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Onion Pot Roast


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I normally wouldn't show you two beef recipes in a row, but I was meant to show you this last week and am only now just getting around to it.   We don't eat beef very often and we would only ever very rarely have it two days in a row!  This is a pot roast recipe which I have been using for years and years.  It is a tried and true and something my family always looked forward to me cooking.

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Creamy Garlic Mushrooms


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One thing we really enjoy eating in the summer months are great grilled steaks.  There is nothing nicer than a steak cooked properly and served up with something scrumptious on the side.   Today I cooked our favourite Creamy Garlic Mushrooms to have with some simple grilled steaks that I had grilled on our electric grill.   They went down a real treat!

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Summer Fresh Cherry Trifle




One of my favourite late spring/early summer fruits is cherries. When we lived down in Kent at this time of year you could find lots of cherry sellers set up on the many laybys in the area, their tables just laden with glorious cherries, of several different varieties.

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A pretty Basic Macaroni Salad


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We had the Missionary Sisters over for supper last Thursday evening.  As we all had a meeting that we needed to dash out to afterwards, I decided to keep it simple.  I cooked burgers.  Yes, hamburgers.

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Chicken and Barley Simmer




Oh, it is a cold and rainy day . . . blustery . . . the kind of day that would have Pooh scrambling around with his umbrella, complaining to Piglet . . . I can almost hear his voice.

Whatever happened to spring . . . here we are in June and it still feels like April. Nevermind . . . the warm sunny days will be with us soon enough and then we will be complaining it is too hot!!

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Spaghetti with a Honeyed Tomato Sauce


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What can I say . . .  there are times in life when I just long for . . .  indeed crave  . . .  a bowl of pasta.  And sometimes it can be as simple as a bowl of hot spaghetti adorned with nothing but butter, salt, pepper and a bit of parmesan and sometimes it can be  something a bit more complicated . . .  it just depends on my mood and how quickly I want it on the table.

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Homemade *Salad* Dressing (Mayonnaise type)


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When I was growing up my mother never bought mayonnaise as such.  I don't know why, only that she didn't.  There were only type such things that she did buy.  One was Miracle Whip and the other was Salad Dressing.   Both were very mayonnaise like, but couldn't be considered mayonnaise per se because they contained ingredients which were not considered proper in a mayonnaise.  A proper mayonnaise should only contain egg yolks, mustard, some vinegar and oil and perhaps some seasoning.

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Tutorial on Plain Scones




One of the things I love most over here are Cream Teas, and of course when you think of a cream tea you must think of a scone. That delicious light bun thing that closely resembles the baking powder biscuits (not to be confused with a cookie) from back home in appearance, but is nothing like them at all in taste or texture.

I had my first cream tea when my husband and I were on holiday down in Devon. They brought the tea to our table in a lovely porcelain pot on a tray along with some dainty china cups and a plate full of lovely light scones, and bowls of red berry preserves and lucious clotted cream. I was hooked from first bite. I had never tasted anything so lovely in my life.  (You don't have to have regular tea.  You can get herbal blends also, which is nice.  We don't drink regular tea.)

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Spiced Fruit Salad




We've been having some really nice this week with not a lot of rain . . .  it's looked threatening of rain at times and felt very close, but it's been quite dry for the most part.   Todd soaks it all up.  He loves this kind of weather!

This week it's been time to lighten things up a bit.  You don't want heavy food when the temps are high.

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Crunchy Blueberry Tart




If you had told me when I was a child that I would one day love blueberries, I would not have believed you. Nova Scotia, Canada, the place where I grew up, has some of the nicest wild blueberries in the world, just ripe and free for the picking. You can stop just about anywhere at the side of the road and find them just waiting to be picked.

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Not Your Mama's Potato Salad




One of my absolute favourite things to make in warmer weather is Potato Salad. The potato is my favourite vegetable and well, potato salad is one of my favourite salads.

My mother always made fantastic potato salad. She would boil the potatoes up the day before. Then on the day she would peel them carefully and cut them into little cubes. Then she would peel a cucumber, remove the seeds and cut that into little cubes as well. A bit of minced onion, some Kraft Salad Dressing, salt and pepper, and chopped egg and it was done and delicious! We used to get a ice cream scooped ball, sitting nicely on a few lettuce leaves on our plates. Very pretty. Very good.

