I am kind of slow getting my weekend post up..
Better late then never, I hope..
We are having wonderful Spring weather finally here in New Brunswick and the brisk winds has the clothes blowing out so lovely on the lines..
This post is just about being in the kitchen
and doing the cooking thing...
Here are a few recipes that I have used
the last few days..
A new bread..
We thought this was scrumptious...
Very nice for a weekend brunch...
Orange Marmalade Loaf..
4 cups white flour
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. instant yeast
2/3 cup lukewarm water
2/3 cup lukewarm milk
2 T. oil plus more for brushing
7 T. orange marmalade
1 egg yolk
1 T. milk
1 T. sugar
2 T. candied orange peel
Make a well in the middle and pour in water and milk. Stir well with a wood spoon until it pulls away from the sides of the bowl.. Put on a lightly floured space and knead for 10 minutes..
Brush the sides of the bowl with oil and cover with a damp dish towel.. Let rise in a warm place for 2 hours until dough is doubled in volume..
Brush a 7 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 pan with oil ..
Put dough on lightly floured space and punch down.. Roll out into a rectangle 3/4 inch thick..
Spread with marmalade leaving a half inch border along 1 long side.. Roll up like a jelly roll and place in oiled pan with seam side down..
Cover with damp towel and let rise in warm place for 45 minutes or until doubled...
Preheat oven to 415 degrees F. and mix up topping..
Whisk together and brush over top of loaf.. Score top and sprinkle orange peel..
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes..
A few points about this bread that I learned..
1. Roll the dough into a tight roll and use the exact amount of marmalade called for..
2.. Use parchment paper in the pan..
3...If you have a hot oven (mine is a confection) then turn your heat to only 400 degrees F ...
Then of course there are the salads..
Home made French Dressing..
6 T. Canola oil
2 T. wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste..
Whisk all together and pour over a mixed salad.
We had a ham and I find it stretches into everlasting.. smile..
This is the last end that I baked in the oven..
The rest were cut into steaks and fried up for breakfast or supper..
Used in omelets, fried rice and soup...
Maple Ham Glaze..
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 T. packed brown sugar
2 T. grainy mustard
1 T. finely chopped rosemary
Whisk together and brush on a whole ham the last 45 minutes of cooking or several times during the frying of sliced ham..
We are trying to use up last year's maple syrup...
The ham bone is in the freezer and will end up making
a great soup one rainy day soon..
We had not had a stir fry for a while so on Saturday supper we had one..
Basic Stir Fry with ginger over Rice..
Like I said we are trying to use up our maple syrup products so I made these cookies..
We get our maple products from Paul Beaman..
The syrup comes from Prosser Brook maple trees..
Therefore, it is the best around.. smile.
I had read in an old cook book this week to replace granulated sugar for maple for Maple Cookies...
Here is the recipe and they sure went over good, shall we say..
Maple Sugar Cookies..
1 c. butter or margarine, softened
3/4 cup of white sugar
3/4 cup of grated maple sugar
2 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. maple flavoring (opt)
I used grated maple sugar and white sugar mixed for rolling cookies..
about 1/3 of a cup combined or just use white sugar..
Oven 350 degrees F.
Cream together butter and sugar until light.
Add egg and mix well..
Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, vanilla and nutmeg.
Scoop out cookie dough and roll in small bowl of sugar..
Set on cookie sheet and press down lightly with fork or your two fingers..
Bake for 10 minutes or until just lightly browned..
Leave them on the tray for a few minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
Terry had bought 2 huge bags of apples which needed to be used up..
This was a recipe I meant to try all Fall and did not get to..
It turned out well and tastes divine..
French Apple Jam..
The link for this recipe is
This was all it made but you could double or triple the recipe in the Fall...
I used a Tablespoon of Cardamon pods, though..
One of my easy go to recipes which is not a recipe,
Just brown up chicken and put in a casserole and cover with a jar of Sweet and Sour sauce..
Sweet and Sour Chicken..
Here is an old faithful dessert as I am trying to use up last year's frozen stuff..
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of butter
1 tsp. of vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 cup of grated zucchini
1/2 cup of nuts or raisins,,,
Just cream the sugar, butter and vanilla.. Then add egg and mix well..
Sift in the flour, soda and spices and mix for a minute or so..
Add the zucchini and stir well..
Pour into a greased 9 inch pie pan..
Bake in a 350 degrees F. oven for 25 minutes.
Turn out onto a rack and cool..
Meanwhile stir up an icing for the top..
1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
3 T. butter
1/4 tsp. cloves
3-5 tsp. coffee cream or can milk.. (whole milk will do)
Whisk together and spread on..
And last but not least..
A recipe I tried out on Terry and Dustin last night.. smile..
Let's just say that they passed the test.. smile..
I did take pics but I was laughing at something and deleted them by mistake., This is the one from the site..
This is how they look, though..
I know that I am just an old fashioned type cook and we really eat too many of the wrong things sometimes but we try to buy fresh and not a lot of fat...
Lots of herbs and garlic to balance everything.. grin..
Well, dear hearts that is all for today..
The evenings are so much longer now...
Hope you are enjoying the new season and all it brings..
Our rhubarb will soon be ready and I did find a few chives..
Can't wait for my lovage and tomato juice.. smile..
So much to look forward to with herbs and gardens, farm markets, jam making and oh the fiddleheads and Sampfire greens..
Hope you enjoyed this kind of post for a change anyway..
Thanks so much for your sweet visit.. Love hearing from you all..
And welcome to the new friends we have made here on the blog and our Face Book page..
So nice to meet ya...
May God bless and keep you ...
Hugs from good old New Brunswick..