Thursday, 22 September 2016

Pumpkin Soup


Its this time of year when I enjoy cooking with pumpkin the most. We can find pumpkin spice in just about everything around us this time of year. From our favorite chocolate bar right down to our lip balm. But nothing says autumn more to me the the smell of fresh baked Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies. Or a nice warm bowl of Pumpkin Soup. Here is one of our families favorite pumpkin soup recipes. It is so delicious and perfect comfort food.

Pumpkin Soup
Serves 4 - 6

Ingredients
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 brown onion coarsely chopped
1 clove of garlic crushed
2 teaspoons of ground cumin
2 teaspoons of ground coriander
1 large butternut pumpkin, skin and seed removed and roughly chopped
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup cream
Salt and Black pepper
parsley, natural yogurt to serve

Directions

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium - high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, stirring, or until soft and golden. Add cumin and coriander. Cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Add pumpkin and stir to coat. Add stock and curry powder. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Simmer, partially covered for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is soft, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.

Stir in cream and transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth or as desires. Season with salt and pepper.

Ladle into bowls and serve with a dollop of yogurt and fresh parsley.

Love,
Alisha

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies



I have been writing and doing recipes for our community and 4 other communities news letters recently. So for September I added my favorite  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookie recipe. nOne thing that I love so much about this recipe is that my lovely neighbors are vegetarian. This recipe has no eggs in it and so I can share it with them. I think September is one of their favorite months because they know its time for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies. I hope your family enjoys this recipe as much as mine and my neighbors do.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 2 dozen (can be doubled to make more)

1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 Tablespoons pumpkin puree 
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 cup chocolate chips ( I use milk chocolate but you can use what you like)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

Combine the butter and sugars and mix well. Add the vanilla and the pumpkin and mix until smooth. Combine all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the wet ingredients mixing just until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips. 

Bake on an uncreased cookie sheet at 350F for 12 - 15 minuted or until the start to puff up. Cool slightly before removing from pan. 


Love,
Alisha

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Spiritually Speaking

Oh how I love this quote.



Saturday, 10 September 2016

Light Between Oceans

Its September and the children went back to school so I thought I would find a new book to read in my spare time, you know because moms have so much spare time :) I found this book on a Summer Reading list and decided to give it a try. I read it in 2 days. In fact the hubs thought I was crazy when he woke up one morning at 2 am and found me reading. What can I say when a book is good I just can't put it down. So if you are looking for a good book to carry you through those difficult days when the kids are back in school give The Light Between Oceans a try. It is also being made into a movie and was just released here in the states this weekend. I am anxious to go and see it and see how it compares.


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Thank you to those who let me know the blog wasn't working properly. I appreciate your help and letting me know so that I was able to fix the issue. Alisha

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

I know what your thinking. Does it sound something like this? "Come on Alisha, Its not summer yet!!"

Well here in Dallas it is starting to get into the low 80's which mean summer will soon be here. I for one can not wait and to celebrate the glorious coming of sunshine, warm weather, parks, swimming pools, day trips to the zoo and family vacations. I decided to share with you my most requested, most favorite recipe ever! I must admit this is NOT my recipe. But I will be the first to claim it if anyone at the neighborhood pool party asks if it is. So shhhhh this is our little secret, and everyone else who loves Betty Crocker.

Creamy Lime Dressing
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup whipping cream, whipped
Fruit
3 cups cut-up cantaloupe
1 quart strawberries, quartered
2 ripe medium mangoes, seed removed, peeled and cut up
2 cups blueberries
2 cups cut-up honeydew melon
Mint leaves, if desired 
 
Here is where you can find the original recipe, thanks to my dear friend Betty. And yes this font is small so that you come to my page to find the recipe not hers :) 
 
Love ya!
Alisha