Raspberry Jam – Jams with Spirit

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Lets continue making delicious summer jams.  However I must admit, I make these jams all the time, not only during summer.  Using frozen fruit in the winter is just as delicious as the freshly picked red little gems of summer.

Making jam is always so much fun and it fills the entire kitchen with happiness.  Yes, you may use this delicious jam for baking however I don’t believe that it would last that long as everyone will love it.  Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks after opening.

Oh, and why I called them Jams with Spirit ? Because there is Rum in them.  It’s that easy 🙂 raspberry

INGREDIENTSwine for sugar 1

  • 5 cups of fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1 pack of vanilla sugar
  • 1 tbsp. of honey
  • 1/4 tsp rose water
  • 2 tbsp. of sugar
  • 1 tsp rumorange two brightcloves
  • 1 lemon’s zestlemon zest bright
  • 1 oranges zest and juice
  • 2 clovers
  • 1/4 tsp all-spicerum 2

Cook all of the above in a large stockpot.  I use a large stockpot even when cooking less fruit as it prevents the jam making everything red around the stove 🙂

Ladle into jars, cover with lid right away; once cool place in fridge or pantry.  Remember to always put jam into fridge once it is open.

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Apricot Jam – Helen’s Jams with Spirit

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Today I will share with you another easy to prepare jam recipe, which can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or sealed and stored in your pantry for up to a year.  However they never last very long.

Apricots on whiteEvery time I make a fresh batch, it is gone in a few days.  You can bake with it (although in my opinion it is a waste to bake with such delicious little treat), serve alongside your pastries, toast etc.starfruit

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups of fresh, chopped apricots (remove pits)wine for sugar 1
  • 2 packs of vanilla sugar (see how to make your own)cloves
  • 1 orange’s juice and zestlemon zest bright
  • 2 tbsp. sugarorange two bright
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp all-spice
  • 1 tbsp. rum
  • 1 lemon’s zestvanilla sugar
  • 3 slices of star fruit

Place all of the above into a large stockpot and cook on medium low heat until thick and sticky.  Remember to always stir and watch over it.  Nothing’s worse than burned jam.

Place into jars and either keep them in your pantry until you open them.  Store in fridge after opening.

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After my jam cools I like to keep it in the fridge.

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Harissa Pot Roast a ‘la Helen

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I know it’s been a while, but summer has always been a busy season for me and my cookbooks :).  But I promise I will try to make time for my blog and send you lots of delicious recipes.

Today’s dish is something I made up the other day when I couldn’t decide what to cook  and the end result  proved that you don’t always need a recipe to create a delicious, mouth-watering dinner for your family.

pork slice 1Many times when you see a beautiful cut of meat or find an exotic spice in your grocery store, you  are inspired.  I know I am, and this was one of those times.  Give it a try and I can assure you that you will have another go-to-recipe in your repertoire.

INGREDIENTS (for 2)red onion slices

2 slices of well marbled pork (shoulder or other cuts)
1 large red onion, peeled, thickly slicedharissa 2
3 large leeks (cut off green part and stem, cut lengthwise, wash, thickly slice)leaks new
2 cups of roughly cut wild mushrooms
2 tbsp. olive oil at the bottom of the pan
1 tbsp. for saucemushroom variety
4-5 tbsp. of spicy ketchup
1 tsp fresh thyme for sauce
6 blades of fresh thyme (if you don’t have you may use dry)thyme bright
1 tsp salt for meatsalt talban bright
1 tsp ground black pepper for meatbors bright
1 small can of harissa paste
1 tbsp. Worchester sauce

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I used a bone-in shoulder steak for this dish, however you may use any cut of pork that you enjoy, but remember, that it needs to be well marbled.

PREPARATION

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Wash meat, pat-dry, sprinkle with the salt and black pepper; spread 2 tbsp. of olive oil in an oven safe baking dish.

Spread sliced leeks all over the bottom of the dish; place the meat on top; spread the mushroom all over the meat; sprinkle with thyme.

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Pre-heat oven to 375F and bake for about 1 1/2 or until desired tenderness of the meat is reached.

