Sunday, January 30, 2011

Mushroom and Ham Omelet

Recently I have been a tad nauseous all for a good reason (expecting baby number 2), but slowly feeling better :-), so I have had a few easy meals and not cooking quite as much. Heres a wonderfully simple and tasty meal. A simple mushroom and ham omelet with salad. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Craft - Birds in a Nest and a Winner :-)

It is with great pleasure to announce the winner of the Twitter mug competition, selected at random (from folks who tweeted) - @InglesDietitian - Leah McGrath 

random number Generator

please drop me a line with your address and I will get it to you :-)

On the subject of birds heres another fun craft idea, a simple birds nest in a tree made with my sweet little toddler :-)

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Icing

This is a simple chocolate cake with a fun coconut icing reminding me of Bounty another British chocolate bar :-), its coconut wrapped in chocolate. So much fun to try and make cakes that taste like candy bars.

What's your favorite, I remember at a doctors office I worked at in the North Carolina mountains they made a mountain dew cake so good. Remember all in moderation!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Red Cabbage and Vegetable Noodles

Heres a lovely vegetable noodle dish you can put together in no time, its has a delicate flavor and lovely color with the red/purple cabbage. I love meals like this when I don't have much time and want a quick and nutritious meal and the little one loves noodles.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Roasted Eggplant and Tomato Penne

When I saw this recipe on Deb's blog kahakai kitchen, I just knew this one was for me, I have roasted eggplant before and added to pasta but never with cherry tomatoes and pureed it wow the flavor was divine hubby also loved this one, remember he is a curry kind of guy. This one is a keeper its easy to make and super healthy eggplant (brinjal in India, Aubergine in Europe) is good source of Vitamin K, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber. This recipe was so good I even got another eggplant in the store today to make it again :-)

Twitter Mug Giveaway

Hi all so I decided to design a fun twitter mug that you can get here -  in fact the lovely Girlichef as ordered one already :-)

heres a clip explaining the inspiration for the mug-

So I thought why not do a giveaway, it will be for folks in the US as cafe press only delivers here.....

All you have to do is

1. follow me on twitter (if you want)
2. tweet about the giveaway and tag me @chowandchatter so I know you did it

I will select a winner at random next week :-)


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Saturday, January 22, 2011

ShoeBox Landscape

Heres another fun craft for the weekend :-)

hope you all enjoy yours :-)


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Friday, January 21, 2011

Kitchen Tips from Facebook and Twitter......

The other day I posted a fun question on the facebook page
"What are your favorite kitchen tips?"......, they were so good I had to share feel free to add yours below...

  • Heather Walters A dull knife is the most dangerous thing in your kitchen.
  • @YouCanCookThis Kate Knowles -Peel butternut squash with a veg peeler. It doesn't look like it would work but it does. Or did everyone know that?
  • @MikeLok Mike Lok  Use it? :-) - Or, buy oils in bulk (5/10 litres) decant into glass pourers to use, 1/4 of the price.
  • @RandomCuisine Victor  Don't coat chicken breasts with cayenne pepper and cook it in a skillet without any oil. hahah
  • @Cornabys Cornabys Keep sharp objects out of the sink and the dishwasher. In the sink they'll ruin you, in the dishwasher you'll ruin them.
  • @bossmomonline Portia Mount  everything tastes better with Panko! I'm obsessed with it.
  • @RellaBellaK Rella Kaplowitz  Use a paper towel to help peel the skin off of roasted beets (can't remember where I learned that but it works!)
  • Lynn Landry Clean as you go. And stop using sponges. use this instead: Skoy!
  • @gettanvi Tanvi Srivastava Soaking the garlic pods in water for 10 minutes makes it a lot easy to peel them
  • Amy Jennifer Stone Byrd I freeze broth and wine in icde cube trays to use later on in soups and sauces. It stores better in zip bags that way and I can use a little or a lot.
  • John Switzer always have someone else taste the cream,if you think it's bad
  • Cool Lassie Always start with a clean sink. I am a happy cook when my kitchen sink is free of dirty dishes!
  • Sarah Reid Clean as you go!! It annoys the heck out of me when my mom cooks since she's the "leave till later" kind.
  • @ Kate Knowles 

    @ re-use attractive jam jars and coffee tins as vases / tea light holders

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Tarragon Salmon with Greek Roast Potatoes and............

Quite a while back I was tweeting with Michelle from Big Black Dogs about a salmon dish I had cooked, back then we decided to post our recipes on the same day and link to each other. The other day Michelle tweeted to me to do the same. We both made a simple salmon dish recently so here are another two wonderful ways to cook one of my favorite fish.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Vanilla and Blueberry Sponge Cake

So this Sunday I decided to make muffins with my little helper, the process was fun but the muffins were a fail, hubby threw his in the bin :-(, but me being me went straight back into the kitchen to make myself feel better and made a simple blueberry cake to get the horrid hard muffin taste out of our mouths! Pleased to say the cake was a big success soft, moist and was eaten in no time. I want to encourage those like me who struggle with baking not to give up, say after me I will be a good baker :-)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Halibut Baked with Gremolata

