chocolate almond bacon bark

Oh boy, is this great! I feel like Flounder in Animal House just before all hell breaks loose! And know this going in –  all hell will, when you make this outrageous bark! After much machinations – simple is ALWAYS best! So with that in mind, I give you a simple, sensational sweet and salty treat to knock everyone’s socks off this Valentine’s Day! The measurements are flexible – more chocolate means thicker bark, more nuts, means well, more nuts and the same with the bacon.

chocolate almond bacon bark feature

Check out the ideas below ’cause you can flavour your bark any way you please! And if gifting is what you have in mind – get yourself some fold-top sandwich bags, slip in a few pieces of bark, print out these Valentine treat gift tags, and you’ll have the universal day of love all wrapped up! This is a quick and impressive way to get your act together – melt, sprinkle, cool, break, bag, tag and go!

cake with olive oil, almonds & citrus

olive oil cake/feature

Olive oil is the new fat for a healthier cake! Trade the butter, lard or vegetable oil for olive and you’re on your way to transforming many a cake recipe – add a whack of citrus and almonds, and you’re halfway to Tuscany!

roasted red pepper purée

roasted red pepper puree

Red pepper purée is a rich man’s ketchup, minus the price tag. It could not be easier to make and can be used in dressings, dips, sauces, stews, soups – anywhere you want a flavour boost.

baked beans with mesquite

pork & beans

Mastering a basic baked bean recipe will broaden your horizons completely! The multitude of additions can take basic beans in any direction you want.

red lentil carrot coconut soup

red lentil carrot coconut soup

Red lentil, carrot coconut soup is perfect to have on hand and your slow cooker does all the work. Simply load it up, set it and forget it. Be greeted by a rich flavourful soup every single time.

black olives seared in lemon, garlic & herbs

Canned black olives get a complete makeover with the simple addition of lemon, garlic and fresh herbs. And it doesn’t stop there – the whole load gets dumped into a ho pan to sear and caramelize, transforming the canned variety to rival the souped up ones from the deli.

pasta frittata with veggies & ham

For every cup of leftover pasta, whisk in an egg or 2, and I mean any pasta (and any eggs) – whether it’s loaded with vegetables, spicy sausage, succulent seafood, smoked chicken, meatballs – and whether it’s sauced with tomatoes, cream, pesto, olive oil – it’s all fair game to morph into a frittata.

dutch baby pancake

dutch baby 10

Make pancakes in one fell swoop with this classic dutch baby recipe! You’ll never make pancakes any other way again!

popcorn with maple syrup & salt

It doesn’t get any better than this! Popcorn, maple syrup, brown (and if you have it, maple) sugar, maple extract & salt. Talk about addictive. I make popcorn in the microwave using brown paper lunch bags, make the maple coating in a measuring cup, pour it over the popcorn, stir to coat and bake it…

chicken thai-style

Chicken and thai flavours are a marriage made in heaven and these will not disappoint. Use any part of the bird that suits you, add a marinade of those familiar ingredients – garlic, ginger, fish sauce, honey, soy and citrus – and be sure to make enough for a dipping sauce.