Healthy Soul Archives 2010…

December 30th

The holidays are never complete unless I concoct a fabulous new Martini. With Jamaica being a love of mine….and after spending a wonderful family vacation there in November, I picked up a small bottle of Dr. McGillicuddy’s vanilla liqueur…..and created! πŸ™‚

Introducing….my ‘Jamaica Kiss Martini’

She is strikingly beautiful with gorgeous shades of red, green and yellow…and very pleasing to the palate πŸ™‚

December 28th

After lots of turkey and all the trimmin’s over Christmas, we decided on a nice pork roast for supper last night. It was fabulous…roasted with juicy apples, garlic and onions it sure was a welcomed change.

‘Garlic & Lime Pork Loin Roast’

Happy Boxing Day

Well it’s been another wonderful Christmas …this year being especially exciting with our new grandson. A new family tradition has started on the baby’s first Christmas.. Aging does have it’s benefits. πŸ™‚

Boxing day is one of relaxing and reflecting of our loved ones who are no longer with us…..but also on the joyous events of the past 24 hours.

We always love using up our left over Seafood Caserole….and serve it up as ‘Seafood Benedict’…..yummmmmm

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL MY FOODIE FRIENDS

I wish you all happiness and health and prosperity for the year to come….
It’s a time for family, friends and loved ones….

And good food and cheer!

Ho Ho Ho da Rum…..

December 20th

The week ahead will be a busy one for sure…

Over the weekend we made these yummy appetizers. A great choice for your Crhistmas or New Year’s get-together.

‘Shrimp & Tomato Brushetta Bites’

December 13th

One of my favorite foods for a brunch is quiche.

Bacon Brunch Quiche

When it’s just too late for the weekend breakfast of bacon and eggs….and lunch can always be a dilema….I love a hot quiche right out of the oven.

December 6th

Well, as you might be able to tell from my lack of new posts and recipes, after a week back to work, I am finding it hard to get back into the world of food blogging. I took close to 4 thousand pictures while in Jamaica….so I have been busy with picture sharing and work.

This weekend we decided on a prime rib roast….Yummmmmm….

December 1st

After a wonderful vacation…I am finally getting back to my blog. I never cooked a thing for almost 3 weeks….and it was great. We had a fabulous housekeeper who took care of all our needs…and cooked up some great Jamaican dishes.

A relaxing and inspiring island……Jamaica is my home away from home…..

I did however….make a great soup this week. ‘Beef Shank Lentil Soup with Jamaican Spinners’

November 9th

Just a couple of more days of tying up loose ends and cleaning out the fridge. With a big package of ground beef in the freezer I decided on a meatball dish….which seems to be a hit in this house.

‘Polynesian Glazed Meatballs with Peaches’…

November 6th

It’s that time of the year again, when we venture off to our favorite place in the world.

Jamaica… πŸ™‚

Just that name conjures up wonderful thoughts in my mind. The islands’ beauty is second to none….and the people are the best!

We love the food in Jamaica…..curried goat, jerk chicken, rice and peas….and brown stewed fish & chicken….

Our friend Paula at 3 Dives makes the best…..

Brown Stewed Chicken, Steamed vegetables…calallo, rice and peas….

After picking up our the latest version of the ‘Inspired’ Holiday issue from Sobey’s here in Canada, I was thrilled when I turned to page 32…and WOW…saw such a beautiful site.

Seared scallops topped with toasty salami and artichokes. I deviated slightly from their version and topped mine with Italian marinated mushrooms.

What a treat!

October 30th

I realize how fortunate we are to live in a part of the world that is so close to the ocean. Seafood and shellfish is a staple in our home…spring, summer, fall and even in the winter. The abundance of fresh seafood and the selection is second to none.

If you been following my blog, then you know how much we love salmon. It’s a challenged to come up with new and exciting ways to cook and serve a nice salmon meal. After looking through the refrigerator and the cupboards….I came up with this…

Sesame & Teriyaki Salsa Grilled Salmon

October 28th

Real Men DO Eat Quiche!! and I know first-hand. πŸ™‚

Last night was was of those easy cooking and dining themes. My daughter had mentioned to me that she had made a quiche the day before. That was it! Tonight I would enjoy a slice of quiche with a nice fresh mixed salad.

I picked up some crab meat ( immitation ) but it certainy does the trick in a quiche….or egg pie as it actually is!

Crab & Swiss Quiche

My husband will enjoy his today….and we all know sometimes food is Soooooo much better the second day!

Pasta Sauce is a favorite during the week, and I like to try new ways to make a tasty spaghetti sauce. I bought a nice butternut squash and decided to try a ‘Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce’ and it turned out to be delicious. With a nice fresh whole wheat baguette, and some gourmet spicy herb gouda cheese, and I came up with these yummy appetizers.

Saucy Gouda Bites

October 26th

October 24th

Sometimes during the week, meals need to be easy and even a last minute idea. A couple of staples I always have in my cupboard are tins of tuna and salmon. You can do so much with with a little imagination, adding whatever your heart desires to the mix.

I love spicy and tangy foods, so I decided to add peppers, onions, jalepenos, horseradish, garlic into the tuna melt mix…and it sure was tasty.

Economical…and one of those comforting foods that we all crave now and then.

Tangy Tuna Melt

With homemade pickles too…..Mmmmmmm

 

October 21st

Simple …yet elegantly delicious. Fresh salmon needs very little to dress it up. I made a great tasting tangy citrus vinegarette with oranges, lemons, limes, herbs and white wine to enhance the wonderful taste of the salmon.

Citrus Poached Salmon

October 20th

With fall in full swing now, I can’t get enough of the gorgeous beauty around every corner. Brought my camera with me today…and the trees in Eastern Canada are quickly losing their leaves.

I noticed a big difference from just last week. I reposted a fall favourite from last year….., but tonight’s yummy dish will be….Citrus Poached Salmon

Baked Squash with Three Bean Medley

October 16th

With all of the gorgeous colours of fall….vibrant reds, bright orange pumpkins and beautiful leaves of every colour, it seemed like a good time to come up with a new martini.

Harvest Moon Martini

October 14th

This really was a week of left overs, but I am certainly not complaining. I utilized every last piece of meat and cooked up all the veggies in the house.

Last night, I made a traditional Shepherd’s pie, just like my mother made for us growing up. With Scottish parents there were many traditional british meals in our house.

A Sunday meal was most likely pot roast, which we all loved. We could always count on a Shepard’s pie sometime during the week.

October 13th

Well, we all know…there is nothing better than leftovers from a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, but when the carcass has been pretty much picked over, there is only one thing left to do.

Grab your biggest pot and boil up the carcass. I love homemade soup, but since I have been under the weather for a week now, soup is just what the Doctor ordered. πŸ™‚

Tomato Turkey Soup with Rice

Thanksgiving Monday

An awesome way to use up that left over squash from a Thanksgiving Day feast. Add some great spices….nutmeg, curry, allspice…..with onions and garlic, this soup definitely…feeds the soul. πŸ™‚

Buttercup Squash & Garlic Soup

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

A time for family and friends to share the bounty of fall. Turkey, stuffing, vegetables, cranberries…all the trimmings of a wonderful spread of food.

Take the time to smile…and share a kind word with those you love.

October 6th

Enjoying a good Italian night every now and then is so enjoyable. Open a nice bottle of your favorite wine and sip on a glass while making spaghetti sauce from scratch. The kitchen fills with the aroma of basil and garlic, and it’s heavenly.

A great way to use your sauce, with an added twist to the same old garlic bread, is to dress it up. Adding sauce, cheeses and tomatoes….along with bacon bits gives cheese bread a whole new meaning! πŸ™‚

October 3rd

When you live in Atlantic Canada, you have to take every advantage of the wonderful fresh seafood that is readily available. It’s been a week of scallops and new recipes.

We decided on Scallops wrapped in bacon as our Friday appetizer, and Saturday’s fabulous supper was a ‘Seafood Lasagne’ using our 30 year old Blue Nose Seafood Casserole recipe that we make every Christmas…

September 30th

Thanks to my sister-in-law Ruth for her fabulous tasting Blackberry preserves and the creation of last night’s dinner theme!

Blackberry Vodka Martinis & Seared Scallops in Blackberry Wine Sauce. Yummmmmm….

I was inspired to create this dish with the wonderful plump, sweet blackberries which she painstakingly hand-picked and prepared with tender love and care. I was lucky enough to get a jar and after having it on toast a couple of times, I realized it would be a fabulous compliment with large succulent scallops.

Marjoram is an herb which I haven’t used much, but it looks similar to oregano. It tastes milder and sweeter and smells of pine and citrus which brings out the rich flavours of the juicy scallops.

Pan seared and served in a blackberry wine sauce…these would be a hit for any dinner party.

Serve with a light Pinot Noir and savour every bite!

September 29th

I can’t believe we are almost at the end of September! Wow…where did the time go…I must have been spending too much tiime in the kitchen….lol

My sister-in-law Ruth, has a flair for making jams, and preserves. I definitely know that is not my calling in life, so why pretend. Let’s stick with what we do best. πŸ™‚

She gave me a jar last month and today I decided to create….

I came up with this delightful martini…

Blackberry Vodka Martini

September 26th

l LOVE CANADA….and Im particulary proud to be a Canadian lving in Eastern Canada.

One of our favourite drinks in Canada is the classic ceasar made with Clamato Juice. A wonderful blend of tomato, clam juice, spices, worchestshire, tabasco, pepper, lemon and horseradish (for those who love the original recipe).

So I decided I wanted to cook up a spicy shrimp dish using clamato, and I came up with this tasty dish,,,,

‘Shrimp Clamato Supreme’

September 24th

Weeknight suppers need to be easy but exciting. I love adding Mango to most anything I cook, and Fajitis are no exception. Love the sweet and tangy taste together. Add some herbs and spices, chicken and sauted veggies….and voila!

Spicy Carib Mango and Chicken Fajitas

September 22

Autumnal Exquinox… First Day of Fall greeted by full moon.

This is the first time in 19 years it comes on the same night as the full moon, known as the Harvest Moon.

I captured this sunset with a spectacular vibrant red lighting up the sky. This won’t happen again till 2029.

A red reflection over the water….

September 20th

Weekly meals for one….or for your family need to be easy. I always have canned tuna and salmon on hand, and these quesadillas are a perfect choice. With basic fresh veggies in the crisper, you can have this meal on the table in no time. Fresh salsa is always nice and if you happen to have sour cream on hand….that’s great on the side.

Autumn colours ….reds, yellows and orange are now making an appearance. I love the fresh crisp morning air….and a warm sunny day to be able to enjoy natures beauty.

The same gorgeous colours can be found in fall fruits and vegetables. This delicious butternut squash boat is filled with curried shrimp….and tastes oh..so yummy….

September 13th

The mornings are now feeling fall-like, which is a good time to add more warm food ideas to the menu.

A real favorite food that we cooked this past weekend was lamb. I simply LOVE lamb…..I grew up with lamb dishes cooked by my mother and I still consider it a special meal. It is pricier than chicken and beef….but the wild wonderful flavour of lamb is hard to beat.

We decided on ‘Rosemary Lamb Chops with Mint Gravy’

Served with herb roast potatoes, and lovely dark mint sauce and fresh asparagus with lemon.

September 11th

Yesterday would have been my mothers 83rd birthday..and it has been 7 years since her passing. My mother was the inspiration for this blog, with her love for cooking and her wooden spoons that she so loved to use. I spent part of the day looking at old photos and reminiscing about all the wonderful times growing up. We miss her, but will always have her in our memories.

