• Low fat, low sugar rhubarb curd
    Dessert

    Rhubarb Curd

    Made this for mom just now. It was super fast and easy to make. I altered the recipe to healthify it, and it turned out fab.¬† My husband, who typically does not care at all for rhubarb, just walked in the room as I began typing this, and asked if he could have more. ūüôā¬† Okay, I know its good now. I dont know much about curd, but Auntie Bea had been making rhubarb curd for mom last summer, and once at the start of this summer, and mom absolutely loves it. The caregivers say it is her favorite and she just lights up when she eats it:).¬† I’d hinted…

  • Szechuan pumpkin soup
    Soup

    Szechuan Pumpkin Soup

    Another amazing recipe from amazing Auntie Bea! (Almost 86 years old and an major foodie!). Sauté some onion, garlic, chili flakes and some minced ginger in oil until soft. Add 4 cups (1 L) vegetable broth and 1 cup (250 mL) canned pumpkin purée. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp (15 mL) soy sauce, 2 tbsp (25 mL) creamy peanut butter, a touch of sugar and a few drops of sesame oil. Blend until smooth, then reheat on low until warm. Womans World Magazine Sept 22, 2014

  • Dessert

    Auntie Bea’s Old Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

    Utterly delicious thin, crunchy,¬†crispy, lacy cookies that are¬†absolutely addicting. 1 cup¬† butter 1‚ĀĄ2 cup¬† brown sugar, firmly packed 1 cup¬† flour 1‚ĀĄ4 cup¬† wheat germ 1 teaspoon¬† baking powder 1 1‚ĀĄ2 cups¬† chocolate chips or 1 1‚ĀĄ2 cups¬† raisins 1 cup¬† granulated sugar 1 large¬† egg 1 cup¬† Old mill oats 3‚ĀĄ4 cup¬† coconut 1 teaspoon¬† baking soda Directions Cream together butter, sugars; add egg and mix thoroughly. Add flour, oats, wheat germ, coconut, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well. Stir in raisins. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased baking sheets. Flatten slightly with floured fork. Bake at 350¬į for 12-15 minutes or until golden.

  • Cooking Tips

    Shrimp – Auntie Bea’s Trick for Crunchy, Crispy Shrimp

    Was talking to Auntie Bea on the phone tonight. She brought up something I had been meaning to ask her about for a while, but I never think of it when talking with her….¬† A few years ago Auntie Bea invited Mom, Chris and I over for dinner and made shrimp. She was explaining a technique she used, which she had learned in her Chinese cooking class, involving dusting the shrimp with cornstarch to make the crispy and crunchy, and she said, it also enhances the flavor of the shrimp.Now keep in mind, we’re not talking about breaded or coated shrimp – just nice pink, uncoated shrimp.¬† I thought of…

  • chicken biryani with recipe
    Chicken

    Chicken Biryani

    Auntie Bea’s delicious Chicken Biryani recipe, healthified verion of biryani made with brown Basmati rice for higher fiber and a lower Glycemic Index rating, slightly adapted from Homemaker’s Magazine, October 2005 Issue. She had mo, Chris and I over for dinner and served this in 2010. We were¬† so impressed.¬† She gave me the recipe, and after trying it out first, I then had her and mom over for lunch and made this – and a nice memory in the process. This was shortly before mom got very ill, so sadly, it was one of the last times we had one of these lovely lunch dates with the two of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Apricot Wild Rice Recipe
    Side Dishes

    Apricot Wild Rice

    Another delicious recipe passed down to me by my Aunt Bea, after one of her always enjoyable dinner parties back in the early 2000s. ¬Ĺ c. uncooked wild rice 2¬† tbsp. butter 2/3¬† c. chopped dried apricots 1¬† celery stalk, sliced 2¬† green onions, chopped 1¬Ĺ tsp. dried thyme 2 c. chicken broth or beef broth 1 c. uncooked white rice 1¬† tbsp. grated orange zest ¬ľ c. slivered almonds toasted Prepare wild rice according to package directions.¬† Meanwhile, in a medium size pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add apricots, celery, green onion, and thyme. Cook about three minutes or until just softened.¬† Add broth.¬† Increase heat to high.¬†…