Beef Soup

I love cooking, and I have promised to post some of my recipes.

This is something my mama used to make us every winter. I love it so much.

Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 5 stalks of celery
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 parsnips
  • 4 potatoes (peeled)
  • 1 pound of stewing beef, or any type of beef
  • 8 cups of beef broth
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp orageno
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 bay leaves

This recipe serves about 12, which works for me because I live with four other people. Make some adjustments if needed.

I cook this in my crock pot, and I’m able to cook everything inside the pot of the crock pot. If anything you might need to use another pot to cook everything in.

Directions

  1. Peel and wash the carrots, parsnips, and potatoes.
  2. Next slice them into smaller pieces.
  3. Wash and slice celery, onions, and garlic.
  4. Cut the beef into smaller pieces.
  5. Heat up the crock pot, or cooking pot on medium-heat. When hot enough, begin browning the beef. Add a bit of salt and pepper
  6. When it’s no longer pink, add the onions, and garlic
  7. Let that cook for five minutes.
  8. Add celery and let that cook for another three minutes.
  9. Add carrots, parsnips, and potatoes, let that cook for five minutes.
  10. Add the spices, and Worcestershire sauce.
  11. I actually use 4 beef bouillons, and eight cups of water. Although I add the water first, and let it get hot, before adding the cubes.
  12. Give it a taste test, and sure you are satisfied.
  13. Add in your bay leaves.
  14. I would recommend that you let it cook on low for at least six hours, you can even do eight, or ten hours, if you have the time. Although if you are pressed for time, you can cook on high for four hours.
  15. Once done, remove bay leaves, and serve immediately!

Top Ten Tuesdays #10

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

The rules are simple: Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.Everyone is welcome to join but please link back to The Artsy Reader Girl in your own Top Ten Tuesday post.

This week’s topic is Non-Bookish Hobbies. This post is to help us get to know each other. The list of hobbies should not be books or reading related.

  1. Cooking
  2. Watching movies and TV shows
  3. Listening to music
  4. Travelling
  5. Playing games on my phone
  6. Hanging out with family and friends
  7. Practicing yoga
  8. Making scrapbooks, and other art projects (painting, colouring, etc.)
  9. Relearning French
  10. Studying astrology and Tarot cards

I would love to read all about your hobbies in the comments. 🙂

October Preview

Okay, so I have thought of four simple goals that I want to work this month. I know there are many habits I want to obtain, but for now I will be focusing on three things to work on. By doing these four things, it will give momentum to add more goals and habits to my routine. The best part is that these are really small changes into my routine.

Goal Number One
I want to complete a Sudoku puzzle* every day. I remember wanting to do this for a long time now. My Grandparents used to do one every day, in hope that it would help my Grandma with her memory since she has Parkinson’s Disease, which then progressed into dementia. She is doing alright now, but my Grandpa thinks that she isn’t going to get any better, so her not getting any worse is good. I was inspired by Grandparents to complete this one goal. I finished my puzzle today.

*There are logical puzzles where you have to place numbers 1 through 9 in each row, column, and box, without duplicating any numbers. It tests your patience and logical, but it can really calming and relaxing, at least that’s how I feel.

Goal Number Two
I would like to add 20 minutes into my day being more spiritual by practicing meditation and yoga. Although I would start by doing 10 minutes of yoga, and hopefully 10 minutes of meditation (practicing meditation at the beginning can be challenging, but once you start practicing more frequently, you start improving). I’ll try this one later tonight.

Goal Number Three
Set at least 30 minutes reading every day. I have been this, but it hasn’t been every day. If I read every day it wasn’t for 30 minutes like I had hoped. By reading for 30 minutes I would be spending less time doing something else, like watching TV. This habit will help me keep my mind active.

Goal Number Four
This one is going to be challenging, but my boyfriend and I are only going to have take away twice this whole month. Not only will this help us by spending less money, but it ensure that we are eating healthier. This goal ripples into other aspects of my life, too. And I am willing to share with you my recipes, too.

I am quite happy with these goals. I’m going to be documenting my goals in a bullet journal.