This picture was taken probably 15 years ago, with a surprise visit and birthday celebration for my mother, Eleanor.

Being from Scotland, one of my mother’s favorite foods was fish. She loved to prepare fish, in as many ways possible. Last night we made a wonderful meal that she would have truly enjoyed. I think I will name this dish after my mother.

I used her favorite wooden spoon to cook and stir the delicious fennel and mint sauce which was a interesting and delightful blend to compliment the grilled halibut. She would have been impressed with this meal.

‘Ellie’s Fennel & Mint Grilled Halibut

September 10th

What I love about fall weather, is creating new soups! There really is nothing better than a hot bowl of fresh vegetables concocted into a tasty and soul warming soup.

There is never a shortage of ways to cook great soups, and just about any ingredient you like can go into a big pot of soup.

This week, I had a craving for a ‘Roasted Tomato Basil soup with Zuchinni and Squash’ and it was fabulous.

Roasting the vegetables gives the soup an extra special flavour….

September 5th

With Labour Day already here, and Hurricane Earl come and gone through Eastern Canada….it was a perfect weekend for a lobster feast.

What a wonderful choice…..’Lobster Colorado Thermidor Style’ ….

Beef tenderloin wrapped in bacon smothered with a lobster cheese thermidor sauce, whole lobster, baked potato with chives, bacon bits and sour cream with garlic sauteed mushroom and a fresh baquette.

A French Merlot complimented the meal. πŸ™‚

September 2nd

Well, we finally rolled into September…but fall-like seasonable temperatures are no where in sight. It’s a sweltering 33 C in Eastern Canada and feels like 41C with humidity.

It’s hottter than hot..and I love Jamaica heat, but this is unseasonably …unbearable..if you know what I mean.

Today starts with liquids….much needed, but I decided with mango and kiwi’s waiting to be used, and not thrown out…I better make a new martini concoction. πŸ™‚

That brings me to my new….’Kiwango Martini’…fresh fruit and delightfully delicious with vodka and triple sec.

I can’t believe how many new drinks I came up with in the past year…..

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August 31st

Last day of August…and it’s HOT, HOT, HOT!

Sometimes in life….eating just needs to be easy. No muss ..no fuss.

That’s exactly how I feel when I cook up my favorite ‘Little Abners’ !

This is an old stand-by late night snack, or an early brunch, late breakfast…it’s just an easy and tasty dish for whenever the mood strikes.

Tomatoes, ham, cheese…..toasted….mmmm how can you go wrong? πŸ™‚

August 25th

Fall veggies are in their prime right now….and I love them all. Not being a vegetarian, sometimes I wonder why, but I do love my favorite meals of steak and chicken. My first love however is fish.

I so enjoy just a supper of veggies, …not a hard task with all the beauty of the bright vibrant fresh colours in the produce department. In a smaller city, we don’t have a local farmer’s market that is open daily…so we have to resort to the local big grocery chains.

These baby bokchoy…an interesting veg,,were fabulous..with fresh yellow grape tomatoes in a ‘Oyster Bok Choy Stir Fry’

August 22

We love Halibut Steaks! πŸ™‚

Halibut is know for its’ versatility and firm texture. It is also one of the most popular fish that is served in restaurants. Many say the texture of this fish can be compared to chicken. It is usually more expensive, so when it’s on sale, we try to pick up a couple of thick steaks.

Always trying to find new ways to cook it. Topped with a tasty coating of sour cream, dill and parmesan, this crusting topping adds a delightful flavour to this full-bodied fish.

August 20

It’s nice when the weekend rolls around….and my husband and I can have our Friday steak night. A nice bottle of wine, juicy and thick sirloin tip steaks.., mushrooms and onions and garlic bread.

A pretty simple meal, but definitely one that we always look forward to.

August 19

Last evening’s Caribbean Island Style Meatballs were soooooo… delicious! πŸ™‚

My son loved them, and at times he can be a bit on the picky side. The sweet, tangy and spicy flavors, with the bright coloured peppers proved to be an easy dish for a work week.

Along with rice….I will definitely be making these again very soon.

August 18th

I was delighted to see my recipe and picture for pepperpot soup featured with my letter to ‘JamaicanEats Magazine’. The Pepperpot soup recipe was on the cover of the previous issue, so I decided to give it a try. As usual, I tweaked it to my liking by adding and substituting some ingredients.

What a wonderful magazine with Jamaican and Caribbean inspired recipes. Do take the time to look through the pages…and if you like it, go ahead and subscribe.

August 12th
It seems that I can never get enough shrimp…., you can do so much with it, and I love the fact that I always have shrimp in my freezer at all times. During the week, my meals are pretty simple. Cooking for one is basically ….do what you want and the only person you have to please is yourself! πŸ™‚ Love that.

So…with an abundance of fresh veggies always on hand…and shrimp, there is no end to the combination and creations that you can come up with.

This is a good start…to any dish…

August 10th

Crazy weather these days….flip flopping from humid hot temps to cooler more tolerable breezes, then back up again…..kind of like a roller coaster ride gone bad.

Just as I thought we were finally into the cooling down period of August….excited about cooking a roast in the oven…lol
the thermostat rises yet again! So….I decided on lots of fresh garden veggies today,….local produce. As soon as you open the door…the bright, bold vibrant colours just grab your eye.

Yellow and grean beans, cuccumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots and peppers…omg, you just can’t pass them by.

An easy stir fry dish tonight…fits the bill for a humid evening…

Teriyaki Ginger & Sesame Chicken Stir Fry

August 8th

It was a refreshing summer day….with cool temps early in the morning. The humidity for the past few days has subsided and it was a welcomed change.

I hadn’t made a new martini for sometime and with peaches still left in the fridge….it was time to concoct a tasty, refreshing summer drink.

This is my ‘Sizzling Sunset Peach Martini’…a drink that I could easily envision myself drinking at sunset on the cliffs or beach in Negril or..closer yet, on the gorgeous shores of Prince Edward Island.


August 5th

Well…thank you to everyone…10,000 hits today and it will be one year on August 23rd since I plunged into the world of food blogging!

It’s been a fun year of new recipes, fun photo shoots and just fabulous eating!! Thanks for coming along on this ride with me….

I sure have enjoyed every second πŸ™‚

Yesterdays pasta sauce…was todays leftover…

I love leftovers…always seems better the day after!

It’s been a while since I made a delicious and ohhhh…soooo comforting pasta sauce. I love spaghetti anytime of the year, but after this past long weekend, we actually needed a dish to tide us over for a couple meals.

With all the colourful veggies still in the crisper and needed my immediate attention,….and that sweet zucchini staring up at me, I thought, why not make a zucchini pasta sauce with lots of fresh ingredients…herbs and spices.

Yes! Bring on the garlic, basil….and fresh tomatoes…

Zucchini Pasta Sauce

August 3rd

It’s the start to a new month…and it seems that summer is winding down. I love August for sometimes cooler temps, still lots of fresh veggies around and a time to do some slow cooking on the stove.

Don’t get me wrong, barbecues are great, but every now and then, you just need to put something in a slow cooker or a pot….and let it simmer for hours.

‘Caribbean West Indies Style Pork Ribs’ ….Fall off the bone, delightfully sweet, yet tangy and ohhhh….soooo yummy πŸ™‚

Saturday July 31st

A long weekend ahead and there are no bigs plans in sight. I enjoy weekends without too many commitments…so we can just take it as it comes. The grocery stores were busy and it seems everyone was in the seafood department. Salmon is a staple in our house, and probably one of our favorite fish.

Trying to come up with new ways to cook it can be challenging….but after I picked up a new bottle of French chardonnay, “Hobnob”….I was inspired with the smoth taste of almonds, hazlenuts and honey.

‘Salmon Almondine’ proved to be a great way to prepare the salmon. Served with rice and peas, and fresh green and yellow beans and carrots.

I love Friday’s!!!

It’s the end of the work week for most, a time to wind down and cook up some your favourite foods. Appetizers, barbecuing….there are lots of choices.

I decided to try a new appetizer tonight…‘Crab Stuffed Shrimp Wrapped in Bacon with a Basil Garlic Sauce’

Rib-eye steaks on the barbie…. Juicy and cooked to perfection!

July 30th

July 28th

It’s hard to believe that 30 years ago today, I gave birth to my beautiful daughter! But….alas, it’s reality. Happy Birthday honey!!

Last night’s supper was deliciously comforting and just seemed to be a good day for curry. I had an eggplant that I wanted to use, along with some peppers and carrots that I wanted to throw into the mix.

Indian Eggplant Curry Chicken

Starting out with a butter chicken indian paste along with coconut powder, yogurt and spices, I added veggies to thicken the sauce.

I didn’t do any certain recipes….so I won’t be posting this recipe…but I will next time I cook it.

July 25th

I don’t know what it is about rainy days…but I love them. What’s that song …”Rainy Days and Monday’s always get me down”. Well, maybe it should have been rainy days and Sunday’s never get me down’! πŸ™‚

That said, today is a day, of some housework, some TV, some computer and just kicking back. Since we did some grandparent sitting this weekend, I still had lots of great food in my refrigerator to cook up.

Today…would be….’Blackened Halibut Steak with a Crab, Rice and Basil stuffed Red Pepper’.

July 23rd

Summertime, summertime….delicious summer vegetables and fruits, fresh herbs….and some inspiration from the Caribbean!

That’s all of the ingredients you need to come up with this colourful and tasty salsa. Mango’s and hint of curry adds to the interesting tastes that explode from this recipe.

July 22nd

Yesterday’s appetizers also included these delicious ‘Hint o’ Mint Bay Scallops….

Tender and sweet scallops simmered in a white wine pesto sauce with cilantro and mint. Great combination of flavors and aroma.

July 21st…

Tonight was about appetizers!

Yummm….Oven baked Italian toast with olive oil and garlic pesto topped with fresh sliced avocado.

July 20th

After I closed the office yesterday, I headed to the grocery store for some fresh veggies. Wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted for supper as I cook for one during the week.

I scanned the fresh vegetables and saw a lovely yellow zucchini. That was it!! πŸ™‚ I would plan a meal around this bright coloured veggie along with some tomatoes, and green peas. The beauty of summer is the brilliant colours that are so enticing….and appealing to the eye.

After some thought….I came up with this beautiful and delicious creation!

Grilled Zucchini with Brushetta topping and 3 Cheeses!

July 18th
A great weekend with awesome weather!

A full day on Saturday with family and a “Down East Lobster Dinner’ ….and now a lay-low Sunday. A walk with the dog….pick up a few groceries, and planning a nice barbecue was the extend of today….. πŸ™‚

‘Spicy Peach Glazed Pork Chops with a Ginger Peach Chutney’

Delightfully juicy peach glazed pork chops with garlic barbecued new potatoes, fresh green beans, panko parmesan barbecued mushrooms and fresh peach ginger chutney.

July 18th

July 14th

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Some days are just less inventive for meals than others,,,,and that means…

Sandwich days….

Let’s do pastrami on rye…omg….does it get much better?

Grilled rye bread….with layers of fresh pastrami…..and dijon mustard….

July 13th

I know sometimes….too much food on a plate can be overwhelming for a lot of people, and I do believe that laying food in an appealing way is like a work of art.

‘My plate is my Canvas’

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I said this earlier today and cane to the conclusion that it is very true.

