• Blueberry Cornmeal Cobbler from Canadian Living Magazine

    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

    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

    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

    “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

    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

    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…

  • Italian Meat Sauce
    Main Course

    Hearty Italian Meat Sauce

    Hearty Italian Meat Sauce This is another recipe that has been with me for about as long as I’ve been cooking.  It’s a favorite around here, and makes it onto our dinner table frequently.  I usually serve it on top of spaghetti, rigatoni, or medium size pasta shells, but you can serve it with your favorite type of pasta.  A word of caution, however – this is a heavy sauce, so it isn’t recommended for especially delicate pastas such as Angel Hair.  Just add a tossed or Caesar salad  and a slice of garlic toast and enjoy Italian eating at it’s best! 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1/3 c. chopped onion…

  • Turkey Meatballs with Chutney Sauce

    Turkey Meatballs With Optional Chutney Sauce

    Haven’t tried this yet, but intend to do so shortly. From my cookbook I had since the 80s – Microwaving Poultry and Seafood. 1 lb ground turkey 1/4 c oats or oat flour 1 egg, beaten – or equivalent egg whites 1 tbsp fresh parsley 1/2 tsp chili powder 1/8 tsp pepper Optional Chutney Chili Sauce 1/2 c chopped onion 1 clove garlic 1.5 tsp chili powder 8 oz tomato puree or tomato sauce 1/2 c chutney Mix meatball ingredients and shape into balls. Cook either by baking in oven, frying in coconut oil (use least amount of oil possible), or in microwave at 70% for 7 – 13 minutes…

  • Greek Meatballs with Optional Tomato Sauce

    Greek Meatballs (Chicken)

    Made this around April 23, 2014. Very nice flavor. Husband gave it the thumbs up. Good addition to our weight management recipes. Didn’t make the sauce. From my old cookbook from the 80s (ah, the 80s….) “Microwaving Poultry and Seafood”, published 1986 1 lb ground turkey 1/4 chopped onion 1 egg, beaten (or equivalent egg whites) 2 tbsp oats or oat flour 2 tbsp fresh parsley (or equivalent dried) 1 tsp chopped jar garlic 1tsp dried oregano 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4  tsp allspice (I omitted) Combined all ingredients, mix well. Form into balls. Bake in oven til cooked or fry in coconut oil, using as little oil as possible. Altertnatively,…