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

Great Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day!


Corned Beef and Cabbage, Courtesy: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Courtesy:

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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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



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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caprese wontons


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


  • 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


  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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Coconut Chicken Skewers

Gluten Free UAE


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!

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

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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More S’mores!

Yummy! What kid wouldn’t love these! (or big kid for that matter! 🙂 )

The Baking Guy

Meringue. This is an excellent recipe except for the meringue. I’m not sure what it is but I just can’t make a proper stiff meringue that lasts more than an hour. Nevertheless, enjoy this camp fire treat in cupcake form.



  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 & 1/2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1/8 cup granulatedsugar
  • 4.5 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, chopped

Cupcake Batter:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 & 1/8 cups & 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 & 1/8 cups & 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup boiling water


  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together crumbs, sugar and melted butter until…

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She is jumping on the salted caramel band wagon!

making my mouth water just looking at this photo! Definite must try!

I'll have what She's having...


Easy and quite yummy.  Give it a go!  Salted Caramel Cupcakes:

Salted Caramel:

2 cups sugar
12 tablespoons salted butter cubed
1 1/4 cups heavy cream, at room temp

In a large pot, melt the sugar over medium high heat, whisking constantly until the sugar becomes brown. Add the butter and stir until melted. Pour in the heavy cream (it will foam) and whisk until smooth. Stir until you have no remaining lumps. Remove from heat and let cool.

I have tried this recipe using various cakes.  I find that a good old white cake sets off the caramel taste beautifully. 


Your favorite white cake box mix or recipe.  I am crunched for time as I finish up my masters degree so I have turned to box mixes and no one seems to have noticed.  Who knew!

Salted Caramel frosting:

1 1/2 sticks salted butter, softened (approx.)

1 1/2…

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