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Mini Orange Scones

I love to paint and after 5 months away, tomorrow morning, I will join my ladies and get back to my regular painting group. Anyway, I figured it would be nice to have a little treat to share with everyone over tea break. I had a whole bunch of oranges left over from this week’s groceries and so I decided to create something orange flavoured so that they wouldn’t go to waste.

Ingredients List: (Makes about 24 small scones)

  • 1 3/4 cup of flour
  • 4 tsps of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tbsp of orange zest (about 2 small oranges)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup of cold unsalted butter (cut in small chunks)
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp of milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for glaze)
  • 1 tbsp of orange juice (for glaze)

The Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line your cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. In a bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest and salt.
  3. Add the butter and mix until the mixture is crumbly with small chunks.
  4. Add the sour cream and orange juice and blend lightly. (Don’t overmix or you scones won’t be as moist as they could be.)
  5. Flour your counter or cutting board and roll scone mixture into a ball. Break into small pieces and form into smaller balls (any size you fancy will work). Flatten onto your cookie sheet.
  6. Whisk together your egg and milk and lighty brush your scones. (if you don’t have a brush you can use your fingers like i did). Bake for 12 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  7. While your scones are baking mix together your glaze until smooth. (if it’s too thick ass more juice until you have a nice smooth texture.) Once your scones have cooled drizzle lightly.
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Confession: The batter is so delicious that pretty much ate half of the bowl’s worth of batter before laying it out on the cookie sheet! Yum!

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

Devilled Eggs

Guilty Pleasure Alert….Devilled Eggs!

Here’s a question: Would you ever eat more than 2 eggs in a sitting? I know that I wouldn’t but when it comes to devilled eggs…well that’s a whole different story.  It is the only time in my life that I can say “Yes I have eaten 5 eggs in one short span of time and I’m ok with it”. Lot’s of people like to add different ingredients to this dish but I actually prefer the simple ole classic recipe that my mother always made…(the only change is that I substitute Mayo for plain yogurt.)

Ingredients List:

  • 12 hard Boiled Eggs (click here for more info on how to cook the perfect hard boiled egg)
  • 1/4 cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 2 TBSP of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Medium Size Dill Pickles finely chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Paprika to garnish
Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make these Devilled Eggs: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

I hope that everyone is enjoying a fab holiday season. Be safe!

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

I Hate Christmas, Christmas Cookies-2011 styles

On December 11th, Foodventures turned 1 year old! Thanks to everyone for the support and for coming back time and time again to check out this blog. Anyway, one of my first post was I hate Christmas, Christmas Cookies and I figured I would do something similar this year. These are my favorite cookies ever. Enjoy!
Ingredients List:
  • 1 cup soft unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of chopped candy canes
  • 3/4 cups chopped lindor white chocolate truffles
  • 3 pieces of bakers dark chocolate melted
**Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make these delicious Christmas Cookies: Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. This will bring you to the old format and you can get the step by step look you love!  Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

I’m really happy these days and so grateful for all the incredible things coming my way. I hope that wherever you are life is treating you well.

Eat Well

Be Happy

Laugh Loudly

xo Lisa

Stuffed Jalapenos Wrapped in Bacon

Delicious and Easy Appetizer Idea:

Stuffed Jalapeno’s Wrapped in Bacon.

Ingredients List: (makes 24)

  • 12 Jalapenos
  • 1 small container of cream cheese
  • 1 package of Bacon
  • 24 toothpicks

**Click on the picture for a step by step look at how to make this EASY appetizer:

Word Press is working out some kinks and the format of the photo descriptions has changed. For the moment you can still access the attachment pages with the descriptions if you click “Permalink” under each image. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. xo

This dish went so quickly that I didn’t even have a chance to snap a photo of the final product. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.  The cream cheese and the bacon really calm the heat of the jalapeno, so don’t worry, even someone who doesn’t like spicy food will enjoy this appetizer.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Coconut Shrimp

Friday, Todd and I were enjoying our weekly lunch date trying to figure out a hang out spot for our friend Amy who is visiting from Far far Away. Anyway, it’s Halloween weekend and the parties for enthusiast are plentiful. I have never really been interested in Halloween as an adult (***i do love seeing kids enjoying the holiday! My favorite thing to do is hand out candy and chat with the children. No house=no candy giving) and I especially dislike costumes. I figured a good compromise would be to hold a dinner for Amy and friends as a sort of pre-Halloween party feast and all the other freaks that don’t “do” Halloween would have a refuge post dinner to be merry and drink without the pressure of costumes and what not while the others went off to party their goblin butts off.

So in the spirit of excess Todd and I came up with an epic deep fry plan. Menu items include: Pickles, Spring Rolls, Samosas, Tortellini, Ribs, a Duck, Okra, CHips, Anything we can deep fry and a personal fav: Coconut Shrimp.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 lbs Shrimp (Shells Removed and De Veined)
  • 1 Cup shredded and unsweetned Coconut
  • 1 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Panko Crumbs
  • 1 small can of Coconut Milk
  • 1 Egg

****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make Coconut Shrimp:

The night was a huge success and everyone enjoyed the deep fry fest. Personal favorites: The onion ring starters and Todd’s Dry Ribs! I hope that everyone is enjoying this sunny Sunday Afternoon and cooking up a feast.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Vegan Pumpkin Loaf

Cleanse Day 6, Success Rate: 80%: I have been to the gym everyday except for Thursday and I have gone to yoga 2 times on top of that. Thursday was a terrible day for the cleanse, I woke up feeling really tired and low energy; Fastforward to 8:00pm and a visit from my sister and a long line up for dinner at Fresh and it made it easy to talk myself into a martini and dinner at Il Fornello.  Anyway, a few hours off the cleanse train didn’t hurt me, although I do feel a bit lame about giving in, but clearly my body was craving vodka, sausage, pasta and cheese (i think it was probably  a matter of life and death!) and so…I indulged. I woke up Friday morning and jumped right back on and am going strong.  Today, I am heading to a clothing swap at my gal pal Kelly’s place and I promise promise promise not to indulge in Mimosas’ and Chips! Since it is the end of October, I thought I would cook up something seasonal and festive: a Vegan Pumpkin Loaf.

Ingredients List:

  • 1 & 3/4 cup of flour
  • 1 cup  Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp All Spice
  • 1 14 oz can of Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 3 Tbsp Water
  • Handful of Pumpkin Seeds

****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make the Vegan Pumpkin Loaf:

I love fall, so many delicious recipes. Any plans for Halloween?  Tell me about em and of course about what you’re eating!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa


Chocolate and Beet Loaf

My friend Erin brought over a whole bunch of goodies from her garden, including a bunch of beets. I love beets and usually just boil them and have them on hand to snack on or throw in a salad. Yesterday, I was online getting some food ideas for dinner and stumbled across the idea of a beet and chocolate cupcake.  Here’s my take on this great recipe…You will be amazed at how moist the beets make this loaf and you will be shocked at the flavour. SO DELICIOUS!

Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup Sunflower Oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cooked and grated beets

****Click on the picture for a closer look at how to make a Chocolate and Beet Loaf:

I am really excited that Thanksgiving is coming up, it’s my favorite holiday and I will be heading to Northern Ontario to visit with family and friends.  But first, I get to see Jesus Christ Superstar at the Stratford Festival! Just a thought, but you should WOW your people with this Chocolate and Beet cake at your Thanksgiving Festivities…

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa