One Lovely Blog Award!!

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Recently I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by Ka@My Uni Kitchen

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Ka has a terffic blog, he has amazing Recipes, How to Guides and Cooking Tips, so please go over to his
blog and check out all those good things he has to offer 🙂

There are few rules to accepting the award you must tell everyone 7 things about yourself and nominate 15 blogs
for the award.

So here we go 🙂

1. I worked on a cruise ship for 6 1/2 years

2. My first career was in Theater Costuming before going into Culinary

4. I love Hockey

5. I worked for our home town Hockey Team by sewing names and numbers on their jerseys

6.  During the baseball season, I am on call for the Cincinnati Reds and the away teams
      that come into town and play the Reds, to sew their uniforms (sewing names & numbers),
      for any last minute call ups.

7.  The most I was ever paid for sewing 1 single uniform for an away team was $100.00
and 
that was for 1 hour of work, that included the call, me driving to the ball park
(i live very close) 
getting in there sewing the name and number and then 
      back in my car.  🙂  

Bonus – here’s the picture 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed the few things that most of you did not know about me 🙂

 

Here are the blogs that I think are fantastic and I give the “One Lovely Blog Award” too

Suzanne@apuginthekitchen

Gretchen@Feeding My 3 Sons

Ginger@Ginger&Bread

Loretta@Safari of the Mind

Angie@The Novice Gardner

Julie@Hostess At Heart

Michelle@Giraffes Can Bake

Suzi@Beach Blanket Bacon

Jhuls@The Not So Creative Cook

Coco@Crafty Little Coco

Lili@Lili’s Cakes

Max@Dante’s Kitchen

Linda@La Petite Paniere

Ms. Frau@Frugal Hausfrau

Petra@Food Eat Love

Vidya and Chitra I added you as well
I know Ka added you to his blog
but I wanted to let you know I love
your blogs too, so you can consider mine
with his 🙂

Vidya@Traditionally Modern Food

Chitra@Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen

Thank you everyone for checking out my blog!!!

 

 

 

Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake!! Fiesta Friday #58

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Welcome to Fiesta Friday #58!!

I want to thank Angie@The Novice Gardener and her co-host for this week are Caroline @Caroline’s Cooking and Elaine @foodbod 🙂

I would like to share my “Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake”

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This past weekend in the states was the final episode of Downton Abbey Season 5!

My friend Paul and I decided to get together and watch it together and have a little Downton Abbey Dinner.  He bought the Downton Abbey Cookbook so we picked out a couple of recipes to make.

We made Crawley Family Chicken Breasts with Caper Cream Sauce, Lord Grantham’s American Italian: Risotto alla Milanese and Roasted Asparagus with Parmesan.

Of course we had some cocktails too I made “Huckleberry Clover Club’s”  a few pictures of the night 🙂

Oh and Downton Abbey did not disappoint it was just wonderful with happy endings, I cried of course 😛

Our table 🙂

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Huckleberry Clover Club

 

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Our dinner

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I knew the dessert had to be special and for our love of Prince William, I decided to make Prince William’s Grooms Cake, this was his favorite cake growing up.

I saw Carolyn Robb the former chef for the British royal family make this on Good Morning America in December and I was like I have to make that sometime for some occasion.

This was the perfect occasion to make it, here is the original recipe, but this is what I did I changed it slightly.

Ingredients

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Butter in the pan

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golden syrup added

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Melted all together

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the chocolate, vanilla and cocoa

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add the chocolate

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the vanilla

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now the cocoa

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whisk until silky smooth

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biscuits ready

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pistachios and figs

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Mix those together

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pour in chocolate mixture

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mix all together

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my pan

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pour into pan and cool

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rack

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now chilled

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place upside on rack

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melt chocolate with crisco

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pour on top of cake

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spread all over

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cake comb

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melt white chocolate with criso (blurry)

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drizzle over cake

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add maltesers

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Enjoy!!