My blog posts are going to remain the same, but I was thinking about writing more personal posts. In order to do that I may be getting rid of Eckhart Tolle Fridays to accommodate writing more personal posts. But if everything those posts may return at a later date.

What are your goals and anything you wish to accomplish this month?

French Onion Soup

As promised, I am posted a recipe that I made not too long ago. And since it’s Autumn, which is Soup Season! I’ll be posting some soup recipes in the upcoming weeks. This season I vow to make and eat new soup recipes. I love trying new foods.

Here is my chicken noodle soup recipe, threeyellowdaisies.ca/2020/06/16/chicken-noodle-soup-4/

French Onion soup is a really easy recipe. What I like about making it, is a lot of ingredients are already on hand. I always have onions and spices it requires.

Ingredients
8-10 small onions, or 6 large ones
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
Salt and pepper
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons of thyme
2 teaspoons of basil
2 teaspoons of parsley
2 teaspoons of oregano
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
6 beef bouillon cubes
12 cups of water
1 cup of Sherry (optional)
Bay Leaves
French baguette
Gruyere cheese, shredded

Directions
1. Slice the onions in circular shapes
2. In large pot, or in your crock pot bring to melt the butter
3. Once melted, add the onions. Make sure your onions caramelized, usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes to become a golden brown
4. If you like to cook this in a crock pot, now is the time to transfer everything into your crock pot
5. Once everything has transferred into your crock pot, you can start making the broth
6. By using the same pot you had used to caramelize your onions, you help deglaze your pot, ensuring you have all of the amazing flavours of the spices in your soup.
7. Bring the 12 cups of water to a boil
8. Add all of your spices
9. Once the water is boiled, add your beef bouillons
10. Once dissolved you can transfer the broth to the crock pot
11. You can allow this to cook on low for 8 to 12 hours, or on high for 5 hours, although this is the best soup to slow cook, so I always prefer to slow cook
12. When the soup is ready to be served, you can begin to shred some cheese to place on your baguette. I like to butter the baguette with garlic butter
13. If you have any ovenproof bowls, you can serve your soup in that, and place your baguette on top. Allow it to broil for 3-4 minutes.
14. If you don’t have any ovenproof bowls you can let the baguette broil on a baking sheet. Cut in portions to place on top of the soup.

Chopped onions
Onions with the spices
Final product of the soup.

My crock pot has a setting that lets me sautee and brown my ingredients, so I don’t necessarily have to use another pot to cook my meats, or sautee anything and then transfer everything over into my crock pot.

I am so happy because next time I make this again, I will be able to use my French Onion Soup Bowls that my mama gave me. I am so excited! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesdays #1

Hey, everyone! I am excited to partake in my first Top Ten Tuesdays.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This blogger would assign a new list every week. Although she does say that it is okay to not have a list of 10, if you can’t find 10 books. This week’s theme is books that make you hungry. It could have food on the cover, have food in the title, have some recipes, or mention food in the book.

So, without further ado, here is my list…

10. Cooking Up A Business

I originally bought this with the intention of perhaps wanting to open our restaurant one day, but our goals have changed over the years. And the way things are going, it’s almost like the restaurant service/industry is almost a dying business.

9. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I enjoy reading this book, because I love drinking tea, and hosting tea parties. This book makes me hungry of their tea parties, and how she eats a magical cake to make herself grow.

8. James and the Giant Peach

This was my sister’s favourite Roald Dahl’s favourite, so growing up this was also my favourite book, too. I always had to be like my sister. But now that I have explored into my own self. I actually really enjoy BFG (Big Friendly Giant), and Matilda.

7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

I absolutely loved this book growing up, too. I also love chocolate, who doesn’t?!

6. The Chef

I got this book for my boyfriend. He really enjoyed it. It’s all revovles around a food truck owner. And there’s even recipes included from the food truck menu. It’s mostly Mardi Gras food, so that would be fun to make one day.

5. Eat Pray Love

This book always makes me hungry. She travels to Italy, so she consumes a lot of pasta, and they even have gelato (ice cream) for breakfast. I can empathize with her because she mentions how she has been gaining weight since she first traveled out there.

