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"Chicken and stews and bears, oh my"
Lauren’s Chicken Corn Chowder (7 ingredients for delicious soup) submitted by @TweeterLauren page 33
I am currently working on Lauren's chicken Corn Chowder. I have Zippy helping me.
It is a nice small recipe. Our house hold is usually just two people so this was nice to find. Very simple ingredients and not a great deal of time to make.
Welsh Cake (Pice Ary Maen)* submitted by Bear Strength Clothing ⭐️ page 239
Tonight I had a grand time. I was interested in the Welsh Cake recipe and it required the Homemade British Mixed Spices.
As I looked it up in the ‘this and that’ section, I was pleasantly surprised to see many of the spices that my Mom used in deserts when I was a child. So I mixed up the spices enjoying the smells that reminded me of my Mom. As I made the Welsh Cakes I giggled a bit about the currants, which I have always loved. The pastry blender came out of the drawer and made the crumbling of the flour mixture and the butter and shortening easy. I used my large frying pan as I do not have a griddle. The first batch were a little wonky but the second round looked lovely.
Being that I was the only one awake when I made them, I became the taste tester. Well!!! The spice mixed just hugged me. It struck memory cords, but I couldn't put my finger on what it was. Again, I have lucked out and found something to add to the weekend breakfast list. The other good thing for me is that it was a small recipe; with two in the house, it is much easier to eat up the food, without waste.😀
I did not have castor sugar, so I looked up the substitute and discovered I could make it myself. Out came the coffee grinder (I never use it for coffee because I don't drink the stuff, lol) 20 seconds later I had castor sugar!
Blondie love submitted by Liz Mercado ⭐️ & Pamela Warford page 266
Tonight was try a new dessert. We chose this just because of the title. Blondie Love, was something I had never heard of. While reading through the ingredients, I was intrigued by the use of almond butter and quinoa flour. So Zippy and I began the relatively easy task of measuring, mixing and placing in parchment lined pan. I baked the Blondie Love for 30 minutes and allowed it to sit for the complete cooling time.
Moms’s Beef Stew submitted by Kathryn Anderson Page 112
We have a busy week between piano lessons and meetings I want to make some hearty meat and potatoes type food. Good thing I own two ...well, three large pots. I plan to use at least two tonight. My helper decided to go sliding, so I was on my own. 🙂 I found the Mom's Beef Stew the other day and had marked it to try soon. Today is soon. I used a tenderer cut of meat, than stewing beef so I was able to cut down the cooking time. Also, I did not have red wine so I used white wine instead. I used the homemade beef broth I had made a few nights ago. It looks lovely. When I go to season it I will use kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Back to the stove I go to cook some more!
This was a nice mild flavour. I think it would be different if you used red wine. So next time when I make it I will make sure I have red wine in the house. Was a very mild flavour. I will make it again. Zippy liked it, so that is great.
My mother’s Cazuela submitted by E.L. James ⭐️ page 116
In a mood for some good therapy so yes this is the second large dish tonight. We should be good for 4 or 5 days—LOL; unless my taste test crew at school read what I have been up to. This dish reminds me of something my Mom used to make. We called it Plow. No one else I know, other than a few family members make anything like it. Apparently it was brought from some relatives in Oklahoma/ Nebraska when the family immigrated to Canada around World War I. Anyway some of the stuff in that recipe are in this one as well. I used fresh herbs and veggies from my garden when I could.
Will send more when it's done.
Rough cut sweet potato I can do! 😄
It's done now and I have tasted it. Lovely flavour. In the recipe it talks about eating the soup part first and then the meat. It works as a full meal. I will make it again with some of the veggies I did not have. Will likely add a few more fresh herbs. Another success for Cooklander!!
Cajun roasted chick peas submitted by Richard Kahan 😀 page 26
Sunday morning and very blustery. Blizzard warnings so... Perfect day to get to the stove. I have used chickpeas a few times but wanted to try Richard Kahan's recipe. Snack food is always in demand with Zippy and my big kid so I decided today was the day. Extremely easy to put together and easily adjusted to suit your personal spice level.
I used parchment paper under the chickpeas instead of a non stick pan. It seemed to work fine.
Done! I think I would have this together with some kind of flat bread or corn chips. That would balance out the flavours for the kids. I might even mash it up and included it as filling 🙂
Blueberry dumplins submitted by Laura Prince page 255
We love Blueberries (Saskatoons if you are from the Canadian Prairies--Similar flavour and can be substituted for each other in most recipes). Now I actually prefer the wild berries with a wonderfully intense flavour, unfortunately I don't have any, but I do have fresh blueberries. We did not have dumplings growing up, so I have just begun trying different things on the kids lately.
This recipe was fantastically easy and satisfying. I made half of the recipe because Zippy and I were the only ones at home right now. He loved it. Finished one bowl and asked for more. To me, that makes it a keeper!
Not too sweet for a lazy Sunday afternoon.🙂
Socca (Chickpea flatbread) submitted by Richard Kahan 😀 page 213
Today we have a severe weather warning, -40 overnight. I decided this would be a great day to make Socca page 213. Now I have not used chickpea flour before, so I thought this would be fun. It was easy to mix together, as my local bulk food store had the flour.
I used my oven safe frying pan and all things were going well. Then I was talking on the phone to my older son, while I was finishing the dish. I removed it safely from the oven with oven mitts on. Then I took the mitts off to get the spices for finishing. Well, I was talking instead of thinking and grabbed the handle of the hot pan! 😱 that hurt! I dropped the phone and did not break it. No swearing either 👍🏼. I bandaged up my hand, put on my purple rubber gloves and finished the flatbread. My word, silly things happen when I don't concentrate. So please be careful when you are doing this.
Zippy and I both thought it was good. Next time I will try the flour combination that Richard used and will bake it a minute longer and broil the maximum time listed. Now back to making Gary's Leek soup for the 8th time. I think I might need it as the temperature keeps going down.
So please be careful. I intend to not talk on the phone when I make this the next time. To the stove! Helps keep you warm in -40 !
Elaine Owen @findjoyingiving
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