Cooking

Red Lentil (vegan), one pot curry

There’s just so many lentil recipes out there, there are also many varieties of lentils that line the shelves at the supermarket.  I don’t know anyone who has an aversion to lentils do you?  Red lentils in particular cook in no time and in under 20 minutes,  you’ve got comfort in a bowl.  Lentils are also inexpensive and a nutritional powerhouse offering plenty of essential nutrients that is beneficial to your health.

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Citrus and Herb Roasted Chicken

Cooking chicken is just so versatile don’t you think?  You bake, barbecue, stew, curry it and you get a comforting meal at the end of the process.  This particular chicken  would be good enough to eat on a weeknight, but also on special occasions or when you invite company.  I loved all the colors as I kept adding layer upon layer of taste and tang.  Oranges are popular this time of the year, I’m especially partial to the navel oranges, they are always so sweet and tasty.  The oranges in this dish definitely upped it a notch and made a beautiful presentation don’t you think?

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Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce, Spicy Sausage, Baby Spinach and Sage

It seems like I’m forever talking about the weather on my posts, but doesn’t it make such a difference when the weather is “just right”?  What exactly do I mean by “just right”?  Well, here’s my version of “just right”.  Cool mornings, warm and sunny afternoons, beautiful evenings and nippy nights.  It seems like we’ve had a lot of that lately in our neck of the woods.  However, the down side?  The Fall hasn’t been as magnificent as in past years, that’s probably because we’re almost at the end of October, and we’re still experiencing summer temperatures.  But soon that will all change I’m sure.

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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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