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Guest Post: Cooking and Baking – A little bit of everything

Esme

Hello everyone, I would like to welcome Esmé from The Recipe Hunter.  She will be doing a guest post for us today and her subject is cooking. She will be sharing with us today some of her favorite recipes that she has tried and tested in her own kitchen.

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Crystal for the wonderful invite and opportunity to be a Guest on her awesome blog.  This is a huge honor and I hope you will enjoy the variety of dishes I am about to share with you.

Oh, maybe I should introduce myself.  My name is Esmé and my blog is a compilation of home-made tried and tested recipes from around the Globe and you can visit and follow my Blog @ The Recipe Hunter! as well as join, follow and share your very own home-made tried and tested recipes with the Group on Facebook @ The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy).  You will also find more social links you can check out at the end of this post.  Thanks in advance ♥

I reside in Vancouver, British Columbia for the past 20+ year, although originally from Cape Town, South Africa.

Now, enough about myself, so let’s get Cooking!!

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Breakfast: Cauli-Toast

Cauli-Toast.1

Ingredients:
1 medium head cauliflower
1 large egg
½ cup shredded Cheddar
1 t garlic powder
Pinch of salt
Freshly ground black pepper

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Method:
Preheat oven to 425ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Finely grate cauliflower in a large bowl and microwave on high, 8 minutes.
Let it cool slightly in order to work it.
Place 1/3 at a time in a clean cheesecloth, and squeeze until mixture is dry. Continue till all done.
Fluff the mixture into crumbs and add egg, cheddar cheese, and garlic powder to the dried out cauliflower and season with salt and pepper.
Mix until combined.
Form cauliflower mix into 6 toast shapes on prepared baking sheet and bake until golden, ±15-20 minutes.
Transfer to a plate and top with desired toppings.

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Toppings:
A slice of cold cut
A slice of cheese
Baked egg
Or anything you prefer

Recipe Credit: Delish

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Vegan Lunch: Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Vegan Shepherd_s Pie.1

Ingredients:
3 potatoes
2 carrots
3 celery stalks
1/2 onion
450g mushrooms
1+ Tbsp. flour
1 tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp fresh sage
2 teaspoons crushed garlic
2 ½ cups veggie broth
1/4 cup red wine
2 x 312g vegan ground round ‘beef’
Salt
Pepper
Soy milk (or rice milk)
Vegan butter
Dried parsley

Method:
Peel, chop, and boil the potatoes until soft.
Meanwhile, chop the carrots, celery, and onion, sauté in vegan butter or oil for a few minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and season with salt and pepper, and sauté.
Add wine, flour, thyme, and sage.
Slowly add the veggie broth stirring continuously. Let simmer/cook till thickened to your liking.
Mash the potatoes and add the soy milk and vegan butter, till smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Place the veggie/’meat’ filling into a baking dish, then spread the mashed potatoes over top. Make a rough scraped designs for the top. The rougher the surface, the crisper it will turn out.
Spray the surface with cooking oil. Sprinkle with dried parsley.
Broil for 10-15 minutes, or until the top is crispy.

Recipe Credit: Own creation


Regular Dinner: Family Famous Chicken Pie

Family Famous Chicken Pie.1

Ingredients:
2 whole chickens – cut up into smaller pieces
1 onion – chopped
VOO – Virgin olive oil
2 heaped dessert spoons full crushed garlic
Salt – to taste
Chicken spice – to taste
Rosemary – to taste
Basil – to taste
10 cloves
2 cups of boiling water

Box puff pastry / or filo pastry
1 egg
Milk

Method:
Fry onions in VOO till golden and translucent, add garlic and fry another minute or two.
Spoon mixture out on a plate and set aside
Add extra VOO in a large pot, add chicken, stir and fry till you have all the pieces a golden color.
Add all spices, to taste and also the cloves.
Add water, and bring to a rolling boil and then cook for ±1 hour till meat soft and tender and falling off the bone. Be careful, do not overcook it.
Now we usually let this just sit overnight, in the pot as it will still have enough heat and cook a bit more.
The next morning, heat it just enough in order for you to not burn your fingers, and it’s easy to handle and debone thoroughly.
Shred the meat and leave it in the juice.

