Category: Life

What To Cook Wednesday: Oven Roasted Potatoes

It seems that Wednesday is quickly becoming a day of sharing recipes! I love to cook and when I have a chance to share my favourite recipes with you, it makes cooking that much more fun!

Today I have one of my favourite side dishes to share. Potatoes are great for summer BBQs but are also great during the winter months! My family and I try to only eat potatoes occasionally and when we do, it’s usually sweet potatoes. However, this time around, we had some mini potatoes that were just asking to be oven-roasted so I thought I would take some pictures for you to follow along!  These potatoes are so delicious and go really well with just about any meal you can think of! We had burgers with these, but we’ve also had them with chicken dishes, other beef dishes and even on their own! Keep reading for the recipe and scroll down to see the step-by-step photos! Bon Appetite!

Ingredients:
1 bag mini potatoes cut in half (or you could quarter a full sized potato)
3-4 Tbsp. Olive Oil 
1 Tbsp freshly ground pepper*
1 Tbsp granulated garlic*
1 Tbsp dried chives* + garnish
* Change measurements to suit taste and batch size
Begin by preheating the oven to 450 degrees. Cut the potatoes in half and place in mixing bowl. Add olive oil and toss. Add spices and toss. Cover baking sheet(s) with tin (aluminum) foil and spray with cooking spray or coat with a *touch* of oil. Pour potato halves onto baking sheets and flip so cut side is on foil. Potatoes should not be touching. Bake for 15 minutes, shake, return cut side to tin foil, cook for another 10 minutes (or until easily poked with a fork).  Serve with garnish of chives and sour cream (if you’re so inclined!). Enjoy! 
Mini potatoes, chives, (T-B)granulated garlic, freshly ground black pepper, EVOO

With EVOO & spices mixed in

Before they are put in the oven, it’s important to make sure they aren’t touching! 
Burgers+ Broccoli salad (mom’s recipe!)+  roasted potatoes= YUMMY!

Friendly Friday: My Favourite YouTube Channels!

I don’t know about you, but I spend a lot of time on YouTube. I think we all find our own little niches of what we like to watch, and for me, it’s mostly beauty, makeup and lifestyle based channels. I thought it might be fun to share a few of my favourite YouTube channels with you- and maybe find some new ones in the process. I’m a big supporter of the YouTube community and appreciate all of the hard work that is put into each and every video. I definitely have a diverse selection of subscriptions, however as I said, most of them are beauty, hair or lifestyle related. Keep on reading to find out which channels are on my subscription list!  Keep in mind, these are not in any particular order, just a random listing of my favourites!

1. Fleur De Force

Image from FleurDeForce.com

Also a blogger, Fleur De Force is well known through the YouTube community as the UK’s YouTube sweetheart. As a daily vlogger, Fleur brings her viewers along on many wonderful (and not so wonderful) adventures through her work with social media, book tours, and a very successful beauty/lifestlye blog. Along with her vlogging channel, Fleur posts frequent fashion, DIY and beauty related videos on her main channel, Fleur De Force.

I really enjoy Fleur’s videos! Her vlogs are great- it’s nice to get a peek into someone else’s daily life- especially someone who is living a life many of us would like to have! Her beauty and fashion videos are always really well thought out, filmed and produced! Check her out by following the links below:

Click here to visit Fleur’s blog: Fleur De Force
Click here to visit Fleur’s Main YouTube Channel: Fleur De Force 
Click here to visit Fleur’s Vlogging YouTube Channel: Fleur De Vlog 

2. Casey Holmes

Image from Instagram

Casey Holmes is a Georgia girl who loves makeup and all things beauty! Her videos include reviews, first impressions and a plethora of makeup looks for each and every single type of viewer. Casey also films for a relatively new vlog channel.

Casey is a phenomenal makeup artist (I’m not sure if she is professionally trained). She can turn the most intense looks into a tutorial that even the newest of new makeup lovers can follow. I’ve gained so many skills and tips and tricks from watching her videos- I wouldn’t even know where to start! Visit her channels using the links below:
Click here to visit Casey’s main YouTube Channel: Casey Holmes
Click here to visit Casey’s vlogging Youtube Channel: Casey Holmes Vlogs 91  
3. Glam & Gore (Mykie)
Image from GlamandGore.com

A professionally trained FX makeup artist, Mykie’s tutorials are often not for the faint of heart or weak stomached. Mykie shares her tips and tricks for creating glamorous and gore based looks that are easy to achieve through her tutorials.
Although I’m not into the gore side of this channel, Mykie’s transformation skills are so fantastic, I can’t help but binge watch her videos!

