Showing posts from May, 2012

Lemon Pepper Chicken

For the next 2 weeks, I am traveling with my husband in Europe. What  a great experience...  I am with him in London, then will be going to Ireland, France and Holland for his book signing tour. Find out more by clicking the tab above titled 'My husbands blog'

I will be posting as much as I can in these next few days. Today I am teaching you how to make this great lemon pepper chicken. All I did was clean a whole chicken and season it with a little white wine, lemon pepper seasoning powder and a dab of salt. then threw it in the oven on 350F and 180C for about 1hour and a half and your done. It is so delicious

From my kitchen to yours
God Bless


This looks like whipped cream but its not. This is what forms when you beat egg whites (only - not the yolk) by beating it for a while it comes out looking like this. If you just add sugar to it, it becomes Meringue.

It is Great as a topping for pies. Have you ever had a lemon meringue pie? You can just put this on top of the pie you made (any pie really but especially lemon pie) and then place the entire thing in the oven  under 325F and 160C for about 25 minutes and it forms a hard shell like sweet top.

By beating the egg whites a bit more and adding a bit of salt, oil and a few more ingredients you will get mayonnaise.

A lot of recipes call for beating egg whites alone. They are great in certain sponge cakes. By doing this it allows the cake to have a nice spongelike texture.

Have you ever had those delicious meringue candy treats? Thats all it is egg whites and sugar batten together and a touch of vanilla extract if you want. Bake in the oven for some time until it is nice and dr…

Sugar roasted nuts

These things are always so delicious but every time I buy them at amusement parks, fairs, stores or even on the streets of NewYork. They are always so expensive. Yet they are so simple to make at home. Here is how.
To Make it: 1 cup Cashews (or any other nut that you like) 1/4 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup white sugar 1 egg white 1 tsp of vanilla (optional)
Now Preheat your oven to 250F about 130C and  use wax paper to line a baking tray. Make sure to spray the wax paper with butter or just use regular butter to grease the wax paper.
Make sure to spray it really well! These nuts will stick really bad to the pan if you don't use wax paper or spray it well!
Then beat  your egg white and (optional) vanilla in a bowl. Now pour  your cashews into the vanilla egg mixture and stir.

Make sure to cover all the cashews with the vanilla egg mixture.
Now either in a big bowl or big ziplock bag add both of your sugars mixed together then add in your cashews and shake or stir really well.
Make sure to coat all o…

Killing the excuse 'I don't have time to cook'

I think that you are on the right path. To cook is not just a need it is a necessity. You must learn to cook and you must eat healthier foods. Eating unhealthy foods or eating fast foods is not good at all. Fast foods never taste as good as a nice home cooked delicious meal.
Cooking is really easy, it is not hard AT All I just think that you need to try it.
Every single one of my meals do not take any longer than 30 minutes to make. I also  have an extremely busy schedule but we need to make cooking just as important as anything else. Find time for it, even if you have to wake up a little earlier in the morning and cook so that you already have your food for you to pack for lunch or for when you come back home  at night or  even take time to cook in the evening quickly when you are finished with your day so that you can have lunch for the next day. 
Since my schedule is very busy I usually cook once every 2 days. I eat the same food for 2 days and then cook again. Find something that…


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From my kitchen to yours God Bless Elise

Elise's Homemade Bread

Making fresh bread at home is so old fashioned some may say. Why make fresh bread when you can just buy it in the store?  That is the thought of those of you who have never made nor tried fresh homemade bread.  Dear friend you are truly missing out... And that is with no exaggeration.

Fresh homemade bread has a special touch 'your touch' it is hot and freshly baked out of the oven. Nice, soft to the touch and steamy with a crisp crust and luscious interior. Making butter or anything else that touches it a part of it's taste.  Oh dear... I 'm getting hungry all over again. Homemade bread is a must try; and it does not even take hours to make. I made it in 30 minutes.

(This recipe can feed up to 10 people. What you can also do if you are not going to use the entire thing is freeze the rest  of the dough and reuse it when you want.)

Homemade Bread
5 eggs
3 cups milk (lukewarm)
1 tbsp salt
3 tbsp sugar
2/3 cup oil
2 sacks yeast (7g each) (fast rising active dry yeast)
8 cu…

Chocolatey Chocolatey Chocolate Cake


This was good! Ask my husband and the Pastors who bought a slice from me. They loved it and are asking for more. (I made this cake and sold it for fundraising). See Below:

In a small pan over medium heat, spray some Pam spray and pour in the can of sweetened condensed milk and around 1/4 cup of Hershey cocoa powder (or a little more depends on how dark you like it). Mix constantly for about 10 minutes. Don't pause for too long or else you will get cocoa bumps in the topping. Mix with a whisk or a wooden spoon. 
 Below is the recipe, if you have any questions while baking please right in the comment bar below and I will get back to you almost immediately.

