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.
Spring is Natures way of saying "Let's Party!"
~Robin Williams

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Glazed Apple, Carrot and Walnut Bread

What do you bake when it's not quite the fruity season, but you are craving something fruity???  When you are wanting something almost cake-like . . .  but are feeling too lazy to go through all of the faff that is involved in baking a decent cake???

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Cinnamon French Toast Batons

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I normally like to pull out the stops at the weekend and cook us something special for breakfast.  Normally during the week we have only toast and/or cereal, saving anything larger for Saturday or Sunday.   This is a bank Holiday here in the UK this weekend and so I decided that I would make us some French Toast for our Saturday breakfast . . . and not just any French Toast . . .  but  . . . Cinnamon French Toast Batons.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Hot Hamburger Platter with Fries and Coleslaw

One thing my Todd has always wanted to do is to go to a diner to eat. You know . . . just like the ones on the telly that you see in all those American movies.

All chrome and formica . . . and juke boxes, waitresses named Sally, and a coffee cup that has no bottom.

Club sandwiches, gravy fries and mile high pies.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Greek Mac and Cheese

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Prior to moving over here to the UK, I have to admit I had a very limited palate.   I was a good cook, everyone said so, and people enjoyed coming to our home for meals, but I wasn't very adventurous when it came to trying new things.  I grew up on plastic cheese with a father who only let my mother season things with salt and pepper  . . .  using any herb or spice at all was to me quite adventurous.  I did simple, plain food, but I did it well.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Chicken and Garlic Potatoes Casserole

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Are you ready for another delicious one pan chicken meal?   I know I am.   We do eat a lot of chicken in this house, but that is totally because it is economical, adaptable and delicious.  It never gets really boring.  I would love to eat more beef or lamb, but in all honesty, it's not within my budget except for on very rare occasions these days.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

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I had the fortune to have some bananas go very ripe the other day which gave me the opportunity to bake something delicious.   I only ever rarely am able to do that as the Toddster eats up the bananas almost faster than I can bring them into the house!  He does love his bananas!

Monday, 18 May 2015

Spam and Beans

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I can hear you thinking . . .  Spam and Beans?   What is that girl doing now!  And I fed it to company no less, as one of a pair of casseroles.   It was delicious.   Absolutely delicious!  One of my guests was a real Spam lover as well, so that was win/win for me.   Delicious and popular!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Lemon Puddle Cake

I always have a bowl of lemons sitting on the counter. They look so pretty there and they smell delicious. They also come in very handy . . . for cakes and bakes . . . hot drinks . . . savoury dishes . . . cold drinks . . .

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Rhubarb and Strawberry Slices

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We had guests for lunch the other day and I baked these delicious Rhubarb and Strawberry Slices to have for dessert.   We had them along with some sliced strawberries and cream.   They went down a real treat!  And I am not surprised for they are truly delicious!  These are S P R I N G personified!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Creamy Cheddar Salad Dressing

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It's not quite salad weather yet, but it won't be long.  When the temperatures rise and the sun shines I love to make this delicious creamy dressing which we both really enjoy.  You can use low fat ingredients if you wish, which reduces the calorie count by about half.  (low fat mayo, sour cream and cheese)