This recipe was inspired by The Baking Barrister a wonderful and creative blog, she served halibut with Gremolata. I came to find out that Gremolata is a traditional Italian condiment made from finely minced parsley, garlic and lemon zest. This zesty garnish is a traditional accompaniment to Milanese Veal shank, it served as both a garnish and a condiment. 
I actually made the gremolata and baked it with the halibut in my Le Creuset to infuse the flavors more and served over cous cous this one is a keeper.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Kitchen Foil Fish Ponds

Heres another craft post for you all, let me know if you like these posts and if they are of value :-)


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Friday, January 14, 2011

Tips for Twitter Chats

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Mushroom Fried Rice

Heres a simple recipe for mushroom fried rice, easy to make and makes a great light lunch or something you could take to work. Our little one loves mushrooms so it went down well with her. Mushrooms are a great source of phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and selenium, valuable trace nutrients. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Chicken Curry

I made this wonderful chicken curry last week sometimes I feel sorry for my Indian hubby who isn't getting enough spicy food. The key to this curry is the first stage where you saute the onions and whole spices and grind with coconut to make a paste to add later. I once went to my father in laws village in India and had a chicken curry wow so good, it was more than likely the chicken on the roof I was taking pictures of earlier!, now that's fresh and local!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Shrimp, Baby Bok Choy and Noodles

I got these fresh noodles in my local Asian store (Banh pho Tuoi ) recently I simply adore fresh wide noodles,  I added shrimp and baby bok choy and seasoned. In no time at all a wonderful one pot meal was created. Bok Choy is a nutritional powerhouse being a rich source of calcium, vitamin A and iron and vitamin C.

Love this style of cooking :-)

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Egg Carton Spiders!

I couldn't resist sharing this fun craft idea for making little spiders from old egg cartons, I know chow and chatter is a food blog but we all need ideas to keep little ones occupied and having fun :-)

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Nutella Crunchie Brownies

I was lucky enough to receive a neat baking book called Desserts 4 Today by Abigail Johnson Dodge after being in a twitter chat with @finecooking. Its a fun book and all the desserts only have 4 ingredients and for me this is quite appealing. The day I got it I made the nutella fudge brownies and changed it up slightly to add Crunchie a British honeycomb candy bar my parents had brought with them.

 I must confess I wasn't going to mention the book, but after developing the chow and chatter recipe app I understand how hard it is to do these things and now more than ever will gladly help others promote their work.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Five Spice Salmon

I made this simple five spice salmon recently, don't know why I didn't think of using Chinese five spice to marinate salmon before. It was so simple to make and flavorful. I served it over noodles and vegetables.

Guest Post: Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Potato


I recently started tweeting with Marc from the Netherlands he has a fun food blog that often features the families adorable bunny rabbits and his kids in the Kitchen. I couldn't resist asking him for a guest post on a Dutch recipe. As I am always so eager to learn new recipes from around the world!
Be sure to check out his blog Grill Adventures by BroadcastMarc

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Interview with Becky Hale


So to continue my series of interviewing fellow bloggers, interesting folks, friends, chefs and readers of Chow and Chatter. Its with great pleasure to introduce Becky to you, she isn't a blogger but an avid cook and a reader of the blog and often comments on the facebook page......

1. Tell everyone a little about yourself ....

Hi I'm Becky! I'm a nanny and also a birth doula, and I enjoy photography. I love to bake, much more than I like to cook, but I love watching cooking shows and watching others cook!

2. What's your signature dish ?

 I guess my signature dish would be an Ahi Tuna recipe I found online that I absolutely adore and that's delicious. The tuna is marinated for an hour with soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, scallions, garlic and lime juice, then just seared on all sides-served very rare over shredded napa cabbage. Love it! 

3. What's your favorite spice ?

My favorite spice has to be cloves-and I hardly ever cook with cloves! It's just the most wonderful smell! It reminds me of my childhood, when my mom used to simmer cloves, cinnamon and orange peel on the stove to make the house smell lovely. I used to sneak into the spice cabinet and open the lid of the cloves just to smell and enjoy them.

4. Who's your favorite chef and why?

 I know he's so popular right now, but I like watching Gordan Ramsey-I've actuallly learned quite a bit from him, despite all of his temper tantrums!

5. If you could eat anywhere in the world right now where would it be?

 I think if I could eat anywhere in the world right now, it would be New York City, because no matter what type of food you are in the mood for, NYC has it all!

Let me know if you would like to be featured and asked some fun foodie questions :-) 

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Simple Iced Cupcakes

I love cupcakes, fun to make and now our toddler is getting into baking its so much fun. I just got her a little apron and she happily sits on the counter top and turns on the mixer :-) and little cakes that need decorating are great. My Mum has also made a couple of cakes here with her, much to her delight. I will miss my parents so much when they leave tomorrow. 

As we enter the new year and reflect often making resolutions as a dietitian here is my two cents be kind to yourself and realistic. If you don't normally go to the gym maybe once a day may be tough find activities you enjoy. The same applies with food while its wonderful to strive to eat better in the new year a little cupcake here and there doesn't hurt :-) its all about balance


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