Ingredients for cake: 3 eggs (egg yolks separated from the egg whites) 1  1/2 cups sugar 1 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup Hershey cocoa powder 1 cup milk 1 tbsp butter or margarine 1 tbsp baking powder

Ingredients for topping:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
                                          1 cup Hershey cocoa powder

Spaghetti and Meatballs

MMMM.... Who doesn't like 'Spaghetti and Meatballs' Italian and delicious

I made my hoe made meatballs by seasoning my minced meat with salt, pepper and all purpose seasonings. Then I diced up onions and peppers and added it to that. Once it was well seasoned I formed little balls and put it onto a greased baking tray and placed it in the oven until thoroughly cooked. About 45 minutes.

While my meatballs were in the oven. I boiled my spaghetti pasta for about 12 minutes. (Make sure to let your water boil before throwing in the pasta) I gave it what you call an ice bath. Where you rinse it in cold water and ice for a few minutes while you prepare the sauce. This helps the pasta not to stick together.

The sauce I made by putting a little bit of oil on the bottom of the pot and cooking a little bit of minced meat. Once it is really cooked I added about 2 cups of tomato sauce and let it simmer (cook on low heat for about 15 minutes and I added about 1/2 tsp of sugar to the s…

Finally!!! Someone who is actually doing something to learn how to cook

Just this last week I received an email from a blog viewer that really made me smile.

As I have mentioned many times before. So many people say they want to learn to cook, eat healthier, loose weight (yet they eat fast food on a daily basis) and even one day find prince charming (who by the way has a stomach and needs to eat decent food).

But my point here is: There are not many who are actually putting in the efforts to get it done. How will you ever learn  to cook if you don't even try, are too lazy or give up easily? Hopefully one persons enthusiasm may inspire you.

Hello Mrs Elise, 
My name is Amelia and I am from  the Uk, the branch her in Finsbury Park
I have been looking at you blog and love the different recipes you have shared!!. I can almost taste it lol. 
Well just today I had made a Cooking Rota, on the days in which I will be cooking at home  ( I live with two of my close friends). I am down for Tuesday's and Sundays, and I wanted to do something special, tasty, heal…

Homemade Whipped Cream

Want to know how to make homemade whipped cream to serve along side your cakes, ice - creams and pies?

Whipped cream is so delicious and can sometimes be costly at stores. Who would have figured it is easy to make for yourself at home and tastes the exact same with 2 ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen?

All you need is 1 cup of heavy cream and 1 tbsp of sugar.

Just mix both the heavy cream and the sugar with an electronic mixer for about 3 minutes until you notice the texture change to a light and fluffy whipped cream texture. Thats all.

(The only thing you need to watch out for it to not over mix too much because that would make butter. Another recipe - to make butter do the exact same but instead add salt or nothing at all and keep mixing for about 10 more minutes. There you go butter.)

Crab Stuffing stuffed fish

I served my 'Crab Stuffing stuffed fish' along with brown rice pilaf and a sweet salad. It had my taste buds jumping for joy, this meal was so good.

Rice Pilaf - You need: Brown or white rice, salt, diced onions,peppers and garlic, chicken stock
Can be done with brown or white rice. (I choose to use brown) Not a regular styled rice, it has more flavor  and ingredients added to it. This is a great rice to change up your regular rice dishes with. To make it you will need to substitute regular water with chicken stock.

I put a little oil in the pot and added a few diced onions, garlic and peppers. I let it cook until lightly browned then I added a pinch of salt and my 1 cup rice and 2 cups chicken stock. (If you are using white rice use 1 1/2 cups chicken stock instead) Then let it come to a boil. Once it boils turn the fire down to low - medium heat and (let cook for about 20 minutes for white rice and 40 minutes for brown rice.) Just until the water dries up. There you go, your…

Honey bunches of Chicken

This week I invented a new recipe 'Honey bunches of Chicken' and it was great.

Ask my husband, He loved it!

You will need:

2  Large chicken breasts
1/4 bag of Honey bunches of oats cereal 2 eggs
How to cook:
Slice the chicken into chicken strips. Beat the eggs and leave it in a bowl. Crush the Honey bunches of oats cereal with your hands until they are bits an pieces and put on a plate.
Dip the chicken strips in the eggs, then in the honey bunches of oats. In a frying pan either spray with a little Pam spray or put a little bit of olive oil in the pan. Fry/toast the Chicken on medium heat just until the cereal is golden (Do it delicately for all the cereal not to fall out).
Then, place into a Pyrex and Bake in the oven on 350*F for about 15 - 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked all the way through.
I hope you like it as much as I did

Print RecipeRecipe by Elsie Da Silva

Having fun with cupcakes

Cupcakes can be the funnest things to create. It is super simple yet you can let your creativity flow with each individual piece. It is especially fun for making with kids.

You can make anything, I remember making a car, smiley faces, clowns, trees and so much more out of cupcakes.  You can use anything edible and if possible sweet in order to decorate.
Here I baked a regular chocolate cupcake, for recipes on how to make a good cake batch visit my blog titled 'Cake decorating (part 1)' November 7th.

