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That Good Salad

Reviewed: Jun. 1, 2013
My partner and I loved this salad. I used rice bran oil instead of vegetable and added a touch of sugar. I also toasted my almonds in a dry frying pan before adding them to the salad, it makes a whole lot a difference to flavour. It's best not to add the dressing to the salad until right before serving. Just lovely!
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Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Reviewed: Aug. 28, 2012
I could not find anywhere in the supermarkets over here, easy cook rice that came with a sachet of seasoning powder. What we do have are a few rice packets that come with rice already flavoured. So I decided to use easy cook long grain and wild rice that came plain and add my own seasoning. Not knowing what flavour seasoning comes with your rice over there I used black pepper, sage, celery salt and lemon peel. I also sauteed onions and mushrooms before adding all the other ingredients. Yummy, but I think I will have to tinker with the seasoning I used to get it spot on. Shame I couldn't make it as you guys do though!
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Buttery Soft Pretzels

Reviewed: Aug. 24, 2012
Yup, these hit the spot alright! I've never made pretzels before but find good store bought ones are not always easy to find, they are often too salty for me. I like the fact that these are very slightly sweet. I brushed butter on mine when cooked and dipped them in cinnamon sugar. My first 8 pretzels looked more like knot buns when they came out because I hadn't rolled the dough long and thin enough, but by the last 4, I had got the hang of it. Will be making these again!
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Ronaldo's Beef Carnitas

Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2012
I wasn't sure what kind of chillies you guys used and the only jar of chillies I could get here was a jar of birds eye chillies, but the jar said suitable for mexican dishes so I guessed it would be ok. They came whole and I chopped them up worrying that it would make the beef too spicy for my liking, but I wanted to stick to the recipe as much as possible for a fair review. Luckily I did because the meat came out tender and just the right kind of spicy for me! I will definitely make this again.
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Peach Ice Cream

Reviewed: Aug. 1, 2012
I read a short story in the summer by Bill Crider about a sheriff who loves peach ice cream. His description of the ice cream was so good, it made me want to try some. Alas, as we don't have easily available such the huge variety of flavours over here as you lucky guys in the US have, I would have to make one. I halved the quantity but must admit I used less sugar than the recipe called for. A half quantity of sugar is 350 grams but I used 250 grams of sugar. The only other change I made was to use nectarines as we don't grow peaches over here and have to import them. As a consequence they do not have quite the same depth of flavour and are often disappointing. Nectarines are also imported but seem to be more consistent in quality. The ice cream wasn't quite as strongly flavoured as perhaps I'd have liked but it was still cool, creamy and unctuous. Yum!
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Sweet Restaurant Slaw

Reviewed: Jul. 9, 2012
I made this recipe because of the rave reviews. I've just eaten it and it's overpoweringly sweet. I can only think that maybe restaurant coleslaws over here are not as sweet as in American restaurants. I did expect a sweet coleslaw, but just not one as sweet as this. I tried the dressing before I mixed it in with the salad and it was so sweet it I would almost have been able to use it as a dessert sauce. I decided to add half the quantity of all the other ingredients again to try and temper the sugar and used that, but it was still too sweet for both my partner and me. I will try the recipe again and use much less sugar as so many other reviewers have done, then I am sure, it will be a five star for me as I did like the consistency of the dressing very much. I am so very sorry though, because as the recipe stands, it was not for us at all.
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Chef John's Baked Eggs

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2012
Yummy, yummy, yummy. What a splendiferous recipe! I saw the video the other day and felt that I had to try it. I did not measure the ingredients but added them by eye. It's so simple that you can only really go wrong if you overcook the dish or burn the toast! I just had it for my dinner and am wondering if it's too greedy to have more or if I even care about that! I did take mine out of the oven just before the yolks had set as the eggs carry on cooking in the heat of the ingredients. Perfect!
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Mom's Shrimp Macaroni Salad

Reviewed: May 20, 2012
My partner does not like horseradish or pickle relish but he loved this and asked afterwards if I was going to be making it again! I did baulk a little at the thought of all the processed sauces going into the dish but it did taste very nice and tangy. Next time however I'll leave the prawns on the side rather than mixing them in with the salad.
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Peanut Butter Vegetable Chicken Soup

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2012
I was looking forward to making this soup as I do like cooking with peanut butter in both sweet and savoury recipes. I followed the recipe exactly and it did make a good soup. However, I tasted the soup to check for seasoning just before adding the peanut butter and I have to say I preferred it without the peanut butter. In fact next time I will leave it out altogether and maybe instead, add chilli and coconut milk and sprinkle some toasted peanuts as a garnish for a thai style soup.
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Winter Fruit Salad with Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Reviewed: Jan. 1, 2012
Wowzer! This salad is straight into my top favourites on here. I made this salad on Christmas eve and everyone kept saying how delicious it was. I did make one small change. I didn't have cashew nuts so I used pecans instead and I toasted them in a dry frying pan before adding to the salad. If the salad is going to last more than one day, I would recommend not only adding the dressing individually once on peoples' plates but also slicing and adding the pear individually as the pear slices can get a little mushy if added to the main body of the salad itself and kept until the next day.
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Cucumber Sunomono

