Author: Loretta

Chicken Marbella

When I first made this sumptuous chicken dish, it was just for my husband and myself.  What was I thinking?  I like to spoil him every so often, but I mean come on, this was a lot of work for just the two of us?  So I set out to make Chicken Marbella again as the main course for an evening with friends.  I can’t tell you how much they all enjoyed it, it was definitely a crowd pleaser.

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Our 3rd Annual Curry Cook-off

If you’ve been a regular reader on my blog, Safari of the Mind, you’ll know that Bert and I host an annual curry cook-off.  I’ve blogged about the previous ones in the past.  What started out as a one time event about 3 years ago, has now become a repeated and anticipated get-together during the winter doldrums.  Our friends host a chili cook-off in the late Fall, so that concept perpetuated and the curry cook off idea was born.

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Chocolate Loaf Cake

Did anyone watch the Oscars last night?  I must admit, I don’t really watch shows with commercial breaks, so I just watched bits and bobs of the Red Carpet, where my daughter and I were exchanging texts about everything, good, bad and ugly. 🙂  I’m sure glad I watched the beginning though.  What about Justin Timberlake’s opening and his grand entrance?  Gee, that guy can strut his stuff can’t he?   An amazing dancer and singer, he had everyone in the aisle shaking, slinking and clapping to the music.  Such a stunning performance!  What a gaffe later on though, with the Best Picture Award? I mean seriously how could a mistake like that occur?  But we aren’t going to dwell on that, but onto other events like baking this wonderful Chocolate Loaf Cake.

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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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