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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party - Sept 7/12

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Last Weeks Winners:

Randomly Selected Winners received Ranch Dressing Mix from Robyn's View

1. Hot Eats Cool Reads - Raspberry Custard
2. The Big Green Bowl - Toffee Bars
3. Zent Mrs & The Mr Chocolate Caramel Peanut Popcorn Cupcakes
The Top 3 Voted:
1. The Full Fridge - Frittata with Goat Cheese
2. CEO of Me, Inc. -  Low Fat Turkey Taco Pizza
3. Cozy Cakes Cottages - Apple Sauce Muffins
 Links with the Most Clicks:

1. Cozy Cakes Cottages - Apple Sauce Muffins
2. Hun... What's For Dinner? -  Zucchini Oatmeal Cookies
3. My Biscuits are Burning Smothered Pork Chops

And Last but not Least:  Host Favorite:
Walking on Sunshine - Fresh Tomato and Pasta

For my recipe go HERE
Now onto this week's party:

3 Randomly Picked Winners
Will receive hand screened towels from
Bazor Designs

Hosts for this week:
Foodie Friends Friday
Tracy at Busy Vegetarian Mom
Angie at A lil Country Sugar  
Marlys at This and That
Lois at  Walking on Sunshine
Lindsey at Family Food Finds
Cindy at Cindys Recipes and Writings
Keira at Luscious Delights
R Dawn at Spatulas on Parade
Ericka at Chef Picky Kid
Michelle at  From Calculus to Cupcakes
Cynthia at Feeding Big
Skye at A Virtual Essence
Jodie at Binomial Baker

Fresh Veggies with Pasta and Smoked Salmon

If you have been following my post, you will know that each week I feature a recipe from the previous week Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party.  I also try to make that recipe and usually change it to suit my own needs and  also the ingredients I have in my house.  While scrolling through the 150 plus recipes that were linked last week, a recipe jumped out at me and when I opened the link up I thought ~~ what a great way to use some of the fresh vegetables that are growing in my garden.

You are probably thinking... well, where did she get this great recipe.  The recipe came from one of our FFF members Lois from Walking on Sunshine and she in turned got it from Sunflower Supper Club.  The original recipe was posted on our Linky Party.  See how great these parties are, recipes are passed from one to another and either used as the recipe states or in my case tweaked slightly.  You can always join us, each weekend for our linky parties, either coming back to my blog or heading over to Foodie Friends Friday.  There are always great recipes from a multiple of great cooks and the best part they have been tried and liked by the bloggers and their families themselves.

Let's get onto what I did to this fabulous recipes.  The only thing I really did was add more vegetables.  To see the original recipe from Walking on Sunshine go HERE.

Fresh Veggies with Pasta and Smoked Salmon

1 cup tomatoes - I used both red and yellow cut in small pieces
1/2 cup red onions -diced
1/2 cup cucumbers -diced
1/2 banana pepper - cut in small slices
1 1/2 garlic cloves minced
1/8 cup fresh basil - chopped (that was all I had - you could use more)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground pepper
2 cups cooked pasta - I used small shells
1/2 cup Tillamook garlic white cheddar cheese (cut in approx 1 cm cubes)
3/4 cup smoked salmon
fresh parsley to garnish

Cut vegetables and place in bowl. In separate bowl combine basil, olive, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper and stir until mixed.  Add to vegetable mixture, cover and let sit for approximately an hour, stirring occasionally.
Cook pasta as directed on box.  Add to vegetable mixture, stir.  Add cheddar cheese and smoked salmon. Place on plate and garnish with fresh parsley.  Enjoy.

look at all this goodness

dressing applied to vegetables

I had first served with out smoked salmon...
as I had forgot to put it on.


Thanks Lois for this great recipe and I hope you like the changes that I made. 
 This recipe and many more can be found on our wonderful Linky Parties.

Til next time <3 <3 <3  Marlys

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Akume is a traditional Togolese meal that is made with corn flour.  It is eaten with Green sauce with is made with Ademe leaves (a native vegetable green), jute leaves or spinach and we have even made it with cassava  leaves.
In this post I will show how Akume or corn porridge is made.  I have been trying to make this myself but still haven't been able to whip or stir it enough to get the right consistency.  Maybe one day I will be able to make it from start to finish.

