Monday, November 28, 2011

Hot Chocolate with Chantilly Cream

This is a fun treat, once in a while why not have an indulgent hot chocolate :-), its a hot chocolate made with cadburys hot chocolate (my parents brought it from the UK) and chantilly cream. Which is a simple whipped cream from France with a dash of vanilla and sugar added. This was amazing.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Seafood Chowder

It's soup season so here's another great one, and my first chowder with seafood. It's easy and if your like me and keep fish in the freezer great to make with limited ingredients on hand. I added blackened creole seasoning which gave it a great flavor and slight kick. 

  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 large potatoes diced
  • 2 medium carrots sliced
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • one teaspoon blackened creole seasoning 
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • one small bag of frozen sweet corn
  • 1 1/2 cups 2 % milk
  • one salmon filet - cut into pieces
  • one sole fillet - cut into pieces
  • 1/2 an onion chopped 
  • 2 cloves of garlic chopped and one piece of chopped bacon
  • knob of butter

  1. saute the onions, chopped bacon and garlic for 5 minutes in a little butter
  2. add the carrots, potatoes, creole seasoning, sweet corn and stock and bring to a boil for 5 minutes
  3. then add the milk, cream and fish and simmer for a further 20 minutes 

Have a wonderful start to the week everyone 

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Food Bloggers Unplugged

The lovely Janice of Farmers girl kitchen a fellow Brit tagged me in this fun idea of Food Bloggers Unplugged and I thought it would be fun to answer like a live interview!, the questions are below I am to tag 5 folks but I will tag you all and its up to you if you would like to post and tag others.
 Its fun to learn more about the bloggers behind our favorite blogs :-)

Food Bloggers Unplugged is to help you to find out a bit more about the tagged Food blogger, in this case ME!  So here goes:

What or who inspired you to start your blog?

Who is your foodie inspiration?

Your greasiest most batter splattered cook book is?

These are three of the oldest books that I bought myself.

The best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it and what was it?

Another Food Blogger's table you would like to eat at?

What one kitchen gadget would you like Santa to bring you? (money no object)

I'm coming to you for dinner, what is your signature dish?

What is your guilty food pleasure?

Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?  

Have a great weekend everyone

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving Message

A short thanksgiving message and a craft for kiddies me and Jasmine did last year

love and hugs  Rebecca

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Welcome to Winston Salem - love this

This is amazing a must share amazing acrobatics and its done right here in Winston Salem where I live enjoy folks :-)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Florida sunsets and meet ups

We have just spend a wonderful weekend in Florida, a weekend of fun eats, wonderful meet ups and strolls along the beach.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Payasam (South Indian Milk and Vermicelli pudding))

It was Diwali a couple of weeks ago and I made this payasam for hubby its his favorite, I used this site for the recipe, don't you just love blogs. I didn't make many changes, other than using pre- roasted vermicelli I got in my local Indian store and using butter in place of ghee both work well.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Here's another soup for you, posted before but since its soup season and this is one of my favorites I thought I would share the link again :-), I also made my first chowder recently and learnt from the facebook page that there are two kinds New England white clam chowder, milk based and Manhattan red broth with tomatoes added. I love the facebook page for the blog, linking travel and food articles and chatting there, learn so much from everyone feel free to join in the banter there too :-)

We all watched puss in boots last night fun movie :-)

Ever wondered about foraging, join me this morning at 12.30am EST as I talk to Michaela Ballman @nutrispeaking she recently did a course on it. With restaurants like Noma in Denmark regarded as the Worlds best restaurant being well known for foraging for menu items per Noma's website

We comb the countryside for berries and herbs that others would not bother with and work with foods that aren’t part of any system of formalised cultivation and consequently cannot be obtained through ordinary channels of distribution.

Here's an interview with the chef:


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vegetable Pulav

Here's a super easy version of vegetable pulav, all you need is some spices, frozen vegetables and rice combine with a boiled egg and you have a quick tasty meal on the table in a jiffy.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Dark Chocolate Mousse

I made my first chocolate mousse last week, it was so much fun and let me tell you divine. The more I blog and read blogs the more I get the confidence to get in the kitchen.  I am having fun seeing the marvel of food reactions. For example how the whisked egg whites turned simple melted chocolate into a delectable mouse and recently how hot water, milk and sugar can bubble like crazy to create creamy caramel. 

Beautiful Autumn

I thought I would share some beautiful pictures of fall/Autumn around Winston Salem NC adore this time of year. Hope its beautiful where you are or if you in the Southern Hemisphere enjoying Spring :-) 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ode to the Spud

Ode to the spud, don't you just love potatoes tasty healthy rich in vitamin C no fat and a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Poor things they have had a bad reputation and often omitted in diets but its how they are prepared that increased calories. I recently made hasselback potatoes and I learnt from Angie of Angies recipes that they are known as “accordion potatoes”,  and were named after the Hasselbacken Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden that first introduced them in the 1700s. Angie featured an amazing recipe with a gorgonzola sauce. I served mine with pork chops in a mushroom gravy. Easy to make and lovely and crispy on the outside soft in the middle hubby also loved them and he is from a family of rice eaters . Someone from the chow and chatter facebook page even adapted the potatoes she was cooking that day to make them after I posted a picture and loved them as well.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Egg Drop Soup with Shrimp

Hubby has been asking for more soups lately so being a good little wifey I have been making them, love them this time of year and makes a change for lunch. I got this simple and super tasty recipe from the Sweet Ann's blog Anncoo Journal. I made a couple of tweaks, added 5 spice and mushrooms and peas you know how our little one likes them :-) 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Baba Ganoush Linguini

Don't judge this dish by looks :-) it tastes so good and its super simple to make. One of my favorite dips is baba ganoush, so I figured why not combine with pasta. Its basically baba ganoush but I didn't add tahini. 

Craft: Paper Bag Lantern

Here's another fun craft idea how to make a lantern from a paper bag

Have a wonderful weekend everyone

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Maple Shortbread Cookies

We made these simple shortbread cookies recently and had fun making different shapes and letters, what a fun way to learn baking and letters!


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