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IRISH ROUND-UP + bonus recipe

IRISH ROUND-UP + bonus recipe

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Happy March to you all, Galley Peeps.  For most of us in the northern parts of the world it’s a month we all look forward to, regardless if we’ve had our last snow fall or not.  We know that gradually those dark winter days will turn into days that are longer and longer, warmer and warmer. Several birthdays to celebrate including my own this month…I try to pretend it doesn’t exist but it seems to…

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GUINNESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

GUINNESS CHOCOLATE CAKE

I’m chanelling my Irish roots today.  Some tasty Irish Whiskey Baby Back Ribs (recipe here) are crisping on the grill as I write this and some delicious Colcannon (recipe here) has been prepared ahead and kept warm while I whip up a little deliciousness for dessert But since life is uncertain, we had dessert first.  Two whole slices.  Shameful but oh so good. So richly chocolatey.  So moist. I’ve had this recipe stashed in my database for a long time…

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DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS with SWEET POTATO CHOCOLATE FROSTING

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS with SWEET POTATO CHOCOLATE FROSTING

You read that right – Sweet Potato Frosting and it was spoon-lickin’ yummy.  And just two ingredients.  Where else can you marry rich dark chocolate and a vegetable and call it healthy.  The muffins also were packed with veggies…and rich dark chocolate…and so moist! Super easy to throw together once all the ingredients were gathered.  Dry ingredients all stirred or sifted to make sure there were no lumps, then the wet stuff was folded into the dry.  Lastly I folded…

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CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ MONTH

CHOCOLATE LOVERS’ MONTH

  I put together a few of my favourite chocolate recipes for you to celebrate Chocolate Lovers’ Month beginning with my latest Chocolate fix… A dear friend’s recent birthday pushed me to make a little something special to leave at his door. I know he’s crazy about my Sea Salt, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter treats but I wanted to try something new. Hot Chocolate Truffles sound good? I thought so too. This recipe from Your Cup of Cake was perfect, very much…

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SEA SALT and DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER TREATS

SEA SALT and DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER TREATS

Oh my! Who would have thought that the hit of the party could be these little sweet treats? But they were indeed! The combination of peanut butter and dark chocolate with a slight crunch of fleur de sel (salt flakes) make them irresistible. SEA SALT and DARK CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER TREATS   what you will need 1 1/2 cups peanut butter 1/2 cup butter 3 cups powdered sugar (the amount will vary according to the type of peanut butter and…

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GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES with CHOCOLATE BALSAMIC VINEGAR PAN-ROASTED CHERRIES

GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES with CHOCOLATE BALSAMIC VINEGAR PAN-ROASTED CHERRIES

I’ve been given some home work. Our dear friends recently gifted me with a bottle of Chocolate Balsamic Vinegar. …the same friends who challenged me with that wonderful elixir Blood Orange Vinegar. I had a lot of fun with that, metering it out spoonful by precious spoonful. Here are a couple of my simple creations… Bacon Braised Cabbage Fried Eggs with Vinegar Reduction Now I’ve been tasked with coming up with a recipe or two using another of their wonderful…

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CHOCOLATE BANANA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

CHOCOLATE BANANA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

With all the information on benefits of this and that floating around combined with the ever-changing information on what’s good for us and what’s not, what are we to believe? To put together the perfect diet, one would have to be a chemist, nutirtionist and food science expert all tied up in one. I’m not proposing that I am any of the above, but when it comes to a good start to our day I do know how to throw…

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DESSERT ‘SALAMI’

DESSERT ‘SALAMI’

Yep! I said dessert salami… …buttery,sweet, dessert salami… …made with rich dark chocolate… …and almonds…   …and dried cherries…     DESSERT ‘SALAMI’   1 cup slivered almonds 1/2 cup dried cherries 6 tbsp butter 2 cups dark chocolate chips 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee (I used espresso) 2-3 almond biscotti, crushed 1 tbsp grated orange rind Melt chocolate chips and butter over simmering water. Cool slightly and stir in the remaining ingredients. Let cool completely in refrigerator. When firm,…

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EASTER ABOARD

EASTER ABOARD

Well not quite aboard… still a lot of water to subside before our R.E.D. is ready for another season… but the Galley Kat is making plans… and dreaming… Traditional Easter dinners at our house would include baked ham, all poked with cloves and covered in pineapple slices and my Mom’s brown sugar glaze (remember those Good Housekeeping pictures?), scalloped potatoes (still the best I have ever eaten), at least 2 or 3 vegetable dishes, and how many desserts? – fruit…

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PUDDING IN A PINCH

PUDDING IN A PINCH

I bought a small package of chia seeds the other day at the market after reading so much about the health benefits…. Rich in manganese, phosphorous and calcium (makes my Kat bones stronger) Rich in fibre (we could all use more fibre) Packed with protein (have to create some new Meatless Monday recipes) Rich on Omega 3 (2 tbsp apparently my daily requirement) and my favourite… may help combat belly fat (so I can be that sleek lithe Galley Kat…

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