Red Cabbage German style……..reminds me of home

When I was a kid, my mum used to make a delicious sweet and sour red cabbage that was just to die for.  This turned red cabbage into one of my favorite vegetables.

Glad to report that we are still on the wagon with our new healthy lifestyle, so after burning over 800 calories exercising today I decided we deserved a healthy, tasty and cozy dinner.

I had a whole red cabbage so I embarked on making my German Red Cabbage and here is how I made it.

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup sliced green apples
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

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Put all ingredients into a large casserole and bring to a boil, once its boiling, reduce heat down to low and let it simmer for about 1 1/2 hrs.

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In the meantime I prepared my favorite snack ‘Kale Chips” with Lemon Pepper. These are simple and easy to make and oh so good!

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8 dinosaur kale leaves, stemmed, rip leaves off and break into 2 inch pieces
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
Lemon Pepper Seasoning
1 lemon, for zesting

Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil, preheat oven to 375 deg F.

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Coat each leaf with olive oil and place on prepared baking sheet. Bake in oven for 8 to 12 minutes (until leaves and nice and crispy)

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And finally while the Kale chips were cooking, I poached some salmon in White Wine, Lemon and herbs which was the final touch to tonights meal. I had some leftover mashed potato for the hubby as I don’t think he is the greatest red cabbage fan (which means there is more red cabbage for me 🙂 )

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Nice Dinner = Happy Hubby = Happy Wifey ❤

Finally a home cooked meal…….

After nearly 10 days on the road, eating in restaurants and hotels its finally time for a home cooked meal! I have no idea how people who travel a lot do it, eating out all the time would drive me crazy!

Back to my home, kitchen, garden and family, today I embarked on a simple tasty meal made with garden goodies that was just perfect for the moment.

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The loveliest vine ripened tomatoes, basil and jalapeños were ready to be picked from the yard to partake in my spicy aromatic tomato sauce to go with some al dente spaghetti.

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Dished the spaghetti, topped it off with my aromatic spicy sauce and drizzled a little bit of my Basil Olive Oil from the Mount Dora Olive Oil Company!

Of course as a celebration of Mamacita being back, I had to make a sweet treat, and one of the family favorites is my Raspberry Chocolate Tart.

All you need for it is:

  • 1lb of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 pints of raspberries
  • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups of oreo cookies
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1/4 cup of sugar

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Pulverize your oreo cookies and then mix them with the butter and sugar and press down into mold. Bake at 350 deg for 20 minutes. Let it cool.

Grab 1 pint of strawberries and press them onto the crust till you cover it nicely.

Put the chocolate chips in a bowl, add the corn syrup and warm cream and mix until all the chips are melted.

Pour into your mold covering all the raspberries and then add more raspberries to decorate. Place in fridge to set for a couple of hours.

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So here is a cheer to being back at home but most importantly, to eating a home cooked meal ❤

Saturday dinner followed by Sunday Brunch…..

Last night I made for my hubby and I, some super tasty Beef Wellington, served on some creamy mashed potatoes and asparagus with hollandaise sauce. Have to say this was a very well deserved dinner after lots of yard work……<3

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Sunday late morning, too late for breakfast, too early for lunch, so time to turn breakfast and lunch into brunch!

Available ingredients were:

  • Sun-dried Tomato Tortilla
  • Egg Beaters
  • Vine Tomatoes
  • Onions and Mushrooms
  • Cilantro and hot banana peppers
  • 1tsp pesto sauce
  • Shredded cheese

Slightly crisped up my sundried tomato tortilla in a pan with a little spray of pam. Once it was nice and golden I turned that off and spread my tsp of pesto sauce on it.

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In a separate pan I sautéed the onions and mushrooms, then threw in the eggs until they were nicely scrambled :-). Oh need to mention that I added a dash of tabasco sauce to the mix….

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Sliced some vine tomatoes……

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Topped my crispy tortilla with the scrambled eggs, then chopped up some hot banana peppers and fresh cilantro and sprinkled it on top.

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Finished it off with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese and placed it under the broiler till the cheese melted.

This was the perfect tasty and fullfiling light brunch to follow last nights heavy but delicious dinner :-).

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For the love of Pumpkin…….yes Pumpkin Season is here!

A lot of us, self included are obsessed with any kind of food that involves Pumpkin Spiced something!

Pumpkin Fudge

Let me think, we have Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer, Pumpkin Spice Coffee & Latte’s, Pumpkin Spice Yoghurt, Pumpkin Spice OreosPumpkin Spice Milano Cookies, Pumpkin Spice Fudge, Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream, Pumpkin Spice Chocolate, Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake, Pumpkin Spice Biscotti, Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Pumpkin Pies and the list goes on and on!

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So with that said pictured today we have a smorgasbord of a few of the afore mentioned Pumpkin treats that will be baked in the upcoming months.

Pumpkin Bourbon

As the Pumpkin Season goes into full swing I will be posting some recipes, so make sure to check my blog for updates!

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Homemade Bread is what happens when I tidy my pantry……

Decided to tidy my pantry and see what I need to replenish as well as check on expiring products!

Bumped into some Fleischmann’s yeast and suddenly my mind travelled back to when I was a kid and I remembered our live-in maid called Antonia making homemade bread!

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Screeching halt on the tidying part, out comes the recipe for for an easy wheat yeast bread that is quick to make, no kneading required and is ready in less than an hour!

Here is the basic recipe, but you all know me, I deviate from all recipes (think its something in my blood that makes me want to break the rules, lol)

1 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons yeast (I use dry active)
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup melted butter
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 egg
3 – 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

  1. In a large bowl, mix together water, yeast, and honey. Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Add melted butter, salt, and egg.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour. The dough will be sticky but manageable. Cover the bowl of dough with a towel and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  4. With your hands, shape dough into 1 large round shape, do not pat on the top. In this case I sprinkled a large amount of Italian seasoning mixed with grated parmesan Cheese.
  5. Place on a baking sheet, cover again and let rise for 20 minutes.
  6. Bake 375° oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown

IMG_0016 IMG_0018The hubby gave it a big seal of approval!

Now back to the pantry clean-up operation, until my next find of course!