4. CRAVE!

I enjoy buying and using cooking books. I bought this one because it’s all about comfort food. I love making comfort foods, it is one of the best things to make.

3. Desserts

Because stressed spelt backwards is desserts. I enjoy baking, too. I love making chocolate chip cookies, and I would love to master brownies.

2. Potatoes

I love making potatoes because there are so many different ways to cook and bake them. The possibilities are endless.

  1. Soups

My favourite thing to cook is soups. I am so happy that soup season is upon us. I’m going to try various soups this season.

Through the Pages

I was dusting off my bookshelf and I was inspired by how much of a variety of books I have, so I thought of several cool ideas for this post.

I wanted to see if I can spell out my name with the starting letters of the books, my name is Julianne. Unfortunately I don’t have any books that start with the letter J, so I improvised with Dear John. It is the closest thing I could find.

The books I picked are…

J for Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
U for Unfu*ck Yourself by Gary John Bishop
L for Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
I for I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
A for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Other Tales by Lewis Carroll
N for Never Too Late by Gail Vaz-Oxlade
N for The Now Effect by Elisha Goldstein, PhD
E for East Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

A book that takes place in my country. I live in Canada, so I picked Anne of Green Gables written by Lucy Maud Montgomery. This book takes place in Prince Edward Island, which is somewhere I would love to travel to. My boyfriend and I were planning on going there this summer, but the whole Covid-19 pandemic sort of ruined our plans, although we’ll definitely rearrange our plans so we can visit there. I cannot wait!

Places I would to travel to… Denmark.
Well I would like to travel to other places, but I was trying to use as many books as I can. Denmark is known to be one of the happiest countries in the world, so I am so excited to travel there. I found this book quite helpful to feel cozy and enjoy the simple things in life.

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

Places I have traveled to… New York and North Carolina. The Fantastic Beasts takes place in New York, whereas Safe Haven takes place in North Carolina.

A book where I can relate to one of the characters the most. I would say I am like Hermione Granger. I love her, I even dressed up as her for Halloween a couple of times. I can relate to her since we are both book smart people, and we love reading.

A book that is about school or takes place at a school.

A book that turned into a movie. I picked Matilda, because I must have watched the movie a million of times growing up. My Dad would take my sister and myself to the video store, and this was our choice all the time.

A book with a number. I picked 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain. I haven’t read it yet, but what interested me in buying this book was that it encourages us to unplug at least one day a week. That is something I would like to do.

A book about poetry. These are actually my two favourite poetry books. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein was something that was always read to me at school. The Sun and her Flowers is something I have found not too long ago, I really enjoyed it.

A book about a TV show, I picked Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham, who played Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls. She was one of my favourite characters, and she even inspired me to go to Business school.

A book about my future career. I know that I want to obtain a degree in accounting, but I haven’t actually decided which career to pursue with it. There’s a lot I can do with an accounting degree. I know that I will figure it out in time, so I’m not worried. I also haven’t had experience in every aspect of accounting in my studies yet. My uncle is an accountant, too so he is also recommends that I pursue my Masters in Business Administration.

A book from a different time period. I have picked Little House in the Big Woods from The Little House in the Prairies series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This book is special to me since my mama and I used to read this all the time.

A book about my favourite hobby, which is cooking. One of my specialties is cooking soups, chicken noodle soup is my go to soup. I actually learned to make it by tasting it, and figuring what to add next. I am quite proud of myself.

Writing Wednesdays – My Grandparents’ House

Every Wednesday, I try to write a new piece of whatever I am feeling. Although it was actually supposed to be for a short story of mine. Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to focus on that idea, right now, but I will definitely make time for it soon.

Because my Grandparents are about to celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary over the weekend, it makes me think of all of the fun times we shared at their place. Their house was always my favourite place to be at, aside from own house. A few years back, they had to sell their house because they had to move into a retirement home, since it was getting to be too much on my Grandpa to take care of my Grandma. I’m grateful that they are able to stay together in their retirement home.

My grandparents’ house is nice and cozy. We even had a guest room for our sleepovers. Our Grandpa always went to bed first, and we got to stay up watching a movie with Grandma. Then when the movie was over, our Grandma would always say a prayer to us, and tell us jokes before we went to sleep.

