Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bacon Sweet Potato Fritters

2 med sweet potatoes (boiled and mashed)
1 pkg of maple smoked bacon
2 egg whites
1 small chopped onion
1 small chopped burmuda onion
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp pepper sauce
1 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp bacon fat
3 cloves of garlic (chopped fine)
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for cooking

Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces and fry until crisp.
Drain on paper towels. Save 2 tsps of the bacon fat.

Boil and mash the sweet potatoes. Let cool.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and stir vigorously until the batter gets thick.
Let the batter rest for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in the meantime.

Fry batter in 1/2 tablespoonfuls until golden brown.
Drain on paper towels.

Serve with hot sauce.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mango Coconut Bread Pudding

1 sandwich loaf (torn)
1 can condensed milk
1/2 can evaporated milk
2 c. water
1/4 c. butter
1 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. mixed essence
2 tsp. vanilla essence
1 peeled and cubed mango
1 1/2 c. grated coconut

Preheat oven to 360 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, soak bread in a mixture of condensed and evaporated milk and water.

Cream butter and sugar.

Add eggs, mixed essence, vanilla, and coconut. Combine with soaked bread. Pour into a large greased square tin.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes.
Serve cold.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Unfussy Apple Cake

2 cups sweet, crisp red apples, cut into 1/4 cubes (peel on)
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled a bit
3 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 375F degrees, racks in the middle. Butter and flour 9-inch square baking dish or tart pan.

Place the chopped apples in a bowl along with the juice of one lemon. Set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt in a large bowl.

In a separate smaller bowl whisk together the eggs and the milk. Whisk in the melted butter. Pour the milk mixture over the flour mixture and stir until barely combined - try not to over mix. fold the apples into the cake batter.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, pushing it out toward the edges. Sprinkle with the 3 tbsps of brown sugar. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until cake is just set and a touch golden on top.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Shrimp and Kim Chi Fried Rice

Clean and peel 1lb of raw shrimp
1 jar of Kim Chi
3 or 4 cups of cold rice
2 or 3 cloves of garlic (chopped fine)
1 tsp fresh ginger (chopped fine)
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp corn oil
1/4 tsp of chili flakes
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp sugar

Heat oils in a wok.

Throw in shrimp when oil is hot, add garlic, ginger and chili flakes, and toss until shrimp starts getting pink.

Add kim chi soy sauce, sugar, toss until well mixed and then add cold rice and fry until done. Add more soy if you like before you finish.


Sunday, October 05, 2008

Easy Gingerbread

2 boxes of butterscotch pudding
1 cup butter (room temp)
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups of flour
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 350F and use parchment paper or grease the sheets

Cream the butter and sugar

Add the eggs, mix in the pudding, mix the flour and spices, and gradually add the mixture to the butter mixture.

Roll out the dough to 1/2cm

Bake for 10 minutes

Friday, September 05, 2008


In the spirit of
Candygenius, I'm posting the recipe for Homemade Marshmellows, that I got here.

Powdered sugar
3 1/2 envelopes (2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons) unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup hot water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 egg whites, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Line the bottom and sides of a 13- by 9-inch baking pan with plastic wrap; oil and then generously dust bottom and sides with some powdered sugar (I added coconut to the bottom as well).

In large bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle gelatin over the 1/2 cup cold water; let stand to soften.
In a large, heavy saucepan, cook sugar, corn syrup, hot water, and salt over low heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high and boil mixture approximately 4 to 5 minutes, without stirring, until a candy or digital thermometer registers 240°F or syrup reaches the firm-ball stage (when a small amount of syrup is dropped into very cold water, it forms a ball that holds its shape when pressed); immediately remove from heat.

Pour hot sugar mixture over gelatin mixture, stirring until gelatin is dissolved. Beat mixture on high speed approximately 5 to 6 minutes or until white, thick, and nearly tripled in volume.

In another large bowl with clean beaters, beat whites until they just hold stiff peaks; beat egg whites and vanilla into sugar mixture until well combined. Pour mixture into prepared baking pan; sift 1/4 cup powdered sugar evenly over top. Refrigerate marshmallow, uncovered, until firm (at least 3 hours).

Run a thin knife around edges of pan and invert pan onto a large cutting board; remove plastic wrap. Sprinkle top with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. With a large knife, trim edges of marshmallow and cut marshmallow into roughly 1-inch cubes. NOTE: To cut into even 1-inch squares, use and ruler and toothpicks to mark it every 1 inch. Lightly grease the blade of your knife with vegetable shortening. Cutting down firmly with the full length of the blade, cut the marshmallow into 1-inch strips. Sift additional powdered sugar over the tops if necessary.

