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Showing posts with label Surprise Recipe Swap. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Surprise Recipe Swap. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June's #SurpriseRecipeSwap- Chocolate Apricot Pistachio Krispie Granola Bars

Surprise Recipe Swap

Once again it is that time again.. Time to reveal who's blog we had and the recipe that we decided to make.    This swap was started by Jutta from Hungry Little Girl and if you would like information about this swap, click on the button at the bottom of the post.  I have had lots of fun, going through blogs and finding recipes that I would love to make... The only hard part is narrowing your choice down to one recipe.
This month I was given Christie from A Kitchen Hoor.  Her blog was new to me so was excited to go through it and check out many great recipes.  She has many great and delicious recipes and I had a very hard time picking only one.. but I did and I have a list of many others that I will be trying sometime in the near future.
The recipe that I picked was her Fancy Pistachio Apricot Rice Krispie Treat.  I was intrigued as I read the recipe and never would have thought of the fact that with rice krispie treats you have one bag of marshmallows and 6 cups of dried ingredients (the rice krispies)... DUH! of course that is what it is and you could easily change the dried ingredients.  I also love that they had oatmeal in them and that the oatmeal was toasted.  As I was thinking about these I thought why not toast the sesame seeds too.  So that is what I did. I place both together in a pan and baked them in a 400 degree oven until they were a light brown.  I checked them every few minutes and turned them so they wouldn't burn, they took about 12 -15 minutes for me to toast.
I also had an "A Ha Moment"  and thought I would add some Chia Seeds to mine , as I thought they would make them just a little bit healthier I  made two batches of these wonderful bars, the first I added 2 tbsp of chia seeds and the second I forgot..  I also wanted to add some chocolate.  I had bought some Dove Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Rounds  that I had bought at a chocolate party and again, the first batch I forgot to put them in and the second batch I had remembered. 
 The first batch I used outdated marshmallows that I had lying around... not a good idea as they really didn't want to melt properly.  I also stick my mallows and butter in a bowl and melt them in the microwave for a couple of minutes.  They poofed up like they were going to mix well but not so great... therefore that is why one batch is round instead of bars.

Chocolate Apricot Pistachio Krispie Granola Bars
1 cup dried apricots cut in small pieces
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (toasted)
1 cup pistachio cut in small pieces
2 cups old fashion rolled oats (toasted)
1.5 cups rice krispies
1/2 cup chocolate chopped (optional)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp chia seed (optional)
16  ounces marshmallows
3 tbsp butter

Toast sunflower seeds and rolled oats in oven at 400 degrees.  Turn every few minutes so they won't burn.  It took about 12  - 15 minutes for mine to be a nice brown colour.
As these are roasting, cut up apricots, shell and break pistachio in small pieces (I used my mallet to do this), chop up the chocolate.  In large mixing bowl add all ingredients except marshmallows and butter.
In a second large bowl add marshmallows and butter.  Place in microwave and melt on high for approx 2 minutes ~ check at 30 seconds or 1 minute intervals. You can also melt this over the stove.  Mix.  Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  
Place in a greased 9 X 13 pan spread evenly with back of a spoon or your hand that is slightly wet.  It is easier to spread the mixture if your hand or spoon is slightly wet.  
* my first batch didn't mix well as my marshmallows were old, so I rolled them into balls.  You could do this even if they mix well.

Second batch with chocolate

First batch that I rolled into balls
This recipe was awesome. They are a combination of a rice krispie treat and a granola bar.  I love all the flavours that and I like a chewy granola bar so this is right up my alley. I was hoping that they would have small bits of chocolate in them but all the chocolate melted.. but still tasted wonderfully.  I plan on making these again for my husband and I am sure he will like them.  What's not to like ~ they have everything apricots, pistachios, granola, spices.... chocolate! and dark chocolate so that it is healthy for you.
Thank you Christie for a wonderful recipe.
Make sure you head over to A Kitchen Hoor and check out all the wonderful recipes she has.  

