roasted squash, orange & avocado salad

This gorgeous roasted squash, orange, avocado, chick pea & jalapeno salad with its smoky cilantro dressing isn’t just sunshiny pretty, this salad is loaded with the life-giving goodness of Vitamin C.

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5 Southeast Asian soups you need to be making

There are few things more wholesome & comforting than a steaming bowl of soup. If that soup happens to take its flavor inspiration from Southeast Asia, better yet. To celebrate National Soup Day, here is my quick, cheat’s version of hot & sour shrimp soup plus a few others you have to try. All soups start with a good base, such as … [Continue reading...]

citrus jalapeno shrimp salad

Have you ever timed yourself when you eat? Mostly like you haven’t. I have. Next time you’re eating something warm & comforting notice how fast you wolf-down your meal. Then time yourself consuming a salad. The resulting time between the two meals is quite different - the salad taking more than twice as long to eat. I’m in love with this citrus … [Continue reading...]

how to make chicken broth in a slow cooker

Chicken broth is not only a necessary ingredient for would-be cooks but it is also a must for us dieters. At one time or another we've all used the ready-made, shelf-stable chicken broth (or stock) in the tetra pack or can. Mostly because of convenience. You probably have one or two cartons of it in your pantry now because, seriously, who has time … [Continue reading...]

how to make THE best roasted chicken

Don't we all desire the same things in a roasted chicken - to be cooked thoroughly, with juicy meat & crispy skin? Rather than merely plonking the whole chicken into a roasting pan, if you butterfly (also called spatchcock) the chicken first, it will cook faster & evenly giving you properly cooked thighs & really … [Continue reading...]

slow cooker mexican beef pot roast

When I moved from Minnesota to Florida I stupidly threw away the slow cooker, thinking I rarely used it living in the frozen tundra, I sure wasn't going to use it living in a sauna. I was wrong. Not only is it perfect for making my bi-monthly batches of chicken stock but it's handy as... And there's something almost smug in knowing you've got … [Continue reading...]

spiced nuts

There's much to love about nuts, apart from their obvious moreishness. Because of their high fat content they help to stabilize blood sugar, keep us satiated longer, contain lots of fiber, lower cholesterol & contain omega-3 fatty acids which of course are good for your heart, joints & most importantly...YOUR BRAIN. These spiced nuts are … [Continue reading...]

the long absence…

Friday, October 21st I turned 51. I spent my birthday & the days that have followed it, sick with a respiratory infection. Here it is November 7th & I'm still fighting it. It comes as no surprise, a lot has happened since I last posted in July. I was probably rundown. Rather than me start posting recipes with little explanation of my … [Continue reading...]

chipotle salmon, blueberry & corn chop salad

Life is pretty full & I've not posted in yonks. Here I am though, somewhat frazzled & frayed but making a very quick appearance nonetheless. And it's blueberry season & I had to share with you a gorgeous chipotle salmon, blueberry & corn salad I made a few weeks ago. Reminiscent of Tex-Mex flavors, this salad has a lovely smoky, … [Continue reading...]

thai chicken cakes with sweet cucumber salad

If you're anything like me & absolutely love Thai food, then you've probably eaten Thai fish cakes. Instead of using fish, I opted for inexpensive ground chicken. Same flavors, different protein. Ground chicken works brilliantly in all sorts of recipes - this recipe is a perfect example. These are so good you'll just want to keep eating … [Continue reading...]

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