Veggie Chilli
Dec04

Veggie Chilli

Prep 25 minutes | Ready in 30 minutes INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp vegetable oil 1 cup onions, chopped ¾ cup carrots, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup sweet potato chopped in bit size squares 1 cup red peppers, chopped ¾ cup celery, chopped 1 tbsp chilli powder 1 (28oz) can whole peeled tomatoes with liquid, chopped 1 (19oz) can kidney beans with liquid 1 (19oz) tomato baked beans 1 tbsp ground cumin 1½ tsp dried oregano 1½ tsp dried...

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Vanilla Cake
Dec04

Vanilla Cake

INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened 2 ¼ cups granulated sugar ½ cup liquid egg whites 1 ½ cups buttermilk 2 ¼ tsp baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 tsp vanilla ½ tsp each baking soda and salt DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 8-inch round cake pans; line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside. In stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg whites and...

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Steamed Lobster
Dec04

Steamed Lobster

INGREDIENTS: 4 live lobsters, ¾-2 lbs ½ lb unsalted butter  4 wooden skewers DIRECTIONS: Choose a pot with a tight-fitting lid that is large enough to fit the lobsters with room for the steam to circulate around them. Wrap the lid tightly with a kitchen towel. Place a steamer basket or an upturned colander in the pot, and pour in cold water to a depth of about 2 inches. Cover and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, put the lobsters on a...

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Seafood Chowder
Dec04

Seafood Chowder

INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 tbsp butter 2 slices bacon, chopped 1 large onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 leek, finely chopped 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 2 med potatoes, peeled and chopped 1⁄3 cup plain flour 3 cups vegetable or fish stock, heated 1 cup white wine 1 lb haddock or sole, cut into ¾ “ cubes 8 ozs scallops, cleaned and halved 8 ozs small shrimp, peeled and de-veined 1 cup heavy cream 1⁄3 cup fresh...

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Roasted Whole Red Snapper
Dec04

Roasted Whole Red Snapper

INGREDIENTS: 2 tbsp fresh ginger, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 serrano chili, seeded and minced 1 tsp thyme, chopped 1/8 tsp allspice, ground 1 tbsp canola oil, plus more for rubbing DIRECTIONS: Preheat the oven to 425°. Mix all of the above ingredients (except the oil) together with a large pinch of salt. Transfer the paste to a small bowl and stir in the oil. Make 5 parallel 3-inch-long slashes on each side of the snapper,...

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Lemony Spinach & Chicken Soup
Dec04

Lemony Spinach & Chicken Soup

Yields: 1 serving | Cook Time: 40 minutes INGREDIENTS: 200 gram chicken 2 cups chicken broth  (or substitute 1 cup water for 1 cup broth) ½ lemon with rind ½ cup closely packed spinach, cut in strips 1 tbsp onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced & crushed 1 stalk lemongrass (optional) ¼ tsp thyme (to taste)  cayenne pepper (to taste)  salt & pepper (to taste) DIRECTIONS: Lightly brown the chicken in a small saucepan with a...

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Festive Favourites – Drinks
Dec04

Festive Favourites – Drinks

Winter Wonderland INGREDIENTS: 2 oz rumchata 1 oz grenadine Garnished with candy cane or cinnamon stick Sparkling Mistletoe INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp honey  (slightly melted) 1 shot lemon cordial 1 shot gin 1 cup tonic water 1 cup ice cubes DIRECTIONS: Combine the honey and lemon cordial together. Pour mixture over ice. Add a shot of gin and top with tonic water. Stir gently. Jack Frost INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ ozs vodka 1 ½ ozs blue curacao 1 ½ ozs...

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Curried Rice
Dec04

Curried Rice

INGREDIENTS: 1 onion, finely diced 3 cloves garlic, finely diced 3 tbsp olive oil 4 tsp Curry Powder 2 cups rice 2 tsp salt 3¼ cups water DIRECTIONS: Cook onion and garlic in a 3-4 quart saucepan over med-low heat until softened. Add curry powder and rice and cook, stirring often, about 1 min. Add water and salt and bring to a boil, uncovered, without stirring, until the surface of the rice is covered with steam holes and the grains...

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Cranberry, Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls
Dec04

Cranberry, Pecan Mini Goat Cheese Balls

Prep time: 10 mins | Makes: 30 Holiday entertaining has never been easier or more delicious! So easy to make and gorgeous too! Perfect for Christmas, and New Year’s! (Can be made in advance!) INGREDIENTS: 2 – 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened 4 oz goat cheese 4 oz white cheddar cheese, grated ½ cup roughly chopped dried cranberries ½ cup finely chopped pecans ¼ cup thinly sliced chives Coating: ½ cup thinly sliced chives ½...

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Caramel Apple Cheesecake
Dec04

Caramel Apple Cheesecake

Yields: 12 servings | Prep: 45 min. | Bake: 50 min INGREDIENTS: 1½ cups graham cracker crumbs ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup butter, melted 1 pkg (14oz) caramels ²⁄³ cup evaporated milk ½ cup chopped pecans 2 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened 2 tbsp all-purpose flour 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1½ cups chopped peeled apples ½ tsp ground cinnamon DIRECTIONS: Place a greased 9” springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Securely wrap...

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Brie, Salami and Cranberry Crostini
Dec03

Brie, Salami and Cranberry Crostini

Prep Time: 10 min | Cook Time: 15 min Serving: 18 pieces 1 whole grain baguette ¼ cup olive oil 1 pkg quality salami 1 round  Brie cheese 1 cup dried cranberries ½ cup fresh mint leaves Cut baguette into one-third inch slices, on a bias. Lightly coat with olive oil and bake for eight minutes at 375 degrees F° until lightly toasted. Slice brie into thin strips and place on bread. Top with salami and a teaspoon of dried cranberries....

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Apple Slaw
Dec03

Apple Slaw

INGREDIENTS: 3 cups cabbage, chopped 1 red apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped 1 green apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped 1 carrot, grated 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped 2 green onions, finely chopped 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice, or to taste DIRECTIONS: In a large bowl, combine cabbage, red apple, green apple, carrot, red bell pepper, and green onions. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise,...

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Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts
Aug28

Victorian Thanksgiving Recipes – Desserts

MINCE TARTS Ingredients: 8 oz        plain flour 1              egg – room temperature 3 oz        butter 3 oz        lard Pinch of salt 1              jar of mincemeat (Crosse & Blackwell is great!) Pastry Directions: 1. Beat the room temperature egg with ¼ cup of water. 2. Combine the flour, butter and lard in a bowl and work it with your fingertips until crumbly.  Mix in enough of the egg/water mix to hold the flour mixture...

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