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The Great Microwave Recipe Challenge

16th February 2012

Chef, I am not.

I’m that person who is trying to figure out what to make for dinner at 5 p.m.

I’m also not against taking shortcuts to get the meal on the table, as long as it still tastes good, and the family will eat it without gagging – clearly, my standards are way high. Just kidding, Martha.

So, I thought it would make sense to check out The Great Microwave Recipe Challenge that is being sponsored by Panasonic right now.

They are featuring their chef Michael P. Clive, who believes that he can make pretty much anything in the microwave, and he wants to prove it. You can go to their Facebook page and challenge him to make one of the recipes listed, and in turn you will be entered to win one of their new Panasonic Genius Inverter Microwave ovens!

  Isn’t she pretty?

The Panasonic Genius Inverter promises better cooking results every time – so you can actually cook something edible in a microwave, other than popcorn? WIN!

Inverter® can maintain the best colour, shape, texture and flavours of the food by using the most appropriate power levels for each menu. Various types of foods can cook using a combination of high and medium to low power levels. Because the Inverter® delivers a continuous wave of energy, delicate food items can simmer without overcooking on the edges and surfaces. Due to a consistent delivery of microwave energy, foods will no longer undercook in the centre and have hard, overcooked edges. We can now enjoy better colour, shape, and texture in the foods we cook, along with delicious flavours. Want!

There are tons of recipes (starters, mains, sides and desserts) on the Panasonic Facebook page that you can challenge Chef Clive to make. Personally, I would want to try the Ratatouille recipe:

Genius Spicy Ratatouille


1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into small cubes

1 large onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 Red pepper, cut into strips

2 zucchini, thinly sliced

3 tomatoes, peeled and diced

1 tsp Salt & pepper

10 Fresh Basil leaves, sliced

1 tsp Chili Flakes

3–4 tablespoons tomato sauce


  1. In a large microwavable casserole dish, combine eggplant, onion, garlic, and oil. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir and return to microwave for 3 more minutes.
  2. Place a layer of green pepper strips on top, followed by a layer of zucchini and then a layer of tomatoes. Add the salt & pepper, chili flakes and tomato sauce.
  3. Cover and microwave on high for about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender. Let stand covered for 5 minutes. Garnish the top with the sliced fresh basil leaves and serve.
Check out Chef Clive in the video below for all the details – dude is passionate about his microwave!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored, but my thoughts and inability to cook are my own. Cheers!

Clover Leaf Take 5 Challenge & Giveaway

20th March 2011

Along with four other bloggers, I was invited to participate in the Clover Leaf Take 5 Challenge. I’m a fan of Clover Leaf tuna, and when I found out that Clover Leaf would also be giving away 555 cans of tuna to local food banks during this challenge.  I couldn’t say no. Also, if I can find a way to feed my husband in five minutes – I am IN! I was sent a basket of Clover Leaf products, and additional food items that I would need to make the three recipes – Montuna Cristo sandwich, Speedy Thai Tuna Tacos, and Salsa Tuna Roll-ups – and I decided to make the Tacos and the Roll-ups. The challenge was to see if each 5-ingredient recipe could be made within five minutes – hence the TAKE 5 challenge.

The answer is a big YES! My sister timed the process, and I successfully made both within that time. Not surprisingly, my children were unwilling to try either of the recipes, since they are the pickiest eaters on the planet. So instead, my sister and I tried both recipes, and our favorite was definitely the Speedy Thai Tuna Taco. This was the first time either of us had ever tried the Clover Leaf Spicy Thai Tuna before – we both really loved the recipe.  If you like spicy food, you will enjoy this tuna – it is crazy spicy. We may have added extra sour cream (yum) to cool our mouths off a bit – it was the super winner!

(I should probably mention that I took several pictures, and only one of my photos worked out, which I sadly didn’t noticed until I took the one of the spicy tacos).

