Montrealers share recipes through Facebook

The website allows members to discover different dishes from around the world

Above: Individual lasagna rolls (credit: Myriam Cummings) Below: Meatballs with rice and peas (credit: Tristan Lovett) and Talapia, shrimp, crab & clams (credit: Natasha Tremblay)

There are many parents who come home after a long day at work clueless about what to cook for dinner. There is now a virtual cookbook that will give parents some new, and hopefully inspiring, recipes. Dinner Mumspiration, a Facebook group started in January, is the brainchild of Myriam Cummings. The group has a mouthwatering collection of recipes with links, pictures and meal-planning tips.

“The group gives off positive vibes because we do not judge or criticize,” Cummings explains. “It is advertisement free and is for everybody, not just mothers. We welcome and encourage posts for recipes other than dinner.” 

The one pot Kielbasa pasta made from smoked Polish sausage, diced tomatoes, heavy cream, sharp cheddar and green onion looks very tasty. Cuisines include Italian, Greek and North Africa. Members can also search for recipes based on ingredients. There are some posts about food presentation such as a mother with her daughter cooking two eggs shaped like bunny ears.

Christina Ruffini, a group member says she prefers the group instead of using Google. “Just today I posted asking a question about leeks and I got 11 different suggestions on what to do with them,” she says.

The most popular concoctions are crock-pot meals, homemade pizza and stir-fries as well as Asian-inspired meals. Simple meal platters with finger foods, such as cold cuts, fresh bread, pâté, cheese and vegetables, cakes, and decadent desserts are also popular. Parents of picky eaters can find recipes with hidden vegetables and there are suggestions for make-ahead meals and advice on meal planning.

To join, go to visit the Facebook Group - Dinner Mumspiration - and click “Join Group.” A moderator will accept your request.  

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