Serve with mashed potatoes.

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Crackle Cookies

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Today I am sharing with you a simple but decorative cookie / pasty (debatable which one it should be called) that you can make any time.  Don’t worry this recipe won’t disappoint.

You will need simple ingredient from the pantry and fridge, so you don’t have to run to the store every time you want to bake this delicious dessert.  I always tell you to keep a spejz 2few items in your kitchen in case you don’t have a pantry.  Flour, salt, oil, cocoa powder, vanilla sugar or extract and spices must be included.

Many of you wrote me that you don’t have space to create a pantry.  That’s not a problem, you can create a pantry in part of your kitchen cabinet.  Just put aside a section and organize your pantry products in there.

You will see how easy that makes life when it comes to cooking and baking.

Here is my pantry, that I created using workshop shelving.  I also love to make pasta sauces, however I’m not always in the mood 🙂 So on those lazy days I grab one of my favorite sauces from the pantry and create my meals that way.  However I still add veggies, meat, herbs, spices and / or cheese to these dishes.  So I never use them just out of the bottle.  cocoa powder 3

But lets get back to the cookie / pastry and see what you need for the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

400 grams regular sugar
120 grams unsweetened cocoa powdereggs 2
120 ml vegetable oil
4 eggslisztes zsak
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
240 grams all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar (for coating)
1/2 cup regular sugar (for coating)

Place cocoa, 400 regular sugar and oil into a large mixing bowl. Mix together well, then beat on medium speed; add eggs 1 at a time and continue mixing. Then mix in everything except for the powdered and regular sugar, that is for coating.

Cover bowl with lid or plastic wrap and place in fridge for 1-4 hours. Up to you. I left it for 3 hours (was watching a movie 🙂 )

Place powdered sugar in a small (individual) soup bowl and regular sugar into another.

Take 2 tbsp. of the cookie dough and roll into a ball; roll in the regular sugar, then coat well with the powdered sugar. Place on a parchment lined cookie sheet (leave about 2 inches in between cookies).

Preheat oven to 375F (180C) and bake for 15-18 minutes. Remove from heat and leave in pan to cool.

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Bikini Season

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Yes, Bikini Season is here and we all want to lose a few pounds to get into our favorite bathing suit or perhaps surprise ourselves with one that will be the envy of every lady around us.

But the first step is finding the right plan to lose weight safely and not starve ourselves.  The second step is finding dishes and yes, desserts that don’t taste like you are on a diet.

That’s where the book that my daughter, Helen Radics and I created together to help everyone lose diet-book-reklamweight and also live a healthier lifestyle.  Remember, losing weight never tasted so good!

Our book is called Don’t Bitch, Get Skinny! which became a best seller during its 1st week of publication.  For a limited time only it is also available with the title, Tasty Weight Loss!  as we were playig around with the titles and after an online vote our customers decided that the original title, Don’t Bitch, Get Skinny! would be more fitting and fun.

Please remember that before you start any ask-your-doctordiet you should ask your doctor if it is right for you.

It’s best to be safe

You are probably asking what sets this book apart from the countless other books on the market.  My answer is that this is not only a diet book to lose weight quickly and safely, but a tool to lead you to a better lifestyle without robbing you of your favorite dishes.  It also gives you tricks that could make cooking fun again.

Below you will see a photo that gives you a quick glance into the content of this colorful book that will be your favorite tool and recipe book for years to come.  Your family will never know they are on a diet with you as they will be eating delicious foods such us Chili, Spaghetti with Meatballs and delicious Roasts.  And of course you shouldn’t forget about your ice cream as it is a part of your diet plan.

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There are several parts to this diet, but my menu planner guide will make it amazingly simple to follow.  There is a printed book and e-book version of this book and if you choose the e-book version you can download it right away after the payment.  Its easy, clickable table of content will make navigating this book fun and fast.

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One thing we must keep in mind.  Just like any normal day, we will have cravings from time to time. However the choice is ours.  Should I reach for that delectable cupcake or a piece of fruit.  Yes, I know, when we crave cake we don’t want fruit.  But this book gives you more choices.