Reviewed: Sep. 30, 2011
Delicious and light. I use Mizkan rice vinegar, there are two versions - seasoned and unseasoned. If you use the seasoned variety like I did here, you do not need to add salt or sugar. I simply sliced the cucumber, added the vinegar and grated the ginger and that was it for a fab salad! As a tip, freeze your ginger and take it out of the freezer to grate as necessary (no need to wait to thaw out, just grate and pop the rest back in the freezer). Ginger grated like this will be finer than you can chop with a knife and give a lighter background finish to your dish.
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Healthy Garden Salad

Reviewed: Sep. 24, 2011
I served this salad with some sea bass fillets and my partner turned to me with his mouth full and nodded and pointed to the bowl of salad, so a definite hit in our house as I loved it too! I had to use black eyed beans instead of black beans, but that was the only change I made. Lovely and heart healthy too!
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Coconut Cream Pound Cake

Reviewed: Aug. 11, 2011
I did hesitate for some time whether to give this cake 3 or 4 stars as it is quite dry. My partner though, liked it and doesn't mind the dryness and so I have given it 4 stars but I am not really into cake eating as much as I am into making them and like my cakes a little moister. The flavour nonetheless is lovely. I didn't alter the ingredients and and the sweetness was spot on for me.
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Sweet Chops

Reviewed: Jul. 6, 2011
A fabulously simple recipe and so delicious. One of my new absolute top favourites on this site. I did find the recipe first on the UK site and the instructions there are to use a minced garlic clove, so that is what I used rather than garlic powder. The sauce thickened naturally and right at the end I added a touch more water as the sauce had reduced so much. I've just eaten it and wish I wasn't so full so I could eat it again!
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Chocolate Oatmeal Cake

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
Delicious! Lovely flavour and very light and moreish. I cooked mine in a 2lb loaf tin and it rose beautifully. It really doesn't need icing it's so moist.
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Special Buttercream Frosting

Reviewed: Jul. 5, 2011
I am very sorry to be one of the few reviewers that did not like this. To give it a fair review, I made it exactly as stated and it does undoubtedly make an excellent spreading icing that could be piped easily. I just personally did not like the flavour at all, it tasted more like the kind of icing I'd expect to find on a supermarket bought cake rather than a homemade one. Next time I shall use all butter...but then using butter at all would make it a different recipe!
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Onion Meat Loaf

Reviewed: Jun. 10, 2011
Well I have tried 2 other meatloaf recipes from this site and it seems the third's the charm! It's a great basic meatloaf recipe that can be jazzed up if you want but is also delicious as it is. Next time I will slip in some grated carrot for sweetness and take out the ketchup and add tomato puree instead as it's less sugary. I loved the idea of oats in the meatloaf, in fact thats what me decide to try it! So, based on the ingredients I decided to give this recipe a whirl- it wasn't until I had it sitting in my baking tray did I notice it was a slow cooker recipe. I don't have a slow cooker but it was no matter, I cooked it in the oven at 175-180C until it looked done and it was perfect.
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Cola Onion Pork Chops

Reviewed: Jun. 7, 2011
I was attracted to this recipe because I cook my ham in coca cola and it's so good. I made the recipe exactly as given. The chops were lovely and moist but apart from that I didn't think this was anything other than so so. There was nothing wrong with the dish, it just didn't do anything for me and the sauce that it made was too sickly sweet for me.
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Leftover Chicken Croquettes

Reviewed: May 31, 2011
A great recipe for left over chicken. I used wholemeal breadcrumbs and after forming, rolled them in breadcrumbs to coat, then left them in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up a little. I did have to use a third egg but once I had done that they didn't turn out dry. I gave the cooked croquettes a spritz of lemon juice which really perked them up. All kinds of things could be added if you wanted to tweak this recipe. A little sage would be great to make them like chicken with stuffing croquettes. Next time I shall try a little red Thai curry paste to make them Thai spicy.
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Cilantro Tomato Corn Salad

Reviewed: May 26, 2011
What a fab little salad. The garlic adds a pleasantly mild zippiness. I made it exactly as stated except I didn't have the lemon herb seasoning. Next time I will double the quantity and also try a spritz of lemon juice, enough to taste but not so much as to make the salad wet. Delicious!
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