June Goals & A Homemade Salsa Recipe

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Hello again my lovely readers! I missed a day of posting yesterday so I thought I would double up on both prompts. Goals for the month and my go to summer recipe. I have one main goal for this month which, if you’ve read my previous posts you’ll already know what that is, but for those who are just reading this, that is to not spend on anything frivolous this month. That is to say, no spending on any of the things I tend to buy needlessly like washi tape or more stickers when I have plenty. Alan (my hubby) and I decided to spend only on the necessary things such as food and toiletries and on things pertaining to my stationery business Walks in Beauty Paperie on Etsy, mainly materials such as ink for printing and paper.

Another goal for this June is to try and use more of my craft supplies to create both things to send to my pen pals in creative mail or things to sell. I have a few ideas combining mixed media up my sleeve. Also, we both have the goal of exploring more of the art studios in our local area during the Dorset Art Weeks which is a nice free outing and allows us to mingle with local artists and fellow creatives, see what they are doing and support them. We usually tended to go to St. Michael’s Trading Estate for the studios there but have discovered there are some other studios dotted about town or within walking distance in other nearby villages that might be worth going to check out. There is at least one open studio during the Arts Week in the North Mills area I’d like to check out (photographic art) and one in the village of Symondsbury which I am dying to go and explore again. The arts weeks end on 12th June so we should be able to check out many different studios between now and then. Today we saw some beautiful quilt art at Becca’s Fabric Larder, most of the pieces were by either Becca Balazs herself or another very talented quilter, Janet McCallum. This was a private viewing which we were invited to but many of the art studios around there were also open and we could have gone in. Supporting local artists and crafters is a big goal of mine. I want to support them more and the big chain shops less. We are fortunate enough to have quite a variety here in Bridport which is a huge plus!

Now, on to today’s prompt: My go to summer recipe…well, I think that would have to be homemade salsa! I love the stuff! I am not a fan of spicy salsa so I make mine very differently from most people but it’s such a refreshing salad and goes well on tortilla chips or even as a side with meat. We made some last night to go with our lovely nacho salad (something I used to eat at home with my parents in Florida pretty regularly and was craving) and it turned out amazing! So, I thought I would share the recipe for those who are more into a mild and refreshing salsa.

 

 

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Homemade Mild Refreshing Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
  • half a white onion, chopped or 2 large spring onions chopped (green tops and white bits)
  • half a large English cucumber, chopped
  • juice of one lime
  • quarter of a red bell pepper, chopped
  • three sprigs lemon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro or more
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Chop all of your ingredients that need chopping and place them in a medium to large bowl as you go.
  2. Once chopped, mix and squeeze the juice of one lime over the salsa mix.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and mix together.
  4. For best results make this a day in advance, mix and cover and place in refrigerator overnight so that the juices work their magic.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you try it out do let me know!

Cheers!

Nadia

 

#Cheddar #Potato #Pie #Recipe

Cheddar Potato Pie Recipe

 

Most of you know how much I love to cook and share recipes when I can and here I have decided to share at least one recipe a week with you. Not sure yet if I want to feature it always on a Sunday (might do it more for a weekly Monday post) but for this week I shall be posting this one today. This recipe is adapted from a recipe found on the back of an A1 steak sauce bottle. Anyone in my family knows how much I love steak sauce and here in the US A1 is my favourite brand. However, for the sake of making it easier on anyone reading this blog, your favourite brand of steak/brown sauce will do well to substitute if you can’t find A1 in your local supermarket or grocer’s. So, feel free to use Heinz or HP sauce to substitute. The recipe in its original form is rather simple but I like to add a little more to such things so I will share with you my own take on this simple but delicious dish.

 

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CHEDDAR POTATO PIE
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Cook Time:
30 minutes
Serves: 
4

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, choopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
  • fresh or dried oregano
  • splash of Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 cups hot mashed potatoes
  • 1 cup shredded red cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF .
  2. Saute mushrooms, onion and garlic over low to medium heat and add meat and season with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Once onion is slightly translucent in large skillet; drain. Add steak sauce and bring to a boil. Remove from heat.
  3. Spoon into 1 1/2 qt. baking dish and spread evenly.
  4. Spoon prepared mashed potatoes on top and spread evenly over meat mixture.
  5. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and sprinkle mixed dried herbs over the cheese.
  6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through (165ºF).

It’s really quite an easy recipe to follow and a quick meal to prepare. Just a few notes on my personal preparation; for the hot mashed potatoes I used some nice red potatoes and made my mash from scratch. I dislike packaged potatoes but if you’re pressed for time or don’t like to make your own mashed potatoes you can always use the package variety. I don’t recommend it at all as fresh ingredients are always the healthier option and more flavourful. Regarding the herbs I also used fresh herbs in the meat mixture. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, perhaps a nice vegan meat substitute (vegan mince) would work very nicely for this pie and as for the cheese I would use the Daiya brand over others but any other cheese alternative would probably work as well. If you’re not a fan of ground beef, chicken, turkey, lamb or pork would be other alternatives for this simple style pie.

I’d love to see what you do differently if you decide to adapt this recipe yourself or if you use it as is please share a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #wlksinbeautyrecipes. I’d love to see who’s making food they find here.

I served this with a nice summer vegetable medley and had a glass of cranberry-raspberry juice with it.

