Monthly Archives: April 2015

Savory Phyllo Wraps

This is not a sweet treat, but I got approval from the tiniest sweet tooth in my house (my daughter) to post it. You can actually put any fillings in them, salty or sweet.

Makes about 8

  • 4 sheet phyllo pastry, thawed
  • 1 large baking potato
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon garlic and herb cream cheese spread
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 4 to 6 strips of bacon, cut into small pieces
  • Seasoning salt, to your taste
  1. Cook bacon in non-stick pan over low to medium heat until crispy, put on paper towel to drain
  2. Peel, cut potato into big chunks and put in boiling water, cook until tender, about 20 minutes
  3. Drain and mash potato, add 1 tablespoon of butter, milk, cream cheese and seasoning salt, mix well
  4. Add bacon into mashed potato
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F
  6. Place 1 sheet of phyllo sheet flat, brush lightly with remaining melted butter, put a second sheet on top and brush again with butter. Repeat with 2 more sheets of phyllo
  7. Cut phyllo stack into 8 squares, (about 6 inch x 6 inch each), place each piece into a muffin cup, spoon filling into cup, fold edges over and press gently
  8. Brush top with butter
  9. Bake for about 20 minutes or until slightly golden brown

When cooking the bacon, you can save the bacon fat and mix it into the mashed potato instead of the butter.

Fruit Juice Jello

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like jello, even my dad likes them !  You can enjoy them without adding any artificial colours or flavours.

  • 4 cups pure fruit juice (mango, grape, apple, etc)
  • 4 envelopes or tablespoons of unflavoured gelatin powder
  • Honey or sugar to sweeten if needed
  1. In a large bowl, sprinkle gelatin powder over 1 cup of fruit juice, let sit for a few minutes
  2. Heat the other 3 cups of juice over medium heat until boil
  3. Pour boiled juice into gelatin mixture and stir until gelatin completely dissolved
  4. Add honey or sugar according to your taste if needed
  5. Pour into molds or small cups and put in fridge until set, overnight or about 3 hours, enjoy!

Try to use sweeter juices like mango or pear, so you don’t even need to add sugar.  Dip bottom of molds in warm water for a few seconds for easy removal.

 

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are not the most good-looking ones, but they are surely chewy and tasty!

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 and 1/2 cup quick oats
  1. Melt butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat
  2. Add milk, sugar and cocoa powder, stirring constantly until smooth
  3. Heat until boil for 1 minute
  4. Remove from heat, mix in vanilla extract
  5. Stir in oats
  6. Place tablespoonfuls on baking sheets or trays lined with waxed or parchment paper
  7. Cool in fridge until hardened, about 1 hour, enjoy! 

The cookies are best kept in the fridge.