Recipes that are delicious and that always work!

You know these recipes are delicious because if I didn't think that they were fabulous . . . I wouldn't be showing them to you. You can also be sure that these recipes work for the same reason! The rest is simply a matter of taste.

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Broccoli Pasta Salad

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A week ago I was supposed to go to a Pot Luck lunch/meeting with the other Senior Missionaries.  It ended up that for reasons of health I was not able to go, however I had already made this delicious salad to take.  However some of the younger missionaries came over to borrow our BBQ for an activity they were having that day and so I gave the salad to them to have with their Hot Dogs and Burgers.  They were pretty happy about that!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Chicken Rarebits with Melted Leeks

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One thing I really love about chicken breasts is their complete versatility and ability to take on other flavours easily.  They are like a blank canvas for  an abundance flavours, textures and ingredients . . .  so long as you don't dry them out.  Over-cooked, they are quite tasteless and not very pleasant to eat at all.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Wildo, Functional and Attractive

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I confess I am a great fan of Swedish Design.   I love everything about it.  I love the colours, the simplicity, the fact that everything they do is meant to not only look good, but have great function.  That's why I was really excited to have been asked to tell you about these new Wildo Camp-A-Box's!  I have to say . . .  I am very impressed.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Simply Ramen

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 I recently received this lovely book, Simply Ramen, a Complete Course in Preparing Ramen Meals at Home by Amy Kimoto-Kahn to review.   I confess I have never had ramen, although I know a lot of people who have and who rave about it.  I was very excited to get this book!

Hawaiian Pizza Pasta

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Remind me not to buy such a big ham next year.  When there are only two of you it takes a while to use it all up.  We had roasted gammon on the day, then I did the omelette thing, then the next day we had it just re-heated in a pan with the vegetable leftovers and now today I have done a pasta dish with it. (Not Todd's favourite but he declared it quite edible.  I thought it was rather tasty myself, but then again, I do love pasta!)  And there is still ham to use up . . . I may just have to freeze it to have another time, when we are not all "hammed" out as it were!

Baked Denver Omelette

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I think I have really been overdoing it on the carb front lately and so I took advantage of us having leftover ham in the house and lots of eggs to make us a delicious Baked Denver Omelette for our supper tonight.  Not only was it quick and easy to make, but it is also relatively low in fat and pretty healthy all round!

Sunday, 27 March 2016

A Simple Simnel Cake

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I've been working at creating an index of my recipes, which isn't very easy.  I've been doing this blog for a very long time now, and posting new recipes pretty much every day through all those years  . . .  so it is a somewhat daunting feat, but I will persist and eventually you will have a full index that you can look up.  In going through the recipes I realised that I had never ever posted a recipe for a Simnel Cake.  Simnel everything else but  no cake, and Simnel Cakes and Easter go together like peas and carrots!

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Apricot Glazed Gammon/Ham and sides for Easter

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When I was a child Gammon/Ham was the centre piece of every Easter celebration dinner.  It was always served cold, thinly sliced, with mustard and mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side.  In all honesty as a child, I was far too full of chocolate and candy to really get too excited about Easter dinner.  There would have been a lemon pie for dessert though and that would have gotten me plenty excited.  (Its my favourite!)

Friday, 25 March 2016

Lentil Soup and Falafel

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I don't know about you, but I have very special feelings associated with Good Friday.  I have always been a very spiritual person and for me this has to be one of the most emotional days of the year . . .  a mix of sadness combined with feelings of gratitude and thanksgiving.  I like to keep food simple on Good Friday.  We usually start with hot cross buns for breakfast and then the rest of the day we have basically a vegetarian diet.   I like to have a soup for supper, like this delicious Lentil Soup and for lunch this year we are having homemade Falafel.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

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I've been to Buffalo, New York many times in my life time but I am sorry to say that I have never tried Buffalo Wings in Buffalo.  Shame that, because they are one of my favourite things ever.   The spiciness of that finger licking chicken . . .  and the wings are my favourite part of the chicken (naughty me)  . . . along with the cool creaminess of the blue cheese dressing . . . well, to me it's just the perfect combination.   A marriage made in heaven.  I have promised myself that if I ever have the chance to go to Buffalo again, I will indulge in some Buffalo Wings and at the place they are supposed to have originated from . . . The Anchor Bar.  Now that's one for the bucket list if ever there was one!

