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Fried Cabbage with Bacon & Onions



I have always loved fried cabbage.  I first had it when I was in high school.  We cooked it in our Home Economics Class. It was just fried cabbage and it was mixed with buttered noodles.  

I fell in love with it then, and I have loved it ever since. It is a dish my family also loved through the years and something a few of them still make, if not all, the older ones at any rate.


My sister pinned this version the other day and from the moment I saw it I wanted to cook it.  It comes from a blog called Cakes Cottage

Admittedly, I immediately fall in love with anything that involves cabbage.  Raw, cooked and everything in between, if cabbage is involved I am there!


I thought that the addition of bacon sounded quite tasty.  The cabbage and onions actually get sauteed in the bacon drippings.  Cabbage and bacon?  Count me in!!

I have to say that here in the UK, we have amazing bacon. Our bacon is very lean.  Even the streaky bacon, so I added a touch of olive oil when it came time to sauteeing the cabbage.


I added 1 medium carrot, which I chopped into bits, for colour and for sweetness.  Carrots are another one of my favourite vegetables.  They help you to see in the dark. Its true, my mother told me that and as we know mom's don't lie! 

You could also add some other vegetables if you wanted to. But it was nice with just the cabbage, onion and carrot. I do think that possibly julienned runner beans would also be very nice, but then again,  I also love runner beans!


I was going to toss it with some fried pierogi, but I didn't have any made, so Todd enjoyed his with some leftover ham and a baked potato leftover from the other day.  

Can't you just imagine however, how very delicious this would be tossed together with some fried potato and cheese pierogi?  I know!  Fabulous! 



After I had served his up I thought to myself I don't want a baked potato or leftover ham with mine.  I fancy some noodles.  

Cabbage and noodles truly are a marriage made in heaven.  Big fat egg noodles, or skinny noodles. Rice noodles, or udon noodles.  Any noodle in fact! 


On its own however, this is fabulously tasty no matter what you choose to enjoy with it.  Rich and salty and earthy.  I think it is the earthy quality of cabbage that draws me in the most. I can never get enough of it. 

I could eat this with a spoon. I could eat a huge plate of this and have nothing else and be in heaven. I could just eat and eat this forever.  In fact if I could only bring one thing to eat to a desert island, it would be this. I love it that much!

Fried Cabbage with Bacon & Onions

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Fried Cabbage with Bacon & Onions
Yield: 4
Author: Marie Rayner
Borrowed from a blog called CakesCottage.  Quick and easy and delicious.  I added a bit of something myself and I think my additions were fabulous, so do see the note at the bottom of the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 rashers of streaky bacon
  • 1 large brown onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 fat cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 medium head of white cabbage, trimmed, cored and sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and chopped
  • The following to taste:
  • salt, black pepper, onion and garlic powder, paprika
  • a knob of butter (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat a skillet and then cook the bacon rashers over medium heat until just crisp. remove and set aside on paper kitchen towelling to drain. Crumble and keep warm.
  2. Add the onion and carrot to the bacon drippings. (Over here our bacon is very lean so there wasn't many. If you find that is the case, add a small splash of olive or rapeseed oil.) Cook, stirring to soften. when it begins to caramelize somewhat add the garlic. Cook and stir until fragrant. Add the cabbage. Cook, tossing and stirring, until the cabbage begins to soften. Season to taste with the seasonings. Add 60ml (1/4 cup) of water and cover. Cook and steam over low heat until the cabbage has softened. Stir in the bacon crumbles. Taste and adjust seasoning as required. If desired stir in a nob of butter. Serve hot.

notes:

What I did:

The cabbage was very good on its own and my husband enjoyed.  Once I had served him his (as a side dish) I added a splash of dark soy sauce, a splash of mirin, about 1 TBS of hoisin sauce and a pack of Udon noodles, and tossed all together, heating it all through.  It was fabulous. Quite simply fabulous.  Nummo!
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This is how I enjoyed mine on the day. With big fat Udon noodles and a splash of soy sauce. It was incredibly yummy! 


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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread



Well, I did a bit of housekeeping on here yesterday and I lost my old blog theme.  I did save the html to a word document, but I have no idea of how to sort that type of thing.  I managed to keep my header, so I guess I should be happy for that.  And I guess I do like the cleaner look without any busy background, and I like the way the blog posts are showing.  It is a neater, tidier look and I can live with that!  Growing pains, they are never easy are they?


Over these past couple of  months not a lot of new cooking has been going on due to the fact I was writing my cookbook, but I manage several new recipes a week, which was pretty good I thought.  I cooked a few cringe worthy things also that I would never show you.  Thing which I thought might be really tasty, but which ended up being blecch.  I hate it when that happens, but it does every now and than. 


