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21 Mar, 2014

Ingredient du jour: black rice

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

I was browsing the aisles at Bulk Barn when I noticed a barrel full of organic black rice, and I was intrigued. I have eaten wild rice this colour (I confess I don’t like it that much) but never anything like this. I’m no grain aficionado. We usually stick to whiter varieties of regular rice, […]

20 Dec, 2013

Lunch number 541

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Perfection in a bun! This meatball sandwich was made using this cheaty recipe for meatballs. And totally unrelated, this is cracking me up today. Hamburger earmuffs for the win! Share the post “Lunch number 541″ FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a “will they eat it” post here on the Fishbowl… mostly because I’ve been cooking up the same dozen recipes over and over. I felt like it was high time to get out of my rut so I poked around for a new chicken recipe that might win my family […]

23 Nov, 2013

My new fave recipe for dry rub

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

Awhile back I bought a package of chicken drumsticks, somewhat grudgingly, with a sigh. They were on sale ($4.23 for 8 pieces), but I had no clear idea what to do with them. This dry rub makes the chicken very flavourful, and it works with the skin on or off. (We make drumsticks with the […]

19 Nov, 2013

Do you wish, for a dish, of fish?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Recipes and Food

We’ve become enthusiastic fans of fish here at Casa Fishbowl. I’ve been slowly trying new recipes to see which ones everyone will eat, mostly because fish is healthy and I would like to get away from eating so much meat. I have a few recipes in rotation at this point. Here’s a really good one […]


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