New Crops 2020 – Kohlrabi

My Slice of Mexico

For this gardening season, in addition to using my seed stock, I am growing crops from four new packets:

001 seeds 2020

I have grown Long White Tokyo scallions and summer savory before, as well as cherry tomatoes (although not golden), but kohlrabi is a totally new-to-me crop.  From the German forms Kohl – cabbage and Rübe – turnip, kohlrabi received this name because of its globular shape, resembling a turnip:

710px-Kohlrabi Wikipedia CommonsKohlrabi plant growing in pot (this photo from Wikipedia Commons)

This vegetable is often confused for an actual cross between a cabbage and a turnip, but it is in fact a variety of the cabbage species Brassica oleracea, which includes many other common cultivars such as cabbage (savoy, green, etc.), cauliflower, collard greens, kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.  Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea, Gongylodes Gp) was artificially created to produce swollen stems which grow above ground (as seen above.)

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Buttermilk-Cheese Quick Bread with Fresh Herbs

Goddess Cooks

Okay, so this should really be called “Cheese-Herb” Quick Bread, because there’s way more cheese than herb.  But, I think the herbs are much more of a forward flavor, than the cheese…whatever you call it, doesn’t matter.  Just make it…

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No Yeast Pizza Dough / Homemade Pizza Dough / No Yeast Pizza Crust

At My Kitchen

This homemade pizza dough is a super fast and simple recipe made without yeast and SO easy to make! A no yeast pizza dough made of only 6 main ingredients with no fancy ingredients, equipment and techniques. It just require a bowl; no stand mixer, no proofing and no resting.

This Easy Pizza Dough recipe comes together in less than 20 minutes because yeast is not used and there is zero rising required. Trust me you can make the absolute best pizza crust with so little effort!

This No Yeast Pizza Dough is a perfect recipe to make instant pizza whenever the cravings for pizza emerge.

This recipe is a saver when you get sudden pizza cravings. This is the recipe I created when my son had sudden pizza cravings in this lockdown period. It’s easy-to-make and quick recipe when you are lazy or don’t have much time to go…

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Recipe – Beef San Choy Bow

Country Housewives ABC

This is great for  fakeaway night. Friday night takeaway at home. Learnt that one when I joined The Healthy Mummy group, which is also where this recipe is from. Love this!! It is fresh and light and to be even better….healthy.

INGREDIENTS – Serves 4 – 390 Calories

  • 750 g extra lean beef mince
  • 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
  • 1 ½ cups grated carrot
  • 3 spring onions finely sliced
  • 1 can water chestnuts sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 4 tbsp salt-reduced soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 3 tbsp sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 iceberg lettuce to serve
  • 1 cup vermicelli chopped, prepared as per packet instructions


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Recipe – Cheesy chicken meatloaf

Country Housewives ABC

I made this tonight and just had to share…YUM!!!!! This is from The Healthy Mummy site and I saw it and had to try. I was looking for slices etc for work lunches, and found this, all I can say is AMAZING!!!

Meatloaf is a favourite with kids and adults alike, and when cooked at home can be included in your lunch and dinner a like.

This mildly-flavoured, tasty meatloaf recipe creates a great budget-friendly meal that is simple to make after a busy day.

With a twist on the traditional meatloaf, this version is made with lean chicken mince instead of beef. Choose to serve with mashed sweet potato, steamed greens or a side salad.


  • 500 g lean chicken mince
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 white onion 

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Recipe – Beef Rendang and Rice

Country Housewives ABC

This is yet another Healthy mummy recipe. I am a healthy Mummy member so of course a lot of my new recipes are from this site, but so worth it.

What I love about these beef slow cook meals is that it is done with the cheapest cut of meat and when you bulk up with rice and vegetables its a really cheap meal.

For those wanting to make for family, this isn’t a really spicy meal, the spice level is more flavour than heat.

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings) 465 Calories

1 brown onion, roughly chopped (100 grams)
3 cloves garlic (9 grams)
1 tbsp ground ginger (4 grams)
1/4 tsp ground turmeric (0.25 grams)
1 small red chilli (10 grams)
1/4 cup water (62.5 mls)
600 grams stewing steak e.g. lean chuck steak
2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (10 mls)
400 grams reduced fat coconut cream
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THE KING OF PORK CHOPS: THE PORTERHOUSE – skipandloretta – photography, food, fun, travel

Arguably, the king of the port chop world is the Porterhouse cut. Just like the beef Porterhouse, the Porterhouse Pork Chop has the bone in the center, a tenderloin side, and a larger loin side, plus some fat left on. Though the most popular cut of pork these days is the boneless loin cut, this…
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Sunday’s Pork Roast Dinner Recipe – Stuffed Pork Loin Genoa Style

My Meals are on Wheels

This week’s Sunday’s Pork Roast Dinner Recipe is a Stuffed Pork Loin Genoa Style. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be using a Boneless Pork Loin Roast, Basil, Parsley, Pine Nuts, Garlic, Grated Parmesan Cheese, Ground Pork, Italian Sausage, Bread Crumbs, Milk, Egg, Kosher Salt, and Pepper. Stuffed is good! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020!

