Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Bon Appetite





Ok I hope your Easter Holiday was as fun as mine. Don't hate me because I didn't post this before. I am still sharing now, lol. I was enjoying the labors of my hard-work (housework that is) and sharing family time over great food with my family. I was thinking of you.

So today I said I will share my Easter Menu and pics and recipes with all of my friends here.

If you don't know, I am a great cook. I am not bragging on myself, this comes honestly from reviews from anyone that has taste my food. For one I am not afraid to try new things. Secondly, I come from a family from the old south that earned a living by cooking and catering for others. I say old south, because I live in the south now and no offense but I am still looking for all the good southern cooks down here. The women I know either don't want to cook or can't cook. The restaurants are commercial at best, and the ones that claim they have down home cooking are anything a beginner cook can do at home. I have heard that maybe I need to go deeper south, like Mississippi or Tennessee but I am still looking.

So in the meantime I pull out my cast-iron pans and dutchie pots (Caribbean iron stock pot) and get to creating. Oh yeah, I cook from almost every culture, I am half Jamaican so of course I do Caribbean food. My first love is Cajun, Gulf Coast cuisine so I have that mostly mastered as well. But like I said I cook from all cultures.

My Easter Menu

Appetizers- Deviled Eggs and Butter chip platter

Pimento cheese filled celery sticks


Garden Fresh Rosemary and White Wine Roasted Leg of Lamb

Potatoes Au gratin

Candied Carrots

Maple Bacon Green Beans


Lemon coconut cake

Cadbury Cream Egg Cheesecake( Recipe from BHG)

Deviled Eggs

6 Hardboiled (I used Easter Dyed Hard Boiled Eggs)

1 Tbls Sweet Relish

3 Tbls Mayo

1 tsp Lawry's seasoning

1 tbls of French dressing

½ Tbls of Dijon Mustard

Directions: Peel egg shells under cold water. Slice eggs in half -length wise and scoop out yolk. Put egg whites on deviled egg tray and mix remainder ingredient s together until smooth

(Not runny consistency) Fill egg whites with filling. For a fancy display use a piping bag and tip)

The Potatoes, Candied Carrots and green beans are relatively easy.

For Potatoes Au gratin

Slice white potatoes uniform with mandolin, layer potatoes in buttered glass dish with cheese sauce mixture and extra cheese (medium cheddar & Pepper Jack)

Cheese sauce, 1 can evaporated milk, salt pepper to taste, I cup of cheese mixture, 1 Tablespoon of spicy mustard. Melt to sauce on low flame.

Candied Carrots

Boil baby carrots to just soft. Drain water, move to casserole dish and add in Tsp of ginger, 1/3 cup melted butter, ½ cup honey, ½ cup brown sugar. Bake until glazed and soft.

Green Beans* (Start with Fresh Green beans)*

I prep green beans by soaking to remove pesticides, then snapping stem ends.

Prepare a pot with some sort of smoked meat (pork or turkey) Brown meat in oil to season pot. Add water to half fill pot and season salts add in green beans and cook until tender but some crunch left. In a skillet cook 3 slices of maple bacon, remove bacon when crisp and break into pieces. In same skillet sauté a medium onion, add in green beans, add bacon pieces back in.

Rosemary Roasted Leg of Lamb

Ok first start with a nice piece of meat. Salt and pepper to taste.

Combine ½ minced garlic, celery and onion. Oh did I mention fresh rosemary (mine came from my garden) Pat mixture over lamb and allow to sit over-night.

Next morning mix 2tbs lemon juice with 1 cup white wine and pour over lamb. Put lamb in roasting pan (I used covered ducthie pot) Roast 1 ½ hrs. at 350. Checking and basting with pan juices. Stick a fork in deepest part of meat to see if juices run clear or use a meat thermometer 165- 170 degrees is what you are looking for doneness.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Don’t you Worry About A Thing, SCANDAL is BACK


Ok I am soo happy today there is nothing that can spoil my mood. If you are a true Gladiator like me, you already know why I am happy.
The long awaited Season 4 of ABC's Scandal returns tonight Thurs 9/8c.
We all know that Ms. Shonda Rhimes runs a tight lip ship so there is very little information to what we will uncover tonight in this cliffhanger, that left us with Olivia, "Livy", if you nasty , being snatched up.
The big question on our minds could this be Papa Pope trying to teach his hard headed baby girl a lesson or maybe it's the double spies responsible for the whole West Angola war attempt.
Of course you know the whole gladiator crew will unite with knight in shining armor Jake, leading the charge. Fitz, Mr. Leader of the free world, who is really just a jealous boy in president's clothing will follow somewhere behind, well, after a glass of bourbon and a short cry to ease his nerves.
This episode's name is "Run" Haven't we heard this call to action before? Maybe we heard this from Papa Pope himself when he warned Olivia to "Run! From the burning building called the white house."
Of course Olivia didn't listen, just like she didn't listen and returned from the island of paradise. Nor did she listen when Mama Pope second her husband in telling her baby girl that she was meant for better than just "being the white house help"
Maybe this time Olivia will get the message loud and clear and stop her childish game of spin the bottle with her two Bo's.
We know better to think Olivia will stay missing for long. All I can say is get home, get dinner done early, break open your favorite bottle of red wine and Run! Don't walk to the flat screen Scandal Is back.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Dusting off the Cobwebs, Finding Me

Wow, I haven't been here for a while. I am not sure why I ever went away, I guess life just happened. So now where do I start (or restart). I liked blogging, I also liked joining in on my YouTube groups.
 I think blogging is easier. I don't have the budget for fancy camera and lighting equipment that most YouTube Gurus all have. I really don't see myself purchasing some $500 camera, with Dr. Bills and, one son in college and one family car.

Don't get me wrong, I love to shop with the best of the Diva's. I just do this on a smaller budget and in sporadic moments. Sometimes I am  in a make-up haul mood and others fashion and accessories.
I love a nice handbag, that's my downfall.  But as any good mom knows, the family always comes first and mommy things are somewhere need the bottom of the priority list.

I am always working on this, a happy home means a happy mommy who is not burnt out. I am still a work in progress.

So today I am dusting off , my blogger skills and hitting reboot. I will start with baby steps, one post a week commitment unless I really am in the mood, or I find some lovely followers who motivate me to post more often.
I know you are out there. I know we share common interest, like kids, cooking, budgeting, fashion , and vents.  I don't fit into a neat box, and neither do you. You are not just a mom, a wife, a homemaker. We are so much more and we have big dreams so lets discover and share them together.