Betty Celebrates 60th Wedding Anniversary in England

As part of our 60th wedding anniversary, we traveled to England via the Queen Mary 2 to visit Betty's English and Scottish family members.
One Sunday, Betty made a Chicken breast and pasta lunch with superb assistance. Little Molly said it was the best food she ever had!!!
Listen to Molly sing at end of video.
See "Betty Meets the Queen" video from 2016 to see the glory of a transatlantic crossing on the Queen.

view the video to see a fabulous kitchen:

Lemon Crunch Curd (Quick & Easy)

Betty's special version of this quick and easy dessert. No cooking, frying or baking!

1 cup heavy cream
1 cup lemon curd
3/4 cup crushed puff pastry cookies

1.  Whip cream until stiff
2.  Stir lemon curd to loosen and stir in about a half cup of the whipped cream.
3.  Mix the cream and lemon curd mixture.

Place some of the crushed cookies in a serving dish, top with some of the lemon mixture, layer with more cookies and cream.
Garnish the top with a sprinkle of the cookies.

Betty's special guest assistants: Lucy (L) & Maya (R)


Salmon and Pasta (Quick & Easy Dish)

Here's a dish that is perfect for those nights when you have no time to cook or when you just want a delicious dinner.

Because salmon is an oily fish, it freezes well so if you keep it on hand along with some marinara sauce and cream, dinner can be ready in the time it takes to boil water and cook the pasta!

P.S. It is a perfect company dish!

The ingredients:

5 oz. penne pasta
8 oz. fresh salmon
1/2 cup marinara sauce, preferably homemade
1/2 cup heavy cream
Basil leaves


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Stuffed French Toast (Betty's Variation)

Here is my recipe for Stuffed French Toast.

For the French toast:

8 small slices brioche, or other egg bread
1/4 cup Nutella
1 egg beaten with a little milk
2 tablespoons butter
Raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries to serve.

Spread half of bread slices with Nutella, top with remaining bread.
Dip in egg mixture, heat butter in skillet and fry sandwiches until lightly browned, turn and cook on other side.

Raspberry sauce:

Whiz a cup of raspberries in a processor with a generous squeeze of lemon juice and confectioner's sugar to taste.  Strain to remove seeds.


Skibo Castle Ginger Crunch (Scottish cookie)

This recipe is said to have come from an Irish cook who worked at Skibo Castle.  I have adapted the recipe from the original, changing the size of the pan and adding some finely chopped crystallized ginger to bump up the finer flavor.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line an 8" square pan with foil and lightly butter the foil.

For the shortbread base:
1 1/4 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon very finely chopped crystallized ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

For the topping:

3 ounces unsalted butter
1 tablespoon Lyle's
Golden Syrup (substitute light corn syrup)
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Make the base:
Sift together dry ingredients and blend in butter with your fingertips until the mixture just comes together.  Press evenly on bottom of pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly browned.

As soon as you take the shortbread out of the oven, make the topping.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and whisk in remaining ingredients until smooth.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 seconds.
Pour over base, tilting pan to cover evenly.  Cool and cut into small squares.


Mom's Meatloaf (Quick and Easy)

Mom's Meatloaf-A family favorite for more than 50 years!

1 lb. ground beef or beef and pork mixture
2 slices bread, crusts removed and cut or torn into small pieces
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 teaspoon each: pepper, dry mustard, celery salt and garlic salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine milk, egg and seasonings in a small bowl, stir in onion and add bread cubes.  Stir to combine.
Add to meat and mix gently.
Shape into loaf and transfer to a small roasting pan.
If desired, make indentations and fill with ketchup.

Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

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