This banana loaf recipe is one I got from The Complete Canadian Living Cook Book.  I have had the book for yonks, but haven't really cooked a lot from it.  I have made it my goal this year to try to cook more things from the books I have, and if I find a book that doesn't have a lot of redeemable recipes in it, then I am getting rid. Life is far too short to carry excess baggage, like too many cookery books.


This is a fairly decent banana loaf. It is pretty dense however and heavy. So I suppose whether you like it or not will depend on what you are looking for. If you want dense, then you have struck gold. If you are wanting more cakey, keep looking  . . . 


I do have some really good Banana Loaf recipes on this site.  This one is extremely good and so is this one.


My absolute all-time favourite one is this one, and that's probably because it is incredibly moist from the sour cream and more cake like. I like cake. My ex-bosses husband used to request this once a week.  He liked it toasted and buttered.  It is very good.


There are plenty of chocolate chips in this one I am showing you today.  It is not overly sweet either.  I used a really good quality chocolate chip, almost more bitter than sweet. I think milk chocolate chips would be better actually.  In any case it was very nice buttered and served with a hot drink.  I hope you will try it and then let me know what you think!



*Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf*
Makes one 2 lb loaf (9X5)
The tastiest thing to do with brown speckled bananas. 

280g plain flour (2 cups)
50g sugar (1/4 cup)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
180g chocolate chips (1 cup)
4 large over-ripe bananas, mashed (2 cups)
125g butter, melted (1/2 cup)
60ml milk
2 large free range eggs, beaten 

Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4.  Butter and line a 2 pound loaf tin (9 X 5  inches). 

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Stir in the chocolate chips. Set aside. 

Mash the bananas and then stir in the milk, butter and eggs.  Pour this mixture over top of the dry mixture. Mix together just to blend. Spoon into the prepared loaf tin. Bake in the centre of the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes until well risen, golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.  

Leave to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, before tipping out onto a rack and cooling completely.



Note - I've been using those pan liners which are like muffin cups a lot lately. They are so simple to use and nothing sticks as they are silicone coasted. I highly recommend!

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Byron Potatoes



We love potatoes in this house. In fact I would hazard to say that for both of us, the potato is our favourite vegetable!
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Chili Fry Tacos



I was looking for something quick and easy to make for our tea the other night.  I needed to go grocery shopping and there wasn't a lot of fresh things to choose from. I always have a pretty well stocked store cupboard and so I dug into that for some inspiration. 
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French Dip Au Jus



  On Sundays if I am really on the ball, I like to throw something into the crockpot before I leave for church so that dinner is ready and waiting for us when we get home.  We're usually starving by that time.  I am much less inclined to munch on something I shouldn't if dinner is ready and waiting!  I reckon I am not alone in that! 
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Lemon & Blueberry Sweet Rolls



 I normally like to pull out all the stops for breakfast at the weekend.   A leftover from my working days I suppose.   

I didn't have a lot of time during the week to make much of a cooked breakfast, so Saturdays usually meant I would do us something special. I hear we are supposed to have some nice weather this weekend as well.   I am loving these longer, brighter and warmer days! 

These Blueberry Breakfast Buns fit the bill perfectly. They are like blueberry cinnamon rolls no yeast involved. I suppose you could also call them a blueberry sticky bun!



Retirement means that every day is a bit of a holiday it seems, although in truth I don't know how I ever got everything I had to do done when I was working full time.
 
My retirement time seems to just evaporate into thin air!  I still reserve goodies like this for the weekend however . . . old habits die hard. 



I saw something similar to this on Pioneer Woman Cooks a couple of years back, but you know . . . yeast breads are truly not my forte, and I am rather lazy on top of it all, so I never did anything about it.  
 I got to thinking though, I could really actually do something similar using a buttermilk scone dough . . .



 And so that is what I did.  I created a flaky and light buttermilk scone dough, flavoured with a bit of fresh lemon zest . . .  I rolled this out flat into a rectangle.   
 
I then rubbed butter, sugar and more lemon zest together until it was a bit crumbly.  I sprinkled this over top of the dough . . .


 I scattered fresh blueberries over top and rolled it all up tightly and cut it into thick slices which I placed into a butter glass baking dish. I brushed them with some more butter milk and then baked in a hot oven until the scone dough was all puffed up and golden brown and that lucious lemon and blueberry filling was just slightly oozing.   
 
Slathered with a lemon buttercream drizzle hot out of the oven it made a GORGEOUS breakfast bake. 


And to think . . .  it didn't take hours of waiting for dough to rise or any such thing.  Almost instant, pure taste gratification.   
 
You can spell that SCRUMMDIDDLYUMPTIOUS!  That's almost like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, except its a whole LOT better.  ☺  Tastier too!


