The last of the summer desserts – Mango pudding

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any dessert recipes, so I wanted to end the summer with a mango pudding.  It’s still warm where we are, and this cool, refreshing dessert went down a treat.  It is  such a simple, yet amazing recipe – you can multi-task whilst making this luscious, creamy, tropical  pudding as there’s basically just 4 main ingredients.  I took some short cuts too, so this whole recipe came together in no time.  You can also use half the ingredients and make just four instead of eight.

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A Night in White Satin

Each year Brandywine in White hosts a pop-up summer Gala.  This summer 2017 was the 5th anniversary; loved that  I’ve attended 3 of these fun events over the years.  In keeping things “secret,” they do not announce the location until 3 days prior to the event, it adds to the allure and mystery.  It is usually on a farm in the summer time, and happens no matter rain or shine.  The proceeds generally go to a charitable cause.

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Turmeric Rice with Garam Masala Root Vegetables and Chickpeas

Yes, you can almost smell Fall in the air……..I say almost because we’ve unexpectedly had temperatures climbing into the 80’s for the past week and we’re even expecting 90’s by the weekend.  Still, what’s lovely about this time of year are the cool nights.  Don’t you just love sleeping with the windows wide open listening to the cicadas and crickets calling in the night?  I know I do, they almost lull you to sleep.  So this is the countdown for Fall inspired dishes.

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Irish Pork Stew – bring on Fall weather

No, it’s not St. Patrick’s Day, and by golly it’s not even Fall or Winter, but my taste buds were crying out for some comfort food.  I do love the simplicity of summer cooking, you know fresh veggies, using the outdoor grill etc.  However,  there’s nothing quite like a bowl of comfort and this Irish Pork Stew ticked all the boxes for my husband..  I’ve mentioned before that I’m happy with a fish and vegetarian diet these days, but I like to cook a good hearty man’s stew for hubby every so often.  This definitely ticked all the boxes for him 🙂

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Lucerne, Switzerland

The third and final installment of our Switzerland trip in June was traveling from Montreux to Lucerne on the train.   The Golden Pass train is a rail line in the Swiss Alps which connects Montreux to Lucerne.  We had about 2 changes before we got to Lucerne.  The Swiss railroad engineers have engineered all the connections to run like a Swiss watch 🙂 The scenery with the mountains and lake being viewed through the panoramic windows, was a sight to behold.  The train lazily climbed the mountains, affording us many photo opportunities.  Little alpine villages dotted the vast green landscape.  Cowbells and wild flowers were evident throughout the journey.

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Dum Aloo (Indian Potato Curry)

After trying this popular Indian potato curry in a creamy and delicious spiced yogurt gravy, I wondered why I had never tried preparing this dish at home….well that’s not until last week.  It is known to be popular in the Kashmiri region.  Knowing how much my husband loves potatoes, I knew this would be a treat for his taste buds.  The authentic way of cooking Dum Aloo is to cook it under pressure.  The edges are sealed with a dough to ensure that no steam escapes, but naturally I took a short cut 🙂

 

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Fajita Salad with Creamy Cilantro lime and avocado dressing

When August rolls around, I’m almost ready to switch to Fall like meals, you know those stews, soups and curries.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re still enjoying salads and lighter fare, but I can feel myself winding down and ready to switch seasons in the kitchen 🙂  But whatever you do, don’t let this summer go by without trying this salad that is sure to please all taste buds.

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