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Perfect No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream

This is indeed a fantastic Strawberry Ice-Cream recipe. The perfect No Cooking Required dessert, it’s so easy to make. All you need is strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, salt, heavy cream, and of course, an ice-cream maker. Try it! Recipe adapted from Gourmet (August 2009) Perfect No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 lb (450 g) Strawberries, trimmed, halve if large ¾ Cup Sugar ¾ tsp Fresh Lemon Juice 1/8 tsp Sea Salt 2 Cups Heavy Cream Method In a large bowl, coarsely mash strawberries with sugar, lemon juice, and sea salt with a potato masher. Let stand, stirring, and mash occasionally for about 10 minutes. Transfer half of the strawberry mixture into a blender and puree with cream until smooth. Return strawberry cream to bowl with remaining strawberries and allow the mixture to chill thoroughly, stirring occasionally and then freeze it in an ice cream maker. Note:Ice cream keeps 1 week.

Roasted Nugget Potatoes

Some of you may remember from my previous posts that I really like the yellow variety or Yukon Gold BC nugget potatoes. These yellow nugget potatoes’ flesh remains firm yellow and yet, so creamy after being cooked. Whenever they are in season, I will definitely stock up on these irresistible “gold nuggets”. They are excellent when steamed, boiled, or pan-fried, and are exceptional served either cooked or cold in salads. These oven Roasted Nugget Potatoes are baked till crispy and golden brown on the outside with rosemary, sea salt, olive oil, and a little butter. Just remember to boil the nugget potatoes a day ahead and chilled them in the refrigerator, makes it easier to cut and the flesh will remain firm when baked or saut├ęd. They are so tasty I bet you will be asking for more! :-) Roasted Nugget Potatoes (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 650 g Nugget Potatoes, whole 2 Sprigs Rosemary leaves 2 Tbsp Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter Maldon Sea Salt Method Boil the potatoes in a large pot

Peach Gallete

This is a single serving Peach Gallete, or mini ones if you prefer. Gallete is a free-form crusty cakes, and the fillings can be sweet or savory. For this recipe, I used ready refrigerated pie crust, and cut them into smaller round pieces. Then, I layered them with thinly slices of fresh peaches, sugar, and a little knob of butter before baking. Peach Gallete (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 Refrigerated Pie Crust, cut into 6 (4”/10cm) in diameter 3 Medium Peaches, halved, sliced thinly, and divided 2 Tbsp Sugar 1 Tbsp of Unsalted Butter, cut into 6 pcs 2 Tbsp of Milk Method Preheat the oven to 400 ˚F. Toss the peaches with 1 Tbsp of sugar. Arrange the peach slices in slightly overlapping concentric rings on the pastry. Leaving about 1 inch border at the edge. Fold the border of dough over the edge of the peaches. Brush the pastry edges with milk, top the peaches with butter and sugar. Bake the gallete until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool on the rack. Serve warm.

Prawns And Salsa Tostadas

My kids just can’t get enough of these simple and yet, great tasting Prawns And Salsa Tostadas. Delicious and refreshing, a mix of crispy texture with sweet and sour flavors from all the fresh ingredients. Tostadas are popular savory snacks in Mexico, usually accompanied with salsa, guacamole, or beans. The crispy deep fried tortillas is a great companion with toppings such as grilled meat or seafood, vegetables, salsa, beans, and cheese. Here, I layered my Tostadas with shredded romaine lettuce, a good serving of fresh salsa, and some succulent grilled prawns. Try making it! Prawns And Salsa Tostadas (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 12 Fresh Corn Tortillas (store-bought) 1 Head Romaine Lettuce, shredded 500 g Large Prawns, peeled, deveined, and pat dry 1 ½ tsp Chili Flakes 2 ½ Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice 1 ½ tsp Cumin Powder 1 Clove Garlic, chopped 4 Tbsp Chopped Fresh Coriander 2 Stalks Scallions, chopped 2 ½ Tbsp Olive Oil ¾ tsp Sea Salt Corn Oil for frying Lime Wedges Fresh Coriander for g

