There is nothing like homemade mincemeat during the holidays. I always make a big batch in the holidays and I use it for all sorts of things. It comes in really handy for mince pies, cakes, pastries, breads etc. The nicest thing is to be able to use your own homemade mincemeat for these things. That way you can control the kinds of fruit you use. I also like to add some flaked almonds to mine.
Monday, 5 December 2016
The Toddster grew up during the War years. He was born just before the beginning of WW2, and was only 7 years old when it finished. His mom was a very traditional cook, and of course there was rationing for all of his growing up years. He has very fond memories however of the dishes his mother made. He especially loved her meat puddings.
Sunday, 4 December 2016
You just can't beat having a delicious homebaked muffin for a great "Breakfast on the Go!" Now that the school year has begun once more in earnest . . . those morning moments are all the more precious. Breakfast being the most important meal of the day . . . it's also really important that you eat something which is substantial, fairly healthy and that will help to keep you going until at least coffee break time!
Saturday, 3 December 2016
I've always been a great fan of chocolate and nuts together. When I was a child we always got a big box of Black Magic Chocolates given to us every Christmas time. Next to the caramel ones, the chocolate covered nuts were a real favourite with everyone . . . with each of us vying to try to get our dibs in first. Usually though my mom got there before any of us. My dad got the cherries, my mom the nuts . . . and we children were left to squabble over the caramels. Nobody wanted the coffee flavoured ones. Rank does have it's privileges . . .
Friday, 2 December 2016
Do you know what today was? (Thursday as I write this.) Torture Todd with pasta day! Yes . . . every once in a while, I have a day in my kitchen, where I play Torture the Toddster with Pasta. He hates pasta. I love pasta. Now and again I just have to have my fix. He doth protest somewhat . . . but meh . . . you can't have things your own way all of the time can you?
Thursday, 1 December 2016
These Quick Drop Danish are fabulously delicious breakfast buns that I have made over and over through the years. I think that the recipe originally came from Bisquick, but I have adapted it to use my own homemade baking mix and it works beautifully that way. (Recipe for both the buns and the mix below)
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
The Holiday season is upon us and I wanted to take the opportunity today to show you a delicious cheese spread that will come in really handy over the coming weeks. It is easy and quick to make and everyone just loves it! Its also great for game time if you are a game time kind of a person! Actually its good for any type of get-together!
Tuesday, 29 November 2016
I think Toad in the Hole has to be one of Todd's favourite meals. Just in case you are wondering what Toad in the hole is . . . it is a traditional British dish consisting of sausages in Yorkshire pudding batter, usually served with onion gravy and vegetables. You can dress it by adding herbs to the batter or onions, etc. but basically it is just sausages and a pudding batter baked together. Simple.
Monday, 28 November 2016
I made a nice Macaroni and Cheese for supper one night at the weekend and had a bit extra mac and cheese that didn't fit into the casserole dish. I hate waste and so I decided to do what any who loves to cook, loves to eat and hates waste would do. I created something tasty with it. Don't shoot me because once you see this, your life will never be the same again. 💕 Sorry about that!
Sunday, 27 November 2016
When I first moved over here twelve years ago . . . there were some things that you just couldn't find. Things like Betty Crocker cake mixes, Marshmallow Fluff, and Skippy Peanut Butter, amongst other things. You never know what you will miss until you can't have it any more . . .
Over those years I have had to learn to adapt some of my favourite recipes to use other ingredients that are available over here . . . but there were still some things that you just couldn't adapt no way . . . no how. I used to bring back oodles of stuff each time I went over to Canada to visit my family. Todd used to do a lot of moaning about that . . . but I just reminded him of how he would feel if he couldn't get marmite anymore!