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Showing posts with label recipe. Show all posts


A Recipe for St. Patrick's Day - with FREE Printable

While I was writing a post a few years ago about Saint Patrick's Day my husband suggested I should have added my own

 St. Patrick's Day recipe.

Really he was just thinking of his favourite

 "wee green things" 

which is his name for the

 "Peppermint Squares"

I make for him.

I have to admit they are so yummy that they are quite addictive even for me and I am not usually keen on mint.  

So I decided to put the recipe here just in case anyone else likes "wee green things".

This recipe originally came to me from Fred's Mum but the problem was my mum-in-law never measured things out accurately (you know a handful of this and a scoop of that) so I had to do that part of it myself and I think I got it perfected after a couple of years into our marriage.  (Even if it is a mixture between UK & US measurements.)

So I think it can have the 

I really should have made up a St. Patrick's Day name for them  -  maybe you can suggest one?

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10 Minute Chicken Korma

Ok this is obviously not made from scratch!

This is also made the way my husband likes it (with his favourite extra ingredient)!

However if you are like us and always (well mostly) wanting to make dinner in a hurry because there are so many other things we want to do, then you probably want some meals that are very QUICK and can be made in 10 minutes or less.

Even if you only want a 10 minute meal occasionally and you like Chicken Korma then this is for you.

Pre-cooked chicken (enough for 2 people)
Jar of Korma Sauce
3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons of icing sugar (powdered sugar)
1 bag of Microwaveable Rice ( we prefer Uncle Ben's Lemon & Rosemary)
1 small tin of pineapple rings (Fred's favourite extra ingredient!)

If you do not want 
extra coconut in your Korma 
to have it sweeter 
to include pineapple 
just ignore those parts and you can have it ready even quicker.

1.  Pour the contents of the jar of Korma Sauce into a pan over medium heat
2.  Cut up the chicken into the pan (I use scissors) and give a quick stir
3.  Add the coconut and give a quick stir
4.  Add the sugar and give a quick stir & turn up heat
5.  Place rice in Microwave to cook for 2 minutes (or whatever time the instructions state)
6.  Cut pineapple rings into pieces (again using the scissors), add to pan and give a quick stir
7.  Pour rice from bag on to two plates
8.  Quick stir again of all ingredients in the pan and then pour out on top of rice on the plates.

Of course while I'm doing most of the above, Fred cuts the pineapple, sets the table and pours out drinks.

Well it is more fun with a bit of help.

If you are like our grown up children (who do not live with us any more) then you are probably saying something like

"Oh no you can't make Korma like that!"  

While we just laugh and tuck in.


Nowhere in this blog post am I claiming that this is a healthy meal!

In our house we like to have meals we like and some of them are really healthy and some are not so healthy however the size of portion is not enormous.


Salmon with Peppers

 Do you have a meal that you know you will probably have the ingredients you need in the house at any time?

Well this is one of those recipes because this works great with frozen salmon fillets as well as fresh ones.

I normally have everything that is needed because they are things we would use often and because we are fond of salmon I always have some in the fridge or freezer (so easy to defrost quickly).

This was the first meal my husband had after he had been so ill for days with food poisoning and lets face it he is not a great fish eater but he does love this.

So it basically is very easy to prepare and cook and in total takes about 50-60 mins


Salmon fillets   enough for 2 people
Red Peppers  1 per 2 people
Green Peppers   1 per 2 people
Onions    1 per 2 people
2 table spoons olive oil
8 table spoons balsamic vinegar
boiling water
Black pepper
Lime/Lemon Juice
Enough Rice for 2 people


1.  Mix the oil and balsamic vinegar together in a Pyrex/casserole dish not too small.

2. Cut up onions and peppers in lengths and add to dish stirring around in the mixture.

3.  Place in a preheated hot oven for 10 mins then  add some boiling water and stir around, leave in oven for another 5 mins or until the vegetables look like they are starting to soften.

4.  Place the salmon on top of the vegetables, grind some black pepper over the salmon and then drizzle salmon with lime/lemon juice as much or as little as you like.

5.  Place dish back in oven and cook for a further 8-10 mins.

6.  Then grill on medium/high for approx. 5 mins.   Salmon should be soft but nicely browned on top.

7.  Serve Salmon and vegetables on top of rice and scoop up remaining juices from dish to pour over rice.

As you can see from the picture I had two different types of Salmon fillets this time simply because I grabbed the first two packets I found in the freezer 
(shape doesn't matter to us).

We love this meal and have it at least three times a month.

NOTE:   When we want to feel even more healthy we just leave out the oil
 and it is fine that way too.

If you try it let me know what you think.

Easy Delicious Ribs

You know how you just accidentally make a meal and it is just delicious so you want to make it a regular one in your household?

Fancy one involving ribs?

Well this is one of those!

A few weeks ago my husband and I had bought some ribs and we didn't want to spend lots of time looking after them, you know marinading them, browning them and coating them because we are just a bit lazy about cooking and would rather spend time on other projects.

So we thought why not bung them in the oven with the vegetables and cook them all together and of course when we weren't trying to have a fantastic meal that is exactly what we got.

Then the other day we thought we would try to replicate the meal and this is what we got

This picture was taken on my ipad just after I lifted it out of the oven, just wish you could smell it!

So with another success I decided to put the recipe into my recipe app and you can see it below

I am glad we are not like this about all aspects of our life because you can not just act haphazardly in things like family relationships and friendships.

Some things need time spent on them and care given to them and then we will see successes there too.

But of course not having to spend too much time on making our meals means 
that we have more time for those other things.

Let me know if you try out this recipe.

Or indeed let me know if you agree with less time on preparation and more time on relationships.

Chicken Crunch - Recipe

I decided I wanted a recipe app on my iPad to keep my recipes in

(not really interested now in looking for more recipes but might be later).

So this week I am trying out a free app called "Recipe Pad" and so far I like the look of it and the ease of putting in the quantities and the step by step instructions.

Below is a picture I edited myself from a screenshot of the result of my first recipe to be added.
That is another thing I am doing this week, learning to edit my own pictures 
for my blog and other things.

I think it is going to be a busy week with those plans and also the fact that our son's wedding is two weeks from today!!!!!

This recipe was given to me by a friend from Northern Ireland in 1993 when we were living in Delaware and she was living in New Jersey. I am not sure therefore whether it is an American or Northern Ireland recipe originally but tend to think it is probably American because of the sour cream.
Am I right?

Our family all like this and because it is so easy to make I tend to make it for dinner guests who are coming to our home for the first time and also I often make it for church gatherings etc. as it is reasonably easy to transport.

Of course you may already know and love this but if not why not give it a try and let me know if you enjoy it.