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Pork with Peach and Black Bean Salsa

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2005
So easy my husband didn't even screw it up! A taste we weren't expecting but enjoyed on the first bite and more by the last. The first time this was made we used a generic Japanese brand salsa that has no bite (live in Japan). The second time, we used an American salsa that gave the dish more of a sweet sour taste. Depending on your tastes, simple to fiddle with the salsa to tweak the flavour.
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Middle Eastern Rice with Black Beans and Chickpeas

Reviewed: Aug. 23, 2005
Thoroughly enjoyed this dish. Ate it with plain yoghurt on the side like my Iranian friend does. Ground Turkey is unavailable where I live, so had to make it with ground beef. Next time I would brown the beef with some of the spices as browned by itself the beef is bland. (That was the only reason I didn't give 5 stars.) In Middle Eastern cooking spinach is often utilized as a herb with cilantro and parsley so for extra vitamins I'm going to add that next time.....and there will be a next time and soon!
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Red Pepper-Salmon Pasta

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2006
I love this! I find making the sauce a bit in advance improves the melding of the flavours. Also add capers cause I like them and think they go well. I usually use fresh spinach linguine for the contrast in colours.
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Afghan Beef Raviolis (Mantwo)

Reviewed: Nov. 12, 2005
Not nearly as difficult to make as I first thought when I looked at the recipe. The most difficult part was trying to make the 'raviolis' look pretty! Interesting and different flavour and texture that me and hubby decided we rather enjoyed. You must like garlic and not be a "meat and 3 veg" person to enjoy this, though. While it will not go into rotation, this is a meal I will make again for a special occasion.
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Turkish Fish Stew

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2006
Wanted to make it again the next day. Can't get tilapia in Japan so had to substitute cod. 2 tbsp of wine?! No point in opening a bottle for that so I probably put in a good 1/2 cup plus! Made excellent lunch the next day, too.
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Nutty Whole Wheat Bread

Reviewed: Apr. 10, 2008
Easy and delicious. I was initially wary of the no double rising but it turned out puffy and light. It does dry out fast so best eaten on the day you make it. I have also used this as a basic recipe for a grain bread by omitting the walnuts and adding bran, oats and seeds. Easy to make buns out of it, too.
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Coconut Banana Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 12, 2008
It was very good but a little sweet. I cut the sugar down by about 1/4 cup give or take and upped the banana a bit (no point not using that extra 1/2 banana!). Hubby thought it was just right but the addition of white chocolate pushed it over the edge for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to eat it and enjoy it, but next time I'll either leave out the choc or replace it with bitter sweet
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Thai Beef Salad

Reviewed: Nov. 9, 2004
My husbands favourite salad! We prefer to cook the meat a little less, the lime cooks it in it's own way anyway. I add crispy fried noodles for a contrast in textures (not much for that low carb baloney!)
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Mexican Baked Fish

Reviewed: Jun. 5, 2007
Taste- 4 stars, ease of preparation- 5 stars. I could easily guess the outcome of this recipe is based on the quality of your ingredients. To the salsa, I added extra tomato, chopped roasted peppers, olives etc. My end result was a little watery because my fish was just defrosted. Next time I will make sure my fish is dry and leave it marinating in the salsa for an hour before baking so my not-best-quality-frozen-fish can take on some more flavour. Excellent easy summer recipe served with tortillas, salad and so on. Leftovers were good with rice, too. Post note: Made it again. Put just undercooked i stock brown rice on the bottom and added kidney beans, corn and chopped tomatoes to the salsa. Cooked up beautifully and was basically a complete meal in itself although I still had avocado and tortillas on the side.
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Brazilian Black Bean Stew

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2006
Yum! It's been pretty hot where I am so I was hesitant to try this out thinking it would be better suited for winter. I was wrong. Served luke warm it was suprisingly refreshing. Hubby loved it, too. Followed recipe almost exactly but took lid off pot early cause I wanted less liquid than what I was seeing. Made some simple cheese quesadillas on the side and for dipping, too.
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Coffee Liqueur Brownies

