Wishing you a wonderful New Year! May 2015 bring you health, prosperity, amazing food and happiness! I feel so privileged to start of a new year of Food ‘n Flix as the host for this January. This month I’m challenging you to watch Bridget Jones’s Diary, and then head into the kitchen to make a dish inspired by the film.
At the start of the New Year, 32-year-old Bridget decides it’s time to take control of her life — and start keeping a diary. Now, the most provocative, erotic and hysterical book on her bedside table is the one she’s writing. With a taste for adventure, and an opinion on every subject – from exercise to men to food to sex and everything in between – she’s turning the page on a whole new life.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming. The holiday season is over and it was a wonderful time surrounded by friends and family. But my clothes is happy it is over! Time for a bit healthier meals, or at least considering it while you are still polishing off the leftovers from all the parties you may have hosted. One dish I was really sorry to not have any leftovers to enjoy was this Slow Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful time amongst family and friends for this Holiday Season. Tomorrow we welcome the year 2014, I wish you all health, love, a safe home, prosperity and everything else you could wish. Happy New Year 2014!
My calendar has certainly been busy with family gatherings and a little quick trip out of town to Ottawa. And I am very much looking forward to the 31st as I am hosting the party with my closest friends. It’s pot-luck and so far it sounds like we will be having a real feast and lots of fun beverages. If my crock pot recipe turns out well I’ll probably share it next week. But for today I wanted to show you the cake I made for December 24th which was spent at my parents. The Marzipan Topped Light Fruit Cake was a crowd pleaser!
As the New Year flows in
May you soar ever higher
Reach greater heights
And find happiness in everything you do
Happy New Year to all of you!
I hope you have been enjoying the holiday season and have spent many happy moments with loved ones.
If you are like me and are always put in charge of the dessert for a celebration, after a few years it can become a daunting challenge. Every year I ask myself how can I top of the cakes of past, impress with more extraordinary pies, makes mouths water like never before.
As I was perusing hundreds of recipes online I finally fell on one I knew would be the winner for this year. I saw this Red Velvet Cheesecake on the blog of The Squishy Monster and I knew I had found my cake! We are all fans of cheesecake and I love anything red velvet. The combination was perfect.
She posted this recipe a bit before the holidays and now this is my New Year post. Ironically we both posted a recipe about drunk Gummy bears! I posted earlier and the Gummy bears are her New Year post. As you said my dear friend: great minds think alike.
I made 2 changes to the recipe: I used 3 tbsp of cocoa instead of 2 because chocolate rules, and I used an 8 inch pan instead of a 6 in one. For decoration all I did was sprinkle of sugar powder just prior to serving. It may be on my top 3 of best cheesecakes ever and it was incredibly moist and not to sweet.
What to post as the first recipe of the year? I was not too inspired at first. The fact that I was bed/couch ridden for 4 days with a nasty cold certainly did not help. December overall was not a good thing (I will stop bitching soon, smiles for 2012). Cooking was not a priority. With the cold still hanging on, the return to work was also difficult. Oh and did I mention how freaking COLD the weather was too.
Elaborate cooking no. A hot and warm drink yes. One with strong booze to kick my cold in the *&?%, oh yes! So I offer you a Cheers for the New Year with a drink that will fill the party quota, the sitting by the fire place quota, warming up from a cold day quota, and help scaring away a nasty virus quota. A nice boozed up hot chocolate with orange notes.
Ξ Grown Up Orange Hot Chocolate Ξ
1 tablespoon cocoa
1 tablespoon sugar
A pinch of salt
1 oz orange juice
7 oz milk
1 Tablespoon Grand Marnier
1 Tablespoon Scotch (or other)
Mix cocoa, sugar, and salt in a small saucepan, slowly stir in milk and orange juice. Heat and stir over moderately low heat until just boiling, then simmer 2 minutes. Add Grand Marnier and Scotch. Serve in a mug or thick glass with an orange zest.
Check out all the other citrus lovers on January’s #citruslove bloghop
I know I am a week late! Everyone else with a food blog and that idea has done it already. But I will do a show and tell of our New Year’s family amazing pot-luck spread. I am salivating just at the thought of my first bites! Can you guess what I made? I brought 2 dishes. Enjoy!
Starting with the meal…
The Whole Spread
Orzo Salad with red onions, green peppers, cilantro and pomegranate seeds
Yeah, I know! Quite a title for the first post of 2010, right lol. Gimme a minute it will make sense.
So I hope everyone rung in the New Year in their favorite way.I wish you all love, happiness, success and delicious smells from the kitchen!
And now today starts: the RESOLUTIONS!!!!!!!!! Scray word.
I honestly did not make one, at least not in the traditional way. I was off this week and my plan during the day time was to accomplish a task I have been putting off for months (years): a massive clean up of my place. I am not talking spring cleaning here. I mean take every drawer out of the dresser, then do the keep pile, give pile and garbage pile. Then vacuum the drawer, dresser, destroy the dust bunny armies behing the drawer and but everything back together again. Honestly my progress has been slow but steady. I am after all on holiday so I lounge hours in the morning and then maybe go out at night to friend’s, etc. But so far I have done my bedroom, bathroom and two other full double closets. So far I have filled 6 large garbage bags of stuff to give (alredy done) and 3 garbage bags of garbage. Left to do are the kitchen, dining room and living room.
Honestly its a lot of work but it feels great. I feel like I lost 100 pounds. Now here is my goal for 2010. Keep cleaning and keep it clean: in my head (break psychological vicious circles), in my health, in my things, and in my body. Just do it bit by bit. Its not a resolution. I am just, for now, motivated and will ride the wave as concsiously as I can.
So of course part of that is loosing weight. But again I am not setting myself up for failure. No diets!. Just cut here and there, mostly exercise. Anything, a daily walk. I have along way to go here. So I thought it was funny when I receivedÂ an email from a PR agencyÂ announcing “the Biggest Loser Resort at Fitness Ridge and Driscollâ€™s Berries who have teamed up to create a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth without breaking your calorie bank in the New Year”.
How can I not share this recipe with you? Obviously use any berries you have available to you.
Berry Explosion Cobbler
1 cup chopped fresh Driscollâ€™s strawberries
1 cup fresh Driscollâ€™s raspberries
1 cup fresh Driscollâ€™s blueberries
1 cup fresh Driscollâ€™s blackberrie
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Â¼ cup instant oats + Â½ cup instant oat
Â¼ cup pecans
1 tablespoon soy butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons agave nectar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 9×9 pan, spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Layer fruit on the bottom of the pan. Then drizzle the maple syrup over the fruit.
Sprinkle the cinnamon over the rest of the fruit.
In a food processor, add Â¼ cup instant oats, pecans, soy butter, cinnamon, and agave nectar. Blend until all lumps are gone and everything is evenly chopped. Add to a mixing bowl the remaining Â½ cup of instant oats and mix together.
Sprinkle mixture over fruit.
Bake forÂ 1 hour or until fruit sets. Cool for 15 minutes and serve.