Blueberry Banana Ice

Blueberry banana ice is a refreshing frozen dessert great for any time of year.  Try replacing the blueberries with raspberries or strawberries for another treat.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/2 cups cashew milkBlueberry Banana Ice

1 1/2 cups mashed banana

2/3 cup frozen blueberries.

1 tbsp maple syrup Continue reading “Blueberry Banana Ice”

Vegetarian Chili with Mushrooms

When the cold weather appears I long for comfort food.  Vegetarian chili with mushrooms is one of my favourite recipes to make on a frosty day.  The recipe is quick, easy and flavourful.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

2 small chopped onionsvegetarian chili with mushrooms

1 chopped red pepper

1 chopped stalk celery

Olive oil to cover the bottom of a stock pot

8 sliced button mushrooms

1 540 ml can kidney beans

1 540 ml can chick peas

1 540 ml can black beans

1 796 ml can diced tomatoes Continue reading “Vegetarian Chili with Mushrooms”

Baked Apples

My favourite apples are Spies.  I like them in pies, crisp and just on their own.  Occasionally, when I want to sweeten up the fruit I make this recipe of baked apples. Their sweet but tangy at the same time.  Serve with coconut or whipped cream for an extra special treat.

INGREDIENTSBaked Apples

2 spy apples

1/4 cup walnuts

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/8 tsp ginger Continue reading “Baked Apples”

Morning Granola

I don’t often eat cereal for breakfast but when I do I tend to eat granola.  This granola recipe includes coconut oil, honey and dried apricots.  For a surprise cocoa nibs are added for a chocolatey kick.  Enjoy morning granola for breakfast or on top of your favourite crumble.

INGREDIENTSMorning Granola

3 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup cocoa nibs

1/2 cup sliced dried apricots

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup sliced almonds Continue reading “Morning Granola”

Chocolate Peppermint Candy

At this time of year it’s nice to have a sweet treat in the house to share with visitors.  One of my favourite sweet combinations is chocolate and peppermint.  Chocolate Peppermint candy combines these tastes in a melt in your mouth confection.  Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

1 bag milk chocolate chipsChocolate Peppermint Candy

1 bag white chocolate chips

2 tsp vegetable oil

1 tsp peppermint extract

candy canes, crushed

DIRECTIONS

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Peanut Butter Bites

On Christmas Eve my family celebrates with food and family.  One recipe which turns up again and again is the cookie peanut butter bites.  The chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination for celebrations or when you just want a decadent treat. Enjoy! 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chunky peanut butterPeanut Butter Bites

3/4 cups icing sugar

1/2 cup white chocolate

1/2 cup milk chocolate

sprinkles

DIRECTIONS

Mix peanut butter and icing sugar together in a small bowl until mixture is well incorporated.

Line a cookie tray with a silicone mat.

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Old Fashioned Apple Pie

I’ve never been a big fan of apple pie until I tried it with tangy spy apples.  The apples are just sour enough to cut the sweetness of the sugar and the fat of the crust.  The recipe would be just as good with granny smith apples.

INGREDIENTSApple Pie

PIE CRUST

5 cups flour

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 lb vegetable shortening

1 egg

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

ice cold water to make 1 cup

FRUIT

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp flour

1 tsp cinnamon

5 cups Spy apples

DIRECTIONS

Crust

Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl.

Mix in vegetable shortening until mixture is crumbly.

Beat egg in measuring cup until frothy.  Add vinegar and water,

Mix together just until mixed.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

When chilled roll out dough into two disks.  I like to do this between two sheets of parchment paper as it is easy to handle.

Line a pie plate with the first disk and trim edges.  Set aside.

Fruit

Combine sugar, cinnamon and flour.

Add apple and mix until well combined.

Pour into pie shell and top with second crust.  Scallop edges and vent the pie.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes until apples are soft and crust is golden brown.

Hard Candy

Hard candy is made from an unusual combination of vinegar and sugar.  It’s a great addition to a Christmas gift basket or cookie tin.

INGREDIENTSHard Candy

2 cups sugar

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup vinegar

2 tbsp butter

10 drops green food colouring

DIRECTIONS

Place ingredients in a large saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved in mixture.  Boil until a candy thermometer indicates the hard ball stage for sugar is reached (266 degrees Fahrenheit). Be careful the sugar will be very hot and can burn easily.

Pour into a greased and lined 8 inch pan.  Chill

Break into pieces and serve.

 

Tomato Jam

I always love the summer/fall season.  All kinds of fresh produce can be found in the stores and farmer’s markets.  Every year I scour the markets for sweet and juicy tomatoes.  I like to use them in salsas, salads, sandwiches and this tomato jam.  Sweet with a bit of a tang this jam is great served on bread or with cheese.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

2 cups cherry tomatoesTomato Jam

2 cups Roma tomatoes

1/4 cup vinegar

1/4 cup water

1 tsp balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup sugar

1 tbsp molasses

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground basil

Directions

Place all ingredients in a saucepan.  Bring to a boil.  Lower heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours until mixture thickens.

Can with your favourite canning method.

Good on Bread Machine Rosemary Bread.

 

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