So ……here is tonight’s supper, served two different ways….’Italian Sausage & Vegetable Stir Fry with Couscous and a Tangy Ginger Yogurt Sauce’

DISH A

DISH B

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July 11th

It’s been a hot, lazy hazy day of summer. A short walk with the dog….no air to breath..just humidity all around.

My sister sent me a recipe for a stuffed tomato flower….so I thought I would give it a try. Stuffed tomatoes and peppers are a favourite during the summer…but this looked kind of interesting.

I gave it my own twist of course, adding a jumbo shrimp to top it off. πŸ™‚

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July 10th

Tonight’s dinner has a theme….inspired by a beautifully designed brown bottle πŸ™‚

After calling around to the grocery stores….we have our ingredients for tonight’s supper.

Stay tuned for the delicious appetizer!

Well tonight’s appetizer was fabulous….The best ever… ‘Grand Marnier Seared Scallops’…..

Let’s get the entree ready to go on the barbie!

‘Stuffed Speckled Trout with Peach Preserve and Grand Marnier Drizzle’

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Summertime is all about taking time to enjoy the weather, family and friends. When it comes to food, barbecues and cold salads are the way to go when it’s just to hot to do anything else.

When I was at the Deli the other day, it was packed with people getting cold foods that are easy to serve.

I decided to make a pasta salad to go with the barbecued chicken we were cooking for my in-law’s. After years of wonderful meals…it’s our time to treat our elders.

I never know before I start a salad, just what I will do with it. So I ended up with a ‘Mediterranean Feta Pasta Salad’ and it was delicous…

July 7th

How do you beat the heat? The rising of the temps makes you want to work less….move less, and just pretty much do nothing.

I hit grocery store for some fresh fruit….and came home and treated myself to a new concoction….

“Martini Heat”

Did I say a couple of days ago…NO HUMIDITY??? lol

Well, that was a premature statement, so I guess we will join the rest of the country by sweating and living in air-conditioning.

Was hoping for veggies and salad type meals all week, and I went on the hunt for a ripe avacodo. They told me that the shipment never arrived and I was disappointed to say the least. I walked around looking for something else to strike my fancy…and there in a bin..were two lone avacodos.., just waiting to be picked up.

Ripe and ready to eat….now that doesn’t always happen~

So…with avacodos in hand, I grabbed a zucchini, portobello mushrooms, a lime and fresh tomatoes. I had the rest of the ingredients at home.

‘Balsamic, vodka, lime marinated portobello mushrooms grilled, topped with zucchini, tomatoes, bacon and goat cheese

So Yummmmmmmyyy.

Happy 4th of July

Wishing all of my American friends….and Negril boardies a wonderful day!

July 3rd

Another gorgeous weekend in Atlantic Canada. No humidity to speak of, windows are wide open and the sun is streaming through.

Ahhhhh….the beauty of summer with it’s warm temps and the lovely aroma of barbecues cookiing up some wonderful foods on the back decks.

Last night we started out with our favorite appetizer… Jumbo Shrimp!!!

Rosemary and Garlic Sauteed Shrimp with a tangy horseradish sauce….

Of course….fresh Atlantic salmon is always wonderful on the barbeuce…

Dill and Cucumber Planked Salmon Steaks….

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July 1st ~~ Happy Canada Day!

A sunny and warm day here in Eastern Canada ….a day of celebration!

Delightfully delicious ‘Toasted Sesame Shrimp Parcels with Peppers’

June 29th

Where has the month of June gone? We anxiously await summer and then it zooms by before our eyes!

The weather has been indifferent, hot and humid one day, cooler and rainy the next, but it’s all good!

After a weekend of barbecuing, and you find yourself with left over steak…. a great way to finish it up is with a delicious open faced sandwich melt.

‘Steak and Mushroom Melt with Cherry Tomatoes’. Yummmmmm

June 25th

Well, it’s the weekend, the sun is shining, and all is well…what more could you ask for in life.

It’s my son’s birthday, which is of course a reminder of how old I am…lol. But, I am still here to post, enjoy life, eat..drink and post my favorite things.

One of the many foods I love…are appetizers. Friday Happy Hour…..is the perfect time!!

Seems you can eat all kinds of things before supper…and it’s ok! When you get older ….if you prefer apps to supper, so be it! No one is going to tell you …

‘Don’t spoil your supper!!’ Gotta love that.

Brushetta with it’s fresh basil and garlic taste….and sweet tomatoes with a touch of virgin oil….is mouth-watering to say the least….and of course topped with parmesan. Yummmmmmmm

A nice glass of wine….and let the weekend begin!

June 21st
A busy day all around. The grocery store was busy, and I ended up spending too much for some reduced gourmet cheese. Oh well….back tomorrow, even though the trip across town will cost me more than I save by getting back my $2.50…lol. It is the principle of course.

Some things you let slide, but when it comes to the large grocery chains, the money might as well be in my pocket!…hey this is my hard earned dollars! πŸ™‚

Took me a while to find the Phyllo pastry…but boy it was worth the hunt….

Phyllo Wrapped Basil Haddock with Lime and Raspberry Vodka Drizzle….

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Put Jamaican Jerk Pork on Your Fork!! ~~~ Happy Father’s Day!!

June 21st

We had a nice weekend and my children both spend quality time with their father, as well as the senior father in the family.

Today I have spent time remembering my father who is no longer with us, but the lasting memories are special.

Jamaican Jerk Pork and Dijon Caribbean Salad was a hit with everyone this weekend. Slow cooked over Mequite wood chips….these hot and spicy ribs were fabulous. Marinated overnight in a wonderful sauce….they turned out perfect!

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June 17th
Been missing in action lately….the nice weather and the outdoors has a lot to do with that.

 

I have narrowly escaped with my life in an unfortunate incident….
This past weekend we planned a lovely drive around the Bay of Fundy…

At the second look out point….things went terribly wrong. I was Hit by a truck that was backing out of the parking lot….and I ended up underneath the bumper with a large tire coming towards me!!!

I am luckily alive to talk about it…even though bruised, battered and sore, my cooking has been on the back burner…no pun intended… πŸ˜‰

Last evening, I mustered up the energy to cook up a wonderful pot of Cajun Shrimp and Corn Soup… good for the healing and good for the soul.

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June 6th

When the weather isn’t co-operating, and there is little sunshine to be had, it certainly doesn’t put a damper on cooking the best seafood Atlantic Canada has to offer.

We started off with appetizers last night….’Scallops Wrapped in Bacon’ is simple but the big juicy scallops taste wonderful wrapped in the bacon.

The entree was just as delicious. ‘Halibut Steaks broiled with an Apricot Jalepeno barbecue sauce.’

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May 31st

At the end of the weekend, Sunday meals tend to be comfort foods. Either roasts of beef during the colder weather or chicken dishes, they always seem to be meals that we have shared with our families for quite some time.

This particular dish is a recipe from my sister, probably over 30 years ago, and it’s my husband’s favorite. So yesterday, I cooked up his dish….’Oriental Chicken with Peaches’.

I will post the recipe shortly….and please note:

My husband never ate this meal with chop sticks…that was for visual effects! lol

Β May 27th

The beautiful weather over the long weekend was short lived, as we felt the temps drop down to 8-12C over the past few days. Well, not complaining as it’s only the end of May..and it will be climbing again tomorrow and over the weekend.

I think over the winter I cooked more new soups that I can remember…..I love soups, with all the variations, veggies and just everything thrown into one pot.

I had a turnip and an apple in the fridge that seemed to be crying out to me every time I opened the veggie drawer!! lol

So, I decided to marry them in one big pot ,,,,and came up with a ‘Turnip Apple Soup with Hamburger’

It’s cooking on the stove as I type. Will check back in later with the final results of this oh-so-lovely looking soup.

I’m back..and this soup is the best yet….lol, I think I said that before….the best thing about this soup…is the hint of nutneg with the turnip and apple… πŸ™‚

May 27th

Serve with a cinamon stick and cheese bread sticks….yummmmm

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Happy Victoria Day Weekend….May 24th

What a scorcher of a day! 31 C here in Eastern Canada and the long weekend couldn’t have been any better. Yes…the barbecues are cooking all over the neighbourhood.

What better is there than a barbecued burger. Over the weekend, we decided on something extra gooey and big….soooooo

“Deluxe Mozza Burger with Mushrooms and Onions.”

A bit overwhelming and not for the ‘faint of heart’, but oh so juicy. Lots of napkins..and a biggggg mouth, to wrap around such a fabulous burger.

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May 22

Blackened Butterflied Leg of Lamb

This recipe for lamb is from Lesley Payn, my son-in-law’s mother and is fabulous. What a wonderful way to cook lamb, barbecued with a blend of wonderful spices.

Definitely a must for your summer barbecueing and is now one of my favorites.

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May 19th

Barbecue season is finally here and there is nothing better than skewers on the barbie!!

These wonderful seasoned skewers are great. They add a wonderful flavour to the food. We used the Citrus Rosemary and the Thai Coconut Lime Seasoned skewers and they were just fabulous.

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May 18th

Well, things have been pretty busy as a new grandmother, but I found this wonderful soup that is very popular in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean and Africa. I googled many recipes and took what I liked from each one to come up with my version. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

The taste of peanuts mixed in with the vegetable broth is delightful.

This is my ‘Spicy Caribbean Peanut Vegetable Soup’

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May 15th

Well, life as I knew it… has changed. I have moved up into grandmotherhood!

Wow….what excitement!

It has been overwhelming….but our lovely baby boy, Liam Fraser was born on May 13th at 7:07pm, weighing in at 8 lbs. 7 1/2 oz. and is soooooo….beautiful.

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May 10th

Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there! Enjoy your day.
Once a mother….always a mother. πŸ™‚

The first lobster season in Eastern Canada opens in May…and it doesn’t disappoint. The lobster is full, the shells are hard….and the sweet, succulent taste is delightful.

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May 4th

Nice sunny weather inspires fresh vegetables and salad fixins’. There is nothing healthier and tasty than a fresh salad with a delicious dressing….

Spinach salad with warm Chunky Blue cheese dressing…

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May3rd

It’s only the beginning of May, but our fiddlehads are 3 weeks earlier than usual.

They said that it was due to warmer weather than usual. Well, no matter what it is, we had a feed of fiddleheads this weekend along with our salmon steaks.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, they are seasonal, only last a few weeks and got their name for their resemblance to the shape of a fiddlehead. πŸ™‚ Go figure….

Here is a site to tell you about them.

http://www.fresh-fiddleheads.com/

We love them and they have a distinctive taste…..and a texture and taste similar to asparagus.

Recipe posted for fiddleheads with fresh mushrooms, garlic, tomatoes sauted in garlic butter with chopped parsley and black pepper.

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May 1st

What a nice spring day, sun is shining, a lovely walk walk with Marley and a yuumy appetizer before dinner.

‘Au Gratin Escargot’

Baked till golden brown and served with garlic bread…..yummmmm

April 28th

I found a wonderful new Canadian foodblogging site, an aggregator for compiling food bloggers. I wanted to share it with you….

http://www.beerandbuttertarts.com

April 27th

A dull, cool day here in Eastern Canada, but I heard that it’s not too much better elsewhere…not meaning Jamaica of course!
It’s another soup day, cook it up tonight and my daughter and I and my inlaws will have ‘soup to warm the soul’ tomorrow and possibly the next day …depending on the weather forecast….lol

Decided to buy pork hocks, also know as ham shanks….and we will see what comes of this…

The soup was fabulous…and cooked on the stove for a good part of the evening….