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Kids Cook French and Gougeres


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One of the many perks of being a food blogger is that I occasionally get sent cookery books to review.   I love it when that happens as I really love cookbooks.  I was recently sent the book, Kids Cook French, by Claudine Pepin, with illustrations by Jacques Pepin to review.  This one is a delight!

I grew up in Canada watching Jacques Pepin cook on PBS along with Julia Child, and so I was excited to get this book, which has been written by his daughter Claudine.  It only seems natural that Claudine (an accomplished home cook and wine educator who married a chef), should publish a cookbook for kids, since she grew up with the fine cuisine of her father and now cooks most nights for her own family.

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This book was designed for the foodie chile and in a way which is sure to inspire children to want to get in the kitchen and cook and we all know that a way to get children to eat healthier and to eat a more varied diet is to get them in the kitchen cooking.  Kids LOVE to cook what they eat!


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As a keen artist myself, and a writer of my own small illustrated cookbooklets, I really enjoyed the illustrations done by Jacques Pepin himself.  They are bright and colourful and quite entertaining.  The recipes range from uncomplicated to somewhat complicated,  with recipes for everything from croque monsieur to roasted cauliflower to apple tarts with almond frangipane.

There is a note to each the child and the parent to begin with, followed by four chapters . . .  To Start (appetizers and beginnings), To Continue (main courses), On the Side (delicious side dishes) and To Finish (as you would expect some tasty desserts).  Also included are a range of tasty menus using the recipes from the book.

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Everything is in both English and French, which may even inspire your children to learn a second language.  I find it quite charming . . .

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There are also little tips interspersed throughout in colourful little boxes . . .  ie. "Everything you cut, dice, slice, or chop is going to be eaten by someone, so take care and do it well."

True to Claudine’s guiding philosophy . . . that there is no such thing as “kids food,” only “good food” . . .  Kids Cook French doesn’t look or read like a children’s cookbook. You won’t find rebus-like directions in large print with little measuring spoons, or yet another “recipe” for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. This is not to say that the recipes are overly complicated, only that adult supervision is required for what are clearly family projects.

I love the idea of families cooking together.

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And once again, the illustrations truly are delightful.

I always like to try at least one recipe to show you from the cookbooks I review and so this time I chose Gougeres.   Gougeres are a delicious cheese puff type of appetizer, which is composed of choux paste, which can be somewhat complicated to cook.   The instructions were quite easy to follow however and I think you will agree that my Gougeres turned out just lovely!

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*Gougeres*
Makes 30

Little airy puffs of deliciousness.  From the book, Kids Cook French by Claudine Pepin. 

5 TBS (70g)  unsalted butter, divided
1 cup whole milk (235ml)
1 cup all purpose flour (125g)
1 tsp kosher salt
1 pinch fresh ground white pepper
4 eggs
6 ounces Guyere or Swiss Cheese, grated (170g or 2 cups)
1 tsp Dijon style mustard
1 pinch cayenne pepper 

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Butter a cookie sheet with 1 TBS (15g) of the butter. 

In a 4 QT (4 L) saucepan, heat the milk and remaining 4 TBS (55g) of butter.  As soon as it comes just to the boil, and before it boils over, add the flour, salt and pepper all at once, stirring in thoroughly.    This will make a very sticky ball of dough.   Cook on medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon for about 3 minutes. 

Put the dough into the food processor.   Using the pulse setting, add the eggs, one at a time.   Add the cheese, mustard and cayenne and blend until just incorporated. 

With a piping bag or using two spoons, make balls of about 1 TBS of dough, 3/4 inch in diameter on the buttered cookie sheet.  Don't place too close together as the dough will roughly triple in size. 

Bake at 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6 for 10 minutes, rotating the tray if necessary.   Turn the oven temperature down to 150*C/300*F/ gas mark 3 and bake for an additional 15 minutes.  Gougeres should be brown and firm on the outside and light and airy on the inside.

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If you haven't already gotten a gift for the special Father in your life for Father's Day on Sunday, I think this would be a fabulous gift.   Nothing like getting Dad and the children into the kitchen for a little bit of family bonding over some cookery and good food!

