Wednesday, February 27, 2013

~Spinach & Sausage Nibblers~

I have already put another similar recipe but this looks good so thought what a great idea to take on picnics etc.

Same filling used in 2 different styles of nibbles.

The first uses phyllo or samosa's sheets,  cups and the second uses refrigerated crescent roll dough.  Both are very easy and very tasty.

  • Few bundles of chopped spinach, drained and pressed
  • 1 cup ricotta or Cheddar cheese  
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • Few sausages, boiled or fried (your preference as I like to fry) browned and drained
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbs dry plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 48 small phyllo cups (about the size of mini muffins) -OR-
  • 2 rolls refrigerated crescent roll dough or pastry dough. 
Mix together all above ingredients except phyllo cups.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place a heaping teaspoon of spinach mixture in each cup. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes or until filling is set and phyllo cups are golden brown.

If using crescent roll dough, preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Place about 1 tbs of filling at the wide end of the triangle and roll up as for crescent rolls.  Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

If you prefer to make the cups from phyllo sheets, you will need approximately 12 sheets and 1/4 cup melted butter and a mini muffin pan. 

Separate the stack of 12 sheets in to 2 stacks of 6 sheets.  Brush layers with melted butter and cut into 3-inch squares.  You will use 1 3-inch stack per cup.  Fit one sheet in cup, letting sides overhang.  Repeat with remaining 5 sheets, overlapping each previous sheet.  Repeat until all cups are filled.  There is an excellent video on You Tube by "fifteenspatulas," showing how this is d
one, and there are lots other yummy recipes there.

Monday, February 25, 2013


2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
1 egg

Put the butter, the sour cream and water in a small saucepan and heat, but do not cook. Cool to tepid then add the remaining ingredients. Put in a kneader & knead or with your hands. If thick add more water.
Let it rise double and cut into 16 equal parts balls from the dough. 
Baking tray lined with baking paper and make balls oval shape cut the ears with scissors.
Then, the eyes can be put, such as pepper grains.

Bake at 375° for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Enjoy with cupa tea/coffee etc:)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

*The Foiled Lip*

Hey am back in full swing from my much awaited trip.  Ok now to go on my routine of blogging:)


Great shimmery look for the holidays!

I love a foiled lip all year round! It’s a really festive look that’s very sultry and coy. There are metallic lipsticks out there but nothing really that gives you a foiled look like eyeshadow minerals over lip gloss (and this way you can use something you already own!). If the idea doesn’t sound or look pretty to you, it’s one of those things that you should actually try first before you dismiss it… you might be surprised how sexy it is. Heres’s how: 
  1. Apply the gloss all over. Blot with tissue if it’s too goopy.
  2. Sprinkle the minerals in two tiny piles on a glass palette or your countertop.
  3. Press your finger into the darker shade (rose shimmer in our case) to pick up the product.
  4. Stamp the shadow across your bottom then top lip.
  5. Press your finger into the lighter metallic shade (gold in our case).
  6. Repeat stamping the shadow across your lips. Or for a fuller lip illusion, stamp it only in the center of both your top and bottom lips. Revisit our 3-D Lip Tutorial for photos.
Pair it with a smoky eye. I would opt for matte shades on your eyes as not to compete with your metallic lip.

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