I love sharing soup with family and friends….

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April 25th

 

Well, it’s that wonderful time of the year again…
Barbecue Season!!!

You can do just about anything on the barbecue as long as you time it and watch carefully. Well, I would say that mostly pertains to cooking fish….but after some tender lovin’ care this halibut steak turned out to be just delicious.

And what do I like best about barbecuing you ask???? Well, my husband tends to the cooking! πŸ™‚ You gotta love that!

It’s been a while since we have had Halibut steak…and now I remember what we have been missing.

Lemon Oregano grilled Halibut Steak, Garlic Potato wedges and Mediteranean Feta grilled peppers.

Love doing potato wedges on the barbecue…

Grilled peppers are awesome too…

And the final dinner for two….couldn’t have turned out better!

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April 22nd

Happy Earth Day…..Let’s help the planet….and do our part…

Yesterday was sunny and warm…and I decided to create a low-cal cocktail.

Crystal Light Vodka Breezer πŸ™‚

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April 18th

One thing that I truly love about Eastern Canada is the vast amount of fresh fish and seafood that is so readily available. Yesterday’s feed of Prince Edward Island mussels was delicious. They were large and plump and tasted ohhhh so good!

Steamed in beer and topped with a beer and white wine sauce.

April 17th

We had originally intended to eat out for our son-in-law’s 30th Birthday…but with their first child due in a couple of weeks, of course, that being our first grandchild πŸ™‚ we decided to dine in.

The Keg serves up a wonderful ‘Oscar Sirloin’, but with prime rib steaks on sale, the choice was for ‘Prime Rib Oscar’ instead….and boy it was sensastional.

Barbecued medium rare prime rib steaks, garlic sauted shrimp, grilled asparagus, double baked potatoes, succulent seared scallops all topped with a lovely Bearnaise sauce. What a meal !!

April 17th

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April 15th

We have been back from Jamaica a few weeks now and spring seems to be a mixed bag of sun, rain and snow flurries. It’s those dull days that make me think back on Negril.

One thing I love about the first morning waking in Negril, is knowing that our breakfast of ‘fruit and breadbasket’, along with Blue mountain coffee with rum cream, will soon be on our porch.

Of course, the breath-taking view of the turquoise blue waters from our porch is the first sight of the morning.

So lovely….

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April 10th

It’s been a rainy, dull few days…but I know that the sun is on the horizon. Friday night is our traditionally steak night….and as fabulous, juicy and delicious it was, I can’t post every steak dinner….lol πŸ™‚

I did however buy some gorgeous, plump strawberries the other day. Sweet and full of flavour, I might actually make a martini creation with them tomorrow.

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April 6th

Today….I had a hankering for blue cheese..or is it…bleu cheese? However you spell it…I just love it. On crackers with white wine….mmmmm ..yummm

I decided earlier on stuffing fish fillets with blue cheese..and the mixture I came up with ….turned into that much more!

Blue cheese, crisp bacon, toasted almonds and cilantro with a twist of lime. Now wrap all that in a slice of rosemary shaved ham and roll it up with a lovely fresh haddock fillet.

Yesterday was a gorgeous spring day…..so I decided on a long walk with Marley…and then I would finish up the soup from Easter Dinner’s ham bone.
‘Ultimate Ham, Bean and Bacon Soup’

This soup is extra tasty with the mix of 15 different beans. Yummmmmm πŸ™‚

With lots of ham left on the bone, the soup had a wonderful blend of ham, bacon and delightful mixed beans.

Crocuses filled the lawns….one of the best signs of the summer to come.

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April 4th

Happy Easter Sunday to all πŸ™‚

Good Friday’s seafood dish was just fabulous. I have posted the easy instructions for this recipe.
‘Seafood Stuffed Salmon Roast’….and it turned out wonderfully. Give this recipe a try!

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April 2nd

Well we finally got through the dreaded month of March, and that is no April fools joke! The new month is upon us, and there should be more signs of spring and the pending summer months ahead.

A wonderful time of the year!

Last week I did an easy ‘Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry’ with Red Wine. It is so easy and tasty and I always make enough for leftovers.

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March 28th

A Date with some Portabello mushrooms….mmmm…wonder how this will go?
With spring almost in the air…. I decided on using dates to make a sweet and tangy date, tomatoe chutney, and was wonderful topped on portabello mushrooms with shrimp…

I think it might be a match made in heaven!

Add to the mushrooms, the delicious sweet and tangy date chutney……..

and you might have to go see the recipe for the rest…

The final outcome was baked in the oven and mouthwateringly delicious πŸ™‚

Check out the final post ‘Date Chutney topped Portabello Mushrooms with Shrimp’

Sooooooooo…..Delightful

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March 24th

I will admit, it has been tough getting back into the cooking groove again after Jamaica, so bare with me ….while I plod along with the odd tasty dish to post.

The other night, I wasn’t up for too much, but I was thinking….let’s try an easy, inexpensive dish. I had a can of salmon and package of vegetable Biryani rice….and I came up with these delicious tasting ‘Indian Biryani Salmon Cakes’ with a side of grilled stir fried peppers, leeks, garlic, zucchini and mushrooms.

Yummmmmmmm……will post the recipe soon!

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March 20th

~Inspired by warm spring temps, sunshine and a gorgeous bouquet of spring tulips~
‘A Tulip Rumtini ‘

March 19th
Finally got through the week after returning from Negril. Never easy, adjusting back to work and the temperature.

My daughter had a beautiful bouquet of tulips waiting for me at the office and I took them home to enjoy their beauty…all weekend!

Tonight is our traditional steak night….mmmmm…missed the beef, and this weekend I will use my wooden spoons for the first time that Collington carved for me.

Jamaican Chicken Pumpkin Soup on tap for Sunday πŸ™‚

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March 17…Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

Well, we are back from Jamaica….and the transition from 12 days of vacationing and no cooking…takes it toll. Yesterday, I cooked 3 small chickens, so that we would have lots of left overs for sandwiches.
I decided to do one of the chickens with a Mandarin glaze and sauce….and it turned out yummy….

March 7th

Jamaica is as beautiful as ever…..

It’s nice to see old friends and meet new ones…and it’s great to take a break from cooking for a while.

My friend Collington made me a new wooden spoon and a fork, and it’s the nicest piece of carving that I have seen. He is a wonderful friend….and a true gentlemen. I will think of him every time I use them.

March 2nd

 

Tomorrow Jamaica!
Ya Mon….here we come again….

I spent a couple of days this past week with the flu, which put a damper on my cooking and food blog. Oh well, I am up and running again now.

I’ve been busy with my daughter’s baby shower….which was the last hurdle before packing. I tried up some loose ends at the office….before handing over the reins….and I am good to go!

Wow…I can’t believe I am going to be a Gramma!

My first grandchild is due in May..so I think I will kick back in Jamaica and reflect on my new role as a pending grandparent.

I have heard only good things….so I am more than ready!

I wanted to share this awesome punch recipe with you that my daughter made for the shower. It was a hit! She googled a few recipes but didn’t want to use any pop or soda.

Soooo.. she came up with this tasty creation. One of the keys to serving a punch….is by making sure that it packs a punch!
Ice cubes water down a punch, so the secret, is in freezing the juice and fruit in muffin tins before adding to the punch.

Citrus Fruit Punch…

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February 24th
When it gets to this time, one week before we head to Negril, I always start thinking about all the wonderful places to eat…and all the great Jamaican foods we have to look forward to.

Breakfast…one of my favorite meals of the day. Sheretta’s on the beach at the Seawind Hotel is a nice place to hang and watch the morning unfold. What a view…..

We share their big breakfast with juice and coffee….

and it’s more than enough fuel for two to get us down the beach to town. A great walk with lots to see.

A morning in Negril Jamaica doesn’t get much better than this. πŸ™‚

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February 23rd
Cooking during the week can get monotonous, to say the least.

If you have been following my blog at all, you know that I simply love shrimp. I always buy it on sale and keep frozen shrimp on hand at all times.

Tonight was a shrimp stir fry ….quick and easy, with fresh broccoli, peppers, leeks, garlic, mushrooms, green onions and celery. Everything from the crisper to the skillet. πŸ™‚

I decided on a Curried Broccoli-Shrimp Stir Fry with Couscous….

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February 20th
Last week I bought two good sized chicken breasts for stuffing and they were wonderful and filled with shaved ham, goat cheese and spinach. I served them with a Lemon Dill sauce. Creamy and oh…so…yummy!

I am a big fan now of baking chicken and fish in parchment paper and it always seem to turn out tender and juicy.

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February 17th

 

The snow is coming down outside…not good for driving, but it sure is pretty. By this time of the year, it’s much more of a challenge to venture outside, but spring is on the horizon.
The Beef Shank Bone Soup with Veggies that I made yesterday was simply scrumptous. A wonderful flavour with tender beef.

This is a first for me, and after doing some googling, I realized that it is very popular in Asia…and probably most popular in the Phillipines.

Their traditional dish is called ‘Bulalo’ and it’s all about the bone marrow and the cooking of the meat.

What a great soup!

I will post the recipe soon. πŸ™‚

February 16th

 

Hunkering down for a snow storm ….starting tonight and into tomorrow and possibly the next day.
I love a good snow storm, so today I stocked up on all the fixins’ for a big pot of homemade soup. I bought a nice fresh beef shank bone and lots of bright coloured vegetables.

Yesterday, after looking in the veggie crisper….I realized that the lone eggplant, which was waiting all week to be picked and used, was now crying out to me and needed my attention. lol…

Veggies don’t like to hang around the crisper too long without some attention πŸ™‚

Soooo… I decided on stuffing and baking them in the oven …..and they turned out….Oh,,,,,so good!

Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Eggplant…..

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Yesterday on Valentines Day, it was the first day of the Chinese New Year.
2010 is the Year of the Tiger, which is also known by its formal name of Geng Yin.

According to the Wikipedia, Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is commonly called “Lunar New Year”, because it is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: zhΔ“ng yuΓ¨) in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival.

Chinese New Year’s Eve is known as chΓΊ xΔ«. It literally means “Year-pass Eve”.

This Oriental Chicken soup dish I cooked celebrates this holiday.

Valentine’s Day’s is all about lovers but it also can be about making up a new delicious martini πŸ™‚

A Valentine ‘Passion Martini’

February 14th…Happy Valentine’s Day

 

Sunday’s are great for cooking a nice brunch. One of my favorite meals in Jamaica, is at Just Natural.
Their Callalloo and Cheese omlet is awesome…served with all of the fresh fruits available in Jamaica.
So…that was our choice for today, served with cherry tomatoes, side order of bacon and fresh pineapple wedges.

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February 11th
Well, what can I say…dinner for one last night was simply fabulous! A meal fit for a birthday queen….lol

I love the Sensations* Seasoned Skewers….they really brought out the flavour of everything.

February 10th……My Earthday
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~Elwyn Brooks White

On my own tonight…treating myself to seafood. These fresh Atlantic scallops were beckoning me when I walked past them in the grocery store. A few weeks ago, I bought these ‘Thai Coconut Lime Skewers’ on sale, so I think tonight will be the night to try them.

On the package it says, ‘ Natural Hardwood seasoned skewers that will infuse flavours of coconut, ginger, lemongrass, red pepper and kaffir lime.

How good does that sound? Can’t wait…..

