Monday, 29 June 2015

Watermelon,cucumber,basil chickpea salad

1 large slice of watermelon small cubes
About 2 cups
1 can chick peas drained rinsed
1 English cucumber diced
8 leaves of basil thinly chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
A pinch of course sea salt
A pinch of cracked pepper
Toss together and enjoy
So good,refreshing on a hot summer day.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

My mom cheat of the day

350 degrees 12 mins 12 muffin tin

1/2 a bag of president choice cookie mix
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup cold water
6 large marshmallows cut in half

Mix together in a bowl (not marshmallows)
Put a heaping tbsp in greased muffin tin
Bake for 10 minutes
Place 1/2 a marshmallow in the middle of each muffin
Place under broil until lightly golden brown.
Smores  without a campfire or the mess.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Busy prepping for my

Busing prepping and practicing for my Master chef Canada audition on Thursday.
Jicama kale apple slaw
Pulled pork
Spicy stewed oxtail
Saskatoon BBQ sauce.

Can't wait for my friends to try it all tonight.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tandoori BBQ crock pot chicken

10 chicken thighs
2 ribs celery
2 carrots
1 onion
1 garlic clove
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp tandoori masala spice (I buy mine at superstore)
2 cup chicken stock

Put onion,celery,carrot,garlic in bottom of crock pot.
Put chicken in, pour lemon juice over chicken, sprinkle with seasoning
Add chicken stock
Set in high for 4 hours or medium for 6.
When cooked stir in 1/2 cup of yogurt or sour cream.
Sever with rice and chick peas

Lemon muffins/vodka lemon glaze

350  14 mins

1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg
Lemon juice from 1 lemon
Zest from 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp b.powder
1 3/4 cup flour

Cream butter and sugar together
Add egg mix well
Add lemon juice,zest
Add b.powder
Add flour mix
If batter is too dry, I add yogurt (a tbsp at a time)


In a sauce pan

1 tsp of butter
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tbsp vodka

On low heat put butter,sugar,lemon juice
Stir until sugar is dissolved, add vodka
Stir occasionally until mixture thickens

Add the hot muffins right out of oven,
If glaze becomes too thick put back on low heat and add a splash of water

Jicama,apple,kale slaw

So good and crunchy

1 jicama peeled and julienned (matchsticks)
2 carrots grated
1 cup kale chopped finely
2 granny smith apples chopped small (leave peel on)
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp celery seed (not salt)
Pinch course sea salt
Pinch of pepper

Monday, 15 June 2015

bacon corn chowder

15 mins  prep  20 mins cook time or throw it in the crock pot

1/2 lb bacon chopped into 1/2 pieces
1 leek finely sliced  (don't use the green part)
2 potatoes peeled and chopped small
1 can creamed corn
1 cup frozen corn
1 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 1/2 cup milk or cream  (your choice)
A pinch of fresh ground pepper
1 sprig of fresh thyme
Salt to taste

Brown bacon until crispy remove from pan
Remove half the bacon grease from the pan and then add the leeks
Cook down for 4-6 mins
On medium heat
Add potatoes,corn,creamed corn
Stir well
Add chicken stock, bring to a slow boil
Add thyme,pepper
When potatoes are soft, turn heat to low and add milk.
Let simmer but not boil!!!!
Stir in bacon before serving

Enjoy with a nice hot quick biscuit.
Recipe for biscuits are found on this blog.

If using a crock pot, cook bacon and leeks and add them with all the other ingredients and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Apple cinnamon loaf with streusel crunch

350. Loaf pan (greased) 25 mins

1 egg
1 cup apple puree or jar applesauce
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tbsp b.powder
1/2 tsp b.soda

In large bowl cream butter and sugar
Add apple sauce mix
Add egg mix
Add cinnamon,b.powder,b.soda
Mix well
Stir in flour ( I add about 1/2 cup at a time) you don't want your batter too dry. If it is add 1/4 cup more apple puree.

3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp b.sugar
1 tbsp corn syrup
Mix together
Add 1/8 cup oats,rice crispies, 2 tbsp bran
You can add chopped nuts if you like
Mix together add to the top of batter once its in your loaf pan.

I turn the oven off once loaf is baked and set a timer for 5 mins leave load in oven for the 5 mins.

Made an awesome BBQ sauce last night

So easy and only a few ingredients needed

1 355 ml bottle of Stir stik stout by half pints
1 heaping tbsp of brown sugar
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
a pinch of chili flakes
a pinch of sea salt and pepper

pour beer into a sauce pan bring to a boil and reduce heat
add ketchup,brown sugar and stir until sugar dissolves
add vinegar,salt,pepper,chili flakes
stir and let simmer until it reduces by 1/4

I served it with pulled pork on a bun

SO freaking good

I think it is time to put my cookbook together.......

I have about 225 recipes in my scribbler and on my blog and I think its time to use a program I found and transfer all of them to my own web-cookbook.
I have healthy,kid friendly,family recipes as well as recipes good for a crowd so I think I will slowly start transferring them over and organizing them.
What do you think? good idea? Are my recipes cookbook worthy?

Summer salads

This recipe is awesome and keeps well in the fridge for a few days

3 cups grated carrot
1 cup thinly sliced nappa cabbage
1 can of black beans drained and rinsed
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 jicama peeled and thinly sliced (match sticks)
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp corriander
2 tbsp lime juice
1/2 lime zested
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 red onion diced

in a large bowl add all of your veggies, beans
in a small bowl put your lime juice,lime zest,olive oil, corriander,cumin mix together well
pour over veggies/beans mix well
add raisins
cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours before serving

I like to add 1/2 a jalapeno finely chopped


Shrimp,cucumber and mango salad

1 lb of shell on cleaned shrimp  uncooked  24-30 shrimp
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 english cucumber  sliced and cut in half  (not too thin,you want the crunch)
3/4 cup chopped fresh mango
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
1 jalapeno ( take seeds out) finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
pinch course sea salt and pepper
2 tbsp olive oil

poach shrimp in pot of boiling water (I put 1/2 lemon in the water)
takes about 2 mins  drain and place shrimp in an ice bath
when cool remove shell and tail

In a glass bowl place cool drained shrimp and cover with lime juice (keep about 3 tbsp of juice)
place in fridge for about 2 hours
in a separate bowl add mango,cucumber,jalapeno,red onion, salt,pepper and 3 tbsp olive oil.
drain off shrimp and add to other mixture, mix well
add remainder of lime juice just before serving
serve cold by itself or on a bed of crisp iceberg lettuce

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Masterchef audition invitation

So I am trying again. My official invitation came via email in Monday.
I will be posting all the recipes that I trying over the next few weeks.
I have to have the perfect bite of food and attitude ready for July 2.

Fingers crossed :)