 *Lemon & Blueberry Sweet Rolls*
Serves 8

A delicious breakfast bake with tender buttery lemony scone dough, spread with a scrummy lemon sugar, sprinkled with blueberries, rolled up, cut and baked, 
then slathered with a delicious butter lemon icing when done.Served warm, this will have your family oohing and ahhing and thinking about it all day.

For the scone dough:
250g of plain flour (1 3/4 cup plus 1 TBS)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
finely grated zest of 1/2 lemon
pinch of salt
3 TBS caster sugar
40g unsalted butter, softened (3 TBS)
1 large free range egg
75ml of butter milk (1/3 cup)
(may need more as needed to create the perfect dough)

To fill:
12 TBS caster sugar
4 TBS butter
the finely grated zest of one lemon
250g of fresh blueberries (scant 2 cups)

a bit more buttermilk for baking

For the glaze:
195g of icing sugar, sifted (1 1/2 cups)
the finely grated zest 1/2 lemon
the juice of 1/2 lemon
1 TBS softened butter 


 Pre-heat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6.  Butter a deep oval baking dish really well.  (Mine is about 12 inches long at it's widest and 8 inches across at it's deepest, and about 3 inches in depth.) It's important that you butter it well.  Set aside. 


 Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl.   Whisk in the lemon zest, sugar and salt.  Drop in the butter and then rub the butter into the flour mixture with your fingertips until you get a mixture resembling fine bread crumbs.  Beat the egg and buttermilk together.  Stir this into the flour mixture using a round bladed knife.   You made need to add a bit more milk if the dough seems dry.   Knead gently and turn out onto a floured board.  Pat out into a rectangle measuring roughly 8 inches by 12 inches, and about 1/2 inch thick. 


Rub the lemon zest, sugar and butter together for the filling.   Sprinkle this evenly over top of the patted out dough.  Scatter the blueberries over top evenly, pressing them down lightly into the dough.   Starting from the long end, roll up the dough to make a fat roll, trying to roll it as tightly together as possible, and keeping as much of the filling intact as you can.   Press the ends gently to firm up.  Using a very sharp knife, cut into 8 evenly sized slices.  Place the slices into the buttered dish.  I used a very large sharp chef's knife to cut the slices and then let them fall on top of the knife and used the knife to move them to the dish.   Take any bits of berry or sugar that fall out in the process and stick them back in once you get them into the dish.  They will be a fairly snug fit, but not to worry, this is the way it should be.  Brush the top of all with some more butter milk.  

 Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until well risen and golden brown on top.  It should look dry and beginning to just turn brown on the bottoms, which you should be able to see if you have used a clear glass dish. 

 While the buns are baking whisk together the icing sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and softened butter to make a smooth somewhat thin icing.   As soon as you take the buns from the oven slather this delicious icing over top of the warm buns to cover them all.  Let it settle in a bit and then serve warm, separating the rolls and placing each onto serving plates for eating.


I really hope you will give these a go this weekend and that if you do, you enjoy them as much as we did.   Happy Saturday.  Hope the sun shines on you also.  Bon Appetit! 

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Honey & Soy Baked Chicken



Quick baked chicken recipes like this delicious Honey & Soy Baked Chicken are great recipes to have in your recipe repertoire.  Everyone needs a tasty recipe like this up their sleeves!  

It is so simple and so delicious and uses things I always have in the house, and I am betting that you do too!  Finger licking good!



 It's as simple to make as combining a few marinade ingredients in a heavy zip lock bag. You then add some chicken, smushing it around a bit in the bag.

After you let it sit in the refrigerator for several hours, you dump it all into a baking dish and bake it until it is deliciously meltingly tender.



I always buy my chickens whole when there is a deal on them. I then bring them home and cut them up, repackage them in serving size packs of legs, breasts, thighs, wings, etc. 

I then bang them into the freezer.  That way I not only save money, but always have a variety of chicken pieces at my finger tips ready to use.  I freeze the backs and necks for soup as well. It's win/win all around!  
 


 On this particular day I used a mix of drumsticks and thighs.   I guarantee you will love this marinade/sauce.   I

t's filled with lovely oriental flavors . . .  soy, honey, garlic, ginger . . . which bakes into a finger licking sticky glaze. 



 Wings would be really good done in this sauce as well.  I wouldn't do breasts, however, as the long cooking time would dry them out too much.  

Chicken breasts are not really suited to this type of dish at any rate.  You want a nice piece of chicken meat which gets succulent and tender under a long slow cook period that allows the marinade to cook down into that delicious rich and sticky glaze. 



*Honey and Soy Baked Chicken*
Serves 4
Simple and delicious.   A real family favorite. 

