Month: September 2015


Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Tomatoes

The last of the summer veggies and boy was this a quick, simple, yet tasty dish from the garden.  We have truly enjoyed the fresh produce from the garden this summer.  There are some veggies that we will not repeat next year as the deer got to it before we did.  It is tres annoying when you put in all that hard work and you don’t get to enjoy it don’t you think?  But, next year we will not be growing corn, cucumbers, and a few other vegetables that were devoured by the critters around.



Strawberry, Rhubarb, Coconut, Date and Oat Squares

Try saying “Would you care for a strawberry, rhubarb, coconut, date and oat square?”  Quite a mouthful eh?  Once you’ve tried one, I warn you they are pretty addictive.  I was trying to use up some of the delicious jams that we had bought on our recent trip to Quebec.  We bought about four jars of an assortment of freshly made jams from a nearby farm.  I wanted to use one of the jars in a baked good and immediately our dear friend Selma’s recipe came to mind.  I adapted the recipe to incorporate dates, lemon zest and extra coconut just because I enjoy those last two ingredients.  You can make this entire recipe in just one bowl, which saves time and a lot of washing up too.  I’d urge you to check Selma’s page for tips and tricks on preparing your baking tin.  Here is the recipe from Selma’s blog with a couple of extra ingredients that I added.



A Cooke Book (that’s not a mis-spelling)

Doreen Cooke was my husband’s Aunt.  She was known for her love of cooking.  She loved to get busy in the kitchen and prepared certain favorites that family and friends expected when visiting her.  Spare Ribs, Parsee Mince, Chicken Cacciatori, Shepherds Pie, Biryani and her infamous Hot Ball  Curry were among her specialties.  I remember her visit when we lived in Texas, our oldest was about 3 years old, Aunt Doreen showed us how to make pizza from scratch, complete with throwing the dough up in the air and splattering white flour all over herself much to the amusement of our 3 year old.  Doreen had a passion for cooking and creating in the kitchen. When she passed away about 5 or so years ago, our family decided to gather her recipes from all the relatives and make up a “Cooke” book with all her favorite recipes.  Her Hot Ball Curry was a dish she repeated again and again as we all enjoyed it immensely.