Sunday, 3 December 2017

Wild Rice and Vegetable Casserole

 4 Tbsp butter
1 onion
2 cloves garlic
2 carrots
2 stalks celery
8 oz. button mushrooms
1/2 tsp salt
Freshly cracked pepper
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried sage
4 Tbsp flour
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup whole milk
salt, to taste
4 cups cooked wild rice blend
3 oz. fried onions

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Loaded Zuppa Toscana


6 slices bacon uncooked
1 pound bulk/ground spicy Italian sausage
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, chopped (approx. 1 ½ cups)
3 stalks celery, chopped (approx. 1 ½ cups)
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 pounds/3 medium russet potatoes chopped into bite size cubes
1  15 oz. can cannellini beans rinsed and rained
1  15 oz. can can sweet corn rinsed and drained
1  15 oz. can creamed corn
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
3 cups milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
1 tsp EACH dried parsley, salt
1/2 tsp EACH dried basil, dried oregano
1/4 tsp EACH dried thyme, pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more to taste (optional if you like heat)

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2-3 cups half and half
4 cups loosely packed  fresh chopped spinach or kale

Garnish (optional)

remaining bacon in directions
fresh parsley
Parmesan cheese

Smoky Potato Chickpea Stew

2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 onion
1 Tbsp curry powder
1 Tbsp smoked paprika
pinch red pepper flakes
15 oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 russet potatoes (1.75-2 lbs total)
15 oz can chickpeas
4 cups vegetable broth
1/4 lb. fresh kale, chopped

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Carrot and Currant Salad

2 tablespoons currants
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon boiling water
2 large carrots, peeled, halved lengthways, very thinly sliced

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

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    Tahini Dressing

    1/3 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)
    1/3 cup water
    1/4 cup lemon juice
    2 cloves garlic, peeled
    1/2 tsp cumin
    1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    1/2 tsp salt

    Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

    2/3 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup honey
    1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon dried minced chopped onion
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

    Winter Fruit Salad with Honey Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

    Fruit Salad

    2 sweet apples, chopped like Honeycrisp or Fuji
    2 pears, chopped
    3 kiwis peeled, sliced and quartered
    2 bananas, sliced
    1  15 oz. can  mandarin oranges in WATER, drained OR 3 mandarin oranges/peeled, separated
    pomegranate arils from 1 pomegranate
    1/2 cup dried cranberries

    Honey Lime Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

    2 tablespoons lime juice
    1 tablespoon honey
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds

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    Cranberry Apple Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

    Brussels Sprouts Salad

    1 pound Brussels sprouts ends trimmed, very thinly sliced
    1 cup craisins/sweetened dried cranberries
    1 sweet apple (Fuji/Honeycrisp) chopped
    1 pear chopped
    1 red bell pepper chopped
    3/4 cup roasted salted pumpkin seeds (or sunflower)
    1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles

    Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing

    2/3 cup olive oil
    1/4 cup sugar
    1/4 cup honey
    1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon dried minced chopped onion
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 1/2 tablespoons poppy seeds

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    Wednesday, 28 June 2017

    Turmeric, lentil and lemon soup

    2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
    1 large red onion, finely chopped
    3 celery sticks, finely chopped
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind
    1 teaspoon turmeric
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
    500ml (2 cups) gluten-free salt-reduced vegetable stock
    135g (3/4 cup) French green lentils, rinsed, drained
    2 vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped
    150g green beans, trimmed, sliced
    100g trimmed kale, chopped
    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
    2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
    Natural yoghurt, to serve (optional)

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    Notes: add chicken, leave out the lemon

    Frozen Strawberry Squares

    1 cup flour (almond flour may be substituted)
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup chopped almonds (other chopped nuts may be substituted)
    1/2 cup melted butter
    2 egg whites
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    10 fluid ounces whipping cream
    2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, crushed/smashed

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    Şekerpare Dessert (Şekerpare Tatlısı)

    For cookies
    2 sticks (250 gr.) butter
    3 cups flour
    1 cup powdered (confectioner’s) sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp baking soda
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    ½ cup ground pistachios

    For the syrup
    4 cups sugar
    5 cups water

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    Favourite chocolate cake

    200g dark chocolate, chopped
    250g butter, chopped
    1/2 cup self-raising flour
    1/2 cup plain flour
    1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    1 1/2 cups raw caster sugar
    1/2 cup cocoa powder
    3 eggs
    3/4 cup buttermilk
    Chocolate curls, to decorate (optional)

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    Sunday, 4 June 2017


    1½ cups water
    1 cup milk
    2 Tbsp butter
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1½ cups all-purpose flour
    2 tsp (or one ¼ oz. envelope) instant yeast
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp sugar
    1¼ tsp salt

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    Slow-cooker Roast Lamb

    2kg lamb leg
    2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves picked, coarsely chopped
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
    2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano
    3 cloves garlic, crushed
    1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1kg baby new potatoes
    1 cup (250ml) Massel beef stock

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    Saturday, 8 April 2017

    Crunchy Salt & Vinegar Chickpeas

    1 can rinsed and drained chickpeas
    2 cups white vinegar
    sea salt
    olive oil

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    Saturday, 21 January 2017

    Sticky Ginger Soy Glazed Chicken

    • ¼ cup brown sugar
    • 3 Tbsp soy sauce
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
    • Freshly cracked pepper
    • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
    • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1.75 lbs.)
    • ½ Tbsp cooking oil
    GARNISHES (optional)
    • 2 green onions
    • 1 tsp sesame seeds

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