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.
I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Meatballs Braised with Honey and Fennel

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One of the things I like most about being sent different things to try, is the challenge of creating new recipes in order to use them.  I was recently sent two new mustards from The English Provender Co. to try out.  We love mustard in this house, and I especially love grainy mustards. More about my recipe a bit later on, but first . . . let's talk mustard!

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Skillet Buffalo Chicken

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I have always had a love affair with Buffalo Chicken Wings!  I just love those flavours . . .  the spiciness of the hot sauce, the richness of the chicken . . .  the slight vinegar tang, the butter . . .  the blue cheese.  What's NOT to like about all that???  I can't find anything not to like either!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Whistle Dogs

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When I was a child it was a real treat to eat out in a restaurant.  It wasn't something which happened very often actually.  I could probably count on one hand the number of times we ate out.  When we did we always wanted hotdogs and french fries.    Whistle dogs from the A&W were a real treat!  Of course that was back in the dark ages when you ordered your meal from a car and it was brought to you on a tray that hung off your car window.  Yes . . .  I am that old!  Sigh . . .

Monday, 17 November 2014

Tomato and Bean Soup

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Sunday lunch/dinner is a huge tradition over here in the UK . . .  with roast dinners and all the trimmings.  In fact in most pubs on a Sunday you can't order off the menu.  It's roast dinner or nothing.  Mind you, most give you a choice or beef, pork, lamb or turkey, so it's not that bad really.   We don't eat out on Sundays and we never have a roast dinner at home.  We spend half of the day in church and to be honest  . . . when I get home I can't be asked to cook a big roast dinner then.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

French Vanilla Yogurt Cake

I had a tub of Vanilla Yogurt that needed using up yesterday and so I decided to bake it into a  cake.   A home must have a cake in it don't you think???  We were out of cake, so what's a gal to do but bake one!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Go Ahead . . . you know you want to.

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I was recently treated to a little hamper containing several of the new Go Ahead products!  Containing a packet of each their Apple Crispy Slices and their Forest Fruit Crispy Slices and a box of their Yogurt Breaks in the Forest Fruit flavours.

The Forst Fruit Yogurt breaks come in a pack containing 5 packs of 2 slices each.   They have a smooth yoghurty topping on a fruity sultana biscuit, very similar to the squashed fly biscuits we all loved as children, but better because they have that delicious tangy yogurt coating.  They are crisp and quite morish.

Each slice contains 73 calories,  and is low in saturated fat and salt.

 The Go Ahead Crispy slices are pretty much the same as the yogurt breaks except that there is no yogurt coating.    They are crisp and quite moreish and I love knowing that what I am snacking on is lofe in saturated fat and salt and tasty enough to be considered somewhat of a treat!   The Forest fruit slices  taste of berries and sultanas and the apple ones are very reminiscent of mom's tastiest apple pie . . .  except they are a lot lower in calories and fat.

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We quite like these! They were nice and crisp like a biscuit and had delicious fruity flavours. I do confess I liked the yogurt ones best of all.  They really tasted indulgent!   If you're looking for a bit of a treat to have with that morning or mid afternoon cuppa without going over the top Go Ahead!  You can afford to indulge in these.   They are very very nice.

For more infomation including stockist details do check out the Go Ahead website.

Happy Christmas from Prestat Chocolates

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One of the best parts about having a food blog is that I get to try things that I normally wouldn't have the opportunity to try.  I was recently sent a lovely Christmas Chocolate Box from the people at Prestat!

This new smaller box is filled with 16 hand crafted dark, milk and white truffles and chocolates, with everything from Hazelnut Clusters to Rose and Violet Cremes.  There are also Banoffee Truffles and Ginger and Saffron Fudge to name but a few others. 

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They are beautifully packaged in a lovely red box, with gold gilt and a wonderfully festive illustration . . .  and then inside everything as you would expect from a high quality chocolatier!  Wonderfully rich purple papers, a padded sheet to protect the choccies, and a complete guide to which chocolate is which flavour.

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The chocolates themselves are wonderfull handcrafted and beautiful to look at.  This is an assortment of Prestat's most popular chocolates and  using only cocoa sourced from sustainable plantations in West Africa.  On it's own, each chocolate provides a tantalising trea butt put together, the chocolatier  to Her Majesty the Queen has created a Christmas present which will provide delight at any family gathering. 

Simply put they are gorgeous and a feast for all the senses!  We both have enjoyed them very much.  Many thanks to Prestat for sending them to me.

The Christmas Chocolate Box
by Prestat
201g £16
325g £25

Some facts about Prestat you might enjoy:
  • In 1902, a chocolate shop called Prestat was opened in London by descendants of Louis Dufour, the man who created the world's first recorded chocolate truffle in Chambery, France in 1896.
  • Prestat's reputation for making exqisite handmade chocolates quickly spread and before too long, maharajas, sultans, presidents and stars of the state and screen had all experiences the delight that only the finest chocolates can bring.
  • Prestat's quintessential Mints and their Rose and Violet Cremes were Her Majesty The Queen Mother's favourite chocolates.  Both the Queen Mother and Her Majesty Queen ElizabethII granted the business a Royal Warrant and Prestat chocolates continue to be served at every major state banquet.
  • Having won 13 Gold Great Taste Awards in the last two years, Prestat is one of the few British Artisan Chocolatiers to make all it's onwn chocolates, giving it complete control of recipes and sourcing of ingredients as well as the opporunity to nurture the traditional skills needed to creat it's handcrafted chocolates.

Why not treat yourself or a friend or loved one to a Royal treat this Christmas.   Available in their Shop in Piccadilly , London as well as in Liberty, Selfridges, John Lewis and the Prestat concession in Harrods . . .  and good news for you Americans wanting to savour these tasty delights,  Prestat will be launching in all Bloomingdales Flagship Stores and throughout Dean & Deluca USA for Christmas 2014!

For the Attention of Jeffrey Bush

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I am not sure where to post this, so will put it here for now.   Several days ago a Jeffrey Bush ordered several of my cookbooklets.  I've tried many  times to e-mail to them, but each time I get the message saying they are undeliverable because of a problem with the e-mail address.   If Jeffrey Bush could please contact me ASAP with a correct e-mail address I would very much appreciate it!  You can contact me on mariealicejoan at aol dot com.   Thanks!

White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cupcakes

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I had some guests over one day last week and I had promised cakes so I baked these lovely White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cupcakes for them!  They went down a real treat!

Friday, 14 November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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Look at what I got in the post!  What a beautiful presentation . . .

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And inside  . . .  whatever could it be.  I know one thing for sure . . .  if it's from Hotel Chocolate, it's bound to be delicious.

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Ohhhh  . . .  Christmas Eton Mess . . .  a light cranberry mousse, topped with meringue and cranberry pieces!

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Check out these and the rest of the Hotel Chocolate Christmas Line here.  Fabulously delish!

Christmas Mess Selector

Christmas Mess Selector -  6 festive chocolates containing a light cranberry and raspberry mousse, topped with meringue and raspberry pieces. MIX & MATCH 3 or more Selectors for £3.15 each 75g / 2.6oz

Positively Scrumptious!