Friday, May 23, 2014

Fiddlehead Omelette

This delicious Omelette 
is very nutritious 
and easy to make
Recipe makes 2 Omelettes



Delicious







Ingredients

  • 4 tsp butter
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh fiddleheads, brown papery cover removed (or 1 pkg/250 g frozen fiddleheads, thawed and drained)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tbsp milk or water
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives

  • In a nonstick skillet, melt half of the butter over medium-high heat; sauté fiddleheads, garlic, and a pince of salt and pepper until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl; set aside.
Melt 1 tsp of the remaining butter in same skillet over medium heat. In bowl, lightly beat together eggs, milk and remaining salt and pepper; pour half into skillet and cook, gently lifting edge with spatula to let uncooked eggs flow underneath, until almost set, about 3 minutes.
Sprinkle half of the fiddlehead mixture over half of the omelette; fold uncovered half over top and cook for 1 minute. Slide onto plate; keep warm. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
Sprinkle with chives.

Variation:
Fiddlehead and Cheese Omelette: Sprinkle 2 tbsp shredded cheese (such as Gouda or Swiss) over fiddleheads before folding omelette


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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Frozen Berry Pie

Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ .Frozen berries are a great alternative to fresh for winter baking. 
 You don't need to thaw your berries before cooking, a slightly longer baking time is needed.
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This recipe yields 2 pies as in the photo above.


ingredients:

  • cups (2 pounds) mixed frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch or Tapioca
  • tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • One pie crush recipe. I use Crisco All-Vegetable Shortening.

  • directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees . In a large bowl,  toss together the frozen berries, sugar, cornstarch (or Tapioca) and lemon juice.
  2. Unroll  pie crust into one 10 and 7 inch plates.
  3. Pour the fruit mixture into the crust and dot with the butter. Cover top with pie crust.
  4.  Cut 3 slits in the center of the crust.
  5.  Mix together the egg yolk and cream and brush onto the pie. (optional)
  6.  Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees, then increase the heat to 375 degrees . and bake until the crust is nicely browned, about 20 minutes longer.

  • Enjoy...
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Crock Pot Maple Syrup Black Forest Ham


It is Maple Syrup Season here in Eastern Canada.  What tastes better than a Ham cooked in Maple Syrup..



My recipe is for a small Crock Pot.

ingredients:
One low fat  Black Forest Ham
-800 gr.
1/2 cup Maple Syrup
2 potatoes
Parsley
Pepper

To cut down on Sodium, I boil my ham in a deep pot for a few minutes and drain.
Spray your Crock Pot with Pam. It will be easier to clean after.

Cut 2 medium potatoes in slices and put in the bottom of the Crock Pot.
Then I sprinkle them with Parsley and Pepper. (salt if you desire)
Place Ham on top, pour Maple Syrup over Ham
Cover and cook 4 1/4 hrs. 
Delicious......







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Kale & Spinach Soup


Today I made a nutritious Kale and Spinach Soup.
  
  Kale and Spinach are recognized for their exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits and delicious flavour.

      I am planning to plant them in my garden this year. Here is my recipe. 
recipe:
4 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock
1/4 each rice and barley
1/2 large onion
2 Celery Stocks
3 Parsnips
3 Carrots
1 small white Turnip
1 small can Tomato Soup
2 Potatoes
3 cups of each cut up Kale & Spinach
1 can Bean Medley, 19 oz. You can use any other beans.

Put Stock in a large pot. Add Rice, Barley, Cut up Onion and Celery, bring to a boil. Meanwhite cut up Parnips, Carrots and Turnip. Add to pot. Stir in Tomato Soup and simmer for 1/2 hr. Add Potatoes and simmer 15 more minutes. Add Kale, Spinach and Beans, simmer 10 minutes more. You will have to add more water to make it the right consistency to suit your taste.

 Enjoy.



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No Sugar Banana Muffins

Today I made  healthy, Banana Muffins. 
 Sugar is replaced with Apple Sauce and Honey



tip:
The secret of good muffins is to stir the batter until the flour is just dampened.
The batter should be lumpy. Over mixing causes tunnels and a tough texture.
Perfect muffins are light and tender with rough shiny golden crusts.

    Recipe:
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup unsweetened Apple Sauce (I use one small container of Motts)
3/4 cup Honey
2 Eggs beatened
3 mashed overipe Bananas
(walnuts optional)
     
Combine Flour, Baking Soda, and Salt.
In a separate bowl mix together Applesauce, Honey,
 Eggs and Mashed Bananas.
Sir with flour mixture just until moistened.
     Bake 350 degrees 
 for about 20 mins. Convection 18 mins.
 (I made 16 medium muffins)....
   *This recipe can also be used for Banana Loaf. bake for 60-65 mins.

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Chocolate Bran Banana Muffins

These Delicious Bran, Chocolate, 
Banana Muffins are full of Nutritious Value. 






Ingredients:
*1 1/4 cups All-Bran Cereal
*3/4 cup milk 
*1 cup all-purpose flour
*1/2 cup brown sugar
*1/4 cup cocoa powder
*1 tbsp baking powder
*1/4 tsp each baking soda and salt
*1 egg
*1/4 canola oil
*3 large ripe bananas mashed.
*1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Preheat Oven to 400F or 350F for convection oven.

   *Combine cereal and milk in a medium bowl and let soften for 2 minutes. 
   *In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
   *Beat egg, oil and mashed bananas into cereal mixture. Stir into dry ingredients until just combined. 
   *Fold in chocolate chips, fill muffin pans.
   *Top with a few chocolate chips.
This will make 12 large muffins or 15 medium muffins....

Bake for 15 to 20 mins. 
           Enjoy, they are delicious...
tip:  The secret of good muffins is to stir the batter until the flour is just dampened.
The batter should be lumpy. Overmixing causes tunnels and a tough texture.
Perfect muffins are light and tender with rough shiny golden crusts.

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Cinnamon Rolls


No yeast in these Cinnamon Rolls,
A favorite with my family






Preheat Oven to 375 degrees

iNGREDIENTS:
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3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
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2 eggs beaten
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup melted butter or margarine.

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(Sugar mixture)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine melted
3 tbsp. cinnamon
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Whisk together  flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
In a small bowl combine eggs, milk and melted butter
and add all at once to dry ingredients.
 Mix all together to make a soft dough
Knead lightly approx. 10 times.
Roll or pat into a rectangular shape approx. 12" by 16"
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Sugar mixture: Combine sugar, melted butter and cinnamon.
Spread sugar mixture over dough.(I use a spatula to spread it)
Roll up dough as for jelly roll, seal edges and slice (Approx. 1/4")
Bake in oven 375 degrees for approx. 15-20 mins.
enjoy......



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Lemon Loaf



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     If you are a lemon lover, you'll love Lemon Loaf. 
It is very good served warm or cold.
 Serve it for breakfast or for an afternoon snack.











Recipe:
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
1/3 cup milk
the juice of a lemon

In a large bowl cream together butter & sugar
Add eggs, one at a time, beating until creamy
blend in milk
  • In another bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda  and lemon rind.
  • Pour into batter
  • Stir to moisten
  • GLAZE
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • the juice of a lemon
Put in pan (for this recipe today, I used 3 mini pans and cooked them approx 45 mins.)


Bake 350 degrees
*While it is cooking mix together the Glaze.
*Loaf is cooked when toothpick inserted in middle comes out dry.

*Cool loaf in pans for 5 mins.
*Remove to rack while still hot.
*Pick holes in the loaves with toothpick and brush or pour over glaze.


*Cool



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