So now…I will get the skewers ready…it says to let them sit in the fridge with the seafood and veggies. All the flavours will be infused into the food. πŸ™‚

Time for a Clamartini πŸ™‚ for those who know what a Ceasar is, this is very similar…for you Americans…I will post the recipe for this delicious drink.

February 9th
My favorite appetizer….Garlic Shrimp with Horseradish Sauce….Yummmmmmm

And to go along with these delightful shrimp….a spicy yet refreshing ‘Clamartini’…..

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February 7th
The fresh pineapple that I bought on Friday….was the star of Saturday’s dish. Subtle Jamaican curry and spices…mixed with the sweet taste of cooked pineapple….was delicious.

Jamaican Style Pineapple Curried Chicken
Served with Long Grain brown rice and peas along with Fried plantains…..Yummmm

I posted the full recipe πŸ™‚

As Good food feeds the soul….so does the beauty of a flower in bloom.

Temperatures have finally gone back up…and are more acceptable. A few snow flurries but no big accumulations on the horizon.

I got this gorgeous Orchid plant from my daughter on Friday….and it sure is beautiful. This is a unique exotic flower which represents, love, luxury, beauty and strength.

Just as I get inspiration by my hibiscus ftree when it blooms, my new orchid gives me that same feeling of inner of happiness.

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February 6th – Happy Birthday Bob Marley!
Friday night is our get-together evening of the week. Steak was on the menu for a long time running, but with pork back ribs on sale lately we have strayed away for the usual and started having jerk pork.

This platter of food was yummy. Cooking with Red Stripe always seem to add such a wonderful flavor to any meats.

Jerked Red Stripe Wings and Ribs.

Tonight we will use the fresh pineapple and do a ‘Pineapple Curried Chicken with Rice and Peas’

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February 4th
We all know February is a short month, but by this time, winter just seems to drag on with no hope in sight.

Fresh fruits help the the cold temps, but when you buy them on sale in a small container….it’s a bit of a quandry with what to do with them besides eating them fresh as a snack.

Kiwis have to be the prettiest fruit out there….gorgeous texture…with such an interesting design…

I want to do something with them before they go bad. Think I will do some googling for ideas to make the most of these lush green, delicious kiwis.

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February 2nd – Groundhog Day…
It didn’t do a thing to inspire tonights meal. lol

With a sirloin steak in the fridge, I decided to head to the veggy section of the grocery store to get some inspiration.

My favorite place in the whole store, I love to check out all the colours. Fresh greens, reds and yellows….the bright colours do a lot to warm the body on a cold winters’ day.

This dish was delicious….’Asparagus and Beef Stir Fry in Bok Choy Wraps’

With lots of fresh baby bok choy, cilantro, shiitake mushrooms, and snows peas and asparagus, the spices and garlic brought this dish together.

This dish calls out for lots of garlic, white wine and oyster sauce, almonds and sesame seeds….

Recipe to come soon.

So, winter is here with a vengenence…bitter cold winds, and sub zero temperatures only fit for groundhogs.

And the outcome is?

Did the groundhog see his shadow or not, I can never remember what it means if he does….lol

Do we have 6 more weeks….well, most likely we do!

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Winter has been good to us for the last while, but a blizzard blew in ….gales winds and lots of snow, so it now actually looking like January in Eastern Canada. Two days ago, it resembled spring. 😦

Another day for a big pot of soup.

Chicken Shrimp Gumbo Soup…… scrumptous and a meal in itself.

Last day in January….
Farewell to January…let’s move closer to Spring….

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January 30th
The calm after the storm.

It’s a gorgeous sunny winter day. The snow banks are high…people are out walking dogs, and the neighbourhood children are outside playing. Another day to enjoy life.

The Jamaican jerk pork ribs turned out fabulous yesterday. Spicy and hot….but tastes so good. Must be served with Red Stripe to cool the fires. πŸ™‚

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January 29th

 

Well, it’s a storm day here, and I didn’t even realize it was in the forecast, but I love a good storm.
Decided not to open the office today, so it’s kind of a ‘free’ day to do as I please. πŸ™‚

Peter ventured out early to get supplies, the roads were pretty bad already.

Decided on Jerk Pork Ribs for supper….and they are slow cooking in the oven right now.

He came home with a dozen beautiful peach coloured roses….for no special occasion. Mmmmmm…I wonder, did he do something wrong? Just kidding…lol πŸ˜‰

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January 28th

 

Well, yesterday…I did what my mother used to do, and that was get herself a small little feed of ‘ocean fresh smelts’ and fry them up in the skillet.
No need for a fork and knife to eat these great little fishes…just put them in your mouth….and the fish just falls off the bone. Yummmmm…..

**** I must admit, I really would have preferred to have the smelts with the heads on, but I realize most people don’t want that. 😦

Still in the skillet, just add a squeeze of lemon and lime…and you have…

A feast fit for a queen! πŸ™‚

I only learned a while ago, that Sprats, which happens to be what I have been called since I was a kid, are similar to ‘Smelts’. Some will call them ‘bait’, but I simply love them and for $2.40 Canadian….you can’t go wrong for single meal.

Lobsters have become a delicasy and very expensive….and years ago they were considered ‘poor man’s food’…scavengers for the bottom of the sea.

Now you pay top dollar for the best lobster around.

Will post the easssssy recipe soon πŸ™‚

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January 27th
Cooking soup is one of my favorite winter things to do.

My in-laws have moved into a senior’s complex, just up the street from me, and now these big pots of soup and stews will be feeding all.

Yesterday I decided on an ‘Acadian Chicken Fricot’ which is a very popular french canadian dish in this part of the country.

Fricot is a thick soup that may have in some way influenced gumbo, the premier soup of Cajun Country. The dish is made with beef or chicken and thickened with potatoes.

The Cajuns of Nova Scotia brought Fricot to Louisiana; however, somewhere along the way, it was put aside in favor of Corn and Shrimp Soup and Seafood Gumbo.

The Acadians love their ‘fricot’ and it has to made just right. Well, I made it and put my own, canadian-scottish twist on it.

With herb dumplings….it was scrumptous.

I filled 6 containers….for in-laws and children πŸ™‚

Will post the recipe soon.

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January 26th
Feels like a spring day! The birds are singing, the sun is shining and the snow is melting. For January…this is wonderful.

We try to have fish as much as possible…and I really am fond of cooking the fish in parchment paper.

It is so easy, less mess to clean up and the heat inside the parchment steams the fish beautifully. A tender ….pretty much a ‘no fail’ way to cook fish.

Give it a try….and warap it up with any of your favorites veggies. πŸ™‚

Garlic Ginger Salmon Baked in Parchment….yummmm

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January 23rd

Oven roasted jerk chicken! Yummmmmm

A bright and cheery winter day. Temps a bit on the cool side but the sun is streaming in through the window. πŸ™‚
A sunny winter day is hard to beat.

Yesterday we had some ‘Oven jerked chicken’ with rice and peas.

Jerk chicken in Jamaica is cooked many ways. The best and original is over pimento wood, but the local vendors do it lots of ways. It’s always a competition for the best jerk in the area….and everyone has their favs.

That is basically how the annual ‘3 Dives Jerkfest’ started. A variety of vendors who show up and you could sample their chicken and other foods.

Early in the day before all of the vendors have set up.

It would be nice to be on the cliffs of Negril, sitting by the water’s edge eating jerk chicken, but since it’s too cold to barbecue, this oven roasted jerk chicken is the next best thing.

Chop up one whole chicken and season on both sides, with garlic spice and any other of your favorite spices. Roast slowly and serve with jerk sauce, rice and peas.

We prefer the sauce on the side, that way you can control how hot the sauce is.

Some like it hot….some like it less hot…lol

January 22nd
Well….the day winds down, and we just so happened to make the best soup ever today.

Jamaican Pepper Pot Soup…believe me, if you can’t be in Negril this soup will take you to a warm place.

Sauted the shrimp in garlic pepper to top the soup…

Add the shrimp to the soup….and enjoy

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My Jamaican Eats magazine arrived yesterday….packed full of new recipes and a section of Jamaican soups. It looks great.

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January 19th

Last the weekend I bought cedars wraps on sale at the grocery store. You can either wrap them with fish or chicken but they look very interesting.

 

I have seen them before, but I wasn’t about to pay full price for them, so when I saw them marked down, I snapped them up.

I was planning on using halibut, which is something I never buy anymore due to the fact it is too expensive….never on sale, and I prefer salmon. However, I eat a lot of salmon so I opted for fresh ocean perch fillets.

Side note: These cedar wraps are made in Nova Scotia, Canada from substantially harvested Western Red Cedar.
These turned out to be delicious…quick and easy, and the ocean perch was moist and flaky.

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January 16th
Thank goodness for weekends, sometimes I am up and out the door to the gym…but today wasn’t one of them 😦 Oh well, never fret…there is always tomorrow.

Decided on a Red Stripe Coconut chicken dish tonight….and of course, you must know what the main ingredient has to be…lol

Fill the pot with Red Stripe and coconut cream. Chicken and vegetables cook in the sauce.

January 15th
Day two of the flowering hibiscus tree…is even better than the first. The size of the bloom was gorgeous and there are more to come. I love this tree πŸ™‚

Everyone should have one.

I did whip up a fabulous dish last night ….it really is great to have frozen shrimp in the freezer. The ideas for quick, easy shrimp dishes are endless.

This yummy Mediteranean shrimp stir fry was inspired by the garlic stuffed olives that I had in my fridge. Oh yeah….I did need to use up those fresh leeks too.

Just one food item can inpsire the theme for a great dish πŸ™‚

Last evening’s supper

Saute the shrimp, mushrooms, garlic and leeks….

Before adding the olives and tomatoes….

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January 14th

 

Today I woke to the first hibiscus flower in full bloom since last fall. The leaves are bright green with lots of new shoots and buds. You can see a couple of the buds in the background.
There is nothing better in the winter months…than a new bloom of life.

I love my hibiscus tree…..flowers of inspiration.

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January 13th
Haiti’s Devastion,,,,,An Earth Quake like no other. I have some young students from Haiti on my staff, who have yet to hear from their families. My heart goes out to them.

Let’s help an impoverished country.

Now.

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Warm Winter Squash

Winter months bring on a variety of choices. Stay in and stay warm….or embrace the cold temperatures and head outside, both good options.
Many afternoons I take a brisk walk with Marley around the frozen lake, dressed properly,,,,the fresh air feels good and Marley loves every minute of her walk. What dog doesn’t love to get out….. πŸ˜‰

Better yet, after our walk I decided to cook up some winter squash. On my kitchen counter sat a gorgeous looking acorn squash with a beautiful green, orange colour. Sliced it down the middle and baked it in the oven.

Nothing better than the sweet taste of fresh baked squash with butter and pepper. Yummmmmmm

I still had some left over cabbage rolls…so I decided on a delicious warm winter soup. I had a half of the left over squash and headed for the produce section of our grocery store and bought some fresh leeks and mushrooms.

It wasn’t long before there was a big pot of ‘Winter Squash, Leek and Cabbage Roll Soup’ ready to serve up.

When I was making my soup, I remembered the soup package that I bought in Jamaica. Thought about using it a while ago, but this soup, being squash based seemed just the right type of soup to use it.

What a great choice….and great soup! πŸ™‚

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January 10th
Life’s Just a Bowl of Cherries…

 

What an interesting expression….and when I googled it, I came up with many sites. A song that was written in 1931 and revived again in 1953.
One site that particularly touched me, was a blog by a woman who was writing down her daily thoughts about living her life suffering from Alzheimers. A terrible disease that is afflicting more and more in our society.

