Recipe: Corned Beef and Cabbage (Food Mingle Blog Poll Winner!)

Great Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day!

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Our recent Food Mingle Blog Poll asked about your favorite traditional Irish food. With over 46% of the votes, THE WINNER IS: Corned Beef and Cabbage!

Many Corned Beef and Cabbage recipes call for a long and tedious brining process. This recipes uses a spice paste in place of a longer brine.  Now you can make this traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal any day of the year, without worrying about planning ahead for three days!

I am not a corned beef lover, but it is nice to have this dish once a year to celebrate the “wearin’-o-the green.”

Thanks to everyone who voted.  You can see the final poll results here. If you aren’t happy with the winning Irish food, then perhaps you should have voted (or told your friends to vote). 🙂  You”ll have an opportunity to vote in more Food Mingle Blog Polls…

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Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops

I could totally see myself taking these to the next level and making them all green, because I am crazy like that. But, what a cute idea for getting the shamrock shape in a pretzel pop and you gotta love the sweet and salty together!

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Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops

It will soon be St. Patrick’s Day, and I couldn’t let it pass without making a fun treat.  These Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops are about as easy and cute as it comes.  I simply placed three mini pretzels and a cookie pop stick on a piece of parchment paper, spooned about a teaspoon of melted chocolate in the center, and placed a green Mint Dark Chocolate M&M in the center.  Let it cool/dry for about 5-10 minutes, and voila – a fun St. Patrick’s day treat.

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I originally saw a photo of what I thought was the same thing here created by Amy @ MomAdvice. (Amy has an awesome blog, Pinterest boards, and Instagram BTW!)  But then I realized, after actually going back to find the post to give credit, that Amy actually used Rolo candies in the center of hers!  How yummy does that sound?!  SCORE! …

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Dulce de Leche Cupcakes

Oh my goodness, I have got to try these! I bet these would be yummy with a hot cup of coffee!

Lucie loves baking

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Today I baked for the first time this week! I am recovering from a kidney infection which has caused a flare up in my arthritis symptoms. I have struggled to think about cakes and definitely haven’t had the energy to stand in the kitchen baking. My appetite has been poor and my diet has been mainly toast!

This morning I was feeling less sickly and could face looking at recipes again. I spotted one for Dulce de Leche cakes and really wanted one. Pleased that my appetite was returning I put a can of condensed milk in a pan of boiling water and left it for 1 and a half hours.

Then I made some chocolate cupcakes and some Dulce de Leche buttercream. When the cakes had cooled I cut a hole in the top and filled the cake with a teaspoon of Dulce de Leche then piped the buttercream…

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Nutella filled, chocolate cupcakes with Nutella cream cheese icing.

Can you say yum!

Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat MORE CAKE!

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IT’S TRUE! I made 75 of these cupcakes as well as a matching cake for a birthday last week! Nutella is always a popular pick, so i was happy to experiment and design some cakes incorporating the beloved spread. I was more than happy with how all the cakes turned out, each one was different and apparently “These taste like watching the finales of all your favourite TV shows at once.” These cupcakes are actually really easy, so luckily i am willing to share these tasty and groovy cakes with you!

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Ingredients:

Chocolate cupcakes: Makes 12
From Donna Hay: Simple essentials – chocolate
– 125g unsalted butter, softened
– 165g caster sugar
– 2 eggs
– 190g plain flour, sifted
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
– 1/2c milk
– 100g dark chocolate, melted
–…

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caprese wontons

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caprese wontons

People always talk about shedding pounds after the holidays.  Unfortunately in this household, the holiday weight gain period extends through to the Super Bowl.  It’s flattering to hear that there are people who look forward to the get-together at our house every year, so I must be doing something right, right?  Or is it the guilty pleasure of devouring a 7-layer dip and fried buffalo chicken balls that brings everyone back?  Whatever it is, I don’t care.  Unlike the orchestrated Thanksgiving or Easter meals, the Super Bowl is a nosh-worthy event.  I throw everything onto a table and I sit back and enjoy the game, (or in this year’s case, not enjoy the game so much, but more so my friends and David Beckham).  So this time, I made a concerted effort to try to incorporate some healthier dishes without going all vegan on my guests (not that there is…

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Bacon-Wrapped Sausage with Brown Sugar Dijon Glaze

mmmm…bacon! A food group all to itself 🙂

Average Honey

This easy recipe was a huge hit at my super bowl party after a friend and I played around with a few different recipes and eventually made this up on our own. They went FAST so I’m definitely making this again!

Bacon-Wrapped Sausage with Brown Sugar Dijon Glaze

Prep: 10-15 minutes     Cook: 35 minutes     Total: 45-50 minutes

Tools you’ll need:

  • Toothpicks
  • Cookie sheet
  • Aluminum foil or parchment paper
  • Small stovetop pot
  • Glazing brush

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of Eckrich or Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage (near Kielbasa)
  • 1 jar (12 oz.) of dijon mustard
  • 1 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 package of bacon – maple bacon for a more sugary flavor, hardwood smoked for smokey flavor

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Slice sausages to desired thickness (remember you’ll be wrapping the bacon) – set aside
  3. Cut slices of bacon into thirds.
  4. Wrap…

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Easy to make Guacamole Dip

Guacamole is a favorite in this home!

Kat Creates

Guacamole IngredientsWe recently returned from a trip to Australia after a fabulous stay with family, my sister-in-law Susan, Simon and my gorgeous nephew and niece, Fraser and Isla. Sue is quite handy around the kitchen and I learnt quite a lot during our 3 week stay (pizza’s cooked on the barbie coming soon!)

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Super Bowl Meatballs

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Don’t you just love food you can just pick up and eat?  When you are having a get together, like super bowl, where everyone gathers around a TV easy foods are the best.  These meatballs were tasty and with individual servings were the perfect choice for this party.

As in any group, you have one person that tries to get in a good laugh.  This time would be my husband.  I had individual little forks in the meatballs for easier eating, he proceeded to use that tiny fork to eat the rest of his meal, even going so far as to put chili in the little bowl and eat from there.  His reasoning, it slows down my eating!!

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Super Bowl Meatballs

1 and 1/2 pound ground chuck

1 small onion – grated

1/2 cup bread crumbs plain

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

2 cloves garlic grated

2 beaten eggs

1/2…

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Coconut Chicken Skewers

Gluten Free UAE

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This is a quick and easy to make chicken dish that can be enjoyed cold or hot. The blend of the Thai curry sauce and coconut go wonderfully together. A great snack for parties and also something to keep the husband quiet when he is hungry but does not want a large meal. Although he will end up scoffing the lot. It is so easy to make too! I love dishes that look like you have made an effort but in truth were so easy to whip up. It can be a snack or a main dish…depending upon how many you eat!

INGREDIENTS
1 tblspn red curry paste
75ml coconut cream
4 chicken breasts, cut into long strips
100g dessicated coconut (unsweetened)

METHOD
Mix the curry paste with the coconut cream.Add the chicken strips and leave to marinade for at least 2 hours (I prefer to leave the marinade overnight)…

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