• Rhubarb Muffin - with Recipe
    Dessert

    Auntie Bea’s Amazing Rhubarb Muffins

    Auntie Bea made this recipe  for the first time on August 4, 2014 – made an entire batch for us and gave them to us on August 7 (the day before our anniversary :). They were amazing. They looked gorgeous – like something that came right out of a bakery. And YUMMY… oh, were these YUMMY. She photocopied the recipe and gave it to me on Aug 27 when we joined her for dinner at the Villa Cabrini, dining al fresco on their 2nd storey outdoor patio/ garden.  It was lovely. 2 finely diced rhubarb 1/4 c sugar 1 tsp grated orange peel 2.5 cups all purpose flour 1/2 c…

  • Cream of Zucchini Soup - with recipe
    Soup,  Veggies

    Cream of Zucchini Soup, Fast & Easy

    Just made this soup, literally a half an hour ago, and it was fast, easy, and really quite nice. I’ll be making this again. Got the husband seal of approval :).  I had this super huge zucchini that came in off the garden. It was a bit of a surprise when I found it there – it had kinda been hidden under the leaves and so it stayed there and grew, and grew, and grew until I finally discovered it. Just a day after I picked it from the garden, the skin was already beginning to yellow and it had gotten super-hard. I was worried I had lost it. What…

  • Healthy Home made chocolates with coconut oil - recipe for dementia treatment
    Dessert

    Healthy HomeMade Chocolate

    Made this chocolate for Mom yesterday, and gave it to her today. Was concerned it might be a bit bitter for her taste, but she gobbled it all up – I bet its because of the rum flavoring! 🙂  I’d been reading again recently about some of the remarkable improvements or outright recoveries experienced by dementia patients with the consumption of coconut oil (recommended 3 tbsp per day for this purpose, but work up to that dose slowly to avoid stomach upset). I’d tried mixing coconut oil into her food in the past, but could never get her to consume enough of it because if I put too much oil…

  • Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler from Canadian Living Magazine
    Dessert

    Canadian Living’s Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler

    Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler Featured on front of Canadian Living Magazine: August 2014 This fruity dessert takes only minutes to prepare, making it a lovely finish to a weeknight meal. Cornmeal adds a bit of crunch to the classic biscuit topping. By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Canadian Prep time 10 minutes Total time 45 minutes Portion size 6 servings Ingredients 7 cups (1.75L) fresh blueberries 1/3 cup (75 mL) granulated sugar 1 tbsp (15 mL) cornstarch 1/2 tsp (2 mL) almond extract Biscuit Topping: 1 cup (250 mL) all-purpose flour 1/3 cup (75 mL) cornmeal 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar 1 tsp (5 mL) each baking powder and…

  • blueberry crumble recipe
    Dessert

    Mrs. P’s Blueberry Crumble

    Mrs P’s Blueberry Crumble My mother-in-law (Mrs P) dictated this recipe to me Boxing Day morning 2003, she and mom having stayed over for Christmas.  This was a favorite recipe of hers for a long time, and I always enjoyed the warm yummy goodness of this dessert whenever she’d make it for us.  Entered into my recipe book on Feb 8 2004 1 c sugar 1 c flour 1 c oatmeal 1 c margarine blueberries (ask Mrs P how much, roughly… I’m estimating 3-4 cups) or other fruit Bird’s Custard Sugar (Brown Sugar?) lemon juice Mix first 4 ingredients together in a bowl until crumbly.  Divide blueberries into 4 separate…

  • Home made tomato sauce from scratch with recipe
    Veggies

    Homemade Tomato Sauce from Scratch

    Homemade Tomato Sauce –  With Fresh Tomatoes!  Better & Healthier than Canned  A recipe I found on one of my late night dates with Pinterest when staying at Mom’s  to care for her in the summer of 2013. The tomatoes from the garden were starting to over ripen so I went looking for a tomatoes sauce recipe I could make with them. Made this Oct 15, 2013 and Chris and I enjoyed a late supper in the dining room with this over rice pasta (we were on a serious streak of clean eating) and a “splash” of red wine on our glasses. Dimmed the lights and ate by candlelight listening…

  • Juniors Winnipeg Famous Chili recipe
    Beef

    “Fat Boy Chili” Recipe

    “Like” Junior’s Chili in Winnipeg My mom worked at Junior’s on Henderson Highway from the day they opened their doors in the  late ’70s and for several years thereafter, and we lived just across Henderson on Martin Avenue. I used to sit in Junior’s after school, doing my homework as I waited for her to finish her shift. I grew up eating this stuff. The two Greek cooks – Billy and Savas – were very fond of me, and would always insist on feeding me.  I remember there was a big scandal going on behind the scenes when a former employee at Junior’s and good friend of the owner left,…

  • Jerk Chicken Served with rice
    Chicken

    Auntie Bea’s Jerk Chicken

    1 red onion, coarsely chopped 1 serrano chile, coarsely diced 1 tsp dried thyme 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp pepper 3lb chicken breasts, boneless, skinless 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 c low sodium chicken broth Optional: 1 red pepper and 1 green pepper, seeded and cut into chunks – about 1.5 cups 4 oz sugar snap peas 1 mango, seeded, diced Juice of 1 lime Serve with rice.  To make it authentic Jamaican you can serve with traditional “rice and peas” by including either peas or red kidney beans (yes, either will make it authentic rice and peas!) in the rice mixture. Or if you…

  • Coconut curry chicken with recipe
    Chicken

    Curried Coconut Chicken

    Made this a couple of weeks ago. Really, really good. A definite keeper. And quite quick and easy too :  )   1 tbsp coconut oil 2 small onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 tsp grated fresh ginger (less than 1/4 tsp ground because tsp fresh grated = 1/4 tsp dry ground) 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (original recipe called for skinless chicken thighs, I altered it to make it healthier) 2 tbsp curry powder 3-4 heaping tbsp raisins or chopped dates (If using dates, you’ll need about 8 – soak in 1/4 c water before hand) 1 (14 oz/ 400 ml) can coconut milk juice from 1/2 a…

  • Wholemeal seeded muffins recipe
    Healthy Snacks

    Auntie Bea’s Seeded Wholemeal Muffins

    One word:  Yummy!!!  In a super-healthy way!  Auntie Bea made these for us when we met her for dinner at the Villa a couple weeks back. I packed on a couple extra pounds after polishing these off over the course of a couple days – I’m super sensitive to carbs!  But at least they were super healthy high fiber carbs and I’m back on the straight and narrow again. I will only allow myself to have these infrequently, as good as they are, otherwise I WILL EAT them, and gain carb weight. So goooood. 1-3/4 cups  (425 mL)  whole wheat flour 1/2 cup  (125 mL)  all-purpose flour 2 tbsp  (30 mL)  packed dark brown sugar…