Reviewed: Feb. 15, 2006
Delicious. Don't do what I did, though, and decide that there wasn't enough batter and make it in a small loaf tin. Took twice as long to bake. I can imagine they would be small in the size stated so maybe if you have a tin that's slightly smaller...?
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Pecan Pie V

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2006
I chose to make this one from the many on Allrecipes because I can not acquire corn syrup easily. Everyone who tasted it loved it. Sweet without being overwhelmingly so and very easy to make. On a few occasion I have also thrown a handful of choc chips into the batter. That was sinful and so worth it!
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Cinnamon and Lime Chicken Fajitas

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2006
Very yummy. At first I thought it wasn't spicy but it kicked in pretty soon. I was too lazy to bake the chicken and just chopped up my breasts (ha ha) pretty small and sauteed them with the spices. Also I didn't have quite enough potatoes so also roasted up some pumpkin which I love. For a lower calorie sour cream substitute I often mix whipped cottage cheese, natural yoghurt and a bit of lemon juice together. You get all the creamy goodness and on something spicy you can't really tell the difference.
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Chicken Fiesta Salad

Reviewed: Jul. 26, 2005
So easy, healthy and delicious. I thought I had black beans in the pantry but was wrong so had to use a can of kidney beans instead but it did no harm. Also, can't get Mexican corn in Osaka so just chopped up red and green bell peppers and lightly sauteed them before adding in the corn, salsa etc.
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Caribbean Crabmeat Salad

Reviewed: May 18, 2009
We think this is fab. I've used both frozen mango and canned mango (you have to be careful with canned cause it "smushes" easily) when fresh has been unavailable. If you don't like the taste of cumin (I looove it) try fresh grated ginger and/or black pepper and/or a dash of chili. I like a lot of dressing and a lot of veges in relation to pasta so I add plain yoghurt to the dressing and throw in some mizuna and extra cilantro, too.
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Homemade Focaccia Bread

Reviewed: Feb. 5, 2007
As a stand alone recipe it's 3-4 stars. Using it as a foundation for your personal tastes and experimentations, it's a 5. I've made it a few times now, doing something different everytime and it's held up to my (wo)man-handling and always come out well. As for the amount of flour, the first time I needed the whole measure, 2nd time I didn't, 3rd time did....it changes depending on the flour and weather. I've been making it into 6 smaller buns and freezing them with good results (perfect for weekend McMuffin breakfasts)
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Spicy Thai Vegetable Soup

Reviewed: Apr. 24, 2006
This was perfect after a weekend of over indulgence. It's quite filling without being heavy. I left out the saffron but added in some kaffir lime leaves while it simmered and removed them before I pureed it. I agree that it would be great with the addition of almost any kind of meat. Will absolutely be making it again
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Brazilian Chicken with Coconut Milk

Reviewed: Mar. 7, 2006
My husband made this for me tonight. He's not the most practiced of cooks and if he can make it taste good it must be an excellent recipe. I thoroughly enjoyed this. A bit spicy for me though, I added plain yoghurt to mine to temper it. It only gets 4 rather than 5 stars because of the misnaming. It's not really Brazilian tasting but it still tastes pretty darn good. Hubby used canned tomatoes, the chicken was cut into smaller pieces, he reduced the sauce a bit and we went without parsley. It was in no way bland (and we do not agree with meat and veg meals), maybe those people had tasteless tomatoes or low quality spices?
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Pan-Seared Tuna with Olive-Wine Sauce

Reviewed: Feb. 27, 2006
If you like tuna and olives, I think you would like this. If you don't, why would you try?! Couscous by itself can be bland and dry for me, so I mixed in vegetables that I roasted with a little garlic and rosemary. Adds vitamins, too. Although if I were to make this again, (hubby wants me to) I think I would rather pair it with a good green salad and some crispy roasted potatoes.
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Persimmon Cookies II

Reviewed: Jan. 21, 2006
I got a load of persimmons from a elderly student, and made 3 batches to take for the other teachers. Everyone complimented them. Almost like a flat cupcake rather than a traditional cookie, not that anyone minded.
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