Cooking with Nat

Made peanut butter-banana boat s'mores

Prep: 15min    total: 25min     makes 4 servings




4 bananas, unpeeled


1/4 cup smooth peanut butter


4 graham wafers, coarsely chopped


1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1/2 cup jet puffed miniature marshmallows




Heat barbecue to medium-high heat.


Make deep lengthwise cut along inside curve of each banana, being careful to not cut through to opposite side. Place bananas on centres of 4 large sheets heavy-duty foil.


Open bananas gently; spread evenly with peanut butter. Top with chopped wafers, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Fold foil to make 4 packets.


Grill, filled-sides up, 8 to 10min. or until heated through. Cut slits in foil to release steam before opening packets.


Too rainy for the barbecue?


Make it in the oven. Fill bananas and wrap in foil as directed. Bake in 350F oven 15-20min.


Made Crispy Halibut with Zucchini Saute & Fried Capers.




1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 tsp chili powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

1/4 cup milk

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 cup panko

4 pieces, each 6 oz skinless halibut fillet

3 tbsp canola oil

2 tbsp capers, drained, rinsed and patted dry

1 tbsp olive oil

2 small zucchini, cut on the bias into ovals or halved lengthwise and cut into half-moons

1 cup red and yellow cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

1 tsp chopped garlic

salt and pepper

2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley



1. Preheat oven to 400F

2.Make a dredging station for the fish: combine flour, chill powder and salt in a shallow bowl. Beat egg with milk and Dijon in another bowl, and place panko in the third bowl.

3. Dredge fish first in flour, then  in egg mixture and then in panko to coat.

4. Heat 2 tbsp canola oil in a large frying pan on medium-high heat. Add fish and fry, turning for 2 to 3 minutes or until crumbs are golden. Transfer fish to a baking sheet and bake for 7minutes or until fish is cooked through.

5. Wipe out pan, add remaining 1 tbsp. canola oil and heat on high heat. Add capers and fry for 2 to 3 min or until crispy. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain.

6. Add olive oil to a pan over medium heat. Add zucchini and fry for 1 minute or until just beginning to soften. Add tomatoes and garlic; fry 1 minute longer or until they have begunto release juice. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with parsley and fried capers.

7. Serve fish over zucchini mixture, spooning some sauce over fish.

Made a #CornishPasty with #Watercress, #apple & #Walnut #Salad

(Makes 4 pasties)



3 1/2 cups of all purpose flour

1tsp salt

1/2 cup vegetable shortening, chilled

1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled

1 cup cold water

1 egg, beaten



1lb top sirloin, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 1/2cups potato, peeled and cut into just under 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 cup turnip, peeled and cut into just under 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 cup carrot, peeled and cut into just  under 1/2 inch cubes

1 cup onion, cut into just under 1/2 inch cubes

2 tbsp worcestershire sauce

2 tsp salt

pepper to taste

4 tsp unsalted butter in total: 1 tsp per pastry



1. In a food processor, or by hand, pulse together the flour and salt. Add shortening and butter and pulse until the mixture resembles small, pea-size pieces. Have 1 cup cold water ready. With the processor running, add water to mixture until the dough begins to pull together; add a drop more water if needed, but do not add too much.

2. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead until the dough is uniform. Cut into 4 equal pieces, wrap each with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 375F

4. In a large bowl, stir together beef, potato, turnip, carrot, onion worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.

5. Roll out dough 1 piece at a time. Roll on a floured surface to a circle at least 10 inches wide. Using a dinner plate as a guide helps with cutting.

6. Use a pastry brush to brush some beaten egg around the edges of half the circle. This will help to seal the dough.

7. Place a quarter of the meat mixture in the middle of the circle of dough, top with 1 tsp butter and lift half of the circle up and over the meat. Close the pastry and seal the edges with a fork or by crimping the edges with your fingers. Make sure that the pasty is sealed well.

8. Place pasty on a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat process for the 3 remaining pasties. If a glossy finish is desired, beat an egg with 1 tsp. water and brush over pasties before baking.

9. Bake pasties in oven for 45mins; let rest 5 mins before serving with watercress apple & walnut Salad.


Watercress, Apple & Walnut Salad


1/2 cup walnuts, whole or pieces

6 cups watercress, washed

1/2 cup Granny Smith apples, slivered

2 tsp grainy mustard

2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup vegetable oil



1. Preheat oven to 325F

2. Toast walnuts on a baking sheet for 10mins and once cool, coarsely chop.

3. In a large bowl toss together watercress, apples, walnuts and cider vinaigrette.





Made some irresistible Chewy Chocolate Cookies



6 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

2 eggs

1 1/4 cups sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter. Allow to cool slightly. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together. In another bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla extract until thick and pale. Stir the melted chocolate into the eggs and sugar, followed by the flour.

Drop tablespoons of mixture onto the cookie sheets and bake for 8 to 10minutes. Slide the parchment onto wire rack.


Made Coconut Curry Beef Noodles for dinner this evening.


3 cups Milk

1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut, divided

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 tbsp all-purpose flour

1 tbsp mild curry powder or paste

1tbsp butter

1 lb boneless beef grilling steak, cut in to square pieces

2 cups reduced-sodium beef stock

1/4 cup water

8 oz spaghettini, broken in half

3 carrots

1 Broccoli head

1 red pepper

1 lime, cut into wedges



1. In a measuring cup, whisk together milk, 1/3 cup of coconut, soy sauce, flour and curry powder.

2. Heat a large pot over high heat add half of the butter and swirl to coat pan. Brown beef for about 2mins, adding remaining butter. Transfer beef to a bowl. Stir in beef stock and water, scraping up brown bits stuck to pot. Whisk milk mixture and stir in pasta along with the veggies cut up; Reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring often, for about 8mins or until pasta is almost tender.

3. Stir in beef with any accumulated juices. Cook, Stirring, for about 5min or until heated through. Serve sprinkled with remaining coconut and with lime wedges to squeeze over top.

Prep: 10min  Cook: 20 -25min


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