My Sweet Marie

Archive for November 2013

I found this recipe from www.skinnytaste.com and thought I’d give it a whirl, wow am I ever glad I did! It’s easy, no oil  or butter needed, the only sugar is 1 tbsp. of honey and the sugar in the dates, and a dusting of confectioner’s sugar for rolling them in! They are super easy but you do need a food processor. You should get 21 cookies at 69.5 calories each! Best part is there is 2.2 g of protein in them! Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:

  • 15 pitted dates
  • 1 cup whole roasted almonds
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tbsp. honey or agave for vegan
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. confectioner’s sugar for rolling them

Directions:

  1. Add the almonds to your processor and pulse till ground.
  2. Add dates, cocoa, honey and water.
  3. Mix until it forms a sticky mass. If it seems too dry, add a teeny bit of water, 1 tsp at a time.
  4. Was hands and keep the tap running, scoop out 21 balls at a tbsp. each.
  5. with damp hands, roll them in your hands.
  6. Have your confectioners sugar in a bowl and roll the balls to cover them with a dusting of sugar.
  7. Store in the fridge for a week. (Like they’ll last a week!)
  8. Enjoy with a cup of tea and a good book!
  9. check out www.skinnytaste.com for more healthy delicious treats!

This is one of those crock pot dinners that I love to make when it gets cold and I am busy running all day, then come home to smell dinner all done! Now there’s just the eating to do!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of chicken pieces bone in (breasts, legs, thighs or a mix)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of raisins or currants
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 stalk of celery diced
  • 1 tbsp. of Indian spice rub/mix **
  • 1 cup brown rice

Directions:

  1. Place chicken in the crock pot (slow cooker) along with the vegetables. Set the crock pot to low for 6 hours.
  2. When you return, stir the rice in the bubbling broth. Place the chicken on top of it all.
  3. Cook for another half hour while setting the table or better yet, sitting with a glass of wine and relaxing!
  4. Serve with green beans or a tossed salad and ta-da, dinner is done!
  5. You can find Indian spice rub in my recipes by using the search engine at the top right of my main page.

Dear Rob Ford,

I have so many things I’d like to share with you. I know it’s not likely you will see this but perhaps if enough people share this through the social media, maybe you will see it and read it. Here’s hoping!

Sir, first I’d like to tell you that your Ford nation, your very loyal followers, voted for you believing you would make changes in the Mayoral office, but I don’t quite think this is what they had in mind. I’m sure they do appreciate some of the changes you made and are happy for them.  I think it’s a safe bet to say right now they are disappointed. On behalf of Ford Nation, sir, with all due respect, I ask you to please step back and take a much needed break.

On behalf of all Canadians, I’d like to ask you to please go away for rehab, counsel, boot camp, personality transplant, call it what you want but please just go away. I mean no harm to you at all really, I just think the world has bigger, poor choice of words there, I mean more important things to deal with then a spoiled brat that is not able to bully his council anymore. Sir, please go away for the sanity of those around you.

Sir, have you considered that in one of your drunken ‘stupors”, your words, not mine, that a serious calamity could have happened and you would have been seriously impaired in your decision making? Have you considered this? It could have been a plane crash, school shooting, terrorism, anything really and what are you doing? You were downing a bottle of vodka in two minutes. That may be impressive when you are in College to some people but not so much when you are mayor. Sir, you need to step back NOW and go away for the safety of the Toronto citizens!

Rob, I am pleading to the father in you, I know he’s in there, this is a teachable moment for you and your children. You can teach them that Right Fighting is the way to handle these sitautions or you can teach them that a man steps up when he makes mistakes, owns them and I mean owns them not just by saying get over it, but makes amends and gets help to make himself a better man, husband, son, father, leader of Canada’s biggest city! Sir, please go away now for your children.

Rob, I am looking for the husband in you. You have embarrassed your wife, you have shamed her by talking publicly about your intimate bedroom doings. I speak on behalf of most people in the entire world here when I say, I don’t need to know that kind of information about you and your wife. Seriously, what were you thinking? You need to go away and do some thinking as obviously you haven’t been thinking! Sir, please go away to think.

Rob, I know you love your brother very much, and you respect his opinion highly. If you want the respect of your brother again, you need to walk away with your head high and just go get help, rest, whatever you want to call it. There is no shame at all in seeking help, in fact, people, including your brother, would be proud of you if you did get help. Rob, do it for your brother, get help now.

