Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Maple Walnut Scones

It's maple sugar time in Eastern Canada.
Time to taste all the sweetness our
Maple Syrup has to offer.
A natural product,
 made from the sap of the maple trees.

This maple scone recipe
makes a large batch of 16 scones.

3 1/2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cups butter
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup milk
1/2 cup maple syrup. (Pancake syrup will do also)
1/2 tsp maple flavouring/extract

Preheat oven to 425 deg. F
In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in the walnuts

In a separate bowl stir together the milk,
 maple syrup and maple extract.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until a soft dough is formed.
Dump the dough onto a floured surface

Divide the dough in half.
Gently pat each half into a 7 inch circle about 7/8 inch thick.
Handle the dough as less as possible.

Cut each dough circle into 8 wedges and place on a cookie sheet.

With a pastry brush, I brush off the excess flour and brush the tops with milk to make them brown.

Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes (425 deg.)

Maple Glaze:
Combine 1 cup of powdered (icing sugar) sugar with 2 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tbsp milk. (Add more milk is not liquid enough)
 Dribble over scones. (As you can see, I'm not a good dribbler)

Quebec Maple Syrup
I made another batch today with pecans:  Delicious also.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Aglio E Olio Spaghetti

This pasta dish is fast and easy 
to make and so delicious.
The main ingredients are olive oil, garlic and pasta.
I add some mushrooms.

Spaghetti or Spaghettini for 2 servings
Olive Oil
4 large garlic cloves sliced
6 large mushrooms sliced
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

Cook spaghetti and put aside 1 cup of the of the pasta water.

Slice mushrooms and garlic

Add the red pepper flakes and olive oil to frying pan with 
the garlic and mushrooms and cook about 5 minutes
or until garlic is slightly brown.

Add the reserved pasta liquid and
 the pasta and simmer for 5 minutes
Add salt and pepper to taste.

Remove from heat,
 add the parsley and cheese 
 and serve.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Honey Nut Date Loaf

Chocolate chips
added for extra flavour.
Moist and full of nutrition.
Great with afternoon tea
or dessert.


3/4 cup dates
1 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch of nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup of vegetable oil. (canola can be used also.)
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans)
3/4 cup chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 325 deg. F
Grease a loaf pan

Place dates in a bowl and cover them with very hot water
Let the dates soak while you prepare the cake batter.

In a large bowl add the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt,  nutmeg and brown sugar.

In another bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, honey, eggs and vanilla.

Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until a batter is formed.

Drain the dates and chop into small chunks.
Fold dates into batter

Coat walnuts and chocolate chips with 1 tsp. of flour
and fold into batter.

Place batter in loaf pan

Bake about 1 hr. or until a toothpick inserted in the centre
 comes out clean.
The aroma coming from the kitchen while 
they are baking is absolutely divine.
Remove from oven and set on a wire rack to cool

Recipe adapted from Zabars. and The Charm of Home Blog

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Salmon Pie

Salmon is an excellent source of high 
quality protein, vitamins and minerals. 
High in omega-3 fatty acids.

This salmon pie is easy to make
with few ingredients and
only one pie crust on top.

 2 cups of salmon with 
 with skin and bones removed.
(I used red Pacific wild salmon)
About 6 potatoes
2 celery stocks chopped
1 onion chopped
1 garlic clove chopped
Pepper, parsley and savory.

Boil and mash potatoes

Sante onions, celery and garlic
Add to onion mixture to salmon
along with pepper, parsley and savory.
(Or your favourite herb)

Grease a 9 inch pie plate
Press 1/2 of the potatoes in the bottom

Place the salmon on top of the potatoes

Add the remaining potatoes on top of the salmon

Roll out dough to cover pie
Place dough on top of pie
Bake 400 degrees F 25-30 minutes.


Serving suggestions: 
A white sauce:
     1 can cream of mushroom or 
     cream of celery soup and 1/2 can water.
Or serve with ketchup or chili sauce.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Coconut Snowballs

If you're a coconut lover,
you'll love these snowballs.

Dipped in icing sugar
(confectioners sugar), 
and rolled in coconut, 
these decadent snowballs are
 sure to add sweetness
 and prettiness to an
afternoon tea, also 
great for a children's party.

Makes 1 dozen 

1/2 cup unsalted softened butter
3 tablespoons icing sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract (I used coconut extract)
Pinch of salt.
1 cup all-purpose flour.
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

For the dipping:
1 cup icing sugar (confectioners sugar),
2 tbsp. milk (approx)
1 1/2 cups coconut 
Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
Add the vanilla and salt.
Add in the flour.
Stir in the nuts.
Place dough in refrigerator wrapped in plastic wrap
 for approx. 1/2 hr.

Remove from fridge,
Preheat oven to 350 deg. F
Shape dough in small balls approx. 1 inch in diameter
Place on cookie sheets.

Bake for 12-14 minutes.
Do not over bake.
They should be slightly brown on the bottom
but not cracked on the top.

Cool completely.

Mix together the icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
and milk until smooth but not thick.
Place coconut for dipping in another bowl.

Dip cookies in glaze letting it drip down sides.
I hold it between 2 forks and let the excess drip off.
Dip and roll into coconut until completely covered.

Place on a rack to let the glaze harden. 


They taste as good as they look!!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

A fast and easy meal.
I made this for New Years Supper.

Very tender, falls apart,
with a lot of flavour.

2 pork tenderloins

In some countries pork tenderloin is call pork fillet. 
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup Balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
2 garlic cloves chopped
1 onion chopped.

Mix all the ingredients together.
I mixed all the ingredients together
 in a 2 cup measuring cup
 and poured it over the 2 pork tenderloins 
in the slow cooker.

Below, I had 2 tenderloins together.

Set slowcooker on low speed for 6-8 hrs.
I always try to have my meals in the slow cooker by 10 am,
if I am having it for supper.
Reminder: Do not lift the cover of the slowcooker too often.
Heat loss will disturb the cooking time.
I check it 1/2 way and turn over the tenderloins.
It could also be cooked faster, 4-6 hrs. on higher speed.

It was served with peas and corn,
 a carrot, cranberry and almond salad
 parsley potatoes and pickled beets.

The tenderloin refers to the major muscle
along the central spine portion of the pork.
 This is the most tender part of the animal because 
these muscles are used for posture,
 rather than movement.

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