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Food on Friday ~ Brussels Sprouts

Many people don’t understand the humble Brussels sprout.

With the holiday season coming up fast it’s already time to start thinking about the food we traditionally serve at our family get-togethers.  One of the vegetables that’s an absolute must here in England over the holidays is the humble Brussels sprout ~ do not ask me why, because left to my own devices I probably wouldn’t eat the little brassica ever again.  (The farty facts are true.  But so is the fact that sprouts are really very good for you.)

One interesting factoid about the humble sprout, anybody who knows anything knows that sprouts are better after they’ve been ‘frosted’.  Ideally you don’t pick Brussels until after the first few hard frosts of the year ~ ergo, don’t waste your money buying fresh Brussels sprouts, frozen are far better just as good.

However, this holiday season I will be cooking a side dish of Brussels sprouts, so let’s find some interesting recipes to choose from.

First up this week is this from Heather Christo, Brussels sprouts with bacon, red onion, and avocado.  This is an easy 30 minute dish, and like all Heather’s recipes it’s allergen free.  You could turn this into a vegan dish if you missed out the bacon and chicken stock, but that would maybe be missing the point?

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Red Onion and Avocado

Another Brussels sprouts recipe with bacon; this recipe for pan roasted brussels sprouts with bacon, dates, and halloumi is from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest.  Halloumi that’s a strong cheese.

Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Dates, and Halloumi

This is very different from Chung ah at Damn Delcious, and something I would never have thought of on my own, brussels sprouts gratin.  This looks like a very rich dish, with milk, cream, and cheese ~ and we also have bacon, garlic, and shallots.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

I’m pretty certain this is a vegan dish from Cookie + kate, but anyhow kung pao brussels sprouts are certainly different and interesting.  If this doesn’t grab you as a vegan Brussels sprouts dish Cookie + kate also have roasted brussles sprouts and crispy baked tofu with honey-sesame glaze.  (Is honey strictly vegan?)

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Something a little simpler from San Diego girl Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks; balsamic roasted brussels sprouts ~ and I am going to try this 35 minute recipe this weekend.

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This is a recipe that should appeal to my friend in Orange County, from California girl Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have golden beets and brussels sprouts.  This vegan dish should take you about an hour to make.

And, finally for this week, for those who like recipe collections we have 25 brussels sprouts recipes from Martha Stewart.  Included is this simple 30 minute recipe for sauteed brussels sprouts.  This may well be the side dish I make over the holidays.

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts

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Food on Friday ~ Summery Pink Drinks

Pink isn’t just a colour, it’s an attitude.

I saw a girl driving a shocking pink car today.  It could have been worse, it could have been a guy driving a shocking pink car.  (It could have been the Pink Panther.)  I started to wonder if anything really looked good in pink, and I came up with pink drinks for a summer’s weekend.

Well, actually you could drink these pink drinks at any time of the year, but I think they all look very summery and cooling for a stinking hot and humid day.

And yes, there are cocktails called The Pink Panther, the recipes vary, but girls should beware of all of them.

The ever elegant Heather Christo has some very ‘cool’ drinks recipes, including; spicy watermelon sangria, cherry pomegranate ginger vodka lemonade, and this really pretty in pink watermelon cucumber gin lemonade.

Wetermelon Cucumber Gin Lemonade

Tieghan Gerard from Half Baked Harvest has some really great looking ‘pink drinks’ too; frozen watermelon rosé sangria slushies, raspberry rosé tequila kombucha, and this vicious sounding jalapeno bloody mary.

Jalapeno Bloody Mary

San Diego girl Averie Sunshine has a drink that’s sort of pink in this Malibu sunset, which is made with pineapple and orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine, with some added cherries.  Malibu Coconut Rum is a pretty cool spirit with lots of mixers; try it with Coca-Cola for a different tasting Cuba Libre.

Malibu Sunset

At Honestly Yum Todd has this cool and very pink watermelon, fresh herbs and sotol cocktail.  Sotol is from Mexico, it’s a bit like tequila, only crazier.

Watermelon, Fresh Herbs and Sotol Cocktail

Seattle girl Heather, the Flourishing Foodie has this recipe for a rhubarb collins, and she also tells us how to make simple syrup ~ an essential ingredient for many, many long cocktails.

Rhubarb Collins

Chungah at Damn Delicious has this dead easy and very refreshing strawberry thyme prosecco ~ I love that Chungah uses limoncello in this recipe.  This drink is very pink indeed.

Strawberry Thyme Prosecco

And finally for now, found in Allrecipes magazine, we have this recipe for Jewel’s watermelon margaritas created by Rainbow Jewels.  How cute.

