Sunday Stills, the next challenge: White!

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: White!

Beautiful snow-capped mountains:

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Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand.

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Cee’s fun foto challenge-kind and caring

This photo says it all!

My precious grandchildren.

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Photo taken by my daughter in law.

A blessed Christmas to you and your family!  I am so grateful to all of you for stopping by my blog, leaving comments and likes. I hope you will have a wonderful time with all your loved ones and plenty of delicious food over the next few days.

http://ceenphotography.com/2013/12/24/cees-fun-foto-challenge-kind-and-caring/

 

Sunday Stills, the next Challenge: Going to the Dogs

Sunday Stills, the next Challenge: Going to the Dogs

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Watching the activities on the dam

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Lady taking a little nap ! 

1. http://shyraven23.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/sunday-stills-going-to-the-dogs/

2. http://castelsarrasin.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/sunday-stills-going-to-the-dogs/

3. http://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/week-photo-challenge-one/

4. http://backroadstraveller.blogspot.com/2013/12/sunday-stills-next-challenge-going-to.html

5. Sunday Stills, the next Challenge: Going to the Dogs

Not so traditional Christmas Cake

As I said in a previous post I personally prefer a dark richer Fruitcake. I have searched to find one that I liked and here is my rendition of a not so traditional Dark fruit cake.

Dark Christmas Cake

500 g mixed dried fruits

250 g dates, cut up

125 g butter

200 ml soft brown sugar

250 ml strong coffee

200 g cherries

Put all the ingredients in a large pan set over a medium heat. Bring to the boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 3 mins. ( I boiled mine in the microwave for 8 min on high.)

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Then add :
500 ml plain flour
5 ml baking powder
2 ml mixed nutmeg
2 ml ground cinnamon
2 ml ground cloves
2 ml salt
2 large beaten eggs                                                          
Add the remaining ingredients to the fruit mixture and stir well, making sure there are no pockets of flour.  and tip it into  prepared tins, level the top with a spatula and bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hour 15 minutes.IMG_1006Remove the cake from the oven, poke holes in it with a skewer and spoon over 15 ml of your chosen alcohol. Leave the cake to cool completely in the tin.IMG_1015To store, peel off the baking parchment, then wrap well in cling film or tin foil.chritmas 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Happy

All these things make me happy!

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Especially my grandchildren!

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http://ceenphotography.com/2013/12/17/cees-fun-foto-challenge-happy/?relatedposts_exclude=1259

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/cees-fun-foto-challenge-happy/

 

Broccoli, Cauliflower & Onion Au Gratin

Broccoli, Cauliflower & Onion Au Gratin

Cheese Sauce

30 g (1 oz) butter or margarine

30 ml (2 tbsp.) plain flour

2ml (1/2 tsp) salt

1ml (1/4 tsp) rosemary leaves, crushed

1 ml   (1/4 tsp) pepper

375 ml (13 fl oz) milk

100 g (4 oz) shredded  cheese

Pre -heat oven to 180°C.

In a saucepan melt 30 g (1 oz) butter; stir in flour, salt, rosemary and pepper. Cook over med. heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and bubbly (30 sec.).

Stir in milk. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil (4 to 5 min.)

Boil 1 min. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until smooth.  Set aside.

In greased shallow casserole or 23-cm (9-in) sq. baking dish place broccoli, cauliflower and a med. onion, cut into eighths.

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Stir in cheese sauce.

Topping

250 g (9 oz) fresh breadcrumbs

75 g (3 oz) butter or  margarine, melted

50ml (4 tbsp.) chopped fresh parsley

In small bowl stir together all topping ingredients.

Sprinkle over broccoli/ cauliflower  mixture.IMG_0975

Bake for 25 to 35 min. or until top is golden brown and broccoli / cauliflower  is crisply tender.IMG_0982

Sunday Stills: Holiday Lights and Decorations

Sunday Stills, the next Challenge: Holiday Lights and Decorations

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Christmas decorations in Auckland, NZ
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Chiristmas tree at our local mall

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Related posts:

http://backroadstraveller.blogspot.com/2013/12/sunday-stills-next-challenge-holiday.html

http://shyraven23.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/sunday-stills-holiday-lights-and-decorations/

http://sillarit.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/sunday-stills-the-next-challenge-holiday-lights-and-decorations/

http://hamburgundmeehr.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/sunday-stills-holiday-lights-and-decorations/

http://castelsarrasin.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/sunday-stills-holiday-lights-and-decorations/

http://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/sunday-stills-holiday-lights-and-decorations/

Summery Chicken Salad

I made this easy chicken salad which is perfect for  a hot summers night!

Fry Onion, garlic, green peppers and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil and butter.

Add about 500g of chicken pieces  and balsamic vinegar , herbs, salt and pepper to taste. ( Can use Balsamic Crema too)

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Cool the chicken, make a salad of your own choice, adding whatever you have available. I  put some green peas  (frozen), pineapple chunks , carrots and feta in, too.IMG_0949

Serve with honey mustard  salad dressing and fresh bread!

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Roasted Beetroot and Feta Salad

Beetroot

The beetroot, also known in North America as the table beet, garden beet, red or golden beet, or informally simply as the beet, refers to any of the cultivated varieties of beet grown for their edible taproots.Wikipedia

Ingredients

600 gr  beetroot  peeled and trimmed

3-4 tbsp olive oil

6-7 tbsp balsamic vinegarIMG_0913

 Preheat oven to 180°C.

Method

  1. Halve or quarter the beetroot, depending on the size. Place on a baking tray.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Roast for 1 hour or until tender. (Here I have used a blueberry infused balsamic vinegar)
  3. Transfer to a serving bowl to cool, then cover and chill.
  4. Combine with rocket , spring onions, gherkins  and  feta.
  5. Serve with a vinaigrette of your choice. I have used the pan sauce (olive oil and balsamic and mixed it with a pomegranate reduction.IMG_0915
  6. I served it with a pork chops and a  Pineapple and Savoy cabbage salad   my sister made.IMG_0918

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