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Squash Gratin

I really love looking at recipes online.  It’s always a treat for the family whenever we try a new recipe.  Most of the time, it is successful and they would ask me to make the dish again after a week or so.  Sometimes though, the ingredients are challenging to find and so I would have to use local ingredients.

One recipe that caught my eye was Butternut Squash.  Here, we only have one type of squash, I don’t even know what kind of squash it is but looking at the pictures here, what we have is Fairytale Pumpkin Squash.  What a nice name!  I actually don’t like cooking with squash too much since it’s a lot of work peeling and slicing.  It was great that we did this on a Sunday so Jon did all the peeling and slicing.  😀

We had potato gratin before so I was really excited to try it out with squash instead.  What’s great about this dish is it’s vegetarian.  I can’t really say that it’s very healthy since it has cream and milk and cheese but at least there’s no meat and we can always use the calcium from the dairy products.  These are the substitutions I made:  kankong instead of spinach, evaporated milk for the half-and-half, and cream for the creme fraiche.


I’m happy to report that it was a success.  Everybody loved it and they all had seconds.  Try it out!


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Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Squash


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Potato Croquettes

Potato Croquettes are on my list of stuff to make after seeing this picture in Not Quite Nigella’s blog.  It looked very delicious.  Although the post was about making it healthier and using fryers without oil, I made mine by baking it in the oven.

It was okay but kinda fell short of expectations.  I guess that’s my fault for altering the recipe a bit, I had less than the needed potatoes and I used the whole egg (I hate waste and I don’t really want to freeze one egg white).  Also, I think it needed to stay in the oven for an extra 5 to 10 minutes to make it really crisp.

It was a learning experience.  I’ll probably make this again and make sure it looks really crunchy before taking it out of the oven.

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Potato


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