My Grandma might not have a spacious, open concept kitchen, but she was still able to make delicious meals and desserts. My Grandma used to make the best cherry cheesecake, butter tarts, and dates squares. My Grandma loved cooking, but because she has Parkinson’s Disease, her hand tremors, so I would help her make dinner, when my Dad and I visit them every Friday. I would help her slice carrots. My Grandparents would invite my sister, and parents over all of the time for roast beef, carrots, and mashed potatoes with her amazing gravy. Of course, my Grandma would make us dessert, too. It was always a fun night.

Since her hand tremors, I got to help her write her Christmas cards to everyone. I liked that a lot.

My sister and I would have a lot of sleepovers there, and sometimes our younger cousin would stay with us, too. We even built a fort in the dining room with lots of blankets. I remember sleeping over there during the Easter weekend, and we got to go on a scavenger hunt for chocolate eggs all throughout their house. It was a lot of fun, because it was me, and my two younger cousins, but my Grandma only had two beds in the guest room. So my uncle pushed the beds together and we slept lengthwise, so we can all fit on the beds.

They also had a cottage where we would go there, every year. They would always took us to the beach and the ice cream shop nearby. I miss visiting them in their house and cottage. My Grandparents lived in that house my whole childhood, until a few years ago.

My sister and I always had a lot of fun hanging out with our Grandparents. I wish I could turn back the time, and have one more sleepover there.

What makes it hard during the pandemic is that I can only talk to them on the phone, and not see them or get big hugs from them, at this moment. I can’t wait to give them the biggest hug ever when I see them again.

Chicken Noodle Soup

My roommate, who is my boyfriend’s friend asked me to make us chicken noodle soup, because he loves when I make it. And who doesn’t love chicken noodle soup?! My ingredients make about 10 servings, so you can increase or decrease your ingredients.

Ingredients

3 chicken breasts (or more depending on how many people there are), although you can make this with any type of chicken (thighs, leftover rotisserie chicken)

2 onions

6 carrots

6 potatoes

4 stalks of celery

Garlic

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

1 tsp Oregano

Basil leaves

Bay leaves

1 tsp Parsley

Chicken bouillon cubes and water or chicken broth

Rotini pasta noodles

Ingredients are ready to go!

Directions

  1. Peel the carrots and potatoes
  2. Wash and cut them. I cut my potatoes in eighths, and my Grandma taught me to slice carrots on angle, so the sugars stay in tact.
  3. Thoroughly rinse your celery, and begin chopping into small pieces.
  4. Begin dicing the onions. My tip is after you remove the outer skin, I like to run it under cold water before slicing it. I feel like that prevents your eyes from watering.
  5. After that I begin cutting my chicken, although others may have their own methods of slicing and cooking the chicken.
  6. I begin heating up my crock pot. When heated, I add olive oil and wait a few minutes to add the chicken. Once the oil is hot enough, I place the chicken in my crock pot. I then season it with salt and pepper.
  7. When it is no longer pink, I add the onions and garlic.
  8. Once the onions and garlic become fragrant, I add the celery. Be sure to move everything around after you added a new ingredient.
  9. I begin adding in all of my spices (except for the bay leaves).
  10. I add the potatoes and carrots, and let that cook for a few minutes
  11. Add in the water. I use six cubes of chicken bouillon, so I have to add 12 cups of water. Once the water is boiling, I add the cubes.
  12. Once the cubes dissolved, I give everything a final stir, before I add a handful of bay leaves.
  13. I program my crock pot on low for eight hours (or you can even set it on low for five hours, if you are pressed for time), or on high for four hours.
  14. After it has cooked for its programmed time, I add about 2 cups of noodles. I do my final taste test, to ensure the broth is just perfect. Now is the perfect time to make any adjustments. If you added too much salt, you can add a few drops of lemon juice, or a couple of squeezes of a lemon in the soup. Or if you feel like there isn’t enough spices, feel free to add more. The acidity of the lemon removes the salty taste. Cook on high for 30 minutes.
  15. After the 30 minutes are up, it is ready to go.
  16. Discard the bay leaves.
  17. Serve with some dinner rolls or crackers, if desired.
Cooking up the chicken, celery, onions and garlic.
Carrots, potatoes and spices are added! Picture before the broth is prepped.
The final product after our first serving.
My scrumptious bowl of soup!

