Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature. C. S. Lewis

The title of the post means that I finally found a job! After a year and 9 months of searching I am now working regular hours and loving it! As such I will be taking a 2 week break while my body and mind adjust to the new schedule. During that time I will be cooking and prepping new posts so I have a small stockpile of posts built up for times when I am working more overtime hours and less time to cook. I will be back to my regular 2 time a week posting on October 2nd. I love my blog, and sharing recipes with everyone and I promise you that I have some great recipes lined up to share when I get back. As always if you have a recipe you would like to see converted please send it to me and I will work it into the rotation. See you all soon!

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Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

IMG_0560I made Macaroni and Cheese Casserole fairly often, always changing the cheese combination and spices till I made this combination. My husband took one bite, got up and handed me a pen and paper and asked me to write down the recipe. That from now on when he wants Mac and Cheese he wants this combination. This is a great make ahead Casserole, it refrigerates and freezes well with just a bit of time in the oven to warm through. The wonderful thing about Macaroni and Cheese is that you have any combination of cheese you like, the cheese I have listed is just a suggestion feel free to pick your own favorites.

 

 

Ingredients

1 small block (240g) Cheddar

1 small block (240g) Emmental

1 small block (240g) Gruyere

1 small bag(50g) grated Parmesan

1/2 a sleeve of Chili Crackers(or your favorite flavor)

2 ham steaks (or 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts)

1 small onion

2 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

2 chicken bullion cube

1 package (500g/1lb) macaroni noodles

2 tsp chili powder

black pepper

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Grandmother’s Potato Salad

IMG_0475Several years ago I decided I wanted to make my own potato salad, and since I always loved my Grandmother’s Potato salad I decided to call her for her recipe. She just laughed when I asked for the recipe, she never had a recipe! She just tossed in what what looked good, but she did give the list of what almost always made it into the bowl. From that I have created this recipe.

Ingredients

5 small potatoes/590g potatoes

1/2 a medium onion/60g finely chopped onion

55g sweet pickles, (3 spears or 5 to 6 small gherkins) chopped small

55 g celery (1 to 2 spears, chopped small)

2 large hard boiled eggs chopped

1/2c/125 ml mayonnaise (I use the extra light version since I prefer the flavor)

1 tbsp mustard

1 tbsp pickle juice

a light dusting of cayenne pepper, paprika, and a small dash of salt and pepper.

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Spicy Boneless Chicken Wings

IMG_0474These are a favorite for my husband and I, they have a nice amount of spice and a wonderful flavor.

Ingredients

1 Kg/2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts

Sauce

2c/680g Ketchup

1c/215g Brown Sugar ( if you want it really spicy use light brown sugar, if you want it milder then use dark brown sugar)

1/2c/148ml hot sauce ( I use Franks Red Hot Original, but I think any Cayenne based hot sauce would work)

1/3c/80ml Worcestershire Sauce

2 tsp chili powder (heaping)

2 tsp onion powder (heaping)

2tsp cayenne powder (heaping)

2 tsp paprika (heaping)

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New Taste

Last weekend we went to an event it London called Hyper Japan. We had a ton of fun, saw some amazing things and most importantly ate some amazing food. While I haven’t had a chance to recreate the recipes I tried I will link to the recipes and in some cases YouTube videos on how to make them.

IMG_0253  First up is Takoyaki (たこ焼き). They are savory dough balls that contain bits of octopus. I had been interested in trying these since I had read about them in a Manga several years ago.

Here is the recipe for these amazingly tasty morsels.  Takoyaki, this recipe comes from the Japan Centre that is based in London. You can also source the ingredients for all the recipes I will talk about from them as well (they have international shipping).

Here is the video on YouTube on how to make them.

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