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Cauliflower, Pea and Potato Bhaji

In keeping with the heart healthy theme for the month of February, here is another example of what I serve on the dinner table at least once or twice a week.  An all vegetarian meal incorporating Indian spices and flavors.  We enjoy all types of cuisines from around the world, but I’ll have to say we’re both partial to Indian cuisine.  I try to add fish to our weekly menu too.  There’s nothing quite like a fresh catch grilled, pan fried or barbecued.

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The garden awakens!

I don’t want to jinx it, but this winter has been relatively mild.  I’ve yet to haul out my heavy winter coat for those frigid snowy days.  Why?  Well, there’s hardly been any snow to write home about and the temperatures haven’t dipped as low as they have in years past.  This is February for crying out loud, and we’ve flirted with temperatures in the high 60’s- 70 degrees F (20-21 degrees C) for several days.  I could easily live with winters like these.  As a matter of fact I haven’t been  whining to my husband as much as I have in the past about escaping to a tropical island.

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Flourless chocolate torte

So it must seem a bit hypocritical that I post pictures of this luscious dessert after preaching about heart healthy foods last week don’t you think?  Yes, for the most part we still concentrate on keeping our tickers in check, but every so often these indulgences take over and there’s no stopping me.  In my defense though I’ll have to say that some of these calorie laden desserts mostly surface in my kitchen when I am entertaining or in this case, we were invited to dinner, and I offered to bring dessert.

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February is Heart Health Month – here’s our personal story!

Along with celebrating Valentine’s Day, February is also designated Heart Health month.  It’s a great way to love your heart and make positive changes to improve its health.  Never forget that heart disease is the leading cause of death in men and women.

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Shrimp and Veggie Stir Fry – Happy Chinese New Year!

Need a high-speed and nutritious meal for a weeknight supper?  Here’s my simple version of a shrimp and veggie stir fry supper.  Stir fry dishes are always my go to meal whenever I need something under 30 minutes.  You can get as fancy as you want to, or just utilize the ingredients you have in the refrigerator before the expiry date.  I had some medium size shrimp and tons of fresh vegetables, so I put the sous chef to work (aka my husband) and in no time we were sitting down to a delicious stir fry over jasmine rice.  So here’s how I went about it.

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Slow Cooker Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin.  It does sound exotic doesn’t it?  The literal French translation is “Cock of the Wine” or more like “Cock cooked in wine”.  When I think of coq au vin, Julia’s name pops to mind.  Julia Child, was an American author, chef and television personality.  She moved to France and enrolled in a cooking school where she developed a penchant for French cuisine.   It was her wish to simplify some of the French dishes and bring them across the pond, thus making it less fussy for American cuisines.

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