Jara Profile - Allrecipes.com (18514097)

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Home Town: County Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K.
Living In: Ontario, Ontario, Canada
Member Since: Apr. 2006
Cooking Level: Expert
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Hobbies: Knitting, Painting/Drawing, Wine Tasting
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About this Cook
I have been cooking and baking for most of my life. My earliest memory of the kitchen was baking Treacle Tarts and Sponge Cakes with my Grandmother as a child for the Street Party for the Queen's Silver Jubilee in London! From there, my passion for good food and for making it grew! Mighty oaks from little acorns grow....
My favorite things to cook
Soups, stews, home-cooking, traditional British and Irish cuisine... The latter is so under-rated! Roasts, soups, stews, breads. And then there are the desserts!!!
My favorite family cooking traditions
I LOVE cooking for people but am a single woman living on my own. So I have started my own tradition of the 'Soup of the Week Club'! I cannot cook for just one person and one meal at a time! I have this desire to cook HUGE CAULDRONS of soups and stews and the like. But since I live downtown, I have lots of other single friends nearby in a similar fix. So I feed them! And they rake my leaves or cut my grass or help move heavy things in return. It is quite perfect!
My cooking triumphs
Too many to list!
My cooking tragedies
Too many to list!
Recipe Reviews 4 reviews
Irish Barmbrack
It is eaten as a bread, not a cake and is a regular sight at the breakfast table! Excellent toasted - but only on one-side of course!

9 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 14, 2010
Spicy Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
YUMMY! I made this with a Squash instead of Pumpkin since I was given a home-grown squash by a friend. I also added coconut milk and curry spices and then garnished with coriander. It was bloody good! Whenever I make soup, I have to make a HUGE CAULDRON of it and I have several single friends who dislike cooking for one as much as I do! So I have started a 'Soup-of-the-Week' Club where I dole out portions of soup to my friends and neighbours. And they all said that this was one of the best soups I have ever made - very high praise after over a year of soup every week! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Sara Ottawa, ON

10 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Oct. 4, 2010
An excellent recipe - very easy, VERY YUM!!!! I adjusted it slightly, using vegetable stock instead of chicken and using a lighter cream mixed with sour cream to give the soup its creaminess. I might even try doing it with milk and sour cream to see how that turns out.... I did use some Indian/curry spices on occasion in the recipe and it gave a different taste that was also very delicious... Definitely one to make regularly in the summer, especially when you can get local products to support your area farmers and farmers' markets!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 3, 2010

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