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.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Pineapple Jelly Dessert

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Finding a dessert during the holidays that is diabetic friendly and good for those who are slimming can be a real challenge.  I think I have come up with the perfect solution.  It is diet friendly, light, sugar free and it actually tastes delicious.  It will never quite replace cake or pie . . .  but it's nice nevertheless.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Glazed Mini Turkey Loaves

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In my quest for eating healthier I baked us some delious Mini Turkey Loaves  for supper the other night.  These are FAB ulous!  Moist and filled with lovely flavours.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Avocado On Sour Dough Toast with Chilli Scrambled Eggs

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 The people at Rachel's sent me over some fresh new Autumn/Winter recipes for me to try.  Boy do they ever look delicious.  With my diabetes I have to be a bit careful what I eat at the moment, so the first one I tried was the Avocado on Sour Dough Toast with Chilli Scrambled Egg & Bacon.  (I used sausage instead of bacon.)  There is also a recipe for A Salted Caramel Malt Cake and Lemon, Coconut and White Truffles.  Sooooo delicious!

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Butter-crumptious Coffee Walnut Slices

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One thing I despaired of when I first moved over here to the UK, was the lack of cake mixes.  Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy made from scratch cakes and more often than not I make my cakes from scratch, always have, always will . . .  but there are times when it's pretty handy to have a cake mix in the larder and there are lots of things you can do with a cake mix that are impossible to do any other way, or not that I have been able to figure out anyways.  For instance my Chocolate Cherry Bars . . .  they use a chocolate cake mix, some cherry fruit filling, eggs and some almond extract.  That's it and they are gorgeous.

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Caramel Glazed Applesauce Spice Cake

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My Todd really loves a spice cake, and this applesauce cake is one of his favourites.   He loves apple anything to begin with, but when you combine the flavour of apples in a cake along with the warm baking spices, he is in cake heaven.  He would probably rather have an apple pie for sure, but this is a close second on his list of teatime loves.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Smoked Sausage and Potato Goulash

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In our house when I was growing up you could tell what day of the week it was by whatever my mother was cooking for supper.   Friday nights were always hot dog nights.  On Saturdays we had baked beans.  Sundays was a roast usually . . .  pork, which was always served cold because that was the way my father liked it, cold with mustard . . . very occasionally a chicken, and even more rarely a roast of beef.  My dad didn't like roast beef.  Week nights would be spaghetti one night . . . burgers or chops another night, and probably leftovers from Sunday one night.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Pork, Sage & Apple Pie

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My mom always said that I could take an old boot and make it taste delicious.  I am not sure if that is true or not, but I do have a knack for creating something delicious to eat using whatever I have to hand.  Today I had leftover potatoes and roast pork from dinner the other day that I needed to use up pronto and this is what I came up with.  It was fabulously delicious!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

My Love Affair with all things Pasta . . .

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I make no secret of it.  Pasta is one of my absolute favourite things to eat.  The Toddster, well not so much, but gradually through the years I have been wearing him down to the point where now he doesn't quite protest so much when I cook it.  Me . . .  well . . .  I am in heaven just to sit down with a bowl of butter pasta garnished with nothing but butter, salt and pepper.    I also love to create delicious sauces to serve with it.  Pasta is the perfect canvas for highlighting a multitude of flavours and textures.  You just can't go wrong with it.  It's quick to prepare.  It's delicious and with the exception of Todd, it's always a welcome lunch or supper dish!

Chicken Tacos with Pineapple Salsa and Degusta Box

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I have been eating  a lot healthier over these past couple of months and as a result I have dropped a number of pounds in weight and am feeling a bit better because of it.  It is something which I should have done a long time ago and I am only sorry that it took a health crisis to motivate me.  In any case I've been discovering and experimenting and realizing that healthy doesn't always mean blah and tasteless!  These Chicken tacos with Pineapple Salsa are a prime example! I used some of the ingredients from my October Degusta box to create them.

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To those not in the know, if you sign up for it, once a month, every month . . . Degustabox will deliver to your home 9 to 14 new, special or innovative food products for you to try in the comfort of your own home via a subscription service. A monthly subscription costs £9.99 and there is a delivery fee of £3, for a total of £12.99, and what you receive can be tailored to the types of things that you like and would use. To me it's a bit like a foodie Christmas every month of the year! I really love them!   This is what was in my October box . . .

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Creamy Fish Chowder

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Having spent a great deal of my formative years and part of my adulthood in Nova Scotia, Canada, I consider myself to be from Nova Scotia, even though I was born on Prince Edward Island.  I am an Airforce Brat,  and the ex-wife of a Canadian Serviceman, which means I have lived in many places in my life . . .  but Nova Scotia is where my heart and allegiance lay.