Store either, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator, or in an airtight container.

NOTE: For a delicious treat, coat marshmallow squares with melted chocolate.

No. But for real. I'm not a sweets lover, but this is a FANTASTIC dessert, with lots of potential. White chocolate, dark chocolate with coconut, substituting vanilla for a liquor..Grand Marnier or Bailey's for example.
I'll be making this again. It's only 12 hours after I made them, and there isn't one left in the house.


Monday, August 04, 2008

Egg Rolls - Appetizer Size

2 cups Napa Cabbage
3 cloves of garlic (chopped fine)
1 tsp chopped ginger
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 small onion (chopped fine)
4 spring onions (chopped fine)
1 tbsp corn oil
1 can water chestnuts (chopped fine)
1 can of shitake mushrooms (chopped fine)
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce
small wonton wrappers

Heat sesame oil in wok or dutch oven

In bowl, stir together garlic, ginger, onions, napa cabbage, water chestnuts, shitake mushrooms, oyster and soy & oyster sauces, and sesame and corn oil.

Fry until vegetables are soft...about 3 minutes

Let mixture cool in a bowl.

Working with 1 egg roll wrapper at a time, lay wrapper on work surface with 1 corner toward you. Place 1 tsp in centre.

Fold corner over filling. Brush remaining edges with water. Fold in both sides and roll up into cylinder. Set aside in single layer, on plate, uncovered. Repeat with remaining filling and wrappers.

In wok, Dutch oven or deep-fryer, heat oil to 375°F (190°C) or until 1-inch (2.5 cm) cube of white bread turns golden in 30 seconds. Deep-fry rolls, turning once, until golden, about 2 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon; drain well on paper towels.

Serve with Plum Sauce or Sweet Chili Sauce

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sponge Candy

I used to make this candy for my step children quite a bit when they were little.
The video is this recipe method on a large scale, without divulging the actual recipe.

1 cup sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp baking soda

Cook sugar, corn syrup and vinegar to 300 degrees on candy thermometer, stirring often. Remove from heat; add baking soda. Mix well (this foams up-use large pan). Pour into 13x9 inch pan, buttered lightly. DO NOT BUMP PAN OR STIR. Let cool, break into pieces.

Melt chocolate chips and dip the broken pieces of sponge candy. Set on waxed paper to dry.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

John Bull's Jerk

Did John turn those dumplings without tongs?

"This is how you make Jamaican Jerk Chicken!

Mix quantities of liquids, spices, and vegetables into a salsa-like paste. The exact taste and texture will depend on which you mix to make the paste, but it traditionally always is somewhat hot. Take the spices and associate their flavours with the meat. Various methods include: pounding the paste into the meat, massaging it into the meat, marinating the meat, stuffing it into poked (jerked) holes in the meat, putting it into a sealed bag with the meat, basting it on the meat, coating it on the meat, rubbing it on the meat, etc.

The spices are generally applied anywhere from half a day to three days, depending on the cook. Then grill chicken legs over very low heat for 40-50 minutes. Serve with rice n peas."

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

10 recipes with 3 ingredients or less


I marveled over 10 recipes with 3 ingredients or less, and thought; it couldn't be true...and tried #2 tonight.

My finished crap product is on the left, the photo from the site is on the right.
Shortly, I'll be trying #6 and we'll see how that works out.

So far, 10 recipes with 3 ingredients or less is = 0, Radmila = 1

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Peppered Salmon

Juice of 1 Lemon, lime, orange
2 TBSP Sweet Soy Sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
salt - just a pinch
pepper - about 1/2 tspn
2 cloves garlic minced fresh ginger minced
1 tsp chili pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients and marinate salmon for 20 minutes

Bake at 350F until salmon flakes.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Blueberry & Strawberry Bread Pudding

You'll need:

2 cups milk, scalded
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins (or berries)
3 cups soft bread, torn into small pieces

Combine butter and milk, stirring until butter is melted. Cool to lukewarm.

Combine sugar, eggs, nutmeg, and salt. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 1 minute. Slowly add milk mixture.