Akume with Ademe Sauce

2.5 cups water
1-1.5 cups corn flour ( we do mix small amount of white flour with the corn flour - approximately 1/4 cup)

Bring water to a boil.  Once water has come to a boil, mix 1 tbsp of corn flour in 1/2 cup of cold water.  Stir into boiling water.  Boil for a few minutes.  Pour about 3/4 cup  of this mixture in a bowl and set aside. Pour approximately 1 -1.5 cups of corn flour into boiling water and stir.  Continue to stir until akume becomes firm but soft to the touch.  Pour in the corn flour mixture that you set aside, let it come to a boil before stirring into the rest of akume.  Once it is to the right consistency, pour a small amount of water into a bowl and swish it around and dump it out (this is so that the akume doesn't stick to the bowl.  Spoon the akume in the bowl and tap down.  Place upside down onto a rinsed plate and remove the bowl.

* All measurements of the ingredients are an approximations as we don't measure.  My husband always tells me ~ we just pour what we think is right... we don't have measuring cups.

The beginning of the stirring

more stirring

continue to stir

pouring in the set aside corn flour


it is starting to look right.

akume in bowl turned up side down on plate

I will post the recipe for the Ademe sauce soon.
  Til next time <3 <3 <3  Marlys

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Kale and Chickpea Quinoa

Lately it seems like the only thing that I blog about is the recipe that I make from Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party but lately that is the only place I have to go and get some great recipes.  This week again I have a superb recipe ~ and I found it on...... You guessed it right Foodie Friends Friday. This recipe is downright fantastic and even my husband liked it and he is not a fan of quinoa.  When we first found quinoa I made it at least every other night and my husband gets tired of things very quickly, so when he heard I was making quinoa for dinner the other night.... his nose went up and he wasn't very excited.  To my surprise he ate it and went for seconds and today when we were eating seconds he jumped at having more.... That is how good it is.
Where is the recipe from you may ask... It is from The Veggie Nook and the recipe is called Quinoa with kale, raisins and chickpeas.  I am not vegan so did use some animal products in mine and I also used some different veggies.... But, I know I will be making this again and the leftovers even tasted better then the first day!

Kale and Chickpea Quinoa
2/3 cups dry quinoa, rinse well
1 1/3 cup water mixed with maggi cube (chicken flavour)**
2 cups kale torn in pieces
small amount of spinach
1 tsp coconut oil
2 cloves garlic minced
small amount of banana peppers minced
1/4 cup onions sliced very thinly
1/2 cup mushrooms
1/4 cup green beans
1/2 cup cooked chick peas*
1/4 tsp seasalt
1/2 cup yellow or red cherry tomatoes ( I cut mine into quarters)
* was going to put in 1/4 cup dried cranberries - but I forgot.
*I approximated all my ingredients... I don't measure except for the quinoa and water I cooked them in. 

* Cook dried chickpeas in water until soft.  I do not soak mine before I cook them.  I rinse and then cook them in water with a small amount of salt.  Keep adding water until chickpeas are soft and don't  burn them like I just about did... I got to the stove just as they were starting to burn.
** You could use chicken broth or veggie broth instead of  maggi cube mixed in water.
Place quinoa and broth in large saucepan and bring to boil.  Turn heat down to simmer until almost all the liquid is absorbed.  In last couple of minutes add kale and spinach and give a stir.  Cover and cook for another 2 minutes.  Set aside.
Heat a large pan over medium heat, add oil and saute garlic, banana peppers and onions until starts to turn brown. Add mushrooms and green beans.  Cook until green beans are starting to get soft.  Add chickpeas and cook until warm.  Add quinoa and seasalt, stir well.  After everything is warm and just about ready to serve, add cherry tomatoes and cook for one minute.  Serve.
For leftovers we just heated everything up again and Enjoyed.

This is a recipe that I think you could add just about any vegetable you want into it.  I think I will be doing some experimenting the next time I make it.

Til next time <3 <3 <3 Marlys
Linked to these great parties: Foodie Friends Friday,  Gluten Free Friday Recipes #4


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party ~ August 31

The end of the month.  Where has the time gone?  I am not sure I got everything accomplished this summer yet but hopefully the weather cooperates for a few more months.  Last week our Linky Party was great, with  149 great recipes and I think I got to everyone's again this week.  I apologize if I didn't comment on at least  one of your links... I certainly tried too.

