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Cookin’ and Lookin’

Well I’ve been baking and cooking a lot this past week and I’m finally getting around to blogging about it.

I’ve been also doing a lot of work in the crafting world—crocheting, learning how to make granny squares, sewing and various other crafting activities.  Today I took the bus to the nearby town (not the village) and bought some amazing fabric at Fabric World.  I couldn’t believe how busy it was in there today!  You’d think that everyone with the recession or ‘credit crunch’ has resorted to making their own clothes or something it was that busy.  I also got some fabric to make a blanket—well I can’t really sew (of which I hope to learn how to do this week, the basics anyways), in which I’m going to sew on some crochet pieces.  Due to the fact that I can’t sew yet, I resorted to buying some fleece material, that way the blanket would still be warm, and I could customize it with my handiwork.  When it comes to crafting, I usually have several projects or bits and bobs (odds and ends) going on at once, which is just typical of how my mind works.  

So here’s some pics of what I’ve been up to in the kitchen lately, which has been a lot:

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Some winners and some pictures

As I’ve been in the kitchen quite a lot recently, I thought I’d pass along some recipes that have turned out as delicious success stories as well as some pics I’ve taken lately while out and about with my camera phone.

Ok, first some Vegan Peanut Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies.  These took a bit of time to put together, but nothing too difficult by any means and the results were yummy.  Thanks to MAC & CHEESE, I got the recipe here

Here’s my picture of the finished product:

Tower of cookies

Tower of cookies

My next recent success comes from the gang at Martha Stewart.  I bought the Everyday Food: Great Food Fast cookbook (you can buy/look at the cookbook here) atleast a year ago and have only recently started using recipes from it.  I made their Tortilla and Black Bean Pie, and since I’m not a fan of black beans, I substituted pinto beans instead.  I also used an ale as my beer choice.  You can find the recipe on page 236 of the cookbook or online here

My BF loved this dish and I thought it was both original and economical. We will certainly be making this again as we both loved the flavors of it too!

 

Dinner last night

Dinner last night

 

For the side dish, we made Spanish Rice and an excellent recipe for it can be found at Simply Recipes, an excellent food blog/website that I’ve been using for quite some time now.  Elise’s Spanish Rice recipe is again not only economical in this day and age, but also very delicious!  I’ll never go back to using pre-made packages of it when it’s so much better and healthier for me to just make it myself.  You can find the recipe here. Add some sour cream and salsa on the side, and you’ve got yourself an excellent meal that’ll easily feed 4 adults for very little money.  

And now, some more foodie photos taken with my camera phone:

 

And since I can’t seem to get rid of the tortilla pie or vegan cookies pictures in this section, you get to see them again!  I’m still new to blogging, so bear with me–think of it as doubling your photographic viewing pleasure. Ha ha.

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2 amazing recipes I MUST share!

Yes, I am going a little blog crazy today….only because I sometimes work on a post, edit it, and then publish it later.  I’ve got several posts that are kind of stacking up so I thought I’d better get to publishing them on my site.  Now I must share with you lovely blog readers of mine the most delicious and unique dessert I’ve had in a very very long time:  Ritz Cracker Pie.  Some people call it a mock apple or mock pecan pie.  Whatever you call it, it’s not only easy, it tastes amazing, and it keeps well a few days afterwards.  That is, if you actually have any leftovers!  I got this recipe from my mom’s recipe box and I’m so glad I did!  Thanks Mom!   

Ritz Cracker Pie

3 egg whites, beaten stiff with 1 C sugar (I think next time I make it, I’m doing 3/4 C, it is pretty sweet so I think I’ll tone it down a little bit for my own personal preference)

Then fold in 1/2 tsp baking powder.

Then add:
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I think next time I make it, I’ll just a pinch more and it’ll be perfecto!)

Then add:
25-30 Ritz crackers, crushed into dime size pieces
1 C chopped nuts

Butter 9 inch pie plate and pour in mixture–it will look like a meringue. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature and serve with whipped cream. Refrigerate and cover any leftovers.  

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The finished product!  It develops a kind of crunchy meringue like topping as it cooks.  I think this would be a great dessert to do when entertaining as everyone can help themselves.  I can’t help but try and promote this pie around the world it’s that good!  Push aside the mouse, turn the computer off, and go make this!  I’m telling you it’s beyond delicious!!  When you do/or if you have made this, please post a comment and let me know how it went! Mmmm…

And now, the other recipe that I feel compelled to share with you all: Jamie Oliver’s Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Crispy Posh Ham.  Not only is it so simple to make but it tastes just divine!  It’s basically heaven in your mouth.  So after you make this, you can serve the above aforementioned Ritz Cracker Pie and you’ve got yourself one heck of a meal that would delight anyone!  My BF and I have made this twice in nearly a week which means that we love this dish.  I have to stress this—do not skimp on any of the ingredients here–each one is so vital to the overall flavor.     

Now, on with the recipe, serves 2:

• 30g Parmesan cheese (English cheddar works too)
• 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
• 2 skinless chicken breasts, preferably free-range or organic
• freshly ground black pepper
• 1 lemon
• 6 slices of prosciutto (or Parma Ham)
• olive oil

To prepare your chicken
• Grate your Parmesan 
• Pick the thyme leaves off the stalks 
• Carefully score the underside of the chicken breasts in a criss-cross fashion with a small knife 
• Season with a little pepper (you don’t need salt as the prosciutto is quite salty) 
• Lay your breasts next to each other and sprinkle over most of the thyme leaves 
• Grate a little lemon zest over them, then sprinkle with the Parmesan 
• Lay 3 prosciutto slices on each chicken breast, overlapping them slightly 
• Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the remaining thyme leaves 
• Put a square of clingfilm (saran wrap) over each breast and give them a few really good bashes with the bottom of a pan until they’re about 1cm thick

To cook your chicken
• Put a frying pan over a medium heat 
• Remove the clingfilm and carefully transfer the chicken breasts, prosciutto side down, into the pan 
• Drizzle over some olive oil 
• Cook for 3 minutes on each side, turning halfway through, giving the ham side an extra 30 seconds to crisp up

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We served ours with mashed potatoes but you could serve it in a salad or even pasta!  Mmmm…This recipe can also be found here: Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food

 

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