Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays

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To one and all, where ever you are in the world, be it Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for you … or if you celebrate in any other way, be safe, and enjoy your time with family and friends!  Take time to make memories to treasure for years to come.

I also wish to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, following this blog, your likes, your comments and your wonderful recipes you shared through our programs here on this blog.  

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!
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Remember to check out the new Share and Inspire Others! monthly program.  The new theme for January will be released on January 1, 2017 !!

If ever in need of a recipe, please do not hesitate to contact me, leave me a note, email me @ cookandenjoy@shaw.ca  or check out our blog.

I leave you with a link to all our wonderful Christmas/Festive posts:   Christmas / Festive Season Recipes

From The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy)

Let’s Party – Sharing is Caring Exchange

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Only ONE of the Kittens escaped!  Yes, I mean only ONE!
As you can see, we have TWO  ……….

This will be ONE of our new MONTHLY Events !!

rules of the game

  • Leave me a note in the comments and let me know the theme of your blog.  This way I can visit your blog and connect with you.
  • Also share a link to your most FAVORITE post or even just a recent post.  How else will I know what you’re up to and have going on your blog!  
  • Please, please, please:  Come back, check out the other bloggers, their stories and links, and visit and connect with as many as you can. Get to know your fellow bloggers around the Globe. Get your blog out there so we can exchange ideas and support each other!

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  • Last but not least: Please feel free to share/reblog this post, and let the rest of the ‘globe’ know how to

Explore, Create, Learn, Have Fun, and then Join in and Participate

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in this NEW sharing-is-caring-scriptMonthly Blogging party!!

I made Es’s Caramel and Yoghurt Microwave Tart for you to sample!

I hope that we will be able to connect with many new blogger friends out there.  I am here, and eagerly awaiting your comments…..  The Recipe Hunter

Halloween Story

I have been asked by Scale it Simple to participate in the Halloween Writing Contest, see Original Post.  OK, I am NOT a writer, I prefer to get creative in the kitchen with cooking and baking, but decided to give it a go StephJ !

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It was one of those nights on cemetery lane that made you feel electric with energy and somber with thought all at the same time. The air was crisp, dead leaves scattered as they ran underfoot and glided overhead, filling the night with noise. The moon was full and luminous casting an eerie light on the scene below. Halloween was in full swing, the streets were abuzz with hooded figures and lively children enjoying their annual candy hunt.

Hidden from the action at the end of the long lane of perfectly decorated houses stood the towering and dark-windowed number 13 cemetery lane. Behind it, the forest stood lightless and desolate, a depressing shadow on a lively scene. It was in this very house at this very moment that a desperate philosophical struggle was raging.
Halloween1.jpgInside the house, mom was thinking: “I am tired and cold and I really, really want to stay inside, snug as a bug in a rug, but if I do then the kids won’t be able to enjoy the fun of Halloween. So I will pretend to be excited and go out into the cold and put up with all the STUFF.”Tired mom.png

Dad was thinking: “I really do not believe in all this nonsense but my dear wife is so caught up in this so I will put on my happy face and we will all go out and waste all this time.”dadThe young daughter was thinking “I really HATE this costume: I am going to be the laughing stock of all my hip friends. But mom and dad have gone through so much trouble I really have to just act like the happy little girl and just do this.”daughterThe young son was thinking “This is kids and girls stuff: why do I have to put up with all this nonsense? But if I don’t there will be all kinds of fuss so I will just make like this is what I actually want to do and get it over and done with.”sonSo they all went out, pretended that was what they wanted to do, were all miserable and came home.

The (unhappy) end.

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BUT WAIT: we haven’t looked at the alternate ending yet!
So Halloween part II AKA Happy Halloween!

Everything is the same except when we get to the last paragraph:

So they all went out (OK, so this part is the same as before…) pretended that was what they wanted to do (still the same…) and then something REALLY REALLY WEIRD happened (OK, so here we have just gone off script rather badly! NOW what??).

Mom found that it really was wonderfully crisp and clear out and there was just so much JOY out there. So slowly her mind got bent around in a happy direction (See, I told you: WEIRD!)happy-momDad met up with some of the neighbours that he had not seen for yonks… and as they talked and joked around realised/remembered that they were really great people: weren’t they blessed to have such good people around them?happy dad.jpgYoung daughter met up with some friends… and soon realised they all thought they looked horrid and were afraid that they would be ostracised by the “cool kids”. But agreed that they all actually look kinda good… and that they were really the “cool kids”, so there!happy-girlAnd lastly young son also met up with friends and they haunted the heck out of all the smaller kids (who loved it!) and ended up having fun as well!happy-son And while all this was happening, mom, dad, daughter and son started talking, joking messing around etc.…. and ended up having a great time!
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So they all ended up back at home, tired, happy and contented.

