• Side dishes

    Green Beans with Almonds – green beans with a flare

    Adding toasted almonds to green beans give them a special flare. The precooking of the beans also helps timing a meal by reducing one thing that needs to be done simultaneously. Green Beans with Toasted Almonds Serves 2 2 cups fresh green beans, cut into bite sized pieces 1/2 cup sliced almonds Toast sliced almonds in a skillet over medium heat stirring frequently. Watch for them to slightly brown and you will become aware of the roasted scent. They will start to smoke a bit and that is the sign they are about done. Be careful – they will go from nicely brown to burned in seconds once they reach…

  • Shrimp Bagna Cauda

    Shrimp Bagna Cauda – shrimp with a kick

    If you are looking for potent flavors you need to try my Shrimp Bagna Cauda. It will certainly make you stand up and take notice! A very pungent pasta dish drawing inspiration from Italian cuisine. The heady flavors of garlic and anchovy will definitely get your attention! I suggest that spouses share in this dish or else eat it when dining alone…it’s likely nobody else will want to be very close to you for a while. You can vary the amount of shrimp and capsicum (or omit the latter if desired). Yields 2 servings 4 cups cooked pasted 1/4 cup extra virgin Olive oil 1/2 cup butter 50g (1/2 cup)…

  • Recipes

    Chicken à la King

    A family favorite: Chicken à la King A very fulfilling meal and very easy to make. It’s a great way to stretch out the chicken stock recipe and the chicken meat that comes with it. My Dad claims it’s his favorite meal. Recipes abound – this is my spin on it. It’s based around a basic white sauce but if you want you can tell others it’s a Bachamel sauce (one of the French master sauces) which sounds so much fancier than a basic white sauce. This recipe is a guideline – everything is very flexible and you can modify the actual proportions considerably as long as the roux (see…

  • Recipes

    Fresh Chicken and Barley Soup

    A heartwarming chicken soup great for a winter’s night. Instead of Barley you could use Buckwheat Groats, Kashsa, Quinoa or Millet – and if you can find fresh corn and peas by all means us them. A wonderful choice for a winter evening. Serve with fresh Baguette or other crusty bread for a filling meal. Note – most of my recipes are very light in salt. While personally I am a salt lover, I used to sometimes oversalt for some palates. So I changed to a low salt level in my cooking and giving the option of adding salt to the consumer. After all, we know there is too much…

  • Homemade Chicken Stock

    Delicious Homemade Chicken Stock – the best ever

    This delicious chicken stock is easy to make and has tremendous health benefits. Use it in place of water for rice and 50/50 with milk for sauces & mashed potatoes. It will keep 2-3 days in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer. I highly recommend fresh herbs but if they are not available dried will do – just remember dried herbs have a stronger taste. Yields approx. 5 liters (5.2 quarts) This is my homemade chicken stock. I haven’t altered the recipe in years because family and friends have told me it’s perfect! 2k Chicken (approx. 4.5lb) (whole or pieces, but must have bones) 5 Liters (5.2 quarts) water 300g…

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    Creating an Amazon Seller’s Account – details count

    I hope these tips help you with you Amazon Seller Account. We finally got full approval for our Amazon seller’s account. We learned several things along the way that weren’t clear to us when we started and would have saved us time. I hope this post saves you some headaches if and when you might want to open an Amazon Seller’s Account. We opened our account in Amazon US. I assume other Amazon locations would have similar requirements but I’m personally not aware of any differences if they would exist (or if ‘seller central’ is the only place that you actually create an account – we’re still learning by doing’).…

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