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I like to cook. 

And I LOVE cookbooks ( to be fair I love all books) 

Some are better than others, some are weeknight inspiration, some are special occasion inspiration, some are if I had all day and no laundry and a cleaning lady inspiration.

Sometimes ( because I have been making dinner FOREVER) I just wing it.

I bought a new cookbook this summer that was written by 2 Canadians. I have been following them on social media for a while, I made 2 of their recipes this week. I also winged a beef stew and made some scones from a recipe on Pinterest. 

I am not a novice cook. It is just so much nicer to use a book or a picture or a blog when I’m planning my grocery list. Or after I’ve been to the market and I have a trunk load of awesomeness to find some direction to go in. I may cook chicken twice a week, but it ain’t the same chicken.

This week it felt like there were more misses than hits πŸ˜”

These Peach Pie Scones with vanilla glaze were all levels of awesome!! I made mine with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and buttermilk instead of double cream. I had one pretty soon after it came out of the oven and it was sooooo good I skipped the icing.

I bought ingredients for a beef stew ( it’s been feeling so cool in the mornings and evenings) and then couldn’t remember where I saw it πŸ™„ I have made this one before (Beef Stew )and it was really good but I forgot about it ( that’s the problem with Pinterest) I have Martha Stewart’s One Pot cookbook 

and there is a Beef and Barley Soup recipe so I worked with that. It was good and it was really good the second day!!! So basically a hit.

The trouble came when I made the White Fish and Pea chowder 

It was bland and runny and really not worth the effort. Although B took it for lunch twice because he would rather eat it than a wrap. So that’s the benchmark of rock bottom, if he would rather eat a wrap then you know it’s awful.

Next batch of trouble was with some biscuits I made to go with the second day stew. I got the recipe from the new cookbook 

I had all the ingredients ( who has spelt flour? πŸ™‹πŸ») and πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Beckett wouldn’t eat his ( this kid eats just about everything except wraps) 

I tried serving them at breakfast warmed up with jam, still πŸ‘ŽπŸ»πŸ‘ŽπŸ»

Obviously 2 recipes do not mean the whole book is bad but I’m not off to a good start.

This morning while I wait to hear how our Honda Pilot is ( lights came on, wouldn’t start, blah, blah πŸ’ΈπŸ’ΈπŸ’Έ) I made 

Healthy Chai Spice Chocolate Chip Zucchini Loaf and it’s a winner no matter what those judgemental people I live with say