Great Expectations

15 10 2014

For those sunny moments, appearing every now and then, where we can still feel summer if we close our eyes. I would like to propose a toast to the lovely summer we had, to the wonderful holidays and for great things to come.

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Italian Peach and Almond pie

11 08 2014

We are back home now. Back to the sun and summer where I grew up. One of my fondest childhood memories from the summer is waking up before dawn to go picking with my classmates in the peach orchards. Every time I bite into a peach I feel the weight of the buckets heavy with fruit and the sensation of the wet branches brush against my feet. I can still smell the fresh cold early morning air and remember my search for the perfect peach. Every morning while picking I would look for that peach that would be the reddest and just the right size and feel very ripe. That peach never made it to the bucket, I would eat it immediately after picking it and no other peach ever tasted as good as those right off the tree.

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Chicken Livers & Pineapple

16 05 2014

Simple yet delicious, this recipe is great for those who love liver. You can serve it to start the meal or as an appetizer on toasted baguette slices but it will also be excellent as a main dish with rice or mashed potatoes. The chicken livers are grilled, then fried in a sweet pineapple sauce with a lovely hot tang from green chilli peppers. Simple in principle and simple to make, this is a great little recipe you should all try.

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Banana nut muffins

1 05 2014

Banana muffins are the ultimate answer to the catch 22 of grocery shopping.

Let me explain…. The catch 22 of grocery shopping refers to the age old question of how much to buy. You see, when you buy any item- cheese, bread, cucumbers, etc… – and buy a good quantity of it there will always be some left over that you’ll have to eventually throw away. So, the next time you go shopping you only get a small amount and within a day the kids finish it up and the refrigerator is all empty again. Well the kids like it so back to the store it is and this time let’s get more… well, you’re back where you started and some will be left untouched. With bananas this is especially true, every time I get a small bunch the kids will finish them as soon as I take them out of the shopping bag. The next day all I hear is “can I have a banana, I want to eat a banana, why don’t we have any bananas…”  But if I buy a bigger bunch, even if there is only one more, there they will be, two bananas left in the fruit bowl that no one wants to eat.

In come the banana muffins. As I was looking at those two lonely bananas I realized all I had to say was “who want’s to help me bake muffins?” and within minutes my younger son was already mixing them into the batter.

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Marcy’s Mushroom shtrudel

30 04 2014

A major innovation to our menu is the enthusiastic adoption of mushrooms in our kitchen. After years of rejection from the children we challenged them to taste something with mushrooms and surprisingly they liked what they tried. Suddenly mushrooms became sought after  - fried in an omelette or in pasta sauce, in a stew or on a pizza - mushrooms are now a welcome ingredient.

When mushrooms are the order of the day one of my favorite dishes is mushroom quiche. So, the other day while looking for a recipe I found this- Marcy’s mushroom strudel.

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Cheese sauce for Joy

26 03 2014

Pasta is probably the number one food at our home. A long time favorite of mine, I must have tried hundreds of different pasta recipes over the years. The kids on the other hand always want to go for the pasta with tomato sauce: it’s their favorite and they love it. If we suggest a change, they will go for “salsa rosa”, which basically requires just adding some cream to the tomato. If we try really hard, they might go for a garlic cream sauce–but that’s about their limit.
It’s hard to argue with them. I too love the homemade tomato sauce. And why wouldn’t I, when they eat it so eagerly?  However, every now and then we do try something new and different.   For instance, the other day after I asked my eldest son to put the pot of water on the stove, I went to the computer in my office. On my desktop I have a folder full of recipes copied some years ago from uncle Archie’s CD.     The selected items had grabbed my attention for various reasons.    But I couldn’t remember exactly what I had copied, so I searched the collection using the term “pasta” and got three hits:  one was this recipe for cheese sauce. After a quick look to see if I had the ingredients, I announced to my family that tonight we would be trying something new!  And off to the kitchen I went….

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New recipes added to previous posts

21 03 2014

I just started adding the recipes to my previous posts. I’m very happy to be able to include the actual recipes so anyone can try them out. Those who are familiar with uncle Archie’s disc know that he wrote them in a special format he developed using tables to make things simple and straight forward. I am trying my best to describe the recipes the way they are in uncle Archie’s files. Given that some of the ingredients change from place to place or that I had to compromise using what I had in the kitchen there are some changes but I try my best to add them as comments and leave the original recipe intact.

My first post to be updated is for Granny Ethel’s drop scones so go and check it out. I will add the rest, one at a time, over the next few weeks- if you wish to be notified when they are published just subscribe to the blog.

Oh, and if you try any of the recipes please share your thoughts in the comments and feel free to share the links with others.

Happy cooking

Danny

 

 








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