Foodie Friends Friday

We had a change also last week
We now have 3 sets of winners:
1. Top Voted
2. Top Clicked
3. Random Picked for our Sponsor Gift

Top Voted 
1. Muffin Doughnuts -Cozycakes Cottages
2. Turtle Smoothie-Project Healthy Ever After
3.  White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Delight - Project Healthy Ever After

1. Muffin Doughnuts -Cozycakes Cottages
2.  Pot Pie Pizza - Family Food Finds
3. Old Fashion Mac and Cheese - From Calculus to Cupcakes
Random Picked Prize Winners

Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone that linked up ~ All your recipes are marvelous! 

 Host Favorite:

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Once again I had a hard time to pick which recipe I liked the best... there are so many, but as I have only been picking one... This weeks Host Favorite is.......   The Veggie Nook for her quinoa with kale, raisins and chickpeas recipe.  I did make this and it was delicious.  I don't have the post ready but hopefully I will get it done soon and will leave the link on here.  To get to my post for this recipe, go HERE.

My picture of the Quinoa dish

This Week Party:

I am sure this is what everyone is waiting for... what is happening this week.  Once again we have a great giveaway for 3 Randomly picked links.  This giveaway is from one of our members ~ Robyn's View and she has donated 3 bags of  Ranch Dressing:

This week's hosts:
Foodie Friends Friday
Tracy at Busy Vegetarian Mom
Angie at A lil Country Sugar  
Marlys at This and That
Lois at  Walking on Sunshine
Lindsey at Family Food Finds
Cindy at Cindys Recipes and Writings
Keira at Luscious Delights
Sarah at Everything in the Kitchen Sink


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Kitchen work at Church Camp

Our church has camps throughout the summer and few a days during the summer I go there to work in the kitchen.  We have lots of fun working, visiting and there is always lots of laughter. The camp is set in the woods away from civilization... with no internet access or even little cell phone access.  When I go there it is a time to relax, get away from the day to day trials that stress me and be with others that believe the same way, cooking, baking and talking about the trials and temptations that beset us on our travels.  Each year I meet someone new and a friendship starts.

Hasscib Lake Camp

serving and making breakfast for 60-70 people

there is always baking to be done

A lesson is given and then pulla was served for afternoon snack
the children ate 13 loaves! 
                                               Enjoying the Fireplace- hot dogs, visiting and singing.

Once again this year I had a fun time.  Cookies were baked and frozen for the next camp, no pulla as that was eaten fresh and the children kept asking for more.  As I leave the camp, I reflect on my days there and marvel on how God has been so gracious.
                                 til next time <3 <3 <3  Marlys

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party August 24/12

153 fabulous recipes were linked up last week and where are we going HIGHER, I didn't hear you.... Where are we going HIGHER- That is right we are going higher and this is going to be the best Linky Party of the century.  Well, I can dream can't I.  I love all the recipes and the best part of this all is that all these recipes are at my fingertip.  Whenever I want something new, all I have to do is scroll down through my linky party.  Isn't that great.... You, yes I am talking to you, can have this too.  You could also become a member of this terrific group by going to Foodie Friends Friday and asking for an invite and you too can become a member of this great group.

Last week our party was sponsored by Farm Girls Glitz and received lavender body scrub.
 The Top 3 Voted for last week were:
Jams n Pans
Petits Gateaux ..Apple carrot and walnut cakes 

Hugs and Cookies XOXO
Reese's Overload Cake
Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Chicken Pot Pie 
Congratulations to all the winners and I hope you enjoy your giveaway.

Top 3 Clicked for this week are:
Swedish Berry Blondies from Hun... What's for Dinner
No Bake Butterscotch - Pretzel Bars from My Biscuits are Burning

Host Favorite:   Goes to All is Amazing for her confetti bars and a ride down memory lane for me.

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For my recipe for confetti bars you can go here

Now for this week's party

3 Randomly Picked Recipes
will received Home Hot Jam
Sponsored by Dogwood Acres
3 Randomly Picked Recipes will Receive Homemade Hot Jam Sponsored by Dogwood Acres
One of our own FFF members R Dawn @

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