All in all I think this is a purely delightful book, for parent and child alike.   It's just complicated enough to make it interesting to the older child and adult, but not so complicated that it can't be understood by a younger child with supervision!

Kids Cook French
Les Enfants Cuisinent a La Francaise
by Claudine Pepin
with illustrations by Jacques Pepin
Cookbook for ages 5+, 96 pp.

ISBN 978-1-59253-953-6
Published by Quarry Books
RRP - $21.99 US/ £12.99 UK/ $23.99 CAN
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Little Gems with a Creamy Basil Dressing




I am truly a salad nut. I could eat salad seven nights a week and never tire of it . . . ever.

One of my favourite salad leaves to use, are the baby gems. I love them sliced into quarters and dressed with a simple vinaigrette, or a tasty blue cheese dressing . . . fabulous along with a scattering of sliced spring onion.

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Banana Nut Muffins for the smaller household


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I don't know about you, but at my age, and with only two people living in this house, I struggle sometimes getting everything I bake eaten up.  I do give a lot of it away, but food is money and in today's economy, I don't always want to be giving away half of everything I make because I can't use it or because it can't be frozen or stored.  The perfect solution is to downsize recipes, cutting them in half, or only cooking and baking things that can be frozen.

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Perfectly Cooked Cabbage


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We were cleaning out the freezer at the weekend and I found a nice piece of salt beef that was in danger of having been in there for far too long, so what's a gal to do.  I thawed it out and cooked it.  I know it's not St Patrick's Day or even close to it . . .  but in all honesty I can eat salt or corned beef anytime!  And of course the tastiest go with it side dish has to be cabbage!

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Sauteed Garlic and Lemon Chops


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My husband is a died and true Meat and Potatoes man.   He's not bothered with having anything fancy.  Simply prepared, meat and potatoes . . .  he's a happy camper.  It comes from having been brought up during WW2, during rationing, etc.  He's happy with most things you put in front of him, but simple food pleases him most of all.

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Spiced Cantuccini with Almonds


Spiced Cantuccini with Almonds

I can still remember the very first time I had a Cantuccini, or Biscotti as they are also known.   I was probably in my early 30's.  My ex and I were enjoying a weekend on our own at my ex Sister in Law's condo in Toronto . . .  down on Young Street . . .  in the  midst of what was happening in Toronto.  

You know you are living in a nice complex when you have an Italian Coffee Shop on the first floor filled with foreign Italian delights and . . .  what was really new to me  . . .  Barista Coffee!

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Always the foodie . . .  I remember seeing a glass jar on the counter filled with these long, crisp biscuits and I so wanted to taste one.  They were very expensive as I recall  . . . so it was a real treat when my husband bought one for me.    

I sat there and savoured every last crumb . . .  crisp and filled with nuts, I thought it was quite wonderful.   That started a lifelong love affair for me with these crisp Italian Biscuits!

Spiced Cantuccini with Almonds

When my ex boss and her husband went on their yearly trips to Rome . . .  they always brought back Italian Cantuccini and Amaretti, Torcetti and Baci . . . I do confess, I would sneak one just so that I could savour an Italian treat.  

Naughty me.  It is my dream that one day I will be able to visit Italy and savour all it's flavours, but in the meantime, I try to recreate some of them here at home.

Spiced Cantuccini with Almonds

I have a whole Board on Pinterest dedicated to Biscotti!  Biscotti and Cantuccini are pretty much the same thing.  Biscotti (Twice Cooked in English)  Cantuccini (Coffee Bread in English) 

 They are crisp dry biscuits, with lovely flavours that are perfect for serving with hot drinks or sweet wines.  There are tons of different recipes out there  to choose from . . .  but I think the ones with almonds are my favourite.

Spiced Cantuccini with Almonds

I found this recipe  on a German Food Blog called Lykkelig.  Her photograph was very beguiling  . . .  and I loved the combination of spices used in the dough . . .  warm baking spices . . .  cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, ginger, cloves . . . 

I think a bit of orange zest would not go amiss.   Next time I will add some.

Spiced Cantuccini with Almonds

It was a bit of a risk using a recipe from a foreign language, but the pictures on the blog looked okay.