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Cereal Wheat Bread and Degustabox

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As soon as I saw the box of Nutribix Cereal in the February Degustabox, I knew exactly what I wanted to make as my recipe for the month.  I have been making a bread for about 40 years now that uses wheat cereal biscuits and I thought this cereal would be perfect for that.  You can make it in either small loaves, or in buns.  I did buns, but both would be beautiful.  It's a hearty bread and very tasty!  More about that later, first I'd like to tell you about the other products I received in this box.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

French Onion Chicken Sandwiches

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One of my favourite things to get when we are eating out is a Chicken Sandwich or Burger.   Yes, I know  . . .  we eat chicken all the time at home, and dollars to donuts I eat it again when we are out and about.  I am just a boring person I guess!  Chicken Sandwiches or Burgers can often be very high in fat and calories however and so today I created one which is delicious and a little bit healthier than normal, well certainly healthier than those breaded deep fried ones you get in the restaurants . . .  and not only that, but it is pretty economical as well.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Cheesy Potatoes

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This is something which I made a long time ago and forgot to tell you about.  It is loosely based on something which my friend Kathy did in her crock pot, except I did it in the oven with parboiled potatoes, and I used cream instead of soup, etc.  It turned out fabulous!

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Homemade Brownie Mix=Easter Basket Brownies

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I have always made my own convenience mixes for things . . . .  biscuit/scone mix, cookie mix, muffin mix, etc.  One of my favourite convenience mixes to have to hand is my Brownie Mix.  It comes  in very handy and so easy to make and to store.  It does make a lot, but you can always cut the recipe in half to make less.  Today I used it to make these delicious Easter Basket Brownies!

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Lemon Kisses

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I do believe I have found THE perfect lemon cookie.   I love lemon anything . . .  and these cookies are just the absolute epitome of what are some beautiful lemon flavours!  Crisp, buttery and full on lemony!  Wowsa wowsa!   Pucker up because these cookies are going to slap you with a lovely lemon kiss!

Friday, 18 March 2016

Bunny Bum Cakes

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 Wow, I can't believe that Easter is almost upon us and that this Sunday it is already Palm Sunday.  It seems early this year . . .  but then again, time just seems to be flying by at the speed of light don't you think?    Easter was always one of my favourite holidays when I was growing up.  It meant a new hat, a new dress and we could take our winter tights off and start wearing  knee socks!  OH, and let's not forget the chocolate!    Easter Eggs, Baby Chicks and Easter Bunnies . . .  and if they involved chocolate so much the better!

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 Are these not the cutest cupcakes ever?  I love them.   They are from the baking experts Dr. Oetker! In the lead up to Easter, Dr. Oetker wants to get people excited about baking with chocolate. To do this, they are creating a super fun, 6ft chocolate Bunny Bum that will appear in two locations in the UK!
 In honour of this, they sent me a recipe for these cute Bunny Bum Cupcakes and some ingredients so that I could re-create these delightful little cakes for myself, and if I could add a bit of a twist to them and make them my own  . . .  so much the better!

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Healthy Options for Saint Patricks Day

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 I thought it would be fun to share some healthy Saint Patrick's Day options today which I have gathered from around the www.   All look tasty.  All look simple.  All are very healthy, diabetic friendly and sure to a smile on your Saint Patrick's Day loving family's faces! So put on your green and lets eat some healthy grub!

Irish Soda Farl

I have to confess I am a real old film buff. I could sit and watch old movies all day long . . . the black and white images don't bother me. I just adore them.

I think it's because they take me back to a simpler time . . .