3. Place bread in a lightly greased 1 1/2 quart casserole; sprinkle with fruit and pour batter on top.

4. Bake at 350F for 50 minutes or until set. Serve warm.

Inspired by Stacerella.

Avocado and Apple Salad with Mango Vinegrette

1/4 cup Red Onion, chopped
2 Apples - peeled, cored and sliced
3 Avocados - peeled, pitted and diced

1 tsp Lemon Zest
Juice of one lemon
1/2 cup of mango juice
1 clove Garlic, minced
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Salt to taste


In a large bowl, toss together the, red onion, and lemon zest. Mix in the apple and avocado just before serving.

In a container with a lid, mix the mango juice, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic, olive oil, and salt. Drizzle over the salad as desired.

Serve on a bed of baby greens

Curry Crab Crustades

1 can of crab
2 tbsp of mayonnaise
1 teaspoon curry powder (more if you like it hot...)
1 teaspoon of turmeric
1 tsp Burmuda onion chopped fine
1/2 small can of water chestnuts, chopped fine
2 tbsp of candied ginger, chopped.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of black pepper
shot of Tabasco sauce

One box of crustades

Fill crustade cups and top with capers, roasted red peppers, and a sprig of dill.
Labour intensive, but it's lovely little starter with a pleasant burst of flavour.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bacon and Potato Soup

You'll need:

1 lb of bacon
2.5 onions chopped in chunks
3 cloves of garlic (chopped)
2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
2 stalks of celery (chopped)
1 sweet potato (peeled and chopped into chunks)
2 potatoes (peeled and chopped into chunks)
1 tsp cracked pepper
4 cups of chicken stock
1 cup of water
1 bunch of fresh thyme (chopped fine)
salt or vegeta

1. Fry the bacon until almost crip.
2. Add the onions and garlic and fry until translucent
3. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
4. Lower heat and add potatoes, carrots, celery, cracked pepper, fresh thyme and cook until soft.
5. Add water if it's too thick.
6. Add salt or vegeta to taste
7. When all is properly cooked blend with hand blender until relatively smooth.

Serve hot with a nice bun with butter.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Carrot Bundt Cake

This recipe is a tweak from one that I got from my old blogging friend Reecie, who no longer blogs.
I miss her.

You'll need:

3 1/2 cups of flour
2 cups packed brown sugar
2/3 cups white sugar
2 cups grated carrots
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 coconut milk
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2/3 cups of flaked sweetened coconut
1 cup walnuts or pecans (or half a cup of each)

Preheat oven to 350F and grease and flour a bundt cake pan.
Combine all the ingredients except the nuts and coconut in a large bowl.
Mix on low speed.

Fold in nuts and flaked coconut. Pour batter into cake pan.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cover with tin foil and let steam for 10 minutes.
Turn out on cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

It's a nice moist cake, and you can substitute bananas, or apple, or zucchini with the carrots.
It's been one of those "keeper" recipes for me...and maybe for you too.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Apple Coffee Cake

You'll Need:

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup whole milk
1 medium Cortland or other baking apple, peeled and sliced

1 Set the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9-inch square baking dish with or pie pan a 4-cup capacity.

2 Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3 In a bowl, combine 1/3 a cup of the sugar with the cinnamon, set aside.

4 In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter with the remaining 1/3 cup sugar. Beat in the egg until blended. Add the flour mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk, beating until just combined.

5 Spread half the batter in the baking dish. Lay the apple slices on the batter so they just cover the batter (you may have to overlap some slices). Sprinkle the apples with half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Spread the rest of the batter over the apples. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar on top.

6 Bake the cake for 25 minutes or until it is golden brown and apples start to bubble at the edges.

Serves 6.

From the Boston Globe.

Friday, February 01, 2008


(the picture camera..I dunno...)

You'll need:
About a pound of sliced veal
1 cup flour
1 cup bread crumbs
salt & pepper
2 eggs (well beaten)
Oil to fry it in

beat down the veal to about a 1/4 inch.

Prepare three plates: Put flour on one, breadcrumbs on a second and two eggs that have been whisked. Cover the meat first in the flour, then in the egg and finally in the breadcrumbs

Fry in oil.
drain on paper towel

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs well beaten
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
3 cups oats (Do NOT use instant.)
1 cup raisins

1 Cream butter and sugars, add eggs and vanilla and beat well.

2 Sift flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to first mixture and mix well. Add raisins. Add oats last.

3 Spoon out by rounded tablespoonfuls on to greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350°F. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.