If you would like more information about this Recipe Swap or would like to join, click on the button below
To check out all the recipes in the Surprise Recipe Swap head over here.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

May's #SurpriseRecipeSwap ~ Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken

Surprise Recipe Swap

Do you find that the months go by faster and faster or is it just me.  I have been told that the older you get the faster the years go by and they weren't kidding.  It feels like I was just writing last month's SRS and here it is again time to write another post.  
I am always so good at going to the blog that I have been assigned to as soon as I get the name.  I scour through all the recipes, reading, writing them down so that I have an idea of what I am going to make.  I can usually narrow it down to about five recipes that I am wanting to make and then I put things away... And the days past by quickly.... and here it is the time to start writing and I have to first make my recipe.  Procrastinator that is what I am and I don't really think I will change.
This month I was lucky enough to get Jaime from Mom's Test Kitchen.  I loved going through her blog, and finding new recipes.  I had never been over to Jaime's blog so everything was new.  I loved how she had it set up and I also loved how she indexed her recipes.. It was so easy to find them. To find all her great recipes, head over HERE.
The recipe I picked to make was Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken.  I, unlike Jaime was able to enjoy my preparation and also enjoy tasting the final product. There was no one else home but me to enjoy the final product as hubby is down state working.  I am sure he will enjoy this meal so I will be making it again.  My plans were to make this meal with spaghetti squash and I even made it but as it was cooking.. another thought came to mind.  Bruschetta needs to be eaten with bread.... RIGHT?  So, I decided to eat mine with chiabatta bread.  I had just bought some rolls when I was shopping and that made this perfect.

Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken on Ciabatta Bun

1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp garlic
2 chicken breast
4 roma tomatoes seeded and diced
1/3 cup onion ( I used red onion)
1/2  tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 tsp basil (I used fresh)
1/2 tsp parsley (I used fresh)
grated Tillamook smoked black pepper white cheddar cheese
2 ciabatta buns
garlic butter (I just mixed some garlic powder and butter together)

Mix first 3 ingredients together (balsamic vinegar, olive oil and garlic) for marinade.  Put chicken breast in Ziploc bag and pour marinate over.  Marinate for as long as possible.  Mine were left to marinate for about 6 hours.  Bake in 375 degree oven until juices no longer are pink or until  chicken reaches 165 degrees.
Bruschetta -In separate bowl, mix tomatoes, onions, balsamic vinegar, oil and spices.
When chicken is done, I then place it in a pan with a small amount of oil and browned both sides, I then cut the chicken in half as they were thick pieces.
Top chicken with bruschetta and add grated cheese.  Place under broiler until cheese is melted.
While chicken is under the broiler, toast ciabatta buns.  Spread garlic butter over and add a couple of slices of cheese on the bun and melt under broiler.
Place balsamic bruschetta chicken on bun and enjoy.

This recipe was delicious.  The flavours were magnificent.  I did have a small amount of bruschetta left over but I will be eating that with my spaghetti squash that I made to eat with this meal.

If you would like to join this group, click on the button below and fill out the form.  Each month you will get a new blog to check out and you have to the 20th to decide and make your recipe.  It is a lot of fun and you meet new bloggers and gain new friends.  Check it out, Jutta from Hungry Little Girl does a wonderful job in arranging and making sure everything works.    

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

April #SurpriseRecipeSwap - Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon


Looking outside and seeing all the snow and the blizzard that we are having, I can't believe that  April is here and just about over.  With that it is time for our Surprise Recipe Swap.  This is my second month doing this and it is so much fun.  Surprise Recipe Swap was started by Jutta from Hungry Little Girl.  At the beginning of the month we are give a blog to go and research and find a recipe that we would like to make.  Then on the 20th we reveal the recipe.
This month the blog that I received was Jessica's over at Simple, Clean and Homemade.  I was familiar with her blog as she has linked up some of her recipes to our Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party.  After reading her blog I found out that we started blogging around the same time.  She has so many wonderful recipes that I want to try.  One in particular is her Spice Lamb Flatbread and I would have used this one in the Recipe Swap but right now I am off eating grains and the flatbread is party of the recipe that I don't want to change. So I have filed that away for another time.
The recipe that I did pick was her Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon.  I picked this one as we eat a lot of fish and also salmon, although the salmon that we eat is usually smoked.  I have tried to bake and bbq salmon but it always seems to come out dry.  This recipe looked so good and I have to tell you it was.

