Monday, February 23, 2015

Grapefruit Cake

We love simple cakes that are light and not overly sweet. Citrus always works well in cake, its refreshing and always on hand at our house. There are also so many lovely varieties this time of year you could really get creative, try Meyer lemon, cara cara oranges, honeybell's and even satsuma. 

 Grapefruit works so well in this cake its easy to make and is a lovely treat with an afternoon cup of tea. 


  • 4oz sugar
  • 4oz butter 
  • 6oz self raising flour
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • grated rind of 1 red grapefruit 
  • a little powdered sugar to finish 
  • 2 small eggs 


  1. cream the sugar and butter until fluffy then slowly add the eggs and flour
  2. add the grapefruit rind and the milk
  3. bake at 350 for 20-30 until golden in a medium loaf pan
  4. sprinkle with powdered sugar 
  5. enjoy with a cuppa 

Hope your having a good start to the week, our daughter was sick over the weekend better now so happy.  School re opened after being closed last week due to snow and ice and I see little daffodils coming up and buds on the trees. I just adore seasons and the joy each one brings, spring is on the way.

the promise of spring 

lenten rose 

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Doro Wot (Ethiopian Chicken Stew)

One of our favorite things to do is try new foods and expose the kids to new food cultures and flavors. We recently ate at an Ethiopian restaurant in Greensboro NC and really enjoyed it the kids particularly liked the chicken stew. So I re created it and have made it a few times since.


1 tablespoon of  butter 
1 tbsp. minced  fresh ginger
1/2 red onion chopped
4 cloves garlic minced 
3 tbsp. Berbere an Ethiopian spice blend I found some at whole foods 
1 can of diced tomatoes 
8 chicken drumsticks
salt and freshly ground black pepper  to taste
5 hard-boiled eggs


  1. heat the butter with the ginger, garlic and onions until soft for about 15 minutes
  2. then add the can of tomatoes and blend to get a nice sauce 
  3. add the berbere and simmer for a few minutes 
  4. then add the chicken and cover, simmer for 20-30 minutes until cooked
  5. meanwhile boil the eggs and peel them
  6. add the eggs to the stew season with salt and pepper 
  7. and serve with rice  

Stew's are wonderful in the winter and make great leftovers we just returned from a weekend trip to Washington DC to visit family. It was so cold but we still enjoyed the National Museum of Natural Science and seeing a frozen potomac and monuments. If its cold in your neck of the woods stay warm and know that spring will come :-) 

If your in Greensboro be sure to check out Taste of Ethiopia 

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Chocolate Cherry Mice

One of my sweet facebook friends Kathy posted a picture of these cute little mice, that she made with her Grandchildren. I asked her how she made them knowing that my two darlings would really enjoy making them. Kathy is one of the lovely people I have met through the blogs facebook page she's an inspiring upbeat and hard working lady, who lives on a farm in Kentucky. She did a guest post for Chow and Chatter once about it, its fun at times to do this and share non bloggers stories.


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