3 TBS olive oil
3 TBS dark soy sauce
5 TBS runny honey
4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
salt to taste
3 pounds of chicken pieces (I use thighs and drumsticks) 


Mix the olive oil, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, pepper and salt together in a large plastic food bag with a zip lock top.  Add the chicken pieces and smush them around a bit to coate well in the bag.   Close the bag and place in the refrigerator to marinate for half an hour to an hour.  (Obviously the longer you leave it the more the flavours permeate the chicken.)  Give it a smush every once in a while. 

When you are ready to cook it, preheat the oven to 220*C.425*F/ gas mark 7.   Dump the chicken into a large baking dish and separate the pieces.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Turn the pieces over and bake for a further 15 minutes.  Turn a final time and bake for a further 10 to 15 minutes, until the skin is nicely crisped and the chicken juices run clear.   Serve hot or cold.



Finger licking good! I like to serve these with some steamed basamati rice and maybe some broccoli on the side, also lightly steamed. Bon Appetit! 

Honey & Soy Baked Chicken 

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Lemon Glazed Cinnamon Scrolls



 I love puff pastry.  Well, I love any pastry actually.  I am a pastry afficionado from way back and the butterier and flakier the better! I am a very good pastry maker if I don't say so myself, must be all the years of practice I have had. One thing I don't do however is make my own Puff Pastry from scratch. Call me lazy or whatever. It is very time consuming and the end results are not much better than a good quality all butter puff pastry you can buy in the shops.
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Salmon and Broccoli Quiche



I forget where I was, but it was a couple of weeks ago now, I was visiting with someone and they mentioned baking a quiche for supper a few nights before that and I remember thinking to myself, I have not baked a quiche in a while and my appetite for having quiche was immediately whetted and I thought about nothing else for a few days!
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Skillet Chicken and Spinach Bowties



Skillet Chicken and Spinach Bowties. Today I bring you a pasta dish which is not only quick and easy to make, but quite, quite delicious!  

With it's fresh flavours and pretty colours, this is sure to please almost anyone and is a great way to get the kids to eat their spinach! 

I love easy recipes like this that are not only quick and simple to make, but also incredibly tasty! Don't you?


 It uses simple ingredients such as lean chicken breasts, which you slice and then brown off in a bit of butter, until cooked through. 

I love cooking with chicken breasts. They are so incredibly versatile, adapting themselves to many tastes, cuisines and flavours!


Once browned, you scoop the chicken out and keep them warm. Some garlic is then added to the pan. 

 Once the air is filled with it's lovely smell, cream is added along with lemon zest and lemon juice to create a delicious light Alfredo type of sauce!


  Make sure you have your pasta cooking while you are making the sauce. If you do that the recipe goes together very quickly.

 Once the pasta is cooked you simply drain it and then return it to the pot along with the spinach.  The heat of the pasta wilts the spinach perfectly.


After that you simply stir the sauce, chicken, some cheese and a bit of the pasta water into the pan along with some of the cooking water from the pasta and your dish is ready to serve pronto!  

It is every so quick to make and let me tell you, it pleases this pasta loving heart of mine!  

Chicken, pasta and spinach in a creamy garlic and lemon sauce, with the crunch of toasted pine nuts.  What's not to like?


 *Skillet Chicken and Spinach Bowties*
Serves 4
This quick and easy dish is alive with fresh flavours . . .  lemon, spinach, parmesan, garlic . . .  and cream.  With butter browned chicken bits and crunchy toasted pine nuts, it is a feast for all of the senses!


4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves,
cut into slices crosswise salt and black pepper to taste
2 TBS butter
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
120ml of double cream (1/2 cup heavy cream)
2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
3 TBS fresh lemon juice
500g dried Farfalle (1 pound, bow tie pasta)
160g bag baby spinach (about 6 ounces)
 90g freshly grated Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup)
 40g toasted pine nuts (about 1/3 cup)

 Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Melt one TBS of the butter in a pan.  Cook the chicken pieces, in two lots, adding the remaining butter with the second lots, and cooking until lightly browned and cooked through.  Remove from the pan and set aside.  Keep warm.

Add the garlic to the empty skillet.   Cook over medium heat until fragrant.   Add the cream, lemon zest and lemon juice.  Simmer until the sauce thickens slightly.  Remove from heat.  Cover and keep warm.

 Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. 
 
Cook the farfalle in the boiling water until al dente.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the cooking water and then drain the pasta well.  Return it to the pot.  Add the sauce, cooked chicken, spinach, cheese and pine nuts. Toss together, adding reserved pasta water as needed.  Season to taste with more salt and pepper and serve.


Skillet Chicken and Spinach Bowties

My husband,  even though he isn't really fond of pasta, doesn't seem to mind this too much.  I think it is really just spaghetti he doesn't like because he finds it hard to eat. In any case I think this is something you will enjoy!  Bon Appetit! 

Skillet Chicken and Spinach Bowties


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