You know how when you are in the book store, they always seem so darned eager to help you find something? Even when you aren't actually trying to find something? A few weeks back, I was in Chapters having a good browse and I remembered that my friend, the amazing Ceri (pronounced Carrie) Marsh of Sweet Potato Chronicles, was having a cookbook published. I couldn't recall if it was out yet, so I went over to the handy-dandy computer and looked it up. The computer said that it wasn't released, but that the store had them in stock.
Cue the helpful sales fellow.
Long story short - I was able to get my hands on a copy of How To Feed A Family from deep in the "back room" ... a few days early. For someone as hopelessly not-with-the-times as me, I felt deliciously ahead of the curve ... and I can't tell you how much fun it's been to slowly work my way through the recipes (truth be told - I needed to wipe the cover off before taking this picture, because it's already splattered and stained in a few spots).
It really has come as no surprise that Ceri would have success in the food blog/cookbook world. I remember attending a party at her place ... gosh, probably 20 years ago ... and the appies were fantastic! I can't really recall any of the conversations I had, or what I wore, or anything other than the great food ... water chestnuts wrapped in bacon are a distinct and happy memory. Yes, many of my memories are wrapped around food ... I can't be alone in this ...
So far, our overwhelming favourite dish in this book is the Mini-Meatloaves! I have a few meatloaf recipes in my collection, and we are generally big fans - especially on cool, fall nights when we're all in the mood for some comfort food. But I had never made them in a muffin pan before. I thought my teenagers would scoff ... they don't like to eat anything that seems too "kiddish". That said, there's nothing stopping you from just making this recipe into a regular old meatloaf ... but I stuck with the recipe as written.
Here's what I love about this recipe:
1. There's a whole lot of hidden vegetables in here, which your kids won't even notice if you dice them small enough.
2. It's made with ground turkey, which is a nice change from the traditional beef.
3. The teaspoon of fennel seeds makes a mountain of difference! It's a wonderful little flavour boost that has inspired me to add fennel seeds to more things.
4. They are easily freeze-able - music to my busy mama ears!
You can find the recipe HERE.