German Potato Salad for 2 ( Instant Pot )

German Potato Salad for 2 ( Instant Pot )
Using the instant pot means the potatoes are ready in no time. Served hot or cold it is delicious.
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Recipe type: side dish, salad
Serves: serves 2
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ lbs baby potatoes peel on & quartered
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 pieces of bacon cooked until crisp & crumbled
  • 2 ½ tbsp. Apple cider vinegar.
  • ½ tbsp. Dijon mustard.
  • 1 tbsp. green relish.
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tbsp. Garlic, minced.
  • 1 ½ tbsp. rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped.
Directions
  1. The potatoes & eggs
  2. Scrub the potatoes well. Add one cup of water to the Instant Pot, and place a steamer basket inside.
  3. Add the halved potatoes, season with salt and place the eggs carefully on top.
  4. Place and lock the lid, and set the settings to manual, ‘HIGH’ pressure for 3 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for a couple of minutes and then use the quick release to let the steam out before opening the lid.
  5. Remove the steamer basket carefully and rinse the eggs under cold water. Let cool and peel the eggs and slice them. Place in a medium bowl add the potatoes after they have cooled down.
  6. The dressing
  7. Meanwhile, in a non-stick skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, occasionally flipping, until crispy. Remove bacon onto a plate with paper towels, pat dry and crumble the bacon. Leave bacon grease in the skillet.
  8. Add the vinegar, Dijon, salt, and pepper to the bacon grease. Bring to a low boil for 1 minute, then add garlic, stirring. Remove from heat.
  9. Add the crumbled cooked bacon, bacon dressing, rosemary, olive oil and onions to the bowl. Serve hot or cold.
Notes
This recipe is easily doubled.

 

The Best Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese Casserole

 

The Best Cauliflower & Broccoli Cheese Casserole
This tasty & delicious cauliflower & broccoli cheese casserole with its crunchy almond breadcrumb topping may just become a staple in your household.
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 25 g unsalted butter
  • 250 ml skimmed milk
  • 150 ml chicken broth
  • 25 g plain flour
  • 250 g fresh or frozen broccoli
  • 40 g mature cheddar cheese
  • 500 g fresh or frozen cauliflower
  • ¾ c panko crumbs
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 13 g flaked almonds toasted
  • olive oil
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F
  2. Peel and finely slice the garlic and put it into a medium pan on medium heat with the butter.
  3. When the butter has melted, stir in the flour for a minute to make a paste, then gradually add the milk & broth, whisking as you go, until smooth.
  4. Add the broccoli (cut up first, if using fresh) and simmer for around 20 minutes, or until the broccoli is cooked through and starts to break down, then mash or blitz with a stick blender (adding an extra splash of chicken broth to loosen, if necessary). Grate in half the Cheddar cheese and add salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Arrange the cauliflower in a baking dish that has been sprayed with oil (cut into florets first, if using fresh), pour over the white broccoli sauce and grate over the remaining Cheddar.
  6. In a small bowl add the breadcrumbs, thyme leaves, and almonds. Toss with oil about 2 to 3 tsp add a pinch of salt and pepper, then scatter evenly over the cauliflower cheese.
  7. Bake for 1 hour, or until golden and cooked through.25 grams bi

Christmas Salad with oranges & Pomegranate

 

Christmas Salad with oranges & Pomegranate
A fantastic festive salad for the holidays or for that matter; anytime. Tossed with a tangy citrus dressing that will have your guests asking for the recipe.
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Recipe type: Salad
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • For the salad
  • 3 Cups Brussels sprouts, finely shredded
  • 3 Cups Kale, finely shredded
  • ¾ Cup Pomegranate*
  • ¾ cup mandarin orange slices (if canned drained)
  • ½ Cup Chopped Almonds, (pecans or walnuts) toasted*
  • 3 Slices Cooked Bacon, crumbled
  • ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese, finely grated
  • For the dressing
  • 1 Orange, zested and juiced
  • 1 Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoon Honey
  • 1 Clove Garlic, smashed
  • Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • ¼ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Directions
  1. In a large bowl combine the Brussels sprouts, kale, pomegranate seeds, mandarin orange slices, nuts, bacon, and cheese; toss well.
  2. In a mini food processor or blender combine the orange and lemon juice, zest, mustard, honey, garlic clove, salt, and pepper and oil pulse to combine. Toss the salad with the dressing and top with more cheese if desired.
Notes
*Promegrante seeds can be found in a container in some grocery stores. If you can’t find them, just buy 1 pomegranates and seed them yourself. Here’s how; cut the pomegranate in half and then place it into a large bowl of water. Gently hold the pomegranate (cut side down) and push the top of the fruit to release the membranes. Use your fingers to push the seeds from the membranes. The seeds will fall to the bottom and the little pieces of membrane will float to the top – you can skim them off and then drain the water and you’ll have your seeds!
*To toast the nuts: Heat a small sauté pan over medium-low heat and add the chopped nuts. Toast, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes – keep a close eye on them, they will burn quickly. They will be lightly golden brown and fragrant when they are done.
Can be made in advance: just keep the dressing and the salad separate until you're ready to serve