Jewel’s Watermelon Margaritas

Please always drink responsibly ~ you know it makes sense.  Girls, beware apples laced with anything alcoholic, narcotic, or soporific.

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jack collier

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Food on Friday ~ Tuna

Always choose fish from a sustainable source.

Perhaps for some good reasons Tuna is nowhere near as popular as salmon.  However tuna makes a very healthy meal, and perhaps should appear more often in our menu planners.   But, always choose sustainable tuna to eat.

Many people eat canned tuna, which is OK if there’s nothing better on offer.  However, if all you’ve ever had is tuna out of a tin, then you’re missing out on one of life’s great experiences ~ fresh tuna steaks grilled on the barbecue.

Tuna is also an essential ingredient if you’re thinking of home-made sushi.

Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest has a fabulous recipe for a spicy brown rice seared tuna roll bowl.  This is a complete sushi dinner in 30 minutes! Looks great doesn’t it?  Tieghan also has a recipe for Korean avocado tuna sushi roll.

Spicy Brown Rice Seared Tuna Roll Bowl

Some tuna canapés from Petra at Food Eat Love; sesame crusted tuna and watermelon soldiers, and you should be able to make these in 15 minutes.  Great to serve with drinks in your yard on a sunny day.

Tuna and Watermelon Soldiers

This is a brilliant idea from Chungah at Damn Delicious ~ healthy snack boxes for an entire week’s lunches.  Greek yogurt tuna salad, an entire week in one twenty-minute tuna salad meal prep.  Now there’s no excuse for not taking a healthy lunch to work every day.

Tuna Salad Meal Prep

From our BBC good food I can offer you this Moroccan-spiced tuna, ready in 10 minutes.  Now that’s a fast, easy, healthy, and tasty dish.

Moroccan-Spiced Tuna

For those of us who really like recipe collections Cooking Light offers up 38 of their favourite fresh tuna recipes; including this very easy sesame albacore tuna.

Sesame Albacore Tuna

And, another recipe collection from delish; recipes to make you rethink tuna.  This includes an incredibly easy dish from New Orleans; poached tuna with kumquats and jalapeno.

Poached Tuna with Kumquats and Jalapeno

Drinks.  For most of these dishes you may want to drink a Japanese beer like Asahi or Sapporo, or perhaps a really good traditional sake, (try buying at Tengu Sake online).  However, Fiona Beckett at Matching food & wine, has some great wine suggestions to go with tuna.

What’s the Best Wine Match for Tuna?

And if you want to grill your tuna on the barbecue, try grilling your fish on a cedar plank.

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Easy Weeknight Dinners

Nothing is better than going home to good food.

For some of us, midweek dinners can be a real chore, so we resort to take-out or pre-prepared meals bought from our local supermarket.  Yet we can do better than that.  These recipes are all delicious, easy, quick and healthy.  So why not try spending a half-hour cooking something, rather than buying an

The last thing you want to do after a long day at work is spend ages standing at the stove making dinner.  So, from Averie Cooks we have this baked ham and cheese omelette, and ham and cheese are such a great pairing.

Baked Ham and Cheese Omelette

A pasta bake is such an easy and versatile dish, and Amanda Wren-Grimwood, at Chez Le Rêve Français, has this great recipe for a chicken and broccoli pasta bake.  Most of us should be able to whip this up in a half-hour.  Looks delicious to me.

Chicken and Broccoli Pasta Bake

If you are having friends over, or you just want something more exotic, Petra at Food Eat Love has this onglet steak with loaded fries.  This will take you 10 to 15 minutes to prepare, and you can make yourself a great salad while it’s all cooking.

Onglet Steak with Loaded Fries

Talking of great salads, Tieghan Gerad at Half Baked Harvest has just posted this utterly beautiful Tuscan summer stone fruit, tomato, and burrata panzanella salad.  I love Tuscan and this is one recipe I am certainly going to put on my own regular diet.

Tuscan Summer Stone Fruit, Tomato and Burrata Panzanella Salad

If you are vegetarian, or vegan, then maybe try this fresh tomato spinach garlic pasta from San Francisco Lady Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower.  This dish has just a few ingredients and should be ready in 30 minutes.

Fresh Tomato Spinach Garlic Pasta 

Finally for this week, from Chungah at Damn Delicious we have 10 weeknight chicken breast recipes ~ including this fabulous chicken lazone.  Always worth keeping some chicken breasts in your freezer, all you have to do is remember to take what you need out of the freezer in the morning and put it in the refrigerator.

