Sunday, 23 December 2012

Delicious Christmas Quick Bread


This is my new favourite go-to recipe for Christmas. A slice of Cranberry Orange and Ginger Loaf is perfect with a hot drink for a slightly indulgent breakfast or alongside a cup of tea for dessert or a snack.  

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Friday, 21 December 2012

The Weekend Blog Hop - The Gallery of Favorites

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

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Sugar Cookies


This Christmas finds me in a nostalgic sort of mood and this picture brings back fond memories; it was taken after a day of cookie baking and decorating back when my son was little. I originally posted this recipe a number of years ago but I wanted to share it again as it has been a classic in my family’s kitchens for generations. 

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Friday, 14 December 2012

Friday, 7 December 2012

A Cookie Exchange at The Gallery of Favorites!

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

This week we are having a cookie exchange! To see some inspirational posts from last week and share your own favorite cookies recipes, please click here...

Friday, 30 November 2012

The 30th November Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring three delicious pumpkin recipes. 

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Thursday, 29 November 2012

An Easy Christmas Cake


This is THE cake for people who don’t like fruitcake. It’s got all the Christmassy flavours we crave without the heaviness of a typical dark fruitcake. 

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

A Victorian Family Recipe for Christmas Pudding


Today is Stir Up Sunday - the last Sunday of the Christian Church year, leading to the first Sunday in Advent next week. The ‘stir up’ refers to the Collect for today which begins “Stir up, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people”. Today is also traditionally the day for making Christmas puddings (stir up referring in this to the pudding batter) so that they have time to mellow and age before Christmas. A pudding could be made any time in the next week and still have time to age properly.  

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Friday, 23 November 2012

The 23rd November Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring three delicious pumpkin recipes. 

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Comforting Beef in Red Wine


Beef in Red Wine is one of my go to comfort food dinners, but it’s also special enough for entertaining. While it involves a bit of work at the beginning and the end, the long slow cooking means that it’s pretty hands off for a good portion of the prep time. If you prefer you can even make this stew the day before, cool it quickly and refrigerate if for a day or so.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Cinnamon and Apple Yogurt Cake

Photos Alex Harris
Yogurt gives cakes a lovely texture and moistness as well as a tiny bit of tang that really enhances their flavour. Quick and easy to throw together, this is the perfect autumn cake for absolutely any time of day...

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Friday, 16 November 2012

Welcome to the 16th November Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring a heartwarming post from Aunt B. 

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Vintage Coffeecake


This is a recipe adapted from my Mom’s Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (circa 1957). While I never learned why the recipe was called Cowboy Coffeecake, it remains to this day one of my favourite breakfast treats.

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Vegetable Pasta Risotto

Photo Alex Harris
Risotto is classic comfort food but it can take a while to prepare, something that is less than desirable when you are actually in need of comfort food. While mindless repetitive stirring can be comforting in its own way, there is something to be said for comfort food fast.  

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Friday, 9 November 2012

Share Your Favorite Posts at The Gallery of Favorites

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we featuring two delicious traditional Custard Pies.

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Chicken with Apricot and Almonds

Photos Alex Harris
I love finding new ways to prepare chicken, so when I saw a recipe for Almond Chicken with Apricot Sauce in my Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes book I was keen to try it. 

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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Hearth and Soul Hop 6 November

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog hop for food from the hearth to feed your soul. Today I'm featuring posts from Passionate Perseverance, Louanne's Kitchen and Baker Becky.

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Friday, 2 November 2012

Share Your Favorite Posts from Your Own Blog at The Gallery of Favorites

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we featuring Rosemary Corn Muffins from akawest.

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Delicious Sweet Potato Quick Bread


Recently I accumulated a surfeit of sweet potatoes. I have a regular organic vegetable and fruit delivery and it seems sweet potatoes are very much in season. My favourite way to serve them is to roast the sweet potatoes along with ordinary potatoes and other vegetables, but as much as my family enjoy roast vegetables, I could see that there was some boredom setting in. Even I was getting a bit fed up. So when I came across a recipe for Cranberry Sweet Potato Bread in my Betty Crocker cookbook, I was intrigued. 

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Food from the Hearth to Feed Your Soul at The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the place to share and be inspired by food from the hearth to feed your soul.  I’m thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy today, sending prayers that everyone is safe and things will be back to normal soon. 

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Healthier Maple Pecan Bran Muffins



I have been making Bran Muffins ever since I was a little girl and they are a real family favourite. The only thing is, the recipe calls for a whole cup of brown sugar which has always worried me a bit. I regularly cut it back to three-quarters of a cup without affecting the recipe, but even that is still a lot of sugar for a muffin that contains so many other healthy ingredients. 

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Friday, 26 October 2012

Gallery of Favorites featuring Pancakes and Flatbread

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we featuring pancakes and flatbread. 