 

Intensely Flavored Banana Loaf

Intensely Flavored Banana Loaf
A Banana Loaf that is moist and tender with an “over the top” Banana flavor.
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Serves: serves 6 to 8
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Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups (8¾ ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 6 large very ripe bananas (about 2 ¼ lbs), peeled or 5 frozen**
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs
  • ⅔ cup (5 ¼ ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins, or dates(chopped )
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar (for topping)
Directions
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8½ by 4½-inch loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl.
  2. Place 5 bananas in microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cut several steam vents in plastic with a knife. Microwave on high power until bananas are soft and have released liquid, about 5 minutes. (If using frozen skip, the microwaving and just directly add the 5 bananas to the strainer) Transfer bananas to fine-mesh strainer placed over medium bowl and allowed to drain, occasionally stirring, 15 minutes (you should have ½ to ¾ cup liquid).
  3. Transfer liquid to medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir reduced liquid into bananas, and mash with potato masher until smooth. Using a hand mixer mix in butter, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.
  4. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined with some streaks of flour remaining. Gently fold in walnuts or pecans, Raisins or dates. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Slice remaining banana (cannot use the frozen banana for this step to mushy just use the sugar) diagonally into ¼-inch-thick slices. Shingle banana slices on top of either side of loaf, leaving 1½-inch-wide space down center to ensure even rise. Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over loaf.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of the loaf comes out clean, 55 to 75 minutes. Cool bread in pan on wire rack 15 minutes, then remove loaf from pan and continue to cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Notes
Be sure to use very ripe, heavily speckled (or even black) bananas in this recipe. This recipe can be made using 5 thawed frozen bananas; since they release a lot of liquid naturally, they can bypass the microwaving in step 2 and go directly into the fine-mesh strainer. Do not use a thawed frozen banana in step 4; it will be too soft to slice. Instead, simply sprinkle the top of the loaf with sugar. Tastes best when freshly baked having said that; you can freeze this loaf. I have sliced the loaf and frozen it in portions of 2 slices. That way I can just remove what I need. It does freeze well and still tasty.

 

Hummingbird Cake Loaf

Hummingbird Cake Loaf
This addictive lightly spiced loaf is moist and chewy with the delicious sweetness of banana and pineapple and added crunch of pecans
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Serves: serves 8 - 10
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup oil
  • 2 spotted bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup canned pineapple tit bits or crushed, undrained
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ up raisins
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and grease and flour a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, and cinnamon. Add eggs and oil use a hand mixer to combine.
  3. Fold in vanilla, pineapple, banana, pecans, and raisins and pour batter into prepared pan
  4. Place pan in the oven and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. But start checking on it at 45 minutes just to be safe. If you notice that the cake is browning too quickly just lay a piece of aluminum foil over the top.
  5. Let cake cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing to cool completely.
Notes
Be sure to leave the loaf in the pan to cool 20 minutes before removing. Before this time the cake will crumble up.

This loaf is fantastic just the way it is but you can add cream cheese icing.

This freezes well. I slice it and portion it to 2 servings and freeze. That way I can take out only what I need.

See the recipe for the Hummingbird Cakeactual Hummingbird Cake recipe at this site.

A little background info on the hummingbird cake: The story goes it was invented in Jamaica in the late 1960’s where it was known as “doctor bird cake.” (The national bird of Jamaica is the Red-billed Streamertail, a type of hummingbird, and it has been nicknamed the “doctor bird” because the way it pokes its beak into a flower reminds people of the prodding and poking they get at the doctor’s office.) Supposedly, the Jamaican tourist board sent out press kits to the United States with a few recipes to entice people to visit, and they included one for their Doctor Bird Cake, adapted for American bakers.
From there, the cake started to pop up across the South under various names, like Doctor Byrd Cake, Granny Cake, and Don’t Last Cake. (And the latter is undoubtedly true!) The first known published recipe was in Southern Living Magazine in 1978 by one Mrs. L.H. Wiggin of Greensboro, North Carolina. There, it was called Hummingbird Cake, and it went on to be the most requested recipe in the magazine’s history.