Chicken Lazone

If you have a slow cooker, then try using that to make a weeknight dinner, which will last you a couple of days ~ and you can also take to work for lunch.  There are some slow cooker recipes on an earlier post of mine.

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Food on Friday ~ Barbecue

A barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.

It’s officially summer, (well according to most people), and that’s a time to cook food out of doors.  Barbecues, are more an excuse to have a social gathering than a way of cooking food, especially in America.  Menus and recipes should perhaps be chosen with that in mind.

You know what?  I’m terrible at barbecues.

Something traditionally American for an American barbecue; sticky bourbon ribs.  Except this time it’s from English girl Amanda Wren-Greenwood living in France, and her blog Chez la Rêve Français.  This is a 2 hour recipe, but I’m certain the results will be worth it.

Sticky Bourbon Ribs

Now, from another English girl Petra, and her blog Food Eat Love, we have; a perfect day for a smoking barbecue.  You know what?  All my attempts at a barbecue smoke too much….

A Perfect Day for a Smoking Barbecue

at Cooking Up The Pantry gives us a dish that will take some time, but it’s traditionally English and will wow! your guests; barbecued leg of lamb with lots of garlic and rosemary.  I love rosemary ~ the herb I mean.

Barbecued Leg of Lamb with Lots of Garlic and Rosemary

Here’s something we probably wouldn’t have at a barbecue in England; braised bbq beef sandwich.  This is from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes and it simply looks delicious.

Braised BBQ Beef Sandwich

I know that you like collections, so here’s a great collection from Country Living; 50+ grilling recipes for an epic summer cookout.  This collection includes this very interesting coffee and brown sugar coated skirt steak.  Hmmmmm.

Coffee and Brown Sugar Coated Skirt Steak

One of the ‘must haves’ at any barbecue is some great salads. Chungah at Damn Delicious has this light and delicious looking shrimp cobb salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette.  Shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado…  what’s not to like.

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

Heather Christo always makes a great looking salads and appetisers.  For those of you who like collections she has 10 of the best amazing healthy huge salads, including this seared tuna with chilli and mango cilantro ginger vinaigrette.  Fabulous.

Seared Tuna with Chilli and Mango Cilantro Vinaigrette

And for something to drink at your BBQ, I give you the 10 best lip-smackingly food margarita recipes.  (Is lip-smakingly even a word?)

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there are also some great barbecue salads

in last week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Food on Friday ~ interesting side dishes

You like your potatoes more interesting?

If you’re unlucky side dishes can be really boring, even when the rest of the meal is fabulous.  None of these sides are anything less than interesting, and some of them are good enough to make a tasty snack all on their own.  So, what’s not to like?

I love the look of this recipe from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest; crispy oregano smashed potatoes with feta and lemon ~ wow!  Such a fabulous side dish that you could just eat this as a super-filling snack, (and oregano is such a great herb).

Crispy Oregano Smashed Potatoes with Feta and Lemon

Chungah at Damn Delicious gives us these great slow cooker cheesy scalloped potatoes ~ she says this crockpot dish is so damn easy.  Well, it does look so damn good for something that only takes 20 minutes to prepare, and then can be left to cook while you’re doing something else ~ like going to work.  It would be a great accompaniment to Chungah’s bacon scallops too.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Another potato dish, this time from Amanda at Chez Le Réve Français; cheese and onion potato cakes.  This very, very easy 20 minute dish would make a tasty supper as well as a much more interesting side dish than ordinary mashed potatoes.

Cheese and Onion Potato Cakes

Something different from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; cheesy cauliflower mash.  Allegedly this tastes like mac and cheese but has the texture of mashed potatoes.  Weird but nice.  Looks good for a 20 minute dish that would be an interesting side, snack, or something to take to work the following day.

Cheesy Cauliflower Mash

Do you want something spectacular made with potatoes?  Then what about these Tahini whipped potatoes with cilantro chili sauce from Heather Christo?  I bet these are some spicy potatoes.  I’d like to choose Heather’s Peking cranberry lacquered turkey to go with this.

Tahini Whipped Potatoes with Cilantro Chili Sauce

This is a spectacular dish for a romantic dinner for two.  From the lovely Alina at Passion Cook we have salad tulips, (aka devilled cherry tomatoes).  Pretty, or what?

Salad Tulips, (aka Devilled Cherry Tomatoes)

If you like green beans, then you will love these loaded skillet toasted green beans from Jessica Merchant at How Sweet It is.  Allegedly, these are the most unboring green beans you can get.  Not bad for a 30 minute dish.  Would go well with Jessica’s unboring bourbon fig + gorgonzola stuffed pork tenderloin.

