The quest for bread Machine Whole wheat Bread

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  You know how they say that bread machines require meticulous measurements, respect for the ingredient order and an exact recipe? I read that too. Only I’m too stubborn hard-headed adventuress to listen. I want to have daily fresh whole wheat bread, I do not have a bakery near by, nor do I always have the time/energy […]

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Hungarian Potato soup

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I love this soup. It has always been my recipe to fall back on when I needed something good and hearty, but did not have the budget/time/energy to deliver. It is good, it looks nice, it ain’t fussy and it won’t cost you much. Thanks dad. I often double the quantity of vegetables, all except the […]

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Ragout a la Maurice

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This ragout is the comfort dish that waits for us on my in law’s welcoming table every time we land on their door step, exhausted and famished from the long day of travel. When my turn came to recreated the magic, I naturally looked for shortcuts. My mother in law faithfully sears the meat before proceeding with the rest, making […]

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Cream of Mushroom soup

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  I have made this soup 2 weeks ago, just before falling sick. It had been a spur of the moment, what-do-I-have-in-the-fridge kind of thing. The result however, was gold. A definite keeper. Easy, economic, good-looking and delicious ( Sounds like a personal add now that I re-read this), this soup is soooo much better then your regular salty, […]

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Rice with nuts and fruits

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Our absolute favorite rice. ridiculously easy to make, super elegant to serve when you have company coming (read on for a neat little trick) and keeps extra well in the fridge for up to a week. I used 2 kinds of dried raisins and pine nuts for my topping  because that’s what I had on hand. […]

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Hearty Vegetable and barley soup

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Its hearty, its tasty, it has both protein and veggie goodness and  it is easy to make. Can’t ask for more in 15 minutes of work. You will need: 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped (the size is up to you) 2 celery stalks peeled and chopped 1 large onion peeled and […]

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Sole in butter, lemon and capers

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I probably mentioned this earlier, but my father is an amazing cook. Totally devoted. His dishes are always succulent and he follows recipes to a tee. My mother says I am my father’s daughter but here is where the apple took a slight detour from the tree. I always tweak my recipes. part scientific curiosity and […]

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Whole wheat Cheddar Biscuits

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This recipe originates from Chef Michael Smith’s popular TV show “chef at home”. I was watching the chef do his magic while my Hungarian stew  slowly simmered and immediately decided that these biscuits would make an excellent side dish (not to mention so much quicker to make then the original loaf of bread I had in mind). Of course, I couldn’t help […]

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Slow cooker Hungarian beef stew

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My theory about slow cookers is that they are supposed to work for me and not vice versa. Chopping, browning, draining and cleaning BEFORE placing your ingredients in the slow cooker just doesn’t make any sense to me. I might as well leave the dish in its original pot and end up with less dishes. The […]

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Creamy lentil soup

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Creamy lentil soup Ingredients: 1 large onion 2 medium carrots, peeled 2 celery stalks 1 Parsnip root, peeled 4 tbsp Canola oil 1 cup red lentils 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp turmeric 4.5 cups chicken or vegetable stock salt and pepper to taste Preparation: 1. Chop the onion, carrots, celery and parsnip and saute in […]

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