Saturday, January 23, 2016

Hearty Vegetable Soup

Nothing tastes better than a Hearty Vegetable Soup 
on a cold winter's day to warm your soul
 and fill your stomach.

 Ingredients I use

Vegetable stock
1/2 cup soup mix with rice, corn, barley etc.
1/2 onion
2 celery stocks
3 parsnips
1/2 turnip
3 carrots,
3 potatoes.
1 can tomato
soup (optional)

Empty the chicken stock in a large pot and
 add the soup mix, chopped onion 
and chopped celery.
Bring to a boil. 
Simmer slowly while preparing your vegetables.

Soup Mix

3 Parsnips chopped.
I don't use salt and I find
parsnips add a nice flavour.

 1/2 turnip 

 3 or 4 carrots

 3 potatoes
Potatoes are starchy and
help to thicken the soup

I added a can 10 oz. of tomato soup.
The tomatoes add a nice colour and flavour.
Simmer approx. 1/2 hr. Add water as needed.
Add, pepper, parsley or any 
other spice that you may like.


Some other soups I make:
Also Zucchini and Broccoli Soup. and
 Kale and Spinach Vegetable Soup

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Apple, Blueberry and Cranberry Crisp

A great dessert
All the fruit flavours
mingle, adding a great taste.
Served hot.... topped with ice cream.
Mmmm Good!!!

Any kind of apples can be used.
I like to use a variety to enhance the taste. 
I am showing off this amazing Gadget.
called "Applemagic" or "Pommemagique" in french. 
In a few seconds, the apple is peeled, cored and sliced. 
The best thing ever invented.
I chopped them smaller for this recipe 
I used my Wild Blueberries that I froze last Fall.
They can be bought in most grocery stores in the frozen section.
To view my previous blog on freezing blueberries click here.
I used one cup for this recipe.

1 cup Dried Cranberries. 
I prefer whole cranberries. 
I couldn't find any in the grocery store at this time.

Preheat oven to 350 deg.
Mix together in a bowl the 4 Apples
1 cup each Cranberries and Blueberries.
Add 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 tbsp. Cornstarch or( Minit Tapioca )to thicken.
1 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
Fill ramekin dishes.
I used these cute Mason Jars.(125ml)
They are Oven Proof and a nice portion size.
I put aluminum foil on a cookie sheet
to catch any spills.

I use Ricardo's Recipe. 
1 1/4 cups Minute Oats
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter softened.
Whisk together the Oats, flour and sugar. (1 tsp. cinnamon optional)
Mix in the butter
Spoon on top of the fruit
Cook in a 350 degrees oven for about 45 minutes.

Fun to make and really good...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mini Maple Banana Loaves

Maple syrup replaces the sugar, 
moist and flavourable ...
If you like banana bread,
you will love these and it's a great
 way to use up those over-ripe bananas.

1/2 cup butter melted
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 egg
2 overripe bananas mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla or maple extract
3 tbsp. milk


2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 350 deg.F

Grease a 5 x 9 loaf pan or a 
8 mini loaf pans, great for
gift giving.

In a large bowl mix the melted butter and maple syrup. 
Beat in the egg and mashed bananas.
Stir in the vanilla (or maple extract) and milk.

In another bowl whisk together, the flour, baking soda,
baking powder.

Combine both bowls together, just until moistened.
Fold in the walnuts.

Fill the loaf pans approx. 3/4 full

Bake 350 deg.F  for 30-40 mins.
50-60 mins for one large loaf.
or until the toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Quebec Maple Syrup
A natural product made from
the sap of the maple trees.

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