Monthly Archives: March 2012

Spanikopita Saturday!

I know, I know it is St. Patrick’s day and the kitchen should be filled with the aroma of fresh-baked soda bread and a corned beef roasting in the oven but I am just not feeling it today..

For lunch we decided to have Spanikopita.

My mom has been making Spanikopita since we were little and this is a tied and true recipe straight from the greek restaurant she worked at when she was 18.

Lets get started!

Step 1- Prep Ingredients

1. Take phyllo pastry and 2 boxes of chopped out of freezer to thaw.

2. Squeeze any water out of spinach and set aside.

3. Now you see that there are two eggs in the photo but this is one too many then you actually need as I found out the hard way.

4. Chop and sauté your onions, set aside.

5. My local grocer rarely has fresh dill so I have bought a concentrated dill paste. For this recipe I used some herbed feta but it is just as good with plain feta as well.

Step 2- Plain and simple mix it all together

Step 3- Wrap & Roll 


1.Melt some butter to brush pastry with.

2. Brush all sides of phyllo with butter.

3. Place a generous amount of filling in phyllo.

4. Wrap and fold in sides as you go along.

5. Place on parchment lined baking sheet  and brush the tops with butter.

6. Bake in the oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until phyllo is crisp and golden.

7. Serve immediately with tzatziki and a greek or garden salad.

8. EAT!


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You put the lime in the coconut..

Put the lime in the coconut, you drink ’em both together

Put the lime in the coconut, then you feel better ..

Today was a beautiful afternoon in Steveston. My husband and I took a walk on the pier to decide what to make/shop for dinner. We stepped into a local fish store and decided on fresh prawns.


One of my favorite recipes for a sunny day is my beer battered coconut prawns. They are to die for!

Crispy Coconut Lime Prawns

Step 1- An ABSOLUTE must!

Clean your prawns thoroughly! There is nothing worst than biting into a prawn that has not been de-veined. Here is how to do that:

1. Wash and shell prawns leaving only the tails on.

2. Using a small, sharp knife, make a shallow cut along the length of the prawn starting at the tail.

3. Hook your knife under the intestinal track and pull out.

4. Rinse the prawn clean and repeat with white vein on underside if you wish.

Note that leaving the intestinal track in will not harm you, It just tends to be visually un appealing and sometimes gritty.

Step 2- Marinate your prawns

1. Mix 1 cup coconut milk, 2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro and the juice of two limes.

2. Add your prawns.

3. Cover and let marinate for 30 mins or more.

Step 3- Coat & Crumb

1. Whisk 3/4 cup of beer with 1 cup of flour.

2. Mix 1 7oz bag of sweetened flaked coconut with 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs.

3. Remove prawns from the fridge and strain coconut milk.

4. Dip prawn in beer/flour mixture.

5. Dredge in coconut/panko mixture, pressing onto prawn.

6. Place on parchment lined baking and freeze for 20 minutes.

Step 4- Wok on!

1. Fill wok or dutch oven with 2-3” of peanut oil and heat to around 350.

2. Preheat oven to 350 and line a plate or baking sheet with paper.

2. Remove prawns from the freezer and lower 3-4 at a time into wok with tongs.

3. Let prawns cook for approx 2 mins or until crispy.

4. Remove prawns from wok and place on paper towl and place in preheated oven to keep warm.

5. Repeat the above steps until all prawns are cooked.

Serve with a fresh salad and as I like it with ranch or maybe a chutney if you prefer.

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Thoughtless Thursday- Pretty in Pink

Please note: I can not take credit for any of the above photos. They are photos I have saved over time and do not have references for them. If one of them is yours please let me know and I would be more than happy to credit it.

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Food Fun!

Tonight was supposed to be Mushroom Meatball Tuesday but I didn’t have a chance to get to the grocery store so we went out to eat instead.

We went to Steveston to have dinner at Diner no.1 .  The diner has a retro feel and the menu reflects that with everything from banana milkshakes to a classic grilled cheese sandwich.

Both Nick and I ordered the Pork Meatloaf Sandwich and it was really great!  The meatloaf was lean and accompanied by BBQ sauce and coleslaw on a toasted bun served with a jumbo pickle wedge and fries.

Following dinner we decided to grab some mini doughnuts at the Outpost Mini Donut Company . These donuts are hands down THE best!  Only a couple of blocks away from the diner this tiny gem is located in the heart of Steveston.

When we arrived at the donut shop we saw the “Shut” sign on the door.Nick and I looked at each other with a pout and turned to walk away when a woman rushed to the door to let us in.  She offered us what she had left and introduced herself and the others to us with welcome arms.. We had a lovely chat and realized that two of the ladies were the owners of the store.  It was so nice to know that they are part of the day-to-day operations and have a true passion for the success of their business.

They have a beautiful shop with a cozy feel and an eye for design. Not to mention, the donuts are FANTASTIC! They melt in your mouth.. We had an assortment of lemon, strawberry, chocolate, powdered and good old cinnamon/sugar.. I loved each and every one of them equally and could not pick one as a favorite.. If you are ever in the area this is a must see/do/EAT!

Good night for now friends!

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