My Sweet Marie

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Happy Easter all! We will be celebrating with my hubby’s family today and their tradition for Easter is Ham and scalloped potatoes! I’ll be bringing the taters! To make life easier on the hostess, I am doing  them in the crock pot or slow cooker! It is really easy and once they’re in, you are done for several hours! This makes a batch big enough for 20 people, so if you’re a smaller gang, halve it! Here’s how I do it:

Ingredients:

  • 10 lbs potatoes
  • 3 onions- small
  • 1 cup flour or gf flour
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 LT or 8 cups of milk – any type of milk according to your diet! (soy,buttermilk, 2%, almond or coconut!)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 bag of shredded cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, brick, mozza etc)

Directions:

  1. Using your blade on your food processor, slice all the potatoes and onions. I don’t bother peeling the potatoes but feel free if you want to!
  2. Toss the potatoes in a large bowl and cover with the flour, salt and pepper to taste. Try to get them all covered or dusted with the flour.
  3. Place half the potatoes in the crock pot , dotting them with the butter and then top with half the cheese. Repeat ending with the cheese.
  4. Add the milk making sure all taters are covered with the milk.
  5. Cook on high for 4 hours or until done to your likeness. If too wet at the end take off the lid for 30 minutes or so.
  6. Enjoy with your beautiful ham!
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You can use this coating to bread fish, chops, or chicken. I used it yesterday to coat my pickerel. It was a hit!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup almond flour (ground almonds)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together .  Place half or some of the crumbs in a bowl big enough to dip the fish/chicken/pork, turkey or lamb in. I like to use pie plates.
  2. Have another bowl or pie plate with milk/almond milk/buttermilk or coconut milk ready to dip.
  3. soak your meat in the milk first then over to the dry crumbs.
  4. Fry the fish in a bit of olive oil on the stove till cooked. (Alternatively, can be baked in oven)
  5. Enjoy!

Growing up in a restaurant meant life often revolved around the Restaurant’s schedule. This meant that often the holiday parties were planned by us kids as Mom and Dad were too busy. Good Friday was one the top 5 days of the year for the restaurant so unfortunately we often spent it without them. On the bright side though, we had unlimited access to some pretty sweet deals on the fish! Sometimes they would even provide us with all of the fish! Most times Mom would make an effort to come and spend some time with us before rushing back to cook up a pile of fish for her many customers! It was nothing to serve 600 people in a 4 hour span!

Right until a few years ago, all of my siblings would gather for the Good Friday holiday at one or another’s home and fry up a mess of fish, frog legs, shrimps or anything that came from Lake Erie! With the family growing leaps and bounds in the last five years, it became impossible for us to hold our fish frys as a group any longer! When we are gathered with all of the siblings and their kids, we are now about 55 people! That’s a whole lot of fish frying and you need a big house to seat all these people!

Having said that, the tradition continues as yesterday I know of at least three siblings that had their own fish frys with their families and likely a few added extras! At my place, I had my kids and few extras with a grand total of 14! We had a lovely dinner with all helping out and chipping in, we had a feast!

We had shrimp Diablo, scallops, pan-fried perch, Cajun pickerel, breaded basa and Texas tilapia! We had the usual sides and some lovely desserts too! Mel made some GF corn flake nests complete with green coconut grass that were enjoyed by all! I made some cotton candy ice cream and that was a hit too! It was all gloriously delicious and devoured up!

I shall post some of the recipes for the fish so that you can enjoy them too! I hope you had a lovely Good Friday and have traditions of your own too!

Sweetest regards,
Sweet Marie

Have guests staying over this weekend? Don’t feel like cooking? Try this easy, tasy and healthy breakfast to share with them!

Place 2 sliced apples, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch salt in the bottom of the crock pot.

Pour in 2 cups of oatmeal, 2 cups of milk and 2 cups water.

Do NOT stir.

Cook overnight for 8 – 9 hours on low.

Enjoy!

Soon there will be much leftover ham in your house and you’ll be thinking, “what will I do with all this ham?” Well here’s one idea for you, ham loaves. It’s much like meatloaf but you grind leftover ham and make it into little loaves. Very yummy, I haven’t made it in a very long time but they are tasty!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 pounds of ham, ground up
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs (can be gf)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 c. milk or milk sub
  • salt and pepper to taste

Basting Sauce

  • 6 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard

Horseradish Sauce

  • 6 tbsp horseradish
  • 1 cup whipped cream or topping ( have used mayo as well)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350.
  2. Mix ground ham, crumbs, crumbs,milk,eggs, salt and pepper. shape into little loaves . Place in a glass dish and bake for 40 minutes. Baste often with sauce.
  3. For the sauce, combine ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Use to baste loaves often.
  4. For the cream sauce, fold the horseradish into the topping and serve with the meatloaves.

 

Wiarton Willie, I have a bone to pick with you! You promised us an early end to this erratic cold winter! I think you should be held accountable, perhaps you’ll only get fed once a day or worse, put out to the wild!

I don’t know about the rest of Canada but I, for one, am fed up with this cold, cold weather! Last year on this day it was 28C and today it was something like -11 with the wind chill factor! That is not right! I am going to write a petition! Haven’t figured out who to send it to yet,but I bet I’d get a lot of signatures!

Seriously people, I had to brush the snow off my car today! It is March 22nd! We should be seeing crocus soon, how can we, with snow on the ground? I am ready for some sunshine and flowers and rainbows, come on spring!

Today I was treated to a delicious lunch by Yvonne and thank goodness for that! She cheered me right up with her potato chip crusted chicken breasts and yummy salad!  I can certainly understand how people in the far north get very little daylight and go a little crazy by winter’s end, I mean I GET IT!!!

Is it just me feeling this way people? I mean Ellen’s reruns are just not cheering me up! I look forward to next week’s show from Australia, that should be nice and sunny! Oh how I miss that Australian sunshine and the friendly folk too! No wonder people from Australia are so friendly, they have sunshine 365 days of the year! What’s not to love?

Well, I hope that you find sunshine soon and perhaps next week I will feel more forgiving towards Willie but right now, I want him dealt with!

Mopey thoughts,

Not so Sweet Marie

With Easter right around the corner everyone will be serving ham and scalloped potatoes! here’s a gluten & dairy-free version for those that cannot enjoy the oozy cheesy version!

Ingredients:

  • 5 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free chicken broth
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • paprika
  • Dayia cheese optional

Directions:

  1. In a greased 2 1/2 quart baking dish, layer potatoes and onion. )Use olive oil or coconut oil to grease your pan)
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat the oil, stir in the cornstarch until smooth. Gradually add broth, mayonnaise, salt and pepper; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Pour over potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika.
  3. Cover and bake at 325 degrees F for 2 hours or until tender.
  4. After 1 hour, sprinkle the shredded Dayia cheese if you choose to to cheese!