Sylvia Profile - (18114058)

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Home Town: Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K.
Living In: San Diego, California, USA
Member Since: Jun. 2005
Cooking Level: Expert
Cooking Interests: Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert
Hobbies: Sewing, Gardening, Hiking/Camping, Biking, Walking, Fishing, Reading Books, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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So ready for Aspen
Best Toffee Ever - Super Easy
Sweet Potato Pie
About this Cook
Iam a Grandmother who loves to cook,can,and bake
My favorite things to cook
My favorite family cooking traditions
Making Irish soda bread, tea and baking pound cake at Christmas for over 40 years.
My cooking triumphs
Iam completely self taught...I started cooking for myself very young as my Mom was a working Mom.
My cooking tragedies
I think one of the funniest and messiest things was when I took a pumpkin pie out of the top oven and it slid out of my grip up in the air down onto the floor and smashed all over the place...It was in a glass pie plate...what a mess! Good thing I made 2.
Recipe Reviews 57 reviews
Grandpa McAndrew's Irish Soda Bread
Mum, called this type of soda bread a Bannock. I often make Mum's Bannock. This is pretty much the same recipe. I just made some minor changes to make it more like mums and I think it adds a little more flavor. First of all SALT...I added 1/2 teaspoon SODA..............................1 teaspoon CREAM OF TARTAR..........1 teaspoon RAISINS............................well I like plenty of raisins or currants. I add 1 cup. With any tender crumb, moist soda bread, it's ALL about the 'quick gentle' mixing of the ingredients. I only give mine a couple of kneads..just. Does take a little practice.

0 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Mar. 25, 2015
Best Spanish Rice
I have always used a wonderful easy spanish rice recipe I was taught how to make from a mexican lady who makes it for her family. I love the little clove of garlic, finely sliced carrot and corn, she adds to her Spanish Rice. I also added a little more diced onion, to this recipe. She also fries her rice before mixing anything with it. Just till you see it start to brown or becomes translucent. I didn't have the thick picante sauce so I used the mild regular. If you don't have picante, just add some chicken broth, tomato sauce, garlic all into a blender and add it to your water and chicken broth to bring the liquid to the right measure for the spanish rice. That's how my friend does her SRice adding the sliced carrot and corn. Simple but very delicious. Cover and don't peak as suggested in another post. The rice cooked perfectly.

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Apr. 10, 2013
Best Toffee Ever - Super Easy
Turned out great first try. Used a candy thermometer and followed the directions. I love that this takes only a few ingredients and does not make a big mess..super easy and fast clean-up for a very delicious candy..ummm I won't be buying anymore Almond Rochca.

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Dec. 21, 2012

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