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Prepare your baking dish. Spray or butter the bottom. I use filo pastry, much easier than rolling out the puff pastry.
Place one sheet on the countertop, paint it with the egg wash along the edges and a few spots in the middle, and then add another sheet on top.
Continue till you have at least 5 or 6 sheets stacked on top of one another. Take this stack and place it in your dish.
Make sure you have the edges also covered with the pastry.
Now spoon the chicken out onto the pastry. I usually use a slotted spoon to ensure that I do not have a lot of juice, leave it till the end, then you will be able to see if you need to add a tad more, depending on how juicy you like it and it is.
Remember when it’s cold, you will not see as much juice, but when baking and heated you will notice the juice.
Egg wash the pastry sheets at the edges, as you will now add the top layer of filo sheets and they need to stick together.
Now start the process over again with the filo pastry sheets, another 5 or 6 sheets, and lay that over the top of the meat.
Egg wash the edges of the top sheets, and bind them to the bottom edges. I usually fold them to ensure that I lock down the meat and juice inside.
Egg wash the entire top.
Bake in the oven at 375F for ± 40-45 minutes, and you have a good golden color and the pie nice and warm.

Recipe Credit: Own creation

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Family favorite: Cape Seed Bread

Cape Seed Bread.1

Ingredients
500g whole wheat bread flour
85g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
25g poppy seeds
5ml salt
1 x 8g packet quick-rise instant yeast
15ml sugar

30ml sunflower oil
350ml lukewarm water (be careful, it should not be hot, as it will burn the yeast)

1 beaten egg to brush over the dough. You can mix a drop or two milk with it, but not necessary.
Decorate in lines, with sesame, poppy and sunflower seeds.

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Method:
Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
Pour the water and oil onto the dry ingredients and knead for about a minute. It’s a bit sticky, but not to worry.
Place the dough in an oiled loaf pan/or use a spray to coat your pan liberally (9” x 5”).
Brush with the whisked egg and decorate with alternate lines of sesame and poppy seeds. As I did not have poppy seeds, I used sesame, extra sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Use a teaspoon, to lightly press the seeds into the dough, to ensure that it will stick properly.
Cover the dough with a tea towel and let it rise for about 45 minutes – till it nicely fills out the pan to the top edge.
Pre heat the oven to 180C / 350F and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.
Cool on rack.

Recipe Credit: I used and combined a number of recipes and then came up with this version

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Treat: Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Gluten Free Chocolate Crinkle Cookies.1

Ingredients:
½ cup confectioners/icing sugar
1 2/3 cups Gluten Free Flour (I used Robin Hood All Purpose GF Flour)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Dutch processed)
1¾ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick room temperature unsalted butter
1¼ cups sugar (I used berry sugar, as I prefer a finer sugar)
2 large eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Method
Preheat oven to 350°F with the rack in the middle.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt with a wooden spoon and set aside.
Using an electric hand mixer, and in a separate bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy, ±2-3 minutes.
Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Add 1 egg and beat on medium speed till blended.
Add the 2nd egg and vanilla and beat again until well blended.
Now combine the butter and flour mixtures and beat on low-speed just until blended, and no dry spots visible.
Use a 12.5 ml measuring spoon, scoop up a rounded spoonful of dough, and roll a ball in the palm of your hand.
In a separate bowl, sift the confectioners/icing sugar and then dip/roll the ball until well covered.

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Place the balls on the prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
Bake until they are cracked and puffed, ±-12-14 minutes.
Remove from the oven and when slightly cooled, transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe credit: marlameridith

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Once again, I wish to thank my host Crystal for this wonderful opportunity to share some of my own home-made tried and tested recipes with you all.

I have prepared, tried and tested all the above recipes in my own kitchen: Esme Slabs from The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy) 

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Remembering Tigger

DSCN0260 Hi everyone, let me introduce myself my name is Daisy Mae and this is a picture of me. The reason why I’m here is because today is a rough day for Mom since it’s been 2 years since my sister, Tigger passed away.

Mom wanted to remember Tigger and this is what she wanted to say: Tigger, you were taken from us 2 years ago today and we miss you everyday. It was a bittersweet day. Bitter because you passed away and sweet because you didn’t have to suffer anymore.

Before you passed away, you were agile so you played, jumped up on things, layed on our laps and was always under our feet. You were such a loving kitty cat despite your kittyhood. We got you as an adult and I’m glad we did. we rescued you out of a bad situation and we loved you very much. I’m so glad you finally came to make nice with Dad.