 

Crusty Homemade No Knead Artisan Bread

Crusty Homemade No Knead Artisan Bread
The recipe only has 4 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes of prep.It doesn’t require any kneading, and it’s touted s as “the easiest bread recipe in the world.” Delicious & Crusty on the outside; tender and soft on the inside. All I can add it’s the easiest and best bread recipe I have ever made.
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 1 loaf
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose, or bread flour
  • 1½ cups warm water
  • ¼ tsp yeast
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal (if using parchment paper)
Directions
  1. Mix dry ingredients until combined.
  2. Add warm water and mix until the flour mixture is absorbed by the water. The dough will be wet & sticky.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and store at room-temp on the counter or a turned off oven for 12-24 hours
  4. ½ hours before you're ready to bake, gently pull the dough out of the bowl onto a well-floured surface, being careful not to puncture too many air bubbles.
  5. Gently with floured hands pull both the sides and fold onto the top.
  6. Turn seam down and tuck in the bottom to make a round shape.
  7. Place dough on top of cornmeal covered parchment paper cover (helps to prevent sticking). with a clean, floured kitchen towel for 30 minutes
  8. You can if you wish not to use parchment paper just let the dough sit on the floured surface for at least 30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, preheat the oven and Dutch Oven to 450 F, Let the Dutch Oven sit in the oven the entire 30 minutes.
  10. After dough has rested and the oven & Dutch Oven has preheated for 30 minutes, use a sharp knife to slash an X across the top of the dough. Transfer the parchment/dough into the Dutch Oven or if not using parchment paper spray the Dutch oven with cooking spray (to prevent sticking) and place the dough X side up into the Dutch Oven, cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  11. Remove lid after 30 minutes and bake an additional 5-15 minutes, or until bread is golden brown & registers 200 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
  12. Immediately remove bread from the hot Dutch Oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing (otherwise it is too soft and will squish while cutting).
Notes
The consistency of this dough is wet. However, depending on the humidity in your situation, you may need a little more water or flour to help the dough come together. If your dough is unreasonably wet, add more flour. If there are lots of dried flour pockets, add a little more water. You may have to add up to ½ cup more water if I'm using bread flour as it is much denser and heavier than regular all-purpose.
Any flour containing wheat/grain particles will not rise as much. It will still be delicious

The recipe is also amazing for making eight slider-sized rolls

You’ve probably seen loaves like this at your local bakery, often referred to as a “boule.” The outside is crusty and chewy, while the inside is soft and tender. It’s perfect for serving alongside soup, with a creamy dip, or for making hearty sandwiches.

Why use a Dutch Oven?. For bread to develop that crusty crust as it bakes, it needs steam. Professional bakeries use ovens that release steam during the baking process to help create that signature crust. Home ovens don’t have steam injectors, so we have to improvise. By trapping the steam inside of a dutch oven as the bread bakes. Dutch ovens are like little mini-ovens that trap lots of heat and steam.
No Dutch Oven. This bread will still bake in any high rising baking pan or casserole dish, and turn out delicious. You’ll get a nice crust, but it just won’t be as crusty as if you used a Dutch Oven

Below is a video showing you how to make this bread.

 

 

 

Korean Turkey Fried Rice

Korean Turkey Fried Rice
Juicy turkey and chewy grains of sticky rice are hot off the wok in this addictive riff on traditional fried rice! Sticky rice gets its characteristically crispy crust in a hot pan, before tossing with yellow bell pepper, snow peas, and a spicy-sweet Ssamjang sauce. On the table in 35 minutes
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Recipe type: Stir Fry
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 10 oz. Ground Turkey
  • 4 oz. (1/2 cup +1 tbsp) Sticky Rice, rinsed 3-4 times until water is no longer cloudy
  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 oz. ( about handful) Snow Peas, string removed
  • 3 oz. (5 to 6) Radishes, cut into thin wedges
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 Green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp. & 3 tsp oil
  • 1 ½ oz. Ssamjang
  • 1 oz. Hoisin Sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
  1. In a medium pot, add the rinsed sticky rice and 1cup of water with ½ tsp salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, cover and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 10-12 min, until all the water, has been absorbed. Set aside, still covered, until needed. Alternately you can use a rice cooker ratio 1:1 which will when done also keep it warm until you need it.
  2. In a large pan (non-stick preferably) heat 2 tsp oil over medium until hot.
  3. Add the yellow bell pepper, and cook for 5 min., stirring occasionally, until softened,
  4. Add the radishes, snow peas and garlic, cook for 3 min, stirring frequently, until fragrant and softened. Remove the vegetables from the pan.
  5. Dry the ground turkey with a paper towel. Add 1 tsp of oil to the pan and heat at medium-high until hot. Swirl to coat the pan. Add the turkey and season with salt and pepper cook for 1-2 min. breaking up the meat with a spoon.
  6. Add 1 tbsp. of oil and the sticky rice to the pan. Stir to combine. Cook for 3 min without stirring to form a crust. Stir well then cook for 2 more min undisturbed until crispy (and the turkey reaches 165 F)
  7. In a small bowl mix the Ssamjang sauce & hoisin sauce.
  8. Add the mixture and vegetables. Stir until well coated.
  9. Plate the Korean turkey fried rice and garnish with the green onion
Notes
ssamjang The Asian Market I went to buy the ssamjang sauce and sticky rice. As it was all in Asian it was a good thing I went in with this picture of ssamjang sauce and I was quickly shown where it was in the aisle. Also when I asked where the sticky rice was located I was shown but it was called sweet rice.

