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 succulent breast meat. Never fear, perfecting roasted chicken this way is an easy application to master. 

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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...]

chicken & noodle larb

Larb - one of my all-time favorite salads. Originating in Laos, larb is vibrant & lively. A delicious, exciting salad of ground chicken, lots of garlic, fiery chilies, noodles, peanuts, crunchy bean sprouts, mint, cilantro, lime juice & fish sauce - all ingredients typical to Southeast Asian cuisine. Not always served with noodles, I think … [Continue reading...]

easy cherry yum-yum pie

With Christmas only a couple of days away & celebrations already underway, it seemed only fitting to share with you a cherry pie recipe that has been in my family for 60 years. This is the easiest pie you'll ever make, & dare I say, the best. This is one of my all-time favorite desserts. To eat & to make. For starters, there's no … [Continue reading...]

roasted cherry chutney

A homemade chutney can elevate an ordinary piece of grilled or roasted meat to pretty darn sensational status. Especially when the chutney is my roasted cherry chutney. Perfect with pork, ham, wild boar, duck & beef. And cheese. It's very good with an aged white cheddar or a creamy blue. And wine of course.  A chutney is easy to … [Continue reading...]

cherry, pecan & goat cheese salad

Cherry season is in full swing here in the northern hemisphere. Apart from the obvious - being good to eat, cherries are exceptionally nutritious. These juicy beauties are loaded with antioxidants; melatonin to help you sleep better (send a truckload to my place please); can help with high blood pressure (make that two truckloads) & they … [Continue reading...]

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