How about a luscious cup of ice cream?  That sounds much better doesn’t it?

That’s exactly how this book works, you will have choice and options.  It doesn’t leave you hungry and craving food or dessert.

woman-walkingExercising is another part of every diet.  However in our book we tell you that it could be as simple as walking.   Of course walking doesn’t need to bee exercise walking either.  It could be as simple as walking to the store or even when you drive to the store you cold park a bit farther from the entrance in order to fit in a little walking.

spa-water-brightSee?  These are simple steps you can follow.  You will also have delicious spa drinks that you can create in a few minutes and keep in your fridge or fill your water bottle with.  You won’t ever want to be without it.  However there is a problem with these drinks.  spejz-2

If your family ever finds it in the fridge and tries a sip of it, you will have trouble making enough of it.  As everyone just loves these refreshing delicious waters.

We will also help you set up a pantry so everything that you need to arrange your diet and also to cook for your diet and family meals will be on hand.  No need to run to the grocery store every day.

This will also save you money.  Which is a good thing, after all you can spend it on a new wardrobe.

The book will also tell the about the healthiest juices, oils and spices to use in order to be a healthier, better version of yourself and also to burn fat the delicious way.

chili-for-book-3Another important step of any diet is NOT TO STARVE yourself.  That will only work for a day or two, then your cravings comes back with a vengeance.   Best to start with a diet that satisfy you and fulfil all your needs.smoothie-kanallal-bright

We also tell you when it’s the best time to get a makeover.  The answer will surprise you as it is not what the experts tell you.   When to eat is another part that is the building block of any good diet.

Having dessert is a must in most of our lives, especially for us ladies.  Our ice creams to die for and don’t worry your family will fall in love with these delectable, silky and not to mention healthy ice creams.  They will never know that they are also healthy.  So instead of buying hidden fat and sugar filled ice creams from the store, make your own.

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We also know that you are very busy, just like every woman that we know.  We juggle millions of things daily and tend to forget about ourselves.  That’s where this book comes in.  It will remind you to take time out for yourself and start caring for your body in order to take care of your loved ones.

And of course remember to reward yourself.  But we will tell you about that as well.  ice-cube-wall-bright

We will also tell you the health benefits of salad greens and herbs.  Also share with you several delicious fat burning spa drinks that we already talked about.  But this time we should also mention our fruit and also herb ice cubes that will be the hit of any party, family gathering or barbecue afternoon.

We also have a “Diet Boost System” for those who wish to lose weight very fast.  However because its so effective we only recommend it once, then start following the regular meal plan.baked-eggs-ala-helen-brightturkey-soup-2017-6

Egg dishes and Soups are also another important part of any diet.  If you have issues with eggs you may also buy egg whites in the store to create these delicious recipes.

You will find delicate gourmet soups and rustic, robust home made soups in this book.  So any type of craving is satisfied.  Your gulyas-leves-brightwon’t heart your husband complain about the “fancy” soup that you try to make him eat.

As you know I am Hungarian.  Even my delicious, rustic Hungarian Goulash Soup made the soup list of this book.  As it is healthy and fulfilling.chipotle-chicken-with-quinoa

Our Main Dishes will just amaze you with its variety and flavor.  Each dish that you create will be another family favorite that your loved ones will be asking for regularly.

So creating something delicious will be easy and guilt free.  Don’t worry, even if you are not an experienced cook, you will love these recipes.  Remember 🙂 you will not only lose weight, become healthier, fitter and more attractive but learn new dishes and perhaps learn how to cook in the process.

Please click on the books below to purchase them.  EBOOK VERSION is $ 20.00 and the PRINTED BOOK VERSION is on sale now, with $ 5.00 off shipping of an already discounted book (limited time offer).

For a limited time only, you may also purchase this book with the title of Tasty Weight Loss! with a discounted price.

Fries, Pasta Dishes, Meats, Roasts, Ice Cream, Smoothies, Fish, Salads and delicious drinks are all part of this book.  So, come and join the club of Don’t Bitch, Get Skinny! to become a healthier, better version of you.  You may also put your family on a diet without them even realizing it.