Once I finished the baking I allowed it to cool while I pulled out all of my ingredients to decorate my cupcakes with.

You first need to frost it which you can use anything creamy to do. You can use pudding, whipped cream, frosting etc. I used whipped cream to frost my cupcakes. For more info on decorating cakes visit my post titled "Cake decorating (Part 2)" November 10th
For my cupcake tree look alike :  ) I dyed my whipped cream green with food coloring then  uses rai…

'Chickonaise' ( a.k.a.) Mayonaised chicken

Absolutely scrumptious, in every bite an adventure to your taste buds. This 'Chickonaise' (chicken cooked in a delightful mayonnaise sauce) is amazingly good.

Try it for yourself. I made it for lunch today and enjoyed every bite. I served it with cooked collard greens (kale) Which I simply boiled in water and salt for 35 minutes. and chunky mashed potatoes which you can find the recipe for in the blog titled 'Creamy mashed potatoes' from April 29th.

Ingrediants 1 tray of chicken thighs 1/2 cup mayonaise little bit of oil seasonings (lawrys all purpose seasoning, salt, pepper, paprika) 1 cup chicken stock 1 diced onion 4 cloves crushed garlic 1 cup of tomato sauce 1/3 cup cooking wine
Method Put all of your already cleaned chicken into a big pot turn the fire onto medium high heat (find out how to clean chicken properly in my blog post titled 'clean or dirty chicken' from February 8th.) Then pour in a little bit of oil and mix it with a wooden spoon until all inc…

Swiss Roll

Ok I have to admit. This dessert was so good that I ate so many pieces and by the end of the day ended up feeling sick from so much sugar that my wonderful husband had to end up making me some peppermint tea to sooth my stomach. So I have to warn you              ... Caution... Extremely Delicious Dessert, eat in moderation.

I made the Dulce De Leche (which is on yesterdays post) To become the filling of this 'Swiss Roll' It really simple. Try it.

Swiss Roll 6 eggs 1 1/2 cups flour 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 cup milk 1 cup sugar
1.Separate eggs into two medium bowls. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. 2.Add sugar to the yolks (yellow part) and beat until light yellow and creamy 3.After beating yolks and sugar make sure to wash and dry beater very carefully. 4.Now beat egg whites until very light and fluffy. NOT TOO STIFF (it will be like a whipped cream texture 5. Add flour and baking powder to the yolk and sugar mixture. Then add your milk in a little at a time and continue…

Grandma Hiers' Carrot Cake (by Paula Deen)

Hi everyone
I just made this cake yesterday and my taste buds went WOW!  Chantel from London BXT- this is for you, please ENJOY, because I sure did. This carrot cake is delicious, the best I ever ate so far, and its very simple to do. I got the recipe of of Food Network and I made it myself. The picture below is the one I made. Try it out

Butter, for pans2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans2 cups sugar2 teaspoons baking soda2 teaspoons ground cinnamon1 teaspoon salt4 eggs1 1/2 cups vegetable oil3 cups grated carrots1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, optionalDirections
Frosting: 2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, room temperature1 stick salted butter, room temperature1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract1/2 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) round pans; Line bottom of the pans with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. …

Homemade Dulce De Leche

Have you ever tasted Dulce De Leche? For those who haven't it is an extremely delectable type of caramel.

Have you ever tasted the Haagen Daz 'Dulce de Leche' ice -cream. (MMMM... My personal favorite)

Anyway. Make Dulce De Leche at home. Quick and I am sure easier than you would have thought. There is only 2 steps to making it. and all you need is a can of condensed milk.

Put your entire  Unopened can of condensed milk in a pressure pot filled 3/4 of the way with water. Completely close it. (Double checking that it is properly closed) and place it on the stove and cook  on high for about 20 minutes once the pressure starts.

(If you don't have a pressure pot. No problem just put it in a regular pot with water filled about 3/4 the way add a lid and cook it on high for about 1 hour)

Once that is done (If you used a pressure pot make sure to run the pot under cold water for about 5 minutes and MAKE SURE all the pressured steam is out before you open the pot) Either way y…

Stuffed Zucchini

Oh my goodness... What a meal. Everyone in my house who tried it. Loved it...

So simple to make as well. You can do the same with squash or eggplant.

I first diced up some onions and peppers and put it in a pot and I added 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic. I let that cook in the pot with a little bit of oil for about 4 minutes. Once cooked I added my minced meat to the pot. I put in a bit of seasoning. Some salt, pepper, all purpose seasoning and onion powder.

Once cooked well. I chose to add a homemade tomato sauce which I made by dicing up small tomatoes and added it to my minced meat while it cooked and added about 2 tablespoons of water. As it cooked the tomatoes got mushy and the water helped it form a type of tomato sauce. I left it cooking on low. While I prepared the zucchini.

For the zucchini I first washed it and then cut it directly in half long wise.

 Then I took a spoon and carefully scooped out the inside of it. (The insides I put into the pot and allowed it to cook with …