Sunday, January 20, 2019

Always a new project

Cranberry Chutney and Candied Ginger

I wake up every morning with a list of new things to do or try each day. It really gets exhausting. The grocery store had a lot of bags of organic cranberries at a cheap price so I got a lot of them. I made loads of cranberry nut bread until now I am getting a little sick of it. So I thought I would try a cranberry chutney. Watching the Great British Bake Off so many times made me wonder about the ginger that they seem to use in tons of recipes. I looked it up to see what our equivalent was to the names they kept calling it. It seems that it is a candied or crystallized ginger. In the grocery store it was more money than I wanted to pay for it so I said to myself "why don't I just make it!" 

Candied Ginger

So I got a ginger root, sliced it up, boiled it in a sugar syrup few a long time. And the result was amazing! Totally scrumptious. I never had anything like it. Especially with the syrup.

Cranberry Chutney

When I made the chutney, I used the cranberries, apple, orange juice, raisins and the amazing ginger diced up. The recipe was loosely based on this one - Orange Cranberry Chutney from Taste of Home

My Recipe for Cranberry Chutney

fresh cranberries
an apple
1/4 c juice of one orange
some raisins
candied ginger plus a little of the syrup
apple cider vinegar

Just put everything in a saucepan and cook together then let cool.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Salmon Pumpkin Dog Biscuits

Salmon and Pumpkin Doggie Treats

These are the ingredients. I try to use what I can that is organic. The salmon is wild caught and low sodium-important. I used gluten free flour and coconut flower just to try them. Regular flour or whole wheat or rice would work as well.

I put 2 large eggs + shells, 1 can salmon, 1 can pumpkin in the food processor and mixed until blended. Then added 1 cup of each of the flours (2 cups total-more if too soft) slowly in and continued mixing. I chilled the dough for about an hour. Then rolled out the dough onto a floured surface. Can make a long roll, chill and slice circles off.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
They were rolled to around a 1/4 inch thick. But could be various thicknesses. I used lots of flour because the dough stuck to the counter. I have seen recipes that used 3 cups of flour instead of the 2 that I used. I used a cookie cutter to shape them and then placed them on a cookie sheet sprayed with oil. Parchment paper will work well also. 
Bake for 15 minutes. I put them back in to dry crispy at 200 degrees for 25 minutes.

And here are a few of them. The recipe makes a lot. I would keep them in the refrigerator.
My doggies went crazy for them.

Simple, quick, and inexpensive especially if you buy good quality dog treats like me.

Wednesday, January 02, 2019


Mixed media on paper by me!

Happy New Year

Little Daisy my Husky puppy. She's had her first winter, her first Christmas and now her first New Year!!!!

Daisy, husky puppy. thinking about getting down those stairs

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