Between Todd who really speaks quite a lot in German and Google Translate, I was able to make heads and tails of the recipe.   They turned out perfect!


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Not to mention they smelled just like what I would imagine Heaven to smell like while they were baking!    

I think I have made a bit of a pig of myself since they came out of the oven and will have to ask Todd to lock them up for the rest of the evening!

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*Spiced Cantuccini with Almonds*
Makes about 3 dozen
 

I found this recipe on a german blog and took the trouble to translate it.  Am I ever glad I did!  Delicious!  These smell heavenly when baking. 
 

250g of plain flour (1 3/4 cup plus 1 3/4 tsp)
pinch salt
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 pinches each ground cardamom and ground cloves
1 pinch each ground nutmeg and ground ginger
1 tsp baking powder
30g of butter, softened (2 TBS plus 1/4 tsp)
180g caster sugar (15 TBS)
2 medium free range eggs
70g of blanched toasted almonds (scant half cup) 
 

Cream the sugar and butter together until well blended.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.   Sift together the flour, spices, salt and baking powder.   Stir this into the creamed mixture, mixing well with a wooden spoon.   Knead in the almonds, then shape into a flat rectangle, about 1 inch thick.  Cover with cling film and chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. 
 

Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/ gas mark 5.  Line a large baking tray with baking paper.   
 

Cut the dough rectangle into 4 equal strips.  Shape into rounded flat loaves and place onto the baking tray, leaving plenty of space in between for spreading.  Bake in the heated oven for 20 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool. 
 

Cut into slices with a sharp knife, about 1/2 inch in thickness.   Place the slices back onto the baking sheet, cut side down and bake for  further 10 to 12 minutes until crisp.  
 

Store in an airtight container.
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Bitty Blueberry Fudge Bettys


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Can you take yet another delicious blueberry recipe from me???  Oh, I am sure you can!  As you know I love blueberries and I am betting that there is a fair number of you who feel the same.  Can you ever have too many blueberry recipes???  I think not!

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Beer Battered Cod and Chips


Beer Battered Cod and Chips

There is nothing more appealing than a delicious plate of English fish and chips. This is not considred to be the National favourite dish for nothing.  We love, LOVE our fish and chips here in the UK!

As good as the ones taste that you can get at the seaside and at our fish and chips place that we like in Chester . . .  nothing beats the Beer Battered Cod and Twice Fried Chips that you can make at home.  

A bit of a fiddle yes . . .  but as a once in a blue moon treat, well worth the bother!


Beer Battered Cod and Chips

That crisp batter is so light and crispy and those chips  . . .  sigh  . . . a tiny taste of heaven.  I like to keep the skin on my potatoes for even extra flavour and texture, but you can certainly peel it all off.  

It's your choice.  I like to have ketchup and Tartar Sauce with mine.

 I make my own tartar sauce.  You must give it a go.  It tastes so much better than any ready made sauce! Once you have made your own from scratch tartar sauce you will never go back to ready made!

Beer Battered Cod and Chips

You might think of Fish and Chips as being quintessentially British, and you would not be far wrong.  The history of fish and chips might surprise you however.

Interestingly this favourite British dish dates back to the seventeenth century when Jewish immigrants from Spain and Portugal peddled battered fish cooked in huge cauldrons of hot oil as a street snack!  

Originally the batter was supposed to just be a vessel to cook the fish in, meant to be discarded when i came to eating it. As if!  The batter, done properly, is one of the best bits! 

You cannot beat hot crisp batter, encasing a delicate sweet perfectly cooked piece of fresh fish. Its pure heaven on a plate to me!

 Beer Battered Cod and Chips

Fish has always been plentiful in the coastal areas of these beautiful Islands, and with the advent of trains in the mid nineteenth century, the North Sea profided plenty of delicious fish which could be easily transported to the inland city markets.  

Tasty and nutritious battered fish provided a delicious relief from the monotony of the diets of many city folks.

It wasn't long before demand ushered in the advent of new shops all over the UK, offering crisp battered fish . . .  adding chips to the menu as well, making for a tasty and substantial supper.

Beer Battered Cod and Chips


   Wrapped together in newspaper also helped to keep the costs down.  To this day you will find Fish and Chip shops all over the UK providing this delicious dish to appreciative customers.   

