Archive for the category ‘Dessert’

Halloween Party Toffee Apples

Friday 1 October 2010

Serves 6

6 sweet apples
8 oz white sugar
4 oz water
1 oz butter
2 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp mixed nuts, finely chopped
6 wooden skewers

Place the sugar and the water in a pan over low heat and heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the butter and maple syrup and bring to a boil. Boil until the mixture becomes syrupy and thick. Remove the pan from the heat and add the nuts. Mix gently. Pierce the apples halfway through with the wooden skewers at the stalk end. Dip each apple carefully into the toffee until well coated. Place onto a lined baking tray until the toffee has hardened.


Five Home-Made Jam and Chutney Recipes

Tuesday 28 September 2010

Granted, jam and chutney making are NOT quick cooking methods!

However, making jams and chutney at home is a rewarding process. Jams and chutneys can be made then canned or frozen for future use, yielding you a long shelf-life of use. You can use almost any ingredients that tickle your taste buds to create some yummy recipes.

Here are a few recipes from the web to start you off. Save them for a long weekend, when you have extra time on your hands.

Strawberry Jam

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Halloween Popcorn Party Mix

Friday 24 September 2010

10 cups popped popcorn
1 cup raisins
14 oz salted peanuts
16 oz plain M & M

Spooky Marshmallow Eyeballs

Tuesday 14 September 2010

Makes 20

20 marshmallows
20 cranberries
Red and blue icing pens

Push one cranberry into the centre of each marshmallow. Draw bloodshot lines with the icing pens all over the marshmallow. Set aside to dry and serve as a spooky snack.

How to Preserve Your Late Summer Fruits

Wednesday 8 September 2010

You have worked all spring and summer long to grow your garden with great success. You discover that you cannot possibly use all of the fruits that have sprung up in your garden. No problem – preserve them for future use. You can use different methods to preserve your fruits such as canning, freezing and drying. You can even use a simple recipe and create your own jams, preserves or butters to further indulge in. Best of all, by preserving your fruit you are ensuring that you are not letting all of the labor you put into your garden go to waste.


The easiest way to preserve your fruit is to freeze it and store it for later use. How to freeze your fruit depends on the type of fruit. For berries, drain the berries in a colander for about 30 minutes then lie them on a cookie sheet and stick in the freezer overnight. You can take the berries out the next day and bag them when they are completely frozen.

Melons should be cut out of the rinds and sprinkled with sugar before freezing. The sugar helps to preserve the flavor of the melons. All fruit needs to be placed in a freezer bag or freezer safe container and marked with the date of freeze. Frozen fruit can be kept in the freezer for up to one year.


Canning is another great way to preserve your fruit. Pick the fruit when it is at its ripest for canning methods. Cut the fruit up and place into canning jars. You do not have to use sugar to sweeten the fruit, but like when freezing melons, using a simple syrup will help keep your canned fruit