The (happy!) end.

So I suppose every Halloween has the potential for horror or joy: all depends on the actors. Which Halloween will you be aiming for?

Give me some ingredients, then I am more creative than writing a story:

Pumpkin fritters

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Pumpkin Pie

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Enjoy !! ❤

Update – Fellow Bloggers: “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange

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We have received such good and overwhelming response with this “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange project and have thus decided to open up a second slot per week for your Guest Posts.

new-blog-posts will now be released every Tuesday and Friday at ±1 am

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Vancouver, Canada time.  Yes, I am live in wonderful Vancouver, British Columbia (BC). How lucky can one be?

We have rescheduled all the received Guest Posts and now have many more openings for the remainder of the year and your post will be released sooner rather than later.

Depending on the number of future Guest Post requests we receive, this can possible turn into an ongoing “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange project, but then we need you, our Fellow Bloggers to eat-great-and-participateand share-and-inspire with your recipes.

This can only be a win win  trh-recipeexchange if you participate!!    

We get to know our fellow bloggers and the cherry on top to my mind would be that we gain lots and lots of new and delicious recipes to trh-cook-and-enjoy, and we befriend new and wonderful fellow Bloggers and share with each other what each of us blog about.

There are hundreds, or should I rather say, thousands upon thousands of wonderful and fantastic blogs (not only Food blogs) out there and I think that we are missing out big time, because we are trh-invisible to each other.

I would like to challenge and encourage you to share your trh-blog-blog and recipes with us here at The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) so that we can sign up and follow you, and that our followers will become your followers and visa versa. We believe in helping one another since we all want to spread our message (no matter what we blog) to the outside world.

I truly hope and my wish would be that we can continue to do a Guest Post twice a week!  Now it’s up to you my fellow TRH blogger.jpg, to leave me a commentswith the link to the recipesyou wish to share.  I promise to get in touch with each of you as soon as possible and to confirm once I have scheduled your awesome and delectable recipe and the date for release.

Once we released your recipe and link back to your blog, please let your own followers know, to also visit The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy), sign up, follow us and then they can also become a Guest Poster with us.  Remember, you can be a Guest Poster more than once, we do not limit the number of posts.

I just love this project, am having so much fun.  The best of all, I am learning each day from all of you, and cannot wait to get home in the evening after work, to see who said what and which new friends and fellow bloggers signed up and to find out who will be our next Guest Blogger.

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Are you game to participate in this “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange? 

The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy) hugs

Fellow Bloggers: “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange

Hi to all my fellow foodie bloggers.

I have received such good response and approvals from fellow food Bloggers to showcase their recipes on The Recipe Hunter Blog.

Originally I thought to do only one Guest Post per week and schedule your recipes for release on a Friday morning, around 1am my time (Vancvouer, Canada).

I am already fully booked till the end of November 2016. I only have 5 slots left for this year. Once filled, I will start to add more Guest posts per week.

Please let me know if you’re interested to participate in this wonderful experience. It’s a win win situation.

Drop me a note in the comments and add a link to the recipe you would like to get showcased, and I will make contact with you and set up a release date.

Hope to hear from all of you, my fellow bloggers. If I have already posted or scheduled a post for you, do not that it deter you from sending me another recipe.

My Slogan: “Sharing is Caring”.

Blogger Hugs from The Recipe Hunter (Cook&Enjoy)

The Recipe Hunter

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This is an open invitation to all Food Bloggers who would like to participate in the “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange with us here at The Recipe Hunter (Cook & Enjoy)

Please leave a link to the recipe/s you wish to share on our blog in the comments.

I will make contact with you as soon as possible, and get your final approval to post the full recipe with ingredients, method and picture (if available) and also link back to your blog.

This can only be a mutually beneficial Recipe Exchange.  We get to know our fellow bloggers and the cherry on top would be, we gain lots of new and delicious recipes to Cook&Enjoy!

I truly hope and my wish would be that we can do a Guest Post once a week!

Are you game to participate in this “Sharing is Caring” Recipe Exchange ?

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Away weekend

Sorry for the lack of posts. I will be back on Monday evening and do catch up on all oustanding posts, as I am away for the last weekend of Summer.

