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.
Percy Bysshe Shelley “If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” .
~Percy Bysshe Shelley

Monday, 26 January 2015

Celebrate Italian Food Day with two delicious Italian Dishes!

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February 13th is Italian Food Day and you don't have to be an Italian Mama or in a fancy Italian Restaurant in order to experience some delicious Italian flavours!


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Deb's Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It must be about twenty years ago now, but it seems like just yesterday, I lived across from a lovely lady caled Debbie.   We shared a mutual love of crafts and cooking and became fast friends.  It broke my heart when I had to move away.  All of our children are grown up now and we are both grandmothers.  During those years we lived across the street from each other we were pretty inseparable.  Although we are still in touch, we are not as close as we once were.  Sometimes I really miss her.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Chicken and Pasta in a Garlic and Tomato Cream Sauce

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I know what you are thinking.   She tortured the old man with pasta, yet again.   What can I say?  Guilty as charged.  But you know what?  I actually think he is getting used to it!  He didn't complain at all today!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Cindy's Portugese Gumdrop Cake

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I spent all day at the Temple today so I really haven't done any cooking at home.  I do have this gumdrop cake recipe to share with you however that I cooked over the Christmas period and just never got around to showing you.   This is my sister's recipe for gumdrop cake and it is the best in my opinion.  We also call it rubber spatula cake because my mother once baked the end of a rubber spatula in it.  It dropped off in the batter and she couldn't find it, so she baked it anyways.   It didn't hurt the cake in any way, and the lucky person who found it got treated to a hilarious story on the side!

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Oven Baked Thai Chicken and Rice

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This is a recipe I had bookmarked a long time ago in a little cookery book I have from the BBC Good Food people, entitled 101 Storecupboard Suppers.  I love the little BBC Good Food Books.  They are not that expensive and are usually chocker block full of recipes that I want to cook.  I know . . . I know . . . I have enough cookbooks, but as any food enthusiast knows, you can never have too many!  (Todd doth protest!)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Chicken & Artichoke Casserole

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We have a very much beloved Cocker Spaniel in our house.  She has a rather ticky tummy, so I don't give her dog food anymore, it always upsets her stomach.  It's real chicken and rice and vegetables all the way with her and that helps to keep her healthy and when she is feeling well, we are happy too.   I cooked some extra chicken yesterday when I was cooking hers, so that we could have this delicious casserole for our dinner today.  (You don't think I would cook my dog anything I wouldn't eat myself do you???)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Lentil and Chorizo Stew

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I was recently sent some Spanish meats to try out from a company called Jamonpriv√©. Jamonpriv√© is an online site which works with suppliers of the best Iberian Ham and Cured Meat products. What makes them different in the market is their drop-shipping system and integration with TNT’s API.

Hearty Tomato and Orzo Soup

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When we got up this morning it was -7*C  (which is about 19*F) so below freezing.   That's pretty cold, especially in our house where we don't have forced air heating, or a wood stove or a basement beneath the house, just cement and ground . . .  very old windows and not a lot of insulation.  It was pretty cold to say the least!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Turkey Burgers with Cheddar and Spinach

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I really love turkey burgers.  I love the fact that they are supposed to be healthier for you than regular burgers and I love that they are made from turkey.  I love turkey.  It's flavourful and it's lean and it makes great burgers  Turkey is also supposed to be a super food.  So all round, it's a favourite with me.

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Elizabeth's Date and Nut Loaf

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I was feeling very nostalgic today and so I made a Date & Nut loaf.  I just love Date & Nut loaf, and so does Todd.