Thursday, February 16, 2017

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

With good intentions, I wanted to make something warm and hearty for my family to enjoy during the day so that whenever they felt the urge to have something good to eat, they could. And so, I decided to prepare some slow cooker lentil soup and what a great idea that was.

I learned a memorable lesson which I will share with you if you are interested in making fresh lentil soup from scratch. If you are going to use dry beans, it will take about 8 hours or more in your slow cooker, even on high heat, so if you have a veracious hunger to eat now, then don’t try it in your slow cooker and instead, cook it stove top. But if you want a meal that is bursting with flavor that you do not have to be watching over all day while it slow cooks, then this might be for you.

Here is the recipe:

Recipe

Slow Cooker Lentil Soup
Cooking Time 8.5 Hours on high heat/ 10 hours on low heat


Ingredients

Two 32 Oz Vegetable Broth
½ Cup Dried Lentil Beans
½ Cup Dried Red Lentil Beans
Two Carrot Sticks, diced
Two Celery Ribs, diced
One clove of garlic
½ can of plum or diced tomatoes [optional]
A Dash of Turmeric Powder
A Dash of Italian Flavoring
A Dash of seasoned Salt
2 Tbsp of butter
One TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar

Directions

1. Add Broth, Dry Lentils, Garlic, Italian Seasoning, Turmeric, and salt into slow cooker. Put slow cooker on high and cover it.


2. About four hours later, add diced carrots, celery, tomatoes, butter and vinegar, and continue to cook lentils on high for four hours or until lentil beans are tender.


3. Serve hot. Nicely pairs with warm Italian bread.

What I love about slow cookers is how the flavor just bursts and how the aroma just takes over the house and makes you look forward to the meal that you will soon be able to have. I also like that you can keep your crockpot on warm without it cooking so that you do not have to feel obligated to nuke it in the microwave. The preparation time is short but the cooking time though lengthy, is worth it considering the final product.

Some Things to Consider If Using This Recipe

I chose vegetable broth for taste and because there was not meat in the recipe but if you like chicken broth, beef broth or even water, might work better for you; so use that. I love tomatoes and so I add it to everything that I cook, but it is not necessary to add to the recipe though I feel that it adds to the flavor and I love it.  

Lentil soup is perfect for a cold, winter day and at any time of day for any meal. Enjoy it hot and feel the heartiness all over your senses. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hash Brown Crusted Egg Muffins

I tried a new recipe today and I am so excited to tell you about it because it actually came out good and tasted good to. When I say good, I will admit that I am oftentimes accused of cooking Cajun everything or more like burnt everything. LML!  Also, I am one who looks at a recipe and then I do my own thing adding my flair to make it somewhat to my own liking which does not always end up successful. This recipe however, did not come out burnt or bad at all. Actually, it came out like a muffin and was a really tasty breakfast.

It is said that breakfast is the essential part of the day. So why not start your morning off with the easy and fun to make hash brown crusted egg muffins?


Hash Brown Crusted Egg Muffins
Prep and cooking time: 30 minutes




Ingredients

9 Eggs

6 Slices of Turkey Bacon

A handful of fresh spinach

½ Cup of Cheddar Cheese

A dash of ground garlic

Frozen Hashbrowns

Olive Oil Can Spray



Directions

Preheat oven at 415 degrees. Use oil spray to grease the muffin

tray and fill each compartment of it with hash browns (enough to 

fill the bottom and put in the oven.) Don't have a muffin tray, get 

one at Amazon here: Wilton Recipe Right Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan


Place bacon on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Leave both 

bacon and hash browns in the

oven for about ten minutes.


In one bowl, cut up cheese into small 

cubes. In another bowl, scramble eggs 

and add garlic.


Remove muffin tray and in each cup, 

add a layer of spinach. Atop 

it, place one slice of semi-cooked bacon 

in each cup. Atop  bacon, add cheese.  

Atop. Add eggs to fill the top of each layered cup. 


Place in oven and let cook for 15-20 minutes, or until eggs are 

cooked to your desired texture.



Should come out like a corn muffin which pairs well with coffee or 

orange juice. Also, easily store-able for another day because it will 

not spoil overnight if refrigerated. Each muffin has about an egg 


and a half or less in it, so two is not so bad to have depending on 

your eating capacity. Also nice for a breakfast party. 



Best served warm. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Oh Honey, So Refreshing . . . Ginger Tea!

Who said that you couldn’t fall in love with a cup of comfort?

I am not here to bind you with the science behind the taste. But, I am amazed at how a mere beverage had the power to take my breath away.

I try not to miss an opportunity to have a refreshing cup of tea in the evening hours. I won’t go to the extreme of saying that Ginger Honey crystals with Lemon Tea is the best cup of tea I have ever had; especially since I am not an advertiser or being paid in any way to speak on Prince of Peace corporation’s behalf. But, I will say that it is a very good one. Even my father liked it and now it has become a regular in my kitchen’ cabinet.

This tea is not made with a tea bag. Each packet is filled with ginger honey crystals and lemon that dissolves into the hot water and tastes like actual ginger root tea with honey and lemon. I think that ginger has natural caffeine in it though it is refreshing but if you do have a cup make sure you add two cups of regular water to your H20 intake if you even drink just one cup. Caffeine eliminates two cups of water from your body.