Stuffed Pork Loin Genoa Style
This colorful, Italian-style stuffed roast makes a flavorful centerpiece to your next gathering. Treat your guests by serving this along side of sautéed patty-pan squash.

Recipe Ingredients:
4 to 5 pound boneless pork loin roast
1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts

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Recipe – Chocolate Hobnobs

Dad That Cooks

Yes, the biscuit of champions. Oaty with crunchy edges, smothered in chocolate, what’s not to like?

For 12 you will need:

  • 125g unsalted butter plus 30g for the chocolate topping
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 60g golden syrup
  • 100g porridge oats
  • 100g wholemeal flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 200g good quality milk chocolate

Using an electric whisk, combine the 125g butter with the sugar until it’s very pale. Add the golden syrup and whisk again.

Add the flour, oats, baking powder and salt and stir with a wooden spoon until well combined. Form into a burger, wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees, place a sheet of grease proof paper on a large baking tray.

Take the dough out of the fridge and divide into 12 roughly equal amounts, roll into balls and flatten so they are 2…

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Foods That Cause Plaque Buildup in the Arteries

Find out how to avoid the foods that can lead to plaque buildup.

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Here is a useful article for how to treat your general diet during times of high bio-immunity threat (viral threat). It’s a simple guideline for keeping excessive fat out of a regular diet without stressing the body with fad diets.

McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish was born in Cincinnati. Don’t mess with it.

For continued praise of fast food and McDonald’s, because I think I should continue to remind anyone who reads me that I am of the minor faction (I guess or wonder) who prefers to think the world is okay because of fast food and McDonald’s.

My Meals are on Wheels

I chose to sit out the great chicken sandwich wars last fall. It was not our fight. Not our lane.

Filet-O-Fish sandwich

But I’m all in for the Great Fish Sandwich War of 2020. This is different. Our dignity is at stake. Arby’s, the roast beef sandwich place, has used social media and TV ads to question our very legitimacy by picking a fight with McDonald’s over its legendary Filet-O-Fish sandwich.

Arby’s is trolling McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish. Pictures of badly made Filet-O-Fish sandwiches fill its Twitter feed. In a YouTube ad, Arby’s pokes fun, “Stop eating Filet-O-Fishes. Eat Arby’s Crispy Fishes.” Arby’s says it is offering bigger sandwiches at a lower price, but for a limited time.

This is heresy.

The McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish sandwich is a native Cincinnatian, born in 1962 at 5425 West North Bend Road, the brainchild of one of the first McDonald’s franchisees, Lou Groen. The humble little…

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Swiss Vegetable Medley

I wanted to make sure, since I’m not and I didn’t know if others might not be sure either; but yes, California Mix or Blend Vegetable packs all contain: broccoli, cauliflower and carrots! Walmart Great Value and Birds Eye trade brands carry this frozen mix in a big bag. There are probably others who also carry it. (I’m not using to noticing it as “California blend or mix” I guess.

Simply Cornish

Swiss Vegetable Medley  Swiss Vegetable Medley

1 (16 oz.) package frozen California Mix vegetables
1 10.5 can condensed mushroom soup
(I use my own Gluten-free Mushroom Soup recipe)
1 c. shredded Swiss cheese
1 c. sour cream
1 (6 oz.) can French-fried onion rings (Gluten Free)
Pepper to taste

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.  Set aside 1/4 c. of cheese and 1/4 c. of onions.

In medium-sized bowl, combine thawed vegetables (broccoli, carrots & cauliflower), soup, 3/4 c. Swiss cheese, sour cream,  remaining french-fried onions and pepper.  Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.

Bake 30 minutes.  Sprinkle reserved cheese and onions on top of casserole and bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Our daughter was kind enough to mail us a package from New York with some of our favorite Gluten-free items from Aldi’s.  I was anxious to get these GF French Fried Onions so I could finally…

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Parsley: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning

Well you know? When I was having fun listing off extra spices in the reblog post below this today, I forgot to add parsley to the list and I really like parsley on a regular list of herbs and seasonings. So I add my vote to adding parsley onto the former list below.

Remarkably, in order to do this, I learn that a website like WebMD, besides others like Healthline and Almanac, review herbs and seasonings on their pages for the public to benefit for the knowledge to use.