To some, life is not just a bowl of cherries, so we need to make the most of everyday. Live your life according to your own values and the rest should fall into place.

Today we are going to have a little comfort food, from ‘Our home away from home’. My husband requested Jamaican curried chicken…and it is cooking on the stove right now.

The subtle curry from Jamaica along with the wonderful spices and coconut,,,this dish served with rice and peas will be delicious. πŸ™‚

January 9th

Happy Birthday to my sister Maree….may it be a day of relaxation, joy and a new song. πŸ™‚
Love you…

For the past few weeks I have been craving cabbage rolls. I loved it when my mother made them, so today is the day. Yummmmmmm…..

I googled a few recipes ….and the cabbage rolls are in the oven cooking right now as I type. They look and smell wonderful.

Cover the cabbage rolls with tomatoes and sauce with herbs.

When they are cooked and the cabbage is tender, serve with mini new potatoes.

Add tomato sauce….and enjoy/

Wow…comfort food at it’s finest.

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January 7th

 

The winter season can be challenging to say the least…cold winds, lots of snow…and sometimes bone-chillin’ temps.
What better way to get thru such daunting times…than some warm thoughts….

 

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The blue waters inspired this great new drink…

My favorite place to hang out, chill and have a few drinks and a wonderful meal…

A ‘Blue Canoe Martini’ πŸ™‚

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January 5th

 

A ‘Tuscon White Bean Soup with Garlic and Ham’…
… in the works….smells wonderful…. πŸ™‚

Stayed tuned….

πŸ™‚ Yummmm … will post the recipe later.

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January 4th
Peppers…Oooo La La….

Colours….Freshness…..Taste…..

Leftovers, Holiday Clean-up and Back to Reality!
The two days after New Years can be a time of reflection, a time to take down the Christmas tree and all the decorations, and time to take stock of the fridge leftovers…

A good time to use up what is left, and throw out what might have some green around the edges. Yesterday I made beef fried rice and salmon cakes to get us through the next couple of days.

Add left over prime rib steak to make beef fried rice

Add egg and soya and fry up the rice.

Stuff a fresh pepper with beef fried rice. Add cheese and bake. Yummmmm….

Time to poach the left over salmon fillets.

Dice up more of the peppers for salmon cakes.

Add to the mixture along with panko bread crumbs before shaping into patties.

Fry up the salmon cakes in a hot oiled skillet till a nice a golden brown.

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January 2nd

 

It’s a snowy, blustery day, with knee-high snow banks and gale winds shaking the windows.
Nothing better than a storm day in the Martimes of Eastern Canada. A city comes to its’ knees as the storm whips around us, bringing most everything to a standstill.

Nature’s fury….

The windows panes are wet with snow and the visibility outside is poor….so what better to do on a snowy day than enjoy a nice ‘pub grub’ meal of steak and chips. Homemade french fries …..yummmmm

No food photos tonight!

Top off a wintery January night with ‘Stormy Special Jamaican Coffees’ for two πŸ™‚

Drinks to warm the soul.

Blue Mountain coffee with sangster’s rum cream, 12 year old appleton rum, a splash of Kahlua topped off with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

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Mango Glazed Rock Cornish Hens stuffed with Wild rice and peas.

January 1st…2010!
Caribbean inspired….the citrus and spices compliment each other perfectly. Served with onions, grilled asparagus and carrots.

New Year’s Day…a day to relax, unwind and reflect on the past year. Wipe the slate clean so to speak.

One of things that I love about Jamaica is all the fresh fruit that is readily available. I had a ripe mango in my kitchen and rock cornish hens were on the menu, so what better that a mango orange sauce with ginger and garlic. Yummmmmm

They turned out fabulous…better than I remember, it’s been a while since I cooked rock cornish hens.

Wow…what a year!
Like most others I imagine, the past year was full of joy, excitement, challenges and sometimes worry. But…alas, tis the New Year that we have to look forward to.

Put your best foot forward….smile, and let’s move on.

Last evening we enjoyed time with my in-laws, celebrating their 60th Anniversary. What a milestone in this day and age.

We rang in the New Year…at our favorite spot in Negril, the Canoe Bar. If you ever venture to Jamaica, it’s a must do!

I added it to my blogroll if you want to check out their site πŸ™‚

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December 31st …Happy New Year!

 

Let the celebrations begin πŸ™‚

 

December 29th
Well, I don’t know about you, but I am pretty much sick of turkey.

If Forest Gump was a turkey farmer instead of shrimp, all he would say was,

‘Well, there are cold turkey sandwiches, hot turkey sandwiches, turkey gumbo, turkey neck soup….turkey this…turkey that….

So….when all is lost, and you just want to move on to something else…don’t forget the ‘turkey casserole’. Yummmmmm

Nothing a can of soup, cheese and left over veggies thrown into a casserole dish can’t fix. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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December 27th

A nice hot bowl of ‘turkey neck soup’ is in order. Soup for the soul…

 

My uncle just sent me an e-mail, wishing me a Merry Christmas and mentioning the fact that he also loves to cook with a wooden spoon. Hereditary…possibly, a scottish tradition…most likely.
So by the way Rod, I do have a thistle spurtle….it was my moms, your sisters and maybe even Grannys. Not sure about that, but it must be from Scotland.

I like to use it from time to time for my sauces, and unlike my grandmother, your mother….no I have not used it to paddle one of my children, even though it certainly crossed my mind at times. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

It is in the picture on the side of my blog, but here is a close up.

The spurtle (or “spirtle”) is a Scots kitchen tool, dating from at least the fifteenth century. It was originally a flat, wooden, spatula-like utensil, used for flipping oatcakes on a hot girdle. This terminology is now confined to Angus and Perthshire.

Over time, the original implement changed shape and began being used specifically for stirring oatmeal and soups. The rod-like shape is designed for constant stirring which prevents the porridge from congealing and so becoming lumpy and unappetising.

It looks like a fat wooden dowel, often with a contoured end to give the user a better grip. It is in common use throughout Scotland, except in the area of Glasgow, where a normal wooden spoon is commonly used, although it is rarer in Angus and Fife where the term theevil is used.

The word may derive from the Latin spatula.

World Porridge Cooking contestants compete for the “Golden Spurtle

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spurtle

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Another Christmas has come and gone.
A relaxing day….finish making the Turkey Neck Soup and make ‘Seafood Eggs Benedict’ for brunch. With left of seafood casserole, it won’t take much to put this dish together.

It’s the time of the year for many to make New Year’s resolutions and start off the coming year on the right foot. I am not one of those who makes resolutions, however, I did one year, 21 years ago to be exact I made the resolution to quit smoking….and I have never looked back.

So, they can be done, but sometimes with resolutions we also set ourselves up for failure.

Not sure if it’s the pressure to hold to what one has committed to or if it’s just one of those things that automatically sets us off into a tail spin, and it’s easy to just forget about it.

Nothing better than starting off the morning with coffee and Sangsters rum cream and a delicious Chelsea ring. This is the first time we found one in years. When my daughter was born, 29 years ago, Chelsea buns and rings were available all over the place.

We have had them over the years, but recently they have not been in the stores.

This year we were delighted to find them, so of course we all had to have them.

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December 25th… Merry Christmas to all…..

 

 

What a wonderful Christmas we had at our home, and I hope that everyone around the world enjoys a safe and happy Christmas.
Marley watches while I get the table set for Christmas dinner.

The turkey was cooked and ready to be carved. Garnished with lemons, parsley and bacon rolls.

A turkey with all the trimmings…..

I tried something a bit different this year at my daughter’s request. Her mother in law does bacon rolls and sausage with their Christmas dinner, which is a british tradition. I had never heard of it, and my family is from Scotland. So I gave it a whirl, wrapping the bacon around pieces of sausage.

It turned out delicious and gave a wonderful flavour to the turkey. πŸ™‚ Always up for trying something new!

Yesterday, Christmas eve was a whirlwind of cooking, food and enjoying our family. It was my husband Peter’s birthday and we always enjoy our traditional Seafood casserole. It turned out fabulous again….a rich blend of seafood, cream and cheese….served hot with a butter roll is the only way to go! Yummmmmmmmmm….

I posted the recipe with step by step instructions and I hope you do get a chance to try it.

You need all the ingredients to get started.

The recipe is packed full of fresh Atlantic Seafood.

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December 24th

 

My ‘Miss Marley’
Merry Christmas Eve….

With each Christmas, holiday traditions seem to play a big role in all homes. Today is my husband’s birthday and Christmas eve, and our favourite traditional dish is ‘Seafood Casserole’.

Choked full of lobster, clams, salmon, haddock, shrimp, scallops…blended with cream, cheese, and mushrooms, this casserole recipe is hard to beat.

Will walk you through the steps later today πŸ™‚

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December 23

Wow…just saw the blog stats turn from 2,999 to 3,000! Thanks everyone πŸ™‚
I remember being pretty excited when it hit 1000, not that long ago. The blog is still a work in progress and there are still many things I haven’t quite figured out.

What a great feeling. Since I started this blog at the end of August, I have had such great fun with it, cooking some new dishes and enjoying my new camera while taking lots of food pics.

Thanks for all who have checked out my blog regularly, hopefully you have tried some of the recipes, and thanks for those who chose to follow this blog. Who knows where it will go from here.

Sharing my love for Jamaica, their culture and foods gives me pleasure, especially for those of you who don’t travel…maybe I can bring a taste of the Caribbean into your home.

Sharing recipes and visiting other food blogs has inspired me to try new things, capture interesting shots, and in a nut shell …I’m just having fun with a new hobby.

I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy Holidays.

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Let’s hope the New Year will bring many more new and exciting adventures and good health to us all.

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December 22

What a great day of last minute shopping….the men like to leave it till the last few days. The slippers and robes are flying off the shelves…lol
If it’s not the right colour….she can always take it back, as long as it’s wrapped and under the tree.

Soooo…that said, I know I am crazy, but I ventured into Costco today…and low and behold…few people, it seems everyone is getting smarter…shopping earlier.

But I found this wonderful bottle of delightful olives…with ..believe it or not…$2.00 off!

Stuffed olives with garlic….OMG…they are delicious….

What beautiful looking olives….mmmm

Is there anything better than olives stuffed with garlic…wow….

I Love Olives…..

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Last evening, it was one of those nights where I needed some comfort food, and I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to cook. After looking through my fridge, I realized that I had a lot of fixins’ left from my Quesadillas.
Ahhhhh….I love meatloaf so I started googling some recipes and came up with my version, using the peppers and salsa I had left.

It turned out to be a wonderful non-traditional meatloaf full of peppers, salsa and rice. The sublte spices of cumin, bring out the zesty flavours of mexican style foods.

I love meatloaf when you first slice it…so juicy and yummy….

Cooked with cheese is the best….

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December 20th

******Warning…*****
if you make your Christmas chocolate too soon, ( like 2 weeks ago ) you will have to repeat the process again. lol

The one good thing about the 2nd batch is that I added oreo cookies.

The final result is ‘Oreo Almond Swirl Bark’ ….better than the first batch! πŸ™‚

After a busy day, and some wrapping of gifts….I decided to conconct a new Christmas martini.
Came up with Ho Ho Ho…da Rum Martini πŸ™‚ delicious…..

 

Tis the season….the busy season, where we never seem to have enough time to get things done.
Last night after a busy day we decided on chicken wings and pizza. Gotta love the comfort food, and putting frozen stuff in the oven, is a break from preparing, cooking and clean up.