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Balnamoon Skink, Irish Hunter's Pie and Berry Buttermilk Cobbler for St Patty's Day

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I'm going through some medical stuff over this next couple of days so I hope that you will forgive me for reposting this delicious Irish Menu for Saint Patricks Day 2016.  I haven't and won't be eating anything at all  much until all is said and done at the hospital, but I do hope that you will enjoy this tasty menu and perhaps be inspired to do one of your own. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Chicken Crumble Pot Pie

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 We eat a lot of chicken in this house and I am always on the search for new ways to prepare it, so that it never becomes boring.   Chicken is such a lovely protein in that it takes to other flavours very well and is so very adaptable.   I discovered what looked to be a very delicious recipe for a Chicken Pot Pie Crumble on Pinterest last week.  Chicken . . .  Check!  Pot Pie . . .  Check!!  Crumble . . .  Check !!!  The three together  . . .  well that just spells Winner Winner Chicken Dinner to me!

Monday, 14 March 2016

Healthy Snacking with Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks

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 One of the blessings of having a food blog is that I occasionally get to try new products.  That is something which I truly enjoy.    I was recently sent a selection of Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks to try out and I have to say I was pretty excited to receive them.  I am always on the look out for a healthy snack to indulge in.  I quite like potato crisps,  but they're not really all that good for you are they . . .  these looked to be a lot healthier.

Peanut Butter Blossoms

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This is a cookie I used to make for my kiddos quite often when they were growing up and who wouldn't love them?   A tasty peanut butter cookie, topped with a milk chocolate candy kiss as soon as they come out from the oven.  Peanut butter and milk chocolate  . . .  a marriage made in heavenly bliss!

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Chocolate & Caramel Stuffed Croissants

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 When I was growing up my dear Aunt Thelma used to send us up some lovely Easter Breads every year . . .  sweetly glazed with icing and decorated with candied cherries.  We loved them.  Easter and sweet breads go together like peas and carrots!  Think Hot Cross Buns . . .  this recipe today is only a bit of fun and one that the kids will surely love baking this Easter.  It's very simple to make!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Traditional Seed Cake

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In honor of the daffodils which are coming into bloom now and the poem by William Wordsworth, I wanted to bake this lovely Seed Cake which was supposed to have been the favourite cake of William's sister Dorothy!  I have been to their home up in the Lakes, Dove Cottage . . . and it was a lovely white washed cottage.  One could almost imagine Dorothy and William sitting in the back garden munching on seed cake and drinking cups of tea.  Well, I could at any rate!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Pan Roasted Chops & Cabbage

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Well, here we are.  It's the end of the week and I find myself looking through the refrigerator to find all of the bits and pieces and trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.  Not that I mind really  . . .  I quite like the challenge of looking in the refrigerator and seeing what I can come up with.  It makes things more exciting.   I suppose my experience in years and years of cooking helps me a lot in that way . . .  that and my love of all things culinary, because it means that I have a natural aptitude for knowing just what flavours go with what.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Roasted Potato Nachos

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I make no secret of the fact.  I love LOVE Tex Mex Flavours . . . . chili, cumin, coriander . . .  cheese, olives, spring onions . . .  beans, corn.  Lime.  Interestingly enough Tex Mex was not a part of my growing up life.  I had never eaten anything even remotely resembling Tex Mex until my mother discovered Chili Con Carne . . .  a recipe taken from the back of a tomato soup tin. haha . . . not really chili at all, but yes, different than anything we were used to. 

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Hungarian Borscht

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When I was a child my family lived for a time in a small town situated on the shores of Lake Winnipeg about  two hours North of Winnipeg city itself.  I have really lovely memories of the time that we lived there.  The first house that we lived in was a duplex bungalow.  Our neighbors on the one side were the Dukemon (not sure about the spelling) family and Mr Dukemon often made this soup.  Borscht.  On the days that  he made this the amazing aroma of it would waft over to our house . . .  it smelled amazingly delicious.  I never got to actually taste it, but the smell of it was pretty tantalizing to my tiny tastebuds. Yes.  I was a foodie even then.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Love, Aimee x - Cookery Book Review

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I rcently received the most beautiful cookbook for review, entitled Love, Aimee x by noted crafter and blogger, Aimee Twigger,  (Twigg Studios)  I love her blog. It's gorgeous. And so is this book.  I fell in love with it as soon as I saw the cover, and I think you will too.

