Bacon and fried green tomato sandwich!


This is the epitome of Summertime deliciousness.

OK- maybe that is overstating it a bit- but really- THIS sandwich was perhaps the very best thing I’ve eaten

this summer.  Good thick smoky bacon from the local butcher shop- freshly fried green tomatoes and red leaf

lettuce straight from the garden between two slices of home made sourdough bread.

Fried green tomatoes are one of my all time favorite summer treats.

And I fried these up in the bacon fat after I fried the bacon.



You slice up a green tomato, dunk it into egg white, then into 1/2 cup S/R flour mixed 1/2 cup cornflour.

Fry it up in an inch of oil or bacon fat until browned on both sides – drain on paper towels.  And add to

your bacon sandwich instead of a red tomato.


Chicken baked on a can

Baked chicken-roasted on a can of diet coke!

Roasted chicken- golden brown and so moist and tender!

I’m sure this is an old concept and it may have peaked a long time ago and you’ve all done it and moved on to better ways of baking.   But this is my first time trying this and we loved it.

Baked/Roasted chicken.

I make it often, but this is a new way to do it and it turned out perfectly!  I can roasted a chicken twice last week!

Last Monday I put it in the oven and it was superb.

Moist and tender and delicious!  The skin was crackling good and all the juices had gathered in the bottom of the pan and were ready to make into

a wonderful gravy.

Diet coke chicken roaster

I used a half can of diet coke- I think you are supposed to use beer- but all I had in a can was a diet coke. I added some smoke flavoring to the coke, salted and peppered the chicken .











And I made another chicken on Thursday – again delicious!

I’ve had this little contraption for years and never used it.  I really like it- it keeps the chicken out of the fat, the meat is so good, the skin is delectable and the clean up is a breeze.

(I’ve been playing around with this post- so I’m not sure how it is going to look.  Hopefully it will be understandable!)

How sweet it is… desserts abound.


Caramel iced ginger cake.


Topped with chopped sugared ginger morsels.


Moist and spicy – and GONE!

I saw a picture on Pinterest- looked for the recipe on Google- and made up a

cake to my own liking!


3/4 cup light brown sugar

1 1/4 cup AP flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

3/4 cup butter- room temp.

2/3 cup buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Spray a bundt pan (10 in.) with baking spray or butter and flour it.

Put butter and sugar in mixing bowl and beat together until smooth, add spices, and then alternate

the dry ingredients (whisk them together first) and the wet ingredients ( beat eggs, whisk in buttermilk)

until mixture is smooth and creamy looking – about 2 minutes on medium speed.

Pour or spoon into prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes- it will spring up when lightly touched or

you can stick it with a toothpick and it will come out clean.  Allow to cool in pan for 10-15 minutes and then

turn over onto a wire rack.  Cool completely.

Caramel Topping-

1/4 cup butter

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 TBS milk

3/4 cup 10x- confectionary sugar

Put everything but the 10x sugar in pan and heat until sugar is dissolved- stirring . Bring to a boil , then reduce

heat and simmer- 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and whisk in 10x sugar until smooth.  Put into icing bag when almost

cool and cover top of cake.  Sprinkle chopped crystalized ginger on top.



And a black raspberry Pavlova  So totally scrumptious!



Meredith sent me an egg.  A Pavlova Magic egg!  And some passionfruit pulp-

but I haven’t decided on its final use yet.

The egg however – had powdered egg whites- the instructions called for

water and sugar and a mixer.  I made the meringue – baked it and then got

out the whipping cream and black raspberry jam.  This was so good.  If you live

in Australia and can just pick one of these magic eggs off the shelf- try it.

(Of course if you have chickens and a great many eggs to use- just do it from scratch)

Me- I liked the MAGIC!





And the Pavlova is fantastic!

In My Kitchen- July 2012

In my kitchen…


there is pork fried rice.  The chops we bought were very thick- so after we

grilled them I cut off the reddish meat from around the bone and marinated

it in sesame oil and soy sauce and cooked it up with vegetables, eggs and rice.


So very good!

In my kitchen…


is a pair of hungry eaters- Grandma camp is fun!


Big Monkey Loves plastic Mac and cheese!

In my kitchen…


Gourmet goodies from my latest package from Australia!


I opened this for my birthday meal- spooned the Brandy syrup over cornbread

and ate the fig for dessert.  YUM!

057And I love the sweet/sour flavor of passionfruit!

059I’m looking for just the right recipe to try this Orange blossom

                                                                                           fairy floss (sugar).  Any suggestions?

060These are a new favorite at my house (Thanks to Brydie for

introducing me to them and Meredith for supplying my habit!)

In my kitchen…


are the remains of my chocolate cake with pink icing birthday cake from last week!

Thank you, Willow and Aidan!

In my kitchen…


is one final bloom from the Serbian bellflowers that I have

in the front bed at my house.  They are so pretty that I love to

gather them up into bouquets!

This is part of a series started by Celia at Fig jam and Lime cordial.

Go and take a look at all the bloggers involved- lots of peeks into kitchen

around the world.