Dutch Baby With Lemon Sugar

This is a Dutch Baby pancake, or sometimes called a German pancake. The pancake is oven-baked in a skillet until it puffs-up and turns golden brown in color. Serve this Dutch Baby straight from the oven with some lemon sugar and some fresh berries. It’s like a sweet breakfast version of Yorkshire pudding. Simply delicious! Recipe adapted from Gourmet-August 2009 Dutch Baby With Lemon Sugar (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1/3-Cup (65 g) Sugar 2 tsp Grated Lemon Zest 3 Large Eggs, at room temperature 2/3 Cup (160 ml) Whole Milk, at room temperature 2/3 Cup (80 g) All-Purpose Flour ¼ tsp Pure Vanilla Extract 1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon 1/8 tsp Grated Nutmeg 1/8 tsp Sea Salt ½ Stick (55 g) Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces Equipment: A 10-inch (25 cm) Cast-Iron Skillet Method Put the skillet on middle rack of the oven and preheat oven to 450˚F or 225˚C. In a small bowl, rub the lemon zest with sugar. Beat the eggs with an electric mixer at high speed until pale and frothy then beat in milk,

Strawberry Sunshine Smoothies

Smoothies is a great way to include fruits in your kids diet. Luckily for me, my kids just love fresh fruits and they also love their smoothies! Strawberry Sunshine Smoothies happens to be one of their favorites. It’s really yummy and refreshing. Just freeze the sliced bananas and strawberries a day ahead. Then add yogurt, honey, and orange juice to the fruits and blend well. Enjoy! Strawberry Sunshine Smoothies (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 2 Ripe Bananas, peeled, sliced and frozen 20 Strawberries, hulled and frozen 5 Tbsp Yogurt 2 Cups (500 ml) Orange Juice 4 Tbsp Honey Method Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and process until thick, smooth, and creamy. Serve immediately. Serves 4

Chocolate Banana Nut Bread

You must try baking this Chocolate Banana Nut Bread. It’s so easy to prepare, just use a whisk to mix the dry ingredients, and a spatula to fold the batter. The smell and taste from the combination of bananas, chocolates, and pecan nuts was just wonderful. This is definitely my favorite new banana bread recipe! Recipe adapted from Joy Of Baking by Stephanie & Rick Jaworski Chocolate Banana Nut Bread (Printable Recipe) Ingredients ½ Cup (55 g) Pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped 1 3/4 Cup (230 g) All Purpose Flour ¼ Cup (30 g) Dutch-processed Cocoa Powder 1 Cup (200 g) Granulated White Sugar (I used 170 g of sugar) 1 tsp Baking Powder ¼ tsp Baking Soda ¼ tsp Sea Salt 2 Large Eggs, lightly Beaten ½ Cup (113 g) Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled 3 Ripe Bananas (approximately 1 lb or 454 g), mashed well (about 1 ½ Cups) 1 tsp Vanilla Extract ½ Cup (85 g) White or Dark Chocolate Chips (I used Bittersweet Chocolate Chips) Method Preheat the oven to 350˚F or 180˚C. Butter and flour a 9

Buttermilk Corn Bread

This corn bread is light and was just full of corn aroma, as it should. You will taste the sweetness of the corn kernels in every bite and it was the perfect complement for the Chili con carne! Buttermilk Corn Bread (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 1 Cup (180 g) Yellow Cornmeal (preferably stone ground) ½ Cup (80 g) All Purpose Flour 2 Tbsp Sugar 2 tsp Baking Powder ½ tsp Sea Salt 1 Large Egg, lightly beaten ¾ Cup (180 ml) Buttermilk ¼ Cup (60 ml) Corn Oil or Canola Oil ¾ Cup (180 ml) Corn Kernel (from tin corn, drained well) Method Preheat the oven to 400˚F or 200˚C. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, sea salt and mix well with a whisk. In a smaller mixing bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, and oil and whisk until just blended. Then pour into the dry ingredients mixture. Gently stir all the ingredients until the batter almost blended. Add the corn kernels and stir until blended. Pour the batter into the cast iron pan (8 to 10 inches pan) and bake

