly

1/2 pkg of wonton wrappers
1/2 lb of ground pork
1 tsp oriental sesame oil
1 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp ground ginger

Heat the broth in a pot and add the onions and the chili, allowing it to heat up and incorporate the flavours and spice.

Combine the ground pork with the sesame oil, soy sauce and ginger until it is thoroughly mixed. Then make them into your wontons!


To make the wontons:


First wet your wonton wrapper I did this on a plate with water- refilling from a little bowl:

Then you add your meat about 1 tsp (very small amount) don’t overstuff!!:
Then you fold it over on the diagonal and seal the edges by rubbing them down:

Then once the edges are sealed I like to fold them over so they are like little packages:

Keep going until you have a heap of them- although don’t actually pile them all together like I did because they will all stick together!
Then drop them in a pot of boiling water- when they float they are done and you can take them out!
 (as you can see there is a quiche in the background because someone didn’t think that this soup would be enough for their dinner!)
I like to stir them just a little so that they don’t stick to the bottom, but they only take a couple of minutes!

Then you can add them to your soup. I like to portion off the wontons into bowl and then ladle the broth over top.

So tasty!
mmmmmmmmm…
I hope everyone had a wonderfully delicious Sunday like I did! – and I will be back soon with more Christmas posts!
Happy Sunday everyone!
xo erin

Felt Ornaments


This weekend I got into the Christmas spirit!- and I started off with some felt ornaments- aren’t homemade decorations just the best!

I love making these, sitting watching a favourite movie and doing all the little stitches- placing the beads and laying it all out! 
You can get so creative with them too- it is such an easy fabric to work with because it lays flat and doesn’t slide, and there are so many different stitches that you can do. This snow man has lovely little french knot eyes and smile and has a blanket stitch around the edge!
This one might be my fav – with the gold studs and the pink tassel! Festive with flare! – I feel a little nerdy being so into these embroidery stitches, but they do really look nice, and it is so cool how many different stitches you can do so easily! Crafty enthusiasm!! 
These would also be a great gift idea if you personalized them with the name of the person you were gifting them to! just saying…. 
I always like to put the year on the back too- just so I can remember when I made it! I hope this is getting everyone in the Christmas spirit! I know that it got me in the Christmas spirit, and now I’m off to plan more gift ideas, do some decorating and possibly pop a batch of gingerbread into the oven! 
There will definitely be more Christmas themed posts coming soon! 
Happy Holidays- and I hope that everyone is doing their favourite Christmasy things right now! 🙂
xo erin

Not so Soup and not so Sunday: Lasagna on Monday


Only my third Sunday into Soup Sunday and I have already failed. No soup and dunkable companion this week, this week is Lasagna Monday (notice my post title rhymes- I’m just that cool). 

But really- what’s a girl to do when she is craving some cheezy delicious saucy pasta goodness- well make lasagna of course.

I promise the soup will come back next week- but for this week- onto lasagna!

Lasagna

1 lb italian spice sausage meat (out of casings) – alternatively you can use ground beef
1 medium onion (chopped)
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
1/2 of a bell pepper
2 cans of tomato sauce (I use Hunt’s Thick&Rich)
Fresh Basil – just to be fancy

1 very large portabello mushroom -or 2 smaller ones-  thinly sliced

1 pkg of lasagna noodles

4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
1 container of 2% cottage cheese (500g)
1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese

To make the sauce fry the sausage in the bottom of a pot, breaking it up into small pieces.

When the sausage starts to brown, add the onion, garlic and peppers, fry with the sausage until the onions are translucent and the sausage is cooked.

Add the cans of sauce and simmer together for 10 minutes. Then throw on some of your fancy fresh basil.






Meanwhile, boil some water in a large pot and cook the lasagna noodles until just before al dente- still slightly firm.


Now on to the layers- first in the bottom of a casserole dish (I used a 9X13) put down about 3/4 cup of sauce






then a layer of noodles, then a layer of cheese (that I will guestimate at 1 cup of cheese and 1/4 of your container of cottage cheese)






then a layer of noodles, then a layer of sauce topped with a thin layer of the sliced mushrooms





Then you continue on in this ‘noodles-cheese-noodles-sauce&mushrooms’ pattern until your dish is about to overflow- ending your layers with noodles topped with a small amount of sauce and a lot of cheese along with the feta cheese just to give a little something extra. 

I have estimated this out to have 3 cheese layers in the lasagna and then the rest of the cheese on top plus the feta, but if you like more layers you can add more cheese or sauce. I can honestly say that I don’t measure anything for this recipe and these are my best educated guesses and it never turns out exactly the same every time, but it is always delicious.

This is also the time that it is completely appropriate to break out the wine- if you haven’t already.


Then into the oven at 375 for 45 minutes 


obligatory shot of my mom’s fancy new oven (since I was fortunate enough to make this when I went home for the weekend) ohhh ahhh



And yet again more wine- the most essential part of cooking-

Then serve this up with a side salad – just to add the green to your plate – and voila! 





Some seriously delicious dinner right there!

I hope you all have an equally delicious Monday!

xo erin

Silk Top


I must apologize, I have been very late with this post, and I finished this project a little while ago. In fact you have already seen two sneak peaks of this project in my past posts!