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Bon apetit!
Cheers,
Nadia xo

Photography by: Nadia M. Perez Bugler
Recipe adapted from: A1 Sauce Bottle
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED ©MMXV

#Mother’s #Day at Home

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As Alan and I continue my visa application process I’m happy to be able to say that I finally have gotten to spend Mother’s Day with my mom today after two years of not having been home for the occasion. Two years ago on Mother’s Day I was in the Netherlands and on my way back to the UK for a bit and last year I was with my hubby in the UK. So, today I made a recipe from the Smitten Kitchen blog which I’d seen posted on their Facebook page yesterday. I altered the cooking method slightly as it is way too hot to turn the oven on today in Florida so I cooked it on the stove top (hob for my UK readers). The recipe I used was Deb’s Spinach and Cheese Strata. I didn’t make it ahead but rather made it on a heavy & deep pan which worked really well and cooked through only partly covered so that it cooked evenly as it wasn’t going in the oven. *Word of caution: cook on a low heat setting and watch it like a hawk as mine got slightly burnt on the bottom because of the bread and cheese. Still, it turned out very tasty and I think I may make another one again soon! I made this for a Mother’s Day brunch to share with my folks.

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Spinach and Cheese Strata

After we had our lovely brunch, my mom opened her card I’d made her and gifts I got her. She really enjoyed the card with our picture on the front from when I was around or nearly a year old. What did you all do for your mothers? Perhaps later today we will watch a film or something but so far it is just a chilled day.

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Card and gifts for my mom

I hope all the mother’s celebrating today will have a beautiful day and will be very spoilt indeed! Happy Mother’s Day 2015!

 

PHOTOS BY: Nadia M. Perez Bugler
TAKEN WITH: iPhone 5s, VSCO Cam App
TITLE GRAPHIC: Mother With Sleeping Child from a 1920 Children’s Song Book via The Graphics Fairy

 

What Our Rainy Bank Holiday Looked Like

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Yesterday was a bank holiday Monday and a very rainy one at that! So, we stayed indoors, did laundry, took part in the ALS ice bucket challenge, baked and more…here’s our day in photographs. Enjoy!

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Eggs and soldiers for breakfast, a first time British traditional treat for me!

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Ice buckets ready for Alan and I to do the challenge! Boy, ice melts quickly when there’s lots of water in the bucket!

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Baking cookies from a recipe I found on One Crafty Mumma’s blog.

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Lunch was simple but delicious, mushrooms on toast! Yum!

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Baked two different varieties of shortbread (cocoa and M&Ms ones, almond and craisin as well).

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Lastly, Alan baked a scrumptious lasagne and we ended the day watching a few episodes of The Tudors. Sometimes life really is that simple.

Using Nature’s Bounty: #Homemade #Blackberry #Muffins

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Earlier this afternoon, between getting letters ready to post and printing out some new things for a giveaway we’re having over on our Facebook page, I decided to make some blackberry muffins with some of the precious berries I’d foraged the other day. Oh my YUM!!! They turned out so delicious and beautiful!!!

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They were so good and so pretty I decided to include a few for our neighbours to whom I was taking a card congratulating them on the birth of their new grandchild. They look quite nice all bundled up in this carton from Soulshine Cafe which I’ve found are quite handy to keep and reuse. I also added an extra note on one of my own photographic postcards I’ve been working on. This is one of my first test prints.

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And lastly…two of the ones I ate when they were still nice and warm with butter inside…yum! Perfection!

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I used a really easy to make recipe from Tesco’s own website for making these muffins and the cute baby postcard I used for my neighbours was from Free Pretty Things for You! It is such a pretty blog and well worth the visit if you like cute vintage printables!

 

Photos all taken by Nadia M. Perez Bugler using an iPhone 5s and the VSCO camera app for Apple iPhone.
©2014 Walks in Beauty by Nadia M. Perez Bugler    ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

#Recipe: #Salmon and #Dill #Chowder

Processed with VSCOcamSometimes we all need a little bit of comfort food and there is always that standby recipe we go to, the one that makes you feel the world is right again. There are so many of those recipes that I grew up with but this one came later in life when I was at University and at my home there was a plethora of food magazine subscriptions. We did not have a lot of money but boy did we eat well. So, here I share with you a favorite, adapted from the now defunct Gourmet Magazine (Issue Number 4, Volume LXIV, APRIL 2004), from the Gourmet Everyday section.

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SALMON AND DILL CHOWDER
SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 bacon slices, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 lb boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups whole milk made from NIDO powdered milk (the creamy flavor is enhanced when using this, you may use homogenised whole milk though)
  • 1 lb skinless salmon fillet, trimmed of dark flesh, then cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook bacon in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until crisp, then transfer to paper towels to drain. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat from saucepan, then add onion, celery, potatoes, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potatoes are almost tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add milk and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in salmon, dill, and butter and simmer gently until salmon is just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve sprinkled with bacon.

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Original Recipe by: RUTH COUSINEAU
Photography in this post by me, NADIA MARIE PEREZ

 

 

I #baked: #Apple #Cinnamon #Scones

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetEven though it doesn’t feel like autumn here in Florida, I cannot resist a good warm scone in October. Trying to use ingredients we had on hand and in honor of yesterday’s being National Apple Day in the UK, I went in search of a great scone recipe to use up some apples. After looking at a few I came across this Apple Cinnamon Scones recipe from Simply Scratch and it is to die for! Not only is it pleasing to the taste buds and to one’s sense of smell, these scones are visually pleasing as well. I used Granny Smith Apples in mine but Laurie from Simply Scratch used Golden Delicious in hers which I am sure would come out just as good. Only lightly sweet, these go great with coffee! Here are a couple more shots of the ones I baked before they disappeared! Enjoy!

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