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.
"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon, the two most beautiful words in the English language"
~Henry James

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Beef and Broccoli . . . Combo Special Number 9

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I wouldn't like to call myself predictable, but I guess there are some choices which I obsess on choose predictably identically all the time every time.  Things like always sleeping on the left hand side of the bed . . .  or getting up at the same time each morning and going to bed at the same time each night . . . drinking diet coke as the drink of choice when we go out for dinner, or always having Turkey for Christmas  . . . I suppose we all have our own individual quirks and obsessions!

Monday, 22 September 2014

Macaroni, Cheese and Tomato Bake

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Interestingly enough the food here in the UK isn't all fish and chips and roast beef or curries.  They're also very fond of macaroni here, and other pasta's too.  In fact it is said that at the beginning of the 19th century they used to call their dandies "macaronis" because the  wigs which they wore were said to resemble macaroni!

 There is a saying over here which goes . . . "There's naught so queer as folk."  I believe that would apply in this instance!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Amaretti Stuffed Peaches

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This is something I have wanted to make for a long time, but I never got around to it, because . . .  I either had the peaches and no amaretti, or the amaretti but no peaches.   This week my stars must have been aligned because I finally had everything in place to do them . . .  but then I couldn't find the recipe I wanted to use.   Grrr . . .  I hate it when that happens, and it happens all too often to me!  I need to create a folder that I save all the recipes in that I want to cook one day, instead of just mentally filing them in my head.  My head is a notoriously bad filing cabinet, and with each year that's passes it's not getting any better!

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Apple and Bramble Hat

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Apple and Bramble (blackberries) have to be the quintessential flavour combination for September here in the UK.   That's when the apples are ripe and the hedgerows are bursting with fresh blackberries, free for the picking.  When we lived down in Kent, we were surrounded by orchards and we were welcome to go scrumping each autum, which is the word they use to describe picking up the windfalls.  

Friday, 19 September 2014

Glazed Meat Loaf Burgers

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We had the Missionary Elders over for dinner the other night.   They are always such nice young lads.   I love to have them in our home and I do so love to spoil them.   I usually try to cook them something which reminds them of home.   They both really enjoyed this and have requested the recipe from me so that they can either make it for themselves  or pass it on to their mums/girlfriends when they get home.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A new Fetish for the Foodie in You

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As any foodie will know there is not shortage of food related sites out there!  There are food blogs galore as well as food photography sites in abundance.  There is nothing like a little food porn to get your tastes buds tingling and inspire one to get into the kitchen and start rattling the pots and pans!

Can there ever be too much information out there for the ultimate foodie to enjoy???  I think not and with that in mind . . .  allow me to introduce you to  Zugme, the new social networking system with a unique twist for the foodie to enjoy! Their topic @ city feed structure allows foodies and foodie communities to gather and represent local gastronomic delights and indulgences, exposing other  users and creating a hub of activity in the process. For the foodie this means a chance to discuss or research your favourite restaurants, recipes, ingredients, food fads and other food related content  with "like minded individuals", both locally and nationwide . . .  and even internationally.

Their iFollow and myPeople functions allow industry professionals, food related bloggers and gastronomically minded folks to communicate directly with foodie fans, orchestrating a well-executed method of engaging like minded users within a protected and comfortable space!

With plenty of food related content already available via the internet already, Zugme offers the "food, recipe, restaurant,  and cooking" fan (ie "foodie") a really easy to use and viable alternative to anything they are using at the present time, and I predict that it will soon be the platform of choice for foodies to engage and share with each other all over the UK.

Sign up and join in today, and follow Zugme on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Apple and Blackberry Brioche Bread and Butter Pudding and Degusta Box

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I received another tasty Degustabox at the end of August and have been enjoying it's contents in the ensuing weeks.  You can see evidence of that in the lovely Apple and Blackberry Bread and Butter Pudding I bakes with the package of Brioche Pasquier I received in the box, but more about that later, right now  I want to tell you all about what I got in the August box . . .

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Cauliflower Cheese Pie


I think Cauliflower is one of my favorite vegetables, and cauliflower cheese is one of my favourite things to do with it . . .  with a dish like that you don't really need any meat . . . rich and indulgent and very, very tasty.

Today I decided to kick it up a notch or two and added a puff pastry crust.  Talk about good . . .
 I love pies of any kind.  If it's got a crust on top . . . I'm well ready to get stuck in!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Hot Dog Roll Ups

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I confess . . .  I put my hand up.  I like hot dogs, and not what passes for hotdogs over here in the UK . . . I mean the frankfurter type of hot dog . . .  smoked and from the chiller cabinet, not a tin.  Nothing grosser than a tinned hot dog.  Trust me on this.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Chow Mein

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 We're usually starving when we get home from church on Sundays.  If I've been smart I will have gotten up early enough to get something into the slow cooker, but if I haven't we have to resort to whatever I can come up with at short notice, because . . . we are absolutely famished by that time!