Going to make some sweets today, since the almond bark seems to have disappeared into thin air… lol

While in Negril we visited a cool little organic food spot on the side of the road, up in the West end. ‘Ras Rody’ is known for his great soup, veggie meals and just an all around cool vibe.

He has been working on a cook book, and his son Shadrock showed us the manuscript. We then met Rody and he is hoping to have it published soon by one of his foreign friends.

It’s Rody’s story growing up with great pics and his recipes.

Ras Rody and his son Shadrock ….

Festival is one the staples of Jamaica

Red Bean pumpkin soup. They make a big pot in the morning and serve it to guests all day.

It was delicous soup…and you know how much I LOVE soup.

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December 17th

One of the memorable times in Negril is the annual ‘Jerkfest’ that is put on by our friends at 3 Dives.
Lloydie and Paula work towards getting this ready every November and I think this was the 8th Annual, and this is our 3rd time.

A great day, night of fun, food and lots of entertainment for the kids during the day. The booming sound system starts at noon, as the DJ’s and musicians get ready for a long night.

It’s all about Jerk chicken, which 3 Dives is famous for. There are many other vendors selling their wonderful chicken, fish, soup, curried goat…and all the other delicious foods of the island.

Here are some pics from this past November ….

Jerk Chicken at its finest. This is Trevor, who cooks up the best chicken around. This is our piece….ready to eat.

Curried goat is our favorite dish in Jamaica. Served with rice and peas and coleslaw….just yummy!

Root tonics are just one of the things for sale at the Jerkfest.

We sure had lots of fun …

As did this likkle fellow….who was full of life…

And ths likkle guy had his fill early in the day…..and just decided it was time for a nap.

It was a great night all around…our last night of this vacation…but we will be back for more Jerkfests πŸ™‚

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December 16th

Happy Hump Day! No Manches…
My daughter is a big fan of Quesadillas, and makes them all the time. I have never made them before, bu I do like Mexican food, and over the years I have done nacho’s, fajhita’s and tacos.

I think I will give em’ a whirl tonight…so I will keep you posted of my progress πŸ™‚

The above expression….No manches is Mexican for … ‘Don’t bug me, stop pulling my chain! lol

Oh well it’s a start….

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WOW….These turned out better than I expected and they were simply fabulous. I can’t believe that I have never made them before.

Thanks to my daughter who has wonderful ideas in the kitchen and inspires me to cook differently. There is something to be said for our youth!

Inspiring and refreshing…gets us middle aged folks out of our cooking ruts! lol πŸ™‚

I love you honey!

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December 15th

 

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Our Christmas wine was ready to bottle and label today….in time to share with family and friends over the holidays.

It wasn’t too difficult to come up with names of importance to us…after returning from a fabulous trip to Negril Jamaica.

A full bodied Australian Shiraz….named after some great ‘Moonlight Moments’

A dry smooth white Soave wine…an easy choice after many great days chillin’ on the cliffs of Negril.

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December 14th

Being of Scottish heritage, I don’t ever remember a Christmas without homemade shortbread.
My mother made the best, but also many times, tins of shortbread would arrive from Scotland, but it was never as good as my mothers. πŸ™‚

Christmas memories are special, certain smells, tastes are the things that send us back to the days in a matter of minutes.

It might be walking by a store, or flipping through a magazine, we all have our childhood memories from our Christmas past.

Now back to the shortbread. Yes…let’s not loose our focus here….

I have been unable to find that special recipe, but in the “Occasions” magazine from the NBLC ( our provincial liquor comission, they had a recipe for ‘chocolate shortbread’.

Should I dare try it? Well of course I should.

I have never tasted anything so decadent in my life….so delicious…it’s sinful…lol

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Serve your chocolate shortbread with either a nice cup of tea, or better yet, a hot cup of coffee with a shot of rum cream.
It’s your choice….either way it tastes pretty darn good! πŸ™‚

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December 13th

Leftovers sometimes get a Bum Rap…!!

Sunday morning and it was time for some shopping.
Seeing as Christmas is just around the corner, I was out the door by 10 am ..and I seemed to have beaten the rush.

This afternoon, I wanted to finish up the decorating, cleaning and getting rid of suitcases that were still full of my sarongs, bathing suits and summer stuff. I never like putting them away…it’s a sign that winter is here.lol… 😦

With our left over prime rib steak from Friday night, ( one good thing about cooking your steak rare…when you cook it up the second time…it still tastes delicious! )

 

Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches Au Jus….served with sweet potato fries and pickles. Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Cut up the sweet potatoes, and preheat the oven to 400. Add oil, and sprinkle with garlic plus, course salt & pepper.

You can use the juice for dipping of the steak sandwich, or you can drizzle gravy on top of the cheese and eat as an open faced!

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December 12th

What a great Saturday!
It started out with a wonderful workout at the gym….then decorating the house and getting the tree trimmed for Christmas.

A few festive drinks and some easy listening tunes, the mood was set for a fun afternoon!

Salmon was on the menu for tonight and we were leaning towards a Thai baked Salmon with grilled vegetables.

This is one of our favorite places to hang out while in Negril, the Canoe Bar & Restaurant and they are famous for their colourful dishes with gorgeous grilled vegetables and potato wedges or pasta salads.

This is our fabulous dish we created tonight …..Orange Ginger Thai Salmon with grilled Asparagus and Peppers. Yummmmm.

Enjoyed with a glass of wine and good conversation reminiscing about our fun times at the Canoe bar.

They have the most delicious and creative foods on their menu….all with an array of grilled veggies and pasta. Fish, chicken….lobster…you name it, they cook it.

Here are some of the colourful dishes we have enjoyed in the past from the Canoe Bar & Restaurant in Negril Jamaica.

The view from the Canoe bar is bar far one of the best around. Sit back in one of the comfy recliners on the beach and watch the day go by.

Ahhhhh….the wonders of Jamaica…

December 11th

A frigid, cold winter day with high winds. But ok…it’s Friday πŸ™‚ so who cares what it’s like outside.
Steak Friday…and we wanted to do up some Double baked stuffed potatoes….yummmm

A Carnivore’s Delight! Dinner for Two….by Candlight paired with a French Cross Shiraz….

Start with Double Stuffed Baked Potatoes… and go from there…Krusty approved, as you can see πŸ™‚

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and then sprinkle with more parmesan and broil for a nice crispy crust!

Oh my….best ever steaks…What a wonderful prime rib steak for two…well, a small rib roast…

Season the meat at least for an hour before cooking. Sit at room temperature.

Bake for a bit, then broil on each side and then bake again until tender. Smother with sauted mushrooms and onions.

Medium rare is the best way to eat a good steak!

But don’t look at this….:) if you are a vegetarian …..CLOSE THE PAGE NOW!!!

The most tender, melt in your mouth steak. Hardly needed a steak knife!

Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚
Christmas will soon be upon us….

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December 10th

I was browsing through my Negril photos and thought I would share this delicious sweet treat. A Jamaican woman pain-stakingly peels the almonds and chops them into small pieces before making this wonderful sweet.
The owner of the Villa where we stayed, saves the ever-falling almonds from the tree which hangs over the patio area.

It is a never ending job of clean-up, sweeping the leaves and picking up the almonds. We would spend time just relaxing on the patio listening to the almonds dropping.

I was lucky enough not to get one on the head….but many did! lol

Last evening’s storm didn’t seem to halt the work day today. No school cancelations but I decided it was a day for me to stay home, rest and try to shake this cold. Many bowls of barley soup later, I am feeling a bit better now. I posted the recipe should you want to cook up a pot of soup.

December 9th

It’s looking good…and smelling and tasting awesome….
Kind of a funny day. I woke up feeling pretty good even though I have been fighting this cold for about 1 week. I thought I felt better today, but after arriving at the office…I went downhill from there…but maintained my business quota and hung in there.

So…I was thinking…I need soup, and I have been thinking about this barley beef mushroom soup for weeks…..lol

Soon come….Jamaican stylee…I am working on it…

December 8th

 

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With the weather getting colder outside, I decided a delicious fresh pineapple would help the PNS…(Post Negril Syndrome).
Missing all the daily fresh fruits from Jamaica, I thought I would warm up the kitchen with a couple of pineapple creations.
Of course, we have to start off with a delicious fruity drink to sip in on while I ponder tonight’s menu.

 

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With chicken thawed in the fridge it was an easy decision for a tangy ‘Sweet & Sour Pineapple chicken dish served on a bed of coconut rice. Yummmmmm definitely a dish you would find in Jamaica.

This is certainly one way to make coming back to a cold winter in Canada….much easier!

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December 7th

 

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Wanted to share this fabulous dinner and entertaining night we had at ‘Bentley’s Crabhouse’ in Negril, Jamaica. We shared a fun night on this deck up a lane off of the West end road.
We chatted with Bentley and visited his place in the afternoon, getting the price set and deciding what our dinner would be.

* Reminder…this place is off the main road, up a lane with lots of Jamaican homes, goats and an abundance of dogs…but boy, a great time for sure…

Looking down the road….from the the deck in the afternoon

We arrived at Bentley’s to meet his father downstairs who was sitting in his underwear, eating a bowl of fish soup. He is a diabetic and had a bandage on his leg, but had a smile on his face, knowing that we were coming back later to have supper upstairs with Bentley.

Fabulous crabcakes with coconut rice, callalloo veggies and homemade coleslaw. We brought our own wine and Bentley finally got it open with a broken corkscrew. ( We bought him a new one before his next guests arrived a few days later )

Here we are after a wonderful candlelight meal in the heart of Negril. πŸ™‚

Check out my video of Bentley cooking in his kitchen. Find it on my blogroll… ‘My Youtube ‘ Bentley’s Crabhouse! or at

 

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December 6th… First Winter Snowfall of the Season

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It’s hard to believe that a week ago, I was on the cliffs of Negril Jamaica, swimming in the warm gorgeous waters of the Caribbean. πŸ™‚
Woke today to the beauty of the snow on the ground and dusting the trees around the yard. I took a walk down by the lake with Marley for a little photoshoot…it was simply beautiful.

After our walk I decided on making some Christmas sweets and Double Swirl Almond Bark was my first choice! Yummmmmmmm

All the basics necessary for this delicious chocolate sweet….

And after a short time in the refrigerator, break up the pieces and give with love…to friends and family during the Christmas season.

Winter can be a long haul with cold temps and lots of snow to shovel. It’s a time to spend with family and friends give thanks for another wonderful year.

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December 5th

Β Would love to be at this concert tonight….

But cooking up this meal today, certainly filled the void….

But…I really think that every good cook and food blogger….needs a clean-up person. 😦

Tonights dinner turned out to be delicious….

Preping and cooking in the kitchen was fun today, listening to Etana who is playing in Negril tonight. Wishing we were there to catch her performance….but instead we will just cook, eat and listen to her awesome vibes.

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Well, I won’t be waking and having coffee to this view today….but I will be having Sangsters πŸ™‚

Today’s meal is going to be ‘pork hocks with sauerkraut, apples, red cabbage and new potatoes. My mother used to make this dish and I loved it, she used her pressure cooker, but I have been looking at different recipes and see what works for me.

I think I made it once since I was in my 20’s….so I’m overdue to give this dish a whirl. Stay tuned to see how it turns out πŸ™‚

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December 4th

 

I never miss visiting Just Natural restaurant when I am in Negril. The place is awesome, a wonderful garden setting with the best food around.