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Italian Inspired Frozen Desserts from Nigellissima

Photo credit Alex Harris
One of my favourite chapters in Nigella Lawson’s new book Nigellissima is the one entitled “Sweet Things”, not least of all because it is full of recipes that look and taste incredibly impressive but take very little effort. 

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop 23 October

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the place to share and be inspired by food from the hearth to feed your soul. I'm so sorry for the delay in posting the hop. I have been in Rome with very limited access to very poor internet. 

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Friday, 19 October 2012

The 19th October Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are Fall is for Tree Planting from Small Footprint Family. 

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop 16th October

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the place to share and be inspired by food from the hearth to feed your soul. This week I'm featuring three recipes for delicious autumn baked goods. 

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Gwyneth Paltrow's My Father's Daughter

Photo Alex Harris
Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook was published in the UK as ‘Notes from My Kitchen Table’, but I took pains to get hold of an American copy of the book as I loved the title ‘My Father’s Daughter’. Having lost my own Dad four years before, I really identified with the idea of writing something as a tribute to someone she loved so much.When I bought the book I did not know that I would later have a chance to meet Gwyneth in person. 

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Sunday, 14 October 2012

Our Home

Photo Alex Harris
I think visiting someone’s home is a great way to get to know them better so I’d like to welcome you to mine. Last week I shared my kitchen with you, and today I’d like to share a little more.

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Friday, 12 October 2012

12th October Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring delicious pumpkin doughnuts for fall.

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Italian Breakfast Banana Bread



Nigella Lawson is definitely my all time favourite cookery writer. You can read her books like novels, and the recipes are virtually foolproof. I was so pleased when my copy of her new book Nigellissima arrived, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the television series that accompanies the book as well. There is also an amazing Nigellissima App with recipes, videos and more. It’s one of the best cookbook apps I have found so far.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop - October 9th

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the place to share and be inspired by food from the hearth to feed your soul. This week I'm featuring delicious recipes from The Frugal Farm Wife, The Salty Kitchen, Whole Lifestyle Nutrition and Peanut Butter, Passports and Epinephrine.

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Mild Honey Mustard Chicken

Photo credit Alex Harris
I love mustard in all it’s forms, from French’s mustard right on up to gourmet Dijon varieties infused with herbs. Unfortunately other members of my family do not share my passion and recipes with mustard actually in the title are rarely greeted with enthusiasm. When I do cook with mustard I need to either use it in very limited quantities or soften its bite with cream. 

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Saturday, 6 October 2012

Welcome to Our Kitchen

Photo credit Alex Harris
I think visiting someone’s home is a great way to get to know them better, so I’d like to welcome you to mine. As the kitchen is the heart of the home, I thought we would start here. 

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Friday, 5 October 2012

October 5th Edition of The Gallery of Favorites

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Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring a post from Michelle of Ms. enPlace. 

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Orange Balsamic Chicken Marinade

Photo credit Alex Harris
There are millions of recipes for chicken out there which is sometimes rather more daunting than it is helpful. Not to mention the chicken thighs (cheaper, more tender, slightly more nutritious and some say tastier) versus chicken breasts (delicate, lighter tasting and nicer to look at) debate. In my house the latter is easily resolved as none of us like to eat meat off the bone and my son draws the line at dark meat. He is normally so unfussy about food I am happy to indulge him in this one small peccadillo. This is the young man who, as a child, used to beg me to buy brussels sprouts. I kid you not.  

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Food from the Hearth to Feed Your Soul at The Hearth and Soul Hop

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the place to share and be inspired by food from the hearth to feed your soul. This week I'm featuring delicious ideas from Happy in Dole Valley, Hun...What's For Dinner and Winelady Cooks.

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Step by Step Instructions for Pain de Gene

Photo courtesy of Dr Oetker
Pain de Gene translates to ‘almond cakes’ but these little cakes are absolutely delicious in any language. 

Earlier this year I attended a Baking Trends workshop hosted by Dr Oetker where I watched demonstrations by celebrated pastry chef Claire Clark. Claire has worked with Dr Oetker once again, making free online video tutorials available to help everyone create beautiful baking easily in their own kitchens. There are tutorials available for Rose Petal Cookies, macaroons, eclairs and mini meringues as well as these beautiful Pain de Gene.  

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Friday, 28 September 2012

The Gallery of Favorites Blog Hop

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop; The Gallery of Favorites, a place to share your favorite posts from your own blog. 

Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week. This week we are featuring a post from Diane of Simple Living with Diane Balch.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012

How to Make Rose Petal Cookies

Photo courtesy of Dr Oetker

Dr Oetker make wonderful ingredients to help you make your baking more delicious, more beautiful and a lot more fun. Want to know how to make these beautiful cookies? 


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Food from the Hearth to Feed Your Soul - The Hearth and Soul Blog Hop

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to The Hearth and Soul Hop, the place to share and be inspired by food from the hearth to feed your soul. This week I'm featuring delicious ideas from Green Teen Cuisine, Natural Mother's Network and The Meltaways.

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