Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Vegetarian 'Moussaka' for Meatless Monday


Photo credit Alex J Harris

I’m pretty sure the name of this dish is going to get me in trouble. I don’t think any Greek person would consider it to be proper Moussaka. It is, however, totally inspired by the Moussaka I ate in Athens a couple of years ago, and the stories my son has told me about the Moussaka he ate in the Greek Islands not long after that.

I have wanted to make my own vegetarian version of this dish for quite some time, but something always held me back. I wasn’t sure where to go with it, recipe wise, as I felt it was too predictable to just replace the meat with a meat substitute like Quorn. I also have never really liked the long strips of eggplant (aubergine) in the traditional recipe. I do like eggplant, but I prefer it chunky, rather than in strips or mashed up. Finally, the other day, I decided to attempt my own version of vegetarian moussaka, and the result was delicious. 

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Friday, January 27, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites 27 January

Gallery of Favorites


Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites. 

The Gallery of Favorites is a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too. 

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

My Mom's Jam Muffins



My Mom didn’t bake a lot, so when she did, it was a real treat. She would often make these for cold winter afternoons, after we came home from ice skating. They tasted so good with a mug of hot chocolate! They are also perfect for breakfast, and they could not be easier to make. 

My Mom used to use all whole wheat flour, and of course you are welcome to do so, but I prefer the lighter texture achieved by using half whole wheat flour and half white. As for the jam, my Mom called these Cherry Coconut muffins, so the original recipe called for cherry jam. However you can use absolutely any flavour you like - I have tried all kinds and have yet to find one that isn’t delicious! 

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop


Welcome to Hearth and Soul, the blog hop for and about food that nourishes both body and soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive and loving light are also welcome. 
Thank you to everyone who shared recipes and posts last week. To read more, and share your recipes, please click here...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Chinese New Year at The 21st Century Housewife

Celebrated by billions of people all around the world, today is the most important of all Chinese holidays, the Chinese New Year. I have fond memories of watching the wonderful New Year parades from Macy’s seventh floor window over looking Union Square in San Francisco. The colour and joyful noise of the celebrations echo through the streets and it really is a sight like nothing I had ever seen before. 

The Chinese calendar is based on a complex calendar system that uses both lunar and solar cycles. This means Chinese New Year falls on different dates every year, sometime between January 21 and February 21 of the Gregorian calendar. Each year is associated with one of twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. It’s the Year of the Dragon this time. I don’t follow horoscopes, but it’s fun to find out what animal you are. (I’m a snake, my husband is a horse and our son is a rooster.)

When we are at home for Chinese New Year, I like to make a Chinese influenced dish for dinner. If you feel the same way, here is some recipe inspiration for you! 




And if you participate in Meatless Monday as I do, here are some vegetarian suggestions. 



Happy New Year of the Dragon to all who are celebrating!





Friday, January 20, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites


Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites. 

The Gallery of Favorites is a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

The 21st Century Housewife Takes The Matcha Challenge


Photo courtesy of tea pigs

Recently, I was asked by teapigs to try their Matcha Challenge. Matcha is  essentially a concentrated green tea. High in antioxidants, it contains 2 special amino acids said to work with its natural caffeine to give a gentle and sustained energy boost, as well as reducing stress and helping you to stay focused. Not only that, but it is also said to be metabolism boosting! It sounded to good to be true…but was it? 
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Let's Do Brunch with The 21st Century Housewife



Welcome to Let’s Do Brunch, the recipe exchange for breakfast, lunch and brunch recipes. Anything that you could serve for breakfast, lunch or brunch, or at a brunch buffet is very welcome here, as are desserts and sweet treats. 

This will be my last week co-hosting Let’s Do Brunch. I have really enjoyed working with Chaya and I am grateful for the opportunity she offered me to share in this wonderful blog hop, but there is so much happening this year I am now having to pick and choose my projects due to time pressures. It’s an exciting year here - the tenth anniversary of The 21st Century Housewife - and I’m struggling to fit everything in! 

I will still be co-hosting the Hearth and Soul Hop, as well as the weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites, and I do hope you will also share posts with my co-hosts and I there, as well as continuing to share your brunch recipes with Chaya. 

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Laughing at Wall Street by Chris Camillo - A Review


Wall Street has often been a place of intimidation for smaller investors, sometimes even discouraging people from investing entirely because they don’t understand the ins and outs of how it works. There’s a mystery behind it, one Wall Street traders, fund managers and analysts do nothing to dispel. It suits them to keep things shrouded in a cloak of mystery. 
Chris Camillo has changed all that with his book ‘Laughing at Wall Street’. To read more, please click here...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop


Welcome to Hearth and Soul, the blog hop for and about food that nourishes both body and soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive and loving light are also welcome. 
Thank you to everyone who shared recipes and posts last week. To read more, and share your posts, please click here..