I thought that was nice.

Parsley: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning

10 Essential Spices

I love these but also: dill, tarragon, thyme, sage, saffron, nutmeg, brown sugar (isn’t really season but all the same; so also licorice), red pepper flakes, coarse salt, coarse ground pepper, (also fine salt and pepper), coarse sugar, refined baking flour (also again, not a season), paprika, green chili, chopped truffle, onion powder, truffle powder, chopped dried vegetables, chopped dried fruit, red chili (or pepperonccino (something I don’t know how to spell to this day; I’m Italian)); apple cider, rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, fruit compotes, gel esthers, durum wheat flour (okay that might be going too far, but then also, rye and mustard seeds and coriander and cardamom).

I’m sure there are still too many lost like all the pickled substances that are good for something delicious.

Toothpick Tales

I was reading a post from Ella at recently and she mentioned a “Well Stocked Spice Cabinet” and that made me think about my ten essential spices.  It didn’t take me very long for to come up with my ten.  These are the things I use nearly every day.  I’m taking a certain liberty by adding some dried herbs because I treat them like spices.


black pepper corns

garlic powder

chili powder


cayenne pepper





I believe many of these would find their way on many cook’s essential 10. What I find interesting (and sad) is what didn’t make the cut.

onion powder, bay leaves (laurel), paprika, turmeric, parsley, mint, sage, chocolate (yes, chocolate!)… The list goes on and on.

Spices and herbs are the things we, as cooks, use to make mundane food exceptional. All manner of vegetables, fruit and meats are heightened…

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Fusion Spaghetti Bolognese

This is just a real treat for being stuck inside with no one to love you. (Or too many people to love.) All it needs is some pull apart cheesy breadsticks and some pot roast with vegetables, nothing else big. Okay double chocolate fudge brownies too!


That’s right! Spaghetti Bolognese with Asian twist. For Italians, please do not look into this, you are not gonna be happy about it… 🙂 I honestly like this version, it gives a really refreshing taste, thanks to the lime leaves! The dried chilies won’t give the spicy taste, so don’t worry! It would only give a slight taste of peppery. So I hope you enjoy trying a slightly different side of the traditional Asian or Italian food…

Total Time: 40 minutes

Servings: 2-3


250 g Spaghetti

400 g Minced meat

1 pcs Onion, chopped small

3 stk. Carrots, chopped small

250 g (1 can) Tomato sauce

1 stk Cinnamon

2 stk Anis

4 pcs Dried chilies

5 Lime leaves

1 tbsp Soy sauce

1 tsp Salt

2 tsp Sugar

3 tbsp Heavy cream

2 tbsp Olive oil


Grated Parmesan cheese



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Ghee (Clarified Butter)

This is something useful to know how to make to help cut back on the fat content of food that needs grease to cook!

Today I am sharing how to make your own Ghee at home. It is way easier than one would think. I guarantee you that once you try making your own at home, you will never buy it from the store again. What is Ghee? A staple of Indian cuisine, this specially prepared clarified butter is traditionally made by slowly simmering butter until the water evaporates and the milk solids gently brown. The butter clarification process yields a richly flavored butter oil with nutty flavor. In technical terms, it is great for all types of cooking due to its lower water content and high smoke point of 450F. Due to its high smoke point, makes a huge different on how your food cooks and tastes. I use ghee with most of my foods, including stir fry, curries, baking. and sauces. When used with baking, your baked goods brown more evenly and…

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Kitchen Sink Pasta

This was absolutely so wonderful of a recipe to me. I thought everyone in the world should have it in their recipe box. I thought the photograph was beautiful and so was all the advice. (Although very hot food is not something I can enjoy, I think just cayenne pepper with cumin and chili powder and tarragon will make it hot enough to make a sauce season mix)!

Sassy, Broke & Hungry

Hi henny. How’s quarantine treating you? Have you run out of fun activities to do? Have you lost your shit yet? Me too. Crying into my cat’s fur on a daily basis.

These are strange days we’re in. And strange days call for strange recipes. The name for this dish comes from the saying “everything but the kitchen sink.” Essentially, it’s what I had left over in my fridge on day 10 of my groceries. This recipe is made for swaps. Throw in beef, pork, mushrooms, onions, your hopes and dreams. They’ll cook up nicely.

This pasta shouldn’t be good. But it’s so freakin’ good. It’s spicy, smoky, cheesy & creamy. I ate two entire bowls last night and had to work out for an hour today to make up for it. #worthit

P.S. I know the photo is ugly. I’M SORRY, I JUST WANTED TO EAT IT.

Ingredients (serves…

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