Ratatouille

Hi again! Today, my boyfriend and I made ratatouille. It is such a delicious meal. It is all vegetables so it’s also healthy for you as well.

Ratatouille is a stew that originated from Nice, France, and it is the perfect summer dish.

We normally make this in the oven, but today we made it in our crock pot. I will provide the instructions if you don’t have a crock pot below.

Ingredients

1 medium eggplant

2 zucchini

3 stalks of celery

3 bell peppers (yellow, orange and red), although you could add a green pepper if you like, but this is what I had on hand, at the time.

1 tomato

2 onions

Garlic

Pasta sauce, or diced tomatoes, your preference

Basil

Orageno

Parsley

Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Wash all of your vegetables.
  2. Start chopping all of the vegetables.
  3. My crock pot allows me to fry up my ingredients before I begin to slow cook my food. So I began to preheat my crock pot. If you don’t have a crock pot, a frying pan works fine, too.
  4. Once preheated, I added the oil and wait for it to heat up, before I added the onions and celery.
  5. Next, I began frying up the onions, once fragment, I added the garlic and celery.
  6. Add about a teaspoon of each spice (basil, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper).
  7. Once evenly coated, I add the eggplant, and allow that to fry up a bit.
  8. After that I added the sauce and tomatoes or you can substitute for just diced tomato.
  9. Finally I added the bell peppers.
Since I bought a huge eggplant, my boyfriend sliced them in quarters.
I diced the bell peppers.
My boyfriend sliced the tomatoes since they would shrink when they are cooking.
I thinly sliced up the zucchinis in slices.
My boyfriend diced up two onions.
I forgot to take a photo of the chopped up celery, but at least it is in this photo. The finished touches of dinner.
The crock pot settings I used are Brown to 15 minutes on low temperature. This is what I used to heat up the vegetables.
In here I added the olive oil, onions, garlic, celery, spices, eggplant, and the zucchinis. In that exact order.
This is what it looked like after adding the sauce, tomatoes and bell peppers.

Cover it for four hours on high or six hours on low.

The finished touch!
Bon appetite!

If you don’t have a crock pot, it’s a very similar process. Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. You still cook your onions, garlic and celery in the frying pan. You can even heat up your sauce with the onions if you like. In a oven safe tray, coat the bottom of it with olive oil and a little sauce (enough to just cover the bottom of the tray). You can also get decorative about how you place each vegetable in the tray., totally up to you. I’ve always done a pattern. I would place it on the outside of the tray, and work my to the centre of the tray. Top off with the remaining sauce or diced tomatoes. Cover the dish with aluminium foil and cook for 45 minutes. Or you can cook it for 35 minutes, uncover and shred cheese on top and broil for 10 minutes, if desired.

Some recipes allow you to cook this in frying pan, if you prefer that instead. What I love about this recipe is the many options you can cook this dish. And you can add many different vegetables. Feel free to add your own pizzazz to this. It’s one of those dishes where you can express your creativity. It’s also a good dish to use up your vegetables if they are about to go bad.

It’s a tasty vegetarian dish, too or even one to have on Meatless Mondays.

I love having a baguette or some dinner rolls with this dish.

Day Five

Today is about thankful for a special skill or talent that you have, but not a lot of people have. Or just any skill that you are happy to have.

It can be anything from the ability to read, to speak another language or to cook great food.

Whatever the skill you think about, write about why you are thankful, write or think about who taught you this skill. Say thank you out aloud, or call this person up, expressing your thankfulness.

For me, that skill that I’m most happy to have is reading. It has the ability to calm me down, allow me to “travel” into another world. Especially I have to put my plans on hold because because of the coronavirus lockdown. This time will give me more time to save up more money. The person who made me fall in love with books is my sister. She is three years older so she knew how to read and always read us stories before we went to bed. She always had the best books.