Recipes that are delicious and that always work!

You know these recipes are delicious because if I didn't think that they were fabulous . . . I wouldn't be showing them to you. You can also be sure that these recipes work for the same reason! The rest is simply a matter of taste.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Bacon BBQ Chicken


I hesitate to post this as  a recipe, but it is just so darned simple and just so delicious that I cannot resist sharing it with you. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Stove Top Spaghetti

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Invariably, if you are like me, the beginning of the week finds me wondering what I can do with the leftovers from the weekend roast dinner.  I do often make a hash or pot pies, and sometimes sandwiches . . .  but every so often I like to shake things up a bit and do something different.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Sticky Maple Bangers with Irish Champ


Bangers and Mash have to be Todd's favourite meal of all time.   He is a meat and potatoes man through and through.  If both are on the menu then he is a very happy camper.  He hasn't been feeling the greatest lately.  Very, very tired.  He is a very thin man to begin with and it is a struggle to keep the weight on for him.  (I wish!)  In any case I decided to make him a comfort meal consisting of Sticky Maple and Mustard Glazed Bangers with Irish Champ! 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Pear and Hazelnut Frangipane Cakelettes



I have a confession to make.

I am one of those obnoxious people that walk around the grocery shops, tut tutting and taking note of things that look delicious, all the while telling myself that I could quite easily make them at home . . . not only cheaper but somehow tastier too.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake 4 One


One of the most popular and favourite desserts here in the UK has to be Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake.  I can't think of anyone that wouldn't swoon at being presented with a nice bowl of Stocky Toffee Pudding slathered with lashings of cream.  It is just heaven in a bowl.   I first tried it when we were up in the Lake District.  You could buy it readymade in the chiller cabinets at the shops.  It is a Lake District original and considered to be a modern classic!

Friday, 13 January 2017

French Canadian Salmon Pie


For those of you who don't know, my father is a French Canadian, bred and born in the Saguenay Region of Quebec where he lived until he joined the Canadian Military way back when.  My childhood was embroidered with the traditional foods of my mother's English/German ancestry and my father's French traditions.  Some of the French dishes may have been slightly adapted to my mother's tastes and skills in translation, but I believe at the very essence they stayed the same.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Cabbage with Pancetta and Cream



 I love winter food . . . comfort food, warming and filling.   Indoor food.   Foods like earthy root vegetables and potatoes . . . leeks and cabbage.   Cabbage is a real favourite around here, and I'm not picky about the variety either.   I love all types, although in all honesty I really had only ever eaten red or white cabbage prior to moving here to the UK.   I was incredibly naieve as to the many delicious varieties of this fabulous member of the Brassica family.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Chicken Con Queso Bake


 This was something which I made late last week and was it ever good.   I adapted it from a recipe I found on the Betty Crocker Site.  It looked really tasty and like something we would both enjoy.  I didn't have all of the ingredients however and wasn't even sure what salsa con queso was, never having seen it myself.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Crispy Potato Roast

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I did us some lovely Lamb Chops for our New Years Eve Supper last week.  I simply rubbed them with a mixture of rosemary, thyme, garlic, sea salt, white pepper, olive oil and a bit of  good balsamic vinegar that I mashed together with my mortar and pestle.   I let them macerate for a good hour or more while these delicious potatoes were baking and then I quickly grilled them in a hot skillet with a bit of butter for about a minute and a half per side.   They were done perfectly!


Monday, 9 January 2017

Chai Spiced Glazed Doughnut Muffins



 I love muffins.   They are like portable breakfast foods and so delicious enjoyed for breaktimes.  I Love Chai Spice as well and so when I saw a recipe for Chai Spice Donut Muffins on My Baking Addiction, I knew I wanted to bake them.  Dougnuts?  Chai Spice?  Muffins?  Sounded like a winner/winner/winner to me!