Click here to visit Mykie’s YouTube Channel: Glam & Gore
Click here to visit Mykie’s website: Glam & Gore 

4. Rachel Talbott

Image from RachelTalbott.com

A previous industry insider, Rachel has worked for many of the brands she now features on her channel. As a new mom, her videos are slowly but surely changing from solely makeup and beauty related to a more family related/parent friendly channel. Her lifestyle tips are just as great as her skincare tips and she often shares snippets of her wonderful family.

I found Rachel’s videos shortly after becoming interested in skin care- as many of her old videos were skincare related and based around her knowledge of how to properly care for your skin. I still enjoy her lifestyle videos and wait for the occasional makeup/beauty/skincare related video!  She also tends to feature relatively natural products/options for those that enjoy the more “toxin free” route! You can find Rachel’s channel by clicking the link below:

Click here to visit Rachel’s YouTube Channel: Rachel Talbott/Check in The Mirror
Click here to visit Rachel’s Website (I’m not really familiar with this): Rachel Talbott

5.  PrettyPistol86 (Cherish)

Image from YouTube 

Cherish is a fantastic YouTuber! If you’re looking for motivation to “shop your stash” or “pan that palette”, Cherish is your girl! I am fascinated by her ability to completely use up products (in a day and age where we buy buy buy and never finish) and work through her stash. Every single time I watch her videos, I am motivated to have a look at my stash and pull out a long lost product! You can find Cherish’s channel by clicking the link below:

Click here to visit Cherish’s YouTube Channel: PrettyPistol86

I hope you take an opportunity to check out these fantastic YouTube channels and maybe even subscribe if you like what you see! It’s important to mention that these are not all of the YouTube channels that I subscribe to, but they are the ones I find myself searching for when I need to veg out for a bit!

Delicious Sweet Potato Fries- Healthy Style

I love sweet potatoes. Although, I didn’t really didn’t know they existed until a couple of years ago. I always thought they were just some weird orange vegetable called a “YAM”.. and who wants to eat something called a YAM?

Not only do I love the sweetness of sweet potatoes, but I also really enjoy finding new ways to cook them. I definitely like treat myself when we are at a resturant with the deep fried goodness of sweet potato fries, but I’ve been on the hunt for a healthy at-home recipe that hits the spot. After many searches, trials and errors, I think I’ve found a recipe that works well enough to keep me happy!

I can’t take credit for this recipe, as it is a mixture of some I found via Pinterest, a few ideas of my own and some changed up measurements. Have a look at these recipes to see some sources of information:

Camille Styles: How to Make the Perfect Sweet Potato Fries

The Art of Doing Stuff: Guaranteed Crispy Sweet Potato Fries and Sriracha Mayo Dip

Some recipes call for you to peel the potatoes first, however, I quite like the kin on for a couple of reasons: 1) I’m too lazy to peel them and, 2) There is more fibre in the skin.

Here is the recipe I used, and a step by step guide to help you along:

Sweet Potato Fries
Ingredients:
3 medium sweet potatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 + 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt
1tsp. granulated garlic
cornstarch
parchment paper
Instructions:
Start by cutting and soaking the fries in ice water for at least 1 hour before you begin cooking them. 
 Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix small batches of “dried off” fries with 1 tbsp. cornstarch until they are lightly coated.  Once all fries are coated with cornstarch, toss with olive oil, salt and garlic until completed coated. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Flip and cook for another 10 minutes. Finish the last 5 minutes with the oven off and the door open ajar. Enjoy!
I like to begin by soaking the cut potatoes in ice water (usually just tap water with some ice cubes thrown in). The longer you do this the crispier they get, but I would say no less than an hour of soaking. You’ll want to drain the water out and let the fries sit for a few minutes before you dry them off.
I use a clean dish towel, but paper towel works just as well. You want the fries to be BONE DRY. No moisture at all. This is time consuming, but so crucial to the success of this recipe!
Using a small handful of dried potatoes, you want to add about 1 tsp. of corn starch and shake in a bag until they are LIGHTLY coated. Continue to do this in small batches- transferring the coated fries into a large bowl- until all the fries have a light coating of cornstarch.

Your fries should have no more cornstarch on them than what you see here.

Once you have coated all the fries, its time to season them. In a large bowl, toss the fries  in two tbsp. olive oil and add in a healthy dash of freshly ground black pepper (I probably used about 1 tsp. but would have preferred more), 1+ 1/2 tsp. Kosher salt, 1 tsp. granulated garlic (I would advise against using garlic salt, unless you omit the Kosher salt).

Once all of the fries are coated, lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet- LINED WITH PARCHMENT (I forgot to do this and they stuck!) Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes. Flip, and cook for another 10 minutes. Finish the last 5 minutes but turing the oven off and leaving the door open ajar to let the steam out.

This is why my fries looked like them they were finished! Delicious! Enjoy!