Finally Rob, you need to ask yourself, how is this working for you? Look around you, pack a little bag, kiss the wife and kids good-bye and just go. You and so many will be grateful for it. When you come back healthy, looking and feeling better, behaving in a  respectful manner, as a Mayor should, then we’d be able to respect you again. It is possible, it can happen. Take one step at a time and just do it.

Sincerest pleadings,

Sweet Marie

Yep, the title says Stoup! The first time I heard that phrase I was catching an episode of Rachel Ray and I heard her use it, so it stuck! Today I am hosting a dinner for my baby brother Phil and his wife Wanda and my sister. much, much older sister Colette and her hubby Greg. She’s really not that much older, I just want to see if she reads this!

When you have a family as big as ours you try not to be offended when someone has one of your siblings over and not you. So I am hoping if one of my siblings is reading this, they won’t be offended that they weren’t invited! I will try to get around and invite them all over individually too! So anyhow, it’s a cold fall day and I have loads of seafood in the freezer so stoup it is! Here’s how I am doing it:

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups of fish stock ( I will post a recipe for that later!)
  • 1 med onion
  • 1 leek sliced thin
  • 2 cups of chopped kale or Swiss chard
  • 1 carrot diced
  • olive oil
  • 28 oz tin of tomatoes
  • 3 cups tomato juice
  • 1 lb of fish  cut in chunks(basa, haddock, cod, tilapia etc)
  • 1 lb of seafood mix
  • 1 lb scallops
  • 1 lb shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 lb clams in shells or mussels
  • 1 can clams drained
  • 1 bottle clam juice
  • thyme, salt and pepper
  • chile pepper ( I used 4, you do to taste)

Directions:

  1. In a large soup pot, sauté your veggies in the olive oil just till wilted, no need for browning but no damage done if you do.
  2. Add in your broth, juices and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Add in your seafood, one at a time so not to cool the pot down too much.
  4. Once you have all of your seafood in and got a good boil going on, add your seasonings to taste.  Cook a little longer to cook and heat all the seafood through.
  5. Serve with cheesy biscuits or tear chunks of baguette to dip in it, whichever best fits your taste!
  6. Enjoy!

Having company for dinner? I got this recipe from Carolyn, a friend at the gym, she’s a fantastic cook so I knew it was a winner!  Make this up the morning your company is coming and then pop in the oven while you are having pre-dinner drinks! Delicious, easy to do and hearty for a cold winter’s meal! Sere it with roasted veggies and/or a salad and ta-da dinner! Here’s what you need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb bacon cooked crisp
  • 3 med. onions
  • 3 lbs of boneless pork cubed
  • 1/2 c. gluten-free flour
  • 3 tart apples peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup apple cider or juice (not vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk or almond milk
  • 5 tbsp. butter (reserve 2 tbsp.)
  • fresh parsley snipped
  • 4-5 med. potatoes

Directions:

  1. Cook up your bacon in a large skillet till crisp. Place on paper towel to drain.
  2. In the drippings sauté your onions.
  3. Dust your pork with the flour and add to the pan, adding a bit of olive oil if needed. cook until browned.
  4. In a casserole place your browned pork, onions, bacon, apples,  spices, water and cider.
  5. Stir well. Cover. Bake at 325 for 2 hours till fork tender (meat, apples etc)
  6. Meanwhile boil your potatoes, drain them and mash with the butter and milk. Season if needed with salt and pepper.
  7. Remove your casserole and spread the potatoes over the pork/apple stew. Brush with a bit of the reserved melted butter.
  8. Broil 6 inches from the broiler for 5 minutes until browned.
  9. Sprinkle with parsley and serve while it’s hot!

When making my weekly pot of soup, I either plan ahead and make a list for shopping day or I just pilfer any and everything in the fridge! This week I was looking through the fridge, saw some kielbasa, many veggies and thought…hmmm cabbage soup! So here’s what I did to make an awesome pot of soup!

Ingredients:

  • 48  ounces tomato juice
  • 28 ounces of stewed or diced tomatoes (canned)
  • 1 box of gluten free chicken broth
  • 1 can drained mushrooms
  • 200g kielbasa chopped or sliced
  • 4  cups cabbage, shredded
  • 1  medium onion, chopped
  • 2  large carrots, cleaned, skinned, and  shredded
  • 1  cup celery, finely  diced
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic minced
  • thyme, salt, pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Sautee the onion, garlic, carrot and celery till the onion is translucent.
  2. Mix everything else in together and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer till cabbage is soft.
  4. Serve with sour cream and/or crackers of choice.