Below is a picture of my sister, Tigger.

 

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TIGGER ON TOP OF THE CURIO CABINET.

Tigger, like Mom we miss you a lot and had fun playing with you. You have left paw prints on our hearts.

 

Thanks Tigger for being such a sweet kitty cat.

*Tigger’s Picture Is in The Featured Image and Daisy Mae’s Picture Is The Insert On The Left*.

New Milestone Reached: 101 Follows

Hello everyone, I’m excited and happy to report I have reached 101 Follows on WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING).🙂🙂

I want to thank everyone who followed me and thank those in advance who will be following me in the future.🙂🙂

This is an exciting accomplishment for me. I’ve worked hard to reach this goal.🙂🙂

My next goals are to reach 150 Follows on WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING and 50 Follows on CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE . I hope I reach it then I can go for 100 Follows.

Thanks Again Everyone.

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WHAT A PRETTY PICTURE IN THE FALL.

FRIENDSHIP

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EASTER 2017 WITH FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THE DOG.

Finding a friend in life

Is a joyous occasion.

It is a joyous occasion because

We have not just made a

Friend but that means

Someone else found a friend

And that will mean that two less

People will be lonely in life.

Having a friend and having an

Animal is always good because

You can always get your friend’s advice

And with an animal you can relieve stress.

A friend can always lead you out of the

Darkness and into the light.

So let’s not be sad and have no friends but

Be happy and surround ourselves with friends and animals.

Friend, don’t torture yourself because

You don’t have many friends or animals because the

Fear that you may have now will soon die and

You will be so much happier because you have found a

Friend and found a pet that will relieve some stress

That you may be feeling. Don’t worry because

Everyone has a little rain that falls sometime

In their lives.

Poem By: Crystal Stewart(2017)

WHAT MEETING MAYA ANGELOU DID FOR ME

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A POEM CALLED “You are the apple of God’s eye” WAS GIVEN TO ME BY MY PARENTS. THIS POEM IS BY A UNKNOWN AUTHOR.

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TECHNICAL PROBLEMS: NOTIFICATIONS

Hello Everyone, I thought I would write and let you know if I don’t get right back to you after a comment, don’t worry I’m not blowing off your comment or ignoring your comment either it’s because I have been having some technical problems with my notifications. You see, I can see my notifications but I can’t reply, like, follow and etc… Thank goodness for e-mail notifications. I might be able to reply that way. Wish me luck. I’m really sorry about this but that’s computer’s for you.

Thanks In Advance For Your Understanding,

🙂🙂daisymae2017(Crystal)🙂🙂

 

UPDATE: NEW POST PUBLISHED ON CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE

Hello Everyone, I am very happy to say I just published a new post on CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. The post is called IMPORTANT DAYS IN OUR LIVES: A COLLAGE. I had fun putting the collage together for you and hope you go visit the site and look at the collage.

Below is only a sample of what you will see on CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. I have more pictures in the collage I just posted and in my Pages I have made up  A SAMPLE OF CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING.

I do hope you go visit my Pages and look at look at this sample of my photo-blogging.

 

 

UPDATE: POST PUBLISHED ON CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE CALLED SUNRISES AND SUNSETS: IN PHOTOS PLUS SOME OTHER POSTS THAT WERE REBLOGGED

UPDATE:

I did some blogging and reblogging on my new site, CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. I also just published another picture blog called SUNRISES AND SUNSETS: IN PHOTOS. I think in my opinion these blogs are pretty good.

On your dashboard under Links then hitting All Links, you’ll find both of my sites and their Links. If you don’t want to bother with that, here is the link for CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE.

Thanks to Everyone who has visited the site. I hope you follow it too.

 

ABOUT PAGE PUBLISHED FOR CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE

Hi everyone, I just published my About Page for CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE. I will soon publish more pictures on my other site, CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE.

I just wanted to tell you all about the update. Thanks.

PLEASE FOLLOW MY OTHER SITE

Welcome to CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING), I hope you go to my other site CRYSTAL’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and hope you follow me there too. I have no followers yet and hope to get some. Please follow me at my other site too.

I sure would appreciate it. THANKS IN ADVANCE EVERYONE.

P.S. All you have to do is switch sites and hit the follow button. I hope you follow me. THANKS AGAIN.