The family home sits in the back of this lane with tables and chairs set off to each side amongst the beautiful flowers and gardens.

A great cup of blue mountain coffee with sweetened condensed milk, something I would never have at home, but love here, sets the mood while I wait for my favorite breakfast dish.

Theresa one of the daughters, squeezes the orange juice as you arrive.

I order the Callalloo and cheese omlette with passion fruit, banana and a guava jam with homemade toast…and have never been disappointed.

I love sitting in the gardens at Just Natural while in Negril…it’s the best food going. A vegetarian restaurant, family owned and run with two daughters and a son.

It doesn’t get much better than a wonderful meal at Just Natural.

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December 2nd

Getting back to reality and work, as well as the on coming season of Christmas, all can be very daunting. The biggest decision for the past 11 days in Jamaica with the …’just do what you feel like’ attitude, just eventually all catches up with you.

Today my throat was a bit scratchy….I have been sneezing quite a bit, and all in all, just coming down from our vacation.

I bought a few things at the grocery story on my way home today, but was hankering for a big pot of homemade soup. lol, what else is new. I LOVE SOUP….hahaha…and that is no secret.

I have always wanted to try the ‘Italian Wedding Soup’…so this is my version. I am a tomato lover…and I wanted my base of the soup to be that…..tomato! It tastes so good…..yummmmm….
I was hoping this hot, delicious soup would ward off any unwanted cold.

Pee Wee’s restaurant and bar in Negril Jamaica….fabulous views….

Our first breakfast… “A breakfast for Negril champions.’ A delicious Spanish omlette made by Elvis and delivered over the wall by the cliffside to us. Of course the customary Red Stripe to wash it down. ( Breakfast is close to noon….hahahah…just in case you thought it was early for beer! Never too early in Jamaica ) ** Serve with Clamato juice! **
And…..service comes with a smile.

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December 1st

Inspired by coconuts and these wonderful Jamaican ingredients, I cooked up a delicious Coconut Curried Shrimp dish for supper tonight. I haven’t cooked for over 11 days, so I was looking forward to a nice home cooked meal.
We had lots of fabulous Jamaican dishes in Negril, there are some excellent cooks across the island.

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** Will post the recipe later today **

Back home from Jamaica…and it was an awesome trip. Lots of wonderful foods and spending time with great friends. What more could one ask for?

Sorry for not keeping this site up and going while I was away, I had good intentions but I was posting trip reports with pics on Negril.com and that was more than enough to keep me busy while in Negril.

I will post some of the delicious foods that we had during our 11 day stay….but for now, it’s time to get back to reality πŸ™‚

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November 18th

It’s finally almost time. Close up shop with my computer….throw the last minute things in the bags as 2:45am comes pretty early!
Always love the first meal in Jamaica, we will probably eat at a few places tomorrow…and share our food. Have a real hankering for some curried goat or chicken with rice and peas and callalloo. Yummmmm

Paula at 3 Dives always has some great food cooking up in the kitchen..

And I always look forward to the first sunset of the trip…. never a bad view from the West end of Negril.

Will promise to post some wonderful foods from my favourite island….Jamaica!

Bye for now….

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November 16th

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After a long stroll on the seven mile beach of Negril….it’s always nice to stop at the Treehouse for a much deserved drink…before setting our sights towards the end of the beach.
We try to do this walk a few times during each trip.

I much prefer staying on the cliffs….but I love walking the beach from one end to the other.

coffeecliffsNegril1Jamaica soon come

Ahhhhh….the excitement never changes as the plane makes the final turn and comes in for a landing at MoBay. The loud thunder of applause as the plane touches down, is an obvious sign that everyone is thrilled to be arriving on the island of Jamaica.
Some newbies arrive who have never experienced this magical place before, many returnies….and lots of Jamaicans coming home to visit their loved ones after being in foreign.Β 

Come follow me when I leave on Thursday 19th, as I experience the food and culture of the Jamaican people for 11 days…yet again!

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Enjoy the smiles on these young faces….

One Love….

 

40 Comments Add yours

  1. Maree says:

    I WILL be following you!!!

    Have a great time!

    Maree

    1. Sprat says:

      LOL…well I guess I asked to be followed! Looking forward to our trip. πŸ™‚

  2. Maree says:

    YES, you did ask to be followed!! :-))

    You and Peter have a wonderful time. I will be on vacation too…..vicariously through you!! lol

    Ask and ye shall recieve!!

    Looking forward to your pics with your new (kinda new) camera!!

  3. Loretta Ward says:

    Love your pictures frim the island yummy!

    1. Sprat says:

      Thanks Loretta… πŸ™‚ they are yummy!

  4. DAWN says:

    Jackie…love love love your site ..your trip reports and your cooking! Everything always looks so appealing!

    Can’t wait to see your ja food pics!

    1. Sprat says:

      Thanks Dawn….for taking the time to comment. We should share the kitchen some day at Moonlight Villa and see what we can come up with ! πŸ™‚

  5. Maree says:

    As well you should be sorry for not keeping up your blog!! LOL

    Can hardly wait for that curried shrimp recipe…love coconut, and have found a good place to find many of the ingredients that you’ve mentioned in previous recipes.

    Sissy

  6. Rod Reid says:

    Jackie , Maree , Merry Christmas , Maree, I tried to call but as always your phone is busy.
    Jackie , I wonder if the wooden spoon thing is hereditary? I always use a wooden spoon in preference to anything else ? Maybe it stems from the “spirtle or spurtle ” not sure if you know what that is , wooden stick for stirring porridge mostly. My Mam ,your Granny used it all the time. Broke a few whacking us boys too I remember . Anyway Love to All , Rod and Bev

  7. Sprat says:

    Hey Rod,

    Merry Christmas to you as well. Maree now has high-speed internet, so the phone shouldn’t be busy all the time now..lol

    I posted on my blog about the thistle spurtle..I do love it!

    Hope you had a wonderful christmas and that you are enjoying the holiday season. It has been nice here….with family and friends.

    All the best, and chat with ya soon.

    Love to you and Bev

    xoxoxo

    1. Rod Reid says:

      I saw the thistle spurtle in the pic , meant to say at the time but forgot . Have a wonderful New Year . Rod

      1. Sprat says:

        Thanks Rodney..and you and Bev have a great New Year as well πŸ™‚ All the best in 2010.

  8. Paddy says:

    My goodness. Lots of family comment. Have Demelza and Arianne here so perhaps with their help this will get to you. Have enjoyed looking at all the pics. Haven’t tried any of the recipes yet. Getting lazy I suppose. Look forward to more of the same now you have the new zoom lens. Love the hibiscus. xx

    1. Sprat says:

      Thanks for your e-mail Paddy….so glad that you could reply. I don’t think you are getting lazy …you put in many good years of cooking I am sure. Feel free to send me one of you favorite Scottish meals. I can give it a try. The hibiscus tree had 3 flowers today… πŸ™‚

      Lot of love to all…

  9. Paddy says:

    Whoo hoo!! Did it! Brilliant girls. xx

    1. Sprat says:

      So glad the girls were there to help you out! πŸ™‚ You can always find me here.

  10. Maree says:

    This really is fun Jackie….lots of recipes, lovely pics, and lots of “relative” posts.
    Paddy, Jackie and I had so much fun when she was here in the summer…….making meals, inventing a couple of her martinis!! And a photo shoot before eating was always lots of laughs.

    1. Sprat says:

      It was lots of fun in the summer, especially coming up with the ‘Lightening Mango Martini’….even though it was a bit scary dodging the lightening strike that knocked out the power at the mall….but we survived πŸ™‚

  11. Rod Reid says:

    Hey , we need to re-title this ” family matters ” Just took Bev to the airport .She is off to Missourri for a week > I will give you the details by email . Rod

  12. Maree says:

    Well, uncle Rod, that does sound like an idea!! I’m all for it!!

  13. Seveen says:

    sprat – i have a love hate relationship with your blog – love the food – hate i’m not there to eat it

    1. Sprat says:

      Seveen, I have that same relationships sometimes myself, love the cooking…enjoy the eating, but hate the clean up …lol 😦

      Thanks for the shout out…always good to hear from you πŸ™‚

  14. Jane Meehan Kavaliero (Venus) says:

    Just found your Blog and its stunning! Very posh layout too!
    xx

  15. Sprat says:

    Thanks Jane…glad you found it and feel free to drop by from time to time.

    Hope all is well with you! πŸ™‚

  16. Christine says:

    Happy Canada day (belated)!

    1. Sprat says:

      Thanks for stopping in! I will give your blog a look….

      cheers!

  17. SisIrijah says:

    greets sprat…

    this new layout…the colors and vibrancy of the pictures and everything else…are amazing in my sight…without a doubt, this is the best cooking blog i have ever seen…keep it comin sis…do not change a thing…
    *i have not visited in awhile so the new vibe is soooo FRESH!!!

    blessings and love…
    irijah

    1. Sprat says:

      Thanks Sis…for your wonderful comments. I was getting bored with the old layout…and it was not inspiring me to cook any great dishes. With the new theme…and a splash of colour from the drink pic, for my heading, I was more than pleased.

      I appreciate you taking to the time to comment. It makes me believe that I am doing something worthwhile…and that others are enjoying it!

      Blessings to you too πŸ™‚

  18. Minnie says:

    Hi Jackie, Surprise, surprise, have just been introduced to your web site by Rod and Bev- as they have been over on holiday recently- it was lovely to see them. Belated congratulations on the arrival of your lovely grandson, what a lovely baby. Love your web site, great pictures. Love to All . Min

    1. Sprat says:

      Thank you Minnie… πŸ™‚ It is so good to hear from you, and I am glad that you had a chance to check out my food blog. Keeps me busy and full ! lol

      Will e-mail you….

  19. VVHT says:

    Jackie,

    WOW my stomach is grumbling!!!

    Peter is such a lucky guy!! I’m envious!!!

    Thanks,

    Paul

    1. Sprat says:

      Peter is a great cook in his own right…but I do spoil him from time to time!

      Glad you stopped by and thanks for your comments Paul!

  20. Stormmey says:

    Sprat!! all I can say is awesome, I am salivating. beautiful site

    1. Sprat says:

      Thanks Stormmey,
      Glad you stopped in for a visit…feel free to subscribe. Thanks for your kind words. It’s been a lot of fun…cooking and getting the shots!

  21. markospoon says:

    Hi Sprat,
    I just neede another look see at some of your marvelous creations.

    Weather in Chicago is starting to get cold, especially when the sun sets.

    It is a nice pick-me-up just viewing the pics.

    Thanks again.

    1. Sprat says:

      Hey Markospoon…thanks for stopping by, we are getting colder here in Eastern Canada as well. Glad you are enjoying the pics. Of course, I get the full enjoyment of cooking it, photography and then final stage….Eating them! lol

      Thaks for talking the time to comment. πŸ™‚

  22. markospoon says:

    I was just checking, thinking about Christmas food and what not.

    Glad you had a time off from cooking to relax and think about your future dishes.

    Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

    1. Sprat says:

      Thanks Markospoon…the kitchen has been a little less busy than usual…but glad you checked in.

      Happy Holidays to you and your family as well πŸ™‚

  23. alfredo says:

    nice shots….& nice dishes…. i wait u in italy πŸ™‚

    1. Sprat says:

      Thank you Alfredo for checking in on my food blog…and for the nice comments.
      Glad you enjoyed….
      Cheers to you in Italy!

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