Please drop in, leave me a comment and check out the Sharing is Caring post and leave me a note and link of your recipe, if you wish to partcipate in this fun on my blog.

The Recipe Hunter.

Preshana’s Date Paste

TRH Preshana's Date Paste

I use this Dates paste as an alternative to sugar.
It can be used in a variety of dishes as a base to chutneys, sweeten breakfast cereals/ beverages,sticky ribs/chicken, in cakes, the list is endless.

Dates Paste
1 cup water
1 cup pitted dates

At a rolling boil, reduce the mixture to a thick consistency, stirring ocassionally.
Allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the fridge

Prepared, tried and tested by: Preshana Singh

Invitation to Food Bloggers to be a Guest Poster/Contributor

I would like to invite Food Bloggers following The Recipe Hunter to be a GUEST poster on our FOOD BLOG.
Yes, I am inviting you to share with us your aweseome and fantastic recipes!!  Sharing is Caring……

This is an awesome and wonderful opportunity to meet more of your fellow Food Bloggers, and also get additional exposure for your own Food Blog, and to put the cherryon the  cherry on cake gain a bunch of delicious new recipes.

If you’re not follow picus at present, please go ahead, follow us @ The Recipe Hunter, and then you can also to be a GUEST poster/contributor.

You're invited
to PARTICIPATE 

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by doing a GUEST POST/S.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!

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Please see the below as to how it will work:-
You will be regarded as a Contributor:

A Contributor can create and edit only their own posts, but cannot publish them.
When one of their posts is ready to be published, or has been revised, the Administrator needs to be notified personally by the Contributor to review it.
Furthermore, once a Contributor’s post is approved and published by an Administrator, it can no longer be edited by the Contributor.

If you’re interested, I will need the following information to set you up as a Contributor.
Please leave the following information in comments. 

Your username and/or email address

I will invite you, and then you will receive an invitation via email.
Once you click the “Accept Invitation” button in that email, you will now be able to access your blog by visiting the My Blogs section of your dashboard when you log in to WordPress.com.

OVER AND ABOVE ALL ELSE:
If you see a recipe you like, share the ❤️
1. By following that Food Bloggers
2. Like their recipe blog post
3. Or even better share it on social media.

Looking forward to your contributions and shared recipes.
Cook&Enjoy and Happy Baking all around the Globe! ❤️

Blogger Hugs from The Recipe Hunter

Irene’s Ginger Milk, Cough Mixture

TRH Irene's Cough Mixture

With coughs and colds making its rounds in all our homes at this time of the year….just sharing a delicious concoction that sorted my family out quickly this past week….hope it helps you too

Ginger Milk

Recipe makes 2 mugs
2 mugs milk
1 tsp ginger powder
1 tsp tumeric powder
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Small pinch of salt
1 chai tea bag
Honey to taste

Bring milk, ginger, tumeric, salt and black pepper to the boil on medium heat.
Once boiling, remove from heat and steep the chai teabag in the hot milk mix for a few minutes.
Remove teabag, add honey to taste and drink as hot as possible.

Prepared, tried and tested by: Irene Dasari

Meet and Greet the World!!

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Meet and Greet the World!!

rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link as many times as you wish!  It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want.  It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media
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    Many non-blogger friends love it if you post the Meet and Greet the World on Social Media because they find new blog.jpgto follow.

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained, get going my friends, meet-greet-eat.jpg

Credit going to Camellia’s Cottage
Please visit and follow https://camelliascottage.com/ 

Basil salt

Basil salt

Harvest your garden’s bounty to make simple herb salts that can be sprinkled on meat, fish, vegetables or eggs.

Ingredients:
3 cups loosely-packed fresh herbs (such as sage, basil, rosemary, and/or thyme)
1/2 cup kosher salt
3 – 4 cloves garlic, chopped

Directions
1. In a food processor bowl combine herbs, salt and garlic. Cover and process, half at at time, until mixture forms a powder. Spread on parchment lined baking sheets, discarding any remaining pieces of herbs. Loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let dry at room temperature in a cool dry place for 3 to 5 days or until dry.
2. Transfer salt mixture to a food processor. Cover and process until mixture forms a powder. Transfer to an airtight storage container and store at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Sourced from: http://www.recipe.com/herb-salt/?socsrc=recinsta

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon

It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heartbeat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder…. who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100-year-old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

Source: Internet – cannot recall the original site