When your cooking is compared to canned goods!

No fancy-schmancy here! In fact, they compared my cooking to canned goods!

Some people like to exaggerate the elegance of a dish they cooked and make it sound fancy. For example, calling pigs in a blanket “cocktail sausages in a delicate puff pastry shell”.I have to overcome the opposite challenge: my family is suspicious of any “fancy” sounding dish I present.


I find myself downplaying the name of any new recipe just to ensure that they will actually give it a chance! This is why Nigella Lawson’s delicious Greek Lamb Stew recipe became known as Beef and Pasta! I switched the lamb for beef because lamb is not welcomed at our house. However, I did not expect that the recipe would be further humiliated by being compared to Chef Boyardee!!


That is right.


After I  had spent hours on a slow-cooked, wine macerated, herbs enhanced, spoon-tender beef stew with perfectly al dente pasta and the dish gets compared to canned goods. To be fair, apparently, the comment was meant as a compliment!


As such, I present to you Nigella’s original recipe:  


Pictures of my Nigella Boyardee creation:

If you are interested in trying her recipes, I recommend her book: How to Eat.

It remains one of my favorite cookbooks, here is the link for the paperback edition – affiliate links.

How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food (Vintage Classics Anniversary) by [Nigella Lawson]






In Christ,



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After graduating with a Major in Journalism, Mireille’s career path took an unexpected turn away from her beloved pen and paper. It took an equally unexpected turn of events for Mireille to start writing again.After spending many hours (too many!) watching super hero cartoons with her son, she realized that most Christian children are unaware of their superpowers!She set about creating the SuperHolies: the Fruits of the Holy Spirit re-imagined as superpowers to grab the children’s attention and teach them about their faith and its glory.

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