How to rinse the rice: In a medium pot, add the sticky rice and enough warm water to cover. Using you had swirl and rinse the rice. Pour off the cloudy water and refill with cold water. Repeat until the water is clear, about 3 or 4 times.

Radishes: when eaten raw, are spicy, crisp, and zesty. Varieties can range from very spicy (similar to the heat of raw garlic) to very mild. Cooking brings out the sweetness and milds the spice considerably.


Ssamjang: means "sauce for wraps" in Korean, it has a wonderful combination of sweet, spicy and salty elements. It’s like American barbecue sauce, as it’s often used with grilled Korean specialties like bulgogi (marinated shaved beef), galbi (thinly sliced short ribs) and pork belly.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: per serving Calories: 690 Fat: 24 g Carbohydrates: 84 g Sugar: 19 g Sodium: 1670 mg Fiber: 5 g Protein: 36 g Cholesterol: 125 mg

 

Pickle Egg Rolls

Pickle Egg Rolls
For my friend Heather. Can't go wrong with a fried pickle.
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Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 12 egg rolls
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Ingredients
  • 12 egg roll wrappers
  • 12 pickles, sliced in half
  • 4 oz. cream cheese softened to room temperature
  • 1 c. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 tsp. Chopped chives, for garnish
  • Ranch dressing, for dipping
Directions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese with cheddar, bacon, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. After you’ve halved your pickles, use a spoon to scoop out the seeds on both sides. Fill pickle with cream cheese mixture and join halves.
  3. Place an egg roll wrapper on a clean surface in a diamond shape and add stuffed pickle. Fold up bottom half and tightly fold in sides. Gently roll, then seal with a couple of drops of water. Repeat with remaining pickles.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat remaining oil (it should reach 1" up the side of the pan) until it starts to bubble. Add egg rolls and fry until golden, 1 minute per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to cool slightly.
  5. Garnish with chives and serve with Ranch dressing for dipping.

Here is the Video on how to make:

 

Lemony Cookies Quick & Easy

 

Lemony Cookies Quick & Easy
This easy recipe will undoubtedly go into your favorites box. These light, soft lemony cookies are so delicious you will be asked for the recipe all the time.
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 36 to 48 cookies
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Ingredients
  • 1 box lemon cake mix
  • 1 tub of Cool Whip (8 ounces)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
Directions
  1. box lemon cake mix
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray Cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, mix cake mix, cool whip, and egg. The combination will be VERY fluffy. Just keep mixing until well combined.
  4. Use a small cookie scoop or two spoons to drop rounded cookie dough into powdered sugar. Roll dough ball until completely covered. Set cookies on cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart.
  5. Bake at 350F for 8 minutes or until very lightly golden around the edges. Let cool on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Notes
Store at room temperature in airtight container. These are best within a day or two of baking but will probably not last a day.
This cookie dough is a little easier to handle if you refrigerate about an hour before dropping in powdered sugar, but it’s not required.
You don’t want to make these cookies too big; the key is to keep them small.
Since the cookie dough is sticky and to keep your cookie size small and consistent, try using a small cookie scoop to drop cookie dough into powdered sugar, for better handling
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 small cookie Calories: 48 Fat: 2.5 g Saturated fat: 1.3 g Carbohydrates: 11.4 g Sugar: 6.7 g Sodium: 82.8 mg Fiber: 0 Protein: 1.8 g Cholesterol: 43 mg

 

Cabbage & Chicken Soup

Cabbage & Chicken Soup
The broth is flavorful and tasty. The Soup filling and that it is very low in calories a bonus. One of those meals that are great for those chilly cooler days.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: Serves 4
Ingredients
  • 1 chicken breast cooked and chopped
  • ½ head of cabbage, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ cup carrots, diced
  • ½ green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ inch ginger minced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • few shakes of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
Directions
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add, onions, bell peppers, and carrots.
  3. Sauté until slightly tender.
  4. Stir in garlic & ginger.
  5. Pour in chicken broth & water.
  6. Stir in cabbage.
  7. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.
  8. Cook until cabbage is almost tender.
  9. Add the cooked chicken
  10. Stir in oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and salt
  11. Continue cooking until cabbage is tender
  12. Add the fish sauce
  13. Taste broth and adjust seasoning if needed
Notes
To save time I use white meat from a rotisserie chicken pulled into pieces which you can pick up at any grocery store

 

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