Monday, January 4, 2016

This Week in my Kitchen...

Hello everyone.. 
How are you all? 

Hope you are recovering from all of the festivities.. 
We were pretty quiet here after Christmas Day and everyone went back home.. 
It was a blessed day though full of joy .... 

Now we are all back to normal.. 
Or almost.. 
I still have my Christmas decor up and hope to get it all down this week.. 
We have an extra closet in our room which is my Christmas closet. 
Down through the years I have collected way too many decorations.. So the plan is that there will be a big decluttering! 
Then hopefully the closet will hold it all.. smile.. 

For the post tonight I thought I would do something I haven't done for awhile..
 This past week in my kitchen.. 
1.  Chinese Salad.. 
A delicious salad made with greens, celery, green pepper, bean sprouts, green onions, rice and cashews.. 
The dressing is made from oil, soya sauce and garlic.. 

2.. The herb cilantro that I used in salads and salsas.. 

3.. Mediterranean 7 spice.. 
This goes in lots of Middle Eastern (one of my faves) dishes.. 
Here is the recipe.. 
1 Tablespoon of each of these spices.. 
Black Pepper, Allspice, Cinnamon, Cumin, Coriander, Cloves and Ginger.. 
Whisk together and keep in a container.. 
I used a 250 gram size mason jars for this..  

4.. Mediterranean Rice.. 
This was such a nice rice and fluffs up perfectly.. 
Did you know that you only use a fork to stir your cooked rice? 
Here is a recipe for that, too.. 
I cut this in half and there was plenty for Terry and I.. 
The leftovers went into a tomato soup the next day.. 
Rice Recipe.. 
1/2 pound of ground beef 
2 cups long grain rice
4 cups water
1 tsp. 7 spice
salt to taste
1 T. olive oil 
Saute the beef for for 5 minutes and then add the rest of the ingredients . 
Cover and cook on low heat for 40 minutes.. 
Let stand for 10 minutes.  

This was served with just a salad with Middle Eastern Dressing.. 
1/2 cup of olive oil 
1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
2 T. minced garlic
1 T. sumac or parsley
1 T. mint
Shake in a jar .. 
Store in fridge if you use fresh garlic.. 
Which I am sure you do.. smile.. 

On Sunday after church we had number 5.. 
Stir Fry over Rice.. 
I make this out of my head from whatever veggie and meat is in the fridge.. 
Sliced pork steak, onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, broccoli, garlic, ginger and soya.. 

6.  Steak and onions.. 
Mashed and Veggies.. 
Terry's type of food.. smile.. 

7.. Pasta and Meatballs .. 
My type of food.. smile.. 

8.. Tea and a maple bacon cookie.. 
I have given most of my baking away.. 
We just don't need it but just one last cookie, right?  
I loved these cookies and they were so easy as they were a mix with a can of maple bacon icing.. 
Oh my.. 
We bought the mixes when we were across the border in Maine.. 
I thought our grandsons would like them .. 
That is my story and I am sticking to it.. grin.. 

Well, luvies this is all for tonight.. 
I will share some of my January inspiration next time.. 

Now to answer your questions from last post..

I will need to ask the name of the Devotions book from my friend, as I had borrowed her post.. I will get back to you soon.. 

And about the cauliflower recipe..
Is this the lady who wanted the hot pickle recipe?  
I did a sweep in my inbox and lost your email so please comment again if this is the recipe you meant.. 

And Henny Penny.. 
Here is the link for the clothespin bag..

God bless you dear girls.. xo


  1. Hello, Now this looks wonderful and so healthy for this time of year! I do love cashews in many different dishes. I did get all my christmas things down and I felt so sad after I did that! I did leave up a couple of strands of light! Blessings, Roxy

  2. That first one looks esp. good, but all are very appealing, mmmmmm

  3. It all looks wonderful, mouth watering... I could do with a de-clutter of some of the Christmas décor. It is twelfth night tomorrow when all the decorations come down here in England so an ideal time for me to do just that. Take care.

  4. Your recipes look wonderful. Anything with rice is a favourite here.

  5. All of your recipes look so good, Faye. Have a beautiful week.

  6. Morning Faye, always mouth watering recipes here, yum.Blessings Francine.

  7. Wow! This looks so delicious and so healthy. I will be back to write down recipes. I an not good at mixing up and making up recipes. Thank you!

  8. Hi Faye
    Yep, it's the long lost Karen!
    I am so far behind on blog reading and I'm sure most of my followers have decided to leave me.
    Your dinners always look so delicious and I like the recipes you just posted. You two eat such wonderful rounded out meals - and healthy ones too.
    Oh my goodness our Christmas decorations would never fit in a closet so that tells me we have WAY too much.
    Blessings and a very HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  9. Looking at your meals the past week gave me some inspiration so I added some ingredients to my shopping list for this week. Thanks Faye! What a big help that was. :)

  10. Oh that all looks delicious!! Have a lovely week (halfway already, time does fly), blessings, Pam in Norway

  11. Yes, sweet lady, the hot cauliflower recipe if you pretty please.

  12. We need to declutter the Christmas decor, too. Too much stuff!

    Your salad looks delicious!

  13. This week in your kitchen - it was delicious by the looks and sounds of it!! Yum!! We did another declutter of the Christmas stuff this year too, I am now confident that we only have things that we love, that have great memories and that we will use! It will make decorating much easier. xx

  14. O que nos faz amigos é essa capacidade de sermos muitos, mesmo quando somos dois.
    Pe. Fábio de Melo
    Obrigada querida por compartilhar comigo 3 anos do Algodão Tão Doce!!!
    Um doce abraço, Marie.

  15. I love rice for sharing yours, they look delicious!

  16. Looks like you are having a wonderful and delicious start to this new year :)
    Thanks for sharing your recipes!

    Smiles :)

  17. Lovely post as always! Just to let you know I added your inspirational blog to our side bar! Blessings in the New Year! :)

    1. Thank you, dear JES... So appreciate your blog...xo

  18. Catching up here lol ! Oh all looks so YUMMY ! my mum used to make a meat and rice supper similar to that it has been years since I had that . Lovely post and photos ! Thanks for sharing , have a good week !

  19. It all looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the 7 spice recipe.

  20. Your food always looks delicious. All the best for 2016, my friend. xx

  21. This all looks so good! I'm going to try the Chinese salad. Happy 2016.