Saturday, August 8, 2015

8 things you need to be able to cook from scratch....

Hold tight....all recipes coming up. Some are already here. Hover over the names for details.
A beautiful cake with simple decoration....for any occasion. Mine is a one bowl Vanilla Cake, which I dust with icing sugar and sprinkle with edible rose petals.

Home made hotcakes...I do this egg free one that's delish!

A special breakfast...mine is Huevos Rancheros...eggs baked with spicy tomato....

Pizza...we skip the tomato paste on ours and add lashings of garlic and parmesan, and top it with rocket....

A great party worthy my Boursin style herb and garlic spread...

Burger patties....I make mine with Turkey mince...

A signature gift like a home made Limoncello...I make this every Christmas.

A spectacular serve yourself kinda meal for friends, made with few ingredients and served with lots of pizzazz. Mine is this teriyaki glazed salmon with confetti rice and fresh herbs.
What's on your list of 'must have' recipes from scratch?



  1. Ooh, yes, this is sort of like the capsule wardrobe, except with food. I like it! I have my own version of all of these, but I think it could do with tweaking. You have given me some good ideas...

    1. Lol Jo...yes a capsule DIY recipe collection. Exactly! Mimi xxx

  2. We're all hungry now, and it's only about 9 am where are presently in Northeast Canada!

    My go-to dishes are a taco salad made with turkey cooked and seasoned with my own seasonings (never a package!), three kinds of beans, black olives, and lots of lovely lettuces; an enchilada in which I use shredded leftover chicken and/or roast beef and/or turkey, served with Spanish Rice made right in my rice cooker, chips and salsa, guacamole made with fresh ingredients right at the table, and Tres Leches Cake for a dessert in keeping with the Latino-style meal... I could go on and on!

    Hugs, Mimi!

    1. Kelley, I'm so happy to see you! Taco salad...yum! And Tres Leches cake is something I keep meaning to try. Don't suppose you'd share your secret recipe? Love, Mimi xxx

  3. Dear Mimi, I am a big fan of a pantry of basics. Without going shopping being able to whip up scones, pacakes, a cake, biscuits, a simple! It's wonderful and kind of miraculous! Fried rice is a handy one, maybe macaroni cheese and soup. All so handy. Saviours at times! Lovely post! Love Annabelxxx

    1. Annabel, yes! It's amazing what little miracles we can whip up with a few pantry stores. Fried rice is good as is Mac Cheese. So easy, and so not worth buying ready made. Love, Mimi xxx

    2. Tres Leches Cake ("Three Milks Cake")
      Note: Prepare this cake the day before serving.

      1 stick unsalted butter (1/2 cup), plus more for baking dish
      2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
      7 large eggs, separated
      1/4 teaspoon baking soda
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      1 cup sugar
      1 cup all-purpose flour
      1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
      2 cups whole milk
      14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
      12-ounce can evaporated milk
      Optional: Diced fresh fruit for garnish
      Optional: Whipped cream for garnish

      Preheat oven to 350℉ degrees. Butter a 9x13-inch glass baking dish.
      1. Heat butter in small saucepan over medium heat, swirling occasionally, until the butter browns, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Set aside away from the stove.
      2. In mixing bowl, whisk egg whites, baking soda and salt with a mixer on medium-high speed until soft peaks form, 2 to 3 minutes.
      3. Add yolks and whisk until combined. Reduce speed to medium. Add sugar in a slow, steady stream, and mix until combined.
      4. Use a rubber spatula to quickly fold butter mixture into egg mixture.
      5. Combine flour and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sift 1/3 cup flour-cinnamon mixture over the egg mixture and gently combine. Working quickly, sift remaining flour-cinnamon mixture over egg mixture in 2 more additions, gently folding in to combine.
      6. Pour batter into prepared dish and bake in a preheated 350℉ degree oven until golden and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
      7. Meanwhile, whisk together the 3 milks in a medium bowl. As soon as the cake is baked and comes out of the oven, pour the milks mixture all over the cake. Transfer the hot pan now to a wire rack until the cake cools completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

      Optional: Serve cake with diced fresh fruit or hot fudge sauce. A perfect finish to a delicious Mexican-style dinner: taco salads, chips and salsa OR enchiladas, Spanish rice, chips, salsa and freshly made guacamole.

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    3. Oh. My. Goodness. Kelley, I just gained ten pounds reading that! It's a public holiday here, and if only my oven were working, I know that this would be THE task for The Diva and I. Sigh. We'll have to save it for another day. Can you hear the gnashing of teeth here? Thankyou so much for taking the time to share...Mimi xxx

  4. Well, you just made me hungry, my friend :) It's a good thing it's almost supper time.

    We love homemade pizza and I am a big pancakes/hotcakes lover. I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, and supper {{smiles}}

    Hugs to you, dear Mimi!

    1. Hehehe Stephanie! I'm a pancake lover too. We adore the thin crepes with lemon and sugar. I wonder if that's and Aussie delicacy? Love Mimi xxx


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