 

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Romantic Dinners – New E-Cookbook

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Today I will share with you my latest e-cookbook that I created just in time for Valentine’s Day, which became a sudden best seller.

However the most important thing that you should know about this book is that it is NOT  only for Valentine’s day but is one of the most useful tools to create special dinners for family get-togethers, dinner dates, celebrations, birthdays, work parties, holiday dinners or make someone feel special any time of the year.

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The book contains a section dedicated to Aphrodisiacs, Herbal Dictionary, Healthy Salts, Healthy Oils, Menu Planning (Sample Menus), Appetizers, Main Dishes and Desserts.

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This was just to give you a little taste of the recipes that you will find in this book.  This year I will also publish it as a printed book to add to my collection.

PRICE $ 15.00  Buy Now

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Boxing Week Sale

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Boxing Day has finally arrived and because many of you asked me about our special this year, I thought I would share with you my official website link where you can find savings up to $ 86.00, including free shipping.

kitchen-library-with-shelfThere are different sale options, so why don’t you just click on the link and browse through my offers.  My sales will continue for the entire week, so don’t miss out.

Create your own cookbook library so your favorite recipes would be on hand all the time.

To give you some idea of the saving I will mention 1 particular package, the 6-book-special which contains 6 of my full cookbooks discounted with $ 48.00 + FREE Shipping (shipping value of $38.00) which is a total savings of $86.00.  Remember this special will only be available this week.

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Holiday Appetizers

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The holidays always bring to mind love, friends, family, a sparkling Christmas tree and of course tasty bites and mouth-watering dishes.  Today I am sharing with you some holiday appetizers that would satisfy everyone’s appetite.  Their simple elegance suits any party.

CREAM CHEESE & MANGO CHUTNEY APPETIZERcream-cheeseAaron Tait Photographymango-chutney

INGREDIENTS

3tbsp. of regular cream cheese

1 tbsp. of chopped fresh chive

1 pie crust (store bought or homemade)rolling-pionm

Chop chives and mix them together with the cream cheese.  It wasn’t hard at all was it 🙂 ?  Next is the equally hard task of opening a jar of mango chutney and put aside.

chutney-appetizer-4-watermarkForm your pie crust into a circle and using a mid-sized cookie cutter cut out as many little discs you can and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Pre-heat the oven to 375F (180C) and pre-bake them for about 10 minutes or until starting to turn a pale golden color.

Remove from oven and leave on cookie sheet to cool for a few minutes.  Spread about a tsp of the cream cheese on top of each little disc and add 1/2 tsp of chutney on top.  Bake for another 3-4 minutes and serve.fresh-thymechili-jelly

GOAT CHEESE & CHILI JELLY APPETIZER

3tbsp. of goat cheesethyme

1 tsp of fresh thyme leaves

1 pie crust

2 tbsp. of chili jelly for toppinggoat-cheese

Mix together the room temperature goat cheese and fresh thyme; put aside.  Follow the previous steps to create the pie crust discs.  After pre-baking them, leave to cool for a few minutes.  Spread about a tsp of goat cheese mixture on top of each and add a bit of chili jelly on top.  Bake for another 4-5 minutes and serve.

GOAT CHEESE & POMEGRANATE PORT APPETIZERpomegranate

3tbsp. of goat cheese (room temperature)

1 tbsp. of fresh pomegranate pomegranate-2

1/2 tsp fresh sage, finely chopped

2 tbsp. of pomegranate port topping

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Mix together goat cheese and herb; cut out pie crust as previously instructed; pre-bake them and place 1 tsp of goat cheese on each and add the topping and 3 pomegranate jewels (to me they are like rubies) on top of each.

Bake for another 3-4 minutes and serve.

CREAM CHEESE & CARAMELIZED ONION APPETIZERtarragon-4

3 tbsp. of cream cheese

1 tsp of taragon (fresh) chopped

1 pie crust

2 tbsp. of caramelized onion with brandy (or any topping you enjoy)

Mix together cheese and herb; cut out pie crust and pre-bake; cool and spread a tsp of cream cheese mixture on each.  Top with the caramelized onion topping and bake for another 5 minutes.

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