Monday, January 16, 2012

I Am...



Twice a month, a diverse group of married Christian women gather at Chrysalis Cafe for Marriage Monday in order to encourage one another, and learn from each other. This week it’s all about getting to know one another better. E-Mom has listed some writing prompts..

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My Vegetarian Stew


I love stews this time of year. They are comforting and delicious, and make the house smell beautiful when they are cooking. Many people think stew = meat, but vegetarian stews can be wonderful too. The addition of beans, barley or pasta can make them just as rib-sticking as their meaty counterparts. Quick and easy to make, they don’t take as long to cook as stews containing meat either.
This stew contains some of our favourite vegetables, but of course you can change things round to suit your tastes and what you have on hand.  

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites


Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites. We are posting the Gallery a bit early this week as I will be travelling tomorrow morning, and we also thought it might be helpful with the upcoming holiday weekend in the US. 

The Gallery of Favorites is a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


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My Top Ten Skincare and Beauty Products of 2011



I’ve had some emails recently asking about skin care and makeup products, particularly from people who have read my Where’s The Glamour page. I firmly believe that beauty comes from within and isn’t something you can buy in a bottle or a jar, but we all need a bit of help now and then and these are products that I find very useful. It’s one thing to be sent a product and test it, but for me the proof is when I subsequently go out and buy it for myself more than once,. That is something I have done with all the products listed below. In fact, if you could look in my vanity drawers, you would find everything I mention inside. 

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Let's Do Brunch with The 21st Century Housewife



Welcome to Let’s Do Brunch, the recipe exchange for breakfast, lunch and brunch recipes. Meals are pretty flexible these days, so there aren’t many recipes that won’t fit into these categories. Anything that you could serve for breakfast, lunch or brunch, or at a brunch buffet is very welcome here, as are desserts and sweet treats. 
Thank you to everyone who contributed last week. My co-host, Chaya of My Sweet and Savory and I always look forward to visiting your posts and trying out the wonderful new ideas you share. I really enjoyed all the recipes that were linked up last week. 

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop


Welcome to Hearth and Soul, the blog hop for and about food that nourishes both body and soul. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive and loving light are also welcome. To read more about our mission and the rules for linking, please click here. We share links to Hearth and Soul entries at our Hearth and Soul Facebook Page and Pinterest Boards, and please do come and follow us on Twitter  @HearthNSoulHop

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Friday, January 06, 2012

The Gallery of Favorites with The 21st Century Housewife

Gallery of Favorites


Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and know that our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers - not just food bloggers - to share their ideas, interests and passions. Of course, recipe and food posts are very welcome too.


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Thursday, January 05, 2012

Recipe Evolution and My Marble Cake



I’ve been making marble cake for as long as I can remember, even back when I lived in Canada. I’ve made it regularly since I moved to England too, partly because my son Alex loves it. In fact, it is always his choice when asked what he would like for a birthday cake. However I’ve evolved as a cook over the years and when Alex asked for marble cake once again this year, I was firmly convinced I could improve on the original formula. I was a bit worried about ‘fixing what wasn’t broke’ but I’m very glad I was brave. 

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Let's Do Brunch with The 21st Century Housewife



It’s our son Alex’s 19th birthday today, and my husband and I have lots of things planned to help celebrate the occasion. We are heading up to London later to see a matinee performance in the West End, and then we will be having a celebration dinner at one of Alex’s favourite restaurants, The Criterion in Piccadilly Circus.  
I think every moment of a birthday is important, and any birthday celebration in our house always starts with the birthday person’s breakfast of choice. Alex always chooses pancakes for his. What do you have for birthday breakfasts at your house?
One of the reasons I enjoy co-hosting Let’s Do Brunch is that I think breakfast, lunch and brunch can be every bit as much a main event as dinner or supper. Let’s Do Brunch is a great way to share our favourite breakfast, lunch and brunch recipes and it’s a wonderful resource when I am looking for inspiration. 


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Beefy Pasta One Pot



I hesitate to admit it, but this pasta one pot is the product of laziness. I often make Italian Beef Stew with Pasta, and one night I decided I could not be bothered to cook the pasta separately. So I changed the ingredients to make it possible to cook the pasta actually in the stew, right at the end of the cooking time. I also adjusted the flavours a bit to make it more like a traditional Bolognese sauce, albeit with meltingly tender chunks of beef as opposed to the ground variety.
This is definitely not authentically Italian but it’s one of my favorite recipes for several reasons. Not only does everyone seem to love it, but it’s super easy, mostly takes care of itself (right up till the last minute) and leftovers taste amazing the next day. In fact, sometimes I make a double batch just to have them! 


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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Hearth and Soul Hop

Hearth & Soul Hop


Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of The Hearth and Soul Hop for 2012! 
The Holiday Season made it a quieter week at Hearth and Soul last week, but we still had lots of wonderful contributions. 

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