Friday, July 18, 2014

Raspberry Sponge Cake for Fresh Summer Berries

Raspberry sponge cake
Raspberry sponge cake is a delicious white cake topped with baked-in fresh raspberries.

Desserts that make use of fresh summer berries are always the best.

As kids we were often off in the bushes with buckets picking wild berries to bring home to mom. Or we’d pick handfuls as we walked home from the beach, because who can walk by a plump raspberry hanging from a branch by the roadside?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy Oven Fried Chicken is Tasty Picnic Food

mom's oven fried chicken
Oven friend chicken is an easy way to get that great crispy taste and texture without deep frying.
When oven fried chicken is on the menu what child wouldn’t want to pile into a station wagon with eight other people and spend the day driving around southern New Brunswick?

That was my childhood -- weekend road trips to St. Andrew’s, St. Martins, Deer Island, Campobello, New River Beach. One woody station wagon, seven kids (one prone to carsickness), a huge picnic and a repertoire of camp songs to last the day. Rain or shine we’d hit the road for family time.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Homemade Fish Burgers are fast and family friendly

Fresh fish burgers
Homemade fish burgers with a crispy panko crust can be ready to eat in under 30 minutes.

Is there anyone else who thinks that Jamie Oliver’s partnership with Sobey’s stores in a big sell out?
I love the guy and his books and was beyond thrilled when full-page newspaper ads announced that he was bringing his fast and from-scratch wholesome family cooking philosophy to the Sobey's chain of grocery stores.
"How perfect!", I thought. You can’t get any more grass roots for the masses than the local grocery store.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Uncle George’s Beer Barbecue Sauce and Barbecue Chicken

beer barbecue sauce
Beer barbecue sauce - a mildly spicy sauce that's super flavourful. The addition of beer just seems to suit a summer day

My Uncle George was an Englishman from Nottingham, England, the land of Robin Hood, Friar Tuck, and likely the occasional Medieval pig roast. He shared this recipe with my family back in the 1970s (when we still lit our grill with lighter fluid).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ann's Mini Spelt Doughnut Muffins

100 percent whole grain spelt doughnut muffins
Mini muffins made with whole spelt flour taste like doughnuts when dipped in butter and cinnamon sugar.
Who doesn't love a good muffin? I think they're the greatest snack going if made with 100 % whole grain flour.

I grew up eating muffins as an afterschool snack. We'd arrive home to dozens of muffins cooling on racks on the kitchen counter and mom had a great recipe for buttermilk bran muffins that you mixed up and kept in the fridge so you always had batter ready to bake.

This recipe from my friend Ann calls for spelt flour only (no white flour) and gets it's light texture from lots of baking powder and a couple of eggs.

Dipping the warm muffins in butter then cinnamon sugar makes them taste like doughnuts. Ann rolls the entire muffin in butter than sugar -- extra decadent and so tasty.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Mom’s Oven Baked Ratatouille

oven baked ratatouille is a delicious and pretty vegetable side dish
Ratatouille is the most versatile vegetable dish. It pairs well with chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes.
In the house where I grew up we had a huge vegetable garden in our sunny side yard. I don’t know how mom and dad managed it since I don’t recall helping very much, except picking peas or beans for supper.

The garden was unfenced too. In those days deer weren’t a problem for Rothesay gardeners, rabbits were so mom and dad used to plant leaf lettuce around the perimeter of the garden as a peace offering of sorts and it kept them at bay.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Fluffy Peanut Butter Cake with stone ground flour

fluffy peanut butter cake with stone ground flour
This fluffy peanut butter cake is delicious made with stone ground flour and natural peanut butter.

My mom is the master cake baker in our house. To this day she bakes the majority of the birthday cakes for our family celebrations and not only does she bake a cake, she usually bakes two cakes to feed the crowd that assembles at our family birthday parties.
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