The second five minute recipe was the Salsa Tuna Roll-ups. They were also delicious, although not as adventurous as the spicy thai tacos. Since there were only two of us, we just divided the filling into two of the flour tortillas, which actually worked out better I think.


Clover Leaf has provided me with an additional gift basket to give away to one lucky reader!!

Each basket will include:

  • A Paderno knife
  • Small bamboo cutting board
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • Silicon spatula
  • $50 Visa Gift Card
  • Various Clover Leaf product (not exactly as pictured)



Please go check out the Clover Leaf site and leave me a comment below, letting me know which 5 minute recipe (other than those mentioned here) you would like to try out! That’s it!

  • You may enter ONCE a day!
  • OPEN to Canadian Residents
  • Giveaway ends APRIL 11, 2011
  • Please make sure to leave a way to contact you!!


Disclosure: “Baskets provided by Clover Leaf Seafoods

UPDATE: CONGRATULATIONS to the winner #31 – edmontonjb!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!

DK Books Canada – Review and Giveaway

3rd September 2010

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Chris from DK Books Canada when I contacted the company for a possible swag sponsorship for my Blogher event DINHER. They were very generous with our Dinher event, and they also sent me a few of their books to review as well.

First off, is The Illustrated Kitchen Bible1,000 family recipes from around the world. I was pretty thrilled to get the chance to check this one out because I am slightly addicted to cookbooks. I have hundreds and this one is a lovely addition to my collection. It gives all the necessary details needed to succeed at the recipe, including:

  • What should the finished dish look like?
  • Can I prepare it ahead of time?
  • How long will it take to make?
  • Is the recipe healthy?
  • Do I need special cooking equipment?
  • What should I serve it with?

Every recipe has a beautiful photograph and is clearly written in approximately six steps. There are several sections in the book including: Starters and Light Bites, Main and Side Dishes, Cakes and Desserts and Techniques. It really is a beautiful cookbook that I really enjoy reading, and I think it would be a valuable addition to anyone’s cookbook collection.

Next, they sent me two books for the kids and they were both a big his with my six year old.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Character Encyclopedia

My son squealed when he saw this book, because he is a huge Star Wars fan. The book, by New York Times best-selling author Jason Fry, lists more than 200 Star Wars characters, dedicating a page to each. You’ll learn “new things about who they are, where they come from, and how they are affected by the events of the Clone Wars“. You get a full color photo of the character, their Stats and tons of trivia to boot. Everyone from Yoda to Count Dooku to Sionver Boll can be found mentioned, and the book includes everyone from Season 1 and 2 of The Clone Wars TV series. This is a fantastic book that any Star Wars fan would love and enjoy.

Children’s Book of Art

This book introduces a younger reader to some of the world’s noted paintings and sculptures. It is a beautiful book filled with bright, colourful pictures and packed with facts, from pre-history all the way to the 20th Century. This book will teach the reader “different art styles, the works and lives of famous artists and sculptors, the way some artworks were created and the amazing range of art around the world.” My favorite pages were those that teach you different art techniques used, such as watercolors, pastels and oil paints. There is an amazing amount of information in this 140 page book, and it is geared toward the 7 – 12 year old reader. For the child who shows an interest in art and/or sculpture, this would be a lovely gift to encourage and support that interest!


Thanks to DK Books Canada, I have (1) copy of The Illustrated Kitchen Bible to give away to a lucky winner! This will be a simple and quick giveaway!


For your Main Entry:  Leave me a comment below with the name of what your favorite cookbook is!  Yup, that’s it!

(Bonus Entry): If you would like another entry, join my Google Friend Connect and let me know that did (or already do) in a separate comment below.


  • This giveaway will run from Friday, September 3rd 2010 until Friday, September 10th, 2010.
  • The winner will be announced Saturday, September 11th, 2010.
  • I will choose one winner using random.org (please make sure I can contact you through either your email or Twitter handle).
  • This giveaway is open to CANADIAN RESIDENTS only.


Congrats to #37 – Momma Sunshine (@Momma_Sunshine)!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!

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