Chili With Beef And Beans-Chili Con Carne

I think this Chili With Beef and Beans or more commonly known as Chili con carne, is an ideal hearty meal for the current cooler season. Here’s my take of this popular Mexican-American dish that’s typically made from chili peppers, tomatoes, garlic, onions, cumin, and beans, along with chopped or ground beef. It’s probably one of the easiest one-pot meal that you can cook up quickly. As usual, I added my favorite ingredients to this dish. I used ancho chili powder to provide the mild to medium heat and the deep smokey flavor that’s essential for this dish, and red kidney beans, which is one of my favorite legumes. The end result was just fantastic. Chili With Beef And Beans-Chili Con Carne (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 3 Tbsp Olive Oil 2 Cloves Garlic, chopped 1 Medium Yellow Onion, finely chopped 400 g Ground Beef 1 tsp Dried Oregano 4 Tbsp Ancho Chili Powder 1 tsp Cumin Powder 2 Cans (15 oz/425 g x 2) Red Kidney Beans, drained 1 Can (28 oz/794g/1 lb 12 oz) Diced Tomatoes With Juice

Baked Potatoes With Broccoli And Cheese

Do try making this scrumptious Baked Potatoes With Broccoli And Cheese for your next gathering at home. The potatoes can be baked ahead, just top with fillings and pop them in the oven for about 10 minutes before your guests arrive. That simple and it tastes great! Baked Potatoes With Broccoli And Cheese (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 6 Medium Red Potatoes, scrubbed
 1 Head (250 g) Broccoli, cut into small florets
 120 g Grated Jalapeno Jack Cheese or White Cheddar 120 g Grated Sharp Cheddar 3 Strips of Grilled /Cooked Bacon, break into smaller pieces
 Sea Salt 
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
 Preheat the oven to 400˚F. 

 Place the potatoes on a large baking tray. Bake the potatoes for about 45 minutes, or until softened. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let the potatoes cool slightly. Blanch the broccoli in boiling water for about 30 seconds and drain. Then plunge them into ice-cold water for 5 minutes. Drain well and set aside. 

Cut each potato in half and scoop out the f

Easy Chocolate Brownies

After an early dinner at home a few days ago, I had a strong craving for some chocolate. Didn’t want to succumb to just some sweet chocolate bars, I raided the fridge and whipped up this Chocolate Brownie for dessert instead! I knew I only had some butter, chocolate bars, and eggs in the fridge, so there weren’t exactly a lot of options, except to bake these simple brownies. Everything was prepared in a single bowl, within about half an hour from prep, the brownies were sitting on the table for all to enjoy. Real easy, try it! Easy Chocolate Brownies (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 100 g Unsalted Butter 100 g Bittersweet Chocolate 100 g Granulated Sugar 2 Large Eggs, lightly beaten 1 tsp Vanilla Extract 70 g All Purpose Flour, sifted 1/4 tsp pinch of Sea Salt Method Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C).

 Butter 4 (3") ramekins. 
In a large bowl, over a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate over gently simmering hot water, stirring, just until the mixture has melted and remove

Kiwi Fruits With Prawns Salad

This delicious sweet and sour Kiwi Fruits With Prawns Salad will have your family or guests asking for more! The combination of the sweet fresh prawns, and the tartness of the Kiwi fruits paired very well with the simple tangy lime dressing. Serve the salad chilled and enjoy! Kiwi Fruits With Prawns Salad (Printable Recipe) Ingredients 4 Kiwi Fruits, peeled, sliced and chilled 12 – 14 Large Cooked Prawns, chilled A small handful of Fresh Mint Leaves Lime Dressing 2 ½ Tbsp of Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice 1 Tbsp Sugar ½ tsp Fish Sauce A pinch of sea salt 1 Tbsp of Peanut Oil Method In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, sugar, fish sauce, sea salt, and peanut oil. Combine the Kiwi fruits and prawns. Add the lime dressing and toss to combine. Garnish the salad with some mint leaves. Serve the salad chilled. Serves 3 to 4