Loaded Skillet Toasted Green Beans

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thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

all of these dishes be nice at a Champagne Sunday Brunch, say in Long Beach

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Easy Dinners

Life is so endlessly delicious.

I have a friend, (really… I do have a friend), who tells me that she doesn’t have time to cook and eat properly.  You know what?  Everybody has enough time in the day to cook a great evening meal, made with fresh and healthy ingredients, without spending hours in the kitchen.  Or maybe my friend is just crap at time management.

There are some rules / guidelines / suggestions for not spending hours and hours preparing your regular evening meal, and rule # one is, only use one pan.  If you can’t see the sense in that then go and sit in a darkened room for a couple of hours.

There are three basic variations on the one pan rule, the wok, the crockpot and the sheet pan.

From Chungah at Damn delicious we have sheet pan garlic butter tilapia.  This is a 30 minute recipe, and you can substitute any white fish for the tilapia.  Personally I like deep, cold water fish; cod, haddock, halibut…  and I’d add lots of fresh herbs, like basil and parsley.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia

Next, from the lovely Averie Sunshine we have sheet pan chili lime chicken and peppers.  This is another dead easy 30 minute dish, which you could start preparing the night before if you want to give the chicken longer to marinade.

Sheet Pan Chili Lime Chicken and Peppers

OK, so this dish is pushing the 30 minute rule by 15 minutes, but you can get ready-prepared quinoa.  Anyhow, like everything from Heather Christo this vegan roasted vegetable quinoa salad looks fabulous, and it’s also vegan and gluten free.

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Now, from Serious Eats we have 21 stir fry recipes to prove that your wok is your best friend.  I like the look of this best Chinese orange chicken, brought to us hot and fresh from The Food Lab.

Best Chinese Orange Chicken

If you want something even more exotic than Chinese orange chicken, then the cute Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found for us this Chicken Biryani as prepared by Sheryl Julian.

Chicken Biryani

And yet another wok dish, this time from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, asparagus and shiitaki mushroom stir fry.  This is a simple and very quick vegan and gluten free dinner after a busy working day. Now and again I might add shrimp to this…

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Finally for this week, from Country Living magazine, we have 40+ easy slow cooker recipes for busy nights.  This collection includes a fantastic red-eye brisket stew from Marian Cooper Cairns, you can put this in your crockpot in the morning and it will be ready to eat when you get home from work.

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If that’s not enough, then how about 201 quick and easy weeknight meals to get you to the weekend?

a great big thank you to all the cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Sheet Pan

Eating is a Necessity, but cooking is an Art.

If you don’t have a sheet pan, get one.  It’s a super way to cook an easy and healthy meal in about 30 minutes, especially a sheet pan midweek dinner, especially if you’re a very busy person trying to hold down a full-time job as well as have a real life.

Chungah at Damn Delicious has some great sheet pan recipes, sheet pan garlic butter shrimp, sheet pan steak and fries, and this one, sheet pan garlic butter salmon.  Looks nice for a healthy dinner.  I know my friend in Southern California would lake me to make this for her sometime.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon

Cool San Diego girl Averie, of Averie Cooks also likes 30 minute sheet pan dishes like this sheet pan Italian chicken and vegetables, sheet pan orange chili salmon, and Averie also has another salmon dish, sheet pan honey lemon salmon.  If you like honey, then this dish is for you, particularly if you live in SoCal and have a lemon tree in your yard.

Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon

Found for us by How Sweet It Is we now have a recipe from Alyssa at The Recipe Critic; Thai Glazed Salmon and Vegetables ~ another delicious 30 minute recipe ~ and just how cool is that?

Thai Glazed Salmon and Vegetables

From Kansas City girl Katherine at Cookie and Kate we have this vegan and gluten free balsamic butternut, kale and cranberry panzanella.  Enjoy.

Balsamic Butternut, Kale and Cranberry Panzanella

This is different, damn easy, and so damn fast.  From Karen at Honestly Yum we have sweet potato nachos ~ made with chips in 3 minutes….  well maybe 10 minutes all together.  If you want to graze or snack in front of the TV with a beer or glass of wine then these are for you.

Sweet Potato Nachos

This is a meal to gladden the heart of any true Englishman; found for us by Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes we have sheet pan fish and chips from Boston cook Sheryl Julian.  Brilliant!

