My Black Rum Spice Cake recipe is similar to a Caribbean black cake, which is loaded with rum and a variety of dried fruits. I cut back on the rum, it still has quite a bit, and used only prunes. This moist and delicious cake is topped with a black rum glaze.
Black rice noodles or pasta make quite a presentation at the dinner table, especially when paired with greens such as arugula. The black color comes from squid ink. The sauce for this recipe is made with olive oil, garlic, wine, black olives, and red pepper flakes for a little kick.
The blackening cooking technique was developed by New Orleans Chef Paul Prudhomme. The shrimp is drenched in butter, and dredged in the blackening spices. It is then seared in very hot cast iron skillet for a couple of minutes.
In the novel “One Day”, Dexter likes his martinis very dry with a twist of lemon. I scoured the internet and library books to find tips on making the best dry martini (see bottom of post). I also used some ideas from Dexter who started making martinis at a very young age. Beware, this martini is not for the faint-hearted.
These easy little treats are always gone in a flash. So easy and so unbelievably good – tastes like a turtle candy!
This made me wonder why I ever used to buy hummus in the store. This hummus recipe can be whipped up in no time. Serve it with pita chips or crudites.
For those of you who haven’t read Fahrenheit 451, the main character is a fireman, but instead of putting out fires, he starts them. All the firemen do and what they really love to burn is books. This book-shaped cake is decorated with flames made with melted hard candies.
These book-shaped sandwiches were inspired by Fahrenheit 451. I used my small square soy sauce dishes to form the puff pastry into a book shape (see below). You can stuff with your favorite filling.
If you were looking for a cheery snowman cake, this one isn’t it. In Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman, the lovable frosty snowman takes on an eery quality. I used this quote as inspiration for the cake decorations: “the grin was not formed by the mouth, which was sewn up with coarse hemplike thread zigzagging in and out of the lips. The grin traversed the chin and arced up to the cheeks and was drawn with a line of black nails that could have only been hammered in.”
Cheese trays make me happy and the one below is no exception. It includes a collection of English cheeses from Cheddar Cheese with Port to Sticky Toffee.
Originally an English sponge cake contained many eggs but had no butter. By Queen Victoria’s day, butter was being used and this cake became known as the Victoria Sponge. This recipe, includes strawberry jam and whipped cream layered between two sponge cakes.
I do not have an espresso machine, so when I am craving a cafe latte, I whisk some milk in a saucepan to create foam. It only takes a minute and turns regular coffee into a creamy sensation. The vanilla extract adds a subtle flavor that I can’t do without.
This Brie Baguette Pizza is made with roasted garlic and tomatoes, fresh herbs and Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese.
These Angel’s Wings Butter Cookies are good for the soul. My angel’s wings cookie cutter came with this fabulous recipe for butter cookies. I flavored my cookies with lemon extract, adding a refreshing flavor to this recipe. You can also use orange or mint extract. Used by permission from CopperGifts.com.
Venison backstrap, or deer loin, runs the length of the deer’s back and is an exceptionally tender cut of meat. I have had backstrap prepared in many different and excellent ways, however, this recipe is my favorite because it reminds me of the way mom used to make it!
Black bread was originally made with all-rye flour. It was eaten by peasants because it was less expensive and kept longer than breads containing wheat. I researched what exactly makes a bread black, and today’s cooks often use chocolate and/or coffee. I raided my pantry to see what else I could use to give it that black color. Instant chocolate pudding? Too sweet and artificial. Food coloring? It would take massive quantities. Guinness? My husband drank the last one. So here is my recipe…with coffee and chocolate.
I made these muffins for our Easter campout and they were a huge hit. This recipe is from the book How to Bake a Perfect Life. The recipe includes a streusel topping, but after adding all the healthy ingredients, I could not bring myself to add the topping. I did not miss it!
These bacon wrapped shrimp are marinated in a pineapple lime Tabasco mixture that gives them an amazing burst of flavor. Serve the shrimp as part of the main course or as a party appetizer.
In A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens describes the peasant’s lives: “hunger was shred into atomies in every farthing porringer of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil” I am not really sure what he is saying either, but it sounds something like potato soup made with potatoes fried in a few drops of oil, so that is how I made my recipe. Except I increased the oil…more than just a little bit.
This relish which is usually made with leafy greens, tomatoes and onions. There are a variety of greens that can be used, including cassava leaves, sweet potato leaves, pumpkin leaves or cabbage. I chose to use kale for my dish.
Nsima is a thick maize porridge and is the staple food of Malawi. It is used to scoop up ndiwo, which is a relish primarily made with leafy greens.
This is a 5 star chai tea recipe with just the right amount of spiciness and creaminess.
This ain’t your kids mac & cheese. This dish is bursting with real cheese flavor and the spicy topping adds a welcome crunch to the texture.
This salad is very versatile. Take the following ingredients and add as much or as little to suit your tastes.