(from my sewing room tour) 
(from my Boretski Gallery post)

So I am finally making a post about it! My new silk top! – This top is another Burda World of Fashion (BWOF) project. I went with a slightly more recent edition than my previous BWOF project Bringing Back 2004, opting for the August 2009 issue.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this Parisian inspired section of the magazine and I have already made this beautiful dress a couple years ago with great results!

I wanted to make a top because I feel that tops are a little more wearable than dresses for day to day and I would get more use out of it- so I picked this top- I was a little dubious about the ruffle front, as I am not much of a ruffle person, but I figured I would give it a shot.

I opted for this silk -nice and drapey but also completely opaque with a little body to it. After cutting the pattern out and pinning the pieces on Stella (my dressform) I realized that the ruffles were NOT doing it for me.

After gagging a couple of times at this ruffle I got to some brainstorming- because the top too basic without the ruffle it needed something else-  While searching pinterest for trendy, chic, loose-fitting, silky tops (woah there adjectives!), I decided that a band of colour on the bottom and a front pocket would do the trick! So I pulled out some of my other nice silky fabrics to pick a complimentary one-

I wanted a bright pop of colour so I opted for the top left- which is actually almost a violet in real life.  It was a pretty simple adjustment from the original design- just ditch the ruffle, sew a band to the bottom of shirt pieces, and make a little pocket for the front. 
 The Front
 The Back
I decided to sew the front pocket on by hand, just to be fancy and make sure that it stayed flat because silky fabrics can be tricky. I also liked the effect of having no stitching line with a really clean edge.
I really like how it turned out, it has a nice drape and I think that the pop of colour suits it well!
And (this is for you mom!) I serged ALL the inside seams, oooh la la, look at those beautifully finished inside seams! 

I’ve been getting quite a bit of wear out of this top- I have already worn it out twice since I made it, which is saying a lot because I rarely leave the cocoon that is my apartment, especially since it has been so cold lately.

This is another shot of me at Boretski when I was wearing the top- holding up a necklace I debated buying, while realizing that I am already drowning in so much of my own jewelry – so much swag, I just can’t resist!
Anyways -hope everyone’s sewing projects are going well. I  know that I have a huge line-up for Christmas right now, seeing as I never really think to do any projects before the Christmas rush- I really have to be in the Christmas spirit anyways! 
Back to the sewing cave! 
xo erin

Soup Sundays: Vegetable Beef with Cheddar Biscuits


This Soup Sunday is a classic soup, one of the heartiest, tastiest and warming soups of all- Vegetable Beef-, with one of the tastiest dunkable companions- the cheddar biscuit.

This soup should almost be named the ‘anything and everything’ soup because you can put literally anything and everything in it. Take the ingredient list below as more of general guidelines for vegetables to add to your soup- because you can really add anything that you want!

Vegetable Beef Soup

1 1/2 lbs of stewing beef, cubed
1 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tbsp paprika

2 cups chopped carrots/turnip/potatoes/other root vegetable

2 1/2 cups (or more) of beef stock
1/2 can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup cooked barley
1/2 can of black beans
1/2 cup of chopped brussels sprouts
1/2 cup corn

Sear beef in the bottom of a soup pot. when the outside has browned, add onions and mushrooms, cook until the onions are translucent. Add basil, oregano and paprika coating the meat, onions and mushrooms, fry for 1-2 minutes. 


Meanwhile cook root vegetables in a bit of water in the microwave (to reduce the amount of time it takes to cook in the soup).


Add beef stock, tomato sauce, and root vegetables with water to the meat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add barley, beans, brussels sprouts and corn, then continue to simmer until the meat is tender and the brussels sprouts are cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste- then serve your tasty soup!

Don’t forget to make these dunkable companions to go with it! These are my absolute favourite thing to go with soup- so tender and flaky!

Cheddar Biscuits

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, cold and cubed 
3/4 cup cubed cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk

Mix flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut in the butter, mixing with a pastry blender until it is in little pieces, making a crumb-like texture. Add the pieces of cheese, coating them with the flour mixture, then add the milk and mix until it is just comes together. Spoon onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake at 400°F for 20 – 25 minutes, until lightly brown. makes 12 small biscuits or 6 large biscuits. Serve warm with butter.. mmmmmm.

It has been so nice having soup every Sunday this fall :), and enjoying the leftovers for lunch through the week. Snuggling onto the couch with a mug of soup and a cheese biscuit, watching TV. I have been loving the new season of Downton Abbey- all the accessories they wear- it makes me want to make some beautiful hair pieces. I’ve also been loving a BBC show called The Paradise- the period costumes, the accents – it give me the warm fuzzies.

My other great TV fashion inspiration source (very different from the previous two shows) is Revenge. The ladies (and men) on that show wear the most amazing things,- the nautical themes *swoon*- my fashion fav is Charlotte- she is always just so polished but edgy and fresh- just love it! – And I will definitely be finding some inspiration for future sewing projects from this latest season! Also who can not LOVE Nolan – and pretty much everything he wears and does? 

Anyways, enough of my TV fashion idiols, back to the kitchen- when will we finally invent dishes that wash themselves?

xo erin

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