Just in case you are looking for a new tasty and refreshing tea that I think is great for those suffering from an ENT infection such as a minor cold, this might be a good tea to try. It is spicy because of the ginger, tasty because of the honey and great on the throat because of everything that is in each bag. Yummy is all I can say! 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Maple Syrup Ceylon Green Tea

Here we are again at tea time and today's choice: Maple Green Tea.


Canada True of Heart Industrues Ltd of Markham, Ontario, Canada presents a healthy and green tea combined with Ceylon green tea leaves and Canadian maple syrup in a tea bag. 

This caffeinated tea is full of antioxidants and has a delicious and refreshing taste. It is only 5 calories per serving and does not really require sweetening because of it's nice flavor. It's easy to make and voila, your cup is filled with more than just a warm beverage, but an experience.



At tea time, why not pair this healthy drink with a yummy and healthy meal like a salad? 



Something about a good cup of tea that just puts me in a different world. 



Disclaimer: I am not an employee of nor will I be compensated financially by Hearts Industries LTD, Canada True or any of its affiliates for writing my review of this product. 


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Red Velvet Cake in-a-Cup

When I was younger, summer nights were for tea. My parents used to call me the tea girl because I used to go in the house, make a kettle pot full of tea every night and make enough for the entire family and then serve it to them as if that was the only thing I was meant to do. 

Now, summer nights are for sweet treats. But how much sweets can a person actually have and stay healthy? I realized that I can't do it every night. And then while I was in what seems to be, the tea Capitol of the world, otherwise known as Montreal, I found a solution; something to satiate my sweet tooth and a tea. Red velvet cake tea!!!! 😍👍


It's made by DavidsTea. 

It comes in one of those see-through sachets that I really like. It has a nice taste and is only 5 calories. I love a tea that I do not have to add sweetener to, however, some people might think it needs sugar. For me, it's just right. But I'm used to drinking my tea and coffee without adding anything to it. 


So how do you make it?

Grab a tea kettle or pot, fill it up with water and bring the water to a boil. 



Remove one of the 12 caffeinated black tea sachets from the protective packaging around it and put it into your favorite cup. 



Pour boiled water into cup and let it steep for about a minute or so and then drink to your hearts desire. 



Just think! Guilt free red velvet cake in a cup that you don't have to shy away from having a second serving. Drinking this summer night tea, brings back so many memories. 


I can actually rejoice. Yeah! It's tea time. Almost like having your cake and eating it too . . . 

Disclaimer: I am not employed by DavidsTea and will not receive monetary compensation for writing a review of this product. 


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sunshine and BBQ and Water; Oh My!

I can’t help but celebrating with a long, loud ovation that this weekend, which is 4th of July weekend to be exact, is the unofficial barbecue weekend of the year. I’m experiencing tears of relief right now that I won’t have to slave in the kitchen to cook an elaborate meal because everybody and their mama is up in their backyards grilling.



I guess you can say this is the weekend to experience the healing energies of family and friends. Enjoying long conversations with them can do that. Flying expensive kites with a little cousin or nephew that you have not seen in a while might provide needed warmth inside as well.  So when you decide to heave around the yard, rapacious for that next ice, cold beer, remember that you are in the sun which is sipping the water from your body at a more surprising speed than you would think. Mix it up.

The first time you are at the cooler, dancing your way through the classic soul or Soca sounds to that can of beer or soda, let the next and every other beverage you grab, be a water so you can replenish what your body has lost. And while it is fresh in my mind, let me also say that fruit also has a great percentage of water in it which is excellent for the body. So while you are enjoying the burgers and crab meat salads under the sunny beams, add a slice of watermelon or some strawberries to your plate. Catching up on water for your body which needs eight glasses for health purposes is making a good decision that truly matters. 


Summer is definitely a season where we notice how much time is truly worth when we see family and friends we haven’t seen in perhaps, a year. Sometimes poor eyesight prevents us from noticing how many times we have flipped the calendar page without calling or texting important people in our lives. And then as you sink in the depths of summer’s warmth, you welcome it with gladness knowing of the reunions. You can’t deny surrendering a smile on summer days like that when you can share a drink with those you may only see once a year. But make sure to share water too.

I’ll tell you this though, even if you decide not to add it, there will be a moment when your body will demand it. Make sure to pay attention to those dehydrating signs. 


Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Chocolate Sonnet in a Box

"To be or not to be" sweet and lovely? "That is the question."

Looking for the perfect gift for the chocolate lover?

Because I was a recipient of the most interesting box of chocolates, I can tell you that Deliso Confections chocolates melt in your mouth and have you craving for it. 



A friend of mine made his way to the chocolate shop located at 278 87th street in Brooklyn, NY and what a box of enjoyable treats he got for me as a gift; a gift that I not only enjoyed to the last morsel, but a gift that I think would be perfect for anytime; even to celebrate the life, times and writings of William Shakespeare. How ironic that it was like one of his sonnets in a delicious box?

From rum balls to bon bobs to truffles and more. I have yet to visit the shop but I am thankful my friend knew me enough to know what a foodie might like. A foodie's "perchance to dream!"

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