Although with the shortage of sustainable fresh Cod and the expense, other type of fish are gaining in popularity.  I do hope you will give this version a go at home.  

It is a bit of trouble, but more than worth the effort taken for a once in a blue moon treat.  This batter is beautifully crisp and flavourful and the fish itself, perfectly cooked and succulent. Those chips . . .  don't get me started!

Beer Battered Cod and Chips

 *Beer Battered Cod with Tartar Sauce*
Serves 4
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This is my homemade version of battered fish.  With it's crisp and flavourful beer batter, you are in for a real treat if you try this!


TARTAR SAUCE:
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
2 TBS finely chopped cornichons
1 TBS prepared horseradish
2 TBS coarsely chopped flat leaf parsley
½ tsp dry mustard
6 TBS good quality mayonnaise
1 tsp lemon juice
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

FISH:
Oil for frying
1 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
1 cup beer (I use the non-alcohol version)
2 pounds of fish fillets (Cod, Haddock or Hake)(cut into 1 ½ by 3 inch pieces)


Mix all the ingredients for the tartar sauce in a bowl until well combined and set aside.


Heat the oven to 200*C/400*F. Cover a cookie sheet with paper towels and top with a wire rack.


Heat about 3" of oil to approximately 180*C/365*F in a medium sized pot.


Meanwhile, mix flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk in egg. Slowly add the beer while whisking. Dip fish pieces in the batter and place on plate or the wire rack you will be using to drain the fried fish. I usually double dip in the batter if I have some left over once the batter dries on the awaiting fish.


Place fish pieces, two at a time in the oil. Cook until the fish is done and the crust is lightly golden, about 4 minutes for 3/4-inch thick fillets. Remove fish with tongs and put on rack to drain. Sprinkle salt over the hot fish and put on the baking sheet in the oven to keep warm. Repeat in batches with the remaining fish. Serve with the tartar sauce and homemade chips.

Beer Battered Cod and Chips

*Perfect Chips*
There are two things you need for perfect chips. One a really good potato.  You want a nice floury one, such as a Maris Piper.  You cannot make good chips with new potatoes.  Old ones are best.  Second you want to start with pure hard fat or dripping, preferably an animal fat.  Third . . . patience.   Good chips require several cookings. The first is a quick poaching in lightly salted water.  .  Let them cool and then fry for about five minutes just until cooked through, then a final fry in hotter fat to brown and finish cooking.  See . . . patience.

200g floury potatoes per person (a scant half pound)
(use potatoes that are good for mashing)
a good solid fat to half fill your pan when melted
a frying thermometer

Peel your potatoes and cut them into chips.  Rinse them well in cold running water and drain well.  Put the cut potatoes into a pot of lightly salted cold water.  Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to a slow simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, or just until they give slightly with the prodding of a sharp knife.  Drain well and then dry them on kitchen paper towelling.  Allow to cool completely and then place into the fridge until well chilled.

When you are ready to fry your chips heat your fat to 120*C/250*F.  Add the chips in batches, without crowding the pan.   Blanch in the fat for 5 minutes, just until cooked through.   Remove, pat dry and drain on paper toweling.  Once you have blanched all the chips raise the temperature of the fat to 160*C/320*F.  Fry the chips again until crisp and golden brown.  Drain well, season with some salt and serve immediately.


Note:  I sometimes will make my own oven chips to go with this, rather than frying chips. I just take some baking potatoes, washing and cutting them into thick wedges. I toss the wedges with some olive oil and salt and pepper and roast them in a very hot oven for about 30 minutes until they are crispy and browned all over. You can keep them warm while you are frying the fish. 

Beer Battered Cod and Chips 

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Banoffee Mess


Banoffee Mess

Some days you just want to bury your face into an indulgent fruity dessert, but having no fruity fruit to hand, you make do with what you do have  . . . and today it was bananas.  

We always have bananas in this house, them being one of the Toddsters favourite snacks . . .  the fact that they are loaded with potassium and good for you not withstanding . . .



 Banoffee Mess

I've never been overly fond of raw banana, unless they are sliced on top of my rice crispies, or in a banana cream pie.    I do love a Banoffee Pie also . . . a quintessentially British Dessert, composed of Bananas and caramel in a buttery digestive crust and topped with whipped cream!  