Royal Chocolate Biscuit Cake

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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3 sticks unsalted butter
3/4 cup golden syrup
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2/3 cup cup semi-sweet chocolate
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup shelled pistachios
1/2 cup packed soft, plump dried figs, diced
1 pound digestive biscuits, each biscuit broken into 4 pieces
To Decorate:
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate
3 Tbsp. white chocolate
1 1/2 Tbsp. crisco & 1 tsp. crisco
small bag of ‘Maltesers’ or ‘Whoppers’

Melt the butter with the golden syrup in a small saucepan. Do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and add the cocoa powder, semi-sweet chocolate and vanilla. Stir until you have a very smooth, glossy mixture.
In a large bowl mix together the pistachios, figs and broken biscuits then pour the chocolate mixture over top and mix well.
Line a round 9 inch cake pan with plastic wrap. Pour the mixture into the tin and press it down well to fit, I did this lightly because I did not want to crush the biscuits. Leave to cool thoroughly at room temperature  for 2 hours before covering and chilling in the fridge for about 3 hours.
When set, remove from the tin, peel off the plastic wrap and place it on a cooling rack lined with wax paper upside down. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate with 1 1/2 tbsp. Crisco and white chocolate and 1 tsp. Crisco separately. Spread the semi-sweet chocolate all over the cake. I used a Triangular Cake Decorating Comb over the top of the cake, then drizzled the white chocolate all over, place the Maltesers around the top of the cake before the chocolate sets.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge, let set at room temp for about 30 minutes before cutting and serving.

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Everyone that got some LOVED IT!!!  You must make this one 😉

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Super Bowl 2014!! Seahawks Win!!!!

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Congratulations Seattle Seahawks on your 2014 Super Bowl Win!!!!

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I must say I am happy that Seattle won, they really controlled the entire game, which was a lot easier to watch then sitting on the edge of your seat with the score going back and forward 🙂

So I was able to enjoy the commercial’s (which some fell short) and I do have my favorites 🙂

And talk about an AMAZING Halftime Show!! Bruno Mars is such an amazingly talented man, I have  always enjoyed seeing him preform on “Award” shows 🙂

But before we get to all of that, I did a Super Bowl snacking spot for one of our local news channels, guacamole and Bean and Corn salsa along with Endive Taco Boats.
Here is the link if you would like to watch the spot 🙂

http://www.local12.com/health/features/medical-edge-reports/stories/medical-edge-super-bowl-snacking-175.shtml

Bean and Corn Salsa recipes are a plenty as well as guacamole recipes but this is how I make mine 🙂

Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
1 can corn with peppers, drained
1 can chunky tomatoes with green chilies (mild or Hot you choose), drained
1 1/4 cup fresh pico de gallo (salsa) you mostly can find this in the produce dept. or you can just add 1/2 cup diced onion
1 tsp. garlic salt and black pepper
1 cup Zesty Italian dressing
zest of 1 – 2 limes

Mix all together, chill overnight for best flavor, you can also add and diced jalapeno for more heat.
Serve with Tortilla Chips and Endive leaves.  (can size 14.5 – 15.5)

Guacamole

3 ripe avocados
1/2 cup fresh pico de gallo or you can use your favorite salsa
1/4 – 1/2 tsp. garlic salt, to taste
juice from 1/2 or 1 lime, also to taste

Mix together and serve with Tortilla Chips and Endive leaves
You can add fresh cilantro or diced jalapeno, really you can make this your own.

Taco Endive Boats

Breast meat from 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
4-5 tsp. taco seasoning, from powder packet

Toss chicken and seasoning together
You can place chicken in a bowl, Salsa in a bowl and guacamole in a bowl have a platter of Endive Leaves and let your guest make their own Taco Boats, chicken then salsa topped with a little guacamole.

These recipes were a big hit with everyone back at the station along with everyone at the office that got to have all the leftovers 🙂

These were my favorite commercials 🙂 

1. Volkswagon (this one made me giggle)

2. Mcdonalds (this one was funny too)

They removed this one from youtube, but if you search around you’ll find it 🙂

3. Budweiser –  A Soldier’s return (this one so touching and I had tears)

– this link is the full story – get your tissues ready!!!

Below is the Commerical 🙂

4. Another cute Budweiser – Puppy Adoption

5. Audi – Doberhuahua – this one you just have to watch 😛

Of course there were more that were good but these were my top picks!! 🙂

And here is one of the BEST SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOWS EVER!!!  (not a fan of the RHCP, so I would have left them out and just kept more of Bruno!!!)  Turn your speakers up!!! and get ready to Dance!!!

Hope you enjoyed!!!!  Have a great day!!