Sunday, April 14, 2024

Bean, Ham and Kale Soup Recipe


This Bean, Ham and Kale soup recipe is perfect Autumn fare as the weather starts to cool down, and we begin to feel like eating soup, but we are still not ready to enjoy the heavier style of ham and lentil soups which are perfect for the middle of Winter. I don't buy Kale very often, I'll be honest it's not on my list of favourite green vegetables, but as Kale comes into season, and becomes less expensive to buy, it is perfect in this soup. It holds it's shape well and is very nutritious and colourful.

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Malaysian inspired Chicken and Sweet Potato Casserole


This Malaysian style chicken casserole is lightly spiced with the chicken cooked in a succulent sauce smoothed by coconut milk. It can be as spicy as you like by increasing the spice measurement, however if you follow this recipe it will be perfect for most tastes. Simmered and cooked on the stove top you will be so pleased you made the effort as this is comfort food at its best. This is the perfect meal to make for a relaxing weekend dinner.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Carrot Cake and Cream Cheese Bundt with Lemon drizzle icing

This Cream Cheese Carrot Bundt Cake designed by Donna Hay, is filled with an irresistible cream cheese frosting, the same frosting which is generally reserved for icing the cake with and which everyone loves. Instead, we have baked it in the middle of the cake, where it transforms into the dreamiest, lemony cheesecake filling. Combined with sweet, grated carrot and chopped pecans, and generously spiced with ground cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, this cake will also make a delicious dessert. 

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Salmon, Spinach and Leek Quiche, it's low in calories and carbs and is delicious

This low calorie Salmon and Leek Quiche will be perfect to enjoy over Easter, to balance out all of the other delicious chocolate treats which will be on offer. It can be eaten hot from the oven with a large leafy salad,  or as a cold healthy lunch. You can also add some extra vegetables if you wish.

Monday, March 25, 2024

Self-saucing Economical Date pudding


Do you ever need a quick but delicious pudding for dessert just because you want some comfort food in a hurry, or for just no particular reason?  Dear Readers, this is a simple uncomplicated post, which I think is in keeping with a dessert that is very easy to throw together. A self saucing pudding always hits the mark. This post is laced with nostalgia. The recipe is based on a pudding that Mr. HRK passed on to me from his Mum whose name was Jessie, a long time ago when we were first married. I've swapped out the currants and sultanas for dates this time and we love the result. All of the ingredients were already in my pantry so that was easy. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Lamb Siniyah, a Middle Eastern Lamb Stew


Lamb Siniyah or stewed lamb cooked in a pot with a tahini crust are the stars of this delicious Middle Eastern version of Shepherd's Pie. A golden tahini crust replaces the potato topping to perfection. It's rich and comforting and laced with fragrant Middle Eastern spices. Who doesn't love a tasty Shepherd's Pie? Well, I promise you; this dish will exceed your expectations even further. Yotam Ottolenghi has created a very clever recipe here, one of many in his book "Simple".  

Thursday, March 7, 2024

In My Kitchen - March 2024

February was full of travel, birthday fun for me, friends, and good food. Everyone is in now in shock that it is March already, and it's always been a big month in our family. We have two family March birthdays, which has always meant celebrating our two children's birthdays,🎂 and sometimes parties, when they lived at home. It's been hot and quite wet here in the Tropics, so bring on the beautiful change of season that Easter always brings.