Seared Lemon Pepper Salmon

slightly adapted from Simple Clean and Homemade

1 lb salmon, cut into four pieces
lemon pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 tbsp fresh thyme
juice of one lemon

Liberally add lemon pepper to the top of each salmon piece.  Heat your skillet on a medium-high heat.  Drizzle a small amount of oil on the pan.  Place the salmon flesh down onto the skillet and cook without moving for a few minutes until a crust forms.  Flip and add remaining ingredients.  I mixed the oil, butter, garlic, thyme and lemon and poured over salmon.  Turn heat down and cook until you reach desired temperature.  Spoon sauce over salmon while cooking.

We ate ours with roasted vegetables and grilled pineapple wedges.  This salmon was the best salmon I have ever tasted.  It was moist and the flavour was wonderful... buttery and lemon.  I used thyme instead of cilantro as I am not a very big cilantro fan and also because I had some fresh thyme that needed to be used up. 
I did make a pound of salmon so that we would have some left overs but it was so good that every little morsel was gone when we left the dinner table.  We had this for our Anniversary Dinner and it was lip smacking good.
Thanks Jessica ~ Simple, Clean and Homemade for a wonderful recipe.
I am no longer nervous to make salmon anymore.


Ϡ₡✻   Marlys

✻✿*.¸.* Enjoy your day....`*.¸.*✻✿*.¸.*

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Surprise Recipe Swap - Chai Tea Bread


March Surprise Recipe Swap

Jutta from Hungry Little Girl started this Surprise Recipe Swap.I believe that this is the third month but it is the first month for me.  We were given a blog partner at the first of the month, giving us a couple of weeks to go through our partner's blog and find a recipe to make.  Then on the 20th you will post the recipe that you made.  I love this idea as going through someone else's blog and finding recipes are so much fun.  I know this makes me go though the blog as with my busy life I don't always make time to do this, so this way I have to go and read someone else's blog.  If you want to participate in this, head over to Hungry Little Girl and read what it entails and the few simple rules that there are.

This month CJ from Morsel of Life is my Surprise Recipe Swap partner.  At the beginning of the month I went through her blog, finding many recipes that I wanted to make.  I wrote down about 8 recipes and then the next step was to pick one of them.  That was the hard part.. which one do I make.  After some humming and hawing I decide to make her Chai Tea Bread recipe.  I love Chai and I knew that I had wanted to make this already as I had left a comment on this recipe.
As you know I very seldom make a recipe the way it is written.. Mainly because I don't always read the recipe and another reason is that I believe a recipe is a guide and you need to make it to your taste.  I also made mine in 2  Welcome Home paper loaf pans as even though we have 10 feet of snow and it is still snowing, today the 20th is the first day of spring and I wanted something that looked springy.

Chai Tea Bread

adapted from Morsels of Life
Dry Ingredients:
2 cups flour ( I used 1 cup white and 1 cup whole wheat as the recipe stated)
3/4 tsp cardamom (ground)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp cloves
1/8 tsp anise (ground)
2 tsp baking powder
Wet Ingredients:
1/4 cup coconut oil (I used Tradition Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil)
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
3/8 cup milk (I used evaporated milk)
1/2 cup Chai concentrate or Chai tea  (I used Chai tea as was to lazy to make some concentrate)
2 tsp vanilla
1/8 cup coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients together in bowl.  In mixing bowl combine wet ingredients.  Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until barely moist.  Pour into greased loaf pan or I used 2 paper Welcome Home loaf pans. Sprinkle coconut over top of loaf.  Bake for 50 minutes if using one loaf pan or mine took about 35 minutes with the 2 paper loaf pans.

Enjoy with a cup of Chai Tea

I loved the spices in this bread and it is not too sweet.  Just perfect to have with a cup of tea.  I had a couple of pieces for breakfast this morning.  I had planned on putting some ripe banana's into this last night when I made it but thought I would wait...  I think bananas would be a perfect addition to this wonderful bread.  To find the original recipe, go HERE.

Ϡ₡✻   Marlys

✻✿*.¸.* Enjoy your day....`*.¸.*✻✿*.¸.*

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