Sheet Pan Fish and Chips

I hope you’ve realised by now that a sheet pan is your new secret weapon ~ if your busy, and don’t really have time to cook, then try one of these 20 sheet pan suppers you’ll love, found just for you by Becca DiCenso at Eat This, Not That.  I like the look of this chimichurri chicken and potato sheet pan meal from Dara at Cookin’ Canuk, and how about one pan honey roasted turkey and vegetables from Katie Jasiewicz at Katie’s Cucina?

One Pan Honey Roasted Turkey and Vegetables

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thanks ever so to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Shellfish

Europe’s the mayonnaise, but America supplies the lobster.

There are shellfish, and then there are scary shellfish.  Shrimp are really easy to cook ~ it’s pretty much impossible for a reasonable cook to make a mess of a shrimp recipe, but after that maybe things get a little more difficult.  This week we have a mixture of easy shrimp dishes and some other shellfish, which you may think are scary, but aren’t really.

For our first dish for this week, from Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français, we have these seared scallops on peas with chorizo.  This is really an easy dish to make, and would be a brilliant light dinner or impressive starter.  As it happens, I like scallops.

Seared Scallops on Peas with Chorizo

Here’s an interesting, gluten-free dish from Heather Christo.  Paleo Beet Pesto with Spicy Herb Shrimp.  This easy 25 minute recipe ticks so many boxes for me, including; Paleo, Gluten-Free, and Beets ~ beets are another of those superfoods…  Anyhow, I also like shrimp.

Paleo Beet Pesto with Spicy Herb Shrimp

Andrea at Cooking With A Wallflower has this super quick and easy recipe for Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp, I’ve made this dish several times, and I love it.  Serve with rice, noodles, or salad.

Spicy Garlic Soy Shrimp

Another shrimp dish, this time from Chungah at Damn Delicious.  This is a cool 5 ingredient dinner, Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Shrimp.  I really like the look of this 25 minute dish.  But then I really like all Cungah’s sheet pan recipes.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Shrimp

Well, I’m certain my friend in Orange County will love this dish from Anne at Tasting Everything; bright and healthy coconut soup with rice noodles and mussels.  On the other hand, I can’t see my friend making this for herself, so maybe I’ll cook it for her the next time I visit SoCal.  Personally, mussels aren’t my favourite shellfish, but this is a great recipe.

Bright and Healthy Coconut Soup with Rice Noodles and Mussels

This is a completely fabulous recipe from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes; Cioppino, a San Francisco Fisherman’s fish and shellfish stew.  You need the freshest possible crab, shrimp, clams / mussels, and a good white fish, but it makes a brilliant dish.  I love it.

Cioppino

And, finally for this week ~ Lobster.  And we have a collection of 35 Lobster Recipes from Great British Chefs.  This collection includes this classic Grilled Lobster from Bryan Webb.  Just how impressive do you want to be?

Grilled Lobster

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Many, many thanks to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday.

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Food on Friday ~ Comfort Food

Ultimately, food is the most satisfying form of comfort.

Even though spring has arrived in more southerly parts of the world, it’s still cold and wintry here in Northern England.  Trust me, there’s still a need for comfort food here in the colder parts of the world.

First for you this week, from Joanne at No Plate Like Home is a great English staple ~ shepherds pie.  Usually made with ground beef, but sometimes with ground lamb, this 45 minute dish is a fantastic midweek dinner.

Shepherds Pie

And next, from English Foodie abroad at Chez le Rêve Français, we have another savoury pie, this time a  chicken and leek pie.  This looks a fabulous dish, which should take you around an hour to make.

Chicken and Leek Pie

Now for something easier and quicker from Chungah at Damn Delicious, there’s this great sheet pan steak and fries.  I really like dishes we can make in just one pan.

Sheet Pan Steak and Fries

Soup is also a wonderful winter comfort food, and from Canadian girl Heather at the flourishing foodie I can offer you this cauliflower, leek, and carrot soup.  Would be great with some crusty bread and fresh butter.

Cauliflower Leek and Carrot Soup

Something that isn’t a savoury pie, but kind of ticks all the pie boxes.  From Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest, there’s this great looking Irishman’s beef brisket burrito.  I’m not usually a fan of burritos, but I really like the look of this dish.

Irishman’s Beef Brisket Burrito

Another Irish Beef dish, this time Irish Beef Stew from Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes.  You know what?  In England we really like Irish Beef, but St. Patrick’s Day does nothing for most of us ~ maybe the English history with Ireland is just too long and chequered ~ and likely to more so as Brexit plays out..

Irish Beef Stew

Finally for this week, from Heather Christo, some real late-night comfort food.  This rich, but vegan and gluten free brown sugar spiced banana rum cake.  So, what’s not to like?

Brown Sugar Spiced Banana Rum Cake

A big thank you to all the great cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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