Author: Eliz

Red Pesto Pork Chops

RED PESTO PORK CHOPS This is a wonderfully simple and deliciously tasty dish to cook.  Thick, wholesome pork chops marinated and cooked in red pesto sauce with a sticky and caramelised finish, are truly a revelation.  Inspired by, this has become a staple dish in our household.  Incredibly low carb at just 3.4g net

Cauliflower Mash

CAULIFLOWER MASH My partner really dislikes cauliflower, but I have persuaded him to try my cauliflower mash.  He is now an enthusiastic convert.  This very simple dish can be made in 15 minutes and is a wonderful accompaniment to the usual beef, pork, lamb, chicken and fish dishes that are served with the traditional mashed

Year of the Tiger Forbidden Fried Rice

Yesterday marked the second New Moon after the Winter Solstice, and hence, the Lunar New Year or Chinese New Year of 4720, the Year of the Tiger.  According to Chinese astrology, children born in the Year of the Tiger will be imbued with character traits of bravery, competitiveness, unpredictability, and confidence. They are very charming


DOUGHNUTS Spring is coming; the nights are getting lighter, the sun is beginning to break through, the snowdrops, daffodils and crocus are erupting from the ground and I wanted to make something that I could nibble on whilst sitting in the garden with a cup of coffee – and here it is; Doughnuts!  These doughnuts

Lucy’s Cipriani Cake

LUCY’S CIPRIANI CAKE My stepdaughter, Lucy, is staying with us at the moment and she’s inspired me to pick up my blog again and to publish all the lovely recipes I’ve been making over the last couple of months.  She loves baking and needed a little encouragement and advice, so she made this for us! 

Toffee Sauce

TOFFEE SAUCE This is the most amazing and versatile toffee sauce.  It can be used hot as a runny sauce, or cold as a thicker, spreadable sauce.  I use it to drizzle over desserts and doughnuts, to spread in the middle of cakes, to use in the middle of melt-in-the-middle toffee puddings, to pour over

Vanilla Tray Cake with Frosting & Dried Rasperries

VANILLA TRAY CAKE WITH FROSTING     & DRIED RASPBERRIES This lovely cake is so quick and easy to make and just warms your heart when you just fancy a piece of sweet cake with a cup of coffee.  The simplicity is its strength and your guests will never know you are on a keto diet. 

Kitchen Tapestry: Chicken Divan

No one will ever be able to truthfully use the adjectives of “Original”, “Classic” or “Traditional” with their recipe for Chicken Divan because the chef that created it took his recipe to the grave. The dish’s origins are vague; some say it came from the 1930s; others say the ’40s and it may well have.

Kitchen Tapestry: Southern Style Cream Peas

Without the moniker “Southern Style,” the reader might mistaken this recipe for something entirely different, called Creamed Peas, which calls to mind the axiom “grammar matters.”  The past tense of the word “cream” gives a clue to the difference, in this case, English green peas that are creamed after the fact.  The basic recipe are

Beginning and Ending Christmas Dinner Treats

At a recent Christmas dinner with the family, these dishes made greater impact than the entree.  Included in this blog posting are what I served to begin and end the meal, namely Christmas Wassail with Dark Rum and Eggnog Crème Brûlée, along with a bonus recipe also served at this event: Bacon Wrapped Maple Glazed

Kitchen Tapestry: A Weekday Christmas Brunch

Wanting to show our appreciation to some great folks who helped us with a recent household relocation across a couple of state lines, My Number One Fan and I elected to do a festive Christmas themed brunch which was really more skewed toward breakfast fare. The menu included Apple-Cranberry Juice Mocktails, two hors d’oeuvres of

Kitchen Tapestry: Baked Stuffed Apples

I had intended this as a side dish but it actually came out as the star of the dinner plate.  A perfectly balanced recipe between savory and sweet, it would lend itself well as a hearty accompaniment to any variety of entrees, like roasted meat or poultry and might be a more flavorful and visually

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