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

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken and Potatoes

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I love to cook and eat chicken.   Once upon a time, when I was working full time . . .  I was able to afford free range organic chicken, and I won't like . . . it was lovely.  These days all I can rise to buy with the budget I have to work with is higher welfare chicken.  I am not sure I want to really know what constitutes higher welfare, but  . . .  I like to believe that they are not that badly treated, or as badly treated as the other kind.    Unemployment is a great equalizer.  If I could afford it I would certainly still prefer to buy free range and organic, but one must do what one must do.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Cracker Lasagne

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The temps have really dropped here these past couple of days.   It seems we are getting winds from the North and things are getting pretty cool, even down to they say only 3 degrees early tomorrow morning!  Who would believe it in August?  Crazy!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Lemon and Chocolate Chunk Cake and Degusta Box

I received another tasty Degustabox at the end of July and have been enjoying it's contents in the ensuing weeks.  You can see evidence of that in the lovely Lemon and Chocolate Chip Cake I baked with the bar of Green & Black's Lemon Bar a bit later on but first I want to tell you all about what I got in the July Box.

Nutella Cookies . . . only 3 ingredients!

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Mondy evenings are always Family Home Evenings in our house.   This is a special night each week that we set apart to do things together as a family.   Usually we share a special thought, some fun activity and a special treat to share.  It's a church thing, and we feel it is inspired and it helps us to draw closer together as a family.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Cheese and Mashed Potato Fritters

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I have always been a "foodie."  I've always loved food, eating, recipes, etc.  When I was between the ages of 5 and 9, my best friend in the world was a girl named Susan Warburton.  

Here we are at the end of Grade one, we would have both been six years old.  She is on the far left and I am right beside her.  It was the awards ceremony at the end of the year.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Some Tasty Pancakes for the Weekend!

Hooray for the weekend!  I usually reserve the weekends for cooking us a nice big breakfast. It might be a full on fry up . . . or it might be something as simple as muffins. It all depends on how I feel and how hungry we are. Generally though,  I like to pull out all the stops and cook something really scrummy for us to enjoy.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Banana, Coconut and Macadamia Nut Muffins

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I usually like to bake something scrummy for our weekend breakfasts.  A breakfast cake of some sort, scones . . .  tea loaves, muffins.   What I bake depends totally on what I have to hand and what kind of a mood I am in.   This week I had some bananas that needed using and so I decided to bake these delicious Banana, Coconut and Macadamia Nut Muffins!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Newman's Own American Rubs to make the BBQ Sizzle!

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Three new cooking rubs have been added to the Newman's Own Range to help recreate a US-style BBQ!  You can bring these delicious American flavours to your own kitchen this summer with the new range of American style Rubs, an easy way to recreate the flavours of US low'n slow-style BBQ food at home.   The rubs deliver authentic succulent flavours. 

All natural, these delicious rubs are based on traditional USA regional recipes!

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Kentucky Style Rub for Ribs!  For melt in the mouth ribs serving six to eight,  you only need a tube of this tasty rib rub, 2 kg of pork ribs and 100ml of cold water!

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Texas Style Rub for Brisket! Now doesn't that look delicious!  Again, for a mouth watering Brisket that will feed six to eight people all you need is the tube of rub, a 2kg Beef brisket and 100ml of water.

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Carolina Style Rub for Pulled Pork.  A taste sensation that is really catching on over here in the UK!  For six to eight you will need a tube of the Pulled Pork Rub,  2kg of pork shoulder and 100ml of water.

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The rubs are available now from ASDA stores from the all-profits-to-charity brand, Newman's Own,  joining the rest of their American condiments range launched this year.   I just love LOVE their Smokin Hot Dog Sauce!  It packs a tasty punch.   The rubs retail for £1.59 per tube. 

Newman's Own, the all-profits-to-charity family favourite, already has a range of salad dressings (love the Blue Cheese and the Caesar), BBQ sauces, pasta sauces and marinades availale througout the UK.  Newman's own has already donated over £1 million to a wide range of charities in the UK alone and over £250 million donated around the world via the Newman's Own Foundation. 

I love that I can enjoy a tasty meal and know that at the same time a portion of the money I have spent is going to support charities both here in the UK and abroad!

Herb and Egg Gratins . . . simply indulgent

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Here we are at day four of my week of celebrations cooking fest!  I have a fondness for eggs, especially good eggs.   I always buy free range eggs for baking with, but if I am going to eat eggs as a meal/dinner, I often splurge and get some really good eggs.

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I really like these Burford Browns or the Costwald Legbars.  They have beautiful flavours and nice deep yellow yolks.   When you are having eggs for a meal you want an egg which has a flavour that will really shine through!  These are more expensive than regular free range eggs, but it's supper folks.  Just think about how much you would spend on a piece of meat and it puts things in perspective and they don't seem to be so expensive anymore.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Marie's Best Corn Chowder

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Continuing on with my week of celebrations, I just have to share with you one of my favourite soup/stews!  Corn Chowder!   This is a hearty family favourite that I have been making for my family and myself for many, many years.  It is a tried and true!

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It is chock full of vegetables . . .  potatoes (of course!) celery, onions, carrots . . . and of course bacon.  I use pancetta these days because I like the flavour of it, but you can use just ordinary bacon.  I like the thicker cut bacon, and if you are lucky enough to be able to find home smoked bacon, then you are in for a real treat!