We love Kale - Cookbook Review

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I am really behind on my cookery book reviews and I thought I would get the first one in today.  I received this book back in February, We Love Kale, over 100  Delicious & Healthy Hand-Picked Recipes.   This book is really different in that it was written by food bloggers, some of whom I know personally and who are my friends.  Lucky them to get to participate in such a wonderful opportunity as co-authoring a cookerybook!  I guess you can add the title of cookery book author to their cv's!

Frank and Potato Bake

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This delicious recipe today comes from a cookery book that I have had in my library since 1971.  Yes, I was only 16 years old when I got the book.   I have always been a collecter and I have to say that I love the progress we have made in cookery, but there are still a lot of little gems in those older books and this is one of them.  The book is called Good Food on a Budget and it is from the BHG cooking library collection of books I collected way back when.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Chicken Enchilada Bake

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This recipe today is one of those store cupboard recipes that you can make up very easily when you have some meat leftover from a roast chicken or a roast turkey.  It uses things I normally always have in my cupboard.  Yes, as a North American I do keep mexican style ingredients at the ready.  I do love Tex-Mex food.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Apricot and Pecan Truffles, Gluten Free

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Well, here it is Mothering Sunday and I thought I would treat my lovely readers to a tasty little bite that they might enjoy sharing with their loved ones.  Myself, I am not able to eat these types of treats anymore, but that doesn't stop Todd from enjoying them!  I also have a dear elderly friend who is kind of like a mum to me over here, and so I thought she would also enjoy them as a bit of a Mother's Day treat!

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Sausage Breakfast Bake

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This Sunday is Mothering Sunday here in the UK, or Mother's Day as it is called in other parts of the world.  I know  . . . . totally different than when it is celebrated in North America.  This provides a bit of a conundrum for me.  It means that I have to buy my mother here Mother's Day card a whole two months before I need to, but experience has taught me that if I neglect to do that . . .  I won't find one come the North American Mother's Day in May.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Clean Out the Fridge Spaghetti for Two

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There is no doubt about it . . .  there is a real connection between what we eat, what we long to eat and how we feel when we eat.  Food and emotion are very closely connected.  Just try messing with a woman's chocolate stash and you will find out just how closely connected the two are!

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Irish Marmalade Cake

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As you all know, I've been cooking with Marmalade this week, thanks to the people from Mackay's and in honor of National Marmalade Week.  This will probably be my last post on the subject.  I had plans to do a different marmalade recipe each day, but I've been filled up with a horrible cold and sinus/ear infection this week and my plans have had to be shelved.   So I've been using all of the recipe prep that I did last week and this is the last one I was able to get done.  Nevermind . . .  I am ending my Marmalade week with a real winner!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Breakfast Oats with Dates & Marmalade

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I confess we are breakfast oat lovers in this house.  They are the perfect way to begin any day . . .  wholesome . . .  toothsome . . .  delicious, and hearty!  And oats are good for the heart!  (and soul I might add!)

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Orange, Fennel & Black Pepper Chops

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 Here we are with day three of the Marmalade challenge and another delicious recipe to share with you in honor of National Marmalade Week.  Orange, Fennel & Black Pepper Chops!   I was sent some delicious Marmalades to cook with earlier this month from the people at Mackays,  in honor of National Marmalade Week  (February 28th to March 6th) and asked would I like to try to create some new recipes using it.   I have risen to the challenge and this is the third recipe I created using their lovely marmalades.  For this one I used their Orange and Lemon with Ginger Marmalade, but I think any flavour would work well.