I suppose it is a British version of Banana Cream, but in true British fashion . . .  over the top!   ☺  In a very tasty way.

Banoffee Mess

This recipe today is a play on a traditional British indulgence known as Eton Mess  . . .  a dessert composed of red berries, whipped cream and crushed meringues, all folded together into a . . .  well a splodgy mess which is oh so delicious!   

In doing some research just now to tell you  where the name Eton Mess came  from, I have discovered that they have also been known to use Bananas in this indulgent dessert, so I may not be as innovative as I thought I was!

Banoffee Mess

In any case allow me to present Banoffee Mess  . . . an indulgent dessert composed of whipped cream, crushed meringues, sliced bananas, toasted pecan nuts and a delicious toffee sauce . . . all moreishly folded together.   

 Light.   Delicious.   Satisfying for the sweet tooth.  Easy and quick to throw together.  Need I say more?     Dig in!

Banoffee Mess


*Banoffee Mess*
Serves 6
Everyone's favourite pie in a light dessert which is simple to make and requires no cooking, unless you choose to make the toffee sauce yourselves. 

300ml of double cream ( 1 1/2 cups, thick whipping cream)
6 meringue nests, broken
5 to 6 peeled and sliced bananas
5 TBS toffee sauce, plus extra to drizzle
a handful of broken toasted pecan nuts
(Toast them in a hot oven for 8 to 10 minutes.   Make sure
you allow them to cool before using.) 


Banoffee Mess 

Pour the cream into a large chilled bowl.  Whip just until soft peaks form.  (Don't be tempted to over whip)  Crumble in the meringue nests, then gently fold in the sliced bananas.   Swirl in the toffee sauce.   Divide the mixture between six dessert dishes and then scatter over the toasted pecans and drizzle with a little more toffee sauce.   Delicious! 

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Sausage Rolls


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Sausage rolls are very popular over here in the UK.   You will see them for sale in all of the bake shops and cafes and of course at most pot lucks/parties, etc.  there is usually the obligatory tray of sausage rolls to feast on.  People really like them.  Myself, I am not overly fond of shop bought sausage rolls.  There's usually a too high pastry to sausage meat ration on them, and more often than not they seem to  use cheap and nasty sausage meat in them.   I can't abide cheap and nasty sausage meat!  It's pasty and fatty and just ugh . . .

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Steak with Pizzaiola Sauce


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When I was growing up my mother used to treat us every now and again to a steak supper called Swiss Steak.   It was delicious and one of my father's favourite meals.   Easy to do . . .  it involved beating tougher cuts of steak to tenderize them, browning them and then braising them in a mix of tinned tomatoes and onions.   When I had my own family, I added peppers and herbs to the mix.   Everyone loved it.

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21 Signs You're at a Quintessentially British BBQ!
















Once the weather starts to turn warmer, the North American in me starts pining for a good old BBQ! There is nothing like warm temps and the smell of a charcoal grill to get the tastebuds tingling.   My Brit husband tends to think that there is nothing like planning a BBQ at the weekend to insure a good sprinkling of rain.   After having been over here for almost fifteen years now I don't think a BBQ would be complete with at least the risk of showers!

The people at the Mill Race Garden Centre have put together a really humorous list of  21 Signs You are at a Quintessentially British BBQ!  It's brilliantly witty and oh so true!  I really had to chuckle when I read it myself, because it is all so true!  Do hop on over to their page and get in on the fun.   (That's another thing I love about the Brits . . .  their ability to poke fun at themselves in a very tongue in the cheek way!)  
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Kim's Chicken Dish


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We had the most delicious chicken for lunch last week when we went to our friend's house.   It was incredibly tasty, and I think it's pretty safe to say that nobody was worrying about calories that day!  (What with this chicken dish and the Malva Pudding and all!)  It's nice to indulge once in a while and this chicken was incredibly tasty.  My friend Tina got the recipe from her daughter Kim and it was sooo good that I had to make it for the Missionaries when they came for tea.   Once again no complaints.  I am calling it Kim's Chicken Dish, but it really should be called the Flippingly Amazingly Delicous Chicken Dish!!

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Marie Rayner
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